Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails
Support Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails, a 501 (c)3; TIN #81-2929779
Support Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails, 
a 501 (c)3; TIN #81-2929779

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022; 9AM

A Representative Town Hall Meeting features speakers from the Federal/State, County and/or City of Phoenix. The event is co-hosted by Friends of Daisy Mountain Trails and the ACC.

This meeting will be held via Zoom

Questions for Chairman Gates should be directed to:

August 12, 2022
Maricopa County Flood Control Director

Mike has served as the Director of the Flood Control District of Maricopa County since 2018, and as the Deputy Director of Maricopa County Air Quality Department from 2015 to 2018.

Prior to his service with Maricopa County, for over 27 years Mike worked in a variety of roles at the State of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, including service as the Water Quality Division Director overseeing the state drinking water, clean water, aquifer protection, water quality monitoring and compliance programs.

Mike is an Arizona native and holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest-Watershed Management from the University of Arizona.


August 12, 2022
Maricopa County Emergency Management Director

Robert Rowley is currently the Director of the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management (MCDEM) and has been in this position for over 5 years. Prior to Maricopa County, Robert was the Emergency Management Director for Coconino County from 2012 to 2017. From 2006 to 2012, he was the Deputy Director of Emergency Services for Siskiyou County in far northern California. During his 15 years as an emergency manager, Robert has dealt with winter storms, floods, wildfires, long-term power outages, hazardous materials incidents, and worldwide pandemics.

Robert is a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers, a Certified Emergency Management Specialist by the State of California, a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner, and a graduate of Cohort VI of the National Emergency Executive Academy at the Emergency Management Institute. In 2017 he received his master's degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arizona State University and now teaches in that program.


Prior to his Emergency Management career, Robert spent 14 years in law enforcement with assignments in corrections, patrol, community policing, marine patrol, field training officer, detective, and search and rescue coordinator. During this time, he also served concurrently in the Army Reserve and the California Army National Guard as a Psychological Operations Specialist, Russian Translator/Interpreter, and Combat Engineer.

September 9, 2022
Parks & Recreation Director

Director Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

R.J. Cardin is the director for Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department, one of the largest regional parks systems in the United States. Maricopa County’s regional park system is made up of over 120,000-acres of pristine Sonoran desert landscape and houses hundreds of miles of trails, campgrounds, nature centers, nature and recreation programs and an environmental learning center, otherwise known as the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant.While the park system itself is vast, Cardin operates the 10 regional parks with a lean crew of 86 full-time employees and uses a multitude of park hosts and volunteers in every aspect of operations to keep operating costs low, while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. Prior to leading Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department, Cardin was the assistant director for the city of Glendale’s Parks and Recreation Department where he was responsible for parks and trails, capital development and operations.Cardin has more than 25-years of diverse parks and recreation experience which includeslocal, county and state government, commercial recreation and the non-profit sector.Cardin holds a Masters degree from Arizona State University focusing on outdoor recreation and tourism. In addition, he also holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Business Administration and Recreation Management from Morningside College located in Iowa. Over the past two years, Cardin has been inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administrators, has served as the President of the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials and has been appointed to the Arizona State Parks Board. Cardin strongly believes that through responsible stewardship and the ability to connect the community to nature via quality parks, trails, programs, services and experiences, it is possible to inspire an appreciation for the Sonoran desert’s beauty and create life-long users and advocates for public lands.

October 14, 2022
Superintendent of schools, DVUSD

Dr. Finch began serving the Deer Valley Unified School District community as Superintendent in 2017; DVUSD has 41 schools, 32,600 students, and 3,500 employees. His quest for educational excellence began at an early age in Alaska with his mother as a school bus driver and father as the school district’s maintenance director; the school system was the center of the small rural community. Dr. Finch received a BA in Secondary Mathematics and a minor in Language Arts, a MA in Administration, and a PhD in Education. After starting as a secondary math and English teacher, Dr. Finch spent the next 25+ years in educational administration at the Middle School, High School, Superintendent, and ISD levels. The 20+ years as a Superintendent has afforded him opportunities to shape educational issues at the state and national levels, testifying before legislatures, and serving on local, state, and national educational committees to influence improvement in K-12 public education.

November 4, 2022
Field Services Superintendent

Simon serves the City of Phoenix as their Field Services Superintendent.  He brings about 20 years of traffic engineering and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) experience.  He has spent the last 5 years with the City of Phoenix as our Traffic Management & Operations Engineer over the Phoenix Traffic Management Center and the Signals & Street Lighting Design Team.  He also represents City of Phoenix within the AZTech organization as he chairs both the AZTech Operations Committee and AZTech ITS and Signal Technician Committee. 


Simon began his traffic engineering career with at the City of Tucson’s Signal Shop as a Traffic Signal Technician, ITS Specialist, and Engineering Associate.  He then moved onto Arizona Department of Transportation as their Transportation Engineering Specialist, Traffic Engineering Supervisor, and ITS Engineer.  


Simon is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Engineering.  He is also a registered engineer in Arizona.


December 9, 2022
Supervisor District 3

Bill Gates is Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. Prior to working for PING in 2001, Supervisor Gates was an associate at the firm of Fennemore Craig, practicing commercial litigation with an emphasis in property tax litigation. He was appointed by Governor Brewer to the Municipal Tax Code Commission and the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council. He also served as a member of Governor Ducey’s Transition Team. 

Bill Gates served on the Phoenix City Council representing District 3 from June, 2009 through May, 2016. Gates also served as Vice Mayor of Phoenix from January 2013 to February 2014.  Supervisor Gates has represented District 3 on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors since 2017 and was elected Chairman of the Board by his colleagues in 2019. 

Gates has served in a variety of capacities with nonprofit and community organizations such as Valley Leadership, the Phoenix Symphony, INROADS, American Legion Boys State, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, Disabled Sports USA and the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. He is currently a Board Member for the Foundation for Blind Children, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Arizona Workforce Council and Vitalant, the second largest blood bank in the United States. 

The Phoenix Business Journal honored him in 2010 with a Forty under 40 Award, which recognizes prominent young leaders in various industries in metropolitan Phoenix. In 2012, the Arizona School of Public Relations Association presented him with the Award of Excellence for his contributions to public education and he received the Sentinel Award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in recognition for his work to improve Arizona’s business climate.

 Gates is a graduate of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1993 and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Supervisor Gates is married and has three teenage daughters.  Bill Gates is a Republican.