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.

December 11, 2020 speaker:  Katie Hobbs, AZ Secretary of State

This meeting will be held via Zoom, due to public health guidelines regarding occupancy, distancing and limits on gatherings due to COVID-19.

 Click HERE:  Friday, DECEMBER 11, 2020

December 11, 2020

Secretary of State


Secretary Katie Hobbs has led a life of service. Beginning as a volunteer at her church and continuing with her job as a social worker and chief compliance officer at one of the largest domestic violence centers in the U.S., the focus of her life has been to help others to gain security, to be heard, and to create better lives.

That fundamental motivation inspired her to run for Secretary of State, after serving in the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona Senate as minority leader. Now, she brings her years of experience to the Office of the Secretary of State to ensure that it runs productively, and that Arizona elections are secure, fair and efficient.

Secretary Hobbs has a Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. She has been a professional social worker since 1992. Prior to being elected to the legislature, she worked in the areas of domestic violence, behavioral health, and homelessness.

She has been honored with dozens of awards for her service. Most recently, she was named the League of Cities and Towns Legislative Champion for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018).

Secretary Hobbs met her husband at church in 1992. They live in Phoenix with their two kids, Hannah and Sam, and their dog and cats.

January 8, 2021

Audra Koester Thomas

Transportation Planning Program Manager

Audra Koester Thomas

Transportation Planning Program Manager


A proud graduate of Texas A&M University, Audra joined Maricopa Association of Governments in 2015 to facilitate long-range transportation planning efforts for the nation's second largest metropolitan planning organization. Previously, Audra worked for Partners for Strategic Action, a Fountain Hills-based community planning firm involved in dozens of iconic land use, transportation and economic development efforts across Arizona and the Southwest. Audra grew up on a family farm in southeastern Minnesota, fostering her interest in agriculture and natural resource policy issues, and continues to hold an interest in the family’s cattle business, GVF Herefords.

February 12, 2021


Director, Department of Transportation Maricopa County


Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the public works field.  She has spent the majority of her career working in the public sector and is currently the Director for the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) as well as the County Engineer. 


Throughout Jennifer’s career, she has worked on a variety of public works projects including planning, design and construction projects.  She is a leader in building coalitions and partnerships with a diverse constituency and is well versed in leading change, innovation and process improvement. 


Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico.

April 9, 2021
Curator of Education, at the Hall of Flame Museum


Mark Moorhead has been the Curator of Education at the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting since 2005. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Mark holds a B.A. in Communications from Gannon University. After several years in Washington, D.C. as a stage actor, Mark relocated to Phoenix in 1992, and spent nine years writing and editing for Phoenix New Times; he later worked as a publicist for Tempe Improv. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, daughter and two Chihuahuas with three eyeballs between them.