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March 13, 2020

LISA ATKINS

COMMISSIONER ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT

Lisa A. Atkins was appointed by Governor Douglas A. Ducey to serve as the 21st Commissioner of the Arizona State Land Department on June 15, 2015.  
 
As an Arizona native, Lisa combines a well-rounded understanding of the State with more than 40 years of experience in the federal and state legislative and policy arenas, focusing on land, water and military issues.  
 
Lisa is well respected in the Arizona community for her involvement in a variety of organizations.  Among her current community activities associated with her duties as State Land Commissioner, Lisa serves as the Commissioner of the State’s Natural Resource Conservation Districts and as the State Cartographer.  Lisa also serves as the Co-Chair of the Governor’s Military Affairs Commission and is a member of the State Parks Board, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and the Governor's Water Augmentation Council. 


In April 2018, she was honored with the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2018 Outstanding Women in Business’ Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Arizona.  

 

March 13, 2020

RJ Cardin

Director for Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department

R.J. Cardin,

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.

CAREER SUMMARY Twenty-eight-years of diverse parks and recreation experience with 25-years of progressive management and leadership responsibility.

OBJECTIVE“ Building and strengthening a sense of community through parks and recreation”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Director MaricopaCounty Parks and Recreation - May 2006 to PresentAs director responsible for all facets of park operations and development, natural resource management, recreation programming, environmental education, performance management, park master planning, long range strategic planning, capital improvement planning and policy development for the largest regional park system in the United States.Parks and Recreation Deputy DirectorCity of Glendale, Glendale, AZ - June 2001 to May 2006 As deputy director responsible for providing community, personal, economic and environmental benefits through park master planning, long range strategic planning, capital development, law enforcement and operations and maintenance of neighborhood parks, community parks, regional parks, historic parks, gardens and recreation centers. Parks and Recreation DirectorCity of Sioux City, Sioux City, IA - June 1998 to June 2001 As director responsible for providing park and recreation experiences and benefits to a metropolitan area of 120,000 residents and visitors through 57 parks, five aquatic facilities, five sports complexes, two golf courses, nine historic sites, one minor league baseball complex, a community center, 15-miles of trails, two natural areas, marina, three cemeteries, and an urban forestry program.Chief,

Operations Arizona State Parks, Phoenix, AZ - February 1998 to June 1998As the chief of park operations, this position oversees, guides, and directs the operations and recreation programming at each State Park managed property in Arizona.Chief, Research and Marketing Arizona State Parks, Phoenix, AZ - July 1994 to February 1998 Developed a new Division of Arizona State Park focused on assessing public needs and developing marketing and business strategies that position the Agency as a leader in providing historic, recreational, and conservation/educational experiences and benefits.

Recreation Planner II Arizona State Parks, Phoenix, AZ - January 1991 to June 1994 As senior planner, responsible for research and development of the 1994 Arizona Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and providing community assistance in park and park system planning.

Research Assistant: Arizona State University, Department of Recreation Management and Tourism, Tempe, AZ - August 1989 to February 1991 As a staff member of the department, participated in all activities related to outdoor recreation research projects.General Manager/DirectorBallard Golf and Country Club, Huxley, IA - May 1988 to August 1989 As general manager, responsible for operating a recreational golf facility, complete with full service restaurant, bar and pro shop.

Operations Manager/Director Sheldon Country Club Restaurant and Pro Shop, Sheldon, IA - March 1986 to April 1988 As owner/concessionaire, responsible for total management of a nonprofit golf clubhouse and pro shop.

OTHER RELATED RECREATION EXPERIENCE•Adjunct Facility: Arizona State University Department of Recreation Management and Tourism – January 1995 to May 1995; January 2007 to May 2008•Guest Lecturer: Arizona State University Department of Recreation Management and Tourism – January 1992 to May 2007•Assistant Pool Director/Cabin Counselor: Camp Foster YMCA – May 1985 to August 1985 •League Sports Program Assistant: Siouxland YMCA – September 1984 to June 1987

MILITARY EXPERIENCE Non-Commissioned Officer (Sergeant): United States Army Reserve – August 1986 to August 1994

EDUCATION Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287Master of Science Degree, May 1993Major: Recreation Management and TourismMorningside College Sioux City, IA 51106Bachelor of Science Degree, August 1987Double Major: 1) Business Administration, 2) Recreation Management Minor: Theater


April 10, 2020

ADRIAN FONTES
Maricopa County Recorder
Adrian Fontes is an Arizona native born and raised on the border in Nogales. His active duty service in the United States Marine Corps solidified his love of country and made him a strong advocate of the US Constitution. He took this passion back to finish his undergraduate degree with summa cum laude honors at Arizona State University, and then to the University of Denver where he received his Juris Doctorate. After law school, Mr. Fontes worked for the Denver DA’s Office prior to returning to Arizona to continue his prosecuting career with the Maricopa County Attorney and then the Arizona Attorney General. With the Arizona AG, he headed the Foreign Prosecution Unit in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of that office. Mr. Fontes left government service for private practice where he made his way from working in local Justice Courts, through Superior Courts and eventually to several cases before the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Adrian Fontes lives in Phoenix with his wife Mona and their three daughters. He is an avid musician, college football fan and supporter of his community.

Adrian Fontes is a member of the National Association of Counties Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee and is working on the requirements to achieve a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) designation. CERA is the elections profession’s highest designation.

 

April 10, 2020

BETTY DELANO

AG's Senior Outreach Life Care Planning

Betty DeLano retired from the Maricopa County Superior  Court after working for two Superior Court Judges for almost 30 years.   She served in various positions including Judicial Assistant, Bailiff, and Courtroom Clerk.  After a brief 3 month retirement, she went  to  work on a part-time basis for the Arizona Attorney General in his Outreach and Education Division, serving as Senior Outreach Coordinator.  Her goal is to reach out  Sate wide  and to  inform as many seniors as possible regarding the importance of learning about health care planning, scams/identity theft and Task Force Against Senior Abuse and Exploitation.  As a  former banker and government worker Betty enjoys  serving and meeting the  public.


May 8, 2020

DARREN VINER

Phoenix P.D. Commander, Black Mtn
Bio coming soon

May 8, 2020

DAN WHELAN

Commander MCSO Sheriff
Bio coming soon
June 10, 2020

KAREN FANN

Arizona State Senator President

President, Arizona State Senate, 2019-present

Senator, Arizona State Senate, District 1, 2017-present

Candidate, Arizona State Senate, District 1, 2018

Representative, Arizona State House of Representatives, District 1, 2011-2017

Mayor, Chino Valley, 2002-2009

Councior/Mayor Pro Tempore, Prescott City, 1992-1995

Owner/Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Highway Safety Specialists, Incorporated

Owner/Operator, FANN-M Ranch

Teacher, Greenway Middle School, Paradise Valley Unified School District

Former President, Prescott Chapter, National Association of Women in Construction

Member, Rotary International

President, Yavapai County Contractors Association

Member, BQAZ Statewide Transportation Board, 2007-2009

Chairman/Board Member, Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization, 2005-2009

Chair, Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition, 2006-2009

Member, Northern Council of Government, 1992-1994, 2002-2007

President and Board, Prescott/Tri City Town Hall, 1993-2002

Arizona Capitol Times' Leader of the Year in Public Policy

Arizona Family Project's Friend of the Family

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Arizona Legislator of the Year

Legislator of the Year

Union Pacific Railroad's Legislative Award

Arizona League of Cities and Towns Legislative Hero Award

Americans for Prosperity's Hero of the Taxpayor

Arizona Parents for Education Golden Apple Award

Woman of the Year, Arizona Rock Products Association's

 


July 10, 2020

HEATHER MACRE

Director at CAWCD
Heather Macre fights for the people of Arizona every day, emphasizing integrity, transparency, and sustainability. She has spent the past six years representing Maricopa County on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors since getting elected in 2012.  She is a partner at the law firm of Aiken Schenk and spends her free time raising money for children in the community through Suns Charities 88. Heather and her husband Steven are parents to three-year-old Dorothy and two nine-year-old rescue Chihuahua-mixes, Rugby and Lily. Heather Macre fights for the people of Arizona every day, emphasizing integrity, transparency, and sustainability. She has spent the past six years representing Maricopa County on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors since getting elected in 2012.  She is a partner at the law firm of Aiken Schenk and spends her free time raising money for children in the community through Suns Charities 88. Heather and her husband Steven are parents to three-year-old Dorothy and two nine-year-old rescue Chihuahua-mixes, Rugby and Lily.

August 14, 2020

PAUL PENZONE

Sheriff Maricopa County
Bio coming soon

September 11, 2020

Dr. CURTIS FINCH

Superintendent for DVUSD
Dr. Finch’s 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 community. As a young adult, Curtis utilized the long summer days to skipper a commercial fishing boat, work construction, and mine gold to pay for his college education.

Curtis received a BA in Secondary Mathematics, a MA in Administration, and a PhD in Education. Dr. Finch has spent 24 years in administration at the Middle School, High School, Superintendent, and ISD levels. He has received two state Winner’s Circle awards and a Region III Superintendent of the Year award. The past eighteen years as a Superintendent has afforded Curt opportunities to shape educational issues, testifying before the Michigan Legislature, the FCC in Washington DC, and serving on local, state, and national committees. He has also passed multiple school levies, recently securing a $40 million Special Education Enhancement Millage and later creating Meceola Technical College for vocationally training adults.

Dr. Finch is married to Angie and has a daughter who is a math professor and a son who is completing his eye doctor residency.

 


October 9, 2020
VALERIE BECKETT

Deputy County Manager

Valerie has served as Special Assistant to the County Manager since 2016.  In that role, she has worked tirelessly on key initiatives and priorities of the Board of Supervisors.  With each project, she has demonstrated great leadership, focus, and commitment to the residents we serve and the mission of Maricopa County. 

Valerie is a proven leader who gets results.  In the U.S. Marine Corps, she rose to the rank of Captain.  In the private sector, she held management positions at the Ford Motor Company and General Electric.  In her time at Maricopa County, she has been deeply involved in making government work better for residents, including as Customer Service Manager for the Planning & Development Department, Interim Director for Animal Care & Control, and Director of the Ombudsman Program.

Valerie is an Arizona native who holds an undergraduate degree in Business and a Masters of Education from Northern Arizona University.

 

October 9, 2020

JEN POKORSKI

Director of Planning & Development Maricopa County
Bio coming soon