Meet the APRA Staff

Samantha J. Coffman
Executive Director


Carol F. Gary
Operations Manager

Samantha Coffman is the Executive Director for Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. Her past experiences include working nine years for the Town of Fountain Hills as the Director of Community Center and Senior Services. In addition to her years in a municipal setting Ms. Coffman has many years of experience in business management, sales & marketing, public relations, event planning, volunteer and human resource management. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Missouri State University.

Samantha is an avid trail runner and outdoor enthusiast who competes in marathons and ultra-marathons. She loves cycling, yoga, camping, hiking and traveling.

Carol served as APRA's Executive Director since May of 2008. At that time she was enjoying her retirement after 25 years with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Adaptive Recreation Services, but embraced the opportunity to continue the work and vision of our association.

Carol comes with a broad background in office and fiscal management, event planning and implementation, staff and volunteer supervision, presentations and public speaking, improving the quality of life for those with and without disabilities, and promoting the power of outdoor recreation. 

Her volunteer activities include those same skill sets in sharing her time so others can enjoy the outdoors through kayaking, cross country skiing, hiking, cycling, swimming, backpacking, and camping.   

Carol is also a proud Mom of three children and three grandchildren.  

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