Slate of candidates

We are pleased to present for your consideration the proposed slate of candidates for the APRA Board of Directors.
 
Each year the board strives to find the right balance of strategic thinking and tactical know-how to advance APRA's strategic goals.  Through their experience, perspectives and contributions, they will help grow and advance APRA and the parks and recreation community throughout Arizona. The candidates are proven leaders within their own organizations and will join a group of dedicated and experienced board members led by next year’s President, Miranda Gomez.  

Members will receive the link to vote via a Wild Apricot poll and will have until December 4th to complete it. Only members with active memberships enrolled in voting categories will be eligible to vote.

Each candidate is asked a set of questions when applying for the position, below you can read those responses.

Eligible members must be logged into their APRA member account to participate.

For the Office of Regional Representative

This position is a two-year term beginning January 2023.

Each Region Rep acts as a member of the APRA Board of Directors. The person in this position acts as a representative for the geographical boundaries of the State as determined by the APRA Bylaws.

The region rep shall establish and maintain coordination between their region members and the Association board. Conduct a minimum of three training activities, professional development programs, socials or other functions within the region. Notify the Executive Director, President and Membership Chair of changes in agency management. Introduce new Directors and refer them to join the Director TEAM to encourage engagement with APRA.

Act as an APRA representative for professional parks and recreation interests, encouraging new membership and engagement. Establish and maintain communications and good working relationships with professional organizations and agencies through personal visits and other communications in their region.

Central Region Representative



Jason Hendrix

City of Mesa


APRA Member for 1-5 years

Previous positions with APRA: 2023 Conference Committee


Why would you like to be considered as part of APRA leadership?


I have enjoyed serving on professional boards during my career in Southern California, and I'm excited to learn, serve, and make new connections as a member of the board!I believe the primary function is to increase awareness, participation, and excitement for APRA as well as the Recreation profession as a whole. It's important to me to "build the bench" and make sure that up-and-coming college students consider Parks & Rec as a career.


What do you envision as the primary function of the position you are seeking and what skills do you have that would most benefit the Association (and ultimately the membership) if elected to the position?


I believe the primary function is to increase awareness, participation, and excitement for APRA as well as the Recreation profession as a whole. It's important to me to "build the bench" and make sure that college students consider Parks & Rec as a career.


One of the greatest challenges facing APRA is the delivery of innovative and applicable professional development opportunities. What approach would you employ towards identifying potential training opportunities and how would you determine their overall effectiveness in meeting the needs of the membership? What strategy would you utilize for the development and implementation of these development opportunities?

In a post-covid world, it is important that we meet people where they are. If that includes hybrid zoom and in person opportunities, in person, or just Zoom, it's our responsibility to make sure people are able to attend. I would reach out to local professionals that are doing unique activities or programs and ask them to grow the profession by providing some professional development opportunities. I would also like to see APRA host smaller Regional Conferences so that agencies do not have to figure out how to pay for travel to conference.

North Region Representative



Joshua Frewin

City of Sedona


APRA Member for nearly 5-10 years

Previous positions with APRA:  Young Professional Committee 


Why would you like to be considered as part of APRA leadership?


I have worked in the Parks & Recreation Industry in Arizona for almost 7 years now in Morenci, Cottonwood, and now in Sedona. Being in those 3 completely distinct locations in different positions in City Parks & Recreation has shown me the benefits of collaboration between cities to learn from others. There are numerous times I've been able to reach out to our awesome APRA network with ideas or input - and being able to hear experiences of other departments has shaped a lot of our current programs and purchases from their expertise, instead of starting from scratch.


For the past two years I have also served on the APRA Young Professionals Committee which has put together Social Events through APRA and the Young Professionals Roundtable at the APRA Conference. Working in this additional capacity in order to connect with others from all over the state has been an invaluable opportunity to build friendships and connections statewide and I have learned so much from that group of people. Being part of the APRA Leadership team as the Northern Arizona Representative would be a great honor to continue to connect the Northern Arizona communities of APRA together to bring the best Parks & Recreation opportunities to our residents region and state wide.


What do you envision as the primary function of the position you are seeking and what skills do you have that would most benefit the Association (and ultimately the membership) if elected to the position?


I believe the primary function of the Northern Region Representative is to connect all of the organizations in Coconino, Yavapai, and Gila County to collaborate and help each other find resources, funding, and connect our region with the larger APRA organization as a whole. I previously worked for the City of Cottonwood with Jak Teel as my supervisor while he was the Northern Region Representative, so I was able to see what he did in the role and all that it entails.

I believe with my experience in 3 different organizations in Arizona that I do have a bit of a varying background and contacts all over the APRA statewide organization that I can help our northern region to collaborate with each other and be able to connect the latest APRA resources and updates with the members in our region and assist with the networking between our wide geographic area between these 3 counties whether through in-person get togethers or virtual meetings between members of our region to discuss current topics and resources available.

One of the greatest challenges facing APRA is the delivery of innovative and applicable professional development opportunities. What approach would you employ towards identifying potential training opportunities and how would you determine their overall effectiveness in meeting the needs of the membership? What strategy would you utilize for the development and implementation of these development opportunities?

I am a huge believer in professional development opportunities, and every year leave the APRA or NRPA conference with a whole wealth of new knowledge. As part of the Young Professionals APRA committee we have hosted speakers & mentors to talk to the Young Professionals TEAM that has left a positive impact on myself as well as many of the other TEAM members getting to hear the first hand experience of leaders in the APRA community that have all taken various paths to get to where they are in their career.

As I come across resources that are helpful, I always vet them for their accuracy and current data - and if I believe they would be helpful to others, am always one to pass it along- whether it be an in person training opportunity, a video update, or even a news article from another country that could relate to our pools. As the Northern Region Representative I will collaborate with others in the region to determine what their needs, resources, or potential opportunities are - and find ways to develop or discover existing opportunities that can help fill those needs. Oftentimes I have found that there may be an organization with an abundance of a particular resource nearby, that can then help another organization that has a need in that same particular resource - and they are just missing the connection between the two organizations. Our region representative roles are the connecting piece between organizations to prevent having to reinvent the wheel.

West Region Representative



Jordan Cummins

Mohave County Parks


APRA Member for 1-5 years

Previous positions with APRA: Membership & Engagement Committee


Why would you like to be considered as part of APRA leadership?


As a natural leader I strive to learn and grow while encouraging others to do the same. I seek to be a part of the APRA leadership team because I have ideas that I feel with help growth and communication, particularly towards the rural communities of Arizona. Throughout my life, I have been exposed to great leadership and poor leadership, I have learned a lot from both types and that is why I feel that I could be a great asset to the leadership team and APRA as a whole. I have also worked in a wide range of agencies from public to private, metropolitan to rural, including events, hospitality, tourism, and parks and recreation.


What do you envision as the primary function of the position you are seeking and what skills do you have that would most benefit the Association (and ultimately the membership) if elected to the position? 


As the west region representative, my primary function would be to connect people to APRA and each other. As someone who lives in a rural region of Arizona, I feel that it can be harder to connect with the larger metropolitan area agencies. My skills that would benefit this position would include leadership, strong communication, and an understanding of how the different agency operate, from public to private.



One of the greatest challenges facing APRA is the delivery of innovative and applicable professional development opportunities. What approach would you employ towards identifying potential training opportunities and how would you determine their overall effectiveness in meeting the needs of the membership? What strategy would you utilize for the development and implementation of these development opportunities?

Communication would be my main approach to identify potential training opportunity needs, directly asking people for their input can be very effective. There is support staff in Parks and Recreation agencies that are just as integral to the operation but do not get the opportunity to gain professional development due to lack of relevance of the trainings to their job description. Offering more classes geared toward budgeting, grants and procurement could increase membership because more people could be included. A determining factor would be the attendance to trainings and an increase in membership due to reaching a wider range of professionals. Assessing training needs and objectives, creating an action plan based off those needs, implementing training initiatives, and utilizing tools to communicate trainings would be strategies I would use to develop and implement these development opportunities.


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