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Arizona State Parks Board

Board Chair

Dale Larsen

As an Arizona resident since 1984, Dale Larsen is a devoted practitioner, teacher, participant, researcher and supporter of our fabulous Arizona parks and trails. He spent 27 years as the Assistant Director and Director for the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Retiring in 2010, he became a full-time faculty member and administrative Director of Community Relations for the Arizona State University College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

He currently serves as the President of the Camp Colley Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to send disadvantaged children to an outdoor adventure camp in Blue Ridge Arizona. He is also a member of the City Parks Alliance, the National Park and Recreation Association, the Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration, and the Trust for Public Lands.

 

Most important to him, they raised three children and now nine grandchildren with a major emphasis on the unlimited recreational and educational values of our Arizona parks and trails.

Term Expires 01/21/2019


Board Vice-Chair

John Sefton, Peoria

John R. Sefton, Jr., CPRP joined the City of Peoria in August 2012 as the Community Services Director.   He is responsible for leading the team’s functional divisions of Parks, Recreation, Libraries, Public Arts and the Peoria Sports Complex.  

John diligently strives to deliver the quality of life for Peoria that the citizens and City Council aspire for. Prior to joining Peoria, John served the cities of Tucson, Prescott Valley, Chandler, Casa Grande and Henderson, Nevada in various parks and recreation positions from Lifeguard to Director.  Wedging in seven years of the ‘housing boom’ with developer Pulte Homes and the Communities of Del Webb, John helped build the lifestyle communities of Anthem, AZ and Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence, AZ.

John received his Bachelor’s in Business Management from ASU, a certificate in Public Policy from the U of A, and in 2013 completed his Master’s Degree in Community and Land Use Planning at NAU. Notable career accomplishments include supporting and leading Tucson and Peoria departments through their inaugural CAPRA Accreditation processes, Parks and Recreation Master Planning, recreation amenity design and construction leadership and organizational development initiatives.


Board Member

Lisa A. Atkins, State Land Commissioner, Phoenix

Lisa Atkins was appointed by Governor Douglas A. Ducey to serve as Commissioner of the Arizona State Land Department on June 15, 2015. Atkins is the 21st Commissioner in the 100-year history of the State Land Department, and is responsible for managing and administering 9.2 million acres of State Land that is held in a Trust for 13 beneficiaries, the largest of which is Arizona’s K-12 education.

As an Arizona native, Atkins combines a well-rounded understanding of the State with more than 40 years of experience in the federal and state legislative and policy arenas. Ms. Atkins served for more than 23 years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bob Stump (R-AZ) in both Washington, D.C. and Arizona, 18 months as the Executive Director of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona (CSA), representing more than 50 elected Arizona County Supervisors on policy and budget matters, and 11 years as the Vice President for Public Policy for Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), a group of the Region’s top business and industry leaders focused on the State’s economic growth and vitality.

Atkins is well respected in the Arizona community for her involvement in a variety of organizations. Among her current community activities, Ms. Atkins represents Maricopa County as an elected member of the Board of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD), which is responsible for operating, maintaining and managing the Central Arizona Project. She also serves as an Advisory Member of the statewide Governor’s Military Affairs Commission, which is the permanent body to monitor and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on executive, legislative and federal actions necessary to sustain and grow Arizona’s network of military installations, training and testing ranges and associated airspace.

She and her husband John reside in Phoenix; they have two grown children and three very handsome grandsons. Atkins is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

Term: 2015-present, Statutory Board Member


Board Member

Debbie Johnson, Phoenix

Debbie has spent over two decades working in the tourism industry in Arizona. She was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey as Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism in August 2015 to oversee the state’s tourism marketing strategy.  Prior to that she served as President & CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association and Valley Hotel & Resort Association.  In addition, Debbie plays an integral role in shaping Arizona’s tourism industry and serving as the voice of its 200,000+ employees.
    
She serves on numerous local, state and national boards and committees dedicated to the industry and has been honored as Arizona’s Tourism Champion of the Year, the Phoenix Visitor Industry Champion and was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame in 2011. She was named among the Valley’s Most Admired CEOs by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2012 and the Top Business Leaders of 2013-2016 by AZ Business Magazine. 

Debbie was born and raised in Wyoming, but she is a 25+ year Arizona resident and an Arizona State Sun Devil, where she received her degree in Marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, football, quality time with her three children and, of course, traveling.


Board Member

Orme Lewis, Jr.

Orme Lewis, Jr. is currently a semi-retired real estate advisor/broker and is the sole proprietor of Select Investements. LLC.

Earlier, Lewis worked as: U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee and Receiver for U.S. Bank, and was the Senior Advisor at World Resources Company. He was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Land Management for the U.S. Department of Interior and Chaired the Advisory Committee on Mining and Mineral Resources for the Emergency Minerals Administration. In 1966-68, he served as the Majority Leader and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Arizona State Senate.

Lewis holds a BS in Economics from the Univeristy of Arizona (1958).

He also served as the past Chair on the Boards for the Arizona Historical Foundation and Phoenix Childrens Hospital.

Term Expires 01/20/2020


Board Member

Shawn Orme

Shawn Orme is currently the Business Manager for Third Generation (1988 - Present).

Earlier, Orme worked as: Director of College Guidance for the Orme School (2004-2011), was the Co-Founder, Educator and President, Board of Directors of the Ash Creek School (1990-2003) and was a Resource Specialist for Amphitheater Public Schools (1977-1981).

Orme holds a BSE and BA in Elementary Education/Special Education from ASU (1976).

She also serves as the Governing Board Chair of the Verde Valley Medical Center (2014-Present) and as the Governing Board Secretary of Northern Arizona Healthcare. She had previously served on the Advisory Board of the Yavapai County Community Foundation (2003-2006).

Term Expires 01/15/2021


Board Member

Terri Palmberg

As a retired parks and recreation professional, Terri Palmberg brings experience and skills as a team player. She has a Master’s Degree from Arizona State University in Parks and Recreation Administration. She retired Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Mesa after serving in various capacities for over 30 years. She served as Member Arizona Parks and Recreation Foundation and as an active participation in the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association with various leadership positions held including president. She served multiple terms as Roosevelt Action Association neighborhood president and National Parks and Recreation Association Young Professional Southwest Region. She was selected by peers and honored as a Legend in Arizona Parks and Recreation. She was an adjunct Professor for Arizona State University teaching various classes for over 15 years both at Tempe and Downtown Campus.
 
Her primary home is in downtown Phoenix and her second home was lost in the Yarnell Hill fire. She worked hard to rebuild our rock home and it is finally finished. During this time, she watched the development of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Memorial State Trail. She is active in the Yarnell community and had the pleasure of attending the dedication and hearing your remarks. Having witnessed this development and the positive outcome has rekindled her interest in being involved, and hopefully adding value by serving at the state level.

Term Expires 01/16/2023


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