Debra is the Digital Media Coordinator for CAZCA at Desert Botanical Garden. She manages CAZCA’s digital communications and provides general support for CAZCA programs. As an environmental educator and Certified Interpretive Guide, Debra’s passions are helping people connect with places, natural and cultural resources and encouraging the public to engage in conservation action.
Donna Bronski has lived in Arizona since 1977. Starting in 1984, she served as legal advisor and land use/zoning attorney for various cities, towns and special districts throughout AZ, but primarily around the Valley of the Sun. Now that Donna and her husband have retired, she is focused on family and volunteer activities. Her primary volunteer position is serving as a board member for the White Tank Mountains Conservancy.
Jay leads the Community Engagement Program for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Jay has been with the Department since 2001 and has served in a number of roles, including Wildlife Manager, Law Enforcement Program Manager, Education Branch Chief, Shooting Sports Branch Chief and Regional Supervisor.
Les Meyers, Executive Director of the White Tank Mountains Conservancy, brings more than thirty years’ experience in site search, land acquisition and due diligence, land management, complex development processes, and multi-sector collaborations with municipalities, legislators, government agencies and conservation groups. Les leads a large scale collaborative effort to protect the diverse habitat of the White Tank Mountains through maintaining ecological connectivity and advancing stewardship of and engagement with the mountains.
Heather is CAZCA’s Desert Defenders Liaison. She studied sustainability and geography at CSU. She believes in stewardship and caring for Earth’s ecosystems. She advocates for community involvement by using resources like the Desert Defenders Prog
Jeny Davis is the EcoFlora/CAZCA Engagement Coordinator Coordinator at Desert Botanical Garden. Her studies in horticulture and sustainable ecosystems provided the tools to share her enthusiasm for urban nature and conservation. She encourages others to learn about nearby nature where they live and become neighborhood naturalists. Her interests include urban ecosystems, the human nature connection and community science.
Terry is a volunteer with CAZCA and works with Aireona and Annia to maintain a database of research projects underway in CAZCA partner organizations. She also assists and supports with other programs like the Sonoran Seed Collaborative.
Terry’s previous work has focused on forest resource policy and law and land-use planning in forest ecosystems.
Pat Barber is an Arizona native from Yuma. He has worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department for over 25 years in a variety of positions and in a variety of locations around the state. He is currently assigned to the headquarters/Director’s Office as the Executive Community Engagement Administrator, building relationships with communities around the state and developing new business approaches.
Chris Jacques, AICP is the Director of Planning and Community Development and the Zoning Administrator for the City of Peoria. He leads a professional staff that is responsible for a broad array of functions including zoning and development administration, historic preservation, open space and strategic planning. Mr. Jacques has over 25 years of professional planning experience. He has successfully led the completion of a number of signature development and planning projects including the successful voter ratification of the 2001 and 2010 Peoria General Plans, P83 Urban Design Plan, and the Peoria Design Principles and Guidelines for architectural and site review.