Sarah Rose Webber is the Deputy Director of Arizona Parks and Trails, the state agency that oversees, preserves, and protects over 33 state parks and natural areas, and includes the State Trails Program, the State Historic Preservation Office, outdoor-related grant programs, and statewide outdoor recreation planning.
Prior to this position, Sarah served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the State of Arizona under Governor Ducey. In that role, she managed the governor’s cabinet and oversaw all state agency operations. She also served as the State Infrastructure Coordinator for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation and Director of the Government Transformation Office while COO.
Sarah earned her master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Utah University. Sarah previously worked at a rural shelter.
Sarah currently serves as a Trustee on the Arizona Retirement System Board and as a board member of the Phoenix Theater Company. She is a member of the 2023/24 Arizona Forward Emerging Sustainability Leaders cohort. Sarah recently was selected to serve on the CAZA Steering Committee and National Forest Fund Northern Arizona Forest Fund Advisory Council.
Sarah has a great love for Arizona’s diverse ecosystems and enjoys hiking, running, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, backpacking, triathlon and all activities outdoors. Sarah is a certified yoga instructor and she enjoys teaching yoga at nonprofits and outdoor nature spaces in her spare time.
Dawn Collins joined the Arizona State Parks and Trails team in 2006 as a Research Project Manager. Since then, she has been able to deepen her knowledge about grant administration, natural and cultural resource protection, state fiscal and procurement processes, partnership development and maintenance, process evaluation and improvement and project management, working alongside colleagues and partners. She leads statewide outdoor recreation planning efforts and participates in other agency strategic initiatives.
Claire Miller started her Natural Resource Management career in the City of Phoenix in 1987 as Park Ranger – one of the first mounted patrol rangers in a newly developed program for the City of Phoenix mountain parks and preserves. She is a nationally certified mounted officer. In 1999, she left the City of Phoenix to become the first Preserve Manager for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. In the Scottsdale manager position, she was integral in the development of several trailhead facilities and a network of approximately 200 miles of natural surface trails. She returned to the City of Phoenix in 2014, as a manager (and now Supervisor) for the 21,000-acre Phoenix Sonoran Preserve system.
Miller received her B.A. in Outdoor Recreation from the University of New Mexico in 1983, and attended graduate school at Arizona State University in Natural Resource Management. Throughout her career, she has served on many boards, including CAZCA, the Arizona State Committee on Trails, the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, the Network for Arizona Trails and the North Valley Outdoor Network.
Laurel Arndt is an environmental and urban planner with over 25 years of experience in natural resource management, research and policy analysis, open space planning, conservation advocacy, community engagement, collaboration and coalition building.
Over the course of her career, she has served in many roles as a planner. She has sat on County and State Parks Boards as a Commissioner or Board member advocating for open space conservation since 2000. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in environmental planning, state trust land management, transportation, land use planning and development, sustainable recreational planning and environmental review processes (NEPA).
Laurel is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking.
Laurel holds a B.S. in Business and a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, both from Arizona State University
Janelle Siefert is the Interim Executive Director of WTMC. She graduated from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning and has had an enduring passion for the intersection between sustainability, urban planning, and wildlife. She has spent her career so far passionate about this niche, conducting research on wildlife in the urban realm, walkability in the Valley, and sustainable landscaping practices in Arizona. She was also among the first “boots on the ground” for a wildlife conservation non-profit named Lengau, where she assisted in setting up a camera trap grid to monitor leopards in the Soutpansberg Mountains of South Africa.