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Announcing the Fourth Class of Flinn-Brown Fellows

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership is pleased to announce the Fall 2012 class of Flinn-Brown Civic
Leadership Academy. This is the fourth class to participate in the Academy, an initiative of the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix and the Thomas R. Brown Foundations in Tucson.

With now over 100 Arizonans participating in the initiative, Flinn-Brown Fellows can be found all over the state, including Kykotsmovi, Flagstaff, Jerome, Cottonwood, Goodyear, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Vail, Tucson, Safford, and other cities and towns in between. Fellows also continue to represent a wide array of perspectives, walks of life, and employment backgrounds. The newest class includes leaders from Arizona’s business, industry, nonprofit, education, and government sectors—including current and former local elected officials.

The Flinn-Brown Academy, the flagship program of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, was created to help prepare and support Arizona’s future state-level civic leaders who wish to serve—whether full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid—as a member of a state board, commission, or advisory council; an elected official; a state government executive; or a policy advisor.

The Academy is comprised of a 12-session seminar series that helps participants develop a better understanding of Arizona’s most pressing public-policy issues, as well as the skills required to take the next steps into state-level civic leadership. Beyond the seminars, the Academy includes advising from a private- or public-sector leader, an individual plan for civic leadership in Arizona, an alumni network, and continued learning opportunities.

The nonpartisan Academy’s content is based on the critical issues facing Arizona. Public-policy experts, scholars, current and former agency heads, elected officials, and other leaders—drawn from the public and private sectors—share with Fellows not only facts and figures, but also a wide variety of perspectives and leadership skills.

The class was selected in a highly competitive process that involved a formal application, along with an in-person interview. The Leadership Council of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership made the final selection of Fellows. The group will begin the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy on September 7.

Interested in participating in the Academy? The Academy seminar series is presented in the fall and spring each year. The application process for the Spring 2013 cohort will open later in September, and the Fall 2013 application process will open next March. See for updates about both upcoming classes and subscribe to the free e-newsletter.

Kate Ali'VariusKate Ali’varius, Mesa

CEO, EduKate Publishing

Jeremy BabendureJeremy Babendure, Ph.D., Mesa

Director, Arizona SciTech Festival

Jennifer CarusettaJennifer Carusetta, Scottsdale

Chief Legislative Liaison, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

Nikki CheckNikki Check, Jerome

Mayor, Town of Jerome; Director of Viticulture and Enology, Yavapai College

Paul CorensPaul Corens, Phoenix

Senior Investment Portfolio Manager,  Public Safety Personnel Retirement, State of Arizona

Toni EberhardtToni Eberhardt, Phoenix

Senior Manager, Public Affairs, PetSmart

John FisherJohn Fisher, Phoenix

Executive Director, Stand for Children

Jenna GoadJenna Goad, Phoenix

Intergovernmental Programs Administrator, City of Glendale

Kristina GomezKristina Gomez, Phoenix

Deputy Executive Director, Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

Don GrafDon Graf, Gilbert

Director of Telemedicine, UnitedHealthcare

Eric GudinoEric Gudiño, Phoenix

Director of Municipal Government Relations, Arizona State University

Mary HamwayMary Hamway, Paradise Valley

Former Vice Mayor, Town of Paradise Valley

Lisa Schnebly HeidingerLisa Schnebly Heidinger, Phoenix


Diane JoensDiane Joens, Cottonwood

Mayor, City of Cottonwood

James LaBarJames LaBar, Phoenix

Principal Policy Analyst, Salt River Project

Sheri LauritanoSheri Lauritano, J.D., Goodyear

Councilmember, City of Goodyear; Partner, Bain & Lauritano, PLC

Melissa LempkeMelissa Lempke, Phoenix

Director of Communications, Banner Health Foundation

Jose Luis PenalosaJose Luis Peñalosa, Jr., J.D., Phoenix

Attorney, Peñalosa & Associates, P.C.

Christian PriceChristian Price, Maricopa

Mayor, City of Maricopa; Managing Partner, Pantheon Investments

Paula RnadolphPaula Randolph, Scottsdale

Project Manager, Sonoran Institute

Veekas ShirivastavaVeekas Shrivastava, Tempe

Deputy Finance Director, David Schapira for Congress

Brenda SperdutiBrenda Sperduti, Phoenix

President, Sperduti NetWorks

Nicky StevensNicky Stevens, Goodyear

Housing Program Manager, Arizona Behavioral Health Corp.

Susan TrujilloSusan Trujillo, J.D., Phoenix

Attorney, Quarles & Brady

Julie WalkerJulie Walker, Flagstaff

Project Manager, Morrison Brothers Windmill Ranch

Fonda WaltersFonda Walters, Ed.D., Tempe

Senior Research Analyst, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University

Arizona LeaderForce Adds Two New Community Engagement Initiatives

Arizona LeaderForce, an initiative of the Collaboration for a New Century (CNC), recently launched two new programs that expand its commitment to strengthening human services in the Phoenix metropolitan area through collaboration and community engagement.

The new programs, AZLF Agency Forum and the Collaboration Consulting Corps., support AZ LeaderForce’s existing nine-month leadership program, which develops a network of community leaders—Coaches—and human service partners—Blue Ribbon agencies—that collaborate to take action.

Each year, CNC identifies six nonprofit agencies for strategic support. Blue Ribbon agencies are chosen based on their track record for being innovative, community-based, holistic, collaborative, and outcome-focused. Each agency fits into one of six human service categories: child development, youth mentoring, affordable housing, job training, family support, and affordable health care.

Over nine months, the Coaches share their expertise with Blue Ribbon agencies to help them build capacity and expand services. Blue Ribbon agencies have included UMOM New Day Centers, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, and ChilpHelp. The next AZ LeaderForce group will begin April 2013.

The recently announced AZLF Agency Forum, starting this fall, will provide Blue Ribbon agencies with an additional opportunity to work with Coaches and deepen relationships with fellow Blue Ribbon agencies. Participants will meet in intensive two-hour sessions to share best practices; identify volunteer opportunities; facilitate growth opportunities for agency staff; and discuss potential solutions to agency challenges.

AZ LeaderForce’s second new program, Collaboration Consulting Corps., matches Blue Ribbon agencies with Coaches that provide individual, short-term assistance on a specified project or service area. Upon request, AZ LeaderForce pairs an agency with a volunteer consultant who has the specific expertise needed by the agency. Once matched, the consultant works with the agency to execute a particular project.

Interested in becoming a Blue Ribbon agency? Or do you have a career’s worth of experience and expertise to share as an AZ LeaderForce Coach? Visit to get involved.

CNC was formed in 1999 by former Phoenix Suns owner, Jerry Colangelo, and his friend, Dr. Bill Starr, whose concern for the Valley’s poor led them to take action. CNC’s vision is to see business, faith, philanthropy, and government leaders working together to ensure that individuals and families in vulnerable communities have healthy, independent lives.

On the Trail: Fall 2011 Flinn-Brown Fellow Stefanie Mach Talks About the Need for Diverse Voices in Arizona’s Leadership

Stefanie Mach speaks at a Flinn-Brown Academy event, May 2012

Though Stefanie Mach is a partner at the nonprofit and political consulting firm CM Concordia and has worked for nonprofit organizations in various capacities, interned at the Embassy of Peru, worked in Senator Russ Feingold’s office, and even had her own weekly radio show on politics, she did not seriously consider running for office before her experience as a Flinn-Brown Academy Fellow in 2011. Currently a candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 10 (Tucson), Mach has been busy going door-to-door talking with her neighbors about their concerns and Arizona’s most pressing issues. We recently caught up with her to find out how she came to the decision to run.

When Stefanie Mach sat down with her Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy cohort last Fall and began listening to seminar presenters, it didn’t take her long to see that she was with an impressive group. “I was in a room full of people who were dynamic, knowledgeable, and accomplished. They were professionals with prestigious titles. They were from every corner of the state and had all types of life experiences,” she said.

Over the course of 12 seminars on issues ranging from K-12 education, the state’s economy, and health care, the 26 Flinn-Brown Fellows were challenged to analyze and discuss public policy choices for Arizona. But clearly 26 Fellows meant 26 ways to think about an issue or solve a problem. “The different perspectives were vital to the conversations,” Mach recounted. “No one person had all the right answers, but we each contributed our own perspectives to get closer to the solutions that we were looking for.” At each seminar session, Mach found that someone would make a point or ask a question that transformed the dialogue. “The most interesting moments came when the conversation turned to what could work to solve a specific issue, rather than focusing on past challenges.”

The Academy seminar series inspired Mach into action. “The Academy motivated me to run for office. I want to be one of the voices asking new questions.” Mach decided that among the possible leadership roles she could engage in, state office makes the most sense for her because she wants to work on a breadth of interrelated issues. “I want to make sure that there is a synergy in policy creation and implementation. Sometimes one policy can’t work without another,” said Mach. “I like putting things together and making sure that on the whole it works.”

And that is how Mach found herself knocking on doors—a lot of doors—talking to her neighbors about issues important to them and Arizona. “As a candidate, I learn a lot by going door-to-door,” Mach says. “It allows me to engage people on the things they want to talk about. I have found, too, that sometimes people tell me very personal things.”

Mach looks forward to more of her Flinn-Brown Academy colleagues pursuing state-level service. “We need a broad spectrum of voices and perspectives to make Arizona a strong and competitive state in its next 100 years. I hope in the future, Academy alumni can further join forces on our way to making Arizona a better place.”

Interested in learning how you, too, can contribute your unique set of experiences to state-level leadership? The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership will begin accepting applications for the Spring 2013 Academy this Fall.

Subscribe to Civic Leadership News to be notified as soon as applications open.

Flinn-Brown Fellows Complete Intensive Seminar Series, Look Toward State-Level Service

Throughout the celebrations marking Arizona’s Centennial, many have wondered about how the next generation of civic leaders can prepare for the future. The third class of Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Fellows has been busy thinking about that same thing and planning their leadership contributions to Arizona’s next century.

This group of 24 Arizonans from Safford to Flagstaff is committed to helping address the state’s long-term issues and improving the quality of life for future Arizonans. They recently completed an intensive seminar series, the first component of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy. The Fellows devoted hundreds of hours to learning about policy topics ranging from such issues as the state’s fiscal system to the economy, human services, border issues, and water.

These Arizonans represent a wide range of outlooks, career paths, and urban and rural regions. Among them are leaders in business, education, and health policy, nonprofit executives, local elected officials, policy professionals, attorneys, an army ranger, and an Emmy-winner.

“Like each of our classes so far, this one has terrific people from throughout Arizona from all walks of life and all kinds of perspectives,” said Nancy Welch, vice president of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, which administers the Flinn-Brown Academy. “I know they will make a difference in Arizona.”

While their experiences and views vary, all of the Fellows have shown a strong commitment to serving their communities at the state level and to acquiring the policy and civic leadership skills needed to make a difference.

“In this cohort we have people on the left, people in the center, and people on the right,” said Fellow Russ Yelton, president and chief executive officer of the Flagstaff-based Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. “At the end of every day we dedicated time to sit down and rehash the issues to really try to come to a center conclusion.”

Each daylong seminar included detailed presentations and question-and-answer sessions with state agency heads, veteran lawmakers, business and nonprofit leaders, and policy experts.

“The speakers and presenters bring a terrific range of experience to the Fellows,” said Welch. “Each Academy becomes broader, richer, and deeper as we work through complex issues. Fellows see and discuss the opportunities for solving state-level issues.”

The assistance and commitment of the speakers extends far beyond the seminar, according to Dr. Deborah Gonzalez, a Fellow who serves as chief academic officer of the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy in Phoenix. “The program presenters have made themselves available outside of the Academy. They’ve been more than gracious in reaching out to help and mentor us informally,” said Gonzalez.

As part of the seminar, Fellows also participated in a policymaking exercise. They worked in committees that focused on a tough issue facing Arizona today, such as math readiness for high school, the state’s fiscal system, or road infrastructure and funding. The committees studied the issues and collaborated to create policy recommendations. They presented their findings to high-level civic leaders at the final Academy seminar.

The seminar series is only one element of the multifaceted civic leadership program. Fellows continue to receive guidance and support from an advisor who is an experienced state-level civic leader. “I’m hoping that my advisor will help me think through the logistics of beginning a grassroots effort that has legs,” said Gonzalez, who hopes to implement a community effort that will better support parents and impact the larger communities surrounding schools.

Britann O’Brien, director of the Southern Arizona office of Governor Brewer, is passionate about rural Arizona and the challenges and opportunities presented in border communities. As a Flinn-Brown Fellow, she found the collaboration among civically engaged peers from a range of backgrounds invaluable. “Meeting other future leaders from a huge cross section of people from all over the state has resulted in relationships that I know will continue far into the future,” said O’Brien.

The Flinn-Brown Leadership Academy is geared toward Arizonans who want to be state-level civic leaders as elected officials, members of boards and commissions, policy advisors, or state agency executives. It is one of three core components of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, created in 2010 by the Flinn Foundation and co-sponsored by the Thomas R. Brown Foundations, respectively based in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. The Center is administered by the Flinn Foundation under the guidance of the Center’s Leadership Council.

Other components of the Center include the Arizona Civic Leadership Collaborative, established to leverage and expand the efforts of local civic-leadership programs throughout the state, and a Communication and Outreach program designed to inform organizations and individuals about the importance of civic leadership and increase civic engagement among Arizonans.

The fourth Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy will be held in the fall, beginning in September. The selection process, which began with submission of formal application portfolios, is now underway.


About the Flinn Foundation: The Flinn Foundation is a Phoenix-based, private, nonprofit philanthropic endowment. It was established by Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Flinn in 1965 with the mission of improving the quality of life in Arizona. The nonprofit philanthropy supports the advancement of Arizona’s bioscience sector, the Flinn Scholars Program, the arts, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.

About the Thomas R. Brown Foundations: The Thomas R. Brown Foundations are dedicated to raising the quality of life for present and future generations through expanded understanding and application of economic principles in private and public decision making. The Foundations are also dedicated to advancing solutions to community problems through strategic grants, research, and policy analysis.

Don’t Miss the Encore (Prize, That Is); Deadline is June 29

ApproximatVirginia G. Piper Logoely one out of four Arizonans is 50 years of age or older. Interest is increasing among this experienced group in “encore” careers—new activities that combine personal satisfaction with social impact.

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has created the “Encore Prize” to reward nonprofit and public sector organizations that are leading the way in engaging older adults in social purposes. The Piper Trust will award up to three $5,000 prizes to organizations. Plus, one of the three may receive a $50,000 Encore Enhancement Prize to expand their use of 50+ talent. The deadline for application is June 29. See for more information.

In 2009, the Piper Trust helped to launch Experience Matters, an initiative to connect 50+ adults with social purpose opportunities, led by Flinn-Brown Fellow Nora Hannah. Nora works daily to recruit, train, and place experienced Arizonans (mostly Baby Boomers right now) with nonprofit or civic organizations in need of their expertise. This deep reservoir of talent is expected to pay dividends for communities as experience in one field is transferred to others to serve the greater good. See to learn more about opportunities with Experience Matters.

Congratulations, Scottsdale Leadership Class XXVI!

Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit community leadership program serving the Scottsdale area for more than 25 years, recently announced the graduation of Class XXVI.

Thirty-six individuals participated in thought-provoking discussions covering issues facing Scottsdale. Other experiences in the program included a helicopter tour of SRP’s dams and a full day of police and fire training. Scottsdale Leadership graduates go onto tackle community issues, lead nonprofit organizations and seek public office. The graduation was sponsored by Casino Arizona / Talking Stick Resort and General Dynamics.

Graduates of Scottsdale Leadership, Class XXVI include:

Sandy Adler, Arizona Best Real Estate
Jennifer Bare, Buzz Mouth
E. Thomas Billard, Midwestern University
Kate Birchler, Westcor
Terri Blau, Scottsdale Community College
Teshara Boston, Defense Contract Audit Agency
Lucia Burns, Girlfriend U, LLC
Tyler Butler, Microsoft Store
Joy Cervantes, Joy C. Cervantes CPA, PC
Samuel Chang, Lewis and Roca, LLP
Michael Corso, PCI Associates, Ltd.
Jennifer Dangremond, STARS
Kevin Donovan, Scottsdale Insurance Company
Jenifer Dymek, SRP
Tim Garvin, City Property Management Company, Inc.
Alisa Hawthorne, Scottsdale Healthcare
Kiem Ho, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.
Joe Holmes, ATC Associates, Inc.
Heather Husom, Hello Arizona! Inc.
Slava Ibragimov, First Bank
Timothy Jorden, 1st Advantage Mortgage
Braden Love, Scottsdale Insurance Company
Chuck McGrath, Charles W. McGrath, Jr. CPA, PC
Jeff Miller, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale
Jonathan Miller, HomeOwner Now, LLC
Todd Miller, Scottsdale Insurance Company
Nick Molinari, Granite Reef Sr. Center
Rachel Pearson, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Chris Rivera, DMB Associates, Inc.
Jerry Scheirer, Valley of the Sun United Way
Ted Taylor, Family Promise of Greater Phoenix
John Thornton, Thorton Financial Consulting
Jeff Walther, Scottsdale Police Department
Linda Walton, City of Scottsdale
John Ware, RJR Surveys, Inc.
Melinda Webster, A.R. Mays Construction

Meet Me at Middle Ground: An Interview with 2011 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow Dustin Cox

Dustin Cox (right) talks with Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy classmate Fernando Shipley.

Dustin Cox, president of CM Concordia Consulting, is a 2004 Flinn Scholar and former executive director of Anytown America and Anytown Arizona, nonprofits offering nationwide leadership development programs. A year ago, Cox was completing the inaugural Flinn-Brown Academy seminar series. Today, he’s running for Arizona state representative in Legislative District 9 (Tucson). We pulled him off the campaign trail for a few minutes to reflect on his experience with the Flinn-Brown Academy and its impact on his current Arizona leadership endeavors.

What can happen when 25 engaged, committed Arizonans from different perspectives and walks of life come together to talk about Arizona’s future? According to Dustin Cox, the answer is effective problem solving. The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy brought together “roughly 25 individuals who sat in a room and essentially came up with middle-ground policy stances that would help push our state forward if we could implement them.”

In fact, Cox said, he didn’t know where his colleagues stood politically until pretty late in the seminar series. “I think that created a space where we could work together without feeling threatened.”

He credits the Academy’s ability to get participants to “leave party affiliations at the door” for the fellowship’s in-depth discussion of broad issues, such as water policy, state budget, immigration, and healthcare, among others. Each of the Academy’s 12 seminars, according to Cox, included such experts as agency heads, researchers, legal and policy experts, current and former policymakers, and “those working on the frontlines.”

“A diversity of perspectives was put forward in an educational manner where rhetoric was not injected into the equation. It wasn’t sound bites,” explained Cox. “When you have the time and space to talk about these issues in the nuanced and complicated format that they really exist, it gives people the ability to authentically consider all of the options and to realize that Arizona’s problems are not insurmountable.”

This level of exposure, Cox believes, has made him a much more informed candidate in his current run for office. “I can speak with so much more authority and confidence on water policy, for example,” he said. The water seminar covered legal history, the future challenges Arizona faces as a desert state, and the collaboration required among municipalities, tribes, states, and federal organizations. I do not know of any other state program that provides such depth and breadth of information to potential state-level civic leaders,” he said.

He hopes that in the future all Arizona leaders “have the opportunity to get this kind of hands-on experience and perspective.”

Now accepting applications for Fall 2012 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy

Applications are now open for the Fall 2012 session of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy. Application portfolios are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012 (Please note this new extended deadline).

A brochure with detailed information about the Fall 2012 Academy, which will run from early September to mid-November 2012, is available for download.

After reading the brochure, you may begin building your application portfolio here.

A sample application is available at:

About the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy

From full-time professional to part-time volunteer, there is a place for all Arizonans in civic life and civic leadership. The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy helps to expand the cadre of future state-level civic leaders with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to address Arizona’s long-term issues.

The Flinn-Brown Academy is designed for Arizonans from the private- and public-sectors with a strong interest in engaging at the state-level as a member of a state board, commission, or advisory council, an elected official, a state agency, or a policy advisor.

The non-partisan Academy supplies Flinn-Brown Fellows with the facts and figures required to better understand statewide policy issues and different perspectives, and strengthens leadership skills to achieve goals for the common good.

The Academy includes 12 day-long sessions in which Flinn-Brown Fellows learn from presentations by dozens of influential issue experts and current and former leaders, explore case studies, and engage in practical skills development.

The Academy also features invaluable opportunities to network with other emerging and established leaders. As part of the Academy, Fellows are matched with advisors whose civic leadership experience can help the Fellow further develop their capacity for state-level civic leadership. With their advisors’ support, Fellows develop personalized individual civic-leadership plans.

Ideal Candidates

The strongest applicant for the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy….

  • Possesses a keen desire to be a state-level civic leader in Arizona.
  • Is committed to civic involvement personally and to encouraging civic engagement among Arizonans.
  • Has a significant interest in state-level public-policy issues, analysis, and solutions.
  • Shows interest in and has the capacity to consider different perspectives and make fact-driven decisions for the common good.
  • Exhibits the ability to be an effective leader, as seen in a combination of current or past work experience, business, volunteer, school, or church activities, civic activities, issue advocacy, or local elected office.
  • Has taken other preparatory steps to becoming a civic leader, such as participation in a local or regional leadership-training program.

The program is not intended for those who are already state-level elected officials or paid staff members of a political party.

Academy Application Process

To begin the application process for the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, a candidate compiles an application portfolio, which is submitted online. All applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. The committee will identify a group of candidates to be invited to the Flinn Foundation for a personal interview.

Components of the application portfolio include:

  • Online application;
  • Current resume;
  • Letters of endorsement from two Arizonans.

Click here to begin the application.

A sample application is available at:

Upon submission of your application portfolio, you should receive, within 24 hours (during the business week), an email message confirming its receipt. Confirmations will not be sent over the weekend.

If you need more information, have any questions, or do not receive an email confirmation after submitting an application, please contact AzCCL program manager Emily Rajakovich at or 602-744-6828.

Announcing the third class of Flinn-Brown Fellows

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership is pleased to introduce the 25 Arizonans who have been selected as the third class of Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Fellows. Coming from many cities and towns, a broad spectrum of professions, and many walks of life, the group will begin the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy on March 9.

The Flinn-Brown Academy, one of three core components of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, is anchored by a 12-session seminar series that emphasizes the skills and knowledge that help leaders resolve state-level challenges. The Academy seminar series is presented in the fall and spring each year.

The nonpartisan Academy’s content is based on the critical issues facing Arizona today and in the coming years. Current and former public-policy experts, scholars, agency heads, elected officials, and other leaders—drawn from the public and private sectors—share with Fellows not only facts and figures, but also a wide variety of perspectives and leadership skills.

Beyond the seminars, the Academy includes advising from a private- or public-sector leader, an individual plan for civic leadership, and an alumni network.

The 25 Flinn-Brown Fellows were selected in a highly competitive process that involved formal applications and endorsements, along with an in-person interview. The Leadership Council of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership made the final selection of Fellows.

Interested in participating in the Academy? The Fall 2012 class of the Academy will begin in September. Information about becoming a member of the fourth Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy will be available on the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership’s website in mid-March.

Spring 2012 Flinn-Brown Fellows

Talonya AdamsTalonya Adams, J.D., Gilbert

Of Counsel, Arizona Care Group LLC

Paul AllvinPaul Allvin, Phoenix

Vice President of Brand Advancement, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

Elaine ArmfieldElaine M. Armfield, Tempe

Development Officer, W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU

Gwen CalhounGwen Calhoun, Sierra Vista

Councilmember, City of Sierra Vista

Patrick CamuñezPatrick Camuñez, J.D., Queen Creek

Attorney-Advisor, Arizona National Guard

Chip DavisChip Davis, Prescott

Supervisor, Yavapai County Government

Joseph FuJoe Fu, Mesa

Strategic Information Officer, U.S. Department of State

John GarciaJohn Garcia, Phoenix

Director, Arizona College Access Network

Chris GibbsChris Gibbs, Safford

Mayor, City of Safford

Deborah GonzalezDeborah Gonzalez, Ed.D., Phoenix

Chief Academic Officer, ASU Preparatory Academy

Pete GriffinPete Griffin, Phoenix

President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

David LongoriaDavid Longoria, Tucson

Executive Assistant to the County Administrator, Pima County

Sylvia MejiaSylvia Mejia, Scottsdale 

Program Administrator, Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona

John MolinaJohn W. Molina, M.D., J.D., Guadalupe

CEO, Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Christopher NagataChristopher M. Nagata, Tucson

Graduate Student, Zuckerman College of Public Health, Eller College of Management

Britann O'BrienBritann O’Brien, Vail

Director, Governor’s Southern Arizona Office, State of Arizona

Joanne OsborneJoanne Osborne, Goodyear

Vice Mayor, City of Goodyear; Owner, Osborne Jewelers

Stephen PawlowskiStephen Pawlowski, Phoenix

Senior Consultant, Burns & Associates, Inc.

Stacy ReinsteinStacy Reinstein, Phoenix

Senior Policy Manager, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Children, Youth and Families

Gabrielle SilvaGabrielle (Gaby) Silva, Tempe

Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, Arizona-Mexico Commission, Office of the Governor

Frances SjobergFrances Sjoberg, J.D., Phoenix

Law Clerk to Justice John Pelander, Arizona Supreme Court

Bonnie SneedBonnie Sneed, Scottsdale

Governing Board President, Scottsdale Unified School District

John SundtJohn Sundt, J.D., Tucson

Partner, Rusing, Lopez, Lizardi PLLC

Russ YeltonRuss Yelton, Flagstaff

President and CEO, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology

Carl ZaragozaCarl Zaragoza, Phoenix

Director of Field Engagement, Leadership for Educational Equity

Does Arizona history matter?

Arizona Centennial logoZócalo Public Square, a one-of-a-kind initiative to better understand citizenship and community, is posing a an intriguing question:

In a state where the majority of residents are migrants from elsewhere, how much does Arizona’s history matter?

On February 7, a week before the centennial of Arizona’s statehood, Zócalo will host a public event in Tucson to delve into the question. Jack B. Jewett, president and CEO of the Flinn Foundation, will serve as moderator for the free event, which will be held at the Hotel Congress at 6:30 p.m.

  • Panelists at the event will include:
  • Thomas E. Sheridan, University of Arizona professor of anthropology;
  • Eric V. Meeks, Northern Arizona University professor of history;
  • Lattie Coor, founder of the Center for the Future of Arizona; and
  • Tom Zoellner, author of A Safeway in Arizona.

Among the related questions that Zócalo will invite the panelists to consider:

How are these people who pulled up stakes and changed the course of their personal histories to become Arizonans influenced—if at all—by the events that preceded their arrival? One hundred years ago, Arizona emerged as a state after a two-decade-long struggle to convince Congress that its citizens were “American” enough. Did the way it joined the union shape its present-day culture?

Reservations for the event, and more information about it, are available on the Zócalo website.