Announcing the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Class of Spring 2013

February 27, 2013

By Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership is pleased to announce the newest class of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, the Center’s flagship initiative. This is the fifth Flinn-Brown Academy class, which now counts a network of 131 Fellows throughout Arizona. The new cohort of 30 Fellows includes leaders from Arizona’s private sector, business development specialists, entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, college professors, community activists, government executives, and current and former local elected officials.

A full list of the newest Flinn-Brown Fellows is below.

The nonpartisan Flinn-Brown Academy 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 initiative is supported by the Flinn Foundation in Phoenix and the Thomas R. Brown Foundations in Tucson.

During the Academy seminar series beginning in early March, the cohort will focus on Arizona’s role in the global economy, fostering livable communities, the state’s education system, human services, managing Arizona’s natural resources, and other issues vital to Arizona’s long-term success. 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. Fellows will enhance the seminar content with their own perspectives and life experiences drawn from leadership roles in communities across Arizona and varying professional backgrounds.

Beyond the seminars, the Academy includes advising from private- or public-sector leaders, support developing an individual plan for civic leadership in Arizona, a statewide network, and continued learning opportunities. Fellows begin the Academy with a wide array of state-level civic leadership goals and are expected to use the knowledge and skills developed to take their next steps as civic leaders.

Fellows are selected in a highly competitive process that involves a formal application and in-person interview. The Leadership Council of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership makes the final selection of Fellows.

If you are interested in participating in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, subscribe to the free AzCCL e-newsletter at to find out about upcoming classes.

Arlene Alen
Dewey-HumboldtCouncilmember, Dewey-Humboldt Town Council;
CEO, Neighbor to Neighbor;
Director of Marketing and Development, Horses with Heart
Catherine Alonzo
PhoenixPartner, Javelina
Erin Carr-Jordan, Ph.D.
ChandlerAcademic Department Chair, Kaplan University;
Executive Director, Kids Play Safe
Ken Clark
PhoenixReal Estate Agent, Homesmart
Anne DeGraw
PhoenixGovernment Affairs Associate, Molera Alvarez
Jaime Dempsey
PhoenixDeputy Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts
Tim Elinski
CottonwoodOwner, Kohanowicz Restoration;
Councilmember, City of Cottonwood
Julie Erfle
Dan Fitzgibbon
ChandlerRotational Development Professional, Edward Jones
Antonia Franco, Ed.D.
PhoenixVice President and Program Director—Student, Family and Community Initiatives,
Helios Education Foundation
Eddie Genna, J.D.
PhoenixProfessor, Phoenix College
John Glenn
PhoenixProject Manager, CCBG Architects
Michelle R. Hess
BuckeyeCouncilmember, Town of Buckeye
Mignonne Hollis
HerefordExecutive Director, Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation
Misty Klann
ChandlerTransportation Planner and Tribal Liaison, Arizona Department of Transportation
Jeannette Maré
TucsonExecutive Director and Founder, Ben’s Bells Project
Juan M. Moran
ScottsdaleImmigration Service Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
Department of Homeland Security
Anton Orlich, Ph.D.
PhoenixLead Portfolio Manager, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System
Nicole Pasteur
ScottsdaleDirector of Communications,
Picmonic, LLC
Mark L. Schofield
MesaManaging Director, Strategic Value Wealth Management, LLC
John Sininger
FlagstaffMedical Products Division Leader, W.L. Gore and Associates (Retired)
Ryan Smith
GilbertAccount Executive, HighGround, Inc.
Jami Snyder
PhoenixOperations Administrator, Acute and Long Term Care, AHCCCS
Jane C. Strain
Sierra VistaTrustee, Cochise College Governing Board
Pamela K. Sutherland, J.D.
TucsonEconomic Development Director, Downtown Tucson Partnership
Fred Urbina, J.D.
TucsonChief Prosecutor, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
Brandy Wells
PhoenixManager of Education and Outreach, TGen
Venessa Whitener
Queen CreekMember, Higley Unified School District Governing Board
Janelle Wood
PhoenixBoard Chair and Executive Director, Global Training Institute for Women
Annette Zinky
FlagstaffVice President for Flagstaff, Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology