Announcing the third class of Flinn-Brown Fellows

February 24, 2012

By The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

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

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