Fellows Profiles

Flinn-Brown Fellow and former Jerome mayor Nikki Check looking to serve her county  

March 26, 2024

Nikki Check is an Arizona native who has spent most of her life in Yavapai County—a county she hopes to serve soon as an elected official. Check, a former mayor of Jerome, is currently running in the primary for Yavapai…

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Flinn-Brown Fellow Dave Engelthaler combines public health and leadership

February 05, 2024

Dave Engelthaler, Ph.D. is the director and professor of TGen North, home of TGen’s Pathogen & Microbiome Division, and was recently named the 2023 Flagstaff Citizen of the Year. The 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellow previously served as the Arizona State Epidemiologist…

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Flinn-Brown Fellow Benah Parker helping leaders move the needle

December 19, 2023

Benah Parker, a social psychologist, author, and executive coach with Level 42 Consulting, helps high-performing leaders identify their blind spots and uncover what’s missing while integrating applied psychology to help leaders live a life that is aligned with their dreams.…

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Flinn-Brown Fellow Clare Aslan a leader in sustainability research at NAU

November 10, 2023

Clare Aslan leads a large research group focused on sustainability science at Northern Arizona University and offers training to the next generation of sustainability professionals, environmental scientists, hydrologists, and geologists. Aslan, a 2017 Flinn-Brown Fellow and Flinn Scholar alum, is…

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Fellow Fernando Shipley: a Gila County public servant

October 09, 2023

Fernando Shipley is dedicated to a number of public service roles in Gila County: Globe City Council for 15 years including four years as mayor plus the governing boards of Gila Community College and Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center. He…

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Flinn-Brown Fellow Sean Berens serves as senior counsel for governor

August 03, 2023

Sean Berens works in the Office of General Counsel for Gov. Katie Hobbs, where he provides analysis of both existing and proposed policy in a wide range of different subjects, with a focus on housing and water issues. Berens is…

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Fellow Yvette-Marie Margaillan of Autism Pediatrics to lead global initiative’s Tucson hub

June 28, 2023

Yvette-Marie Margaillan serves as CEO and clinical director of Autism Pediatrics in Tucson, which provides therapeutic health-care services and advocates for public policy initiatives that help increase access to health care. Margaillan says her work focuses on bridging the health-literacy…

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