Flynn Foundation Program Selects 28 Fellows Interested in Being Actively Participated in Civic Life
The Flynn Foundation’s Arizona Civic Leadership Center selected 28 leaders from across the state as 15.th Fellow Flynn Brown Fellow. Each brings diverse career and political experience, policy interests and perspectives to Arizona’s most prestigious leadership program on state-level policy and politics.
The Flynn-Brown Experience begins in August for incoming Fellows at the Flynn-Brown Academy. Flynn-Brown Academy is a rigorous 11-session policy course that provides professional connections and an unparalleled opportunity to learn about Arizona policy and politics under the guidance of top state leaders and subject matter experts. Research Institute. . In November, the 2023 Fellows will participate in the Flynn-Brown Convention, an annual day dedicated to professional development across the Flynn-Brown network.
“The learning and networking that the 2023 Flynn-Brown Fellows will experience this fall will guide their future as influential Arizona civic leaders,” said Flynn Foundation Vice President, Civic Leadership. said Dawn Wallace of “Each new Fellow is a welcome addition to the strong Flynn-Brown Network, and we look forward to their contributions as community leaders and impact makers addressing the state’s most pressing issues. I am doing it.”
The 2023 Fellows represent eight Arizona counties, with half of the new members coming from outside Maricopa County, Flagstaff, Hereford, Lake Havasu City, Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Queen Creek. , San Luis, and Tucson.
Fifteen of our newest fellows work in the public sector, and the rest work in private companies, nonprofits, and other organizations. These include CEOs and elected officials, school district and college leaders, lawyers, economic developers, and more.
The 2023 Flynn-Brown Fellows (including title, city and county of residence) are:
- Jose Arias: Vice President and Business Banker, First Citizens Bank of Tucson, Pima County
- Teresa Acelet Manygoat: Chandler, Director of Arizona Health Services, Maricopa County
- Vanessa Burchfield: Senior Communications Specialist, Center for Biodiversity, Tucson, Pima County
- Elaine Becherer: Director of Special Projects, Office of Business Planning, Arizona State University, Tucson Pima County
- Teresa Bravo: Tucson Power/UniSource Energy Services, Tucson Local Government Relations, Pima County
- Evelyn Burrell, PhD in Psychology.: Clinical Psychologist and Owner, Arise Conference and Training Services, LLC, Phoenix Maricopa County
- Melanie Colavito: Director of Policy and Communications, Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Coconino County
- Honorable Eddie Cook: County Assessor, Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, Gilbert, Maricopa County
- Jaime Festa-Daigle: Student Achievement Director, Lake Havasu Unified School District, City of Lake Havasu Mojave County
- Vincent “Vinnie” Gallegos: Central Yavapai Urban Planning Authority Executive Director, Prescott, Yavapai County
- jessie Galvez: Major Gilbert, Arizona Department of Public Safety Maricopa County
- Beech George: San Luis, Executive Director, Greater Yuma Port Authority, Yuma County
- Tim Gomez: Director of Government and Community Engagement, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Maricopa County
- Adam Goodman: CEO, Goodman’s Interior Structures, Paradise Valley Maricopa County
- honorable april Hepal: Real Estate Agents, US Real Estate and Property Management. Prescott Valley City Council, City of Prescott Valley, Yavapai County
- Gail Jackson: Northern Arizona Economic Partnership Organization, Flagstaff, President and CEO, Coconino County
- Aaron Ketchel, Court Doctor: U.S. Department of Justice, Paradise Valley U.S. Assistant Attorney, Maricopa County
- Pete Kim: Media.Monks, Scottsdale, Co-Founder Maricopa County
- Melissa Kotlis: CEO, Contexture, Phoenix, Inc. Maricopa County
- Adam Leckie, Ph.D.: Superintendent, Casa Grande Elementary School District, Queen Creek, Pinal County
- Shamir Lodge: Community Engagement Director, Surprise, Aventiv Technologies Maricopa County
- Claire Rouge: Child Abuse Prevention Commissioner, City of Phoenix, Arizona Maricopa County
- Judy Lynn: Owner/Chief Emergency Management Consultant, Descansa Group, Hereford, Cochise County
- Noah Mundt: Gilbert, President and Chief Operating Officer, Nexus Integrated Solutions Maricopa County
- Her Royal Highness Julie Spilsbury: City of Mesa, Mesa 2nd District Councilor, Maricopa County
- Beya Thayer: Executive Director, Yavapai Justice & Mental Health Coalition.Director, Behavioral Health Services, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Flagstaff Coconino County
- Gillian Vanasse: Chief Operating Officer, Phoenix, Arizona Department of Child Safety Maricopa County
- heath vescovi choldi: Director of Economic Development, Pima County, Tucson Pima County
Founded by the Flynn Foundation in 2011, the Flynn-Brown Fellowship develops civic leaders across Arizona by building the knowledge, skills and rich networks to find solutions to long-term problems in Arizona. was established to The Flynn-Brown Network currently has a total of 437 Fellows.
A group of new fellows met with a selection committee of leaders from Arizona. Its contents are:
- Lisa Atkins: Former Arizona Land Secretary
- Luis Heredia: Senator Mark Kelly, Director of State, Flynn Brown Fellow
- Stephen Richer, Barrister: Maricopa County County Registrar
- Karin Taylor-Robson, Court Doctor: Founder and President of Arizona Strategies
- bobby shawl: Thomas R. Brown Foundation Board, Grants Director
- ginger sykes torres: USDA Agricultural Service State Secretary
- Stephen M. Wheeler, Tribunal Doctor: Flynn Foundation Board Member
“The Flynn Foundation is investing in people and leaders as a vehicle for investing in Arizona. We embody it,” said Dr. Tammy McLeod, Chairman and CEO of the Flynn Foundation. “Thank you to the selection committee for helping create this new collective.”
Applications for the 2024 class of Flynn-Brown Fellows will open in February 2024.
About the Flynn Foundation
ofFlynn Foundationis a Phoenix-based private nonprofit organization founded in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. Flynn and Irene P. Flynn with a mission to improve Arizona’s quality of life and benefit future generations. It is a for-profit organization. In addition to, Arizona Civic Leadership Centerthe foundation supports the advancement of Arizona’s biological sciences ecosystem, the Flynn Scholars Program, and Arizona’s arts and culture department.
About the Arizona Civic Leadership Center
The Flynn Foundation’s nonpartisan Arizona Civic Leadership Center improves civic life in Arizona through Flynn Brown and other civic education, leadership and engagement programs. Arizona Citizen Exchange— CivEx – Create opportunities for the public to become more informed about political and policy topics that affect the community. The Center promotes citizen participation through the following activities:Citizen Leadership Cooperationand theArizona Civic Life Partnershipcommunities that lead to the importance of civic engagement and effective civic leadership, and organizations that promote public debate about our broader prosperity and quality of life.
About the Thomas R. Brown Foundation
of Thomas R. Brown Foundation Partner of Tucson’s Flynn Brown Program. He supports solutions to community and state problems through grants and educational programs in the areas of research and education, workforce development, civic leadership, and economic education.