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The application is now open for the 2018 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy. Apply by Nov. 13.


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The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy. Meanwhile, CivEx (Arizona Civic Exchange) is at capacity and a wait list has been created. The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is now accepting applications through Nov. 13 for its 2018 cohort, which will include

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Flinn-Brown Fellows from across the state are moving ahead to more leadership achievements. Check back frequently for more updates.

Barb Lang (Mesa) was promoted to Deputy Chief of Standards and Compliance for Community Bridges, Inc., a statewide provider of behavioral health services. She was also honored by the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Women’s health.
Toni Cani (Phoenix) has been named Political Director of the ACLU of Arizona.
Matthew Gress (Phoenix) is now director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning & Budgeting.
Lela Wendell (Phoenix) is in charge of the Arizona Department of Economic Security Office of Continuous Improvement.
Frank McCune (Phoenix) heads up Government Relations for the City of Phoenix.
Deanna Villanueva-Saucedo (Mesa) is now Director of Community Engagement for Maricopa Community College District. She also oversees the Raul Castro Institute.
Marie Peoples (Flagstaff) has been honored by the Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network as an Emerging Leader in Rural Women’s Health.
Sarah Douthit (Flagstaff) serves as the Chief Probation Officer for Coconino County Adult Probation and has been appointed to the Committee on Probation Education of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Markay Adams (Phoenix) has recently been named the Division of Fee for Service Management Assistant Director for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.
Kim Hartmann (Scottsdale) was recently appointed to the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review.
Elizabeth Carpio (Phoenix) oversees six AHCCCS divisions as the Assistant Deputy Director of Business Operations.
Joanne Keene (Flagstaff) is chair of the Arizona State Fair and Exposition Board after being reappointed to a five-year term.
Toni Eberhardt (Scottsdale) accepted a public information officer reservist position with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs.
Joel Edman (Phoenix) is now the executive director of the Arizona Advocacy Network.
Angelica Garcia (Tempe) was promoted to strategic-initiatives manager for the Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services at Arizona Department of Economic Security.
Drew John (Safford), Daniel Hernandez (Tucson) and Ken Clark (Phoenix) are now members of the Arizona House of Representatives.
Julie Katsel (Tucson) was appointed to the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments.
Sean Price (Phoenix) is now assistant director of the Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility within the Department of Economic Security.
Bill Ring (Flagstaff) is now Coconino County Attorney.

Joanne Keene

Joanne Keene learned early on, as a legislative intern in the governor’s office and broadcast journalism student, that she was drawn to public policy and its importance and impact on the state.
“I’ve always seen policy roles as opportunities to fix things and make things better,” Keene says. “If things aren’t working, how can we fix it?”

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Kimulet Winzer

Kimulet Winzer is currently the West Region Compliance Director for UnitedHealth Care Community and State. This Takeaways video gives her perspective on the close connection between business and civic leadership.

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Juan Ciscomani

Flinn-Brown Fellow Juan Ciscomani was recently elevated to the role of senior advisor for regional and international affairs for Governor Doug Ducey. A new profile highlights his expanded leadership and career.

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