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Introducing Strong Foundations for Achieving Civic Leadership, a practical guide to civic-leadership achievement

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By Nancy Welch, Arizona Center for Civic Leadership ¶ I am naturally curious. I like learning how people use their time and talents and why things work the way they do. For those with an interesting or extraordinary accomplishment, I especially want to know “How did you do that?”


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

Sarah Benatar (Flagstaff) recently traveled to Australia as part of a U.S. delegation through the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
Kevin Bonine (Tucson) received an endowed faculty chair, the Philecology Chair for Biospheric Research, to support his work at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2. The chair was created through a $30 million dollar gift to Biosphere 2 and will drive continued research in food, water, and energy security.
Tony Cani (Phoenix) is now political director of the ACLU of Arizona.
Barb Lang (Gilbert) was promoted to deputy chief of standards and compliance at Community Bridges.
Chris Gibbs (Safford) was honored with the Pride of Safford Award in August. Gibbs served as mayor of Safford for three terms and is involved with a number of organizations in the area.
Laura Oldaker (Tucson) has been named the 2017 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber.
Diana Rhoades (Tucson via AK and back again) has returned to Anchorage, Alaska to work for the Alaska State Legislature.
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.
Christine Thompson (Phoenix) is now the president and CEO of Expect More Arizona.

Coral Evans

Coral Evans to this day describes herself as a community organizer, someone who likes advocating for neighborhoods that she says are being overlooked, impacted negatively by policy decisions, or in need of services.

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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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