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The 2017 Flinn-Brown Fellows are announced! Meet the Fellows


Future state-level leaders selected as 2017 Flinn-Brown Fellows

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Arizonans from Kingman, Clifton, and many cities and towns in between have been selected for the 2017 cohort of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, the flagship program of the nonpartisan Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. The 33 Flinn-Brown Fellows, who come from different walks of life and political perspectives, share a commitment to state-level public

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

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.
Barb Lang (Tempe) is now the Senior Director of Standards and Compliance for Community Bridges, 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.
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.

Daniel Ruiz

Daniel Ruiz was promoted to senior advisor for Agency Affairs and Election Policy for Governor Ducey. He previously served as Director of Media Affairs for the office.

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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