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Gilberto ‘Gil’ Villegas devotes financial expertise to better Yuma County

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For most of his life, Gilberto “Gil”  Villegas rarely had politics on his mind. The Yuma County deputy chief financial officer, who has spent nearly his entire career in government finance, says after participating in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, he emerged as a political devotee. “I didn’t use to care much about politics, but

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Kim Hartmann applies business skills to serve Scottsdale school district

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Over a cup of coffee, an associate told Kim Hartmann that she had heard being on the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board was the most thankless job in the world. Hartmann responded: “Absolutely, you are right, but it’s also the best job I have ever had.” It’s been less than two years since Hartmann

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Stuart Noggle making positive changes as leader in rural hometown

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When one talks with Stuart Noggle about his hometown of Sanders, it is obvious how dedicated he is to the future of rural northeastern Arizona. Noggle is a multifaceted leader in his community. He holds public office and is running for a new position this fall. He has worked to inspire students and teachers at

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A tapestry of Flinn-Brown leaders across Arizona

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Flinn-Brown Fellows work within a vast number of the institutions that make up Arizona. Fellows represent large and small private businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, and state, county, local, federal, and tribal government entities. They come from all walks of life, perspectives, and many parts of the state. What they share is a commitment to ever-greater

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Amanda Stone dedicated to Arizona’s environment and public health

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As a college student, Amanda Stone went door-to-door in polluted neighborhoods, providing information and guidance to families affected by contamination. She was then a community-outreach intern with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Today, more than two decades later, Stone is the Chief Policy and Legislative Affairs Officer for the state agency, which exists to

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Flinn-Brown Takeaways: Karen Francis-Begay

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“Flinn-Brown Takeaways” are short bursts of information and insight to help advance your own civic expertise. In this feature, Flinn-Brown Fellow Karen Francis-Begay shares her suggestions for collaborating with Tribes in Arizona. Karen is the Assistant Vice President of Tribal Relations for the University of Arizona.