About the Flinn Foundation
Flinn Foundation Board of Directors
David J. Gullen, M.D.
Steven M. Wheeler
Eric M. Reiman, M.D.
Rosellen C. Papp, C.F.A.
Robert A. Brooks, M.D
David R. Frazer, Esq.
Merlin W. Kampfer, M.D.
E.V. O'Malley, Jr.
Lisa Wilkinson-Fannin, M.D.
Flinn Foundation Staff
Ruben E. Aguirre
Lisa R. Baker
Erik H. Brewer
Bradley W. Halvorsen
Emily Benton Heaton
Jack B. Jewett
William A. Read, Ph.D.
Don P. Snider
David J. Gullen, M.D., Chair
Dr. David Gullen joined the Flinn board in 1989 and has served as chair since 2002. He has practiced internal medicine in the Valley since 1979, currently at Mayo Clinic, and is board certified in geriatrics and internal medicine. In addition, Dr. Gullen serves as an assistant professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and is involved extensively in the medical community both locally and nationally. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 2000, Dr. Gullen practiced internal medical at Phoenix Medical Associates. He also served in roles at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, including chairman of the department of internal medicine.
Dr. Gullen earned his M.D. from the University of Arizona, his Master of Science degree in microbiology at Arizona State University, and his bachelor's degree from Princeton University. He spent his internship, residency, chief residency, and fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.
Steven M. Wheeler, Vice Chair
Steven Wheeler joined the Flinn Foundation Board of Directors in 1997 and was elected vice chair in 2007. Mr. Wheeler is a retired executive vice president of Arizona Public Service Company, where he was responsible for all transmission and distribution activities, customer service, communications, community development, pricing, and state and federal regulatory matters. Prior to joining APS in 2001, Mr. Wheeler was a partner with Phoenix law firm Snell & Wilmer. Mr. Wheeler is chairman of the board of Scottsdale Healthcare, a director of Helios Education Foundation, a director and past chairman of Valley of the Sun United Way, and a trustee of the Phoenix Art Museum. His previous roles include chairman of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Fiesta Bowl, president of the Arizona Theatre Company, chairman of the Commission on the Arizona Environment, and chairman of the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.
An honors graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Mr. Wheeler received his law degree with distinction from Cornell University.
Eric M. Reiman, M.D., Secretary
Dr. Eric Reiman joined the Flinn Foundation Board of Directors in 1999 and was elected secretary in 2008. Dr. Reiman serves in several roles, including CEO of Banner Research, executive director of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute; clinical director of the Neurogenomics Division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute; professor and associate head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine; and director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium. Before arriving in Arizona in 1989, he practiced psychiatry at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Reiman graduated from Duke University, studied at Oxford University, and returned to Duke for his medical degree and the first three years of his residency. He completed one further year of residency at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Rosellen C. Papp, C.F.A., Treasurer
Rosellen Papp joined the Flinn Foundation Board of Directors in 1998 and was elected treasurer in 2005. As partner and research director at L. Roy Papp and Associates in Phoenix, she has 34 years of experience in security and financial analysis. Ms. Papp joined the firm in 1981 upon moving to Arizona from Illinois, where she supervised strategic planning in G.D. Searle & Co.'s pharmaceutical group. She is active in the arts community, serving as a trustee of the Phoenix Art Museum. She previously served as a trustee and former board president of the Desert Botanical Garden and a director of Ballet Arizona. She is a member of the Arizona Women’s Forum and ASU Foundation's Woman and Philanthropy Program.
After earning her Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Michigan, Ms. Papp graduated with a Master of Management degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a member of the CFA Institute and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1984.
Linda J. Blessing, Ph.D.
Dr. Linda Blessing joined the Flinn Foundation Board of Directors in 2004. Dr. Blessing currently serves as a business and finance consultant and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. She served as executive director of the Arizona Board of Regents from 1999-2004, director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security from 1992-1999, and deputy auditor general for the State of Arizona from 1981-1991. She also served as interim director of the Department of Economic Security in 2009 following service on Governor Jan Brewer’s transition team. Her board experience includes the Conference of Southwest Foundations, Blood Systems, Inc., Spirit Finance Corp., RepublicBankAz, TGen, and serving as chair of the audit and finance committee of the Maricopa Community College District.
Dr. Blessing received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University and M.B.A. from California State-San Bernardino. She is a certified public accountant and fraud examiner, and sat on the governing boards of the American Institute of CPAs and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.
Drew M. Brown
Drew Brown joined the Flinn Foundation Board of Directors in 2004. Mr. Brown is chairman of the board of DMB Associates, Inc., a Scottsdale-based real-estate investment and development firm. Prior to co-founding DMB in 1984, Mr. Brown was a partner and director in the Phoenix law firm of Fennemore Craig, where he specialized in real estate and commercial lending. Mr. Brown serves on the boards of the Arizona Commerce Authority, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Phoenix Art Museum, and Scottsdale Healthcare. He also chaired the Maricopa Regional Arts and Culture Task Force, served on the board of the Metro Phoenix Partnership for Arts and Culture, and has been actively involved with the Arizona Science Center, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership.
Mr. Brown earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and received his juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Richard J. Caselli, M.D.
Dr. Caselli, a behavioral neurologist with Mayo Clinic, joined the Flinn Foundation’s Board of Directors in early 2011. He is a professor of neurology with Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine and has served at Mayo’s Scottsdale campus since 1990. He also is a consultant to and recent past chairman of Mayo’s Department of Neurology and a past member of the Mayo Clinic Arizona Executive Operations Team. Dr. Caselli’s research focuses on aging, including Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Dr. Caselli holds an adjunct clinical faculty appointment at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, serves as an adjunct professor at ASU’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, and currently is a member of the advisory board of the Center for Services Leadership of the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU.
Dr. Caselli received both his M.D. and bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University in New York. He served an internship and residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and a fellowship in behavioral neurology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.
Shaun A. Kirkpatrick
Shaun Kirkpatrick joined the Flinn Foundation Board of Directors in 2008. Mr. Kirkpatrick is president and CEO of Research Corporation Technologies, a Tucson-based technology investment and management company that provides early-stage funding and development for promising biomedical companies and technologies. Since joining RCT as a venture development associate in 1993, Mr. Kirkpatrick has managed venture investments and technology development programs in the fields of cancer, inflammation, metabolic disease, and neurological disorders, and technology platforms related to biotherapeutics and antibodies. He serves on the board of several companies in RCT's portfolio, as well as the Critical Path Institute in Tucson.
As a Flinn Scholar, Mr. Kirkpatrick earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona with a dual major in Economics and Ecology/Evolutionary Biology. He received his Master of Arts degree in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
W. Scott Robertson, M.D.
Dr. Scott Robertson joined the Flinn Foundation Board of Directors in 2001. Dr. Robertson is currently a cardiologist at the Scottsdale Cardiovascular Center. He also was a resident at Harvard Medical School, chief medical resident at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, and completed his fellowship in cardiology at Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University. Dr. Robertson serves on the Board of Trustees for the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona, and previously served on the boards of the Arizona Medical Association, Maricopa County Medical Society, Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, Scottsdale Memorial Health Systems, and American Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Robertson earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard College and his M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has also studied at the Emmanuel College at Cambridge University in England.
Jack B. Jewett, President & CEO
A longtime Arizona leader in health care, education, and public policy, Jack B. Jewett joined the Flinn Foundation in June 2009 as President & CEO. In this role, he is responsible for all grant programs and operations of the Flinn Foundation.
Mr. Jewett joined the Foundation after serving as Vice President for University Advancement at California State University-Monterey Bay. Previously, he served in a variety of leadership roles within the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in Arizona for more than 40 years.
Before moving to California in 2007, Mr. Jewett held senior public policy and government relations positions with Tucson Medical Center for 13 years. He previously had served as president of Territorial Newspapers, a family-owned publishing and printing company in Tucson. He served on the Arizona Board of Regents from 1998-2006, including a term as president; and five terms in the Arizona House of Representatives, from 1983-1992, the final two years as majority whip.
A University of Arizona graduate, Mr. Jewett currently serves on the board of trustees of the Tucson-based Thomas R. Brown Foundations and is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership Council. Previously, he served on the board of directors for the National Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, chaired the Governor’s Council on Workforce Policy, and was a member of the Governor’s P-20 Council, and the Early Childhood Development and Health Board. He is a former United Way of Greater Tucson board member and campaign chair, and has served on numerous councils, committees, and advisory groups in education, health care, and workforce policy.
William A. Read, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research & Special Programs
William Read oversees the Foundation's basic and translational research programs, and serves as the Foundation's lead official in interfacing with the scientific research community. He also guides the Foundation's interest in emerging grant opportunities in the biomedical research sector and measures to assess the impact of Arizona's investments in the biosciences. Dr. Read has been responsible for guiding Foundation programming in biomedical research, medical and graduate medical education, health services research, and health policy studies.
Dr. Read joined the Foundation in 1989 after serving as president of the Hospital Research and Education Trust of the American Hospital Association in Chicago. He also designed and implemented the American Hospital Association's programs in aging and long term care. He also was a faculty member of the schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health at the University of Washington-Seattle, and a faculty member of the Graduate School at Washington University-St. Louis.
Dr. Read holds a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco and a doctoral degree in the sociology of health care from Washington University, St. Louis. He has received a number of awards and honors, including being named a Givens Fellow of Washington University and a Crosby Fellow of the American Hospital Association.
Don P. Snider, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Over a professional career that has spanned nearly 25 years, Mr. Snider has developed extensive experience in investment management, accounting and tax issues, as well as business administration.
Mr. Snider has overall responsibility for the administration of the Foundation's policies relating to investments, budgeting, accounting, internal controls, auditing, insurance, and employee benefits. He also oversees the preparation of the Foundation's annual tax returns, provides technical assistance to grantees, and serves on the Boards of the Arizona Grantmakers' Forum and the Conference of Southwest Foundations.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 1992, Mr. Snider held positions in public accounting and private industry. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Arizona and a graduate of the University of Arizona, where he majored in Finance.
Cathy McGonigle, Executive Vice President
Cathy McGonigle provides strategic leadership for the Foundation’s several program areas, especially the biosciences, the Flinn Scholars Program, and emerging initiatives. She brings to her role particular expertise in management, communications, and policy analysis.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, Ms. McGonigle served for nearly a decade as a senior administrator of the Arizona Board of Regents, including five years as deputy executive director. In that role, she helped manage the Board’s staff and programs; she led strategic initiatives, participated in the higher-education policy formulation, and oversaw public-affairs, communications, and government-affairs activities.
Previously, Ms. McGonigle served as human resources director for the State of Arizona; human resources consultant for the Arizona Department of Economic Security; human resources manager for the City of Chandler; assistant director of the Administrative Services Division of the Arizona Department of Revenue; and assistant director of Management Services Division of the Arizona Department of Administration, where she spent 25 years.
McGonigle is a summa cum laude graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Business Administration.
Nancy Welch, Vice President, Arizona Center for Civic Leadership
A nationally recognized public-policy analyst, Nancy Welch joined the Flinn Foundation in October 2010 to direct the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. She came to the Foundation from the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.
Ms. Welch joined the Morrison Institute in 1989 as a senior research analyst. After leaving in 1999 to join the Insight Group, a Tempe-based research firm, she rejoined Morrison in 2003 as assistant director and soon was promoted to associate director. At Morrison, she managed policy research, project development, and client relationships.
Welch previously served as executive director of the nonprofit Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, and as a planner at the Arizona Department of Economic Security. She earned a master’s degree in History at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Brad Halvorsen, Vice President, Communications
Brad Halvorsen joined the Flinn Foundation in January 1989. He oversees all facets of the Foundation’s communications activities, including strategic planning, messaging, writing and production of publications, electronic communications, media relations, special events, and internal and grantee communications.
Mr. Halvorsen joined the Foundation after serving as a press aide and campaign press secretary to U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini. He graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications in 1987.
Mr. Halvorsen has served on the board of directors of the Arizona BioIndustry Association, twice co-chaired the planning committee of the Arizona Bio Expo, and has served as treasurer and national conference chair for the Communications Network for Philanthropy, a national organization of communications professionals at foundations.