Fellows Profiles

Flinn-Brown Fellow Tammy Caputi’s determination leads to successful business, service to Scottsdale

July 01, 2024

“The conversations we had at Flinn-Brown were so deep and definitely got me used to speaking across the aisle, and speaking with people who have wildly different opinions, in a polite and courteous way. It was a real exchange of…


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Jane Strain

May 31, 2024

“The biggest impact of Flinn-Brown ... for me is through the people. The fact that you can use that network to launch yourself into all sorts of other fields, like working with nonprofits, working with veterans, running for office, or being on any staff. I…


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Edgar Soto: A veteran, coach, and educator with lifetime ties to Pima County 

April 30, 2024

Edgar Soto is a native Arizonan, born and raised in Tucson. His family has been in Pima County for generations, before it was even part of the United States. He likes to say, “We didn’t cross any borders, the borders…


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Flinn-Brown Fellow and former Jerome mayor Nikki Check looking to serve her county  

March 26, 2024

Nikki Check is an Arizona native who has spent most of her life in Yavapai County—a county she hopes to serve soon as an elected official. Check, a former mayor of Jerome, is currently running in the primary for Yavapai…


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Dave Engelthaler combines public health and leadership

February 05, 2024

Dave Engelthaler, Ph.D. is the director and professor of TGen North, home of TGen’s Pathogen & Microbiome Division, and was recently named the 2023 Flagstaff Citizen of the Year. The 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellow previously served as the Arizona State Epidemiologist…


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Benah Parker helping leaders move the needle

December 19, 2023

Benah Parker, a social psychologist, author, and executive coach with Level 42 Consulting, helps high-performing leaders identify their blind spots and uncover what’s missing while integrating applied psychology to help leaders live a life that is aligned with their dreams.…


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Flinn-Brown Fellow Clare Aslan a leader in sustainability research at NAU

November 10, 2023

Clare Aslan leads a large research group focused on sustainability science at Northern Arizona University and offers training to the next generation of sustainability professionals, environmental scientists, hydrologists, and geologists. Aslan, a 2017 Flinn-Brown Fellow and Flinn Scholar alum, is…


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