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Staff & Board

Michele James

Executive Director
Michele has spent two decades living in Flagstaff and advocating for N. Arizona ecosystems. Most recently, she was on the NAU faculty, teaching interdisciplinary courses related to climate change, art as an advocacy tool, and civic engagement.

Susie Garretson

Susie has been active in the community serving on various boards and committees in Flagstaff. She rejoined the F-cubed board in 2019.


Marcus Ford

Vice President
Marcus has lived and worked in Flagstaff for nearly thirty years and is committed to making Flagstaff a great place to live and raise a family. He came to Flagstaff in 1990 to teach at NAU and has never really left. 

Mary Poore

Mary has been a longtime supporter of Friend of Flagstaff’s Future, and as a new board member, she is honored to be part of this organization.


Eric Nolan

Eric recently completed a doctoral degree in the Curriculum & Instruction program at NAU’s College of Education. His doctoral work explores teaching and learning methods of STEM education.

Marie Jones

Marie and her family moved to Flagstaff in 2011 and settled in the Southside, attracted to its soul and spirit. Marie’s professional work is as an artist and designer with a focus on public work. Marie has served on the Flagstaff Planning and Zoning Commission since 2017.

Sandra Lubarsky

Sandra founded one of the first graduate programs in sustainability, the M.A. in Sustainable Communities, at Northern Arizona University and chaired the Department of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University.

Marilyn Weissman

Marilyn moved to Flagstaff in 1992 with the desire to live full time where she would normally, as a big city dweller, take a vacation. She recently retired from her small land surveying business, which she had here in Flagstaff for 16 years.

Ron Borkan

Ron first lived in Flagstaff in 1990 when working for SWCA, Inc. Environmental Consultants. After 11 years in Flagstaff, Ron moved to several other locations and then returned to Flagstaff in 2016 after retiring from SWCA. Ron now serves on the board of many different Flagstaff organizations.

Our Advisory Board

Ethan Aumack

Ethan has been the Executive Director of the Grand Canyon Trust since 2018. Ethan grew up in Flagstaff, exploring the canyon country of northern Arizona since childhood. The Grand Canyon Trust was influential in the formation of F3 over 25 years ago and has been a long-time supporter.

Becky Daggett

Becky has lived in Flagstaff for over 20 years and was one of F3’s first Executive Directors. Becky now serves on the Flagstaff City Council as Vice Mayor. Becky has held many leadership positions at the state and local levels.

Rachel Ellis

Rachel works for the national nonprofit American Rivers within the Colorado River/Southwest Basin Program. Rachel served on the F3 Board for many years during and after she completed her Masters degree in Sustainable Communities at NAU. Rachel lives in Flagstaff.

Bill Towler

Bill retired from Coconino County’s planning department after 26 years. Bill brings a wealth of knowledge about development and community planning to his role as an advisor.

Nat White

Nat has been a fixture of Flagstaff for over 50 years. Nat’s civic contributions have included serving on the Flagstaff City Council, the Technical Research Innovation Fund, the Flagstaff/Coconino County Library Foundation Board, and the Sustainable Economic Development initiative and the Coconino Community College District Governing Board.


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