Staff & Board

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Dawn Tucker, Executive Director

Dawn is a native of Flagstaff. Her first home was right above Biff’s Bagels and her earliest memories of the town include kite flying at Buffalo Park, Story Time at the Downtown Library, and day-old croissants at Macy’s. Dawn is a teacher at Northland Preparatory Academy. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.

Dawn is passionate about historic preservation and the proud owner two historic homes on the Southside. She loves learning about the history of Flagstaff’s founding residents and honoring that history through documentation and preservation.

In her spare time, she raises backyard chickens, knits, reads, and spends time in Flagstaff’s beautiful pine forests with her partner, Stefano, and dog, Rhubarb.

She is very grateful for the opportunity to serve as F3’s Executive Director and lead F3 into a new era.


Kati Pantsosnik, Program Coordinator

Kati is originally from Estonia and moved to Flagstaff in 2004 to volunteer with a conservation corps that she later ended up working for as a Grants Management and Finance Officer for over 9 years. She became an F3 member in 2013 and started volunteering with the organization in January 2014. She was hired on as the F3 Office Manager/Bookkeeper in December 2014.

Kati received a Masters Degree in Recreation Management from Tallinn University in Estonia. Before moving to the USA, Kati worked for the Estonian Fund for Nature.

Kati loves hiking and camping and she is very involved with the Flagstaff Latin dance community. She is honored to work with F3 as it is an organization whose important visions she shares.


Mike Caulkins, Board President

Mike grew up in Silicon Valley, and spent much of his youth stomping around in the creeks, hills and woodland areas near to (and far from) his suburban home town of Los Altos, CA. He did many years of schooling around the west (with the most recent stint occurring in Vancouver, BC, Canada), and along the way collected 2 energetic young boys and a wonderful partner.

Mike received a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MSc in Kinesiology from ASU, and a PhD in Education from Simon Fraser University in Canada. He now works at NAU as an instructor in the University College, teaching first year seminar classes that looks at the human relationship to place, and how people from different cultures conceive of ‘wilderness.’

Mike believes that civic engagement and active political involvement for all citizens is essential to a healthy and vibrant democracy. He is passionate about land use, development, education, and open space. He joined the board of F3 early in 2014, and is honored to work alongside the dedicated and thoughtful individuals who are associated with F3.


Emily Melhorn, Board Vice President

Emily Melhorn is originally from Gettysburg, PA but has lived most of her adult life in the Western States. After spending several seasons moving around with the NPS, she wanted a place to build community and call home, and chose Flagstaff to be that place.

She received her BA in Creative Writing at Hamilton College, and is currently a masters candidate at NAU in the Sustainable Communities program and also receiving a Community Planning certificate. She enjoys traveling for the new perspectives it gives her. She is also a writer and enjoys reading non-fiction on a variety of subjects and watching documentaries. She also enjoys patroning the arts: attending gallery openings and concerts, or even attending lectures where she can gain new insight on an issue.

Emily is very grateful for the opportunity to serve on the F3 Board and support their visions. She is particularly interested in smart (affordable) growth strategies that preserve historic character and make alternative transportation a priority. She supports a local production economy and reducing environmental impacts. She hopes to increase citizen awareness and engagement with these issues and more during her time on the F3 board.


Eli Cohen, Board Treasurer

Eli Cohen was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, in a family steeped in social and communal service traditions. After living in Toronto and New York City, Eli arrived in Flagstaff in early 2013.

Following the completion of a B.Sc. in Actuarial Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Manitoba, Eli has worked in the Insurance, Financial Services, and IT industries for over 30 years. During his career he has learned the value of administrative oversight and process, coordinated planning, and financial management. Eli currently works primarily as an independent IT consultant,
supplementing his professional endeavors with work as a volunteer manager for local festivals and as an occasional substitute teacher.

On a communal level, Eli has been a volunteer and participant in one form or another since his early teens. Upon reaching Flagstaff he made the decision to lend his skills to a variety of local non-profit organizations and campaigns spanning the fields of civic engagement, social justice, environmental sustainability, the arts, education, and healthcare.

It is Eli’s belief that both personal and shared community are strengthened by the participation and inclusion of all a community’s members. He is proud to help grow that vision here in his new home.


Emma McVeigh, Board Secretary

Emma McVeigh is originally from Anchorage, Alaska, where she enjoyed growing up around the Chugach Mountain Range, and the Pacific Ocean. She came to Flagstaff in 2013 as an NAU student and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health. From the beginning of her Flagstaff adventures, she has been an advocate for healthcare for all, sexual and reproductive health and evidence-based education in schools. She has also, understandable, been an active volunteer with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona and continues to work with them on a state and national level.

She first came to F3 as an intern during the summer season of 2017, keeping her public health focus as she worked to increase access to affordable housing for Flagstaff residents, protect our open spaces from inappropriate development, and cultivate our natural plant species through the summer Invasive Weed Removal project.

Emma is our newest Board member, and is excited to be part of the team. She is especially interested in affordable housing and social justice. She hopes her time on the Board will increase her savvy of city government and improve citizen engagement in Flagstaff.


David McCain, Board Member

Having grown up in a small town shadowed by the Rocky Mountains and lived in San Diego, David now calls Flagstaff home. He moved here in February 2012 to join his partner, Katie, who is a physical therapist in town.

After focusing on internal challenges (i.e. recurrent depression) for much of his life, he now lives his passion of helping people experience more joy in life by communicating more effectively through his business, Communicating with Heart (

He has thoroughly enjoyed his 5-year tenure on the board. As Board President, he saw the organization through 2 Executive Director transitions and helped F3 increases it’s organizational capacity. His personal interests include many (almost all) forms of exercise, time in nature, time with his partner, and playing with his dog, Star.

He is thrilled to be on the Board of Directors of F3 to further evolve his passions and dedicate his time and energy to making Flag even better!

If you love Flagstaff and are interested in taking an active role in protecting and enhancing our quality of life, F3’s Board of Director’s could be the place for you.  F3 is a volunteer, member-based organization. Our staff work part-time. Thus it falls to the Board and members to help get a lot of the work done.

In general, board members spend at least 10 hours per month on a variety tasks including the monthly Board meeting, helping to organize and implement a variety of F3 events, attending community meetings such as City Council or City Commission meetings.