Our Board of Directors

Melissa Welker

Melissa Welker
Board President

Dr. Aaron Tabor
Board Secretary

Dr. Phillip Mizzi

Dr. Phillip Mizzi
Board Treasurer

Lauren Lauder
Board Member

Tynkertopia’s Non-discrimination Statement

Tynkertopia, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, visitors, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Tynkertopia, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Tynkertopia’s Cultural Equity Statement

At Tynkertopia we recognize and acknowledge the systemic inequities that uphold structures, policies, and practices, and limit access to opportunities for all those not associated with the majority culture be it race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, able-bodied and more. 

Acknowledging and Affirming

  1. We acknowledge that Tynkertopia sits in Flagstaff at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, on homelands sacred to Native Americans throughout the region. We honor the past, present, and future generations who have lived here for millennia and will forever call this place home. We humbly assume the collective responsibility of caring for this land, water, air, and environment we live and work within, as we help preserve and promote the Indigenous Ways of Knowing of this place, toward a more sustainable community.
  2. We acknowledge that in our community Latinx, Indigenous, and Black children do not have equal access to resources, materials, and mentors that can encourage a growth mindset and interest in STEM/STEAM educational opportunities and careers. 
  3. We acknowledge that in our country, STEM/STEAM learning opportunities and career pathways are not as accessible to people outside of majority culture.
  4. We believe that for the future of our community, country, and of our global world, that we must have a more diverse representation of lived experiences and community and cultural knowledge to improve and strengthen our scientific, technology, creative disciplines, communities, and sectors.

Modeling through Action

To demonstrate and develop our ability to lead within our community, we strive to:

  1. Pursue equity and cultural consciousness with intention for systemic change throughout our organization including the board, advisory bodies, staff and volunteers.
  2. Dismantle inequities within our policies, practices and programs and services by gathering feedback and continuously reviewing research on anti-racist pedagogies and ethnographies, social justice agreements, and co-created critical affinity spaces by promoting a sense of collective rejuvenation and inspiring a more progressive anti-racist STEM/STEAM curricula.
  3. Commit time and resources to expand the diversity within our leadership, our board, advisory bodies, staff and volunteers. 
  4. Serve historically under- resourced and diverse communities and neighborhoods within Flagstaff, particularly in the Sunnyside neighborhood.
  5. Commit ourselves to encouraging intergenerational learning by supporting all members of a family in learning, growing and contributing at Tynkertopia.  

Striving for Systemic Change

  1. Encourage intentional, continual learning regarding social justice among the Board, Advisory Bodies, Staff, Volunteers, and Visitors to build cultural consciousness and an equitable mindset, particularly regarding STEAM education, in order to create pro-equity policies and practices, as a positive catalyst for change in the Flagstaff community.
  2. Review, share, and discuss quantitative and qualitative research related to equity among Board, Advisory Bodies and Staff to make progress towards policies, procedures, and ethical pedagogies more visible in the climate and culture of Tynkertopia.