The Vision Task Force (VTF) was made up of 37 citizens representing the greater Flagstaff area. The Vision Task Force was formed early on in the Flagstaff 2020 process, during Phase One. Its members met regularly to evaluate, consolidate, and make sense of thousands of ideas and comments received from community forums and attitude surveys.
The Vision Task Force was in charge of writing the vision statement which was first produced in draft form in February 1997, as shown below. VTF then gathered public reactions and additional comments from community meetings and public events like those held during Phase Two to refine the vision for its final release in June of 1997.
In the early stages of the Flagstaff 2020 process, Flagstaff residents criticized the Vision Task Force for not accurately representing the community of greater Flagstaff. Below, a news clipping from the Arizona Daily Sun reflects local concerns about whose vision was being considered. Following such community feedback, Steven Ames drafted a memo reflecting on these concerns to the Vision Task Force.
Vision Task Force members pictured in photograph, left:
Front row (L-R): Unknown person in glasses, Karen Delaibau, unknown person in white, Shari Buhan, Libby Silva, Victoria Rousher, Martin Zanzucchi, Lance Diskan.
Back row (L-R)Florence Karlstrom, Norman Lowe, John Irish, Kathryn Willis, Jonathan Day, unknown person, unknown person in blue turtleneck, Nicole Ack, Jim (Ward) Byrkit, Phyllis Schiller (middle row), Helen Hudgens, Patricia (Patty) Garcia, Leszek Pawlowicz, Sixto Valdivia, unknown person in red jacket, Julianne Hartzell, unknown person holding coat.
Thanks to Kathy Turner for her help in identifying people!
In the clip below, Dr. Laurie Price describes some of the criticisms that students in her Anthropology 599 course offered about the Vision Task Force in the early stages of the Flagstaff 2020 community visioning process. Watch Price’s entire oral history interview via Digital Collections.
VISION TASK FORCE MEMBERS
|Nicole Ack||Jeffe Aronson||Robert E. Bauer||Ron Boyer||Elizabeth Brown||Shari Buhan||(Jim) Ward Byrkit|
|Mary Ann Davies||Terri L. Beeson-Davis||Jonathan S. Day||Karen Delaibau||Lance Diskan||James Dorman||Robert Elliott|
|Elise Eyer||Grenetta Fink||Michael Gallegos||Patricia Garcia||Julianne Hartzell||Helen Hudgens||John Irish|
|Florence Karlstrom||Ed Lambert||Norman Lowe||Sharon Metzler||Robert Ower||Leszek Pawlowicz||Victoria Ruscher|
|Phyllis Schiller||Charles M. Schlinger||Libby Silva||Susan Slasor||Barry Stephens||Sixto Valdivia||Jerome Williams|
|Kathryn Willis||Martin Zanzucchi|