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Meet the Board

about 1 year ago

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District conducts board meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  Public notice of all meetings can be found posted at the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District office, 1 N. Willard Street in Cottonwood and on our website and selecting "Governing Board Meetings and Policies." You will have access to our current and past meetings including supporting materials.
Board Members
Jason Finger | Janice Rollins | Mary Valenzuela | Joanne Cook | Linda Walker  

Board Member Bios
  • Jason Finger, President

Jason Finger and his wife Tracey have been residents of the Verde Valley for over 10 years. Jason is a proud parent of three sons who will be attending schools in the COCSD for the next 11 years. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas with a major in human biology. He also received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Rockhurst University, a Jesuit institution in Kansas City. As a capstone project while at Rockhurst, Jason developed and implemented a minority recruitment program for the career of physical therapy, with a local high school that specialized in preparing inner city students for careers in the health professions. In continuing with those efforts, Jason also volunteers as a mentor for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Minority Recruitment Program. Jason is a physical therapist working in the Verde Valley in home care with an emphasis in geriatric care, and special interests in wound care and post surgical rehabilitation. Email: jfinger @

  • Janice Rollins, Vice President
Janice and her husband, Ernest, are retired. They have lived in the Cottonwood area for over 41 years, moving from the Prescott area, where they both grew-up. Their three children were raised in Cottonwood and attended Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District. Also, their children are graduates of Mingus Union High School.
            Janice and Ernie enjoy sharing time with their seven grandchildren. For seventeen years, while her children were young, Janice was a stay-at-home mom. During this period of  time, she volunteered for several community services. She was a Girl Scout Leader, PTA President and Treasurer, Cottonwood Public Library volunteer and served as a Trustee for financial responsibilities in her church. This was a five member board.
            Janice retired from Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District at the end of school year, 2004-2005. She served in several capacities while working in the district for 26 years. She started with the district as a bus driver and within a few short years was made a supervisor for the transportation department. She worked part time for the food service, business office and the district office. She ended her career with C-OCSD as the Administrative Assistant for Special Services.
            During her early years with Cottonwood-Oak Creek, she attended night classes at  Yavapai College and earned her Associate of Arts in General Education. Janice served on the original committee that was responsible for professional growth for the Support Staff and continued to serve on this committee until her retirement. She also, served on the Superintendent’s Budget Committee for several years. She is looking forward to serving the community, students and staff of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District. Email: jrollins @

  • Mary Valenzuela
Mary Valenzuela has lived in Cornville since 1970.  She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Education from Northern Arizona University.  She has worked for the district as a First Grade Teacher and Assistant Principal until her retirement last year.  Her late husband, Bobby, was also a long time Verde Valley educator.  

"Mrs. Valenzuela understands the role of the Governing Board and will work to balance the needs of students, parents, staff, and the taxpayer.  She certainly understands the district and should relate well to all segments of the community, as the district develops their vision for the future."  stated Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent.  Email: mvalenzuela @

  • Joanne Cook
Joanne Cook's family moved to Arizona from Ohio when she and her twin sister were four years old.  She attended West Sedona School and then Cottonwood Middle School.  She earned her high school diploma through accredited home schooling.
She has been married to Dave Cook for 27 years, and the couple has raised two sons, Jeff and Mike. Both sons are graduates of Mingus Union High School and Northern Arizona University.
Joanne served on the school PTO, district budget advisory, and began working part-time as a classroom, library, and office aide.  She eventually became attendance secretary at  Dr. Daniel Bright School for six years.  Then she moved to the district office as special education and special projects secretary for six years.  Currently, she works as human resource coordinator and student data coordinator for Sedona-Oak Creek School District.Email: jcook@
Joanne CookJoanne Cook's family moved to Arizona from Ohio when she and her twin sister were four years old.  She attended West Sedona 

  •      LInda Walker

Linda Walker started out her career as a Clerk Typist for Civil Service back in 1967, and with continuing education became an executive secretary.  In 1990 she was selected to complete a course in Contract/Estimating at the University of San Diego, School of Business, earning a Certificate as a Contract/Estimator, while working for General Dynamics, in San Diego, California.


Ms. Walker moved to Cottonwood in November of 2009, and in 2011 her husband became a school bus driver for the Cottonwood/Oak Creek School District.


When the Bond Issue for the Cottonwood/Oak Creek District came up she volunteered to be on the Oversight Committee, and was selected to serve on that committee.   That was her introduction to the Cottonwood/Oak Creek Schools.  As a member of the Oversight Committee she was introduced to the problems of updating the computer education system, the updating the security fencing for the children in our elementary schools, and the middle school, and the

overall challenges that confront the teachers.

Ms. Walker believes that a good education begins with kindergarten, and then continues thru the eighth grade, and she wants to be able to enhance a child's life through education, and as a member of the school board believes she can be a successful contributor to the school board, and help to give all children a chance at a great education.