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Meet the Board

2 months ago

Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District conducts board meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m following regularly scheduled study sessions as posted 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
Joanne Cook | Jason Finger | Janice Rollins | Mary Valenzuela | Eric Marcus

Board Member Bios
  • Joanne Cook, President
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@ CookJoanne Cook's family moved to Arizona from Ohio when she and her twin sister were four years old.  She attended West Sedona

  • Jason Finger, Vice 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
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 @

  •     Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus and his wife Su are residents of Cornville.  He is the proud father of daughter Elizabeth and grandson Nicholas who reside in Prescott Valley. Eric is Chief Administrative Officer of The NARBHA Institute responsible for programs, strategy, technology and business operations along with responsibility for the Institute’s Sustainable Economic Development Initiative subsidiary promoting sustainable economic prosperity in northern Arizona and the Well North subsidiary which provides permanent supported housing for tenants with serious mental illness. 


With extensive senior executive and legal experience in the profit and non-profit sectors he has worked in many countries around the world.  After many years in the corporate world, he launched an entrepreneurial venture that became one of the most successful business of its kind in the Midwest.

Eric has served in public office in the Midwest, been a member of the State Bar of California for more than 30 years, a member of the United State Supreme Court Bar, and served as a Municipal Court judge pro tem in Los Angeles. He is the author of Digital Alchemy, an award-winning digital age business strategy book. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin (Parkside) and a guest lecturer at Marquette University, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and DePaul University.  Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Occidental College and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Eric believes that the future of Arizona depends on ensuring that we provide the best possible education for our children and as a member of the school board believes he can be a successful contributor to achieving that goal.