Meet the Board
9 months ago
- 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 @ cocsd.k12.az.us
- Janice Rollins, Vice President
- Mary Valenzuela
"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 @ cocsd.k12.az.us
- Joanne Cook
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@ cocsd.k12.az.us
- 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.