Meet the Board
about 1 month 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
- 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.