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Meet the COCSD Governing Board Members

22 days 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 http://www.cocsd.us/ and selecting "Governing Board Meetings and Policies." You will have access to our current and past meetings including supporting materials.
 
Board Members:

Eric Marcus, President; Mindy Bejarano, Vice President; JoAnne Cook, Member; Neil Manzenberger, Member; Mary Valenzuela, Member

Board Member Bios:
 
  • Mindy Bejarano-
  • Joanne Cook-Mrs. 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 is married to Dave Cook, 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.  After leaving COCSD she went to work for Sedona School District.   Currently, Ms. Cook works for the City of Sedona. Email: jcook@ cocsd.k12.az.us 
  • Neil Manzenberger-Mr. Neil Manzenberger has been involved in education for 42 years.  Neil was a high school band director for twenty-two years, taught music and technology in grades K-6 for thirteen years, both in Indiana and Arizona.  During that time Neil served as an adjunct professor of music for the Columbus, Indiana campus of Indiana University for nine years. For five years he was employed by the Yavapai County Education Service Agency as the Technology Integration Specialist for Yavapai and Lower Mohave Counties in Arizona. Neil was also involved with the West Central Regional Service Center and served on the Board of Directors of the Yavapai County Educational Technology Consortium for five years and the Board of Directors of AzTEA for three years.  Mr. Manzenberger is currently on the Board of Directors of the Yavapai Symphony Association, serving as 1st Vice President.  Neil graduated from Ball State University with a BA in Music Education in 1972 and an MS in Education in 1977.  Neil is also a veteran who served with the United States Air Force from 1966-1970.  Email:  nmanzenberger@cocsd.k12.usEric Marcus
  • Mr. Eric Marcus and his wife Su are residents of Cornville. He is the proud father of daughter Elizabeth who resides in Prescott Valley. Eric is Chief Administrative Officer of The NARBHA Institute responsible for programs, strategy, technology, housing and real estate 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 businesses 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.  Email:  emarcus@cocsd.k12.az.us
  • Mary Valenzuela- Ms. 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 hard to balance the needs of students, parents, staff, and the taxpayer.  She certainly understands all aspects of the the district.  Email: mvalenzuela @ cocsd.k12.az.us


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 http://www.cocsd.us/ and selecting "Governing Board Meetings and Policies." You will have access to our current and past meetings including supporting materials.
 
Board Members:

Eric Marcus, President; Mindy Bejarano, Vice President; JoAnne Cook, Member; Neil Manzenberger, Member; Mary Valenzuela, Member

Board Member Bios:
 
  • Mindy Bejarano-
  • Joanne Cook-Mrs. 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 is married to Dave Cook, 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.  After leaving COCSD she went to work for Sedona School District.   Currently, Ms. Cook works for the City of Sedona. Email: jcook@ cocsd.k12.az.us 
  • Neil Manzenberger-Mr. Neil Manzenberger has been involved in education for 42 years.  Neil was a high school band director for twenty-two years, taught music and technology in grades K-6 for thirteen years, both in Indiana and Arizona.  During that time Neil served as an adjunct professor of music for the Columbus, Indiana campus of Indiana University for nine years. For five years he was employed by the Yavapai County Education Service Agency as the Technology Integration Specialist for Yavapai and Lower Mohave Counties in Arizona. Neil was also involved with the West Central Regional Service Center and served on the Board of Directors of the Yavapai County Educational Technology Consortium for five years and the Board of Directors of AzTEA for three years.  Mr. Manzenberger is currently on the Board of Directors of the Yavapai Symphony Association, serving as 1st Vice President.  Neil graduated from Ball State University with a BA in Music Education in 1972 and an MS in Education in 1977.  Neil is also a veteran who served with the United States Air Force from 1966-1970.  Email:  nmanzenberger@cocsd.k12.usEric Marcus-Mr. Eric Marcus and his wife Su are residents of Cornville. He is the proud father of daughter Elizabeth who resides in Prescott Valley. Eric is Chief Administrative Officer of The NARBHA Institute responsible for programs, strategy, technology, housing and real estate 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 businesses 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.  Email:  emarcus@cocsd.k12.az.us
  • Mary Valenzuela- Ms. 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 hard to balance the needs of students, parents, staff, and the taxpayer.  She certainly understands all aspects of the the district.  Email: mvalenzuela @ cocsd.k12.az.us