Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Candidates for 2021 Executive Board

Big Park Regional Coordinating Council
Officer Candidates for 2021 Executive Board

The following individuals were presented to the Council at the October regular meeting by Mike Ryan, chairman of the Nominating Committee.  There is a single candidate for president, secretary and treasurer.  We have three candidates vying for the seat of vice president, listed here alphabetically.

The election will be held November 12th at the regular meeting of the Council.


📌  President, Camille Cox

Camille is currently president of the Council and served on the 2019 Executive Board as secretary.  She is chair of the newly formed Big Park/Village of Oak Creek Community Plan Committee.  In 2019 she served as co-chair of the Council’s ad hoc Parliamentary Training Committee. She is an alternate rep and communication secretary for the Pine Valley Property Owners Association, one of the Council’s largest Member Organizations.

Last year Camille served on the core team that produced the 2019 Town Hall Forum on the topic Verde Valley Land Use: Making Collaborative Decisions. This forum brought together 103 thought leaders from across the region.  She is a Partner of the Sedona Village Partnership and previously served on the marketing and awards committees for Keep Sedona Beautiful.

Professionally, she is active as a strategic marketing consultant specializing in high tech and industrial markets.  Her firm, OnRamp Communications, works with executive teams on assignments with significant business impact and high confidentiality. During her 40-year career, she has helped many companies with public offerings, divestitures and launches, including startups to Fortune 500.

She and her husband Philip moved to the Village of Oak Creek in late 2015 from Thousand Oaks, CA.  They have four adult children, seven grandchildren, a pond full of koi fish and a loyal dog named Jackie.

📌  Vice President, David Bauert

Dave moved from Minnesota to scenic Sedona in 1961. For 55 years Blauert & Associates bought land, developed and built commercial and residential properties in Sedona and the Verde Valley as well as throughout the states of AZ and CO.

Dave has built more than 800 custom homes including some in numerous subdivisions such as Sundance, Nozomi, Le Springs, Casa Contenta and Crimson View. He developed eight parks in the county, building roads, infrastructure, ball fields and swimming pools as well as a teen center and the skateboard park. Blauert has managed the construction of numerous projects for the Navajo Nation including schools, shopping centers, farms and their headquarters, Window Rock.

Additionally, Blauert developed and managed construction for many projects at NAU, Verde Valley Medical Center, three resorts for Wyndham Fairfield, three houses of workshop, two hotels, several banks and numerous school projects in the Verde Valley.

Dave was responsible for state and federal highway development and construction in AZ and SW Colorado.  Blauert maintained a $50 million bond ability and served on the Board of Governors for Independent Banks for years.

Dave honorably served our country as a combat engineer in the USMC and has taken many leadership roles to support what he considers his civic duty, including 40 years in the Rotary Club, multiple service work and non-profit boards, and he is one of the founders and a past president (2015) of Sedona 30, a group of entrepreneurs who supports charitable causes in the Sedona area.

The proud father of two and grandfather of four, Dave enjoys his involvement in family, church and country. For more information on any of the above, please contact Dave directly.

📌  Vice President, Phil Feiner

Phil is currently serves on the 2020 Executive Board as secretary, on the APS Transmission Line subcommittee, and the Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee.

Highlights of his career at Pacific Title & Art in 1977, and his first Optical Vfx shot on "Star Wars" removing the mirror below the land speeder cut in the movie (commonly referred to as a Vaseline shot) and being nominated for an Emmy for best Visual Effects on the Warner Bros. TV show "V". Other projects like American Sniper, Mystic River, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun, Eraser,Striptease, Birdcage, Executive Decision, Primal Fear, Mission Impossible, Twister, Batman & Robin, Men In Black, Titanic, ET – Extraterrestrial, Star Wars 1977, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves are a few of the 1,000+ projects on the long list of television and feature films that Phil has worked on during his 40 year career. Preservation projects for Warner Bros. include 2001 A Space Oddessy, Around the World in 80 Days, Cheyenne Autumn, Mutiny on the Bounty, Battle of the Bulge, Ice Station Zebra and Ben-Hur.  Feiner's most prestigious and daunting project was George Lucas's restoration of the Star Wars trilogy in 1997. For this massive project, Feiner and Pacific Title mapped out an extensive cost-effective alternative to more expensive digital effects using new intermediate elements from the original camera negatives plus selected digital composting of the "Blaster" sequence.

Professional affiliations include membership in the 600 Photographers Union as a Director of Photography; SMPTE; ACVL; affiliate member of ACE; associate member of ASC on their Technology and Steering Committees and Co-Chair for Advanced Digital Intermediate. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science Sci-Tech Committee, the newly formed Academy Technology Committee, Chair of the Academy Digital Archival Initiative, and involvement in the DCI – StEm tests. 

Credited with co-developing the lucrative "Gemini Process," a high-quality D1 video-to-film process, Feiner was also instrumental in the development, planning and execution of Pacific Title Digital Studio, in 1989. In 2002, Feiner began development work on a B&W Archival System to Archive Digital files onto analogue B&W 35mm Polyester film through Laser Film Recording. The process that was born from this development is called “Rosetta” and its lifespan can be up towards 1,500 years, if properly stored. In February 2007, Feiner and members of his development team were awarded a Scientific and Technical Award “Academy Plaque” for developing this process.

📌  Vice President, Dave Norton

I’ve lived in Big Park since 2007 and have served on the Council as vice president and treasurer several times continuously through 2019.  I was solely responsible for the Council converting to the use of electronic displays during our meetings since 2008.  I have been Chair of the Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance District [RRREMD] since 2012 – first selected by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and then elected in 2016 and 2020.  I have been a member of the P&Z Committee and have actively participated in the Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee revision process and on the Community Plan project as well as the community survey.  I did all of the data analysis and reporting for the survey.  I am also active on the Dark Sky Committee and have participated on the APS Power Line Ad Hoc Committee.  

I have also collaborated with other similar organizations such as the Beaver Creek Council, the Cornville Community Association and have met with representatives from Camp Verde, the Yavapai Nation, Jerome, Cottonwood and the Forest Service for discussions of regional issues.  The City of Sedona also invited me to participate in revision of their zoning codes and I served on the Off Road Vehicle project.  I previously served on the Keep Sedona Beautiful Board of Trustees.   I run a local business managing homeowner associations and am keenly aware of local issues.

📌  Treasurer, Rose O'Donnell

I graduated from American River College in Sacramento, CA and the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in the Practice of Art. I went on to do graduate work at the University of California at Davis earning my teaching credential in art and music.

I taught art and music at all age levels from pre-school to community college. I retired in 2018 after working 15 years for an arts non-profit in Virginia at the historic Torpedo Factory Art Center. I was the gallery director for 12 years and worked in development and fund-raising the last 3 years. 

We moved to Sedona, AZ in the fall of 2018 and purchased our home in the Village of Oak Creek on Pinon Woods Dr. I was a volunteer at the Red Rock Ranger Visitor Center until Covid-19 forced it to close. I also take classes at the Sedona Art Center. We have two sons and two grandchildren.

Rose is the president designate for Pinon Woods II HOA.

📌  Secretary, Mary Pope

I would be honored to serve as the secretary for the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, as I am encouraged to see the direction it has been heading this past year, and would welcome the opportunity to further support our efforts to become a more open discussion forum; giving expression to the thoughts and opinions of our Community in a positive way.  

As for my qualifications, I served as Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Procedure/Code of Conduct Committee, currently am Co-Chair of the Bylaws Committee and am the Representative for La Barranca II.  I have been trained on MailChimp and the BPRCC website, currently doing some of the BPRCC emails and assisting with website content uploads.  

I’ve served on the Boards of a number of Sedona non-profits.  

Going further back, I retired in 2004 as Director of Worldwide Graphics & Trademark for the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies.  I’ve been admitted to the NJ Bar (retired from practice).  I’m a PADI open-water diver, miniaturist, avid gardener and recreational horseback rider. Although my hiking days are behind me, I count Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim as one of my proudest achievements.  I am happily married to Neil Pope, and together we have 3 beautiful children and 3 amazing grandchildren (of course!).  

Lastly, I love life here in the Village where we have lived full time since 2004.

Warmest Regards, Mary Pope.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

BPRCC Vice President Honored by AZ Community Foundation

Carolyn Fisher Honored with Spirit of Sedona Award

The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona announced their 2020 Spirit of Sedona Awards today. Among the Philanthropists of the Year honorees is Carolyn Fisher, vice president of the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council. Carolyn has represented her neighborhood on the Council since its beginning in 1997, and served as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer as well as many committees.

She is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and has lived in the VOC since 1994. After attending college in Virginia, she served in the Peace Corps in Southeast Asia. During her tenure in the Air Force she had assignments in Florida, Mississippi, Alaska, Alabama, Virginia, Illinois and California.

Carolyn is involved in many philanthropic activities in the Verde Valley, but among them, her greatest passion is education.  On that front she is a contributor on both the macro and micro level. She was a key player in the effort to save the Big Park Community School for the Village, and is both a Director and volunteer with the Sedona Literacy Center tutoring elementary students on reading, writing and math skills. She served on the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee (VVBAC), which reported to the Yavapai College District Governing Board, works with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), is affiliated with Yavapai College, and has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to bring educational courses to the Village of Oak Creek and Rimrock area.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, is a Partner of the Sedona Village Partnership, and was treasurer for the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs. 

All that, and on any given day you will find her giving a little lift to some Verde Valley cause not previously mentioned.

Congratulations, Carolyn - and thank you for all you do for the Village and Verde Valley Region!


Monday, October 12, 2020

VOC Ballot Box

In case you have not heard, we have a new ballot drop box located at the District 3 Fire Station: 125 Slide Rock Road.


Monday, October 5, 2020

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Announces Text to 9-1-1 Service

Prescott AZ (October 1, 2020) – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners throughout Yavapai County are excited to announce that Text-to-9-1-1 service is now available countywide. Partnering agencies include police departments in Clarkdale, Jerome, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Sedona, Yavapai Tribal-Prescott, Yavapai Tribal-Apache, Yavapai College along with the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office and Prescott National Forest Law Enforcement.

This new technology means all 9-1-1 Public Safety Dispatch Centers in Yavapai County are equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages from our community. These texts will be routed to the appropriate 9-1-1 center, based on jurisdiction, when sent within Yavapai County. Please review all information thoroughly to understand how the system works and its limitations.

Individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, will have another option to call for help in an emergency, Text-to-9-1-1. The benefits to our citizens are significant, especially in cases when the caller cannot communicate verbally. Examples include not only the hard of hearing, but also when a crime is in progress, the caller is facing domestic abuse, the caller is injured and cannot speak, or other similar scenarios.

Even where text-to-9-1-1 is available, if you can make a voice call to 9-1-1, please call instead of texting.

How to text 9-1-1 in an emergency:
  • Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field;
  • The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed;
  • Push the “Send” button.
  • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  • Text in simple words – do not use abbreviations.
  • Keep text messages brief and concise.

The following guidelines are provided regarding Text to 9-1-1. If you use a wireless phone or other type of mobile device, make sure to do the following in an emergency:
  • If you can, always contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call, “Call if you can – text if you can’t.”
  • If you are deaf and hard of hearing and Text-to- 9-1-1 is not available, use a TTY or telecommunications relay service, if available.
  • If you text 9-1-1 and text is not available at that time or in your area, you will receive a bounce back message advising “text is not available please make a voice call to 9-1-1.”
  • Location accuracy varies by carrier and should not be relied upon. Be prepared to give your location.
  • Text-to-9-1-1 service will not be available if the wireless carrier cannot ascertain a location of the device sending the message.
  • Text-to-9-1-1 is not available if you are roaming.
  • A text or data plan is required to place a text to 9-1-1.
  • Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1. They cannot be received at the 9-1-1 center currently.
  • Text messages should be sent in plain language and not contain popular abbreviations (SMH, LOL, ICYMI) or emojis, which will not be recognized.
  • Text-to- 9-1-1 cannot be sent to more than one person. Do not send your emergency text to anyone other than 9-1-1.
  • Texts must be in English only. There currently is no language interpretation for text available. This is still in development.
If you have further questions about the Text-to-911 program, please contact the 9-1-1- Center.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Recording of D3 Supervisors Candidate Forum 9/30

Watch our two District 3 Supervisor candidates answer questions on local issues. Questions were submitted by resident voters, moderated by the Verde Valley League of Women Voters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-F5WUyC9es&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1bJF0guxLrJUwbDkBgqidiLz9aIGKE1lle4Pv2c_uTcw0augsHOwS5aoA