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Sandy was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where she graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Economics. She also lived in Oregon, Florida & Alaska. She moved to Sedona in January, 1972, when Sedona was a town of about 4,000, unincorporated, and split between two counties. Sandy worked for the local branch of the Phoenix CPA firm, Walker & Armstrong, LLP, for 31 years, and is now a self-employed accountant.
Soon after coming to Sedona, Sandy became involved in getting Sedona incorporated. The community was already growing, and she agreed with others that we needed to make our own decisions rather than have Flagstaff or Prescott control our future. Incorporating Sedona was not an easy task, as state legislation had to be passed to allow the city to incorporate across county lines. After serving on three committees over a 15 year period, Sandy celebrated the voters’ approval of the incorporation of Sedona in a December 1987 election, and in January of 1988, the City of Sedona became a reality.
Sandy is proud to have been a member of the first appointed City Council. Meetings were quite different in those days, with no staff, no ordinances and no City Hall. By the time the first Council turned things over to the first elected Council five months later, Sedona had a City Clerk, a City Manager, a Police Chief, a sales tax and bed tax, a City Hall and a well-operating City government.
Sandy has always followed City government in Sedona and over the years has volunteered for a variety of organizations and activities across the state, in the Verde Valley, and in Sedona, including AYSO (youth soccer), Good Morning Sedona, Southwest Public Recycling Association and the Verde Valley Wine Consortium. She is a founder of Sedona Recycles, Inc., and served on the Board for nearly 20 years, and is also a founder of Sedona Winefest. She served on the City’s Wastewater & Effluent Disposal & Land Use (WEDLU) Task Force for two years, on the Housing Commission for 6 years, and on the City’s Service Contract Review Work Group. She is proud to serve as Mayor of the City she loves.
John Martinez, Jr. is from a large, Southern California family. Three of his siblings were born in Los Angeles, as was John, and four were born in La Puente. All eight children finished La Puente High School, and went on to graduate from various colleges, encouraged by parents who did not have the opportunity to complete high school.
Key lessons the eight Martinez’s learned were discipline—homework before playing outside with friends—and frugality—in a family of 10, everyone learned to understand the value of a dollar and spend carefully and wisely.
John graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a degree in Finance. He worked during the day and went to school at night. He worked as a janitor for Snappy Taco and a forklift driver at Mattel Toys. Upon graduation from college, he began his career in finance, first as a Financial Analyst with Beckman Instruments, Plant Controller at Hunt-Wesson Foods, Director of Manufacturing Accounting for ConAgra Foods and a Sarbanes-Oxley auditor for Boeing. He moved to the Sedona area in 2005 and was hired as the Director of Finance for Nutri-Health Supplements located in Cottonwood, AZ.
John met Carol, the love of his life for the past 34 years, while employed with Beckman Instruments. They lived in Yorba Linda, California for 25 years and both have family all over California.
His hobbies include traveling, playing sports (softball and soccer), reading and attending Phoenix Coyotes hockey games, as a season ticket holder.
John provides consulting expertise for small companies that require budgeting and forecasting assistance. John was selected to serve on the Budget Oversight Commission and was the Vice-Chairman. As a member of the commission, he provided input to the City’s budget submission for fiscal years 2011/2012 and 2012/2013, plus implementation experience for the recent ERP System for the City’s Finance Department.
John attended Cornell University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, and received a bachelor-of-science degree in electrical engineering. He also holds masters degrees in electrical engineering and aeronautical systems. He served as a Navy jet pilot, and was a flight instructor in the Navy’s Advanced Jet Training Command. The Navy then sent John to Cornell Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then served in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) -- as a prosecutor, as the senior attorney aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, and as a judge.
After completing his military service with the rank of Commander, John spent 28 years as a tax lawyer at Jones Day, a global law firm, with a focus on tax planning for small businesses. In his spare time he was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland, Ohio, and served as Treasurer and Finance Chair of a large condominium association.
John and his wife Pat were married in 1996 at Red Rock Crossing, with Cathedral Rock as their backdrop. They fell in love with Sedona and decided to make it their retirement home. They bought property in the City in 2003, and bought their current home in 2009. When John retired from his law practice in 2012, he and Pat were able to fulfill their dream of living in Sedona full-time.
John soon got involved in community service. He served three years on Sedona’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He also participated in the City’s Programs Working Team, which helped present the Community Plan to the Public, and served on the Design Review Work Group.
John and Pat love hiking, Jeeping, and horseback riding in Red Rock Country.
Scott holds a degree in criminal justice and worked for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for over 30 years— first as a police officer and later a Senior Police Accident investigator receiving specialized training through Northwestern University and the U.S Department of Transportation. Throughout his career Scott also received specialized training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Scott also served in the Police Emergency Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Unit. As a community leader on Long Island, Scott received three prestigious awards for his work: A Legislative Resolution by the New York State Assembly, a New York State Proclamation from the New York Senate Majority Leader, and a Town Citation by the Town of Hempstead Supervisor. Prior to his election to the City Council, Scott served on the board of the Sedona Fire District, the City of Sedona’s Planning & Zoning Commission and the City’s Personnel Board.
Tom moved to Sedona four years ago with his wife, Polly. He is currently retired and lives in the Chapel area. Prior to retirement, he worked for IBM and Hewlett-Packard for over three decades, holding several positions in sales management. Tom enjoyed working with customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. He was successful in bringing people and resources together to provide solutions that helped the businesses grow and developed long term relationships.
Upon settling in Sedona, he embraced the volunteerism that thrives here and became a volunteer City of Sedona Park Ranger. He enjoys walking Uptown a few days a week and speaking with tourists who ask for help or need more information about Sedona. He is also the current president for the local Sedona-Bell Rock Kiwanis Club which serves the children of Sedona through activities coordinated with schools and other volunteer organizations.
When the Councilor position he now occupies opened up due to a vacancy caused by the resignation of one of the City Councilors, Tom interviewed for the position. He felt it was a good time to serve the City of Sedona more directly. He was fortunate to be selected and appointed by the City Council to the position and has enjoyed utilizing the skills learned during his career. When the time came to run for election to the position, Tom decided to continue to serve and was honored to be elected by the people of Sedona. He is always available to listen to their needs and hopes they will meet with him or communicate with him at their convenience.
Jon and his wife Felicia spent their honeymoon in Sedona 46 years ago, returned for their 25th wedding anniversary and bought a lot, determined to make this their retirement home. They realized that dream when they finally built their house in West Sedona and moved in on Groundhog Day in 2006.
Both Jon and Felicia earned BA degrees from California Lutheran University. Jon also holds an MA in English from Stanford, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in the Creative Writing program. He has been a Managing Editor for a major college textbook publisher, but most of his career was spent in the technical writing field in California’s Silicon Valley. Jon has held positions from Senior Manager through VP at several high-tech companies, including Apple Computer, Silicon Graphics, Crossworlds, IBM, and two pre-IPO startups. “JT” has managed multi-million dollar budgets and staffs of up to 40. He retired in 2007, again on Groundhog Day.
Jon has been a volunteer litter lifter with Keep Sedona Beautiful for over 10 years. He has also done volunteer work at the Verde Valley Medical Center, the Sedona City Clerk’s office, and Chamber Music Sedona. From November of 2010 through March of 2014 he was proud to serve on the Citizens Steering Committee for the Community Plan Update, the final 2 ½ years as Chair. That exceptional experience created the desire to continue serving our magnificent city and was the primary reason JT decided to seek a City Council seat.
Felicia and Jon are the proud parents of two sons. Jeff is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a VP at Glass Lewis & Co., a financial services firm in San Francisco. He lives in Burlingame with his wife Stephanie and their three children, Alexia, Constantine, and Leonidas. Chris earned a BA from UCLA and a Masters in percussion and composition from Juilliard. He is a percussionist with Alarm Will Sound and other contemporary classical groups, and he frequently plays on several Broadway musicals. He and our son-in-law Peter live and work in New York City.
Jessica was born in Los Angeles and raised 100 miles up the coast in Santa Barbara. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. She moved to New York City with her husband, so he could attend Columbia University. They lived in NYC for 30 years, and she worked for the City of New York the majority of the time. Her last job was as Director of Departmental Affairs at the NYC Department of Design and Construction. DDC was the agency in charge of cleaning up the World Trade Center after the horrendous 9/11 attacks, and she spent some time stationed at the site as part of the cleanup team.
They moved to West Sedona in 2003.
Jessica loves Sedona. The stunning natural beauty still takes her breath away. A five-minute drive from her house takes her to Fay Canyon or the Dawa Trail. She never gets tired of the vista before her as she drives down Cook’s Hill. During the summer, she takes her dog down to Red Rock Crossing. Once Verde Valley School Road becomes dirt, she feels like she's driving on a magical roadway because it’s so beautiful. They walk along the Templeton Trail enjoying the shade, trees, rocks, and the river. Sometimes the blackberries are ripe. She throws sticks into the water and her dog leaps in to retrieve them. She has seen river otters, blue herons, and lots of ducks there. In season, the flowers are wondrous.
When their first dog died a few years ago, she and her husband agreed that they’d put off getting another one, but within a month they had a new puppy. He is simply a silly and goofy creature. She takes him to the Sedona Dog Park where he often sits around with a tennis ball in his mouth until the spirit moves him to play. When she's at the Dog Park, she can’t get over the thought that dogs exist to make her laugh.
She gardens, with mixed success, and tries to grow tomatoes, basil, and peppers every year. She likes to read and belongs to a political book club. She tries to work out at least three times a week, but also likes to cook and makes a very tasty cheesecake.