- Council Members
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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.
Mark, a second generation Italian American, was raised in rural Connecticut. His strong family traditions of sharing with others and living in harmony with the earth continue today.
Mark moved to Phoenix in 1968 to continue a banking career that had begun in New York four years earlier. He remained a banker until 1990. His responsibilities took him to the four corners of the state and throughout the west. While he lived in Phoenix, Mark was also very active in community and civic affairs.
Mark and his wife, Barbara, moved to Sedona in 1993 to open The Lodge at Sedona, a large Bed and Breakfast Inn that they owned and operated for eight years, retiring to enjoy their 5 grandchildren.
Both Mark and Barbara have been active in community affairs, serving on boards and projects including the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Verde Valley Sanctuary.
Mark was appointed to the City Council in June 2009 and subsequently re-elected in March 2012. He was appointed Vice Mayor in May 2012 and reappointed in November 2014. His philosophy of government service is to put principles before personalities and do what is best for the whole.
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.
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.
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 and grew up in Southern California. She attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology.
She and her husband, Stephen, moved to New York City so he could attend Columbia University, where he graduated with a master’s degree in Film. Jessica worked in the New York City Deputy Mayor’s Office, and when the financial crisis hit New York City, she stayed on and worked with the team that put NYC back on a firm financial footing. She moved on to the city’s Department of Housing, then to the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) where she was the Director of Departmental Affairs for the 3500-person agency. After 9-11, DDC was responsible for cleaning up the World Trade Center site, and Jessica was stationed at the site for much of the cleanup.
Stephen and Jessica spent a lot of time hiking and backpacking up and down the east coast, including two week hikes along the Appalachian Trail and over the high peaks in the Adirondack Mountains. Jessica’s passion was playing squash, but she also spent time watching movies, wandering through Central Park and reading books.
Jessica, Stephen, their son Max, and their dog, Shadow, moved to Sedona in 2003. Jessica served on the Sedona Housing Commission prior to being elected to Council. She works at the Spa at the Los Abrigados Resort, practices yoga, reads, plays Scrabble, and takes their dog, Ki, to Red Rock Crossing to hike, swim, and chase sticks. She continues to contemplate the wonders of the universe.