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Donors to the Cochise College Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provide nearly $500,000 annually to promote student success through scholarships, facilities development and program support. By supporting Cochise College, the foundation endeavors to increase the college’s accessibility to our diverse and changing communities.

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Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

Arizona’s jobless rate hit 12.6 percent in April 2020. More adult students than ever need your help advancing their skills or getting back on their feet.

Blanca, a mother of four who married at 19, knew that her work as a housekeeper at a hotel was not the path for her to provide for her family and earn a decent wage. She recently earned a GED at Cochise College and wants to enroll in the medical assistant program. She needs financial assistance to help make her dream a reality.

Cochise College will award the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship to students like Blanca during the 2020-2021 academic year. Awards of $1,200 for full-time students or $600 for part-time students enrolling in six or more credits cover half of a year’s tuition. To qualify, students must be residents of Cochise County over the age of 20 who have been away from education for a year or more.

Please join us in helping our local adult learners to earn credentials that lead to meaningful careers, constructive citizenship and lifelong learning by making a contribution this summer, prior to the start of the fall semester.

Senior Scholarship

In 2015 53% of high school graduates enroll in post-secondary education, and 42% of residents have attained a degree or certificate. Arizona seeks to raise those statistics to 70 percent and 60 percent by 2030.

PROBLEM: Arizona has set goals for the year 2030 to address challenges to preparing the workforce of tomorrow. Only 53 percent of high school graduates enroll in post-secondary programs, and only 42 percent of residents have earned a 2- or 4-year degree. Cochise County trails on both measures.

SOLUTION: The promise of scholarship funding helps inspire students to realize their potential at one of the top community colleges in the nation. Graduating Cochise County high school seniors who enroll full time and declare an academic goal at Cochise College the semester after high school are eligible to receive up to four consecutive semesters of financial support.

YOU CAN HELP: Your financial contribution helps more students pursue their potential and enhances the competitiveness of the county and state workforce and quality of life.

2020-2021 Foundation Board of Directors

Together, we work to promote student success through scholarships, facilities development and program support. By supporting Cochise College, the foundation endeavors to increase the college’s accessibility to our diverse and changing communities.

Board Officers

Joanna Michelich portrait

Dr. Joanna Michelich (’68) has had an ongoing relationship with the college since her enrollment as a freshman in 1966. Upon graduating from Cochise, she pursued degrees from Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona and Washington State University. She received the Outstanding Community College Alumni Award for 1964-1978, presented by Cochise College and the State Board for Community Colleges of Arizona in 1978. Over 35 years, Michelich served in a variety of leadership positions in higher education and related professional associations. She retired as executive vice president/provost of her alma mater – Cochise College – in 2009. In addition, Michelich was a trustee of the former Sierra Vista Regional Health Center and a founding member of the board of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona. She has served as a board member with numerous other community organizations and brings to the foundation a personal passion for Cochise College and its successful future.

John Pintek’s association with Cochise College began in 1964 when he was a member of the first class of students and he was elected the first student body president. After graduating from Cochise College, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in public administration from St. Mary’s College in California.

His varied background includes being an officer with the Department of Public Safety. During that time, he was a highway patrolman, worked in special investigations, and did undercover assignments. Pintek has served as Cochise County sheriff and started a Detention Officer Academy at Cochise College. He owned a handyman service in Phoenix and built three custom homes after he received his Residential Electrician Certificate.

Pintek has been married 51 years to his wife Rosaline. He looks forward to continuing to support Cochise College and believes the benefits and opportunities the college provides are immeasurable.

Mark Battaglia

Mark, an avid investor, has served the Cochise College Foundation board of directors for some 20 years. A semi-retired attorney, he came to Benson following a stint as national transportation manager, chemicals and plastics, with Union Carbide. He opened a private practice, which he today shares with his daughter, but also has served as city manager, city attorney, and deputy Cochise County attorney. Before enrolling in law school, Mark earned a degree in finance. He is never very far removed from the day’s trading news, and he spent about 20 years as foundation treasurer, in addition to previously serving as board president several times. His other hobbies are fishing and spending time with his grandsons.

Joel Borowiec (‘78) has strong family connections with Cochise College, as his father, Matthew, served on the Governing Board from 1967-78, and his mother, his daughter, and he all earned degrees from Cochise. Joel joined the foundation board because he values education and the “kinder, gentler” environment that provides students with everything from university preparation and basic skills training to tutoring and scholarship opportunities. After earning his degree from Cochise, Joel graduated from the University of Arizona in 1982, and from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1985. He is a founding member of Borowiec & Borowiec PC in Sierra Vista.

Board Members

Larry has extensive experience as an adult trainer. He has served with the Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee, VICAP, Renaissance House/Women’s Transition Project, and Bisbee Community Chorus. He also spent a year facilitating and writing a strategic plan for the Community Montessori School of Bisbee. Borger earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in higher and adult education at Columbia University. He also earned a master’s in business administration at Arizona State University. He spent the early part of his career as director of independent day schools in New York and Arizona. He later became a logistics manager and trainer for Motorola; training manager, productivity consultant and project manager for the Salt River Project; and instructor, head of faculty, and lead faculty trainer for the University of Phoenix.

Doug Dunn has lived in Cochise County since 1970 and has served on many community organizations, including the Bisbee City Council, the Bisbee Foundation, and the Naco Wellness Initiative. He also has been a Bisbee Main Street merchant for 21 years, associated with the Acacia Art and Antiques shop.  He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, South America, is a founding member of the Cochise County Water Wise Program, and has served in many organizations in Bisbee and Willcox. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cochise College Foundation board with his community connections and service.

He is married to Donna Gaab, retired director of the Cochise County Library District. Together, they are very interested in education, especially early childhood literacy, and what can be done to encourage educational achievement and academic success. Dunn is community oriented, feels that community colleges provide a nice bridge to four-year institutions, and enjoys supporting local students as they continue on their educational journey.

Jan Guy

Jan (’76) of Hereford found a home at Cochise College not just as a student, but also as a volunteer. She began her formal post-secondary education as an adult student at Cochise College in 1974 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of the State of New York in Albany and a master’s in public administration at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She joined the foundation board in 1992 and was elected to the Governing Board three years later. She served as chair for many years and was named board member emeritus in 2013. She is a lifetime member of the Association of Community College Trustees. She is a licensed pilot and also works with her therapy dog Crockett at the hospital and local nursing homes.

Board Members (Cont.)

Dr. David Mosow currently serves on the Northern Arizona University Foundation board of directors and feels that his service to both of these boards can provide insight into helping students from community colleges be successful at four-year institutions.

Mosow has spent 13 years on the NAU Foundation board and has come to love all aspects of foundation service. It has been his contention that one of the critical keys to foundation service is first friend-raising.  Once people identify with Cochise College and what drives the school, he feels becoming a donor is the next logical step. Since Cochise was so significant in his growth as a student, it seems only right to want to give back.

Mosow received his Ed.D. in educational leadership from NAU in 1978. He is qualified to teach programs in computer information sciences and business management. He holds a private pilot license with instrument rating, is president of the Mosow Family Foundation, has been married for 44 years, and has four grown children.

Education has been an important part of Cathy’s life and has helped her advance in her career. Currently the chief financial officer for Pioneer Title, she is passionate about helping others fulfill their dreams through education. Her professional life includes four years as department chair for business at Cochise College, where she was a member of the Complete College America team. During that time, she realized that students are hungry for the connection between education and the real world of work, and that they are looking for positive role models to help them advance toward their goals. Cathy has served on the Arizona Society of CPAs Foundation board and presented scholarships to high school seniors as part of that service. As a member of the Cochise College Foundation board and a leader in the workplace, she wants to share her talents and give others the chance she was given to realize success. It is her hope that kindness and giving creates an environment of the same. Cathy and her husband are the parents of three daughters, and they have made it a point to include travel as part of their own understanding of the world.

Being active in the community allows Matthew Riesgo, Cochise District Supervisor for Arizona Public Service, to develop relationships that make for a close-knit, stronger environment. With the foundation, Matt participates in fundraising activities to help provide a better future for local communities. Matt graduated from Benson High School in 2002 and previously worked with Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative. He is a member of the Douglas Hispanic Chamber and the Douglas Education Partnership Alliance. In his role with APS, he partners with many agencies and conducts electric safety demonstrations throughout Cochise County. Matt and his wife of 15 years have four children.

Gail Zamar

Gail (’71) of Douglas retired in 2008 as superintendent of the Douglas Unified School District. A 1969 graduate of Douglas High School, she earned an associate of arts degree from Cochise College. After teaching elementary school, primarily in Yuma, Tucson and Douglas, for more than 10 years, she became assistant principal at Huber Middle School in Douglas. She was named principal of Stevenson Elementary in Douglas in 1994, assistant superintendent of DUSD in 2002, and superintendent in 2003. She has served as a consultant since retirement.

Ex-Officio Member

J.D. Rottweiler

J.D. became the 11th president of Cochise College in 2009. A first-generation college graduate, he earned a bachelor of arts in sociology with a Japanese minor in 1990, and a master of arts in sociology in 1992 from the University of Wyoming. In 2005, he earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University of Utah. He arrived at Cochise with more than 15 years of community college experience, ranging from small, rural colleges to large, multi-campus, urban institutions. Prior to becoming president, he was executive vice president for academic services and professor of sociology at Central Wyoming College. He has served as associate dean of instruction at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa, and on the faculty at Ricks College, now Brigham Young University – Idaho, and was associate professor/chair of the Department of Sociology at Salt Lake Community College. An avid sports fan, J.D. will travel far for a good football, basketball, baseball or volleyball match-up.

Board Member Emeritus

charles chambers

Chuck Chambers operates a small family cattle ranch east of Douglas. He has served on the Whitewater Draw Conservation District Board of Supervisors for 16 years, two of them as chairman. He also serves on and is past president of the Cochise/Graham County Cattle Growers Board of Supervisors. Chuck served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years as a pilot, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He is a life member of the Arizona Rangers and was company commander of the Douglas Company for seven years. He is deacon and financial secretary for his church, and he holds a master’s degree in engineering. He joined the board of the Cochise College Foundation in 1992.

A retired classroom teacher, Shirley worked for many years with the Douglas Unified School District. She and her husband owned a florist shop and were involved in the landscaping of the Douglas Campus. Shirley resigned from the board in 2012 but remains an avid supporter of Cochise College. She is now board member emeritus.

George Hooper

The late George Hooper served as an active board member from 1978 through 2009, often hosting foundation gatherings at his home in Sierra Vista. He spent 30 years in the U.S. Army and later managed Southeast Arizona Medical Center in Douglas. He also volunteered with the Fry Fire Department. Now a resident of Snowflake, he keeps in touch with his Cochise County friends and recently endowed the George and Barbara Hooper Scholarship for nursing students.

Linda Staneart

Linda, a resident of Green Valley and formerly of McNeal, served on the Cochise College Foundation board of directors for 15 years. When she resigned in 2012, the board named her its first board member emeritus. Previously a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Douglas, she helped connect the foundation with local donors and became a real estate agent after leaving Cochise County.

Honorary Members

Marsha Arzberger

Now retired, Marsha was raised on a farm in Missouri and worked her way through college with scholarships. A resident of Arizona since 1967, she was elected to serve in the State Senate in 2000. Marsha’s background includes service as dean of Draughon’s Business College in Kansas City, Missouri, and professor at the Oklahoma Junior College of Business and Technology. She also served on the Arizona Board of Regents from 1993-2000. She was a member of the Civil Air Patrol for more than 30 years and is a private pilot with an instrument rating and more than 5,000 of flying experience. She is a partner with her husband Gus in the family ranching business. Now retired from politics, she was appointed an honorary member of the Cochise College Foundation board in 1999.

George Bugen

Bugen family history in Bisbee dates to 1907, when George’s father Chris arrived from Yugoslavia. A World War I veteran, he married Mamie Milutinovich, ran the Bugen Brothers Grocery, and had three children – Bette, Sam and George. The boys served in the Korean War. Members of the family were active in various professional, civic and social circles. All were members of the St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church. In 2012, George, the last remaining member of the family, made a gift valued at some $1.2 million to the Cochise College Foundation in support of capital improvements at the Sierra Vista Campus. At the time, it was the largest recorded gift received in support of Cochise College.

Foundation Staff

Denise Hoyos

Denise studied journalism and worked as a reporter and editor before taking her first community college position in the district development office at Ivy Tech State College, now Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. After two years handling newsletters, special events and award programs, she joined Cochise College as public information officer in 2001. She became executive director of the Cochise College Foundation in 2007. In 2009, her role expanded to executive director of the Office of External Affairs, which handles fundraising, marketing and communications for Cochise College. Denise has implemented consistent public and donor communications, planned the college’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014-2015, and serves on the college Grants Committee. She is a member of CASE website (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and currently serves on the District VII Communications Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Cochise County Fair Association and the Bisbee Council on the Arts & Humanities.

Eva brings many years of fundraising and marketing experience to the Foundation.  She worked for the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Foundation for seven years as their Foundation Manager, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring Digital Mammography to Cochise County.  She has recently served as the Public Information Officer for the Sierra Vista Unified School District, promoting staff and student achievement and handling marketing and media requests.

She has created and implemented programs for donor outreach, communication and recognition, and has developed and executed successful fund raising events for many community organizations.

Rose Berumen

Rose graduated from Douglas High School and studied for a year at Cochise College before pursuing a secretarial certificate at Chaparral Career College in Tucson. After working as a teller for Pima Savings & Loan Association, she joined Cochise College in 1988. She worked first in human resources, then with the vice president for administration, before joining the foundation.

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