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Fire Board





George Kattermann
Board Chairperson



George Kattermann purchased his home in Rio Verde in 1998 and became a full time resident in January of 2000. George is currently active in the Rio Verde Skeet Shooters group and plays golf regularly.

In December of 2009 George was appointed to the position of District Resident Member of the Local Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) Board to fill a vacant position. He was appointed to the Fire Board in January 2010. His assignment on the Board is Human Resource policies and procedures and is also currently overseeing the construction of the new addition to house the new rescue unit. George has served on the Rio Verde Community Association Board since March 2009 and was elected Vice-President in March of 2010.

George attended the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University.


George served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1961. He spent his entire career in banking at the following institutions: Dover Trust Company, Dover, N. J. Industrial Valley Bank, Philadelphia, PA, Northeast Bank and Trust, Bangor, MA, American Federal Savings, Des Moines, IA, and Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, IA.




Jerry Fickes
Board Clerk


The Fickes’ first visited Rio Verde in the early eighties.  Captivated by the area they, joined the club in 1990 and purchased their current home site.  They built their home in 1998 and moved here.  Both enjoyed golf.  In the past few years they have been a host captain for the college girls tournament each March.  Donna was a regular in the craft show and lately has kept the Rio Verde Red Hats busy as the Queen. Jerry schedules his Friday golf group and organizers its annual tournament.


In 2000, Jerry asked by the late Commissioner Marvin Glink to run for the Rio Verde Fire Board.  In 2004 and 2008 he was re-elected.  Active in the separation from Rural Metro, he aided in the ISO changes, lowering the fire insurance premiums for most of the residents of the Verde’s, arranged the insurance to protect the assets of the Fire District and structured the insurance benefits for the firefighters.  Jerry worked on long range planning to control costs an eliminate peaks and dips in taxation.  He wants the Verde’s residents to feel secure from hazards with the comfort and understanding emergency medical care from a group of firefighter, that are as proud to serve the Verde’s as we are to have them.
Jerry received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Actuarial Science from Drake University.  He also graduated from the American Management Association in executive management and advanced business administration.  He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and completed a fellowship, with distinction , specializing in Financial Management with the Life Office Management Association.

After 39 years in the insurance industry, from the file room to executive suite, Jerry took early retirement in 1988.  His duties were to serve the three Life, Health and Annuity Insurance Companies of ERC CORP. as President, CEO, and Director.  The next ten years Jerry became an insurance regulator in New Mexico.  As Chief Actuary, he was responsible for life, health and annuity insurance and the financial solvency of insurers.  He served on legislative task forces and as an advisor to the legislature and various Governors.  Jerry wrote The New Mexico Health Alliance Act.  This Act provided health insurance for small businesses.  Supported by both the insurance industry and the government.  The Act passed in 1994 and Jerry was named Chairman of the Alliance Board.  He retired from the Board in 2000 two years after moving to Rio Verde.


Marty Bowin

Board Commissioner


Marty Bowin and his wife Penny have been full time residents of Tonto Verde since 2008.  Marty has served as Tonto Verde’s Firewise Chairperson since 2011 and is Vice-President of the new non-profit Verdes Wildfire Protection, Inc established in conjunction with Rio Verde Firewise.

Marty received his BS and MS Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla and worked for Chevron Corporation for 37 years in various engineering, operations, and senior management positions, retiring in 2008 as VP of Chevron Pipe Line Company. He has additional experience in emergency management, industrial fire fighting, Oil Spill Response, and Pipeline Safety. Since retirement Marty has consulted part time by performing major incident prevention audits on oil industry operations around the world.


He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, running, playing golf, and photography of travel experiences, our desert surroundings and his grandchildren.



Jeanne Finney
Board Commissioner


Jeanne Finney is originally from Minnesota and is a full time resident of Tonto Verde. Jeanne and her husband Nigel retired and moved to Tonto Verde in January 2008. They were drawn to the community by the quiet remoteness of the area and access to the activities they love.

Professionally, Jeanne received her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and then went on to medical school at the University of Minnesota. She completed her residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Following medical school Jeanne practiced with a successful private internal medicine group in Minneapolis for 22 years.


Jeanne and Nigel love the Tonto Verde community and all that it has to offer. Both are active in the Rio Verde Tennis League and the Tonto Verde Golf Club and are avid cyclists. Jeanne enjoys cooking, reading, painting, and giving back to the community she loves.  







Nancy Sewell
Board Commissioner


Nancy Sewell and her husband Norm have been Arizona residents since 1995, first living in Troon North. After years of driving through Rio Verde, they decided to explore the Verdes to see what each community had to offer. Liking what they experienced, the warmth of the people they met and the sense of community, they purchased a home in Tonto Verde and became full-time residents in 2004.


Nancy received her BS in Computer Science from James Madison University. She recently retired from IBM as a Senior Managing Consultant and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt after a highly diversified 38-year career in technology, business transformation and project management. Nancy has worked with companies in both the Public and Private sectors. Some of her Public sector clients included the Office of the Secretary of Defense, National Guard Bureau, Arizona Department of Transportation and the Social Security Administration. Her Private sector work experience was with DuPont, Honeywell, American Express and GE Healthcare. 


Nancy and Norm are both avid cyclists and golfers.





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