CCFMD Governing Board
Linda Welsch – Board Chairperson
As lifelong volunteer and resident of Camp Verde since 1994, Linda has served on various boards and commissions in Camp Verde including Parks and Recreation Commission, Trails and Pathways Committee, CVFD Auxiliary and Camp Verde Little League along with other youth sports organizations. Currently, Linda volunteers for the local Salvation Army, and writes and administers grants for a neighboring fire district.
Although Linda is a former District employee, her knowledge of emergency response and firefighting began thirty years ago when she married her husband, John, who is a current fire chief. To complete their firefighting family, two of their three sons are professional firefighters.
It is an honor for Linda to serve on the CVFD Board where she can actively participate in assisting the members of the District in providing the highest level of emergency response services. Her term expires November 2024.
Brandi Bateman – Board Clerk
Brandi Bateman was born in California and moved to the Verde Valley in 1979. She graduated from Mingus Union High School in 1991. She has lived, worked and raised her family in all corners of the Verde Valley. She now lives in Lake Montezuma with her husband Matthew and their youngest child Jacob. Brandi has three children and four grandchildren all living in the Verde Valley. After a long history of working in restaurant business she opened her own restaurant, Brandi’s Kitchen in 2007. She closed to the restaurant in 2013 to address significant personal health issues and began working at Mingus Union High School as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and HR Coordinator until the spring of 2018. February of 2018 she took a position with Yavapai County Board of Supervisors as the Administrative Assistant for District 3 with Supervisor Randy Garrison. Brandi is committed to making a positive impact in her community and participates with Kiwanis as the President, Chairman for the Kid’s at Hope Steering Committee, Treasure for Partners in Education, MatForce Steering Committee, and Board Member for Verde Valley Leadership and Class XII alumni. Brandi will be graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in October of 2018 and plans to continue on with her Master’s Degree. She is an honored to serve her community on this Board. Her term expires November 2022.
Carol Keeton – Board Member
Carol was born in a small town in southeastern Ohio and has lived in several places including Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Tokyo Japan, and Pensacola, Fl before moving to Flagstaff, Arizona in 1993. She has a degree in Business and accounting from Roosevelt University and has had a career in managing large university auxiliaries including the university bookstores at The University of Chicago and Northern Arizona University. She has lived in Rimrock since 1999. After retiring from NAU she has been active in Kiwanis, Key Club, and many local civic organizations. She became a Board Member of MRFD in 2008, then CCFMA in 2016. Although Carol does not have a fire service background, she considers it an honor to serve the community with organizational, financial and management skills. Her term expires November 2024.
Steve Darby – Board Member
Steve is an Arizona native and 1980 graduate of Camp Verde high school. He began his career in the fire service working on a hotshot crew in Prescott, worked for Flagstaff Fire Department and then completed his career as an Engineer/Paramedic working for the City of Mesa Fire Dept. Steve owned and operated a custom homebuilding company for several years in the Phoenix area. For the last 14 years he has taught Fire Science and Hazardous Materials operations for VACTE and Yavapai College and also runs a small sandblasting company.
Steve was one of the original fire board members, elected in 2010 when the Camp Verde Fire District switched over from an elected chief and secretary to a 5 person governing board. He has coached high school football and track for many years and currently coaches football at Camp Verde high school. He is married with 2 daughters, 1 grandchild and resides in Camp Verde.
Steve enjoys serving as a fire board member and is committed to helping ensure our resident’s and area visitors receive a high level of emergency response when called upon. His term expires November 2022.
Justin Largent – Board Member