Region VII - Louisa County
Meet the 2019 Board Candidates
John A. Manzari, M.D.
Goals for REC: Implement high-quality internet connectivity for all, as fast as possible. This is an economic and quality-of-life issue. Improve transparency of cooperative business by implementing distribution of the strategic plan, financial statements, and other important documents to the entire membership. Personally available to membership. Revise the electoral process to create a fair election and ensure fresh ideas among the Board. The current process virtually guarantees the existing board re-electing themselves. Act as liaison to resolve complaints that have been made to the SCC and may be referred to the courts. Will donate my $24,000 director's annual stipend to a scholarship fund.
Leader in the Community: Owner and manager of a 400-acre solar-powered cow farm. Recognized for use of best management practices and quality of herd. Chair of Louisa Chamber of Commerce for two and a half years; Board member for 10 years; 2017 Volunteer of the Year. President of Louisa Historical Society for four years; Director for 10 years. Raised money to plan and install current exhibits and reception center in the museum. Hired first full-time executive director. Current chair of Extension Leadership Council. President of Rotary three times; member for 25 years. Wrote multiple grants for schools and other organizations. Chair of Electoral Board for two terms. Appointed by county as director to Reynolds Community College. Endowed fund that awards two $2,000 scholarships each year to graduates of Louisa schools.
Proven Professional: Graduated from medical school with honors, five years post-doctoral, an intensivist, board-certified fellow of professional colleges. Appointed to regional, state, national, and international committees, representative to ISO and chaired Oxygen Concentrator and Fiber Optics Committee. Medical director at large multi-institutional healthcare facilities, responsible for organization and conduct of large staffs. Clinical professor of medicine at two medical schools. Successfully managed budgets in the hundreds of millions.
J. Mark Wood (Incumbent)
J. Mark Wood has resided in Louisa County for over 48 years and is Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) area land-use engineer for Fluvanna, Louisa and Orange counties. After graduating high school, Wood worked full time in the surveying and engineering fields while attending college. He earned an associate of applied science degree in civil engineering technology from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering technology from Old Dominion University.
Wood is licensed as a professional engineer and a land surveyor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wood oversees land development and permitting activities for VDOT and serves on the Fluvanna County Technical Review Committee, the Louisa County Development Review Committee and the Orange County Application Review Committee. Wood graduated from VDOT's leadership development program.
Wood worked for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for 23 years and received national recognition from the States Organization for Boating Access for his professionalism in boat access design. He has worked extensively on environmental permitting for construction projects from the Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Wood is a lifetime member of the Louisa County Historical Society. He coached and managed Louisa Little League Baseball, and served as a VDOT Adopt-a-Highway Volunteer, Louisa County Agriculture Fair Board of Directors, notary public, Sunday school teacher and superintendent, AWANA worker, church treasurer, deacon and chairman of the deacons.
Since elected to the REC Board, Wood has earnestly sought to be fully credentialed and informed of regulations
and operations of electric cooperatives, earning the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director
and the Board Leadership Certificate designations. Wood currently serves as the REC Board Secretary.
Mark and his wife Becky live in the Cuckoo area of Louisa County.