Voices of the Community

Meet our contributors!  

They say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” And the same holds true for a community magazine. It takes a village to engage, entertain and, we hope, inspire the community we serve. That’s our mission, and we could not do it without the help of our valued contributors. They do so much more than just write about our community; they live, work and play in our community. They represent the very best of Prescott’s public and private sectors. And, every other month, they bring us the stories and reports that matter. On behalf of our team, our readers and our advertisers, we thank you!


Ray Newton

Ray Newton

Journalist and Professor-Administrator Emeritus, Northern Arizona University

A veteran of mass media ranging from weekly and daily newspapers to directing writing workshops for the Reader’s Digest, from book editing to book writing — Ray has been there. He is a professor-administrator emeritus from Northern Arizona University, now retired and residing in Prescott with his wife, Patty.


Judy Bluhm

Judy Bluhm

REALTOR®, Century 21 AZ West

Judy is a writer and columnist, winning the Arizona Newspaper Association Best Column award in 2015. She is a REALTOR with Century 21 AZ West and lives in Skull Valley.


Tim Carter

Tim Carter

School Superintendent, Yavapai County Education Service Agency

Tim is a lifelong Arizonan, residing in Prescott since 1979. He is in his 43rd year as an educator, serving as a teacher-coach, before serving as the principal of Prescott High School for 12 years. He has served as the elected Yavapai County School Superintendent since 2005.


Margo Christensen

Margo Christensen

Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Ponderosa Hotel Management Services

Margo is vice president of marketing and public relations for Ponderosa Hotel Management Services, LLC. As well, serves on the board of directors for the Prescott Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. She is also a founding member of the City of Prescott Tourism Advisory Committee.


Tim Diesch

Tim Diesch

Marketing Specialist, Yavapai College

Tim has worked in marketing, advertising and tourism promotion in Prescott since 2003. Clients served include the City of Prescott, Prescott Frontier Days and The World’s Oldest Rodeo, The Phippen Museum and Sharlot Hall Museum. Tim has worked to promote enrollment at Yavapai College for the past four years.


Robin and Linda Forbes

Robin and Linda Forbes

Co-owners and Developers, The Old Firehouse Plaza

Robin and Linda are the owners and developers of The Old Firehouse Plaza and also own the Classy N Sassy Boutique, Prescott Lobster and Seafood Co. and Quality Software Solutions, Inc. They are members of the Chamber of Commerce and Prescott Downtown Partnership.


Michael Grady

Michael Grady

Playwright, Freelance Writer and Storyteller

Michael is an Arizona playwright, freelance writer and storyteller whose plays have included “Lights,” “Past History,” “The Harmony Codes,” and “White Picket Fence.” He has written for The Tucson Weekly, Phoenix Magazine and the Phoenix New Times, and works in Marketing for Yavapai College in Prescott.


Dr. Mary Ellen Halvorson

Dr. Mary Ellen Halvorson

Founder and Superintendent, Tri-City College Prep High School

Mary Ellen, founder and superintendent of Tri-City College Prep High School, received her Doctor of Education from California Coast University. After graduating from NAU, she began her teaching career with Prescott Unified School District. She has also taught at Yavapai Community College and directed programs for the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe.


Sheri L. Heiney

Sheri L. Heiney

President/CEO, Prescott Chamber of Commerce

Sheri was hired as the President/CEO of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce in January 2017. She moved to Arizona from Michigan, and has over 23 years of chamber professional experience.


Ken Lain

Ken Lain

Owner, Watters Garden Center

Ken grew up in Prescott, attended Yavapai College and obtained his degrees from ASU. He married his college sweet Lisa Watters-Lain and has four children. His garden advice can be heard each week on the radio. Throughout the week, Ken can be found at Watters Garden Center.


Abby McCarty

Abby McCarty

Head of School, BASIS Prescott

Abby has been with BASIS Prescott since inception in 2014, as a teacher, dean of students and currently, the head of school. She is a graduate from the Appalachian State University and has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in secondary education.


Melissa Ruffner

Melissa Ruffner

Historian and Author

What an honor to be included in the inaugural Issue of Prescott LIVING. I was born in Prescott and am the progeny of pioneers and peacekeepers, miners, historians, authors, teachers, entertainers, community activists and volunteers. I encourage you to choose a way to contribute to “Everybody’s Hometown” and use Prescott LIVING as your handbook.


Fred Veil

Fred Veil

Executive Director, Sharlot Hall Museum

Fred is the executive director of the Sharlot Hall Museum. He is a Marine Corps veteran and former Sheriff of the Prescott Corral of Westerners International, he conceived and organized the Western History Symposium. He is a board member of the Arizona History Convention and member of the Tourism Advisory Committee for the City of Prescott.


Martha Baden

Martha Baden

Manager, Public Services, Prescott Public Library

Martha is library manager, public services at Prescott Public Library. Still enjoying a lifelong love of connecting people with information they need and books they’ll love, she has worked in school or public libraries in four states over the last 20 years.


Rita Carey Rubin, MS, RD, CDE

Rita Carey Rubin, MS, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Rita is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with the Preventive Medicine Team at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, Arizona. Rita is also the host of Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s popular nutrition program “Your Healthy Kitchen.”


John Cox, C.M., C.A.E

John Cox, C.M., C.A.E

Manager, Ernest A. Love Field (PRC)

John is the manager of Ernest A. Love Field (PRC) and responsible for creating a vision for the future of PRC and enhancing the economic stability of the airport area. John graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), and has over 25 years of aviation management and airport development experience at various-sized airports.


Kathy DeFreitas

Kathy DeFreitas

Prescott Station Manager, Great Lakes Airlines

Kathy has been at the Prescott Municipal Airport since December 1998 in the capacity of station manager. She has worked for America West Express and US Airways Express under Air Midwest (Mesa Airlines.) She has been with Great Lakes Airlines since 2008.


John Flicker

John Flicker

President, Prescott College

Formerly the president of the National Audubon Society, John has transitioned from protecting birds to helping sustain a private liberal arts school in Northern Arizona, serving as president of Prescott College. Flicker also worked at the Nature Conservancy for 21 years.


Dennis Gallagher

Dennis Gallagher

Founder and President, Prescott Western Heritage Foundation

Dennis is the founder and president of the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc., a 50l(c)3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to preserve and promote our Western heritage. He is also a Western artist/bronze sculptor, and an active volunteer for numerous community events. He and his wife, MaryAnn, have been married 50 years and have resided in Prescott for 10 years.


Sandy Griffis

Sandy Griffis

Executive Director, Yavapai County Contractors Association

Sandy is executive director of Yavapai County Contractors Association, and has lived in the Prescott area for 21 years. Sandy has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and an MBA in business with a minor in music from San Diego State.


Richard Heath

Richard Heath

Executive Director, NAU-Prescott Valley campus

Richard is the executive director of the NAU-Prescott Valley campus and administrative lead for the Community Development and Sustainability (CDSY) Program. He has worked full-time for NAU since October 2016. He has 27 years of experience working in community and economic development and organizational management.


Joe Howard

Joe Howard

Superintendent, Prescott Unified School District

A Prescott High School Alum, Joe has been in the Prescott area for 30 years total. Joe started his teaching career in Chino Valley, then became the principal at Prescott Mile High Middle School. He then served for five years as assistant superintendent. Joe is currently in his first year of superintendency and is focused on success for all students.


Tricia Lewis

Tricia Lewis

Communications Professional, ADOT and World’s Oldest Rodeo

Tricia is a communications professional with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). She also serves as the marketing agency for the World’s Oldest Rodeo® and other high-profile clients in the greater Prescott area.


Harry Oberg

Harry Oberg

Mayor, City of Prescott

Harry was born in Laramie, Wyoming in 1947. He grew up in Prescott, Arizona. After being drafted in 1966, Harry served 33 years in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. Harry and his wife Jeanna returned to Prescott in 2007 and he was elected Mayor in August 2015.


Laura Scrivner

Laura Scrivner

General Manager, Capital Canyon Club

Laura is the general manager of Capital Canyon Club and is an award-winning, 20-year Troon veteran with extensive private club experience. She has worked at many golf courses across the U.S. from Colorado to Delaware.


Tori Ward

Tori Ward

ROX Travel, Cruise and Resort Specialist

Victoria “Tori” Ward is a cruise and resort specialist with a master’s degree in political science. She has completed more than 30 certification courses with the cruise and tour industry including the most advanced certification, Commodore, from Princess Cruise Lines. Tori is a member of the Cruise Line International Association.


Prescott Parks & Rec Department

Prescott Parks & Rec Department

  • Samara Rice-Cummings, Recreation Services Administrative Specialist
  • Patti Crouse, Recreation Services Administrative Coordinator
  • Rick Hormann, Recreation Services Supervisor
  • Michelle Stacy-Schroeder, Recreation Services Coordinator
  • Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Services Coordinator