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!


Donna Werking

Owner, Marketing Agency, Northern Arizona Social, LLC

Donna holds 15 years of marketing experience. Her agency produces Northern Arizona’s most powerful and innovative marketing strategies for web, social and traditional media. She supports Prescott by serving on committees, promoting events and volunteering for nonprofits. She currently sits as board marketing chair for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona (BGCCAZ).


Kell Palguta

Mayor, Town of Prescott Valley

Kell Palguta moved to Prescott Valley in 1996 from a small town in Maine. In 1998 he began his career in public service as a police officer, where he earned numerous honors. Palguta earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from New Mexico State University. He takes great pride in being elected the youngest Mayor in Yavapai County, and his goals are to ensure that every citizen’s voice is heard and to ensure that the Town of Prescott Valley constantly strives to be the best community in Northern Arizona.


Ken Lain

Owner, Watters Garden Center

Ken grew up in Prescott, attended Yavapai College and obtained his degrees from ASU. He married his college sweetheart 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.


Loree Walden

Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

Loree is originally from Hawaii and moved to Prescott in 2010. Her background spans a variety of careers, including 20 years of taxes, 8 years of radio traffic and now as marketing manager for Yavapai Humane Society, where she gets to advocate for and help animals find furever homes. toria “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.


Maggie Tidaback

Economic Development Project Manager, Town of Chino Valley

Maggie Tidaback is the economic development project manager for the Town of Chino Valley. She loves bringing a better quality of life to the community. Maggie came into the public sector late in her career, and it has quickly become her calling in life.


Margo Christensen

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

Margo 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.


Marnie Uhl

President and CEO Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce

Marnie has been the President/CEO since 2006 and successfully led the Chamber to a national accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Federation. She was selected as Prescott Area Leadership’s Woman of the Year 2017 and serves on many professional and nonprofit boards. Marnie has been in the Chamber industry for 20 years.


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.


 

Phil Goode

Mayor, City of Prescott

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 living in Prescott with his wife Patty.

 


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.


 

Tod Christensen

Managing Broker, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Sedona

Tod Christensen is the father of three and a longtime youth sports coach and businessperson. The son of two poets, he remembers writing poems as early as 7 or 8 years old. He’s recently felt a calling to share some very basic human emotions in a format he hopes will spark discussion.


Prescott Parks & Rec Department

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