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!

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.

Phil Goode

Mayor, City of Prescott
Phil Goode was elected to the Prescott City Council in 2017 and Mayor of Prescott in 2021. He previously sat on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Ad Hoc Committee on Sober Living Rehab Homes. He was born and raised In Sacramento, California, and served with the Army 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam before his 35-year career in the health care industry.

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.

John Hughes

Mayor, Town of Dewey-Humboldt

Hughes, Arizona native and fourth generation cattle rancher, was recently re-elected for another four-year term. He grew up in Page Springs, is the retired owner of H&H Diesel and currently enjoys working with excavation construction. Most of all he enjoys loving on his adorable daughter and having quiet time with his high-spirited wife.

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.

Jack Miller

Mayor, Town of Chino Valley

Chino Valley Mayor Jack W. Miller moved to Prescott after completing high school, and in 1987 he joined the Chino Valley Fire District as a firefighter, retiring in 2010. Elected mayor in 2020 and 2022, the most rewarding thing for him has been to be a public servant. 

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.

Maggie Tidaback

Economic Development Project Manager, Town of Chino Valley
Marnie has 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 in Year 2017 and serves on many professional and nonprofit boards.
 

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.

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.

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).