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!


Frank Ayers

Dr. Frank Ayers

Chancellor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Frank Ayers is the chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus and is responsible for leading more than 2,600 students and 400 employees. Prior to Embry-Riddle, then-Colonel Ayers served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years. He has logged more than 6,000 flight hours in a variety of aircraft types.


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.


Ken Bousch

Ken Bousch

Director of Marketing and Communications, Yavapai Regional Medical Center

Ken Boush was born in Arizona and has explored nearly every corner of the state. Ken leads Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC) marketing, communications and community outreach efforts and has helped position YRMC for the future.


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, she 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.


Amoré Cianciola

Amoré Cianciola

Director of Catering & Events, Hassayampa Inn

Amoré is a veteran in the hospitality industry and has volunteered for numerous organizations, inclulding Prescott Area Leadership and Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity. The mother of three currently serves on the City of Prescott’s 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.


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 501(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.


Cindy Gresser

Cindy Gresser

Executive Director, The Smoki Museum

Cindy is the Executive Director of The Smoki Museum. Currently, she also serves the City of Prescott as the Chair of the Art in Public Places Committee. She is involved in many community activities including The Rotary Club of Prescott, Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council and the Prescott Corral of Westerners.


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.


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.


Tracey Horn

Tracey Horn

Owner, Helken & Horn Advertising Agency

Tracey Horn launched Helken & Horn Advertising Agency, Inc. in Prescott, Arizona in 1995 with cofounder Robin Helken. In 1997, in an amicable parting, Tracey retained the already successful agency’s original name. Through the years, Helken & Horn has created more than 1,000 campaigns for local businesses, small and large.


Leslie Horton, MA, MCHES

Leslie Horton, MA, MCHES

Director of Yavapai County Community Health Services, County Health Officer

Leslie was appointed Director of Yavapai County Community Health Services of the public health department in March 2017. With 15 years of public health experience, Horton currently works to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of public health services throughout Yavapai County. She is a member of the MATFORCE and Northland Cares boards of directors.


Steven Kartstein

Steven Kartstein

Marketing and Program Manager, Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center

Steven and his wife, Ellen, moved to Prescott in June 2016 from San Diego where he was the operations manager for a home furnishings company. At Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, he is helping develop outreach programs for the support of the performing arts.

Kristen Kerns

Kristen Kerns

Director of Donor Development & Marketing, Yavapai Humane Society

Kristen joined Yavapai Humane Society in August of 2018. She directs the fundraising, marketing, education and appreciation strategy. She is an advocate for all animals and is proud to speak for them in the community.


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 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.


Greg Mengarelli

Greg Mengarelli

Mayor, City of Prescott

Greg has lived in Prescott since 1995, and has been the Executive Director for United Christian Youth Camp for the past 23 years. He grew up in small, rural communities in Kansas, and graduated from Kansas State University. He is active in community affairs, and is currently the President of the Prescott Unified School District Board.


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.


Kell Palguta

Kell Palguta

Mayor, Town of Prescott Valleyy

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.


Sheila Polk

Sheila Polk

President, CEO – Renovations, Your Complete Remodel Resource

Sheila is a native Arizonan, who has served as the Yavapai Attorney for the last 17 years. A career prosecutor, Sheila chairs MATFORCE, the countywide substance abuse coalition, and is the driving stimulus behind the nationally renowned law enforcement course “What You Do Matters: Lessons from the Holocaust.”


Tom Reilly

Tom Reilly

President, CEO – Renovations, Your Complete Remodel Resource

Both Architect and General Contractor, Tom has been designing and building in Prescott for the past 36 years. During this time, he has served on many committees, including Prescott City Council and Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission. Tom continues to serve through Prescott Frontier Rotary while renovating homes in the community.


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 throughout the U.S. from Colorado to Delaware.


Jennifer Temkin

Jennifer Temkin

Operations Director at the Highlands Center for Natural History

Jennifer has a lifetime love of native flora, formerly managing a native plant nursery in Flagstaff, conducting field work for NAU, working with plant specimens for Deaver Herbarium and creating landscape and permaculture designs focusing on native plant species. She currently manages the James Family Discovery Gardens at HCNH.


Marnie Uhl

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.


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.


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