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• contributors Golf

Scott Sackett, GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teacher since 1997, teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He is also director of instruction at Park Meadows CC in Park City, Utah. To get more information on lessons, visit, or email him at

Valley Vibrations

Lee Nelson lives in the Chicago area and writes freelance for a variety of magazines, Web sites, businesses, and organizations. She spent twenty years of her career as an award-winning features and education reporter for a daily newspaper in Iowa.


Michael Torres is a Texas State University alumnus who majored in journalism. He is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast currently residing in Mesa, Arizona.

Auto Trends

Greg Rubenstein is a freelance automotive journalist and deputy editor for, an auto- enthusiast Web site. He has been writing about and racing cars for twentyfive years.


Michelle Pelberg is a Phoenix native whose passion for animals began at a very young age. Her talent for photography was not discovered until later on in her life. When not tending to her small zoo at home, she helps educate the minds of high school kids as an assistant teacher of photography.


Scott Bohall is the owner of Treasures Jewelers. The Treasures staff has won more design awards than any jeweler in Arizona. Scott is a past president and current board member of the Arizona Jewelers Association. He travels the world to find gems and speaks throughout the state on jewelry-related topics.

Giving Back

Freelance feature writer Carol La Valley missed being an Arizona native by six months. When she was growing up, the North Valley was where she and her family went to have picnics and ride dune buggies. She received the Outstanding Writing Award from the Arizona Newspapers Association and Arizona Press Women in 2007 and 2009.


Jon Kenton is principal consultant and owner of JRDR Marketing. Originally from London, he has been living in Arizona with his family for the last eight years. Jon has worked in computing and communications for over 20 years. If it connects to a TV, camera, network, or computer, Jon has probably used it.


Paul Wagner is a Scottsdale-based photographer. For over the past thirty years, he has had a camera in his hand traveling to such places as the Ukraine, Holland, Thailand, Japan, Dubai, and all over the United States photographing weddings, celebrities, and other events. 14

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Arizona Fun facts

He has been called a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller. He is Arizona’s official state historian, but Marshall Trimble’s most treasured title is teacher. He hopes people will realize the importance and fun involved in Arizona history and culture.


Lea Friese-Haben is Arizona’s number-one dating expert. She is happily married to Cpt. Greg Haben of Southwest Airlines and has three children. Lea is a certified holistic practitioner and is a regular guest on channels 3, 10, 12, and 15.


Matthew Grunwald has been whipping up culinary delights in his mother's kitchen for years and loves to bring his original recipes to a television audience on “AZ Midday” and “Valley Dish” segments. He is training at the Culinary Institute of America and plans to once again distribute a line of mouthwatering cookies through local stores very soon.

Health, Style & BEAUTY

LeAnne Bagnall is a writer and editor from Los Angeles who specializes in arts and culture, health, and communityrelated topics.


Steve Kates/Dr. Sky® is a locally and nationally known broadcaster of both radio and TV. He is president of Dr.Sky Inc, a multimedia company that produces the Dr.Sky Show on KTAR News Talk 92.3 FM, and appears as a regular on the Morning Scramble on AZTV with Pat McMahon.


Patti Jares has been a freelance writer for more than twenty years, with more than ten years of full-time feature reporting. She has currently launched her own photography company, Sojourn Images, and enjoys her home in Wickenburg, close to her two grown daughters and their families.


Laura Rogers is a certified personal trainer, nutrition specialist, and group fitness instructor. She and her husband, Josh, have owned Sweat, a personal training gym in Anthem, since 2005. She is an active mom of three who hopes to inspire and help others achieve their fitness


Julie Carlson is a freelance writer. She’s had articles published in the Town of Paradise Valley Independent as well as Phoenix and Desert Living magazines. Julie is also an aspiring screenwriter—her book review blog, “That’s Swell!” is part of her company, Reel Swell Productions. Julie is also a former police clerk with 11 years experience in law enforcement.


Scott Whitney was trained at the Navy School of Photography and has traveled the world as a photographer. From portraits to weddings and events, Scott has done it all. He is also a successful real estate broker and investor at Whitney Realty and Investments. As a photographer and broker, Scott is bridging both professions complementing each in a very rewarding way.

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