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Meet the staff

You know FOX CITIES Magazine, now learn more about the personalities who put the publication together.

Ruth Ann Heeter

Ruth Ann Heeter

Ruth Ann Heeter, managing editor & publisher

What seemed to me to be an undirected career path of advertising agency, radio news, Chamber of Commerce and heavy equipment sales/distributorship turned out to be an excellent background of skills leading to the publishing business. FOX CITIES Magazine affords daily challenges and excitement to my creative side while allowing me to interact with hundreds of people, learning about them, their business and our community.

We’re so blessed with a vibrant community offering a variety of options in the arts and culture, history, sports, shopping and dining. If I can help point out hidden treasures to our readers … then I feel I’ve accomplished a great goal.

I enjoy watching movies, including the various versions of the classic “A Christmas Carol” we watch each holiday season.



Amelia Compton Wolff, senior editor

Bio to come…



Jill Ziesemer

Jill Ziesemer

Jill Ziesemer, art director

I have more than 20 years of experience in graphic arts and marketing communications. I have been fortunate in my career to have wide and varied experiences, from general gopher and production artist, to marketing applications, photo stylist and graphic designer. I love what I do and thrive on deadlines. I am motivated by challenges and organizing a mountain of graphics, photos and text into a  beautiful layout.

Being “in-the-know” of what is going on in our community is what I enjoy most about FOX CITIES Magazine. Working with small business owners to provide them a way to increase public awareness and help grow their shop or restaurant is a wonderful opportunity.

Community events, farm markets and community festivals are so much fun. Not to mention, shopping and visiting restaurants. I love that there are so many opportunities to experience arts and culture that are accessible to EVERYONE. Mile of Music, Art at the Park and many smaller events offer us a way to connect with our community.

I also enjoy artwork from the impressionist masters to Wisconsin favorites Bruce Bodden and Julie Jilek. I fancy glass art as well — the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is a favorite place to visit.


Julia Schnese

Julia Schnese

Julia Schnese, graphic designer

I’m a Fox Valley Technical College graduate with more than 20 years of graphic design experience.

Learning about and experiencing all of the amazing restaurants that the Fox Cities has to offer is one of the things I enjoy most. I love that my job has enabled me to meet area chefs, and even get nosy and peek into their kitchens! Plus, I love taking photos of food!!

When not at the magazine, you may find me dining out and listening to live, local music. I really enjoy the variety of shops in the area, too. You can always find something to do. The music and food scene has really grown during the past 10 years in the area.

My favorite piece of artwork is a large painting of one of my favorite beach spots, painted by my talented daughter, Dylan. I’ve also always loved the movie, “The Bridges of Madison County,” with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood … so achingly romantic.



Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin, account executive

My career path started in Madagascar, of all places, as a Peace Corps volunteer. It’s where I learned that I loved working with people, getting to understand their needs and then finding the best way to help them achieve their goals. I have had other jobs — mostly in sales and marketing — since, but they have all encompassed a passion for helping others achieve their goals.

I LOVE the people of Fox Cities Magazine. They are a group of compassionate, hardworking people who genuinely want to do their best to represent all that is wonderful about Northeast Wisconsin. It makes going to work everyday easier, knowing that I am going to an environment where everyone is trying our best to show off the place that we call home.

It really is a gift to have such restaurants in the area that focus on the whole story of food — where it comes from, how it’s grown — and, you can taste the difference. These forward-thinking chefs are pushing the Fox Cities in terms of the culinary arts.

I am a classics fan — classic movies, classic literature and art. I think it goes back to the fact that I am a bit of a history nerd.  I love understanding where we came from and knowing how much things have changed. By enjoying the classics, you garner a broader perspective for the here and now.


Maria Stevens

Maria Stevens

Maria Stevens, account executive

I started my career in corporate sales and marketing and then transitioned to direct sales of wine, organic coffee and wellness products. I specialize in community business-building and networking.

Being surrounded by history, art, nature and culture on a daily basis is such a joy! Being able to connect Fox Cities businesses with their audience is an accomplishment I take great pride in.

Having the experience of downtown Appleton activities — the farmers market, Octoberfest, and Mile of Music — in your own backyard is amazing. I am a fan of exploring local bars, restaurants and shops as well. Living in a community with a performing arts center that features Broadway shows and famous musicians, and being so close to the Green Bay Packers, are added bonuses. It’s exciting to know that actors and opposing football teams are actually visiting and enjoying our downtown scene as well.

My favorite movie would have to be “The Wizard of Oz” … because, there really is “no place like home.”


Photography by Tracy Van Zeeland of M.C. Kinney Photography, Appleton.