Meet the staff
You know FOX CITIES Magazine, now learn more about the personalities who put the publication together.
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, 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, 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.
Photography by Tracy Van Zeeland of M.C. Kinney Photography, Appleton.