About the Gateway To Sedona Team
Gateway To Sedona is a product of Range Dog Publishing, Inc, a local Arizona publishing company owned and managed by Tim Ernster and Victoria Oldham.
Tim Ernster served as City Manager for Sedona, Arizona up until his retirement in February 2015. He is currently the co-owner of Range Dog Publishing Inc, focusing on the tourism industry in Sedona and Northern Arizona.
Prior to serving as City Manager of Sedona, he was City Manager for Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City and Deputy City Manager for the City of Glendale, Arizona. As Deputy City Manager he was responsible for the Community Development Group, which includes: Planning; Engineering; Building Safety; and Transportation. Also, he has managed Finance, Information Systems, Budget, Human Resources, Marketing and Libraries. He has 39 years of experience in local government in five different cities in Arizona. During early 2000, he served as Interim City Manager of Avondale, Arizona, as a loaned executive, while the city conducted its recruitment for a permanent manager.
Tim has taught for Golden Gate University for over twenty years, and has conducted seminars and training on a wide variety of topics. Those topics include diversity, ethics, leadership, city management, municipal finance and municipal goal setting. He has been an instructor and developer of course materials for the Certified Public Manager Program (CPM) offered through Arizona State University, and has presented at the Municipal Clerks Institute and the Municipal Fire Institute.
Tim currently serves as a member of the Sedona Fire District Governing Board.
He holds a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from Arizona State University and a B.S. Degree from Northern Arizona University. He has served on the CPM Advisory Board for Arizona State University.
Victoria Oldham (Vicky) has been a professional artist her entire career. For over 30 years, she and her late husband, Chuck Oldham, were product designers for the fine giftware industry, including their own porcelain sculpture line. Many top selling designs were created by the Oldham team, including best sellers for Franklin Mint, Lenox Collections, Danbury Mint, and others. Their own collection of studio-made limited edition porcelains was carried by fine jewelers such as Bailey Banks and Biddle (formerly of Zale Corporation) as well as by upscale boutiques and shops nationwide.
Prior to her years in giftware design, Victoria was a biological illustrator and exhibits designer at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, specifically assigned to malacology research, the study of mollusks and their shells (seashells).
In addition to product design for the giftware industry, Victoria worked as a technical manual designer/writer for a remote monitoring product line, and a graphic artist and website designer for several biotech companies (Althea Technologies, Chembridge, Agennix, and Acadia Pharmaceuticals). She also received recognition by the BioCommunications Association BioImages Awards for original illustrations created for her clients.
In 2002, Victoria conceived and developed GatewayToSedona.com. By 2004, the tourism portal, designed to showcase feature stories and articles with photos in "photo-essay style" was among the top 3 representing and promoting Sedona, Arizona.
Victoria received fine art and graphic design training at Temple University's Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, with supporting biology and science courses at Temple's downtown campus.
Victoria is currently a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). She also hopes to do more painting in the future. See her oil painting at Fine Art America.
In her spare time, Victoria enjoys songwriting and playing guitar/singing.
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