Laura Strickland: Executive Director and Principal Flutist of Arizona Pro Arte

Laura Strickland, executive director and principle flutist of Arizona Pro Arte, photographed at Fountain Hills Community Theater, by Nicki Escudero

Laura Strickland, executive director and principle flutist of Arizona Pro Arte, photographed at Fountain Hills Community Theater, by Nicki Escudero

Laura Strickland
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Laura Strickland is one of the most talented flute players in the Valley, with multiple master’s degrees related to music and performance chops with several ensembles. You can catch the Fountain Hills resident with orchestra Arizona Pro Arte, where she serves as principal flutist and executive director, and as part of flute/guitar duo SoSco.

Strickland also teaches flute lessons at Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Place (SNAP), when she’s not working as a business strategist for the FrameShift Group, a health care quality improvement and change management consultancy. Strickland talked about her passion for music and flute performance, and you can hear her name her five favorite reasons for loving living in the Valley in a video below.

What brought you to Arizona?

I’m from Seattle and came to Arizona to start my undergrad at ASU. I absolutely loved it here, but as a junior, I transferred colleges and moved to Chicago to study with a flute teacher I wanted to study with. I moved around a lot as I went to different colleges but always wanted to come back, so once I got married and had an opportunity to move wherever I wanted, we decided to come here. Continue reading

Lonni Lattie: Co-Founder of Sollus Nutrition and Fitness

Lonni Lattie
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Sadly, nutrition and exercise are often at the bottom of people’s lists of priorities, and Fountain Hills mom Lonni Lattie wants to help Valley residents be healthier through nutrition-filled meals and staying fit. The 40-year-old Fountain Hills resident and former advertising professional co-founded Sollus Nutrition and Fitness in September 2012 with fellow mom Sonia Thalman, and the American Council on Exercise-certified fitness instructor coaches individuals, families and businesses on everything from how to healthily stock refrigerators, to exercise moves to stay toned. Lattie shared some of her top nutrition tips, and keep scrolling to watch a video of Lattie sharing her five favorite reasons for being a Valley dweller.

What brought you to Arizona?

We moved from Washington, D.C to the Valley in 2007 as my husband was relocated for work. I was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. My family lives in a tiny town of 2,200 people. and I had a great childhood, but knew there was more to living than what I was exposed to in my upbringing. After graduating from college, I moved to Green Bay and worked for a few years before moving to Washington, D.C. for a position with a design studio. Continue reading

Ryan Winslett: Reporter at ‘The Fountain Hills Times,’ Writer for BitCreature.com, GamingBlend.com

Ryan Winslett, reporter at 'The Fountain Hills Times' and writer for Bitcreature.com and Gamingblend.com, photographed at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, by Nicki Escudero

Ryan Winslett, reporter at ‘The Fountain Hills Times’ and writer for Bitcreature.com and Gamingblend.com, photographed at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, by Nicki Escudero

Ryan Winslett
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It’s sort of weird for Fountain Hills resident Ryan Winslett, 30, to be interviewed. Since he was a little kid, Winslett has always had a passion for telling stories, which has translated into a journalism career that’s made him schools and sports reporter for The Fountain Hills Times. Winslett is also a dedicated video game player and has worked that fervor for gaming into writing gigs for www.bitcreature.com and www.gamingblend.com. Read on for what it’s like living in Fountain Hills and how his life as a reporter has shaped him, as well as hear five reasons why he loves living in the Valley.

What brought you to Arizona?

I was born in Athens, Georgia. My mom was looking for a new job when I was in the 5th grade and she found it in Globe, Arizona. Continue reading