Meet the Staff

About Desert Focus Media LLC

We are passionate about Lake Havasu City, Arizona and love that we have the privilege of calling this community our home. The Lake Havasu City area is a beautiful and amazing place to visit all year round and we want to advocate for it worldwide. Our goal is to showcase all community activities, events, news and resources from a central digital publishing brand. We will strive to share and represent all real-world and digital communities of both residents and visitors alike.

We have formed a team of talented photographers, videographers, content producers, writers and editors. Our initial publishing property, RiverScene Magazine, is for all ages, demographics and groups existing on the river scene. RiverScene Magazine in an online magazine and we love the fact that we are “green” and are currently not in print.  Our content can be seen online anytime of the day on your phones, laptops, and computers.

 

 

Jillian Danielson
Publisher/Photographer

Jillian Danielson Publisher/Photographer

Jillian moved to Lake Havasu in 1987 from a small Iowa farm town. She started taking photos in 2001 of her newborn daughter and photography not only became her artistic passion, but then became her career.

Jillian started freelance photography for the Today’s News Herald in 2007 and since then has had many photographic opportunities within Lake Havasu and beyond. Some of these career opportunities include shooting photos for the Arizona State Fair, Ballooning Magazine, credentials with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, as well as having photos appear on NBC Today Show of the Masche Sextuplets and Phoenix news stations of her monsoon images.

“I have grown up in Lake Havasu and have had the amazing opportunity to photograph the families and events around this beautiful city. The brilliant sunsets blaze through my camera lens during the monsoon storms one day, and the next I am shooting photos of our Havasu citizens donating their time to helping others. Thank you Lake Havasu for embracing my photography throughout the years! I live my life looking through a camera lens and am excited to using RiverScene Magazine as a showcase on the internet of the people and scenery along the Colorado River. Let the fun Begin!”

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

Becky Maxedon
Editor

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Becky Maxedon/Editor

Becky Maxedon has lived in Lake Havasu City since 2007, coming to the city as the managing editor of the Today’s News-Herald. She is currently the executive director of the Lake Havasu Museum of History.

After a 30-plus year career in journalism, Becky has taken leave of the seven-day deadline-driven industry to give back to the Lake Havasu community that she has fallen in love with.

This forward-thinking innovative project to bring another perspective of the Lake Havasu community is exciting and needed and Becky hopes her editorial experience can help lead to success and longevity.

Becky was raised in Colorado, her career in journalism has afforded her the opportunity to live and work in various locales throughout the Midwest and Southwestern United States, but she is happy to make Lake Havasu City her home.

“Since producing the first London Bridge Days special section for the newspaper to the publication of the 50-year anniversary section, I have been immersed in the history of the area,” she said.

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

Shelby Horn
Reporter/Photographer

Shelby Horn Writer/Photographer

Shelby Horn grew up making trips to her grandparents’ “River House” here in Lake Havasu, and officially moved to Havasu in 2008. Shelby attended and graduated from Lake Havasu High School. In 2012 she made the decision to enlist in the U.S. Air Force as a photojournalist, and she graduated in the tops of her classes for both Basic Military Training and her photojournalism training at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Md. Shelby was then stationed with the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB in Mo., where she acted as Editor-in-Chief of the base newspaper, the Whiteman Warrior.

While on active duty Shelby had photos of the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber published in the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Magazine and was able to provide coverage of then President Barack Obama’s visit to the University of Central Missouri.

Following the birth of her first daughter with her high school sweetheart, who also serves in the U.S. Air Force, Shelby made the decision to leave active duty and pursue a career within the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Shelby now works with the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB in Calif., where she currently lives with her family.

“Even though I live in Northern California, Lake Havasu will always be my home,” she said. “I make many trips back here throughout the year to be able to spend time with my family and I look forward to the day my husband and I are able to move back. Working for RiverScene Magazine has been amazing; I love that I am able to highlight this beautiful town through stories of its people, even while stationed so far away!”

Outside of work, Shelby is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Emily Cassens
Reporter

Emily Cassens Writer/Advertising

Emily Cassens is a reporter with RiverScene Magazine. She’s spent a total of 10 years in Lake Havasu City and is passionate about the City’s unique culture. She loves to write, design, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Emily also loves to meet with business clients for their advertising needs with RiverScene Magazine.

 

Jake Schwab
Sports Reporter

Jake Schwab/Sports Reporter

Jake Schwab is the sports reporter for RiverScene Magazine and began writing for RiverScene in August, 2017. His favorite sport to write about is basketball and he is a die hard Boston Celtics fan. In fact, Jake also writes for the website “FanSided” about the Celtics.

Jake was born and raised right here in Lake Havasu City and his favorite event to attend is the Lake Havasu Balloon Festival.

Karley Glover
LHHS Student Writer/Photographer

Karley Glover/Writer LHHS Journalism student

Karley Glover moved to Lake Havasu City in 2012. She is a Lake Havasu High School student in Kristal Norman’s journalism class and started interning with RiverScene in January 2017.

She loves to write stories on the people in Lake Havasu that do extraordinary things and also loves to take photos of landscapes and candid’s.  When Karley is not writing or taking photos, she loves to read in her spare time and will graduate LHHS in 2019.

Rick Powell
Photographer

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Rick Powell/Photographer

Rick Powell moved to Lake Havasu City in 1985 from California. He is a professional photographer at RicPOW Photography and a staff photographer with RiverScene Magazine.

He enjoys shooting photos of everything from landscapes to speedboats, and often supports his favorite charity “Women With Willpower.” If you would like to contact Rick for freelance work assignments, contact him at his facebook RicPOW Photography Page

Body of work with RiverScene Magazine: RSM Articles

Ken Gallagher
Photographer

Ken Gallagher/Photographer

Ken moved to Lake Havasu City from Florida in 1998 after transferring to Lake Havasu for Fed Ex. After he retired from Fed Ex, he really got interested in photography, and for about the last 4 years, a camera is always with him.

Preferring action photography, Ken really enjoys shooting events like Jet Ski racing, powerboat racing, drag boat racing, and of course anything to do with horses. Kayaking and bird photography are also some of his favorite things to do around our lake.

Grace Usher
Reporter/Photographer

Grace Usher/Reporter

Grace Usher was born and raised in Lake Havasu City. She is currently an honors student of Mohave Community College studying Liberal Arts. She has been writing since she was 10. She is a published poet, and Excellence in English award recipient and a Rembrandt Poetry Award Finalist.

Her main passions are traveling, volunteering, and the arts. Though new to photography, she sees it developing into a life long passion as well. Her goals are to get a degree, travel the world, and someday join the Peace Corps.

She is excited to share the hidden beauties of her hometown.

 

Staff Not Pictured:

Jessica Reed/Social Media Client Manager

David and Chantel Day/Video and On Air Reporter

Neil Betrue/Web Design

Bonnie Swander/123 Bookkeeping

* RiverScenemagazine.com would not be where it is today without all of the staff writers, photographers, and videographers that have contributed over the first 2 1/2 years. Very special thank you to you all: Ashley Walsh, Jayne Hanson, Nathan Adler, Judy Lacey, Daisy Finch, Bill and Marilyn Boyer, Janet Cruz, and Sam Stebila Pixeo Pro.

6 Responses to “Meet the Staff”

  1. Shannon says:

    Congratulations Jillian!!!

  2. jillian555 says:

    Thank you!!!! 🙂

  3. ArizonaSand says:

    Great job River Scene Magazine! Glad you got Ashley – she’s terrific!!

  4. Don Bergen says:

    I promised to send you the writeup on the sport results from last Saturday’s Special Olympics event, but do not know how to get the attachment sent to you.

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