Through Each Others Eyes™
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Through Each Others Eyes™ is governed by a Board of Directors that provides guidance and insight into all promotional, educational, and financial aspects of this working organization. Members of the Board of Directors serve three-year terms, must have a strong personal interest in photography, and must bring expertise to areas crucial to the mission of TEOE.
During the year, members of the board are required to attend quarterly meetings, participate in committees, and attend the annual retreat held each August in Pine, Arizona. TEOE board representatives help raise funds for the organization by seeking corporate donations and through their support of the Exposure fundraisers held each year at the Phoenix Art Museum. Board members also recognize and support artistic, educational, and community outreach to support a multicultural world: the photographers and Board of Directors’ mission is a shared experience.
There are currently 10 members of the Board of Directors of Through Each Others Eyes™.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Errol Zimmerman, president and co-founder of Through Each Others Eyes™, is a retired educator and active photographer who has documented cultures from Asia, Europe, and Latin America. His long-time photographic interest in Japanese culture has led to numerous personal exhibitions and worldwide publications. He writes and speaks Japanese and has visited Japan more than 20 times in addition to having lived there for two years.
Recently, Errol has been documenting the rural villages of Sonora in northwest Mexico. He exhibited selections of his documentation for the Fotoseptiembre Arts celebration in Hermosillo, Son., in 2006, and in November, 2010, he exhibited images of the work of the the Missionaries of Fatima at el Museo Costumbriste in Álamos, Sonora. He also maintains a website for this missionary order, which, among other activities, goes inside Mexican prisons to help those interned with their spiritual and physical needs. His photographs and Spanish essays have appeared in publications in Mexico, most recently in the March (2012) issue of Visual: la Revista de fotografía.
Errol is a musician, a former board member and President of Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, and former director of International Studies at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona. A native of Kansas, he has taken several photographic trips on his bicycle for the past six years documenting rural Kansas life. His love of people and the culture which surrounds them is the motivating force of his work with Through Each Others Eyes™.
Peter Ensenberger is co-founder of Through Each Others Eyes™. In 1988, he helped to form TEOE’s vision for the future, focusing its goals on international friendship, cultural understanding, and education through the art of photography.
Peter studied fine art photography in college and went on to win awards as a staff photojournalist for newspapers in Illinois and Arizona. In 1984, Peter was hired to serve as Director of Photography for the nationally acclaimed nature and travel magazine, Arizona Highways, a position he held for 25 years. He left Arizona Highways in 2009 to launch a new photography business, Photo Tours Unlimited, with his wife Kim. Together, they lead individuals and small groups on customized photography workshops throughout the Southwest. Peter also works as a freelance photographer for a variety of corporate and editorial clients. And in May 2011, Peter published his first photography book, Focus on Composing Photos, a how-to book aimed at helping photographers improve their photography technique and skill. The book is currently in its second English-language printing, and translations into Spanish, French, German and Finnish currently are in the works.
Peter’s varied background in photography and his appreciation for art, education and world cultures are invaluable assets, aiding Through Each Others Eyes™ in achieving its goals. He is extremely proud of the organization’s success over the past 25 years, and looks forward to doing his part to ensure many future successes.
Treasurer of Through Each Others Eyes™, Bob Rink, recently retired after twenty-five years serving as the City of Phoenix photographer. Bob joined TEOE in 1988 as a member of the second exchange with Japanese photographers and has made two additional trips to Japan to photograph and coordinate the Arizona-Japanese exchanges.
Upon retirement, Bob now freelances, generally assisting local governments, organizations, and non-profits with their photography needs. Bob is a regular visitor to the Grand Canyon and the Southwest, backpacking and rafting the Colorado River. He is active in the community and knows most structures in Phoenix and their history. While at City of Phoenix, he was a Public Information Aide at the Human Services Department, and provided media and public relations for social service agencies such as Headstart Programs, Senior Citizen programs, and anti-poverty programs. His exchanges through TEOE include Baguio in the Phillipines; Havana, Cuba; Hermisillo, Mexico; and Himeji, Japan. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Downtown YMCA and does public relations for the Boy Scouts of America, Theodore Roosevelt Council. His experiences bring unique knowledge of Phoenix and the State of Arizona. He and his wife, Francie, recently traveled to China to be involved with the China-Phoenix student exchange with Global Interactions.
Bob Rink’s photography has appeared in numerous publications, including Arizona Highways, The Arizona Republic, The Boston Globe, The Mesa Tribune, The New Times, Phoenix Business Journal, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Bob has a unique vision behind the camera lens and promotes unusual viewpoints of other cultures through his photography and undying curiosity.
Originally from Michigan, Art Holeman lived in Iowa and Nevada before settling in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1986. He has shot commercial advertising and editorial projects for over 30 years, specializing in home interiors, landscapes, architecture, food, products and portraits. He enjoys the challenge of transforming three-dimensional objects and spaces into two-dimensional images that retain the feeling of the original subjects. His photography has garnered numerous national awards, including appearances in Communication Arts, Applied Arts, Graphis, and other publications.
Art pursues his passion for travel and black & white photography with Through Each Others Eyes™ (www.teoe.org), a non-profit collaboration of over 100 photographers worldwide whose mission is to promote appreciation of diversity by documenting the everyday lives of a culture from an outsider’s perspective. A member since 2006, Art has been active in all aspects of the organization, from setting up exhibits, to taking portraits at Children First Academy, to participation on the fundraising committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Associate Photographers, representing the photographers in board issues.
Art has also participated in Through Each Others Eyes™ exchanges by hosting photographers from Japan and Mexico and shooting black & white portfolios in Himeji, Japan, Perugia, Italy and Sonora, Mexico. He is intrigued by the simultaneous simplicity and complexity of black & white photography and by composing a strong image without the distraction of color.
Art has exhibited his work in: Midwest Industrial P Art’s hobbies include traveling, cooking and woodworking. He and his wife Chris have a daughter Erica and son Alex. www.artholeman.com.
Rock Earle, 54, relocated from San Diego to Arizona in 1978, dealing in raw land, developing apartments and condominiums and establishing a NEWPORT PROPERTIES, a general real estate brokerage. A branch office was opened in Casa Grande in 1981 and in early 1985, he concentrated fully on land brokerage and investment there.
In 1990 Rock Earle & Associates was formed, specializing in Syndication and Asset workouts and management, eventually managing over 40 partnerships. During the subsequent boom in Pinal County land, real estate brokerage and syndication were re-emphasized. ROX GROUP was formed in 2004; ROX REAL ESTATE transacted considerable land brokerage volume including handling the divestiture of most of the properties, whereupon Rock retired from active real estate brokerage.
Rock traveled extensively for several years as the great recession began, then in March 2008 he agreed to take over the Mahoney Group’s real estate brokerage operations. He and his partners began rebuilding their portfolio of commercial property in the greater Casa Grande area.
In 2012 ADA Travel and Casa Grande Insurance were brought into the ROX GROUP of companies, and ROX MEDIA was formed as a captive marketing consultancy to provide marketing support for ROX businesses. In January, 2012, cgROX, the first ROX-branded print publication, a quarterly hyper-local consumer-focused area development magazine, was published.
With photography, travel, and hiking as his hobbies, Rock has been involved with Through Each Others Eyes™ for nearly a decade. He was asked five years ago to join the Board of Directors, but he declined at that time due to time concerns with his business interests. In December, 2012, though, he made the commitment to join our organization and put his energy into moving TEOE forward.
John R. Norton, a native Arizonan, was born in Phoenix and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. John served his country as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Agriculture has been his life and in 1955, he founded J.R. Norton Company, a business of diversified agriculture production in Arizona and California including production of lettuce, strawberries, cantaloupes, honeydews, citrus, asparagus, cotton, wheat, alfalfa, among others. Cattle feeding and ranching operations flourished. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan appointed John as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. John was instrumental in shaping national policy in support of agriculture and ranching.
John is still extremely active with volunteer service to promote research, teaching, and outreach in agri-business policy. His trophy shelf abounds with awards including a UA Honorary Doctor of Law degree, and the USDA Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Achievement. John is active in the community on a daily basis promoting projects for art, health and agriculture. He and his wife established the Doris and John Norton Gallery Center for Creative Photography at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2006. Together, they have traveled to over seventy countries in every continent.
John has been an avid amateur photographer for the past thirty-five years. Europe, Asia, and South America have been subjects for his publications and exhibitions. In October, 2011, John was presented the Through Each Others Eyes™ Vision Award at Exposure 2011 for his contribution to photography and Arizona. TEOE is honored to have him represent us.
Karen Dickinson is a Partner at Quarels & Brady LLP (www.quarles.com) and is a skilled negotiator, writer and legal counselor, with extensive experience in both international and intellectual property legal matters. Karen is a Founder of her firm’s China Law Group, as well as a Founder of the firm’s Technology Law Team, and has a passion for photography and international travel.
Karen received a cum laude psychology degree from Duke University, and a magna cum laude law degree from Arizona State University. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study European Union law working in England and Europe, she was chosen as one of the 2008 Top Ten “Centers of Influence” Lawyers by Arizona Business Magazine, and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America. Karen is currently Chair of the Arizona District Export Council, and a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council International Leadership Committee, as well as former Board Secretary for Sias International University Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting the first American-owned university in the People’s Republic of China (http://en.sias.edu.cn/aboutsias.html).
Karen is also one of the organizers and Steering Committee Co-Chair for a long-term relationship formed in September 2007 between the Shanghai Women’s Federation and the State of Arizona. On the Board, Karen’s chief responsibility is in seeking funding for and coordinating projects with photographers in Asia.
Kim Vandenberg is Deputy Director of Professional Development for the State Bar of Arizona, a position she accepted in June 2011 after spending 20 years with Honeywell Aerospace in the Law and Contracts Department. Kim is responsible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for the State Bar, overseeing more than 600 hours of training offered each year. Kim is passionate about learning, and her expertise includes development and implementation of learning programs, budget development and oversight, and marketing. Kim is also skilled in all phases of commercial contract development processes including drafting, negotiating, and administration of high-risk contracts. Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with honors from Arizona State University and her Juris Doctorate with honors from Arizona State University College of Law. Entering and winning various photo contests, Kim is a skilled amateur photographer who loves to spend free time traveling throughout the world taking photographs. Kim joined TEOE in 2004 with an appreciation for photography and a desire to see TEOE flourish. Kim believes in volunteering to give back to the community and she has been involved with several groups, including the Volunteer Lawyers Program, Hospice of the Valley, and Sun Sounds of Arizona.
Kim serves as board secretary and tries (!) to keep all board members on task. Kim’s detailed organizational and legal skills bring focus to our international accomplishments. Always in attendance at major events and always volunteering to assist with any task, she is a major contributor to TEOE.
Paul Christopherson is a business development consultant and president of Christopherson Consulting, where he works with technology-based companies to leverage their know-how. Recent projects have included work with multinational companies and healthcare and computer technology startups, and he is currently engaged to support the Asia Pacific market entry of a leader in energy conservation solutions. He retired as a Vice President from Honeywell in 2001, where he held various executive positions and enjoyed assignments in Japan and Singapore. Paul’s background is in technology, which started with his degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and progressed though a number of research and development and technology and business leadership roles.
Paul also serves on the Board as a Director of Habitat for Humanity Desert Foothills, a charitable organization that provides simple, decent, affordable homes for deserving families. As president of the affiliate from 2007 through 2009, he led growth in both programs and number of new homes in a challenging economy. Paul’s role encompasses governance and operational responsibilities, benefiting families served and the community in general.
With his wife Jean, Paul is an avid traveler with a special fondness for Asia. He is a member of the Desert Light Photography Group, and enjoys creating images of the world as he sees it.