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East San Diego’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the San Diego’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from East San Diego below.

Maritza Murray, Sativa Murray, Kaya Murray

Dirt Don’t Hurt is the brain child of three San Diego sisters. Growing up in a health conscious household, using natural products was a way of life. As they grew up, and had children of their own they saw how important and what a gift they had been given by being exposed to such a healthy organic lifestyle so early on. Read more>>

Claudia Erickson

It feels like I’m a pretty average person. I’ve been married to my husband for 21 years and am a mom to 2 kids (and 2 dogs). I’ve worked on various public health campaigns since the mid 1990’s. In recent years, I had been getting more involved with technology and social media to promote programs. Read more>>

Lindsey Gallagher

I grew up with a professional photographer father. I supposed that’s where you could say I found my interest in modeling. I modeled freelance for two years and signed with my first modeling agency, Frank Model Management at 22 years old which is how I scored modeling gigs for Sanuk, Hurley, and Fox Racing. Read more>>

Jason Humphrey

I was always an artist from an early age. I grew up in Los Angeles, and started spray painting in my early teenage years. I ended up getting in all kinds of trouble for it. On the advice of my mother, I joined the Navy at the age of 17. Read more>>

Julie Schmitt

Just like other people who end up working with animals, I grew up with many rescue dogs and a menagerie of other animals in our house and had a great affinity for all of them. After receiving my BA in college, I worked in a variety of different industries but hadn’t found my true passion. Read more>>

Katy Feiling

Growing up, I always wanted to draw. It didn’t matter if I was watching “The Little Mermaid” or “Star Wars.” Something always inspired me to draw. Every time I had some markers and a white piece of paper, I was there drawing. I was a happy kid. Read more>>

Sarmad Alkass

I started in the printing and design industry during my senior year of high school. Working at a sign company I quickly became number one in sales helping grow the company’s revenue and increase the number of business contracts it held. Read more>>

Joanne Bennett

I grew up around good home baking, being the offering of Italian and Jewish parents, it’s all about the food! Before I came to the US I was a professional singer in London, singing at weddings etc, then when I got here the gig scene was totally different, so I picked up on my other love… baking! Read more>>

Ginger Weatherford

My love affair with architecture started when I was about 10 years old. My mama and I would drive around San Diego looking at houses and going into as many open houses as possible. Our record was 44 open houses in one day! I really owe my love of architecture to my mama. Read more>>

Erika Taylor

I had reached a point in my life where I was not happy. I knew what wanted to do, who I wanted to be, but I felt stuck. I’d been out of school for some years but was ready to return. So, I enrolled in an interior design program in the fall of 2012. Read more>>

JB Norman Verances

Born and raised in the city of Manila, I was exposed to compelling stories about issues of social justice. As a kid, I’ve always been drawn to the people in the streets. Read more>>


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