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.
Angela Censoplano Holmes
I’ve been an elementary teacher in the National School District for twenty-three years now. During the first ten years, I was a first-grade bilingual teacher, then 13 years as a reading specialist for Kinder-6th graders, and now I am a District Resource Teacher, supporting and teaching teachers district-wide. Our district is located twelve miles from the U.S. border with Mexico in San Diego County, serving a richly diverse population of students, as do many school districts throughout California. The majority of the students in the district I teach are Hispanic. Read more>>
Linda Nasser and Marian Shamoun
My name is Linda, and my sister is Marian, and together, we own and operate a small mom and pop deli located in the heart of El Cajon, and we owe it all to our parents. Our parents came to this country in 1978 with very little. They hardly knew the language and really had no idea what they were going to do with their lives, but they knew the endless amounts of opportunity America had to offer. They learned the language and assimilated quickly. They lived a simple life in Los Angeles for eight years until Marian was born. Read more>>
Eva Luz Carrillo
I started making jewelry in 2000 while I was living in San Francisco. I was just making gifts for friends. I was stringing beads on fishing line, and it would give the beads a floating effect on the skin. I gradually began incorporating chain into my work. I eventually got to a point where I wanted to share my work with more people and decided to participate in art shows around town. It progressed from there, and my work kept constantly evolving using a variety of new and vintage chain, beads and findings. It was about three years ago that I learned to solder and absolutely fell in love with the process. Read more>>
I have always wanted to work for myself, but never felt quite ready to make the leap from full-time corporate employment to self-employed. I started a business on the side when I was going through a divorce and needed to bring in some extra income. Around the same time, my Papa suddenly passed away, and my Nana was left without a caregiver. She has Alzheimer’s, so it was important for her to have someone who could care for her full-time. I ended up quitting my job to care for my Nana and started to focus on building a solid foundation for my business to keep some sort of income coming in. Read more>>
My journey in the art world started back when I was about eight years old. My mother knew someone who had studio equipment setup at their house, and she knew I always recited lyrics from my favorite songs & would dance along with the music videos on TV. I have also been drawing & painting on any blank canvases I could get my hands on ever since I knew how to hold a pencil. Music started getting more serious for me around 2013 due to my friends telling me to release music on YouTube or somewhere they could listen to it at any given moment, so that opened my eyes to understanding I could actually make songs people relate with & enjoy. Read more>>
Andre and Rachel Hudson
My wife Rachel and I started this company originally as an avenue to release original song content, to write books under and to use for speaking engagements/trainings. So far we have released four songs total the first being “Blessings After.” This song was inspired by a time of trial that our family went through from 2011-13 when our two yr old daughter Olivia was diagnosed with brain cancer. The song was written in a hospital room at Children’s Hospital in San Diego. I myself am a Pastor, and my wife Rachel is a businesswoman. Red more>>
When I was 11 years old, I was playing baseball with some friends at a local baseball diamond. My buddy was at bat and I was behind home plate. He swung at a fastball, and a foul tip came straight back. I only had time to turn my head before I caught the ball right in the left side of my face. I wasn’t wearing any protective gear. I was a tough kid so I shook it off. More importantly, I didn’t want to get in trouble from my mom for doing something so foolish. But over the next week, I began to develop headaches. Read more>>
I began my journey as a first-grade teacher in 2006. I knew there was something missing as I wasn’t able to make the impact that I wanted to with such a large class size. I decided to go back to school to become a Speech Language Pathologist. After graduating from my Master’s program, I worked in a variety of settings trying to discover my niche. It was while I was on maternity leave with my second child that I realized I had a greater purpose. I realized that I didn’t want someone else to tell me when I needed to be at work or how much money I could make. Read more>>.
Lynn McRea Woodson and Alexandra McGraw
McRea Woodson & Associates was founded by Lynn R. McRea Woodson, a Certified Public Accountant in 1992. Lynn is a proud San Diego County resident. Her business partner, Alexandra McGraw, co-founded Accounting Made Easy, a division of McRea Woodson & Associates. With more than 30 years of experience, Lynn takes a unique and creative approach to accounting and tax services. Her vast knowledge and quick problem-solving abilities enable her to offer clients effective solutions and strategic planning for all of their accounting and tax needs. Read more>>
My brand’s story really starts with the fact that my family has called San Diego County home since the 1800’s. This has given me a real appreciation of the history and beauty of the southwestern landscape. Growing up I spent time riding horse trails in East County, rescuing animals, and drawing whenever I could. I really cherished the outdoors from a young age, and my parent’s own free-spirited personalities nurtured my love for exploration and risk-taking which I think helped to develop me into a natural entrepreneur. Read more>>