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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.

Javier Correa, Jr.

Sombrero Mexican Food is a 3rd generation, family-owned restaurant. It all started in the 1960s when my grandparents, (Arturo and Maria Correa), opened an authentic, family run restaurant in the college area of San Diego. Read more>>

Michael Towe

I came into the field of film and video production through the time honored tradition of driving a dump truck for a living. Of course that’s a joke, but it is true. After high school I married my high school sweetheart and started working for a small trucking company based in Lakeside. Read more>>

Jennifer Humora

Things were very different for moms when I started about 9 years ago. There was no Facebook, no, and I knew other new moms like me wanted to find local events, businesses and services that provided the things that families need. Read more>>

Brandon Marks

While still living in Chicago, I used to work for J.C.Penney in the Home Department. Being interested in photography, I slid into the portrait studio one day and I asked for a job there. With no interview at all, except me explaining my experience as a photography student I got the job! Read more>>

Jordan Miller

I grew up in the small town of Huntsville, Texas where by graduating High School I had taken a passion and a keen interest in theater arts and vocal performance. From there, I got my BFA in Acting from the (now) University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and my career travels took me from New York City, were I lived for four years working in regional musical theater, to Las Vegas where I worked in a medieval themed jousting stunt show, to Los Angeles and ultimately landing in San Diego. Read more>>

Joaquin Huertero

Sporting San Diego was founded by Joaquin Huertero in 2015 with the support of Board Members and their sponsor Dixieline Home and Lumber Centers. The journey begin with a group of soccer coaches that were looking for some change and wanted to be part of an environment where they could learn and affect as many young soccer players as possible. Read more>>

Keith Greenwood

Greenwood Music technically started when I first picked up the guitar at age 4. The passion for the guitar, and music in general was in me from the moment I can even remember anything. I play many instruments and many styles of music, but have always focused heavily on guitar. Read more>>

Andy King

Sure thing. Photography has always been a part of my life starting at an early age. In college it was all about large format film, view cameras, and the darkroom. I would spend full days in the darkroom most likely working on personal projects rather than what I was supposed to. Read more>>

Mona Ledwin

I have come to jewelry-making through a lifetime of arts and crafts. From the time I was five years old and my mama taught me to sew my own doll clothes using scraps from dresses she made for me till now I have tried my hand at almost everything. Read more>>

Sarita Maybin

“You missed your calling!” was a refrain I heard over and over when I did speaking as part of my former career in university administration. Indeed I felt called to speak and ultimately left my university “day job” to become a contract trainer with a seminar company. Read more>>

Heather Vantress

I knew I wanted to move to sunny California from a very young age. After graduating from high school in Oregon, I enrolled at San Diego State University. I went to see Face to Face at ‘Canes in Mission Beach and thought, ‘this is it!’ and knew I wanted to work in live music putting on shows for people to enjoy. Read more>>

Ernie Cowan

I was captured by the beauty, open space, solitude, mystery and unique environment of the desert as a young Boy Scout when we visited to hike and camp. Eventually, I became a reporter for a San Diego Newspaper and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was part of my beat. Read more>>

Angelea Iafornaro

I began my relationship with creativity and developed my ingenuous sweet tooth as a child. I would make anything from miniature houses out of cardboard and cotton balls, to custom designed (using a fork as my pastry tool) peanut butter cookies. Read more>>

Melissa Herring

I majored in Sociology at CSUSM so that I could branch out to many different fields. I had always planned on being a special ed teacher due to my brother being severely disabled and my father being a special ed teacher most of my life. Unfortunately, my last year of college my brother passed away and being a special ed teacher was something I couldn’t handle at the time. Read more>>

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