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Inspiring Stories from Coronado

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 the rising stars from Coronado below.

Peter Scheu

For me, my journey into photography started the summer of my sophomore year in college. I had some extra money and had my eye on a camera for quite some time, so I finally got it. That was back when everything was still filmed, and it cost $0.50 every time you pressed the shutter. Read more>>

Christy Mattoon

At the age of 38, my body started shutting down- I didn’t know what was going on or that I could have any control of it. By the time, I had topped out at 300 lbs doctors were giving me disease titles and prescribing medications. The realization hit me that my life was about to flash in front of my eyes. Read more>>

Liz Romeka

My senior year of highschool, I took a film photography class. Although I come from a fairly artistic family, I had never really found a medium I fell in love with. Photography changed all that for me and I fell hard. I loved the way a photograph could lead the viewer to focus on a detail that gets lost in everyday life. Read more>>

Peg Ford

Ovarian Cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States because the majority of women are diagnosed at a late stage after cancer has metastasized. Five-year overall survival is dismal at 45%, however, if the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, survival rates greatly improve to over 92%. Read more>>

Loren Patrick Murillo

Loren Patrick has been DJing for 16 years. Blending genres from classic rock to electronic dance music, his collection of digital and vinyl albums offer a wide range of entertainment for any occasion. Located in Southern California, Loren’s experience includes public, private and corporate events at numerous venues including restaurants, bars, clubs, reception halls and more. Read more>>

Christy Heiskala

In 2007, my daughter was molested by her third-grade teacher. In the eight years that followed, I became my daughter’s best advocate and navigated a complex criminal case, a lengthy civil trial against the school district for negligence, and two subsequent appeals which resulted in a precedent-setting, published opinion by the California Court of Appeal. Read more>>

Emma Wellings-Nasser

I think I was honestly born with a natural passion for fashion and my mom often recounts stories of me even as a child insisting that I wear ‘this’ with ‘that’! What I love more than anything now is that I get to combine my natural passion, love and creative ability with working with and helping women look and feel their best. Read more>>

Kelly Sarber

A 2nd generation native of California, born on Coronado Island, My Father was in the SEAL Teams and my Mother has been in Real Estate for over 40 years in Coronado. Grew up with 2 brothers, Brant and Kurt and a little sister Molly. Lifelong horse and dog lover, I developed a strong psychic and intuitive practice. Attended Coronado Schools then Bishops for High School. Read more>>

Erika Rosas

Kumbala’s story started out in Mexico City as a hobby! I was living there at the time, and got obsessed with the whole Mexican/ethnic style (of course I did, im Mexican!) I’ve always loved accessories in general and frankly was spending too much money on earrings, so I started making my own and fell in love with all that sparked! Read more>>

Alexa Hosn

It all started a year after my graduation from The University of San Diego (’11, B.A Political Science & Sociology). After working a year in the legal field and studying for the LSATS, I realized that I truly was not happy, challenged nor expressing my creativity as I should be. Read more>>

Jessica Nicolls, Karyn Frazier

Karyn and I grew up together in Truckee, CA and started working in the fashion industry in our teenage years. We had always dreamed of opening our own shop one day and after both working in the design industry for a few years we were able to make that dream a reality. Read more>>

Melody Corvalan

Growing up in San Diego, a city where millions vacation, the hotel industry always seemed luxurious to me. But it wasn’t until after I went away to college at the University of Utah in 2003 where I finally was able to dip my toe into the industry. Read more>>


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