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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.

Ok Mayday Kelly Bollmann

Virginia based quartet – brothers, David and Kelly Bollmann (Me), Stephen Lee and Matthew Osborn – strike an elusive balance between arena pop, synth-sparked indie and raw guitars. Our band, Ok Mayday, is the culmination of a lifetime dedicated to music. We started off as songwriters for Sony Music and have transitioned into writing for personal projects. Once together, sharing the common experience of musical homes, it didn’t take us four friends long to start writing and performing locally in Virginia Beach. After years of writing, embarking on a 42 city, nationwide tour, we are ready for our second EP release coming very soon! The first Ep came out in 2018 and is called “Conversations” and it’s been nonstop creating and recording and mixing for this follow up. My brother David, his wife, and myself decided that Virginia wasn’t the place to get a firmer footing with our careers, so we drove from VA to CA two months ago in a cross country road trip!. Read more>>

Tanna Kirchmer

Serving as a Naval Officer, Eric Johnson started brewing his own cold brew coffee during his final tour of duty in Iraq. Eric used his downtime to immerse himself in the coffee culture and started experimenting with recipes. He soon became so proficient that he was being praised for his product. Eric then found himself at an impasse upon his return; his time in service was coming to an end, and he knew he wanted to go into business for himself – to create something that would be remembered. He did not want to build a business solely for profit, he wanted to create a brand that would inspire people to “craft their own legacy.” While serving overseas, Eric noticed how coffee and tea act as a bridge between cultural differences. All of the chaos of conflice would pause between him and village elders for a brief moment while enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea together. Read more>>

Shamron Rackley

Sham Blak has been making music for some time. A common name in the San Diego High School of Business halls between 2003-2006, he has remained resilient, focused and dedicated. For him it started at the tender age of eight, recording on a boom box built in mic, no beat, a couple cousins and a bone thugs and Harmony rap pattern. In the end he along with his other Spooky Gang family will be remembered in areas for the notorious chant “Spooky”. Read more>>

Kirby Horrell

I volunteered for the Navy SEAL team in 1968 and went to Vietnam in 1970 I was on active duty until 1975 after the end of the Vietnam. Assistant in starting up the Navy SEAL reserve unit in Coronado California and was with that unit until 1990 when I was recalled back to active duty for Desert Storm Desert Shield. I have been involved in worldwide conflicts and combat in many different countries as and SEAL operator until I retired in 2015. That is when another teammate and Joseph Travers asked me to read a white paper about child trafficking in the United States. I could not stand by and allow this to happen in our state and our country. I have had to fight long and hard to protective United States of America. So I volunteered to join the Saved in America crew of likeminded Americans veteran and volunteer my time expertise and talent to help rescue these young children that have been sucked up in the heinous crime of human trafficking. I still work full-time and then with all the spare time I try to reach out and make people aware of what is going on in their neighborhoods and in our cities. Read more>>

Molly Haines McKay

I started in the business in 2009, which as you may remember, was a really tough time to get into the market. It was great for my professional development though… it certainly reinforced the idea that it takes a lot of hard work and determination to make it in this business; success doesn’t just fall in your lap. I was lucky enough to get real-world training from a top producer here in Coronado, Jan Clements. I ran into her husband, Lennie, in the post office one day and he suggested I talk to her after I expressed interest in getting into the business. This was right after I had graduated from college with a business degree, so are began studying for my license and hit the ground running. Even though the market conditions were far from ideal, this gave me the time to prepare and learn more about the industry and contracts. It certainly taught me more about the value of hard work, knowing all of the ins and outs of the market, and essentially just getting out there and talking to as many people as possible. Read more>>

Kiana Valdivieso

Vieso (pronounced Ve-es-o) is a handmade jewelry line made in San Diego, California, founded by Kiana. Vieso comes from my last name Valdivieso. My family inspires me in all aspects of life, and that is why I want to share part of me with you. Growing up, my mom surrounded me with arts and crafts. A few years ago, jewelry making was the “Craft of the Week,” and I have never stopped making it for fun since then. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago, where I started selling my jewelry through Instagram. Earlier this year, I was able to expand my business to a website. For A Timeless Soul. My slogan “For A Timeless Soul” was created because Video jewelry is made to be worn by everyone. It should be worn as a form of expression. I love creating jewelry because it is not a necessity but rather something we wear to feel beautiful in. Read more>>

Jessica Tompane

After working for a top advertising firm in San Diego, Jessica realized her true passion was not advertising but interior design and entrepreneurship. From there, she began her new road to interior design, gained her design education, and founded J Hill Interiors, Inc. as a Coronado-based interior design company in 2010. Jessica started J Hill Interiors as an avenue to bring an elevated aesthetic to more homes. She is known for her timeless look and feel, as well as her intuitive layering of colors, textures, and patterns. While ensuring each space is the client’s own, she reimagines it with a clear vision and an elegant approach. In addition to priding herself on the results that J Hill Interiors delivers, Jessica and her team prioritize and nurture her business’s relational side. Read more>>

Lindsay Maphet

Absolutely! I am thankful to say I grew up here in sunny San Diego and continue to live here with my family. Growing up, my mom took me on adventures all over San Diego and would sometimes pull me out of school for a Disneyland day trip or some special one on one time. Those are the days I remember the most about my childhood; the memories and time we spent together. When I became a mom, it was only natural that I wanted to do the same with my kids, so I began taking our girls to various playgrounds, beaches, and restaurants all over San Diego; whether all the way up in North County or as far south as the border. I was sharing these adventures on my personal Instagram account when a friend noted that I should start an Instagram showcasing the locations we venture to. Read more>>

Jessica Dodson

I’ve always been a very mission-driven woman. I worked in education for a bit, in management at a non-profit for a couple of years, and most recently in brand management at Eagle Creek, an outdoor gear manufacturer. Almost two years ago, Eagle Creek decided to relocate from Carlsbad, CA to Denver, CO. The loss of that job and community ushered in a new opportunity to dream about what I wanted my life to look like, and how I wanted to make a professional impact. For me, that journey started with a 500-mile walk across Spain and a 6-month sabbatical between Eagle Creek and whatever was next. While trekking along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, having conversations with travelers from all over the world, the idea of PurposeFULL began to crystalize. Read more>>

Sophia Carmín

My love for photography started when I was little, my mother liked to take a lot of photos of me when I was a baby, also when we go on trips she always took a lot of photos. When I was in my last year of elementary school, I bought a small camera at Walmart with the money my father gave me, only 15 photos could be taken, it was perfect for me. Then I started to grow up and use more internet, I began to get more involved in the world of photography, I used a lot of Tumblr and I started to upload my photos there. When I was 15 years old, my uncles gave me my first real camera and from there everything changed, I always took pictures of landscapes, things, my family, basically everything, then Instagram came and started to use it to upload my Photos. I came to high school and I was studying graphic design, I had photography classes, it helped me a lot to learn more things, I had my first exhibitions in places like Entijuanarte. Read more>>

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