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Inspiring Stories from Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

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 Del Mar, Enallicinitas & Carlsbad below.

Heather Themm

Have you ever just sat and listened to a complete strangers life story and felt compelled to bring attention to the matter? Like the need to help this person because in them sharing such a personal piece of their life, you feel like you can help shed light on such an important topic. Well, that’s where my story starts! Read more>>

Peter Grimm Niedermeyer

As a lifelong entrepreneur I saw an opportunity and I took action. Nothing replaces being passionate about something and putting in the hard work required to achieve a dream. We are approaching our 30th Anniversary here and nothing has made me prouder than reaching this milestone. Read more>>

Courtney Poole

My husband Laren and I moved to Uganda in the fall of 2012 for his humanitarian career with Bridgeway Foundation. I left my job at a boutique marketing agency in San Diego that I loved, but I looked forward to treating the move as a time to discover new passions and possibly find a career that would have much deeper meaning to me. Read more>>

Katie Hibbard

As graphic artist, freelance illustrator, I believe my love for creating art began during my early years of school. For kindergarten through 8th grade I was fortunate to attend a Waldorf charter school which utilized a unique form of education. While my classmates were winning the spelling bees and memorizing their times-tables, I remember excelling in drawing, watercolor, sewing, and woodworking. Read more>>

Samm Murphy

In college, I realized I wanted to help others avoid some of the struggles I had experienced. I started to reflect on my personal journey and what would have made the biggest differences for me. What would have spared me pain and allowed me to feel more joy? Read more>>

Dianna Barton

Plum + Sparrow was born not too long after I had baby number 4. With my first 3, I had used our Pack + Play and always hated how big and bulky it was in our room. Sadly I ended up moving my babies into their cribs sooner rather than later. Read more>>

Andrew Hyson

Married for 21 years and the proud Father of two boys and one daddy’s girl, I was born in the Commonwealth of Dominica located within the Caribbean. My family moved to Canada when I was 8, and I lived in Canada for over 25 years, this is where I was raised, and educated and received my Bachelor of Arts and teaching credentials. Read more>>

Regina Gregory

When most cosmetologist get asked how long they’ve been doing hair they give you the years since they were in beauty school and then another of when they actually started. When l was in jr. high my mom let me dye my hair for the first time. I couldn’t understand why my hair was getting darker as l grew older. Read more>>

Lauren Hitchcock, Ryan Tracy

Ryan and I met while working for different (actually competing) real estate companies – he was managing acquisitions, and I managed construction/design. We were both frustrated with the lack of quality and design in our industry, so after a year of dating we decided to take the leap and start our own company. Read more>>

Manna Ko

Everything, and I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g has prepared me “…for such a time as this.” My heart, soul, mind, spirit, strength, and life revolves around the audience of One. I began my career as an entrepreneur in the 1980’s in Canada and soon found my passion in the real estate industry, where for a period of time I was not only a top agent and broker in my home city, but across the country. Read more>>

Meredith Kolod

After many years of being involved on the Boards of other San Diego theater companies, STAR Repertory Theatre was formed in 2011, by Scott and Meredith Kolod with one major goal: to allow youths to have as much fun as possible in musical theater by giving them as many opportunities/roles as is reasonably possible. Read more>>

Sara Shermis

I found yoga in college and never felt more like myself after taking my first class. After graduating I moved to San Francisco for a job in finance, but quickly felt that the life I was living wasn’t for me. When I moved back to San Diego I planned to pursue a career teaching yoga and then did full time for 5 years, working in 12 different studios. Read more>>

Marlise Myers, Benjamin Myers

If you had told us 10 years ago that we would be living in a historic home in Valley Center, we wouldn’t have believed you. When we started dating in 2008, we had a plan to work hard, play harder, and with whatever resources we had left, try to bless people through our love for hospitality. Read more>>

Gregory Gillispie

I am a retired Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant who completed twenty-eight years of active duty service. I served the last twenty-two years of my career in the reconnaissance, force reconnaissance and Marine Special Operations units as well as tours of duty with the Naval Special Warfare Command and a brief stint with the Australian Army as a parachuting instructor. Read more>>

Ian Logue, Brett Parkola, Jacob Taylor

The initial stages of the band started in 2014 when I (Ian) had just moved back to San Diego from San Francisco. We began as just a two-piece, messing around with a few song ideas, learning some classic rock covers etc. Eventually Brett was added as the bass player, and as time went on we added a female vocalist and finally a drummer. Read more>>

Cynthia Matzke

I grew up on an island outside of Seattle, and a love for dolphins as a teen morphed into fascination with the regions most powerful predators: the killer whales. Soon after, I longed to swim with large whales and scuba dive to stare into the eyes of as many marine creatures as possible and glimpse their world. Read more>>

Kyle Harrop

There was really three events that got me to take the leap into the professional beer industry. My wife, Laurel, and I had talked about a name if I ever did something with beer outside of homebrewing and ultimately came up with Horus. Read more>>

Max Greenhalgh

Inspired & the Sleep is the San Diego/Los Angeles-based musical project of songwriter/producer Max Greenhalgh and multi-instrumentalist Bryce Outcault. With a revolving lineup of additional players, Greenhalgh and Outcault produce pop arrangements that are at once warmly familiar and sweetly off-kilter. Read more>>

Heather Balliet

I used to be a social worker, I worked mostly with families during tough times. After planning my own wedding, several of the guests asked me to plan their weddings, so one thing lead to another and here I am. I like to say that this career really found me. In some ways, I’m still doing family therapy but during happier times! Read more>>


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