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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.

Matthew Veling and Brian McNeill

We both worked together in telecom/voip since 2006. We helped cofound another voip company that focused more on big business solutions, including hardware. After we parted ways with the executive team in 2014, we decided to start NumberBarn. Read more>>

Kendra Maister and Stacey Messina

Aspiring to work with kids and wanting to create a space where we could work with our children is what inspired us to create SD PopUp PlayDate! Stacey is a fine artist who teaches classes and creates custom paintings. Read more>>

Tiana Lee

I started ice skating and where my passion began. My parents have always taught me to be very disciplined and gave me choices of what I wanted to do. While other kids were hanging out at the movies I was training in an Ice rink, practicing piano, and studying hard at school. Read more>>

Caitlin Pannese

I have been a Rush Cycle client since 2012. As a college athlete, I was looking for a group fitness class that would challenge me both mentally and physically in the same way that collegiate level tennis had. I finally found that at Rush Cycle and started riding several times each week. Read more>>

Gina Gerrato – Greenhaus

I started down my career path wanting to be a kindergarten teacher. I had always been passionate about working with kids. In my early teens, I was a camp counselor and later became a pre-school teacher. While I loved working with the kids, I found it difficult to be effective in the larger group setting. Read more>>

Josh Blatter

To keep it brief, my path into Yoga started shortly after moving to San Diego from Boulder, Colorado in 2006. It was not my first time in California, spending the latter part of my childhood a bit further north in Santa Barbara. My passion for food and the restaurant industry shaped the earlier part of my time in San Diego. Read more>>

Dieter Steinmetz

Compounding is the art of formulating custom medications for individual patients. It relies on the triad of the patient, doctor and pharmacist working together to provide the best outcome for the patient. I started compounding about 20 years ago. Read more>>

The Undertaking

Getting introduced to the bands like Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, The Chariot, P.O.D. in our early high school years completely changed the perception of what music can be. As most young, aspiring punks do. Read more>>

Mo Langley

As “Number 5” of six children, in a family that has battled alcoholism and mental illness, I see the world through a different lens than most. I felt as if I was a caretaker to my siblings and my parents. It was MY job to be the best behaved, get the best grades, be the best athlete. Read more>>

Madison Parker

I studied photography in college then moved to LA after I graduated to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. I was dealing with a lot of anxiety and depression at the time and realized that I was not living with any purpose. Read more>>

Nicole Douglas

If you would have told me a year and a half ago that I’d be running my own company selling cleaning products, I would have laughed and politely told you that you must have me mixed up with someone else. I’ve never run a business, I’ve never even had a sales job, and cleaning products couldn’t have been less interesting to me. Read more>>

Gina Moore

Tell Me Moore started as an Instagram account for my English Cream Golden Retriever, Ravioli Cannoli. I started his account within minutes of picking him up on January 9, 2016. He was two months old. Two days earlier, I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter, Reece. Read more>>

Kavan Thanasith and Travis Chrisman

Coastal Pay was established in 2014 and quickly became one of the fastest growing merchant processors nationwide processing for some of the largest brands and franchises nationwide. However, the company has taken a shift in recent years to focus on providing processing solutions. Read more>>


When I was about eight years old, my dad gave me my first camera is a 35mm point and shoot. I fell in love with capturing moments and preserving the 4×6 photo prints in albums. There truly is something special about seeing your pictures in physical form. Read more>>

Raven Hilden

As a prior field representative for the State Senate and State Assembly, Raven Hilden was able to tour local nonprofits and organizations that provided much needed resources in the community. With the abundance of information, she noticed a gap in the ability to locate these services. Read more>>

Caitlin Forrest

I started my career as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse. I worked in pediatrics and as a NICU nurse for many years until I switched to a surgery center. This ended up being a big turning point in my story as I, unfortunately, sustained an injury at work which required a multilevel cervical spine fusion. Read more>>

Dawn Mayeda

After graduating from college with a degree in Fine Arts, I thought the only way to make a living was to work in advertising. After 20 years of inking straight lines and cutting together pieces of paper with letters on them, and sweating in the darkroom. Read more>>

Nadja Umerkajeff

I grew up in Sweden and I always felt a calling to go to Africa to volunteer after high school. However, I found a high school in Nairobi, Kenya that allowed me to finish high school while volunteering at an orphanage so I spent my last year of high school in Nairobi finishing school. Read more>>

Beth Booth

My husband and I started this company 12 years ago, during a very difficult time of economic recession. We quickly realized that this was an extremely difficult industry to grow in organically, without the backing of a huge corporation. We saw companies going out of business and closing their doors for good. Read more>>

Mimi Knoblock

My name is Nohemi, I go by Mimi. Though I was born in Mexico, I grew up here in San Diego. Escondido to be exact. I was raised by a small business owner, so I guess you can say I’ve grown up with the entrepreneurial spirit instilled in me. Read more>>

Skyler McKegney

I opened My Gym Carlsbad in October of 2017 (yes I know it’s in Vista haha). I opened it for my daughter because there was nothing in our area like it, and it has been the best thing for her development. In March of 2018, I had a decline in my health and had to rely on my wonderful staff to run the gym (which they did with ease). Read more>>

Kloey Miller

Throughout my childhood, I was constantly asked “what do you want to be when you grow up” which is a question that most children or young adults are expected to know. We deem this question as very important from a very young age. It was always a task for me to try and decided on my career. Read more>>

Niki Potter

After my daughter Hazel was born, I found myself at home with our son, then 2 and a half, and our daughter feeling alone and wanting to do something more. I didn’t want to leave the kids but felt an artistic itch. Read more>>

Michael Rabens

I grew up all around the world as my parents are in the US State Department as diplomats, before moving to San Diego for my last two years of high school. I have always loved making movies, music, and documentaries. Read more>>

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