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Inspiring Stories from La Jolla & UTC

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 La Jolla & UTC below.

Jonathan Sawyer

I am a San Diego native and the owner of Sawyer Ceramics, a small company that makes functional ceramics for the home. Fourteen years ago I took my first ceramics class during my senior year at University City High School. Class time was only an hour per day so, although I enjoyed it. Read more>>

Justine Ferrara

I’ve been making pasta for over 10+ years. I decided to give it a shot – started one day and never stopped. There’s so much more to pasta than simply picking up a box on the shelf. Once I discovered that there was no going back. I’m extremely left-brain/right. Read more>>

Kimberly Heard

My relationship with art was established in an interesting way. It wasn’t outright, it gradually increased over time. I enjoyed drawing early in my life, but I won’t say I was passionate. It was a passive enjoyment that filled my time when I was at a loss for things to do. Read more>>

Kelly Collins

My journey into the wellness world began as a child. I have always passionate about physical movement and was a gymnast, soccer player and cheerleader from a young age. My cheer coach in high school was a personal trainer and got me a job selling personal training during my first summer break from San Diego State. Read more>>

Mary Desjean

I started food blogging back in 2006. I originally started with my friend. We just started talking photos of the food we ate and decided to start a blog writing about local restaurants. We used to get a lot of funny looks from other patrons who were wondering why we were taking photos of our food. Read more>>

Sarah Kousba

It began in 2012 when I was in 8th grade when I first discovered Yelp. Most of my classmates had gone on the 8th grade field trip to the East Coast for a week. During that week, there wasn’t much to do at school so my parents had called me out and took me out around San Diego that week. Read more>>

Brian Daly

I grew up in the Bay Area in a small bubble town called Benicia. My parents loved and supported me which I’ve always been grateful for (I’ve seen so much of the alternative and it’s tough). My dad worked for the Sherriff’s Department. He worked his tail off to climb the ranks and save for our family. Read more>>

Michelle Button

Humanist, Citizen of the Earth, Visionary, Vibrational Healer, Social Entrepreneur, Well being and spirituality advisor, music therapist, water Protector, Promoter of a Culture of Peace, the Rights of Mother Nature and the Rights of the Rivers. Founder and Co-Creator of Xicome (Music Festival to promote Peace. Read more>>

Mitchell McNamara

My Dad (Pete) and I started SoCal Adult Softball back in 2009. My Dad had been the league director for numerous leagues throughout San Diego before that for over 30 years. He started out umpiring down in Ocean Beach at Robb field in the 70s. He quickly became the league director and then expanded his leagues to other recreation centers in San Diego. Read more>>

Lauryn Evarts Bosstick

The Skinny Confidential started nine years ago when I was attending San Diego State University full time, bartending & teaching Pure Barre & Pilates. I rushed a sorority & dropped out five seconds later when I saw what they were charging. They were charging money for women to be part of a community. Read more>>

Maggie Kouri Hill and Gina Cafasso

Who would have thought a casual conversation about starting a podcast over a happy hour one evening would develop into a fantastic, life-changing endeavor? In October of 2017, we decided to join forces and create what is now known as ‘Two Fab Femmes’. Read more>>

Penny Cohen

I grew up in a small suburb of Montreal, Canada. When I was 18years old my mother developed vocal nodules and had to have speech therapy. I was fascinated and after volunteering at Children’s Hospital in Montreal I knew that was the field for me. I completed my B.A. at McGill University and received my M.A. from San Diego. Read more>>

Dave Stencil

I began with custom cutting boards I made for each of my family members for Christmas one year. I’m not a trained woodworker, so I was working out of MakerPlace at the time. This led to an idea for a set of zombie cutting boards that I made into a Kickstarter project. Read more>>

Adrienne Keiper

After retiring from my management position at UCSD, I took a year off and hosted exchange students for a few years. Then, three years ago, I helped launch Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski in the San Diego area, the direct selling division of THE Swarovski we all know and love. Read more>>

Jeannie Savage

My journey started in the Hospitality Industry working at Restaurants and Hotels in College. Thinking I was going to law school after UCI but instead continued with Hotel Management. Worked my way up to General Manager at Doubletree Hotels/Hilton Hotel Group. Read more>>

Martina Trejo

As a Bay Area native, San Diego was never on my shortlist of places to live. Sure it’s a beautiful city but I always imagined myself in a bustling metropolis like New York. After living in Seoul, South Korea for 3.5 years, you could say I was quite comfortable hopping on and off the subway, having access to restaurants 24/7. Read more>>

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