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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.

Kelly Horton-Beeman

At 22yrs old I left what I called home Bakersfield, Ca to follow my dreams of living in S. California. I landed in San Diego in 2003, I had my plans to finish Nursing at SDSU, but those plans were quickly changed the day I walked through the doors of FACES+. Read more>>

Alma Swanson

I have always loved fashion, make-up and design; in fact my background is in interior design. I wanted to evolve from my profession so going from designing homes to designing people seemed like the next logical step. Read more>>

Samantha Saad

It is actually a pretty cool story (I am one of the few who actually knew what they wanted to do early on); in high school I was fortunate to partner with a Bridal/Prom Boutique in my hometown, where I was given the opportunity to do local modeling for the boutique. Read more>>

Patrick Eckstein

William Painter began with one great pair of sunglasses, “The Hook”, the world’s most durable titanium polarized sunglasses with discrete bottle openers on the arms. Three years later, after seeing a much needed space in the sunglasses industry, with few companies making 1000’s different mediocre quality sunglasses under their “brands”. Read more>>

Oliver Asis

I started my photography career during my senior year in college while I was studying engineering. At that point photography was just a hobby I did to help escape the rigor of studying at UCSD. I gained the title, “the guy with the camera.” And in my senior year my friend ask me if I would be interested in photographing her wedding. Read more>>

Andy Kieatiwong

The Additive Rocket Corporation (ARC) has been a lifelong journey, that goes all the way back to when I was four years old when I first watched ‘Star Wars: A New Hope.’ I was immediately inspired by the movie, and since then, I knew I wanted to build rocket ships when I grew up. Read more>>

Shelby Ross

I graduated in May 2017 with my Master’s in Social Work from California State University San Marcos. I was already working at STEP as a Case Manager since January 2016 and once I graduated, was promoted to Client Services Supervisor. Read more>>

Cliff Oliver

As with most families, I grew up with pictures being taken of the places we visited and the events of our life. Interestingly my father used “Kodachrome” slide film, and we would have “slide shows” on a rather ancient slide projector. Read more>>

Carolyn Shadle

When my first child was very young, I took a parenting communication course. That was a life-changer for me. In addition to giving me the skills to be a confident and effective parent, it launched me into my career as a “communcologist.” Read more>>

Brianna Alexander

It is possible to have an underlying knowledge of good health and nutrition, as I felt I did, and still fail to create a diet and lifestyle that supports beauty inside and out. That was me. I had always worked out hard and had included food in my diet that I assumed to be good for me. Read more>>

Marie Green

I always wanted to be a flight attendant and live in sunny California – big dreams for a girl from St. Paul, Minnesota! I flew for ten years, but ended my career in the friendly skies when I married the love of my life, Dennis Green. Read more>>

Claudia Florescu

My story is about my passion for dentistry. I chose this career inspired by my mom, who was a registered nurse (RN). I grew up having the “nurse” attitude, ready to help the ill and with great respect for their comfort. Read more>>

Denise Rhodes

My love for animals began at a very early age. I’ve always wanted to help animals and I really understand them and have compassion for them this dedication to animals inspired me to want to work with animals and do my part to ensure the well being of dogs and cats in particular. Read more>>

Marcela Mejia

Vanessa Mejia—An Abstract Expressionist painter born in Medellin, Colombia, began painting at a young age with the encouragement of her Mother Gloriace who is a well-known sculptor and interior decorator. Mejia studied at San Diego State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Development, her minor in Fine Arts, and her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Read more>>

Teran Brown

I was in my second year as the full time dance teacher of a high school in North Carolina when I realized that I wanted to teach my students more than just curriculum. I wanted to be able to mentor my students from professional experience – experience I had not yet given myself time to have. Read more>>

Vivian Sayward

My business idea was inspired on the golf course – and my closet! I started my business, Vivacity Sportswear, because I could not find anything well made, comfortable and fashionable to wear on the golf course. Read more>>

 

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