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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.

David Berens

ReFind Kitchens began with a simple goal: to show that good design and good-for-the-planet are not mutually exclusive. We all want to live in beautiful, timeless homes. And, we all learned as children that the path to healthy consumptive behavior is “Reduce, Reuse, (Repair), Recycle. Read more>>

Jake Theoldore

Jake Theoldore is a native Southern Californian, born and raised in San Diego, CA. At a young age, he immersed himself into the restaurant scene at his Uncle’s restaurant; Hash House A Go Go and now closed, Tractor Room. His passion and dedication to hard work were sparked through the inner-workings of the hospitality industry. Read more>>

Matt Coyle

I’m a mystery writer. The sixth novel in my Rick Cahill crime series, LOST TOMORROWS, came out on December 3rd. I started writing my first book, YESTERDAY’S ECHO, seventeen years ago. It took me ten years to get it published. My books revolve around Rick Cahill. Read more>>

Kristi Bulish

I have always had a love for parties, people, and decorating. When I realized I could combine the things that I love and make a career out of it I was excited! I signed up for a wedding planning course by Merilee Hennings of EverAfter in 2008. She took me under her wing and I ended up working for her amazing luxury events company. Read more>>

Darrel Brown

I started homebrewing in 2014 as a “friendly competition with attached wager” between a couple of friends. (I won the bet BTW). I started entering my homebrews into competitions to get feedback and surprisingly started to rack up some medals. In 2017, I entered the San Diego Homebrew Fest competition. Read more>>

Joyce Tang

Who I am today is deeply influenced by my teenage experience after seeing the sacrifices of two previous generations. Both of my grandparents escaped China during the war to settle in Hong Kong, abandoning their considerable family wealth to start from scratch. Read more>>

Nick Rogers

I am a San Diego Native, born and raised. My passion for business started at a young age. I remember selling custom-made beaded jewelry to all the kids in the neighborhood when I was around ten years old. In my late teenage years, I decided I wanted to travel down a different path than my peers were headed. Read more>>

Alicia and Joseph DiMola

Our story began here in San Diego, we both share a love for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. I (Alicia) have always had a love for yoga starting from back in high school when it helped me come back from a severe knee injury and later in life helped with the management of stress. Read more>>


I’ve been living in San Diego for 5 years now and I still believe that settling down here was the best decision of my life, because I truly love this place. I am from Hungary, I was born and raised there.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to become a succesful defense attorney. Read more>>

Max Farina

I have always had a love, a passion for food, particularly the food I grew up with. This passion took hold in my formative years, from the time I was a young boy in Sicily, no doubt heavily influenced by my grandmother’s home cooking. My journey began years ago in a small Sicilian pizzeria. Read more>>


Mark Mofid

I moved to San Diego from Baltimore in 2004 where I trained in plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins. For the last 15 years, I have endeavored to build the kind of practice where I would want a member of my own family to receive care. Our front and back-office staff are among the best in the business. Read more>>

Rubina Dhani

Having grown up in North County San Diego, I’m one of those hard to find locals that came back home. After graduating from Cal State Northridge University, I obtained my master’s in arts-psychology and I now have a practice here right here in San Diego that primarily serves multicultural individuals. Read more>>

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