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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.

Madison Berrones

I have always loved animals – I can’t remember a time where I didn’t have pets in my household: dogs, cats, parrots, turtles, rabbits, the like. I started pet and house sitting part time when I was a teenager. I’m an entrepreneur at heart having been raised by parents and family who are all business owners. Read more>>

Leslie Murphy

My journey into natural skincare started as a young child in the fields of my grandfathers farm. I loved getting lost in the open land, picking flowers and plants that spoke to me. I combined this passion of botanicals with skincare the day I realized the truth about most products. Read more>>

Nahid Farhoud

Who doesn’t love a fabulous party! I got my start like many people do — planning family events and hosting parties. I was so intrigued by the design of it all that I took a course in wedding planning, knowing immediately this business was for me. Read more>>

Reva Mody

I used to work in Corporate Finance for over 10 years and finally decided that it wasn’t the career for me. It was an extremely challenging decision at the time to make because dropping down to one income for a family of 3 is no joke. I wanted to pursue something that I was passionate about and Finance just wasn’t doing it for me. The hours were long and the work didn’t fuel me. Read more>>

Freya Fox

I’ve been playing video games before they were cool. My first game was Duck Hunt on the Nintendo NES way back in the day, I used to rent 007 Goldeneye on the N64, and I played the original Counter-Strike as a kid. Haha, perhaps that dates me but it shows my love for gaming started before I could even read. Read more>>

G. Sean Cassidy

In 2016 I met and became friends with a consultant who worked independently. I was frustrated and unsatisfied with my corporate job, spending most weeks on the road. Read more>>

Janet Hubka

About seven years ago, my husband, Mark asked me to help set up his office at the biotech company he works for in Sorrento Valley, Histogen had just moved into new office space and with important meetings taking place within a week of the move, they needed artwork quickly. Read more>>

Sherri Belanger

I got my start as a hairstylist about 15 years ago and it’s been an adventure ever since! I started as an assistant to a well known hairstylist in La Jolla and during that time I was also lucky enough to train in New York City with some of the best in the business. Read more>>

Heather Johnson

chose my career as a psychologist one morning while still in high school and never deterred from that path. Throughout my days as an undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. student, I never lost sight of my goal. Read more>>

Elissa Title

As an avid traveler who has a passion for learning about other cultures, my photography and graphic design work is heavily focused on global awareness. Growing up, I translated my love for wildlife into my art studies (I attended art camps every summer and pursued art in college). Read more>>

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