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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.

Sam Armstrong

It started when I was the president of the Cancer Center Foundation. We needed a fundraiser for younger people to participate in and I began working with my co-founder John Otterson. Basically, we began talks in the community and realized how many people were avid surfers. Read more>>

Samantha Dufau, Robert Dufau

We started as homebrewers. Then we became excessive homebrewers. Being the naive kids we are, we decided to save up some money and start a nano-brewery. We had seen this kind of business model around our neighborhood (e.g. Mike Hess Brewing, Miramar) and figured we could do the same. Read more>>

Lety Beers

I moved to San Diego in 2008 when I was dating my now husband Pat. We knew each other for a few weeks in high school when I needed a bass player to be in a Ramones cover band. Years later we ran into each other in Tucson and moved out here. Read more>>

Terri Miracle

Being a writer came naturally to me. When I was little, even before I could read, I “typed” stories on a manual typewriter and “read” them to my dad, who was a patient and encouraging audience. Then I created newspapers for my Liddle Kiddle dolls, complete with news, an events calendar, classified ads and a gossip column. Read more>>

Barbara Rinaldo

In 1990 I became the Director of San Diego Danceworks. Prior to becoming director I had been teaching in a variety of educational settings: dance studios, recreational centers, community colleges, public schools, and universities. When I moved to San Diego I had been teaching at Danceworks for a year when the Director asked me to take over. Read more>>

Nancy Capers

My husband, Hedges, and I both had experience as performers in our earlier life for 25 yrs. I’d worked as an actress in film, TV, commercials, as well as commercials & theatre. Now in our 60s & 70s, we decided to write a musical about aging called “The Geeze & Me” which ran for 5 weeks last spring to sold-out shows and great enthusiasm. Read more>>

Zach Beatty

This is a loaded a question. If it goes all the way back to watching my parents get adjusted when I was a child. I never thought much of it, until later in my youth watching my sister get adjusted as well. She was my ride to school, since nobody wants to ride the bus lets be honest. Read more>>

Shaina Sivan Yedid

After completing my Psychology, BA in Israel I was left with many deep questions and took the decision to travel again. For 3 years i traveled in different countries, such as India, Greece and Chine, gaining more experience with meditation and therapy. Read more>>

Rachel Henderson

After graduating from CSU Long Beach in 2010, I was at a crossroads for where I wanted to go with my career. I accepted a 13-month contract with the Department of Defense and worked at an Armed Forces Recreation Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Read more>>

Colleen Demling

As a little girl, I knew that when I grew up I wanted to be in a field where I could help people. I just wasn’t sure what that profession would be. I always had pets in the house and, as I got older, I became as passionate about dogs as I did about people. Read more>>

Lily Zhou

I was born and raised in China. Came to US when I was 17 without knowing a word of English and absolutely had no fear. Built and ran The Orient Chinese Cuisine at age 23. Sold in 1996. Started Lily Zhou Financial services in 1999 and became a real estate broker since 2005. Read more>>

Farooq Anjum

Did you know that technology might have given us self driving cars but it is severely lacking when it comes to improving the way our crops are grown. I came to realize this a few years back. Couple this with the fact that the world population is increasing – we expect to have another 2 billion plus on this planet by 20150. Read more>>

Stephanie Orlina

It has been a long journey. When I was in my early twenties, my painful childhood was wreaking havoc on my adult life, and I sought help from a therapist. For me that was the beginning of my journey as a life coach. The therapist was helpful, but I needed and wanted much more. I had this innate desire to feel better. Read more>>

Felipe Loureiro

Felipe Loureiro has been successful in triathlon at all levels – from amateur to pro – accumulating over 32 years of experience in the sport and coaching. His athletic success came as he coached others and grew a business. He knows what it takes for you to succeed in any multisport discipline despite your busy schedule.​ Read more>>

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