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Inspiring Stories from North Park, South Park, Kensington & Normal Heights

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 North Park, South Park, Kensington & Normal Heights below.

Rachel Jay

I am part of an all female team of photographers and entrepreneurs, so my story is their story as well… France Photographers started in 2012 when Sara France had a big dream for her business and life. She wanted a team of women around her – all equals, all shooting exquisite weddings, and all living their best lives supporting one another. Read more>>

Marcos Navarro

It started when I was a young kid. I always wanted to be in the kitchen, I was intrigued by the aromas from the cooking of my grandparents and mother. I was always underfoot trying to taste what they were making. Read more>>

Cece Phillips

I have had a Love of fashion and culture in all things that are different since I was 12. I’m from a small university town in southern Illinois where my mom owned a couple clothing stores, and in my mind they belong to me and I ran them as such. Read more>>

Carla Nell

I began producing theatre in San Diego in 1997. The first show I produced was a one-woman show by Vivica Lindfors called I Am A Woman. I cast several local actresses I had been studying with and just decided I was going to produce this show. Claire at Claire de Lune in North Park allowed us to use her coffee shop which had just opened. Read more>>

Cris Herrera

I started collecting records in 1998 , Music has always been a very important element of my life . I always gravitated towards jazz , funk , obscure and away from the mainstream sounds . Going to L.A regularly to record shop as well as the local SD spots became a weekly thing. Read more>>

Jade Warner, Andrea “Hazel” Bender

We met nearly ten years ago working at a small cafe inside of a bookstore and since then we’ve stuck together. After the bookstore’s inevitable closing we started working at a local bakery and began to learn the art of baking. We’ve learned everything we know from working in bakeries and restaurants, the hands-on experience was (and still is) invaluable in this field. Read more>>

Britton Neubacher

My first career in Social Work led to the kind of burnout only nature can heal. And it did. Bringing plants into my programs transformed our crisis centers; creating a centering sanctuary for people in the worst of life situations as well as for we stressed caretakers. Read more>>

Amir Rezai

My family left Iran during the war and immigrated to Austria and lived there for 12 years (most of my childhood) before moving to the United States. My parents were both successful in their respective careers prior to moving. Moving our family to a new country again and starting over was challenging to say the least. Read more>>

Tanya Schroeder

I didn’t start out healthy. Until 2006 I was a chain smoking, Jack and Coke drinking, binge eating, emotional disaster. My journey to improving my physical and mental health started with that tough decision many of us face. I knew that it was my time to live life on better terms. Read more>>

Vienna Farlow

I have been interested in women’s health for as long as I can remember. I never wanted to be a doctor, but I enjoyed learning all I could about my body and sharing that information with my friends. In my early twenties, I decided to go off the birth control pill and looked into non-hormonal options. Read more>>

Johanna Kitzman

Growing up I felt like I was always the least artsy person in my family. My grandpa was a huge painter of landscapes and I’ve always loved looking at his paintings (some as old as from the 1930s). My older sister is a great designer and seamstress and my younger sister is the singer in the family. Read more>>

Lissa Corona

I was born and raised in San Diego, mostly North County and Temecula. When it was time to go to college, I knew I wanted to stay in San Diego, so I only applied to UCSD. I got in. Originally, I had planned to become a pediatric oncologist. Read more>>

Susan Aach

I’m originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, but have lived in Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. I worked national sales in the wholesale clothing industry for most of my career, with my job requiring extensive travel, so I decided to make San Diego my home. Aside from Hawaii, you can’t beat the weather. Read more>>

Lauren Lek

For me, it is all summed up in my senior “most likely” section, where my friends named me most likely to return to my alma mater as an assistant principal. At the time I was heading off to UCSD for college, and a pre-med major, but I realized my friends knew me even better than myself! Read more>>

Andy Hall

I was born in Pasadena, grew up in Murrieta, and have lived in San Diego for the last 11 years. I went to UC San Diego where I met Ingrid, my wife of almost five years, and double majored in Economics and History. I tried to play basketball there but wasn’t good enough, which turned out to be one of the most important inflection points in my story. Read more>>

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