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Inspiring Stories from Old Town-Mission Valley

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 Old Town-Mission Valley below.

Maxim Slutu

I was a trainee lawyer back in my country – Republic of Moldova and dating my future wife who was a law student. It took as a while to decide to use our “wild card” (green card) to come in the US to start a life from scratch. Since my law degree from Moldova was useless here in the US unless I continue to study the law here, which is not cheap and did not seem to be a reliable option. Then I remembered my old hobby – being an IT enthusiast. Read more>>

Marty Kain

My wife and I moved to USA in 2017 after I retired from playing professional cricket in New Zealand. We love good weather and beaches so we thought San Diego was a good fit for my wife to pursue her Masters in Public Health at SDSU. I was unaware that cricket even existed in San Diego when I found out I offered my coaching services to those who were interested. Read more>>

Burnz Fernandez

I have been a San Diego resident for over 25 years, and I love this City. My Real Estate career jump-started when I was hired as a Relocation Specialist for C21 Award. I then worked my way up to the Escrow Department, decided to get my Real Estate License and now, I’m currently working with one of the most successful teams in San Diego – The Krause Group. Read more>>

Nicole Chapman

Born in Miami, Florida to young parents, surviving an abusive childhood and moving around too many times, I eventually found myself moving in with my now mother in law at the age of fourteen. It was at this time where I could finally focus on my passions in life. Always wanting to get into the fashion industry, I was finally able to find opportunities with local photographers. Read more>>

Alicia Miller

Photography was a complete shot in the dark. I was a student that had all eyes on my dedicated student affairs future. I was doing well in life, but I was also struggling with my mental health. I was struggling to feel good, to wake up happy, and to remember my own beauties, let alone the beauties of the world. I am lucky to have had friends that helped me step out of the box. Read more>>

Alyssa Ramones

Before I was a photographer and a full-time mom, I owned my own dog grooming business and was about to start school for dental hygiene. Back in October 2016, on our honeymoon road trip, we decided to stop at Best Buy in Santa Cruz and use our money we got for our “dollar dance” to purchase a camera so we could document our trip and our soon to arrive baby girl. Read more>>

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