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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.

Ana Levley

I was always a storyteller. Ever since I was little, I used to tell stories to my friends and family. My dad, I think inspired me as he used to tell us about two finger Sam before we went to sleep. It was a unique story he made up and added in real life people such as athletes and even famous actors. He captivated our attention with each twist and, and I knew that is what I wanted to do. I wanted to make people think through stories and bring them on a wild ride. Finally, after years in corporate and after owning my own business, I have become a full-time author. Read more>>

Sarah Carlson

In 2012, when the recession was in full effect, I was laid off from my job as a Chief Marketing Officer for a national Non-Profit Organization. I had been at the organization for eight years and had grown in such a hard-working environment of “learn on the fly” that I thought I would have no problems finding a replacement job. We had no severance pay, and I had to find a new job fast. I started submitting applications to companies all over San Diego County for Marketing Officers, Marketing Assistants, Social Media Assistants (Social Media was brand new to the scene back then), all of my applications were denied. Read more>>

Hilary Bateman

Little House of Flower is new boutique flower shop that opened in September 2018; although the building itself has been at this location since the early ’80s. My family has owned property in this neighborhood for over 50 years, and I have always been intrigued by the little house on the corner of Via Las Cumbres and Friars Road. It resembles a Victorian house with an old shake roof almost like a perfect setting for a fairy tale. The little house has always operated as a flower shop. Read more>>

Carson Lunsford

I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA, which is about an hour away from Seattle. I have to specify because not too many people have heard of it. I grew mostly with my angel of a mom, Delicia. I use the word “angel” because I truly mean it. After she gave birth to me, she dedicated her life to protect me, console me and care for me. By the time my senior year of high school came around, I knew I needed a change of scenery. Tacoma taught me a lot, but I needed more sun in my life. Read more>>

Casey Dean

After a year, as a photojournalist in South West Idaho, I moved with my wife to San Diego for her job training. I struggled to find a photography job in town, so I finally took a position as Production Manager at San Diego Community Newspaper Group, which ended up being a great move. As a small company, they taught me all the ends and outs of the publishing world. Some weeks we printed over 200 pages with a skeleton crew! Learning to be efficient and precise was mandatory. Read more>>

Marci Bair

I am a San Diego native, and I started my Financial Planning Firm when I was 25. I have now been in practice for over 25 years. My wife and I have been together for over 34 years, and we have two sons. One recently graduated from USD, and the other is a Junior on a Football scholarship at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. We have been very fortunate to grow primarily through referrals from our clients and other professionals such as CPA’s and attorneys. Read more>>

Shundarrius and Kendricq Williams

Kendricq Williams and I, Shundarrius Williams, are brothers from Lena, Mississippi. We grew up in an active duty family and have had the privilege of traveling and living in several countries around the world. We’ve lived in Guam, England, Italy, and a few states here in the U.S just to name a few locations. I, Shundarrius Williams, am 22-years-old and a graduate from the University of Mississippi. I moved to San Diego on June 2nd, 2018, exactly three weeks after walking across the stage and receiving a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Read more>>

Barbara Eldridge

My experience in marketing, leadership and management positions with nationally recognized multi-million dollar companies inspired me to look into being in business for myself. I purchased a distributorship with Success Motivation Institute that enabled me to market training programs in planning and management to hundreds of small business professionals. I became a member of SMI’s elite President’s Honor Club, which recognized excellence in sales and client service development. Read more>>

Michael Parsell

I am a retired Navy Photographer, with more than 40 years of training and experience working with both still and motion picture photography. My career in camera repair began at the Navy School of Photography in 1980, where I went through a rigorous training course, it continued after leaving the Navy with extensive factory repair training on various cameras and lenses from industry leaders such as Nikon, Olympus, Minolta, Pentax, and Bronica. Read more>>

Nika Sedghi

I am a full-time mechanical engineer living in San Diego, California. I am currently 24 years old and have been bodybuilding with Team Titan Fitness & Nutrition* since June 18th, 2016. I started my athletic career as a Division 1 NCAA athlete at San Diego State University playing water polo and transitioned to bodybuilding shortly after I graduated. Read more>>


Mike Hogan

I started my DJ career the summer out of high school when I got a lucky break. I was working as a bartender in a the only disco in Mason City, IA and one night the DJ didn’t show, I knew how to turn on the gear and the owner asked me to step in, I ended up spending the summer as the head DJ at the Disco Den! Read more>>


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