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Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach’s Rising Stars

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 inspiring stories from Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach below.

Ariana Gonzalez

I was trained almost solely by my parents, Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich, the artistic directors of City Ballet. They taught me everything I know know about this business, and more than prepared me for my time with the Joffrey and Atlanta Ballet. Read more>>

Reina Lauffer

OB Arts Collective was founded in 2015 by husband and wife duo, Mike and Reina Lauffer. Reina was working as a program director for a prominent non-profit. Mike was a full-time musician. Both were looking for a way to further promote and cultivate the arts culture within their community. Read more>>

Matthew Borza

A little over 4-years ago while getting my MBA at Point Loma Nazarene University I decided to start a business online; initially I planned on building simple websites using Wix for small businesses. During this time I quickly realized that I needed to have my business, KriXis Consulting, seen by others, which is when I began learning about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Read more>>

Natasha Ahmed

Before I was teaching yoga, I had been in the corporate world for about 8 years. From high stress agency environments, managing a marketing team to working for Google and traveling every other week to see clients. I was on my way to burnout and felt in my heart that I was not fulfilling a deeper purpose that I knew I was meant for. Read more>>

Jessie Case

Rotaract is a global community of young adults taking action towards positive change in their community and abroad. Rotaract is a partner of Rotary, an international service organization founded in 1905 that consists of 1.2 million members around the world. Read more>>

Austin Swint

I have been in F&B all of my life. My mom was a DIr. F&B at a Holiday Inn in TX and my first real job was working for her in the coffee shop. After working my way through the ranks I started my management experience managing night clubs in Phoenix/Scottsdale in the 90’s. Read more>>

Kevin Eberle

My story as an entrepreneur begins in the Spring of 2011. After a decade-long career in banking, I decided it was time to pursue my passion, photography. Building a business had always been an interest- and it just felt as if I didn’t shove off on my own then it would never actually happen. Read more>>

Courtney Dahl Carcioppolo

I would describe myself as a cheerful person, I love people and I love helping out in any situation, wherever I can. Although I am a very organized, “clean freak” and despite my Type A tendencies, I never really had a plan for what I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

Nick Mascetta, Brad Hylton

Brad started Spirit Yoga as a donation based studio. He can give you more background on that. Nick Mascetta came on board in January of 2016 in order to re-vamp the business. Between Brad and Nick, we re-vamped the culture of the studio to take care of employees, add more value for our students, and provide the best customer service possible. Read more>>

Randy Zimnoch

I was born in Poland and moved with my family to New Jersey at age 11 – without speaking a word of English. I learned English in school and was the first of my family to go to college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Read more>>

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