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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.

Grace Scott

My love of flowers and events really bloomed in college. I attended San Diego State University in 2012 studying Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings and Events, and it was the best area I could have chosen for so many reasons! I learned all about events and the hospitality industry, but weddings were a far favorite. I love the hard hands-on work and creativity that go into every detail of a wedding. In college, I worked for a small floral and event company, where my love of flowers grew even fonder. I learned the ins and outs of working in the floral industry, and the tricks of the trade like processing, design, and event coordination. Read more>>

Rachael Orose

As a child, I spent countless hours reading stories with my grandfather. From our time together, I knew just how powerful stories could be – and as a mom, I strived to ensure my daughter has the same connection to stories that I did while I was growing up. I am deeply motivated to make sure that all children, regardless of their life experiences, have the opportunity to truly understand and connect to the power of books and reading. I know, from personal experience and from my work over the last two decades, that when someone truly understands that power, so many opportunities open up for them and they are better set up for success in all aspects of their lives. Read more>>

Neha Bhatia

I started my career in health and fitness with a BS degree in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine. When I graduated, I started working in Corporate Health and on the side, I was a Pilates instructor at a Chiropractic Office. I was lucky to work with some amazing Doctors who taught me about Chiropractic and how they were helping people without medication or surgery. The idea that I could have a more hands-on approach to helping people thrive was eye-opening to me. There are not many female chiropractors out there but with the encouragement and support of my bosses, I was inspired to pursue Chiropractic, and I’m so glad I did. Read more>>

Andrea Singer

I grew up in South Florida and attended the University of Florida (GO GATORS). After graduating with my Master’s in Special Education, I developed an ear infection and strep throat, the summer prior to my employment as a High School Special Ed teacher. For some reason, my hearing would drop off for a week and return, each time with less sound. I could no longer effectively teach in a classroom setting. I had my first child and was able to tutor on-on-one. We moved from Chicago to New Jersey. After exhaustive searching for a diagnosis over the span of almost 20 years, it was determined that I had an autoimmune disorder due to that ear infection. Dual hearing aids provided no help, as my hearing had dropped to 10% in one ear, and only 30% in the other. Read more>>

Nana Bandana

I started sewing as a hobby when I was five. My mom taught me how to sew because I wanted fancy Barbie clothes and us being refugees from east Germany on the west side of the then separated Germany, we didn’t always have the means to afford fancy things. I was really into Gymnastics and Ballet at that time so sewing was definitely only a hobby, I wanted to become a professional dancer and be on the stages of this world. I injured my knee badly when I was 14 and couldn’t dance any longer. Fortunately, I had my creative side to fall back on and from then on it was always fashion. Read more>>

Conner Farrell

I originally started the band as a two-piece in August 2019 with myself on guitar and vocals and my neighbor Ryan on drums. The idea was to revitalize rock in the 21st Century by simply making good music. I started out by writing a bunch of songs on guitar, writing words, and poorly explaining my drum ideas to Ryan, while we began to practice regularly. We went into the studio around November to record what I thought were our best two tracks and make an EP. It came out in January, and we were off!! I booked a couple of shows, added our buddy Isabelle on bass, and started writing more. And everything went according to plan! Read more>>

Halli Briscoe, Marilyn Austin and McKenna Avery

Marilyn Austin and Halli Briscoe meet in college at Oregon State University and began to work on Hempress in March 2019. Both Halli and Marilyn are extremely passionate about the environment and women’s health so Hempress was the perfect combination of their interests. Halli was an All-American D1 gymnast majoring in Business Administration and Marilyn was a double major in Economics and Business Management and very involved on campus, including being vice president of OSU Sales Club, and finance assistant for her sorority Alpha Phi. Both Halli and Marilyn graduated in June 2019. Halli began a one year accelerated MBA program while still competing in D1 gymnastics, and Marilyn moved back to San Diego her home town and got a job in finance. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Ramona

    January 23, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you so much for including me and The Hair Cooperative with this amazing group of people! Very cool! 💗

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