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Rising Stars of Balboa Park & Hillcrest

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 Balboa Park & Hillcrest below.

Krista Lombardi

Krista is of Italian heritage and is fortunate enough to enjoy not only her native U.S. citizenship but Italian as well. She lived for years in Italy as an entrepreneur running a successful business for many years before moving to San Diego to do real estate. Read more>>

Shelby Ling

I am a local designer and illustrator! I started drawing when I was really young and found i loved documenting the world around me through drawing everything i saw, experienced and thought about. I went to SDSU for graphic design but always focused illustration. Read more>>

Victor Laruccia

I’m a former film professor, & in 2006 wanted to show Italian movies at the House of Italy in Balboa Park knowing that few if any Italian movies reach San Diego. In 18 months the work weighed heavily – just setting up space was sweaty. We approached the ED of MOPA & asked to use their theater, which wasn’t getting much traffic at the time. Read more>>

Dr. Steven Albinder

Our business started as mission between myself and Dr. Kamran Jahangiri in January 2016 to provide non-pharmaceutical and non-invasive solutions for people suffering from concussions, migraines, and vertigo. Read more>>

Kristen Mihalko

After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in December 2009, I moved back to San Diego and volunteered at the San Diego Zoo while searching for a full-time job. In fact, I remember telling my supervisor at the Zoo that my goal was to work in Balboa Park. Read more>>

Kellie McCormick

I moved to San Diego to go to design school. I met my mentor and former business partner when he was my instructor in college. I started working at the firm and things grew from there. It has been an amazing process of learning, growing and building of a business that is a true passion for me and all our team members. Read more>>

Diana Agostini

I was born and raised in Varese, a small town in Northern Italy 30 miles north west of Milan. I grew up in a very international environment, travelled a lot, worked for international NGOs in Europe and Africa, and always knew that I would one day leave my hometown. While working in Mozambique during my graduate studies I found out I had won the Green Card through the DV lottery. Read more>>

Christopher Stavros

Babycakes has conceived 10 years ago in an old Craftsman Home in the heart of Hillcrest. We started as a coffee house and bakery and over the years added the restaurant and bar to our concept. We have been known to be one of the first bakeries in San Diego to specialize in cupcakes and have been riding the Cupcake Wave since 2007! Read more>>

Gary Ware

I got into an improvisation on accident. It was a suggestion from a mentor since I wasn’t a fan of Toastmaster. At the time, I was a director of Paid Search for one of the largest independent search agencies in the nation. The idea was that improv would help me become a better presenter. Read more>>

Morgan Webb

Well, growing up, I was adopted into a very “Christian-based” household which took a turn for a series of unfortunate events. I was forced into a lot of extracurricular activities in church such as ushering, dance, audio-visual ministry, the church magazine team and choir. Read more>>


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