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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.

Angelina Rivas

I feel like my story begins where many others do too-with bullying. I know its’ cliche but its the truth. All throughout elementary school, I was made fun of for my skin tone and the unevenly colored patches on my skin. My two front teeth were always a highlight of the mockery as well. Read more>>

Brittany Anderson

I love what I do, and this is my calling I love meeting new people and traveling and just being able to run down the runway. My long-term goal is to make this a full-time job and to venture into movies commercials and acting. Read more>>

Kelly Dalrymple

After teaching in studios for a while, I knew I wanted to work one on one with people in order to dive deeper into healing and exploring the principles of yoga, so I’ve spent the past year studying under Oprah’s very own life coach, Martha Beck, to become an intuitive life + wellness coach. Read more>>

Brad Kenny

The journey of the entrepreneur is one filled with many ups and downs. Had I known the road, I would have probably done it anyway and told myself “I’m different! This will be so much easier for me.” Well, if you want to grow as a person and see what you’re made of, you have three choices in my opinion. You can: take a self-development course, become an entrepreneur or get into a romantic relationship. Read more>>

Rachel Rothman

My path began when I was a child. I struggled with my relationship with food at a young age. When I was ten years old, I remember being told by my pediatrician to “eat one more banana and one less candy bar per day.” Prior to this, I hadn’t thought about food I was eating, or body shape or body size. After this encounter: I felt ashamed and that I was not good because of my weight. Read more>>

Christie Martinez

I am a cosmetic computerized dentist; business owner; wife & mother of 11-year-old triplets. Life is never dull- We try & live life to it’s fullest and have some fun along the way! Our life is never boring. We are an active family that lives an urban downtown existence; enjoys family sports (triathlons-golf-ski-soccer-basketball-softball); encompasses a healthy lifestyle and we deem travel and exploration as a necessity to our life. Read more>>

Samantha Cooper

My story begins in Nursing. I have been a Registered Nurse for nine years. When I was in nursing school, the importance of coping and self-care was not taught. Because of this I learned first hand what nurse burnout was and at only five years into what was supposed to be a life-long career, I was becoming the statistic I had read about but swore I would never be. Read more>>

James Saba

Since graduating, I have served in many capacities at Junior Theatre. From Camp Director of the very first summer camp to Interim Artistic Director in the 90’s for three seasons. I returned in 2013 to take on my most challenging job so far – Executive Director. Ultimately it’s been a great fit. It’s an honor to run the program that is responsible for my development as a young person. Read more>>

Marc Emmelmann

Nothing compares to the joy I get seeing people learn to grow cannabis, simply and sensibly, from the start! I’m enthusiastic to be sowing into the revolution sweeping the world — I truly believe growing your own high-quality cannabis is your individual right and I’ll always support that! Read more>>

Dr. Nikou Rahbar

I was very deliberate and thoughtful as I built Dentique, taking my time to bring that vision to life. It took time to find the perfect building in the perfect location, paying incredible attention to detail in the design, layout, and colors of the office and to build the perfect team to slowly make this place into the sanctuary that it is today. Read more>>


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