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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.

Tari Mannello

From a very early age, I was struck with a strong curiosity to understand the opposite sex in a way that no one else seemed interested in doing. Sure, men and women want things from each other, but I was always fascinated with the how and why. What makes sex “hot” and what makes it great? Why do we lose attraction to one another over time? Why is it that the closer we get, the more distant that initial spark can often feel. Read more>>

Joannie Lee

I moved to San Diego when I was 19 years old from Diamond Bar, CA. I’ve been to five colleges and focused in five subjects (business, marketing, art, interior design, and massage therapy). After leaving after a semester of design school because of costs and life-changing realizations, I found myself in massage school. I loved it and was good at it. I finally found my passion. After graduating, I worked at chiropractors, wellness centers, and five Star Spas. Read more>>

Laura Sumano

I was born and raised in the bay area, about 30 minutes south of San Francisco in a little “town” called Half Moon Bay. Growing up in a small town with the beach a short walk away to my left and the mountains also at a walkable distance to my right, I grew up surrounded by beautiful sights. Inspiration is everywhere to create something and anything beautiful. I remember the first time my parents took my brother and I to San Francisco. Read more>>

Dawn Myers

My career has been a winding road. I started out in law, thinking I would solve all the world’s woes. It took me some years to realize that my brain didn’t work in the way required for a successful trajectory in law. I like building things. I loved using creativity and a unique perspective to problem-solve for the masses. After about a decade and a few career pivots, I finally found startups. I never thought I would be a FemTech CEO, but it’s exactly what I’m made for. Read more>>

Camden Weisbruch

For as long as I can remember, I have tried to be “in business”. My younger years were filled with trying to make money. I set up my bedroom as a store and a restaurant, sold cookies door to door and much to my mom’s dismay tried to sell custom Lego guys to my friends and neighbors. I’m sure she spent a fortune buying them. Read more>>

Justin Cox

I was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1984, right after my mother won “Best Abs” in a bodybuilding competition. Yes, you heard me correctly, born right AFTER mom won. I was pretty much born on a bodybuilding stage. How could this possibly be true? Well, as awesome as it sounds as a back story, it kind of screwed me up. See I was born three months premature and was on an incubator for the first year of my life. Read more>>

Toni Duran

I learned early on that family is more than just blood, and home is more than just a place to live. I was born in East Los Angeles, in a hospital that wouldn’t let my mother in until she could prove that she either had insurance or could afford to pay her medical bills. My first memories are of the one-bedroom apartment that was all my mother could afford on her medical assistant salary. It was small but full of love, and it was home. Read more>>

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