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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.

Michael Kling

I have had the fortune to live and work over the last 25 years, in the greatest city in America with some of the finest eye doctors in the country. I fell in love with San Diego the first time I visited back in 1990. After graduating from Southern College of Optometry in 1993 and completing a residency at Omega Eye Care Center in Jackson, TN a year later, I packed my bags and moved west. Read more>>

Jackson Blinn

Let’s jump back to the beginning. At 10 years old, I was gifted my first professional grade drum set. At 12 years old I discovered electronic music. At 14 I began performing locally with my band “Wyatt Lowe & the Youngbloods,” doing small tours up to Palm Springs, radio features, studio time… we even made it to KUSI. Read more>>

Elly Brown

I currently manage the San Diego Food System Alliance, a nonprofit focused on cultivating a “Good Food” future for San Diegans. We are a collaborative that brings together over 120 groups including businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government entities as well as farmers, fishermen and passionate community members to improve the food environment in our region. Read more>>

Rebecca Tabatzky

After a career in Silicon Valley and cardiac repair surgery, I dedicated an earnest search for my life’s passion and purpose. Many travels, programs and teachers later, my internal bell was rung with the magic of Chinese Medicine. I fell in love with this system, steeped in Taoist philosophy. Read more>>

Niki Jones

I have had the opportunity to travel and live in cities spanning from Honolulu, Hawaii to Atlanta, Georgia. The knowledge and experiences I have gained from being a lifelong traveler has truly given me a unique outlook on the world, as well as set an amazing foundation for my current role as owner of the San Diego Moms Blog (SDMB). Read more>>

Daniel Roy “Backpack” Baron

Daniel Roy Baron has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration University of TN. Knoxville TN. (“his hometown”) with an emphasis on quality assurance/logistics and he has an Associates in Computer Science Pellissippii State Community College Oak Ridge TN. Read more>>

Tom Gable

Tom Gable, APR and PRSA Fellow, is vice chair of Nuffer, Smith, Tucker PR, San Diego’s oldest public relations firm, which merged with his firm, Gable PR, in 2015. Tom is a native San Diegan. He grew up in Point Loma, where he had his first success in public relations as president of the Point Loma Surf Club. Read more>>

Mikee Catacutan

Wow, where do I start? Without getting into so much detail about my lifelong photographic journey, let’s just say from a young age, I was always looking at life in composition. How nature managed to frame architecture and how architecture framed life. I also looked at things in their most basic shapes and how they relate to each other. Read more>>

Nicole Burbank Majors

It all started with The Wedding Planner, which I watched nearly every day one summer as a kid. I loved the idea of playing a part in one of the happiest days of people’s lives. However, as college approached, I felt the pressure and desire to do something more traditional. Read more>>

Cari Beltane

While volunteering at the Oregon Humane Society, I noticed that animals staying in the shelter seemed to be experiencing varying feelings of boredom, loneliness, grief, depression, anxiety and fear. Many of these animals were also seniors with physical ailments or conditions. Read more>>


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