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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.

Veronica Bellocci

Veronica Bellocci, an Art History major and recent graduate from the University of San Diego, was selected as the first Thomas C. Ackerman Curatorial Fellow at the Timken. Funded by the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation in partnership with the University of San Diego the curatorial fellowship allows a post-undergraduate USD student from Department of Art, Architecture + Art History the opportunity for unique research experiences and in-depth professional training at the Timken museum of Art. Read more>>

Liz Abbott

The San Diego Troubadour was founded by four partners: Ellen and Lyle Duplessie, Kent Johnson, and Liz Abbott in the fall of 2001. The Duplessies had the idea of focusing on local music news in the acoustic music genres, which mainstream news doesnt always cover. Read more>>

Jeanie Ballard

While care-giving for friends and family who suffered from serious chronic mental and physical illness, I began to search outside of the traditional Western model to see what alternative or complementary healing modalities existed. I sought to understand and evaluate their effectiveness and techniques. Read more>>

January Newland

I studied Exercise Science & Kinesiology in college, so I knew early on that I had a passion for the human body and health. It’s been a long road from there through lots of unique modalities, teachers & experiences to becoming the unconventional fitness trainer / nutritionist / yoga instructor I am today. Read more>>

Kristy Nadine

Ive been tattooing 9 years, I started in Austin Texas and then moved to my hometown of Denver Colorado. From there I met the crew at Buju by sitting in with them and was hooked the moment I stepped foot in the door. Read more>>

Arielle Kantor

As early as I could remember, I always created a specific plan to reach my dreams… at a young age I planned to create a renowned veterinarian clinic known for its zero-waste, self-sustainable system, while saving animals large and small. Read more>>

Tomas Herrera-Mishler

I recently found this quote “The dedicated life is worth living. You must give with your whole heart” by Annie Dillard As a registered landscape architect in Florida and Pennsylvania I was focused on large scale master plans,urban design and regional growth management. Read more>>

Judie Lincer

About 4 years ago, I got involved with CNPS-SD by attending their General meetings in Balboa Park. These meetings feature Natives for Novices and speakers who cover a wide variety of topics about native plants, the importance of conservation of native habitats for the benefit of wildlife, beauty and the planet in general. Read more>>

Nicola Ducharme

Having been raised in Australia, I was always exposed to a healthy lifestyle. My mum was very health-conscious and nutrition, exercise, being outdoors etc were all really important to her. In my late teens, I started teaching aerobics and personal training as a way to make some money while in college, and it became a real passion. Read more>>

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