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Trailblazers: Balboa Park & Hillcrest

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Balboa Park & Hillcrest that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jeanette Saucedo

I had been introduced to massage on my head and back from my dad, he opened doors to a new world that he didn’t realize I’d turn out to actually do it for a living. I am finished with the massage therapy education and I had my graduation ceremony on May 18th, 2014. I am the oldest child and I have one younger sister with a son. I feel like I was always apart of the holistic care. Read more>>

Maureen Schmidt

While living in Chicago, my work as an artist centered mostly around murals for friends and commercial businesses. You could say that I downsized after moving to the west coast! My first greeting card landed in a store in Hillcrest in November of 2018. The owner of Creative Crossroads at the time took a chance on me. My first wholesale order came soon after from the owner of Earth, Wind, and Sea in Coronado, and I am always in search of more retail stores as well as wholesalers. Read more>

Christina Micklish

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that’s what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Read more>>

Melanie Ryan

I needed to take ownership of my future. After my employer went through a mass layoff, I had the opportunity to be deeply introspective and ask, “Am I living the life I envision for myself?” The job market in San Diego is TOUGH, and I was killing myself trying to find jobs in career paths I was impartial to. Read more>>

Hannah Rae Block

It was always a mission of mine to give back to those who struggle in ways similar to my own. Rex, my fiance, and I recently opened Union Yoga in University Heights. Our mission is to bring high-quality affordable yoga to the community and for the community to come together to support those recovering from eating disorders and alcoholism. Read more>>

Julia Parker

I spent a lot of time getting better acquainted with all the plant options in San Diego because they’re totally different than what I learned in North Carolina. I would spend hours at local nurseries and then online learning more about the plants. I love some of the natives here but I also drool over the Australian and South African plants we can grow. Read more>>

Deja Cabrera

Being an activist for the transgender community is not easy, especially when I am transgender myself. I am a transgender woman of color who, like many, face racism, sexism, transphobia, and homophobia every time I walk out my front door. I take on these challenges head first and continue to lead by example. Read more>>

Karol Martin

I began my YouTube channel as well as a blog where I wanted to share my life beyond a perfect photo. I wanted to connect to people and use my struggles as a woman and a single mom to remind others that they are not lone. Instead of using social media to create a fake persona and life, I used to my social media to showcase reality, offer help, and create a community. Read more>>

Aleasha Bahr

I realized one thing I’m even better at than marketing is sales. I’ve trained others to close before and I LOVE helping people make more money and actually enjoy the sales process at the same time – something so many people dislike. So, I’ve recently started coaching others again on how to prequalify leads and double their closing rates. Read more>>

Katie Banville

I love finding ways of musicalizing and structuring pedestrian movement to increase its impact and clarify storytelling. I always say that on the spectrum between fully choreographed dance numbers and standard blocking, there’s a huge grey. Read more>>

Sarah Knapp

Along with soul & jazz vocals, my passion is tending to the elders with music and sound-healing. At the age of thirteen, my beloved grandmother (and soulmate) was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Shortly after, she began her journey through dementia. Read more>>

Allison Lindblom

I studied visual art before going on to work in art administration for eight years. All the while, I was obsessed with interior design, and would read design blogs every night, and continued my art practice by making paintings in my apartment. As time went by, I craved more hands-on creative work in my day job. Read more>>

Louise de Villiers

I am very passionate about nutrition and food is made by me on site. An organic balanced lunch with lots of whole grand, fruits and vegetables is served daily. Green Beans also offers vegetarian and vegan options. I absolutely love coming to work every day and because of our small ratios, we become more like a family than just a preschool. Read more>>

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