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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.

Anna Neimark

If you had asked me four years ago what I’d always wanted to do with my life but never saw as possible, I would’ve told you “something in fashion.” I have an engineering background and was working at an engineering company. Read more>>

Melanie Chandruang

I ended up thriving in operations, which consisted of the finances, human resources, business administration, and management of employees/culture. I was also able to learn about the agency model since the sister company was a software development firm, and they shared operations people. Read more>>

Ashley Yandle

I found my passion for helping people transform their lives through health and fitness. I am so thankful to have found the health and fitness world. My clients have become extended family. I have trained them for first dates, weddings, babies, new jobs, vacations, and all the life brings us. Read more>>

Imani Evans

I started to share my images online and realized I was inspiring women without even trying too. I was just being myself. Sharing my natural self with the big hair, bigger boobs and stretch marks attracted a lot of attention. Read more>>

Sharna Langlais

My career path took me toward more mainstream focuses, and for over a decade I worked in marketing, fundraising and executive management for nonprofits in San Diego. All the while, I continued my interpersonal development. Read more>>

Elvira Lopez

I got my cosmetology license at Paul Mitchell the school San Diego, where I studied in the night school program which can also be known as part-time. It took 2 hard working years to graduate and since then, I’ve had my license for a year now. Read more>>


I create fully personalized programs for women anywhere who want guidance in the gym or with their home workouts. Sharing my own fit lifestyle online resulted in me starting my blog which has been a fun journey so far! Read more>>

Amy McCabe

I taught Yoga & Pilates in San Diego for many years! Throughout the years, I worked for many different studios & always thought “I could do this!” (own my own studio that is). Around my 6th year of teaching, I really started getting serious about the dream. Read more>>

Sydni Fox

I still remember getting out of dance class and waiting at my mom’s spa for her to be done with a long day. I would sit and watch the hairstylists in “aw”. I loved watching a client come in frazzled, after a crazy day of work and leaving so relaxed and feeling like their best versions of themselves. Read more>>

Jessica Kosanovich

I’ve been in the salon industry since I was 18 years old. I was a receptionist at a day spa where I found my passion to become an esthetician. Its now been 17 years and still can say that I love what I do. I was looking for a sunless product when I discovered Infinity Sun, I knew that it was the perfect addition to add to my services. Read more>>

Jill Domina

I’ve always loved art and creating whether it be drawing, painting, or crafting. As I got older I knew I wanted to have a job in which I could create art everyday. I feel like cosmetology was meant for me, I could never be anything else! Read more>>


I’ve always had such great appreciation for food and wine. I love the aspect of how it brought people together and it was an experience you share with them. I’ve constantly had such a unique and fun experience. Also growing up in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and Vancouver, I was able to grow my palate and enjoy cuisines from around the world. Read more>>

Lymari Bocanegra

It was in those moments I felt accepted, loved and healed from all the pain and rejection my feminine heart experienced. Playing the piano was therapeutic for me. It brought healing to my soul. It was I could not put into words. It was my heart expressing itself in every key stroke. Read more>>

Ariella Prado

I really started my makeup journey in Highschool, I’ve always dabbled with makeup a tiny bit in middle school I wasn’t allowed to because my parents didn’t let me but I’d steal my mother’s eyeliner so I could play with it. Read more>>


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