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Trailblazers: North Park, South Park & Kensington

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 North Park, South Park & Kensington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jennifer Garcia

For the past ten years, I’ve felt like I just existed. There have been beautiful moments, but the bulk of this last decade was plagued with chaos and trials. For six years I was married and it was the most miserable time of my life. As that nightmare ensued. Read more>>

Jules Stewart

I’ve been playing drums since I was 8 years old when I started taking Scottish snare drum lessons, but obtaining formal education and a “real” career was a big priority in my family. I pursued just that, eventually moving to San Diego to get my doctorate in Physical Therapy at SDSU. Read more>>

Mary Tesfaldet

I was raised by immigrant parents who came to America wanting more for their lives, and the lives of their unborn children. My journey began 34 years ago, when both of my parents arrived from the country of Eritrea. My parents never were never given the opportunity to have an education. Read more>>

Aileen Magana

I will share how I started my passion for photography. As a child I would always love playing pretend and I would always play a reporter (I am not a reporter) I would get my pretend camera and capture “moments”, now as an adult I capture moments. Read more>>

Daisha Smith

I always had a passion for dancing. My mom told me that ever since I could walk, I was practically dancing. At the age of two, my mom enrolled me in dance classes and I was immediately hooked. I went on to perform at amusement parks, festivals, and parades. Read more>>

Katherine Olenski

I wouldn’t say that I always knew I would be a hairstylist, but I definitely ruined my fair share of Barbie’s through “haircuts” and new styles as a kid. They were more like hair catastrophes in my professional opinion- but we won’t judge little Kat. Read more>>

Sylvie Froncek

Vie Cycle started in January of 2018, but my work as an educator and in specific, working in bike education with people who identify as women/trans/femme/intersex/queer/non-binary (WTF) started ten years before that. Read more>>

Elsy Garcia

Growing up i always loved experimenting with hairstyles, make up and even cutting bangs on my little cousins. LOL. As a little girl i remember always doing my own hair. I loved everything beauty. In high school there was an in intro to cosmetology class, i joined and loved it. Read more>>

Andrea Paulus

I was raised in Alaska,. My father was a biologist and a commercial fisherman and my mother a teacher. We moved to Dutch Harbor for several years in our early teens, which was really tough for a family who lived a suburban life near the “big city” of Anchorage. Read more>>

Dana Rowley

I graduated college with a Sociology degree, but also with two internships in FM radio under my belt. I loved radio – especially the behind the scenes promotions work – I had no idea work could be so fun. So I pursued that path after graduation and eventually landed myself a full time position – 40 hours. Read more>>

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