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Trailblazers: Old Town – Mission Valley

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 Old Town – Mission Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Zyrille Samaniego

Growing up, I struggled really hard with self confidence. I was always on the heavier side. It wasn’t until the beginning of high school that I discovered how much I loved fashion and finding pieces to put together as an outfit. Read more>>

Rylee Avre

I was inspired in high school watching a show called Faceoff where contestants compete to create different characters and themes using special FX make up. Read more>>

Brian Grasela

Well, it all started back in 2008 when I attended College of the Redwood Fine Woodworking Program and began my passion for building furniture. This was a very intense program in Mendocino County… Read more>>

Jennifer Givens

I am not ashamed of admitting I do not know how to do something. That is why networking is so important. Someone will always know more than you. Surround yourself with people who have more experience, can be depended on, and be teachable. Read more>>

Crystal Y. Sanford

With my daughter as my inspiration, I opened Sanford Autism Consulting in 2016. My goal was to create a space for parents to receive connection to services, education and HOPE for their Autism journey! Read more>>

Jennifer Wright

I started blogging on the side as a hobby, mostly focusing on beauty product reviews. I started receiving a ton of free samples and thought it was so much fun to try so many new products. Read more>>

Tiffany Boyd

I started practicing yoga regularly in 2009 after western medicine failed to find the reason for my hormone disorder and general sickness. I thought yoga was a bit to slow paced for me but if it could help with my symptoms why not try it out. I was hooked pretty quickly! Read more>>

Natalie Marie

I have been in the health and wellness industry for over 8 years. Growing up with a mother who was a aqua and step aerobics teacher I was always in the gym. My first massage was at the age of 11, a gift from my mother. From there on I was hooked! Read more>>

Kate Maistrenko

I’d love to share my story with you, because it’s not just a story about how I began painting. It’s more about how this country helped me to understand what I really want and to find the real me.I moved to the USA 2 years ago. I was born in a small town in Russia, then I lived in Moscow and worked in an office. Read more>>

L.V. stands for (Lourd Viernaliza) Manalo

I started in 2013 when I decided to finally take a leap and branch out on my own after assisting another wedding planner who’s been in the business for over 20 years. I was dedicated, motivated and wanted to go above and beyond.  Read more>>

Denisse Ypiña

In the summer of 2015, I found myself at a sales job that wasn’t a fit for me. In an attempt to turn things around, I looked for something I was lacking: sales training. A quick Google search revealed that Dale Carnegie of San Diego had local courses to choose from.  Read more>>


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