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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.

Beth Sando Komulainen

Hello, my name is Beth Sando Komulainen and I have been living in San Diego for over ten years and have been in Title Insurance for seven of those years. I moved here from West Hollywood to be closer to my family. It was an excellent move as it got me to where I am today. Read more>>

Keely Thomas

As a kid, I have always been fond of animals. I grew up around dogs, cats and other animals and I had always loved spending time with them. I eventually found a passion for cats and kittens, and I began to watch educational videos about them. Read more>>

Angelita Turnbaugh

I had a traumatic experience in 2017, I fell into a deep depression. Getting out of bed was difficult, human interactions were minimal if it wasn’t for art and my husband I don’t think I would have made it out. I turned to my love of art for help. I discovered a new passion, plants. Read more>>

Krista Summerville

Overall I was a good kid but I always got in trouble for talking too much in class. I never ran out of things to say and always had a story to tell my friends, but little did I know I was a journalist in the making. When I was selected to be my high school’s morning announcer my love for reporting grew even more. Read more>>

Jennifer Palmer

I grew up in Maryland, where I initially wanted to be a math teacher. Once I injured myself playing soccer (dislocating my kneecaps), I soon figured out I wanted to be a physical therapist. I attended Lebanon Valley College, a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, for six years (three undergraduate and three graduate) to receive my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Read more>>

Sando Komulainen

I have been living in San Diego for over ten years and have been in title insurance for seven of those years. I moved here from West Hollywood to be closer to my family, and it was an excellent move as it got me to where I am today. I was working at a restaurant called Davanti in Del Mar (it’s really good. Read more>>

Rayne Blakely-Lopez

I was born and raised in Los Angeles in the Crenshaw District. Growing up, education was always at the forefront of my family. My father is a teacher and my mom is a sign language interpreter, as a result I have always had great role models for what I can do in life right in front of me. Read more>>

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