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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.

Jacquelyn Goldberg

I picked up my first self-help book when I was 12. I have been actively walking the personal growth and development path since and doing my part to support others along their journey of discovery. I was born acutely sensitive to the environment around me and as I developed my understanding of the environment within me, I unlocked profound insights about the laws of the universe. Read  more>>

Alissa Todd

I was fortunate enough to grow up in The Netherlands and Ireland and my family loved to travel every summer – as many Europeans do. Like many people, I wasn’t taught about finance or money as a child and wasn’t even aware of the Wealth Management industry until I was at San Diego State University. Read more>>

Sara Mitteer

My journey began as a young child with an obsession with collecting crystals. My school backpack was always full of crystals and stones! I was a very empathic child and seemed to have an uncanny ability to pray for something and have it come true. I often thought I was crazy that I could lay in the grass and hear trees sharing their life story with me. Read more>>

Lori Kushner

I’m a motivating and naturally supportive person who designs affordable and effective workouts based on scientific principles and individual needs. I teach women how to get fit and healthy in as little as two and a half hours of moderate physical activity per week to substantially reduce the risk of chronic disease and gain significant health benefits. Read more>>

Jessica Lister

My path to starting my private practice has definitely not been linear! I grew up in a small town in Michigan before going to college and moving to New York City to work in the fashion industry. I loved the energy and creativity this lifestyle offered and was fascinated by the diversity of the city. Read more>>

Rachel Schlesinger

My mission is to empower individuals with disabilities to lead meaningful and inclusive lives and to advocate and educate for equitable access to our community as a whole. My vocational title rehabilitation counselor. In addition, I am a lecturer at San Diego State University co-teaching the topic of Disability and Society alongside Diana Pastora Carson. Read more>>

Ashley Schamu

Through my own experience, I had learned how there is so much more to fitness than just working out. While I knew I could become a personal trainer, I knew there had to be something else out there for me but wasn’t quite sure what that was until I stumbled upon a job posting for a health coach. Read more>>

Alix Clowser

The reality of life is that regardless of what path you choose, it will never be 100% paved. Does that mean you can’t get to where you’re going? Not at all; it just means you need to find an alternate route. After I received this past promotion and moved my life in three weeks, I have encountered quite a few roadblocks. Read more>>

Lizzet López

After I knocked on so many doors, I had the opportunity to host local TV shows in Austin, Texas where I grew up, I would travel all across Texas for different projects and auditions. at the same time as I was still going to school. After developing a stable career in Texas. Read more>>

Janelle Manzano

Through both these experiences, my interest in the clinical setting started to lean more towards the community, specifically the need for health education for young students. So, after graduation, I applied to do a service year with FoodCorps, an AmeriCorps program. Read more>>

Camille Maldonado

After six months, at the end of my internship, I was already in love with French Polynesia and started a second internship in Bora Bora “The Pearl of The Pacific” in January as a guest relation trainee in a 5-star Resort. Read more>>

Lynda Sunshine West

At the age of 51, she found a life coach who helped her discover that she has value and that it was time for her to raise her hand and speak out loud. In doing so, she was met with praise, recognition, and acknowledgment. That led her to speak on stages, interviewing stars on the red carpet, making tv and podcast appearances, and creating her own internet show, Living Live. Read more>>

Alta DeKoven-Skratulia

No one ever saw me again. I was in my room painting away, and nothing changed. I still sit alone in my room and paint away! Its been 25 years doing this “one thing” I am so happy it found me at an early age. Now I have an executive job at a big cosmetic company, and I moonlight dance with my art when I can. Read more>>


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