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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.

Melissa Ebling

Throughout my time in undergrad, I stumbled upon fitness social media and learned as much as I could. My degree is in Health Information Management but training and nutrition quickly became my passion. Fast forward to law school (I thought that was the path I was “supposed” to be on) where I competed in my first NPC show as a 2L (second-year law student). Read more>>

Maryann Zilla

Shortly after college and a longer than anticipated stint working for my families event company, I hopped ship and found myself working in the hospitality industry in Coronado. After six years, new management and new ownership, my time there had come to an end. Working at a luxury hotel kept me on my toes and I had to learn things quickly. Read more>>

Paris Karsh

Since I was a child, I have always created things, whether it was paintings, clay sculptures, photographic art or videos- I was always creating art whenever I could. I got my first camera when I was in 6th grade and have been taking photos ever since. I fell in love with couples & wedding photography in 2017 and haven’t looked back. Read more>>

Larissa Marantz

As a child, my parents identified me as artistic. They were wonderfully supportive of that by providing me with ample opportunities to create and draw. Growing up, I wanted to be an art teacher and went to Cal State University, Fullerton to earn a BFA degree in Drawing and Painting. Read more>>

Chelsea J. Rainey

I started Culinistics to help people like you bring their dreams to life, and develop culinary brands that curate engagement through food. With Culinistics, I use my love for food and industry skills to help aspiring food business owners gain insight on their ideal customer, analyze their brand, develop a brand strategy, and showcase them with photography and web design. Read more>>

Elyse Tolles

During Thanksgiving break in 2015, while I was doing my master’s degree, I had some free time and stumbled across a tutorial for a marbled polymer clay dish. I played around with polymer clay as a child, like many of us did, but I had never before thought of it as a material that could be used to create such cool, classy looking functional objects! Read more>>

Lauren Williams

My parents traveled a lot so my passport began collecting stamps when I was only 6 months old. I quickly learned to love traveling and I knew my life would end up somewhere far away from where I had been born. Once I graduated from high school, I moved to the U.S. as a foreign student to attend a university in North Carolina. Read more>>

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