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Trailblazers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Anna Kadychkina

Since I was a kid, I was very passionate about art. I had attended all the art classes at my school and at the same time had been studying fortepiano at music school for seven years. After I finished school, I spent six years studying design, art, and photography at the University of Art, and then started my career as a commercial designer. Read more>>

Diva Hammad

I have always been into photography as a kid, I taught myself how to use a camera but I didn’t go to school for photography until 2013. I started getting into the EDM scene at 18 years old and I would sometimes bring my camera just for fun. At 21, I started getting into the bar scene. I went to a party at the red balloon and was taking pictures of my friends. Read more>>

Heather Munnelly

I’m Heather. Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, detox coach, and lover of holistic living, travel, the beach, and, of course, my four-legged wing girl. My passion for nutrition + detox developed sort of by accident over the last decade. For years I struggled with my own health issues that stumped doctors of all specialties and backgrounds. Read more>>

Veronica Sais

I’ve always been a healer, it’s sort of in my blood. I didn’t realize it until I was an adult and found my way to becoming a spiritual person through the dreaded process of rehabilitating my ACL from knee surgery. Ironically, knee surgery shifted my entire reality. Before the accident, I was this average girl going through the motions. Read more>>

Valerie Garza

I was an Executive Search Consultant for Director Level PhD’s for about 15 years. Sitting at a desk, talking on the phone and dealing with the high-stress of constant negotiations and production goals caused a lot of pain in my neck and shoulders. I had a massage therapist come to my home once a month. Read more>>

Krista Marcheschi

I was born and raised in Sonoma County in Northern California and from a very early age knew that if something was “larger than life” I wanted to be apart of it – I have always been drawn to the “WOW” Factor of things. I grew up dancing competitively for almost 20 years and played sports which helped me gain confidence in who I was and helped me grow into the person I am today. Read more>>

Kenese Sonny

In December 2018, I was introduced to the medicinal part of cannabis. I feel like the universe was leading me down the part of cannabis before learning of all the amazing benefits of cannabis. My understanding of cannabis was that it was a gateway drug and people use it to get high. Read more>>

Jessica Sharp

When I first moved to San Diego from Canada, I hard a hard time meeting people. I started doing project 365 in September 2018 which caught the attention of photographers in the area. One being Emmanuel Bonds, who was eager to learn. We started meeting up and exploring San Diego regularly and were hungry to polish and refine our skills. Read more>>

Kimberly Sherlock

I was born overseas, my dad was in the Army, and my parents divorced when I was young. My dad had fun custody of my sister and I. Growing up I was a bit of a tomboy, with only a dad to teach me about hair – he was amazing, learned to braid and even used a crimper, it was the 90’s. We moved to the San Diego area around 5th grade and while I became a little more girly. Read more>>

Lindsey Head

It all started when I was a little girl… kidding, but kind of serious. Born in the small town of Truckee, CA to amazing hard-working parents – a devoted special education teacher and a director of public works. My parents were committed to providing the best life they could for me and my sister. Read more>>

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