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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.

Jane McKenna

While I was in college, I was running on a bike path and was attacked by a serial rapist. I got away from him (thankfully) and got a few punches in. At the time, I had four years of martial arts training, which is the only reason I was able to getaway. Read more>>

Riley Crusha

I grew up in an incredibly small town in northern California called Shingle Springs. It is one of those towns where you live so close you can walk to school and then your friend’s house after, and every time you go to the grocery store you see at least 8 people you know. Read more>>

Andrea Sanchez

I started using crystals and essential oils for my own healing. I was already into meditation but was a total beginner. A friend suggested I visit a local crystal shop, and I found myself spending hours there! How I started with oils was a little different. I was filling in for someone at a local employee health fair and my vendor neighbors had a table about essential oils.  Read more>>

Katey Connell

I grew up in Northern California in a town near Lake Tahoe. I am extremely close to my family and we spent the weekends hiking, camping, snow skiing and learning new moves on the wakeboard. I was involved in musical theater and dance. Read more>>

Veronica Csiza

I moved to San Diego in 2001 after graduating from college with a business/finance degree with my best friend and two dogs. Neither of us had a job or a real plan except we wanted to live by the ocean. 18 years later, and now a business owner. Read more>>

Jennifer Pohlkamp

I was told to pick a major in college and decide my career path when I was too young to understand what that really meant. I studied political science, pre-law, international security, and to round it all off… sports marketing. Read more>>

Bridget Levine

I have always been a creative person, and had a passion for fashion since I was a young child. However, I kept putting my passion on the back burner because I was always encouraged to “get a degree in something that will give you a good income”. Read more>>

Dr. Natasha Hastings DPT, CSCS

I have been practicing physical therapy for 7 years, and finally got tired of working for the big corporations and not being able to give people quality care, so I decided to develop my own mobile Physical therapy/strength & conditioning business. Read more>>

Jessica Mazzo

Things started for me in 2015, when I moved here to San Diego. I began attending USC for my Master’s in Social Work. While I was there I underwent so many personal changes — I hit rock bottom(s). Which, in hindsight, was totally necessary for me to experience. Read more>>

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