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Trailblazers: Point Loma & Shelter Island

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 Point Loma & Shelter Island that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Melissa Mae

I was adopted when I was just a few months old from Seoul, South Korea. My parents raised me in Holden, Massachusetts. I attended the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I earned my B.S. in Sport Management and my B.A. in Psychology. Read more>>

Allison Mercer

My name is Allison Mercer and I am a first-generation American whose family hails from the British Virgin Islands. Growing up, my sisters and I were constantly treated differently because our family was vastly different from the culture that we were raised in. Read more>>

Nikusha Beatty

Ever since I was little, I have been making art. My parents own an art school, so I always had unlimited access to art supplies and I could draw and paint whatever I wanted. At the time, I didn’t know and definitely didn’t appreciate what my parents were doing. Read more>>

Joana Veronezi

My story begins in Brazil and since I was a kid, I loved to sing, and I actually used to say that phrase: “When I grow up, I will be a singer.” My parents were always very supportive and put me in music class when I was young age. Time pass by and when I turned into a teenager. Read more>>

Robin Katz

It’s been a long journey. I started my education attending Smith College in Northampton, MA studying engineering. I ended up re-evaluating my life in my mid twenties and decided to pursue something else-something that really sparked joy in me and brought me happiness and fulfillment. Read more>>

Margaret Gonzales

I am a self-taught, wildlife conservation artist from San Diego, CA. From graphite to paint, colored pencils to clay, I grew up experimenting with new mediums. I have been creating art for so long, I truly can’t remember when it all began. Read more>>

Alexxis Harris

After graduating from Chico State in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, I moved back to my hometown of San Jose, CA with a feeling of uncertainty. What do I do now? Where am I going to work? How can find a job I’m passionate about within the scope of my degree. Read more>>

Jazmin Talamantes

Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved when my photo was taken. Whenever a camera was present, I felt myself gravitate towards it, each and every time. I loved to smile, make a funny face, pose, etc. then, I stared at the photo later and admired how a moment was captured. Read more>>

Kara Chambers

I never knew I had a knack for event planning and design until I started planning my own wedding in 2015. My now-husband was on a seven-month military deployment in the Middle East, so immersing myself into all things “wedding” was the best distraction I could have asked for. Read more>>

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