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Casa Grande’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Greater Phoenix area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from Casa Grande and surrounding areas below.

Alicia Mandel

I’ve been working in Learning and Leadership Development in different companies for many, many years. And through these years I’ve spent a significant amount of time in big companies, start ups, non-profits and privately held organizations. Read more>>

Wendy Bader

Life was great. I had a wonderful job at a non-profit organization. Then, in 2008, when the economy tanked, my team and I were laid off a week before Christmas. So, like so many others, I reinvented myself and went back to college. Read more>>

Josh Fink

Nick’s Menswear is Family owned and operated by the Fink Family. The Finks moved to Arizona from North Dakota to join other family and get out of the cold! The whole family participates in the purchasing of Nick’s inventory together, so we have a wide variety of styles to fit your life style= young or old – career or special occasion. Read more>>

Justin Smith

I found a passion for photography when I was a young child. My grandmother gave me her film camera as a present because I was fascinated with the photos she had all over her house. I took the camera everywhere and took pictures of everything I saw. Read more>>

Rebekah Rolland

Both my parents were from musical families and I grew surrounded on all sides by it. My introduction to folk and roots music came pretty early on–my grandpa was a bluegrass festival promoter and my grandparents started taking me and my sister to bluegrass festivals when I was a toddler. Read more>>

Kayla Layton

I was first introduced to aviation by my uncle shortly after graduating high school. He is a private pilot and took me for a ride in his Experimental Cozy. I knew becoming a pilot was something I wanted to accomplish from our first flight. I started taking lessons but had to put them off because I didn’t have enough time or money at the time. Read more>>

Kevin Kittle

Ever since my youth, I’ve been fascinated by movies. The viewing experience, how they were made, the secrets behind special effects. It wasn’t until I met people in the local film community that I realized creating film and having it seen by an audience, was within the realm of possibility. Read more>>

Kristie Fonseca

I would have to say I’ve always had a love for Photography. I dabbled here and there growing up, but really starting enjoying it and exploring while serving in the Navy ’92-’05. When I got out of the military I still had the urge and was always looking for something to shoot. Read more>>

Holly Hart

From the very beginning, images have intrigued me. My passion for creation really began to blaze when I entered art college in 2009 and in 2011 I received a BFA in Photography. College life was wonderful, but real life is an entirely different game. Read more>>

Nancy Lambert

I relocated from Maine to Arizona in 2000. In 2006 I returned to college to get my Associates degree in Fashion Design. While attending school, I secured a job with Arizona Mail Order as a technical clothing designer. After 3 years the company sold. Read more>>

Leah Kiser

It is impossible to separate my artistic career from my personal life. As a wife and mother, I have had to take breaks in my career and make sacrifices to adapt to circumstances to promote the health of my family which is, and will always be, the main objective in my life. Read more>>

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