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Gilbert’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 Gilbert and surrounding areas below.

Daniel Bronnenberg

We are the Arizona Phoenixes, the country’s first 18 and older competitive trampoline and tumbling team. We started because of a lack of opportunity for athletes after high school to continue their athletic careers in our sport. We are also a business as we fundraise for our competition expenses by putting on clinics, competitions, and more for the younger athletes in the state. Read more>>

Cori Cook

The Endo Spirit was created due to my personal experience with a chronic medical condition. When I was 29 years old, I felt on top of the world. I had just ran my first marathon and received a large promotion at work. And then one day I woke up in excruciating pain that was not relieved until 11 years later. My diagnosis was endometriosis. A debilitating and common female pelvic condition. Although it may be described by some clinicians as worse than a cancer; it is highly misunderstood, mistreated, and gaslighted by healthcare professionals. The lack of proper medical attention and resolve combined with disease progression leaves patients isolated, often with tremendous pain that interferes with daily life and life-long internal damage. Society, healthcare, and medical research do not properly address female reproductive and pelvic issues. Nearly the same amount of women have endometriosis compared to those diagnosed with breast cancer. But endometriosis is labeled taboo to speak about. Society is uninterested in large awareness campaigns. The isolation I felt along with begging for proper treatment was infuriating. Read more>>

Ronda Lantz

I decided I wanted to be a counselor when I was 15 years old. This was when I started seeing a counselor named Ann. I only had a few sessions with Ann, but her ability to make me feel heard and understood left a long-lasting impression. I decided one day I wanted to give the same experience to others. After high school, life circumstances took me in another direction, and I worked in the medical field for about 14 years. However, I never lost sight of my original goal of being a counselor. I pursued my degree in Master of Science in Counseling at the University of Phoenix in 2012. I started my career working at a behavioral health hospital, where I was fortunate to work with a diverse group of clients and a supportive group of therapists. I have always had an entrepreneur mindset, so in 2019 I founded Aspiring Change. Read more>>

Gillean Barkyoumb

It’s been a journey! I first became interested in nutrition after seeing the movie “Super Size Me” when I was in 8th grade. I remember be shocked at how quickly and drastically his health declined in just 30 days of eating fast food. Ever since then, my goal has been to make healthy eating simple and convenient. Whether it was through sharing tips and tricks on local and national TV segments or providing services like group nutrition programs, I wanted to help take nutrition off the to-do list of millennial women. Just this year, I launched a membership that I am OBSESSED with! The idea for the membership, called the What’s for Dinner Club, came from my personal struggle as a busy working mom who wanted to have warm, healthy dinners on the table for my family but I felt overwhelmed with the preparation and planning. For just $1 per day, you can get “no recipes” recipes texted right to your phone every week with a grocery list to make dinner easier. I also include options for plant-based (dairy-free), gluten-free, and kid-friendly ideas. Read more>>

Colleen Biggs

Becoming an Entrepreneur started when I dropped out of Corporate! That’s right, after 30 years in Corporate America I decided to step out of the box, get off the wheel and choose freedom. And along with that came growth, struggles, and realizations of not only the amazing aspects of being an entrepreneur but the hard parts as well. Working in Corporate America meant I was paid for what I was worth, or the value I bring. When I left and wasn’t getting a regular paycheck did that mean I was worth nothing? For a brief moment, to me, it did. And that’s how my journey began. I knew I wanted to build an empire, a business that supported women in corporate and female entrepreneurs, Shortly before I left my job I launched Lead Up for Women in January 2019. I was excited to bring networking, platforms, and collaborations for women to be seen, be heard, and be visible. Read more>>

Jr Fetuao

My wife and I had an Instagram shop called Fashion Crush Co in which we sold women’s clothing and handmade home decor that I custom made. When we realized how much our customers loved the handmade items we made and how fast we were selling out at local boutiques we decided to start a family business strictly focused on handmade and custom-built furniture and that’s when Home Crush Designs was born. To get our business up and running my son and I would refinish old furniture we would find and sell it. Fast forward 3 years later and we have designed and built furniture, built-ins, accent walls, and our #1 seller…barn doors, for many local clients. Read more>>

Liliana Cervantes

When my sisters and I were young, my mother used to keep us inside the house with art kits of various sorts. Bracelet kits, acrylic sets, small ceramic wheels — if it was something she could afford, my mother got it for us. We were encouraged to pursue creative pastimes instead of playing in the Arizona heat. As we grew up, my sisters and I never grew out of embracing the arts, instead choosing to lean into that part of ourselves. This led me to study studio art in college and graduate with a Bachelors’s of Fine Art. Currently, I balance my day job with my work as a freelance artist. Read more>>

Megan Heywood

I knew from a very young age that I was interested in human behavior and mental health. I was raised in a family who had numerous members struggling with mental health challenges, so I found myself interested in how the brain worked. After my own experience in therapy as an adolescent I became passionate about the idea of becoming a mental health therapist myself. After graduating from high school, I went straight to ASU, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Next, I began earning my Masters in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the years directly following the completion of my undergraduate degree. So, basically, I was one of those weird people who figured out what they wanted to do young and stuck with it. I started my career as an intern and eventually a licensed clinician at a local psychiatric hospital in the valley. I then moved on to a community mental health organization and worked there until obtaining my independent license. Read more>>

Stephanie Walker

Because she longed for color, Stephanie began growing flowers in her yard and gardens as a personal challenge to see what she could get to grow in the deserts of Queen Creek, Arizona. She knew she wanted more than lantana, Texas sage and hibiscus. As a Certified Master Gardener, Stephanie soon found that by adjusting growing seasons and pushing the envelope, she could have a rainbow of color and a smorgasbord of blooms right out her back door. She was ecstatic as she cut blooms to bring inside to arrange and enjoy. As her blooms became abundant, she began creating and taking bouquets to friends and posting the arrangements on social media. One day, a friend told her she should sell her flowers and bouquets – a thought Stephanie had never considered since these were, after all, just her backyard flowers. Read more>>

Emily Mosby

I started out working in the beauty industry at 18 years old. I was a freelance artist with the brand Philosophy, and would go to mostly Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom. I quickly learned about skincare and ingredients! This was a great way to get experience, especially being a part of the huge Trend Shows at Nordstrom and doing anywhere from 10-25 facials in a day for these events! After meeting a ton of other freelancers and Account Executives in the field – I really was able to get my foot in the door and get a ton of needed experience. I then started freelancing for brands such as Buxom/Bare Minerals, Estée Lauder, and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Makeup was always my passion! Being able to color match and apply makeup on so many different types of skin textures, tones, etc, it really helped to diversify my experience and knowledge. Read more>>

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