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Inspiring Stories from Glendale

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 Glendale and surrounding areas below.

Gabrielle Helms

I began my photography journey by being an Arizona model for the past 14 years. I am still a signed Ford RBA model today. I fell in love with photography as a child when my grandfather gave me his film camera. It leads me to being a model. Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with many photographers who have helped lead the way for me. This past year I decided to pursue my biggest passion outside of family, photography. Enjoying your job is very important to lead a happier life. Photography, hiking, family, and modeling are a big part of what I enjoy in my daily life. Read more>>

Jonni Khat Santschi

Made in Taiwan, I am a military BRAT of mixed heritage who ended up back in the Valley of the Sun after a decade away. My Grandparents owned The Trails End Motel (right off Route 66) in Glendale from the 50’s to the 80’s, and I am proud to follow in their footsteps of business ownership in Phoenix. I am an Educator and a Mental Health Counselor turned rogue when I figured out that fitness and nutrition were a key component to learning and health. Read more>>

Sheryl Driscoll and Jennifer Callender

In 2014, Jennifer started Crossroads Academy to serve students who were not being served by the local high school. Some didn’t get the classes they needed to graduate so were short on credits in core subjects when it was time for them to graduate. Others were either bored with the subject matter or the subject matter was too challenging and there was no one to give them the extra academic support they needed to master the content. Rather than adding these students to the drop out statistics, Jennifer opened a school to meet the specific needs of each of these young people. Read more>>

Ebone Johnson

Ebone Johnson’s background includes a myriad of things: From Translating and Interpreting for Spanish speaking Clientele to Account Exec at one of the leading local radio stations, but her heART is in ART…and thrifting! As an avid lover of thrifting and painting, she decided why not put the two together creating Modern Day Muse (formerly known as Rejected Thrifts)! Hailing from the great state of Mississippi Ebone became interested in how we can empower and encourage women to lead ferociously and unapologetically in their lives. Read more>>

David Assink

I was transferred to Phoenix in 2014. While I was in the break room, the mews was on. The traffic reporter was talking about a fatal motorcycle accident on the freeway while the helicopter circled the site. His statement was along the lines that motorcycles should be banned from the freeways because they are so dangerous. I grant you there are some dangerous riders out there, but most of the danger comes from the four-wheeled variety. I can relate a story from a state trooper, as the trooper stood with the driver of a car and in front of the car laid a body covered by a sheet. Read more>>

Gaby Olson, Andrew Olson

While working at the opera house, I pursued my career as a graphic designer and after eight years of working in the theater, I had the opportunity to move to Miami to continue my career in graphic design. I love art in any way, shape, or form! Read more>>

Jamie Munoz

I started Lady Muerta with my mom, Donna in 2008. My mom is very crafty so growing up I learned from her. We started making handmade Dia de los Muertos items for a festival at the Mesa Art Center around March 2008 after we were accepted into the festival as contributing artists. Read more>>

Joshua Holmes

As a child I’ve always had a love for food and helping make family dinners,especially for big occasions and holidays. I grew up watching food network mimicking recipes I would see on shows like chopped, good eats, and iron chef. In high school contemplated on taking a culinary arts course but decided to go into a mechanical field instead. Read more>>

Cristina Hernandez

Being plus size I was hesitant at first but I started working on costumes and learn as much as I could about the character so I could better portray them. I had my first photo shoot at Phoenix Fan Fest and absolutely loved it! Read more>>

Lance Greathouse

Greathouse Labs is where I inventor Lance Greathouse makes cool things that work. Whether it’s a fire-breathing robot, a mobile barbecue, remote control cooler or a custom wheelchair, his passion for creating is uniquely expressed through each finished product. Read more>>

Chelsea Litchfield

I started in the hair industry because I love art and the creative process and who doesn’t love getting their hair done! It was a way for me to be creative every day and work with people (which I LOVE). Early on, before I graduated from beauty school, I was drawn to mastering my craft and fell in love with learning and pushing myself through continued education. Read more>>


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