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Inspiring Stories from Peoria

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 Peoria and surrounding areas below.

Malia Battilana

I am a wife, mom of three pretty amazing kids, an addict to anything sweet and a lover of the small details in life that make a big impact. I knew early on I would be surrounded by children and pursued my degree in Early Childhood Education. Read more>>

Scott Conditt, Jeremy Tremp

CineForge Media was founded two years ago by Scott Conditt and Jeremy Tremp, two valley-based filmmakers who became fast friends over sci-fi, pop culture and video games. A month after meeting one another, the dynamic duo turned out a retro arcade themed short film called Show No Mercy, featuring Karate Kid star Martin Kove, which went on to debut at Comicon and was an Official Selection at the prestigious Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. Read more>>

Anjeanette Ridner Hoer

I grew up in a photography obsessed family- both of my parents were avid photographers. I went to school in Michigan and Savannah Georgia for fine art, and still paint and illustrate, but found myself drawn back to memory recording with a camera over and over again. Really cameras have never left my side. Read more>>

Edward Smith

Edward M. Smith III was born in Trenton, New Jersey and moved to the small town of Browns Mills, New Jersey as a young boy. Ed was blessed with an incredible family and wealth of attributes. His strong family foundation, faith and unwillingness to never give up have sustained him in both his personal and professional life. Read more>>

Cassandra Petruzzella

I started this business out of pure passion for photography, and my love for people and their lives. I love the art of capturing loved ones in their own element and getting to meet new people, all while continuing to expand my horizons, and take a snapshot of a lifetime memory. Read more>>

Chad Budlong

New Foundation Church was launched in 2007 with roughly 15 regular attenders. Without a church building of its own the decision was made to set and pack up the church each week in order to hold worship services at an Avondale Elementary School. Read more>>

Brandon Mcelroy

I grew up riding dirt bikes but most importantly breaking them. So I had to learn to fix them to continue to ride! I joined the Air Force in 1999 and after my first deployment I bought my first street bike, once again I found myself fixing my own bike…. then having a garage full of my friends bikes to repair. Read more>>

David Knapp

Finding a business that is reliable, quality and stable can be a huge challenge. The main career I have followed for most of my life was with a religious non-profit in service. This life choice was at the sacrifice of a huge financial nest egg. Consequently I found my self looking for an additional source of income that I could rely on in the final years of my working life. Read more>>

Greta Paulsen

The Sun City Poms started in 1979 as a cheerleading squad for a women’s softball team, the Sun City Saints. The Saints no longer exist, but the Poms still do, having evolved from a cheerleading squad to a choreographed dance team. Read more>>

Ryan West, Clint Tallmadge

Since September 11th 2001, when the largest terrorism attack on United States soil occurred, over 7,000 people have given the ultimate sacrifice, by giving their lives, while serving our country. That’s over 7,000 men and women that will never come home to their families; that’s over 7,000 families that will never see their loved ones again. Read more>>

Richard Phillips

I obtained my commercial diver certification and began working in the industry in 1991. Growing up in Kansas I was eager to travel and was employed in the Gulf of Mexico working on offshore platforms for American Oilfield Divers in 1992, shortly after Hurricane Andrew. Read more>>

Stacy Lynch

I have been specializing in Aquatic Therapy for over 12 years. Around 5 years ago, I accepted a promising position that did not have access to a pool. I knew that I could not leave the aquatic arena, so I solely created Inertia Therapy Services. Read more>>

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