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Inspiring Stories from San Tan Valley

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 San Tan Valley and surrounding areas below.

Marco Castillo

I was a construction Superintendent for a well-known home builder in the Valley until the housing market took an unexpected turn in 2006, a lot of us were let go. I struggled to find small jobs for two years while supporting my three young daughters. Read more>>

Ashley Stivers

I started just baking personally for birthdays or company potlucks around eight years ago. I created my signature buttercream frosting recipe that people just went crazy over! I decided it wouldn’t hurt to try out starting a Facebook page and opening an online store. Read more>>

Kody Swencki

At the age of 6, my life changed forever. What started as a camping trip lead to me being taken to the hospital to be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was a shock to everyone as my family knew very little about this life-changing disease. Read more>>

Christopher Hepworth

During childhood, I was convinced that I was going to be a Paleontologist. It is probably fortunate that I am not, my drawings typically depicted dinosaurs devouring people or destroying cities. Although I eventually moved on from dinosaurs. Read more>>

Samantha Hardy

Art has always been a passion of mine since I was sixteen years old, but it wasn’t until the last couple of years when I started taking it more seriously and showing people my work aside from close friends and family. I come from an artistic family in general. Read more>>

Donna Barnett

I grew up in Kansas City, MO. Since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with art, I loved getting new crayons. “When I grew up, I was going to be an artist.” And as I got older my sketchbook became the place where I could express my feelings and journey to wherever my thoughts would take me. Read more>>

Erica Ballesteros

I have spent the last 14+ years in Recruiting & Training & Development and really got my thirst for studying the art of human dynamics, hiring sales representative for eight years straight in my early 20s. The company was rich in personal/professional development as they aimed to help people conquer their fears and overcome the battles they faced when dealing with constant rejection. Read more>>

Karina Zamora

As of today, I’ve established a business and working on its growth- it’s still in its infancy, but I’m so excited to begin this journey. I absolutely love taking authentic and real photos, and I hope that shows in my work- I can’t wait to work with others who value this type of photography as well. Read more>>

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