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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.

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>>

Yvette Andrade Chavarria

You have to be dedicated, passionate, work tirelessly and absolutely LOVE what you do in order to grow. I’m completely humbled by this God-given gift, I’m determined use my talent to bring a positive impact to those in need and remain humble through this journey. Read more>>

Dani Rossi

Believe it or not, I started out with a deep love of the theater, music, and singing! I was accepted into a school for musical theater in New York, but the funds for this adventure fell through, and so did the idea of ever doing something I loved because my first my dreams had seemingly been smashed. Read more>>

Lucas Shaw

I developed an interest in music starting at two years old when I began listening to Green Day. I have learned to play piano, guitar, and about twenty other instruments since that time. Throughout my musical journey, I have been given the opportunity to partake in life-changing experiences. Read more>>

Kristin Hodge

What I knew in my soul is that I am called to make an impact – whether it is through sports, training, events, and giving back to the families in each of these communities. I began to really shape the purpose of each of these entities and realized this really was the purpose I was created for. Read more>>

Eric J Chapman

Painting is still something that brings me joy every time I pick up a brush. I have been fortunate enough to sell to private collectors throughout the US and abroad. I have participated in some group shows at the Springville Art Museum and there are a couple of businesses around the valley that have my work in their offices. Read more>>

Chavon Green

I am a certified mindset coach and hypnotherapist. From just a young age, I guess you can say that I have been obsessed with change! When I felt a certain way that caused any disruption in how I felt physically or emotionally I wanted to know what transpired and how I could change the feeling that I did not want to feel. Read more>>

Thomas Brooks and Mike Kurtz

Thomas Brooks – 13yrs experience in Healthcare operations business management. Mike Kurtz – 8yrs in the Marines – 14yrs Automotive experienceThomas and Mike first met at a park event in our neighborhood. We quickly became friends, and after two years of friendship, we decided it was time to  use our experience/knowledge to open a trustworthy automotive repair shop. Our goal was to offer excellent customer service and detailed knowledge to all our customers. Our shop today is clean, professional, and honest which has helped build our business. Read more>>

Kylee Guilliam

For me, photography just started out as a class I could pass easily in high school, but once I got into creating the photos, I fell in love with it. I started taking photos of everything around me because I soon began to realize how amazing and beautiful the world is. Photography was an amazing outlet for my depression and anxiety because it showed me the light in the world, even when I thought I could only see the darkness. My photography didn’t really take off until my freshman year in college, which wasn’t really that long ago. Read more>>

Lauren Wyman

I am an Author! I started writing when I was ten years old and decided that I wanted to write books when I grew up. It was the stories that I had seen portrayed in movies that made me believe I could do that – be a great storyteller. I wrote throughout middle school, high school, and well after college until I finally published my first novel through Amazon and their KDP Independent Publishing program in 2016. It’s a fantasy novel, that is still available today in both Kindle and Paperback, titled Odette: A Retelling of Swan Lake, which captures a dark fairy-tale retelling of the swan lake ballet story. Read more>>


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