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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.

Pam Covarrubias

My love for photography began when I was 17 and I was able to purchase my own camera, though I’d always use my mom’s and try to make photos of everything around me. Then after my parents’ divorce, my mom forgot about making memories of us. Read more>>

Tyler Larsen, Wyatt Shepherd and David Hoopes

Ethos Martial Arts were founded in 2018 by Tyler, Wyatt, and David. They are a martial arts academy based on their three pillars Loyalty, Honor, and Integrity. They offer striking classes and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for children and adults in Queen Creek, AZ. Read more>>

Michael King

Swimmin’ in Smoke was founded back in 2010 by me. Before venturing into Professional Competition BBQ, I had been making my own all-purpose seasoning. I didn’t have a name for it. I first created it some time ago around 1993. I had been making my own rub to enjoy with my family and friends. Read more>>

John Phillips

In November of 1973, the Willet Hauser hired John Phillips, Sr. as their new territorial studio consultant for the Pittsburgh area. John quickly learned the business and very successfully represented the studio in the western Pennsylvania region. For John, it was a family affair, as he often took his young son along and taught him about stained glass. Read more>>

Amber Neubauer

I started to contract as a Speech Language Pathologist after graduating with my Master’s degree in 2005. Through my work as a contractor, I realized that I was capable of also providing the support that the agencies I contracted with and I reached out to a friend who I went to school with and together we decided to form Essential Therapy Solutions in 2007 with the vision of providing occupational, physical and speech therapies. Read more>>

Nick Klein

I was just looking for a natural pelletizer for my bio fuels project and decided to use rabbit manure. The five rabbits turned into 50 in less than 8 months, 50 turned into 1600 after my first year. I started selling rabbits and cages after that, focusing on the prepper and homesteaders target audiences. Read more>>

Joshua Watts

I once met man who at 70 years old would go to the doctors only to be given a literal prescription for more disc golf, and now I am becoming that man. Here’s how: After losing my position as a municipal employee for the Town of Gilbert 7 years ago due mental and physical health problems, I decided on a new path. Read more>>

Shannon Gillette

Shannon leads the Gillette Group AZ at Launch Real Estate. She is hardworking, dedicated and a great listener. She is always available to help her clients and prides herself in her prompt response time. Her approachable demeanor makes everyone feel comfortable. Read more>>

Erika Greene

I bought my first camera in 2012. I wanted to start documenting trips, events, and other important moments in my life. I started photographing family members and friends for fun in order to practice and learn. Little by little, people started asking me to take their senior photos, family portraits, newborn photos, etc. Read more>>

Heather Irwin

Having cared for animals my whole life I have learned that unconditional love is all they desire. This has taken me down a path of bringing the world of animals and humans together. I believe memories are built from our perspective of the world and there is something special about the bond that is present between a person and an animal. Read more>>

Sarah Embree

I found my love for photography when I was 18 years old. My best friend had just had a baby and she felt really self conscious. I wanted her to know she was still beautiful (if not more) so I took her point and shoot camera and did my first ever “photo shoot”. Read more>>

Dafni Milan

I grew up with both my parents as collaborative artists, and have been surrounded by art my whole life. Through homeschooling, I was able to finish high school early so I’ve been painting professionally for the past few years. I found my voice while attending my parents art school, the Milan Art Institute. Read more>>

Miranda Gamel

I’ve always been interested in art, hungry to learn anything that I could. When I was younger, I was mentored by my father, a graphic design artist. He taught me how to use Adobe photoshop and illustrator, which now helps me map out the masterpieces I create today. Read more>>

Alana Christine Fulton

I was born and raised in Florida where I graduated from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2005. I was a nail technician specializing in custom artwork. I loved it but it wasn’t fulfilling enough for me. I moved to Arizona in 2006 with my husband and our 3 kids to pursue real estate. Read more>>

John and Elli Milan

My husband and I met when I was 12 years old. We started dating when I was 17 and when I graduated from high school, we moved from Hawaii, where we grew up, to Georgia. We attended Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated from University of Georgia. Read more>>


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