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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.

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>>

Jalila Jones

My mother was often a guest radio personality and studied dance, They both had a love for the visual arts and owned a business selling African American art. They both fostered my love for drawing and painting. Read more>>

Jennifer Talbot

I was born in Kanab Utah moved to Anchorage Alaska at 12 then to Gilbert at 17. I had wanted to be a hairdresser since I was five years old and went to beauty school right after graduating from Gilbert High School in 1992. I got my license in 1993 and from there worked at many salons with none ever feeling like home. Read more>>

Devi Orlandella

My business was born from a love of children and food. I started running the lunch program at my children’s school as I found most kids, along with my own, were not eating their sack lunches, I wanted the students to feel excited about lunch time, and to promote healthy minds, bodies and productivity by providing the best one-stop shop for schools and business. Read more>>

Dick Mueller

My artistic talent was inherited from my mother, whose training came from books (which I still have) that were sent to her by the old Federal Artists Schools in Minneapolis. Although she didn’t put her talent for drawing to use, seeing her drawings made a big impression on me. Read more>>

Alex Mack, Laura Strickland

After earning music degrees s at several world-renowned music schools, we met while teaching private music lessons at a south Scottsdale studio. On a whim, Laura suggested we try out some music to see if the flute and guitar would blend. Read more>>

Luke Kayyem

My coaching and training career started at the age of 18, after high school, I briefly experimented with college quickly realizing I had grown up as an entrepreneur and wanted nothing to do with the broke world of College Life I began my health and fitness career in a large scale Globo Gym in Southern California. Read more>>

Justine Mantor-Waldie

Justine Mantor-Waldie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied printmaking under the internationally recognized artist, Vera Berdich. Applying to Graduate School at Northern Illinois University, Justine was the first and only student to be approved for her Masters exhibit on the basis of her portfolio without ever attending classes at the University. Read more>>

Jenna Transtrum, Maddie Carr

Senita Athletics was launched on December 1, 2015 by my sister Maddie Carr and I (Jenna Transtrum). After having baby boys in the spring of 2015, we were determined to get back in shape. After stopping in a few fitnesswear stores to get new items, we couldn’t accept the prices being offered to us. Read more>>

Scott Cotten, Katy Cotten

When I meet Katy back in 2006 she owned a salon and we started to talk about business since I was also a business owner. The conversation found it’s way to “Hair Extensions” and my fascination with Katy and hair extensions was born. Read more>>

Joe Pizzimenti

I grew up in a blue collar family with five older brothers and a younger sister in Detroit, where the family business was in auto supplies. For the rest of my family, it was a no-brainer to work for the family after high school, but I just knew it wasn’t my path, so I moved to Arizona sight unseen in the 1980s to attend ASU. Read more>>

 

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