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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.

Nicole Bowman

I’ve loved creating videos ever since I was a little girl! Cameras were always at the top of my Christmas list no doubt. I’ve come very far since then, now working as a full time wedding videographer (with my husband as my second videographer) and I couldn’t love it more! I have a passion for film-making and for creating something so special for my clients to cherish for years to come. Read more>>

Lora Schelle

Originally from Ohio, I graduated from Ohio State University in 2004 and moved to Arizona after graduation in order to join my family and get out of the snow and ice. I worked in private practice and for corporate for a few years, then purchased a clinic with a colleague. I was co-owner for 5 years, then due to different visions, left to join private practice again. Read more>>

Debbie Allen

Debbie grew up learning how to run businesses from the young age of 19 when she invested in her family’s car rental and mini-storage business. By the age of 30 she sold her shares in the family business and purchased her first women’s retail clothing store. As she grew her retail business she had to overcome just about every business challenge along the way. Read more>>

Kyle Wheelock

I first started in the design and art world very early in life. My Parents always told me art was in my blood. Since i can remember I was always drawing something, my room covered with colored pencils and legos. My favorite thing to do as a child, was to create something out of anything I can find. Read more>>

Swanny Simms

As a child I was raised in foster care and my foster parents were not able to do my hair so I started to show interest and practice on mine and my sisters hair when I got into high school I was able to take a cosmetology class for extra credit and I ended up falling in love with doing here altogether I decided that when I was old enough to get my own salon I would and I did. Read more>>

Barby Ingle

It was Thanksgiving 2006, and our family gathered at my father’s house for dinner. Each year at dinner we discuss what we are thankful for and decide on a family project that we want to accomplish the following year. This dinner was different; the biggest project was proposed and taken on by the Ingle’s. Read more>>

Tara Gamel

I moved out to the boon docks of Queen Creek to raise my kids and ended up finding my love for art again. I was connected with a couple who had a home studio and made a very decent living selling their art. I began to learn from them and soon I was selling my own art through a publishing company based in New York. Read more>>

Ron Poncin

Starting my walk thru life, raised on a grain and livestock farm in northern Iowa. Attended the same school K-12. Tech school for diesel mechanics. Pulled wrenches at IH for a few years. Sold veterinary pharmaceuticals for a few years Moved to Az in January of 1987. Read more>>

Amanda Duncan

As a young teen I suffered an auto immune diease that greatly impacted my life. Through years of hospitalizations and medication I saw no improvement and things only seemed to get worse. Until the day came I started learning about food and started making subtle changes to my diet. Read more>>

Emily Ruiz

After 12 years in the cosmetology industry I was approached By the Director of Paladin Sports Outreach, Blake Wilsford. He along with his board have an amazing vision for Paladin, and they were ready to hire their first full time employee to be the Programs Director for the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area as they work on branching and growing the organization nationwide. Read more>>

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