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Maricopa’s Rising Stars

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 Maricopa and surrounding areas below.

Rehanna Loncar

My first step into modeling was one I knew I’d feel “unpretty” doing. Showing flab, if you will, the imperfections of my body, the everything the dance world wanted to change. This, however, was the beginning of a new self-confidence being awoken. How empowering it was to just, be. How amazing it was not to be criticized and in fact presented with affirmations and farther opportunity for the beauty they saw me as. Read more>>

Dave Demers

The company started in Mesa and has since moved to Maricopa Arizona. Looking back, thus far have to say it’s been a fun and interesting ride. My wife is my biggest supporter behind it all and has been the rock I needed when things got really tough. We are looking forward to pushing the envelope in the future. Read more>>

Kennady Schneider

I started gymnastics when I was less than a year old. It became work–my job if you will. It was my duty so much so that it lead me to become a Divison 1 scholarship athlete at the University of Arizona by the time I was 17 years old. It dictated who I am today, and it made me compromise much of who I was in order to be a true and fierce competitor. One thing that it couldn’t take away from me was my camera. I got my first camera when I was ten years old, and I knew from that moment I was going to be an artist. Read more>>

Joshua Long

I started back in 2006 when I lived in Seattle Washington, I was much younger then and was still an advent snowboarder. My friends and I use to go to Mount Baker in Washington and ride the slopes, I would bring my camera with me from time to time and take pic landscapes and the surrounding area. After I found a new love for photography, I later attended Everett Community college and obtained a two year degree in photography and started a mild self-paced business in family portraits and weddings. Read more>>

Loren Aragon

I was always into the arts since I was young. My mother was my first art teacher and I loved to draw. I was encouraged by my grandfather to pursue a promising career in technology. Read more>>

Jaguar Terrill, Michayla Terrill

My mom and dad, Pat and Liz Terrill, started Crossfire TR in 2006 . They began with producing jackpot Team Ropings and Transporting horses all based out of northwest Colorado. Crossfire TR Flooring started 3 years ago when we were introduced to a company, through my rodeo partner Jason Warner, called Polylast Systems based out of Scottsdale. Read more>>

Priscilla Behnke, Brandi Homan

The Be Awesome Youth Coalition started at a local youth center as a campaign by a leadership group. Youth Leaders wanted to present a campaign to the community celebrating positive teens and encouraging their peers to make worthwhile choices. As the campaign moved forward the group developed into a Coalition that focused mainly on drug abuse prevention. Read more>>

Lee Feiles

I began martial arts training with the ATA in 1988, earning a Black Belt in 1990. I moved to Tucson in 1990, and received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1995. While attending school, I began teaching on campus and received my Instructor Certification in 1992. Read more>>

Kimberly Solove

Started making cakes for my family and friends when my husband noticed that I showed an interest in the art, so he decided to sign me up for the Wilton classes at a local craft store as a gift that I would take twice a week for a month until they ran out of courses for me to take. Read more>>

Brent Green

I grew up reading stories that sparked my imagination. The Lord of the Rings series, the Wrinkle in Time book, the dragon riders of Pern series, the Dune series and others took me to far off destinations and different planets. When I was seventeen, I joined the Army and was stationed in Hanau, Germany for about two years. Read more>>

Robert Garcia

My venture started about 5 years ago when I said I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. I was going to do what it takes to pursue my passion for music. With no prior education or knowledge of sound or lighting. I started running an open mic night at one of the local coffee shops that were ranked No. 2 by Phoenix New Times in 2014 for a couple of years to learn my craft. Read more>>

Andy Lockridge

In 1986, I resigned from the church I was pastoring because I felt God was calling me to go into business on my own. I knew that I wanted to be able to set my own schedule and make decent money so that I could travel and do ministry whenever I wanted. I had an idea of what I might do for work, so for two years, I tried all of my ideas and got nowhere. At the end of two years, I was deeply in debt and out of ideas. Read more>>

Haley L. Hallock, Paula K. Dieck

Haley Lee Hallock, Personal Development Coach, CCH, PSYCH-K. Haley has been facilitating and fostering individuals and couples (Couples Recovery Resources/Analysis) in areas of personal development, emotional growth and stabilized relationships as long as she can remember. Her devotion to humanity is illustrated through her unconditional love and desire to uncover the truth for each specific life she encounters. Read more>>

Alyssa Hall

I remember getting a Nikon camera for my 11th birthday and never put it down! I was always interested in being creative whether through drawing, computers, or music but my personality was very shy. I didn’t know how to communicate or express this. I figured out that I could express how I felt and who I was by being behind a camera. Read more>>

Crystal Brennan

My story begins as a child I was very creative and curious. But I also struggled with what most people know or call”night terrors” I at a young age started to experience “sleep paralysis” and very vivid dreams. I believe my parents thought that is what it was. But some of the ones, I remember seemed almost to real. Read more>>

Michael Rosenkrantz

From March 2009-August 2016, I lived in India and Nepal. In India, I was a VSO volunteer with the National Trust, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. We worked with 900 non-profit agencies working in the field of developmental disabilities throughout India. Read more>>


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