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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.

Tamara Buchanan

I grew up in Chandler, AZ (I am an AZ Native) and had a curiosity for massage therapy growing up from when my grandmother would do Reflexology on my feet when I was little and on into my adult life. I married very young and had three children by the time I was 22 years old. Read more>>

Laetitia Hua

I’m Laetitia, and I am a 20-something-year-old lawyer and criminal justice advocate who loves unicorns. I currently work with community organizations and lawmakers at the legislature to improve our prison system and humanize citizens behind bars. Read more>>

Mych’Iayla Alexander

I was born and raised in Rockford, IL, moving to Brown Deer, WI in my early teenage years. I have a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish and a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling. I am a Worship Leader at my church. I have been engaging others in the worship experience for over 13 years. Read more>>

Effie-Alean Gross

About 40 years ago, I read a newspaper announcement for a newly formed writer’s group in the Des Moines, Iowa area. When I called the leader of the group, I never told her that I was a high school dropout, but I let her know that I neither had a college degree nor had been published. “I’m not in your league,” I confessed. Read more>>

Sarah Urbani

My name is Sarah, most call me Fae. I am from Michigan and have lived in Arizona for the last four years. I have been Modeling and doing makeup since I was 20 years old. I started in High school, I was in Art classes up until I graduated. I loved to draw, doodle and create. I have always been the artistic type of person. Read more>>

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