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Mesa’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 Mesa and surrounding areas below.

Jessica Acosta

I am a mom of boys! I have three boys of my own and a stepson. My kids have always loved wearing big shirts to bed which usually belonged to an older sibling or from my husband. Read more>>

Jennifer Hoeprich

I had worked in corporate America for ten years when I was surprised to find myself pregnant with my son in 2004. I experienced a soul awakening and chose to birth him out of the hospital with a midwife. Read more>>

Krysta Paffrath

My entrepreneurial story started when I was 16 (now 26) and finding ways to make money. I knew from that age that I was meant to do more than sit behind a desk at a 9-5 job. At the time, I had no idea what that looked like or even what I wanted to do. Read more>>

Kella Price

I had never competed in a pageant. However, the emphasis on service and making a difference in the community appealed to me. I love participating in service projects and working to make an impact for the better. Read more>>

Sarah Madain

My name is Sarah Madain and I am a single mom of two kids, a nine year old Boy and four year old girl 🙂… when I was pregnant with my youngest I was kinda desperately looking for something I could do to make ends meet. Read more>>

Laura Pahules

I started Control Alt Delete in August 2019 to help those escaping domestic violence with immediate needs. Needs like a cab ride, gas for their car, a hotel room, a moving company and storage. Read more>>

Mirella Rodriguez

When I became pregnant almost five years ago, I knew I wanted to stay home and raise my child. I had the opportunity to do so for about three years. During this time, I wanted to stay busy aside from taking care of my now 4yr old. Read more>>


Jo Franko and Sean Hayes

From the time we met, 15 years ago, he has always wanted his own business. So we began saving money about ten years ago and three years ago we opened our first business, Tipsy Cactus TapRoom & Bottle Shop in Mesa. Our regular customers who support us everyday have built such a sense of community in our TapRoom that they all feel like family to us. Read more>>

Ruth Stutzman

I think the most beautiful thing about the human race is that we are all so unique. I’ve been through a lot in my life just like many others, but the one thing that have always remained constant is my desire to model. I’ve wanted to model since I was 12 years old. I was never able to take advantage of my dream until this year. Read more>>

Royalé Michael

It all started after I graduated high school. I graduated high school out of Huntley, IL but I grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan & Detroit Michigan. After graduating, I had to move back to my hometown, Ypsilanti. Read more>>

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