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Phoenix’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 Phoenix and surrounding areas below.

Nathan Kohlerman

I’ve suffered from pain my entire life, emotional and physical. I was used to it the majority of my life, from adolescent years to present day . At the age of 16, I remember how hard it was not feeling like I had a home or a family to depend on after my parents divorce due to absolute chaos, with physical and emotional abuse in the household. Read more>>

Gary Edmonds

I first engaged with those living in poverty during a 12-week trip to Asia in 1971. During this time, my eyes were opened to vulnerable people in ways that I had never seen before. In 1972, I was asked by the US State Department to lead a team of athletes through 8 different African countries. Read more>>

Matthew Wagner

My creative journey started out, like a lot of people, by making cringy but hilarious YouTube videos with my friends all throughout junior high and high school! During my gap year, I got my first job at In-N-Out and quickly realized how unfulfilling corporate work was for me (especially fast food). I had a creative drive that wasn’t being met. Read more>>

John ODowd

Born and raised in Arizona. Grew up in a middle class family. My mom was a paralegal and my dad worked construction before he went back to school to become a teacher. I have two older sisters and two younger sisters. Read more>>

Linga Ndambasha

I was born in Zambia, Africa and raised in Sheffield, England, where I lived for 8 years before moving to Arizona in 2007. I was always interested in music but never really pursued it. In the 7th grade, my older brother introduced me to his friend that was a rapper, and I remember thinking to myself “wow. Read more>>

Vicky Lara

I have always been a very creative person as a child from crafting, baking , and the love of flowers. Little was I aware that later on in life as an adult and through a divorce that that creativity would start to stir up inside of me once again on a whole other new found level. Read more>>

Scott Jeffers

I’ve always had a passion for deeply rooted music . I started traveler in 2000 with the concept of fusing different styles of world music. Since then traveler has produced 15 CDs and has toured throughout the u.s. Canada turkey and England. Read more>>

Alex Devereux

It seems like a life time ago now when I received my first consulting opportunity, thanks to my wife. One of her clients had a relative who owned a small tool and die shop that was on the verge of bankruptcy. At first when she asked me to help him, I thought what do I know about consulting. Read more>>

Linda Card

About a year and a half ago, my husband and I went to Santa Fe for our anniversary. While there we enjoyed the art galleries, specifically Little Bird in the Loretto building. I was moved by the art of David K John. After spending nearly an hour there, the owner commented that I ‘would be great at having a gallery’. Read more>>

Russ Anderson

I’ve always loved to write short stories and poems since I was a youth. When I reached my teenage years I became engrossed with the gang life and was sent to juvenile. Long story short, I my life was surrounded by gangs and drug activities, so my writing took a backseat to everything else. Read more>>

Cheryl Dunn

In the local photography world, I wear 2 hats. My oldest photography hat I own is my charity work volunteering my time for Best Buddies Arizona and a recent new non profit called 2Gether We Live. It all started when my sister, Jessica asked me one day in 2013, “Do you want to join a party on Saturday?” I shrug and go, “Sure. Read more>>


Renee Dee

Renee Dee is a woman who has never done the expected. Inspired by Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People which tells us to “begin with the end in mind,” each decision she has made has been to do just that. She recently launched ICONIC, an online luxury magazine that is the culmination of the journey she has been on for decades. Read more>>

Demetra Presley

Go With The Flow was created in 2017 after I watched a Facebook video about a teacher who made period packs and kept them in her classroom for her students. The video really resonated with me because I had no idea that students weren’t being provided menstrual hygiene products at school or that this was such a huge issue.  Read more>>

Pattie Freeman

I had been a massage therapist and wanted more for my clients. I looked into hypnotherapy to improve the clients’ mental ability. I then was asked to work with a high school football team as their mental skills trainer. I was to bring the boys out of a negative environment and have them leave behind the past. Read more>>


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