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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.

Brittany Dial

My father was a Naval officer for 28 years and my mother was predominately a stay-at-home mother until I was in High School. I was raised in a violent home with strict religious and life expectations that made me feel like a prisoner. Read more>>

Kelly Peterman

I’ve always been interested in health, fitness, and nutrition, but have also struggled with disordered eating for a good majority of my life. I have easily taken “health” to unhealthy extremes throughout the years. Read more>>

Qietta White

I’ve always been creative growing up. Me and my mom would be up in all hours of the night making extravagant school projects, one time we made the Taj Mahal completely out of straight styrofoam and clay. Read more>>

Naketa Ross

Naketa Ross is the epitome of resilience. She founded a researched-based, trauma-informed program to assist young adults in preparing to successfully age out of foster care. Naketa moved to Arizona after studying Psychology. Read more>

Marquisha Bruce

I have always been intrigued by making hair care products that tamed my wild mane but saved money. I feel it’s important for women of color, to have access to quality hair care products without the high-end pricing. Read more>>

Aaron Dowdell

I have been cooking and baking since I was 5 years old. It was something my mom and I did together in Chicago to both bonds and prepare meals for family gatherings or cookouts. We’d get up early. Read more>>

Chris Cannon

In 2010 I discovered CrossFit with the help of a friend whom I hadn’t seen for a while. From the first class I was hooked, not because the workout was hard, which I liked, but because I didn’t have to program it and the communal aspect. Read more>>

Erica Toatley

After 25 years as a senior leader in the healthcare industry, I decided to follow my dream and passion to start my own business focused on helping young girls be the best version of themselves. In particular. Read more>>

Shokouh Hatch and Saba Shojai

We are Saba and Shokouh, sisters and founders of everlur. We were born in Isfahan, Iran. Growing up in a suppressed county where women are considered 2nd class citizens we were forced to flee the city to survive the horror of the war. Read more>>

Monica Ramirez

Growing up with my grandparents, I would be told all the stories of my grandpa and his experiences with multiple sports and Martial Arts. It was exciting. I looked at him as though he was superman. Read more>>

Karen Minear

April 2019 our Pet Sitter Annie Helms, approached me in Safeway and asked if I’d be interested in taking over her business. She had decided to retire after seven years of providing this service to the community. Read more>>

Anthony Frazer

Anthony Frazer is an American Pop Singer/ Songwriter/ Actor. Early Life & Career: Born March 5th, 1991 in Philadelphia, PA, Anthony started dancing and singing at the young age of 2. He idolized Michael Jackson and studied his every move and mannerism. Read more>>

David Pierce

I was born in Connecticut raised in Lake Forest Illinois, a graduate from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in Science in Regional Development Minored in Economics. For the past 20 years. Read more>>

Celeste Encinas

My name is Celeste Encinas. I’m a wife and a mother of a beautiful little girl. Her name is Lola, and she arrived in September of 2018. I have been a Placenta Encapsulator for two years. Read more>>

Kevin Nicholson

As I grew older the interest grew into a passion as I took a variety of shop classes. I started with ‘Young Engineers’ in middle school and ended up in ‘Advanced Woodworking’ in high school. Read more>>

Shruti Gurudanti

Televëda was created after I witnessed my grandparents struggle to find ways to socialize and stay active as they aged. I remember my grandparents being very active. They enjoyed their morning and evening walks. Read more>>

Andrea Valdez

I was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona where my parents every day encouraged my siblings and I to do what we love in life. Whether that was underwater basketball or in my case interior design. Read more>>

Kevin Povinelli

Our company started in 1890 in Buffalo New York. My great grandfather immigrated from Italy and started Povinelli Cutlery. When my father Gene Povinelli and his two brothers Larry and John where running the business. Read more>>

Arnetti Morris

I suppose it all began when my grandma, my father’s mom let me work in her candy store at the ripe old age of ten. From that point in time on, I was stung by the entrepreneurial bug. Read more>>

Kaye Manjares

My family and I have been practicing the ketogenic way of eating since May of 2018. We decided to make this lifestyle change after I did extensive research online on the best healthy diets that work. I found that the keto diet works great. Read more>>

Lorissa Kyle

My mother could tell you I have had a creative spirit Anything that would allow me to be creative, I loved it. From childhood modeling, pageants, local parades, dance class, etc., winning wasn’t really on my mind, it was the fun. Read more>>

Zach Cordell

I got into nutrition in high school when I recognized a lot of medical issues my family faced had to do with poor nutrition. It wasn’t until I started college that I realized there is such a cultural component to health. Read more>>

Mariah Riney

I’ve always wanted to own my own business, and through hard work and some great mentors, it happened for me! I studied graphic design at ASU (Give ’em hell devils), and that opened up many doors in marketing. Read more>>

Mac Perlich

ON Media, locally owned and operated was originally known as Programs for the Arts. Now over 40 years old, ON Media has expanded to be the publishing company of the programs (“playbills”) for all major performing. Read more>>

Linda Norquist – Escorcia

I always have the hear of an entrepreneur and since I was in 9th grade I started selling sandwiches, initially to generate money for Mother’s day but to my surprise people loved them! I kept getting orders daily until my mom noticed that the groceries. Read more>>

Ashley Johnson

I was an English major in college which meant everyone always liked to ask, “So you’re going to be a teacher?” While that idea made perfect sense, I knew that I needed more from my career, something that inspired me. Read more>>

Suzanne Falk

Aside from a very short-lived period when I was nine and wanted to be a veterinarian I had just decided I was going to be an artist, it’s just felt natural partly because I grew up in an art supply store and watching both my parents. Read more>>

Pamela Jayne Sassi

I am originally from Milwaukee, WI and for the last 17 years, I have worked in the restaurant business and exotic car sales. Every year I get older, I am more connected and drawn to women’s issues and deal with some of them personally. Read more>>

Mitchell and Kimberly Porter

Mitchell- I guess it all started at a young age. My stepdad owns a laser cutting and CNC machine shop. Naturally, as a young man growing up school was never first on my priority list. Read more>>

Ryan and Brittany Powell

Our family had tried multiple different meal prep companies both locally and nationally and honestly, were not impressed with the food or the macros. We have two kids that also were not big fans of the meals. Read more>>

Jasmine Brown

I like to believe I’m still writing it. But to highlight this book of mine so far. I am a black girl from Chicago, IL. Graduated High school from West Aurora High, Received my BA in Psychology from Winston-Salem State University. Read more>>

Brent Kleinman

Encanto Palmcroft is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Phoenix. The Encanto Palmcroft Historic Preservation Association (EPHPA) was created to build neighborhood relations. Read more>>

Brittany Abney

Creativity has always been a defining characteristic for me. As a kid, I would spend hours on art projects. Most were small, everyday things like sketching out my dream house floor plan, complete with a roller rink and Taco Bell. Read more>>

Monica Lavander

I picked up the guitar when I was 8 years old, it was right-handed and also my dad’s, but I held it like a left-handed guitar because it just felt right. Soon after my dad flipped the strings and it was a whole new ball game. Read more>>

Brynda Felix

It started when I was a kid and I would always be around family. They would always have an event where everyone is making food. I remember the first time I have seen my nana make tortillas. Read more>>

Perla and Jake Puga

Twelfth House is a collaboration made up of local creatives with a passion for the underground scene, founded by Interstellar Traveler & JakeWaves. The inspiration for Twelfth House came after throwing a house party. Read more>> 

Heather Hillenbrand

After experiencing several “awakenings” through spiritual work and self-growth workshops, I began my journey knowing I was going to write a book for parents. This book was to help parents understand how to talk with their children about sex. Read more>>

Nicole Mayfield

I created “You Matter Too” in November of 2017 after becoming fed up with seeing my social media timeline inundated with stories about children committing suicide because of being bullied. Read more>>

Marcella Sanders

I started working in the retail business at age 15, always shopping and spending my entire allowance in once place. I have always had a passion for fashion with the latest trends that were set apart, a unique and presented style that would spark a conversation. Read more>>

Nicole Willis

I started loving makeup as a performer and dancer from an early age. I started dancing at the age of three and continued through college and professionally as a pro cheerleader in the Arena Football League for five seasons. Read more>>

Lorraine Tallman

My daughter, Amanda, fought cancer twice. Throughout it, her spirits never waned. She kept smiling and expressing her concern and caring for the other children in the hospital. She dreamed of a special shirt. Read more>>




Elizabeth Rowley

I started my journey toward a teaching career in 2001 after graduating from high school in upstate New York. I decided to venture across the country to attend Arizona State University because it was a great school and I love Arizona. Read more>>

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