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Scottsdale’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 Scottsdale and surrounding areas below.

Adama Pfaff

We are a nonprofit no kill animal shelter in the Scottsdale area. I have always had a passion for animals. I had a very intense unstable childhood that always seem to gravitate me towards animals for comfort support and love. I grew up wanting to be a vet but series of life events didn’t leave me in that path. Read more>>

Dana Maciag

It all started as I was looking for ideas for my daughter’s 10th sleepover birthday party. Pinterest had all the cute ideas and that’s where I found the teepee party idea. I saw that there were rental companies already established in Australia and the UK, but nothing here in AZ. Read more>>

Michele Swinick

I started Helping The People, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2001 with the intention of providing affordable and accessible homes so more kids could know the incredible feeling and benefits of living in a home their parents’ owned. I wanted them to experience the stability, foundation and responsibility of home ownership. Read more>>

Thomas De Paolo

I have been in commercial real estate development since 1970. Primarily restaurant and hotel development. For the last 25 years, I have been involved in complex, controversial and dynamic project just outside Grand Canyon National Park that has involved a 7 year Environmental Impact Study. Read more>>

Gaurav Parekh

Born and brought up ten thousand miles away (in India), I ended up in Cleveland, Ohio for my Master’s. As an undergraduate with a concentration in Accounting, I thought I wanted to pursue a Finance degree, but instead was drawn to technology like a magnet. That’s when the journey to create sound technology solutions began. Read more>>

Dr. Alex Casuccio

I owned a very successful veterinary hospital in Morgantown, WV for 23 years. In 2003 I sold it to move to Arizona, thinking that I would semi-retire. Unexpectedly, I was hired by a large corporate veterinary practice to manage several of their hospitals in Arizona. Read more>>

Shana O’Connor

I grew up in New Jersey causing constant concern for my parents; not only for being extremely shy and causing typical teenager trouble (like stealing my parents car) but for my poor grades. I was happy when I got C’s but the D’s were not uncommon which resulted in me earning the lovely position at the bottom 10% of my high school class. Read more>>

Deborah Dubree

With only a high school diploma Deborah catapulted her career from answering phones as a receptionist to become the owner/CEO of a $20 million corporation. After selling the corporation Deborah founded ClearEdge, LLC. ClearEDGE FOCUS is on top performers who struggle with indecision, over-commitment, overwhelm, impatience and frustration. Read more>>

Matthew O’Brien

In late 1996, I got married, quit my Fortune 500 job of 7 years and started a company…all in the same month. My wife is either a saint or someone that sees things in the long-term vision, like our marriage. Thankfully for me, it is all of the above. Read more>>

Robert Reder

I was born and raised in New York City before becoming a permanent resident of Phoenix/Scottsdale in 2005. After completing my Juris Doctorate at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts and Master of Laws at University College London in London, England, I practiced law for ten years in Arizona with two of the largest law firms in the country before forming Blythe Grace PLLC, a firm I named after my sisters. Read more>>

Beth Zoneraich, Nathaniel Zoneraich

I grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York and both of my parents were CPA’s and they owned an accounting practice and a small travel agency. For my undergraduate education, I went to Cornell University and studied Industrial & Labor Relations. After graduating, I took a job at First Manhattan Consulting Group in New York City, a boutique financial services consulting firm that focused on bank mergers, customer profitability within financial institutions. Read more>>

Devon Rodriguez

My journey began at a very similar place you’re probably at right now. I’d always envision my body feeling and looking a particular way and I wanted to be able to train at a high level. The only problem was I couldn’t find where exactly to begin. In order to find answers, I knew I had to search and push through uncertainty. Read more>>

Maria Elizabeth Fossler

Back when I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a photographer for National Geographic. Then, I decided, maybe being a truck driver with a camera would be just as good. I ended up going to college to become an elementary school teacher, and kept photography as a hobby and creative outlet instead. Read more>>

Demi Bang

My name is Demi Bang and I am a model and a lifestyle blogger. I first started off modeling and basically, before Instagram had their carousel posts, I used to hate posting more than one photos from the same shoot. I created my blog as a way to post more photos. Read more>>


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