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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.

Danielle Fields

Makeup has always been a passion of mine. I have a very special relationship with my Grandma who was the owner and operator of several Merle Norman Studios in the 80’s and 90’s. I remember visiting her at the mall and was instantly hooked. At the age of two I would take a lip brush and apply red lipstick so precisely. Read more>>

Cyndy Carstens

There are many peaks and valleys to everyone’s story. Mine is complicated and simple at the same time. A love of art-making began as a sort of fluke while I was recovering from a serious illness as a young child. My parents bought me a small easel and paint as a way to occupy my time. Read more>>

Barbara Kaplan

Actually, I was born into design. My parents were antiques importers who brought me to their place of business at a very young age where I met many interior designers who became my inspiration. I always knew there was only one career choice for me. Read more>>

Cara Dumaplin

Imagine a neonatal nurse and a pediatrician becoming parents, two professionals who have built a career out of caring for babies. You might assume the transition into parenthood would be quite simple. Well, I thought the same. Read more>>

Brian Bowman

As the pastor of a rural Baptist church in Oklahoma, I would dream of what it would be like to lead a vibrant church of young people in a growing city to worship Jesus. I really believed that God had called me to plant a brand new church in a city I’d never been to, but I didn’t know where. Read more>>

Jocelyn Freeman, Aaron Freeman

Our journey was unexpected. We were working as a nurse and an engineer locally, when we started to have dozens of couples around us ask us how we were managing our finances, how we were communicating effectively, how we set goals as a couple. Read more>>

Mitra Kamali

I come from a three girl family with a liberal father and a strong mother who ruled the house. Her saying to us girls was: “The Sky is the Limit”. As a middle child I was usually self-sufficient, therefore, my mother trusted in me to stay home alone! I used my imagination to create the places she would go and painted them. Read more>>

Chris Ronzio

I built a nationwide video production company that sold over $3 million in youth sporting event videos before I was 25 years old. In 2013, I sold that business and founded an Operations Consulting firm that helps other entrepreneurs create scalable systems and processes. Read more>>

Harold Stevens

Self Taught artist starting at the age 19 years old. Started my jewelry making in Gallup,NM (1994) at B.G. Mudd,Ltd. Move to Scottsdale Arizona in 1996. Continue my jewelry skills in lapidary, lost wax casting, precious gems setting, handmade fabrication, silveramithing, gold smithing and marketing skills. Read more>>

Charity Maurer

I built my business on a tiny wooden desk in the corner of a one-bedroom apartment after marrying my love, Andy, in 2010. We purchased a 21-inch iMac on our credit card (the only credit card purchased item in my whole career!), and with a gifted Nikon camera from my dad, I started Charity Maurer Photography. Read more>>

Sarah McLeod

After earning a degree in Consumer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I kicked off my career working for Fortune 500 health insurer CIGNA Healthcare, in their voluntary benefits division. As a marketing manager in the Phoenix-based office, I worked with product and research staff members, art directors and PR managers, to develop a holistic approach to marketing certain voluntary products, which include dental, disability and other employee-paid coverage. Read more>>

Tara Schubert

I’m Tara Nicole Stylez, I’m 29 & I’ve been licensed in the beauty industry for about 3 years. I’ve always wanted a career in which I could positively affect people’s lives. With a history in the behavioral health field, I find it very useful to use my personal experience to help others behind the chair. Read more>>

Nycki Schroeder

From the beginning, I went to Red Mountain High School and was apart of their Broadcasting/videography program where I quickly realized I was very good, or had a natural eye for capturing a story in a very short time frame whether it a picture or short film. Read more>>

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