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Tempe’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 Tempe and surrounding areas below.

Andrew Jones

I served in the Marine Corps from ’99-’06 and deployed to Iraq in ’03 with the 1st Marine Division. When I returned home I began down a very dark road of self-destruction that lead to extreme suicidal behavior. Read more>>

Sara Vogelsanger, Tori Randall

We became best friends because we are both into music festivals, so we decided to start a business together doing something we love. These music-filled gatherings are an outlet for people to express themselves, especially through fashion. The creative elements within the industry have influenced our lives heavily, so we started Bass Couture, a blog centered around festival related content, including music, fashion, and more. Read more>>

Stephanie Taylor

I have been involved in fitness my whole life, as far back as I can remember! I am a firm believer that movement is healing for the body. I first came across yoga as a teenager and sadly, I didn’t understand it. I had a hard time being present, being still, and practicing my breath. Read more>>

Ann Monahan

Growing up, my close friend has a brother who was diagnosed with MR, so I was exposed to individuals with developmental disabilities early on. I worked with Special Olympics, and the ARC in Michigan when I was in high school. Read more>>

Andrea Kaye Goodman

Oh boy, how much time do you have? Okay, you said “briefly” in a nutshell: Every Job I have ever had has always been in the service industry. I love helping others! My motto is “Everyday, work harder and harder on yourself… because if you become better, you can add more value to others!” Read more>>

Matt Howard

With 29 years of paint, body, and restoration experience on cars, motorcycles and everything in between Matt Howard has created an exceptional vision – Deluxe Customs. Matt and his employee’s constant attention to detail exceeds its customers expectations. Read more>>

Bird Mejia

When I was young, I heard Seal’s song Crazy, “In a world full of people, only some want to fly – isn’t that crazy?!” I knew then that I wanted to be one of those people who flies. So I worked very hard towards it. I earned an MFA in Creative Writing and an MLS in Youth Librarianship. Read more>>

Mary Ann LaRoche

As a sibling it was difficult to watch my younger brother Paul, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old, not have challenging resources for job development after he graduated from high school. Read more>>

Neal A. Lester

Dr. Neal A. Lester, Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University, founded Project Humanities in 2010. This was during the US national economic downturn when many parents and their students were steering away from humanities majors and toward STEM majors. Read more>>

Sheera Gersh

I think the spirit of the beauty industry was always instilled in me, as I am the daughter of an amazing New York hair designer (Thanks Mom). I can remember being a young kid and playing “beauty parlor” with my friends. Call it fate, it was just inevitable I would later end up in beauty school. Read more>>

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