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Trailblazers: Casa Grande

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Casa Grande that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Misty Thompson

I am now working on my second book and it is about healing from grief by looking at death from a new perspective and giving yourself permission to grieve how you need to that honors your loved ones. I have been a contributing author for 7 books that are currently published and one that will be published in December 2018. Read more>>

Denisse Orduno

Ever since I can remember I have enjoyed drawing on anything that I can get my hands on. I am a visual learner, and through art, I am better able to express myself and learn. I briefly majored in art in college but decided to go a different route after a couple of years. I have always had a strong inclination for all things art and re-discovered my passion through chalk boarding. I started by creating bulletin boards at the school where I work and eventually incorporated chalk art into my designs. The positive feedback that I received from my work encouraged me to pursue chalk boarding more seriously, by reaching out to local businesses and offering them my services. Read more>>

Phoebe Jenkins

My desire to help others started when I was a child. I would see kids around me who were overweight, or depressed and angry at the world, and I would imagine myself as an adult teaching children how unique and amazing they are and how they could take care of their body, mind and spirit. Read more>>

Chrissy Tolley

I first experienced my psychic gifts three years ago, after working with a shaman from central Mexico . I survived an extreme mental health crisis that winter and sought psychiatric and medical care, but knew the issue was also spiritual. Read more>>

Hannah Slusser

I’ve always had a camera in my hand documenting life. For every birthday growing up my request was always the same, a new digital camera or the newest flip phone that had to have a camera on it (we should totally go back to flip phones! Read more>>

Vanessa Baird

With plenty of research and evaluation of my own personal needs and necessary change needed within the hair industry, I developed a business idea that would bring kindness and nurture back to an Industry that desperately needs it. Read more>>

Danielle Fradette

I began listening to inspirational podcasts on my travels between my various teaching positions. “Are you living your very best life?” one of my podcasts asked. “Well….things are going okay. I’m content… but there’s a lot of other things I’d rather be doing.” Read more>>

Jaimie Perkunas

My passion for physical therapy developed when I was 15 years old, and I watched my grandfather recover from a stroke. It was then that I realized my passion to help people reach their greatest potential for their body. Read more>>

Kayla Lancaster

From a very young age I was always very creative and loved baking with my mom and Grandmas. I first started decorating cakes when I was 11 years old and decided that I wanted to make my own birthday cake. A year later when I was 12, I started selling cupcakes and small simple cakes. Read more>>

Katherine Standefer

I spent long hours drafting, but earned my money working random jobs– from ski instructing and teaching rock climbing to inn-sitting for B&Bs and even working as a coyote handler. Every winter, I served as the writer-in-residence in the eighth grade as part of an arts project. Read more>>

Angelica Valdez

I have always loved taking photos since I was a little girl. It was just a hobby for me. Any chance that I could capture a special moment I would. My husband invested in my first camera (a Canon Rebel T6i) and I went crazy with it. I was inspired to take my passion to the next level. Read more>>

Kayla Funk

Pinpointing where my love of photography began seems impossible. It may have been at CVS when I was picking up prints from a disposable camera in kindergarten. It may have been on the living room floor with my mom as I was watching her scrapbook with family photos from our latest vacation. Read more>>


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