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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.

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>>

Jennica Klemann

I had never owned a business before, I had never even managed staff, so everything was new to me. Fortunately, I had some great and some not-so-great examples of ownership and leadership that I was able to draw from. Read more>>

Hannah Rettler

Up until September of 2017, my entire career was in the Public Health industry. Both my undergrad and graduate studies were focused on public health, and my career experience was in the IT side of health data. Read more>>

Arlene S. Pedersen

I believe that our businesses are an expression of our soul’s work and every day I am fueled by the opportunity to create more self-expression for so many people – it is so satisfying to see the effects of how quickly my clients can produce results within such a short time. Read more>>

Brenda Kurtz

I have lived in Sierra Vista for my entire life and fell in love with desert living. I truly wish to call no other place home. I have been writing fiction since middle school, but as a youth, I wrote a sports column for the local paper as well as developed an edition of the Cochise College literary magazine. Read more>>

S.D. Marcella Watson

I fell in love with tattoos when I got my first tattoo for my 16th birthday. I was hooked! With hard work and unwavering support from my family, friends, and community, I opened Church ink Tattoo parlor in Tucson, Arizona. Read more>>

Heidi Rentz and Zander Ault

The Cyclist’s Menu began in 2015, following many years working as guides, chefs and directors for other cycling tour companies. Zander was working as a Chef and Camp Director and Heidi a Professional Guide; neither having complete autonomy of their direction in those positions. Read more>>

Carly Quinn

Carly Quinn graduated from The Art Center Design College in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration and Fine Arts, and a minor in Graphic Design. She began working in tile in 2005 under a local Tucson Artist while in college. Read more>>

Morgyn ‘Mo’ Taith

Selling fermented cinnamon rolls at one of the little farmer’s markets near where I lived helped me out financially after I had my shoulder surgery. I splurged on a KitchenAid stand mixer because I knew I wouldn’t be able to knead the dough. Read more>>

Becki Garza

Probably, 4th-grade science class was the starting point. The teacher put up a diagram of the parts of a flower and I was hooked. A couple of years later, a school garden put me over the top. I’ve been a plant person ever since. Read more>>

 

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