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Trailblazers: Mesa

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 Mesa that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Chloe Kepner

My name is Chloe, and I am on a mission to help my community of young mothers with their mental health. After battling postpartum mental illness for over six months, I realized that I needed help, or I would not make it through the deep waters I was stuck in. I am on a mission to destigmatize mental illness, by talking about therapy openly and sharing my highs and lows as a young mother. I have been diagnosed with depression as well as OCD. Read more>>

Alanah Chatham

Growing up, my best friend in elementary school would draw, and she was so good at it that I wanted to learn to draw myself. I started with simple sketches, self-taught and taking art classes in school. As I got older (and better), my uncle inspired me to find my own style and encouraged me to use art to work through emotions, problems and calm my mind. I’m so grateful to my teachers at New School for the Arts and Academics in Tempe, AZ where I attended high school. Having that opportunity allowed me to grow more as an artist, introduced me to new mediums and helped me to realize my potential as an artist. Read more>>

Abby Zufelt

It all started back in my college days. I studied journalism at Arizona State University and had dreams of becoming the next BIG-TIME news anchor. I started out with an emphasis in broadcast, but soon realized it might not be for me. I can trace it back to a specific moment: I was determined to do a story on the historic Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix and was climbing up the staircase carrying a large news camera and a professional light kit. The stairs seemed endless, and I was drenched in sweat. Thankfully, my now-husband saved the day and came to help me carry all my equipment. Read more>>

Cami Covey-Doucet

I believe we all get started at birth and our journey is meant to mold and change us into being exactly what we design. I stand behind the ideology that our hearts desires are brought forward. I was raised in a conservative family with seven children where I was smack dab in the middle of five brothers and one sister. Read more>>

Keyanna Salazar

I was 16 when I really started getting into makeup. I’ve always liked it, but at 16 I fell in love with it. I love how you can boost your or someone’s confidence up, express your artistry, and just overall feel beautiful with makeup. Read more>>

Nissa Graun

I love to inspire and spread the knowledge that has finally helped me conquer more than 20 years of weight and health struggles. I was recently featured in People Magazine’s 100 pounds down issue. Read more>>

Jenny Miller

Dancing has been a passion of mine since I was able to walk. I have always known that I wanted dance to be a part of my every day life and future career. I started working as a professional dancer and a dance teacher, however, I craved more of a creative outlet. Read more>>

Lydia Johnston

My biggest creative inspiration is the collection of candid photographs from my childhood. The formal photos of my family are certainly special, but the ones that really pull at my heart strings are the photos of the everyday moments of life. Read more>>

Karissa Ray

I do not consider myself a baker. I have made pound cakes without butter, bundt cakes without sugar, and cupcakes without oil. Baking has never been easy for me, and I have even been known to mess up a box mix! Read more>>

Bonnie Landspurg

The idea for the Pop Up Photo Shop came to be this past January. I was sitting in my living room crafting to do a little photo shoot for my babies 6 month birthday. I was just setting up a little backdrop to take pictures of her with my iPhone in our front yard. Read more>>

Janice Stenglein

Life does not always turn out the way we imagine. After being an insurance agent, teacher, and graduate student, I decided to leave the workforce and be a stay-at-home mom. I expected to be out of the workforce for a total of five years. Read more>>


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