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Trailblazers: Phoenix

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

Heather Terveen

I’ve worked in the online digital media space for just over 8 years. I started as a freelance writer covering home and living content for a large online digital media company. Read more>>

Teryn Concagh

My life started in a rural area of Southeastern Arizona in the Chiricahua Mountains, born into a family where sustainability is the lifestyle. I learned the importance of balance at a very young age. A resident of coastal California for 10 years, I returned to Tucson, AZ to immerse myself in the healing lifestyle of the desert community. Read more>>


I gained a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of New Hampshire and worked in the fitness industry for 15 years, personal training, teaching yoga and fitness classes and writing. I also started modeling in college to fund my college degree, and have been doing it ever since. Read more>>

Victoria Mendoza

My career working in the pageant and modeling industry began when I started competing in pageants 10 years ago. I’ve held several state titles, including Miss Jr. Teen Arizona and Miss Arizona. Read more>>

Jenn Menzer

As a kid, Jenn was a more cerebral student and would constantly try to avoid gym class. However, at the age of 15, her mom took her to a group exercise class and a spark was set. Jenn began taking classes daily, and two years later at the age of 17, she began teaching group exercise part time while at college. Read more>>

Lu Monteleone-Grinnell

After the passing of her first husband, Lu started to paint just for the love of it; places she had been, people she admired, and even things that hurt. Soon she realized painting helped her cope with her loss. She felt good and discovered she could release her pain through painting. Read more>>

Marin Thomas

I’ve been an avid reader and daydreamer my entire life — I suppose I should have known I might one day become a published author. In high school, I was co-sports editor of our newspaper and wrote a weekly sports column called the Big J. Read more>>

Kathryn Lemancik

I’ve always enjoyed creating things with my hands and filled many of those hours learning to crochet granny squares, playing my piano, and making friends with my mother’s sewing machine. I’ve never been formally trained in sewing. Read more>>

Breanna Vales

My husband and I are now running that program, Red Light Rebellion, full-time. We present to over 4,000 students each year in schools, youth groups, and out in the community. God gave me a calling and I couldn’t ignore it. Now, I cannot do anything else. Read more>>

Christina Alvarado

I was a stay at home mother with a passion for cooking. I had a little spare time, so I thought to take some cake classes offered at Michaels Craft store. After the first class, I knew I would be able to accomplish the learning process on my own. Read more>>

Susan Pohlman

Sharing the creative process with others creates lasting friendships and a collegial atmosphere for writers who find themselves alone much of the time. When this group outgrew my living room, it was time to give it a name and logo! Read more>>

Debra Deasy

I’ve been a valley resident since the age of 5. I don’t remember anything other than life in the valley of the sun. For the past 21 years, I’ve dedicated myself to working in my family’s local restaurant chain doing accounting and administrative work. Read more>>

Sherrill Koopot

For my own sense of well being, I walk with a friend 4 1/2 miles, 5 days a week, starting at 5:30 AM. We discuss all the problems of the world and complain about things that annoy us, laugh about things and somethings cry about things. Read more>>

Anna McNaught

Setting my own schedule also allows me the luxury of travel to expand my horizons. I find inspiration in these experiences that I hope will become the creative drive in my work. This is just the beginning. With my motivation and determination. Read more>>

Natalie Hasson

I first started getting into makeup when I was about 15 years old. I would play around here and there with a Naked palette that my mom got me for either Christmas or my birthday. I didn’t realize I had a talent for makeup until my aunt’s wedding. Read more>>


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