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Trailblazers: San Tan Valley

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 San Tan Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Keira Poulsen

As I have been led down this path of healing, I found myself in my own turmoil and facing my own need to heal. A few years ago, my memories of being sexually abused as a child returned. It was in this moment of pain that I began to really dig deep into my own personal healing and restoring my spiritual and emotional self. Read more>>

Marcie DeVoogd

As I looked at my life, I could not help but be so grateful for the people, and safety and the beautiful life my daughters and husband and I created. Today, I am sharing the life of a mother. Sharing that mothers are more than just moms, we are powerful women who own our lives. Mothers aren’t wearing pearl necklaces and vacuuming. Read more>>

Marlisse Perez

Growing up, I did not care much for makeup nor did I care to wear it, mainly because I was not sure how to use it correctly. I would try to apply eyeshadow and remove it almost every time because it just was not “right.” The age of social media and youtube tutorials took over and I was really into watching makeup and hair tutorials. Specifically, I watched a lot of beauty gurus, including Patrick Starr, Jeffree Star, and Sonjra Deluxe. The way they were able to apply their makeup so flawlessly and fearlessly just amazed me. So, naturally, I followed their tutorials and failed many, many times, but I never gave up! Read more>>

Erica Jenkins

My story starts like many new moms, asking myself questions, What is my identity? Can I be something more than “just a mom”? Should I even try? I was losing myself in motherhood and I needed a creative outlet, so I started a blog. Read more>>

Brandi Hansen

It all started after a long and trying career in corporate America (9 years that felt like an eternity), I quit my job to be more present at home with my husband and five children. Read more>>

Alana Yazzie

In the beginning, The Fancy Navajo started out as a hobby in 2014. I used Instagram as a creative outlet to expand my marketing skills. Every day I would challenge myself to share my outfits, recipes and basically whatever I loved that day. Read more>>

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