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Phoenix’s Most Inspiring Stories

The heart of our mission is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our communities. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some incredible artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with the incredible group below. Check out our favorite stories from across the Voyage family.

Sarah Stockwell

I moved to the Valley nineteen years ago, after growing up between New Iberia, Louisiana and Grapeview, Washington. I graduated with an Elementary Education Degree from Arizona State University, before getting married and having a daughter in 2010. During my time in college, I took various theatre and stage makeup classes, eventually getting beauty makeup, and becoming the official makeup artist for the Miss Arizona/Arizona Teen USA pageant. Over time, my little side business grew into Styled By Sarah, LLC., and I am now the official artist for five pageant systems in the western US and provide services for weddings, pageants, photo shoots, events, fitness competitions, and more all over the country and Mexico. Read more>>

Elizabeth von Isser

Multi-hyphenate. A word that up until recently I had never heard of. A word that I’ve come to embrace as my own. For most of my life I’ve had difficulty focusing on one career or area of interest…because I have SO many interests! I used to consider myself scattered and thought “I have to pick ONE” – but you know what? I don’t! I don’t have to pick one – and what a life changing paradigm shift that is. The logical side of my brain can work in harmony with the creative side of my brain instead of competing with it. Joy! Read more>>

Madeline Nichols

I’ve always been really passionate about content creation. Even as a kid I loved documenting moments in my life through photos and videos. When social media really started to gain a lot of attention, I was really excited to have a way to share my photos and videos with others. At first, I kept it very casual and just shared parts of my life and the things that I enjoyed. I not only posted photos but I also started to make YouTube videos and I even had a blog. Eventually, I decided to shift my focus to creating content based on my dogs. Read more>>

Jackson Alvey

I started designing during my freshman year of high school, creating fake branding for business I wanted to start, and learning the basics (it looked pretty rough back then). Later in highschool, I was doing show posters for local productions and my school musical, and I had started creating social media graphics for myself and to share as part of my job as Student Body Vice President. I went into school at University of Arizona in the Musical Theatre BFA program, but after lockdowns started and everything shifted online, I switched into the Communication program and started designing more to pass time. Before long, I was designing logos for friends and submitting myself for small branding projects online. Read more>>

Kenzie Holmberg

Born & raised in Steamboat Springs, CO, I found a love for the agricultural lifestyle at a young age through the help of 4-H. I did not come from an ag-family but my parents were very supportive and helped me build connections with ag-industry professionals. In middle school, I started interning with a local cowhorse trainer and over the years worked my way up to a ranch hand and eventually an assistant trainer. Read more>>

Claudia Ward

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Arizona and owner of a part-time private counseling practice: A New Way of Becoming Counseling Services. I am also a survivor of bilateral breast cancer and heart disease. Being in tune with my body and advocating for myself saved my life several times over the last two decades. As far back as I can remember, I was always involved in some sport or kept physically active. I found my passion in running at age 13 and that has fueled my soul for more than 45 years now and counting. Running has given me the mental toughness and awareness of my body to survive some life-threatening illnesses. Read more>>

Jessica Fishman

In 2007, my mom was diagnosed with cancer and my family learned that we carried the BRCA1 gene. In 2013, my mom lost her battle to cancer. And in 2020, I was diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned every 6 months. At 34, I was devastated. Especially when I thought I had done everything right. I endured 12 chemotherapy (taxol and carbo) and 8 surgeries total within the last 2 years., which includes a dog bite) While going through treatment, I realized there was a gap between clean skin care, beauty and hair care, my friend and I decided let’s start a non-profit. Read more>>

Michael and Kristina Montoya

In 2019 the Montoya family created Sparrows & Sombreros – a unique art brand based out of Tucson Arizona with an unmistakable style and a strong emphasis on Chicano, South Western and pop culture mash-ups. If you were to come across a Sparrows & Sombreros booth at one of the many art shows and markets they frequent, you’might see things like a winged javilina on a t-shirt, or a coffee mug with a wacky Kermit the frog T-rex. You may even find prints of some of your favorite Star Wars characters decked out in 90’s Chicano fashion. “Our love for film, television and the Southwest motivates us to inspire creativity through art, apparel and storytelling.” Read more>>

Evelyn Brozewicz

Evela Studio LLC came to life when I started working on a project myself to create a sustainable beauty product. When looking into marketing and the strategies used in developing a website for an eCommerce business, I fell in love with the idea of creating a personal vision and demonstrating it through web design. This business wouldn’t have come to life if I wasn’t already working in the wedding industry. As my favorite clients to work with are the Bride & Groom looking to customize their wedding day and, of course, the eco-friendly entrepreneurs. Read more>>

Ana Rincon

I grew up in Mexico City with Mafalda comic books, drawing faces and playing with cats. I came to the U.S. in 1989 and began my college life in Austin in 1994, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from UT Austin. After completing a work-abroad program in Paris, France, I moved to San Francisco where I explored administration and fundraising at the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. I studied animation, graphics, web design, and pursued professional dancing including salsa and Brazilian samba at the Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts. Read more>>

Ariel Avilez

I have been in the creative industry for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl maybe three or so my mom used to put on fake concerts for me in our living room and I would come out blazing with some prop as my mic and my aunt would make all of my cousins and brother put all their attention on me-I was always with family it didn’t matter the day we were always together. I never thought how much those little moments would mean to me now. Read more>>

Lindsey Motley

My name is Lindsey Motley. I am an almost 43-year old mom of five children and married to my best friend in Mesa, Arizona. I guess this part of my story starts when we had our last daughter in February 2020. At that time I left Corporate America to become a stay-at-home mom to our 2-year old and newborn. Working full-time since I was 16, I knew that I wanted to take advantage of finally having the chance to cultivate my passions of creating that I never seemed to have time for previously while trying to juggle a career and family. My husband fully supported my ambitions and also wanted me to find and pursue everything that set my soul on fire. Read more>>

Stephanie Cornelson

Originally from California, I moved out at 18, struggled to make ends meet working multiple jobs and put aside my dreams of being an artist. During 2020 I started sharing my art via social media and started growing a following that pushed me to start selling my work. From then till now has been life changing. Most of my work is pop culture / horror based. My artist name is cult creep because of that and slowly over the past year I’ve grown my own cult following. A lot of my friends and followers call me the cult leader, my most known work is my skeleton bleached shirts and that’s the official uniform of the cult.  Read more>>

Joe Makarski

Well, this is a good question. I have been traveling in my converted school bus around the country for several years now while meeting so many people. Which has made me realize that’s there is so many nice people in this world. From everything that is pumped into our news, one forgets. Realizing how incredibly nice people are and how much they want to help others hit me pretty hard. And I wanted be able document those people. Before I knew what I was actually doing in a grander scope, I was capturing portraits of these people. Read more>>

Tina Biebl

It really all started with my parents. I always remember being in the garden and the kitchen with my parents. They instilled the love of growing fresh produce and cooking from scratch in me. I love being able to share that passion with family, friends, and my community. I love seeing people smile when they try a piece of fruit they have never heard of or realizing how great fresh produce tastes. I also love baking and cooking from scratch. Trying new recipes and creating fabulous foods make me happy. I was watching a speaker in the valley talk about growing / acriscaping and I feel in love with the idea. Read more>>

Justin Park

On the restaurant side: I began working all aspects of the restaurant industry as young as 13; when my dad became an owner of a local coffee shop in my hometown. Since then, I’ve always had a curiosity in the industry and definitely a love for food. That curiosity eventually turned into passion when I had to find ways to fend for myself through college. Post college I wanted to go to culinary school, but my parents needed help at their restaurant. During which time I emailed and visited countless restaurants to see if anyone would pick me up for as a stagiaire. Read more>>

Chazz Straziscar

I never know how to answer questions like this. I have no idea how I got to where I am today, life just sort of happens and all of the sudden there you are, wherever you’re at in that moment. Life has me fucked up sometimes with all the curve balls it be throwing my direction. Like surprise bitch, plot twist! A smooth road is one was to word how not smooth it has been. To get to where I am at 26 years old, it’s taken going through literal hell and back to make only about not much progress at all. Music is the reason I am not dead today. Read more>>

Jon Naegle

I am a native Arizonan, I moved to Washington state in 2013. In WA, I worked for a 2 year life skills & addiction recovery program called The John Volken Academy, as their Program Director for over 4 years. Part of that position was networking in the community. I started a moving company for the program and I was responsible for getting customers. I started networking with local Realtors and doing presentation at many Brokerages monthly meetings. The energy and kindness of most these Agents really appealed to me so I decided to get into real estate. ( Even though I left my career with the academy I am still heavily involved as the VP of the board of directors. Read more>>

Mulham Halasah

When I was 18 years old, I began my career as a barber back home In Amman, Jordan. Afterwards, in 2001 my family and I moved to San Diego, which then I still continued my career as a barber in the states. Eventually we moved to Arizona which I began working in Sun City in 2005 for a barbershop for 11 years. In April of 2016 I decided I wanted my own, which allowed me to have the opportunity of buying Coggins Noggins hair salon; eventually in which adding a barbershop to service men and woman In one shop. As of today, my shop is still a huge part of my success which I will entirely be grateful for. Read more>>

Victoria Mnatsakanova

My interest in art developed when I was a little girl , I attended art school , and got my basic knowledge of it before I was a middle schooler. Back then though , as for many young girls like me, my dream was to become a fashion designer. I did not know that this dream will be transformed into photography . Fast forward when in 2012 I finished university to become a linguist and a language teacher , it was also when I first got my dslr camera, this was when my photography journey began. Read more>>

Latha Jay

Latha Jay is a spiritual manifestation coach and Ayurvedic practitioner who blends modern knowledge with traditional wisdom. She integrates what she has learned through life experiences to teach people to shift perceptions, manifest, and live happier lives. She is passionate about guiding clients through lifestyle and mindset modifications to flat out transform their lives to a new experience of happiness, freedom, and love. When not working with clients, writing, spending time with her family, or building courses, Latha spends her days learning from others, farming, and persistently maintaining a beginner’s mindset in everything. Read more>>

Abby Rey

“To own my own theater company”. In college, this was typed up on the top of my resume under my objective. I’ve done many odd jobs; substitute teaching, tennis teacher, day care worker, chocolatier, barista and sales associate. I’ve never found satisfaction or contentment in these areas. In college, I thought about majoring in nursing, secondary education and psychology until finally settling on double majoring in anthropology and theater. I know, weird combination right?
I was either going to be studying fossils in the middle of the desert or working on plays on stage or backstage. I ended up staying with theater and getting my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Arts. Read more>>

Adams Avenue

So I feel like this all kinda started back in High School. I know right? lol. But I was getting picked on a lot. Not only in high school but kinda all my life. From the kids and teachers at school to my parental figures at home, I was always getting bullied and abused..mentally and physically. But that was the norm growing up. There was a lot of yelling. Cops getting called. Me having to step up and protect my siblings when we were younger. Sh*t was always bad and scary man..And it kinda explains the way I am..but it doesn’t at the same time? I grew up in a domestic violent home..with all this rage everyday and all these bad things that occurred..I was still such a scared and quiet child. Read more>>

TK Gray

I started my journey to wellness at a point in my life when I was suffering physically and mentally. I felt at the time that I had tried every type of talk therapy, yoga, and meditation available and nothing worked for any length of time. Even through the struggles, I knew how I wanted to feel so I kept going. After more than 20 years of mastering traditional & alternative therapies, I was introduced to working with the body’s source, the parasympathetic system. I realized soon after that the strongest power we have is within ourselves, I saw a huge change in me very quickly, and TK Gray Online was born. Read more>>

Traci Black

Hi, my name is Traci Black and I serve as the Vice President of Operations at DIZPOT, a global packaging, branding and logistics company serving the highly regulated cannabis market. I have over two decades of business management experience and have a proven track record in and outside of the cannabis industry. I was recently promoted to V.P. of Operations at DIZPOT, after previously serving as the Director of Operations where in 2022, the company was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America reporting a three-year revenue growth of 319%. Read more>>

Bill & Tristan Godwin

About 7 years ago we started a kettle corn company and put together a metal fabrication shop in the process of building our own trailers. As a hobby, Tristan took up blacksmithing and made his own carbon steel skillet when he discovered that online makers of handforged skillets all had extensive waiting lists. He also made a few for friends and family. All the kettle corn events stopped when Covid hit and we started looking for something else to do. We decided to combine our passions for cooking and blacksmithing/metal work and make carbon steel Skillets. Read more>>

Alexis Roeckner Ferri

It’s hard to pick a spot where my story starts. Sometimes I think honestly it starts with horses. I’ve loved horses my entire life. I didn’t grow up on a ranch and never got to ride them or really be around them unless my family and I went horseback riding which is always what I chose to do when I got to pick. But from the time I was a little girl I always pictured a life with them. I made up stories in my head of the type of horses I would have: their names, their personalities, how they looked. I hoped someday the make believe horses in my head would be real. Read more>>

Shakala Atkinson

Hello, My name is Shakala Atkinson owner and founder of Remarkable braids. My passion for braids started when I was 7 years old. I must say it runs in my family. Braiding started from my mom then to my big sister and down to me where I plan to continue to pass down the God given talent to my children. The love and passion I have for hair can not be explained. I eat, breathe & sleep hair. It’s apart of me. It’s a big part of my life. I started doing braids as a full time job in 2013. I started doing a few clients at first, and once I made an instagram account, I started getting more and more known. Remarkable Braids, what a name! Read more>>

Stephanie Johnson

In 2019 I had a defining moment in my professional career. After working for a Health Care Company in the position of a Healthcare Compliance Manager, I was completely burnt out. Undervalued in my position. And my mental health was waning. I began to create various wellness products for myself, immediate family and friends. Someone suggested I start selling them, and in that, Prim n Proper Co was born. Read more>>

Jordanna Saunders

Hello! My name is Jordanna. I’m the owner & operator of a group behavioral health private practice called Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona, which has been in operation for 5 years. I am Navajo and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in a small town called Crownpoint which is located in New Mexico. I now call the Valley home. There’s no place like Arizona! I moved to Arizona to attend college and majored in Psychology. I ultimately got a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in Counseling from Arizona State University, and practice as an Independently Licensed Professional Counselor. Read more>>

Michelle Pugh

My Mother used to tell me that I was born creative because I came into the world backwards as a breech baby. One of my favorite memories with my Mom was going on adventures to the bead shop. I still have my name necklace that we made together. I would spend hours with my Grandmother who patiently taught me how to crochet and knit. Being nurtured in my childhood by creative people really fostered my love of art. The loss of my Mother to Lung Cancer, then my divorce a few years after that, was when art became more than a hobby to me. It was my therapy to cope with the pain and a way to bring joy into others lives through sharing my artwork. Read more>>

Ethan Cline

I had been working at a bronze foundry in Sedona, Az, assisting with casting large life size sculptures. At around the same time I discovered magic mushrooms and decided to take a few to work in an attempt to immortalize them by casting them in bronze. I remember casting the first one, and drilling a hole thru it so it could be strung on a necklace. I took that first piece and showed my boss who responded with- “you’re a #!%$ing genius!” Read more>>

Joe Cox

I started my YouTube channel in 2010 with just random videos. In August 2016, I refocused my channel to do vlogs about my autism diagnosis. This was inspired by the fact that I had just been accepted into a private school for young adults with autism or other cognitive impairments in Tucson called Chapel Haven West. It existed from 2008-2021, until it sadly closed down on June 30th, 2021 due to impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. My vlogs started out on a webcam on my old laptop but when I got an iPhone from my mom as a reward for getting an A in a University of Arizona course, I started vlogging on that. Initially, my channel started out as what it was like to have autism and attend Chapel Haven West.  Read more>>

Elisabeth Bergt

Picture it…the United States….2020….a pandemic is sweeping the world…people are locked up in their homes, getting on each others’ nerves, online shopping, buying all the toilet paper…and in my case, panic eating cookies. So many cookies. Resulting in weight gain for me and a diabetes diagnosis for my husband- with me not too far behind him, to be honest. True story, actually. What is a girl to do who has a sweet tooth and yet has to limit carbs? Read more>>

Jesse Valencia

I started playing and writing music as a teen. In the early 2000’s fellow Northern Arizonan Michelle Branch gave me my first songwriting lesson before she was signed, and not long after that I started my band Gorky, which has recorded and released music independently for the entirety of the twenty years since then. I’m also a writer and an actor. My first book was published in 2019 about the band the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and my first onscreen role was opposite Tom Sizemore in “Durant’s Never Closes.” In 2020 I graduated the David Lynch MFA in Screenwriting program and am focused on screenwriting and filmmaking now as I continue to record and release music both with Gorky and as a solo artist. Read more>>

Jensen Cook

Since my last interview with Voyage Phoenix a lot has happened. I’ve launched my very own personal website and started my freelance makeup business. My website is Makeupbyjensen.com and through there I take in all of my clients. Whether your looking for a makeup artist for your special wedding day, an important event, photoshoots, Halloween makeup and so much, you can book with me through there. Read more>>

Caroline Walsh

I have always been a creative person – but my love for art and ability to make it started at the peak of Covid. I was lucky enough to keep my full time job, however- I was living alone in a studio apartment at the time. Unable to socialize, I turned to art as a way to de-stress and keep busy! I have always been in love with the ocean. I grew up near the water on Long Island, and most of my free time is spent at the beach. It only made sense for me to try to make wave resin art, as it matched the rest of my home aesthetic. I made myself a sign for my front door, posted it up onto Instagram and my messages blew up with my friends and family who wanted a piece of their own. Read more>>

Phoebe Waybright

Our business was created to be a means to provide my 2 young daughter’s an avenue to afford horses. They help bake the pet treats and earn money to save for their horses. We have been doing this for 2 years now and they now each have their own horse and Prancing Pet Bakery income takes care of horse boarding, Veterinarian, Farrier and other horsey neccessities! We have developed several new treats a year and have many customers who enjoy giving the all human grade ingredients free of refined sugar, salt and preservatives to their fur babies! Read more>>

Julia Wong

Although I suffered emotional abuse for so many years I never knew what I was experiencing was abuse and torture. Sometimes I wanted to give up on life because of the pain I was experiencing. As a victim of abuse, I couldn’t figure out how to get help. I needed help, but I was afraid that people would think I was stupid or an attention seeker because that is what my abuser told me. My life probably would have ended if I stayed any longer, so I decided to move away. That alone took me four and a half years. I’m so glad I made that decision! After settling in I went out for dinner with a friend, I told her some of my stories, and she said “that’s a narcissist, you’re describing a narcissist”, I had no idea what that was or what she was talking about. Read more>>

Garrad Perry

Fell in love with Sinatra & Rat Pack music at a young age. Growing up an Italian in Jersey, that music was all around me. I went to college at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York with a dream of making it on Broadway. After years of small roles and failed auditions, I got a job on the railroad. Worked as a train conductor for 13 years, but always had the itch to perform. I was asked to come up with a Rat Pack cd for a family party which got me back into the music and into singing again. I made the decision to resign from the railroad and be The G-Man for a living. Haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Cade and Natalia Hayes

Cade grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico. His childhood experiences exploring the Chihuahuan desert and American Southwest nourished his dreams and memories of place. He studied at Texas Tech University where he received a Master’s degree in Architecture. Natalia grew up in Dallas, Texas, and studied Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin. During her studies, she seized opportunities to study in Europe and Latin America, and work in offices in Dallas and Santiago, Chile. We both moved to Tucson to work with Rick Joy (Studio Rick Joy), but at different times, so we never worked together there. Cade was one of the first people she met, and they have been a couple for over 11 years. Read more>>

Erin Holm

I was born and raised in Waterloo, IA. Where I grew up with constant adventure. When I turned 15 we moved to Arizona, where my biggest adventure would soon begin. Sadly I did not have much support first expressing my love for art and Hair. Once I finished up some Community College is when I gained the confidence and help from a family friend to your my first hairdressing academy. It was mesmerizing! The Hair industry was so clear to me and there is when I saw my future paved right before my eyes. Toni and Guy started my hair career with the upmost professionalism and the highest of educations. My love for Color grew and grew. Read more>>

Ryan René

At four years old, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up: a published author. I spent the majority of my adolescence crafting wildly imaginative short stories and lengthy tales about unicorns, shipwreck survivors, and fairy princesses. Fantasy fiction was the name of my game. But somewhere along the way, I started listening to the well-intentioned advice — or shall I say, fears — of the adults around me. I put my dream of becoming a published author on the back burner (after all, who wants to spend their entire life living as a starving artist?) and followed the tried-and-true formula for success: a steady 9-to-5 marketing career (which was more like a 9-to-10), a commendable paycheck, and good benefits. Read more>>

Roseann Hanson

I am a naturalist, artist, and explorer who leads nature-based art and adventure workshops that promote mindfulness and nurture personal growth. I have been keeping science-based nature and field notes journals for nearly 40 years, since studying journalism and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona. I have worked in the American Southwest, Mexico, and East Africa as a conservationist, naturalist, and writer. Read more>>

Amanda Swanson

I started my business after spending several years as a stay at home mother. I had done medical marketing for many years before having children and I didn’t like the way larger companies were treating patients’ like “another number.” When I made the decision to jump back into business, I dedicated myself to finding providers that I felt really cared about their patients. I feel very fortunate to have met and worked with high quality providers in our community. I’ve learned that sustaining a smaller practice in Arizona is difficult because the hospitals have taken over. My goal is to help the smaller offices survive and thrive until we see another shift in the way medicine is practiced. Read more>>

Marie Baker, FNP-C

The healthcare profession has always called to me; even as a child, I was determined to have a career in the field. In 2012, this passion for healthcare led me to medical aesthetics. I was fortunate enough to train as a Registered Nurse under a prestigious dermatologist in Arizona, where I learned how to provide injectable treatments with expertise, and gained a full understanding of dermatology and how to safely treat skin with various modalities. I also had the opportunity to collaborate with other medical professionals and provide injectables, laser resurfacing, and body contouring treatments. Read more>>

Alena Rice

I started my hair journey fresh out of high school. I am a licensed Cosmetologist. My first job was at a high end salon in Scottsdale called Rolfs. I had amazing mentors and eventually became part of the education program as an instructor. We did charity events, fashion shows and galas every year as well as features on Channel 3 News! I was exposed to motivational speakers and great leaders in the hair industry. I loved the luxury experience and quality of service we provided, not only for our clients but for the employees as well. After seven years at Rolfs I decided to move to Dallas, Texas. Read more>>

Tamicia Currie

Growing up in Phoenix as a little girl, I use to eat all of the fruit in the house. Hilariously, this would frazzle my father’s nerves because he would bring in a bag of oranges, and within minutes, they could only be found in my tiny little stomach. It was clear that I had a natural love for the earth’s produce and there was no turning back from this love, ever. I never imagined I would someday own a juice bar — and a very good one at that. I have always specialized in providing services that would change lives in my professional career. This endeavor falls into alignment with my need to enrich the lives of those around me in any way that I can. I really do care about what my customers drink. Read more>>

Nana Kwadwo

My name is Nana Kwadwo, and I come from Techiman in Ghana. Professionally I am a teacher, but now I am a startup entrepreneur. If you’ve ever heard of “Factionary” on the internet, then well, I am the creator of Factionary. It’s a pleasure having this opportunity to share my story with you guys. I’m honored! I’ve always loved to be an entrepreneur. It has been something I have always wanted to do, even if I know I’m going to fail, I’ll still do it anyway. And starting The Factionary has been the most beautiful thing I’ve done with my life. I’m really happy about that. Read more>>

Chris Amos

No Boundaries Marketing Group was founded on the basis of simplifying the marketing and advertising world for small to medium-sized businesses. Through our experience, we recognize that having a comprehensive marketing and advertising strategy, not a cookie-cutter solution, is important to the overall success of a business. Identifying and capitalizing on the attributes that make each small to medium-sized business unique helps to provide our clients with a personalized brand strategy, therefore our mission is to understand your business and develop a unique marketing strategy to achieve the desired goals. Read more>>

Kavita Bernstein

I began my career in behavioral health, on a children’s psychiatric unit. It was quite the first job to have straight out of college but it led me on a path to work in community behavioral health for about ten years, working directly with multi-stressed families whose children were struggling with trauma and other behavioral health challenges. It was through this work that I developed a love of working with and for the community. It was through this experience that I realized the importance of community and neighborhoods and began to get involved in my own neighborhood, volunteering for our neighborhood steering committee that planned neighborhood events and applied for grants to make neighborhood improvements.  Read more>>

Candy Scott

My name is Candy Scott aka TechNoirCandy, I am a multidisciplinary artist who creates & designs a sustainable line of clothing, multimedia video animations and digital content. My graphics are a sum alchemical combination work rooted in photography and other raw tangible materials in order to create digital glitch art with metaphysical & spacepunk cybernoir aesthetics that tell contemporary stories about society’s anxieties on edge of change and transcendence. Read more>>

Kendall Udofia

I have always loved doodling and writing people’s names in pretty ways but eventually came across calligraphy through social media in college (even though I had dabbled in it when I was a kid). It’s funny because I was a college athlete playing basketball which took up a lot of my time but I have always needed a creative outlet so this was mine! I can’t remember exactly how but I found a few popular calligraphy accounts on Instagram (Amanda Arneill and Becca Courtice) and I completely fell in love with it! I just listened to everything the experts I followed said and practiced over the years to grow in my style. I just love making words and letters look beautiful. Read more>>

Kristen & Roger Mansourian

We are a husband and wife team specializing in holding space for nature-inspired intimate gatherings. We do that through our retreat space in Sedona called The Elysian Retreat. Whether you want to elope in Sedona, have a micro-wedding, host a retreat, or celebrate a reunion with family and friends; we’re here to help that vision come to life. Read More>>

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