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Inspiring Stories from Central Dallas

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Central Dallas below.

Thawind Mills

I was born in Irving, Texas in 1975 and after being abandoned and becoming a ward of the court by the state I was adopted in Austin by a Foster Guardian in the 80s. Music, entertainment and construction has always been good for a hyperactive person like myself. Read more>>

Melissa France

I never thought I would own my own business. I graduated in 2008 from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Sculpture and in 2011 decided to go back and get my graduate degree in art education from Texas Woman’s University. Read more>>

Kevin W. Sloan

It is an interesting and important time to be a city planner, landscape architect and a professor of architecture. Never before in human history have cities existed at the scale of geographical regions. Their unprecedented form and colossal size are producing an unprecedented set of consequences to the environment, civilization and to the future of the planet. Read more>>

Philip Pappas, Loren Pappas

Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s in Physics, Philip Pappas hit a wall of sadness when he realized that he was doing it for monetary reasons and had never asked the Lord what HE wanted him to pursue. Deep down he had known the answer all along, but never felt worthy to pursue what his heart truly desired. Read more>>

Joshua L. Peugh

I was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I came to Dallas to attend Southern Methodist University where I received my undergraduate degree. After graduating, I moved to Seoul, South Korea to join Universal Ballet Company. Read more>>

Dominic Roddy

I honestly could never find any cute accessories. My friends and I would make our own hoop earrings to match our outfits. As my obsession grew so did my yarn collection. So much so that I started exploring other ways to use yarn. Read more>>

Nancy Coblenz

I’m currently the CEO of Rebel Role Model, LLC, a multimedia company that features successful disruptors internationally, but this was not the career I intended to grow into. My passion was extreme sports and supporting female athletes through business and legal development. Read more>>

Isaac Davies

I started painting at a young age with my two older brothers Jerod and Joshua. My whole family is creative and they have inspired me throughout the years to become the artist I am today. I have focused on murals the past 15+ years and i love to create large format works of art as often as possible. Read more>>

Jelena Petrovic

I came here to the US from Bosnia as a refugee when I was 8. After high school and many ESL classes later I never did what I was supposed to. Getting a college degree just wasn’t on my priority list. I needed to make money, and fast. Read more>>

Lauren Hasson

Five years ago, a male colleague, who was two years junior to me, I was managing his work, training him, and fixing his code left and right, pulled me aside and complained to me about how “difficult” it was for him to live on a certain salary (stating a specific number) in a very nice part of Dallas. Read more>>

Momin Irfan

I’m currently a junior at SMU studying Computer Science, Finance, and Mathematics. I’m passionate about entrepreneurship, education, and quantitative finance. I’ve spent the past few years exploring these passions by working at investment firms, running tutoring companies, opening research companies, and spending time with business and life leaders. Read more>>

Nathan Wells

I’ve been playing music in some form or another since my parents forced me into guitar in fifth grade. But my mom was a gospel singer – my early years were partially spent touring with her band to different church gigs – so I guess it was in my blood from the beginning. Read more>>

Tiffany Maxfield

To be honest, fashion and style has always been me. I’ve been seen as trendsetter as long as I can remember. When I attended skyline I finally decided to do more with it by joining the fashion cluster.I focused so much on developing my own fashion and what really I stood for in the industry. Read more>>

Micah “Bravo” Matthews

Fitness has always been my passion, but I did not believe that I could earn the life I wanted as a trainer. However, after working in engineering for five years, and with immense thankfulness since so many of my friends with engineering degrees were jobless or not working in the field, I realized how unhappy I was. Read more>>

Giovannie Cruz

Giovannie got her start as an Opera singer with a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of North Texas. Never really satisfied with the medium, she turned her eyes to doing vocal studio work in Denton, and later Dallas. Read more>>

Stephany Acosta

I was always active as a kid. I had a track & field background as well as dance. When I got started in the real world, I began working corporate jobs where I went from being active to then living more sedentary. Read more>>

Laura Hartman

I am a painter, and have always been interested in historic materials and techniques. Initially I studied material science and art history, until I was taken under the wing of Dr. Joyce Hill Stoner, Paintings Conservator at Winterthur Museum, WUDPAC program. Read more>>

Gregg Smith

It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s been almost 12 years since I first ran into Miss June. Quite honestly, while I have known all kinds of people in my life, nothing prepared me for her. And I’m pretty certain she’d never expected to meet anyone like this particular stranger when she woke up that hot, August day. Read more>>

Will Evans

I founded Deep Vellum Publishing first when I moved to Dallas in 2013 as a way of bringing the world into conversation through literature. A bookstore is a natural extension of that same philosophy, but on a local, human level. Read more>>

Carolina Herrera

Originally from Colombia, South America. Traveled to the US as an Exchange Student, and remain a student in the US for about 15 years. I worked my way through school and have a healthcare career. I am a nurse by background. Read more>>

Yazmeen Barba

So I started off at 17 when I moved from LA, I wanted to venture out into the city life more and started off by doing some club promotions and dipping my toes into the scene. After being with Zouk & Plush for sometime I decided to move along with one of the biggest promotional companies at the time, AP Rhino. Read more>>

Christine Crockett Smith

My entire life journey – from birth until today, at 53-years-old – has led me to discover what I came here to do: Encourage conscious living. “What the hell does that mean?” you might wonder. I define conscious living as choosing to use your time, talent, money, gifts and energy to make the world a better place. Read more>>

Lauren Mariel

My name is Lauren Mariel and I am the CEO/Founder of Live Love Pop popcorn — a Woman Owned, Mission Based, Healthy line of popcorn based out of Dallas, Texas. There are so many popcorn companies out there, but we have managed to pave our way into the market in a very exciting way. Read more>>

Erin White

I have felt led for many years to be involved in the adoption and foster care systems. However, I didn’t quite know what that looked like, After attending the Foster-to-Adopt classes at Buckner a few years ago, my husband and I realized that becoming a foster parents was not in cards for us. Read more>>

Elizabeth Garrison

Notre Dame School was founded in 1963 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame with only 19 students. They started with only 19 students. At that time, there were no classroom programs for students with intellectual disabilities in Dallas. Read more>>

Fernanda Capobianco

I’m Brazilian and moved to New York 8 years ago. As a vegan since childhood, I decided to open a Vegan Divas, a vegan pastry and desserts business in New York. My father died very early so I became very health conscious in my early age. Read more>>

Carrie Wheeler

My journey to yoga started as a teenager. I was diagnosed with endometriosis and celiac disease. Throughout my childhood I endured nine surgeries and several failed attempts of various hormone therapies to help manage my symptoms. Read more>>

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