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Inspiring Stories from East 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 East Dallas below.

Judy Kumar

A Cat Lady Who Loves Dogs—Meet Judy Kumar Information Security Project Manager Judy Kumar brings know-how, hardiness, humor, experience, and an upbeat nature to East Dallas race “I’m a cat person, always have been. But I’ve always had one cat that thought it was a dog – there was Isis (named for the Egyptian goddess) who liked to play fetch, and now there is Isaac who follows me everywhere. And if you ask my many friends who have dogs, I’m always game for tug of war or romping with their dogs.” “Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, or both, I think Dallas is big enough for us all to be great friends and thrive.” With a wry smile and her usual upbeat candor, that’s how Judy Kumar explains her choice in pets—and more generally, her approach to life and her motivations and passions in running for City Council, District 9. Working together so you get to enjoy people and get stuff done—sounds great to Judy. Her day job, when she’s not canvasing her district? A senior project manager in information security (think cyber-security). Read more>>

Patrick Donlin

Chuckwagon Park is an idea that is driven by neighborhood demand and changing world due to Covid 19. We have a beautiful space centrally located with outdoor dining potential. We thought to offer the community something fun and unique to do while working with local small businesses. Food is our focus now, but want to add retail and continue partnering with quality organizations. We are looking to partner with some non-profits to encourage community involvement and cohesive support of all of our local small businesses. Read more>>

Jayson Douglas

For as long as I can remember, I knew my life’s purpose was to be a servant for others. As a child, I watched as my immigrant parents navigated their own struggles with unfortunate circumstances; however, nevertheless, they persisted in being of services to others, always striving to help someone even less fortunate then themselves. I think it was the same principle, “each one, reach one,” that stuck with me. Even until this very day, I am reminded to persist despite obstacles placed within my path. I think that is why in my current role, I strive to eliminate gaps in equity for educators and organizational leaders. I got my start shortly after completing my undergraduate experience at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU). It was B-CU that provide me with a second chance and supported my growth and success as a student. I was afforded the opportunity to study under some of the finest industry-leading professionals and leave a legacy for others to follow. Read more>>

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