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Inspiring Stories from West 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 West Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Priscilla Escobedo

I studied International Studies with a minor in History at Baylor University. While I was there, I worked as a student in The Texas Collection and participated in the Model Organization of American States (MOAS). These two organizations helped me find my passion for archiving and studying Mexican-American and Latin-American cultures. After graduation, I worked a few different jobs before joining the Dallas Public Libraries, where I worked as an associate in the Texas History and Archives division. I got my master in Library and Information Science while working at the Dallas Libraries, and I also became a board member of the Dallas Mexican-American Historical League. I am now the Special Collections Archivist at the University of Texas and Arlington Special Collections, and I remain a board member with DMAHL and also work with the Historians of Latino Americans (HOLA) of Tarrant County. Read more>>

Rosemary Hinojosa

I am currently retired, having had a diversity of careers, mostly nonprofit, throughout my adult life. I began as a public high school teacher in West Dallas. After ten years, I experienced teacher burnout and left the teaching profession. Thereafter, I became a realtor for approximately 15 years – the only profit career I ventured into. However, after the real estate downturn of the 1980s, I continued in real estate part-time while being forced to find a full-time job. From 1988 throughout the rest of my professional career, I felt drawn back to my love and passion – working for and giving back to the community. With this in mind, I worked for several nonprofit businesses, including Catholic Charities, Parkland Health & Hospital System, and Methodist Children’s Home, my last employer before I retired. Read more>>

Latora Grant Scott

Dr. Latora Grant Scott has over 26 years of Nursing experience. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Grambling State University in 1994. Dr. Latora found her passion in healthcare and improving the lives of others by using her healthcare knowledge to also serve in the community. While serving within local religious and social organizations, she felt called to further her educational journey by earning her Ph.D. in Public Health, specializing in Community Education and Health Promotion from Walden University in 2012. Dr. Latora believes in empowering others to reach their optimal health and emotional well-being. As an experienced international Nurse Speaker, 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified Heart Failure Nurse, Dr. Latora works virtually with clients to empower them with the skills to take ownership of the total health, mental, emotional and physical. Read more>>

Kenyatta Sterling

Playing sports is what really pushed me into fitness. I played basketball from third grade to college. So being able to sustain a certain physique drew my attention. I will never forget my first year in college at NSU, which is Northeastern State University which is in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. I gained the freshman 15. Sitting out those games made me push harder and move on with my life to bigger and better things. We had to be able to hit the court hard, lift weights, run the track and swim for cardio. All of that made me mentally and physically tough. After experiencing that I just wanted learn how to maintain my body. I never knew what God had in stored for me. I have been a personal trainer for roughly over seven years. Being able to train people and learn from this as I teach them has been such a inspiration to me. Read more>>

Ellie Skochdopole

In 2018, I had been living in Washington, DC, for four years, working in arts marketing and digital strategy for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. It was an amazing experience, but after four years of non-stop work on a national stage, I was burnt out. When my boyfriend was accepted to SMU Law School, I found myself surprisingly thrilled to join him in the move to Dallas. Right after the move, it was a tremendous relief to have time to waste. But eventually, it dawned on me that I had gone from working an “impressive” job… to completely unemployed. I began applying to jobs, thinking to continue arts marketing at a museum or gallery, but simultaneously unready to take on something that was going to overwhelm me again. Read more>>

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