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Inspiring Stories from South 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 South Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Jeff Hensley

Prior to becoming a licensed professional counselor, I spent 21 years as a fighter pilot in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve and 10 years flying for United Airlines. I had a great contract with the airline, enjoyed the lifestyle, and loved getting to turn and burn in a Navy jet on the weekends. Read more>>

Dr. Cassie Reid

I began my academic journey as an economics major in West Virginia, but after taking a counseling class in college, I realized that I could not only pursue my true passion, helping people discover their true identity, that I could also get paid doing it. Read more>>

BeeBee Bartell

We started, just like everyone else, at ground zero. Through hard work, intense training, and hours upon hours of study, we are where we are today. Our goal now is to teach others true self-defense, fighting ability, martial arts, or whatever you choose to label it that actually works in real life. Read more>>

Mary Helen Leonard

I’ve been blogging for more than twelve years now. It started as a hobby, but in 2007 was lucky enough to land a job writing full-time for The Natural Beauty Workshop, a blog about making handmade natural beauty products. I loved being able to work creatively every day, and the freedom of working remotely allowed me to travel as much as I wanted. Read more>>

Matt Bull and Bo Bartlett

Our origin story has a few bottles of red wine in it, which is a detail we would like a redo on, because it makes us sound so … basic. For brand narrative purposes, could we pretend it was an undeclared bottle of Oaxacan mescal our friend Taylor smuggled in for us? Wait. Crap. Read more>>

David Williams and Elizabeth Podany

Like any good conversation, ours began over a cup of Costa Rican coffee. At the table were two groups of teachers, one from an area high school, another from an area elementary school. We talked about our experience in the classroom and our dreams for education. Read more>>

Misha Wynn

My first profession is architecture. It may seem strange but I’ve never liked being placed in a box. Anything outside of the box was right up my alley. There has always been a love for critical thinking, designing, dreaming, drawing, creating and anything arts related. Read more>>

Anne Shackelford

In sum, I have been making people beautiful since 1997. I also specialize in acrylic on canvas, colored pencil and ink drawings, leather crafting, costume design, jewelry making and bodypainting. My passion for wellness and fitness led me to yoga practice, but soon after I realized how yoga truly balances and transforms your mind, body and soul. Read more>>

Lee Edwards

Pop’s Burger Stand originated out of my/our garage man cave in May of 2014. My son’s Mason Matt & Ben envisioned a no frills (Pop’s calls it neon & fluff) old-school burger stand using only the best quality ingredients possible. Read more>>

Jamie Ermatinger Nay

I was a legal assistant for my stepmom’s criminal defense firm for about 2 years and we had investigators that handled some of our cases. One day, I went with our investigator to find a witness and hunted him down in the middle of a junkyard where he was looking for car parts with his dad. Read more>>

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