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Inspiring Stories from Katy

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston 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 Houston’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 rising stars from Katy and surrounding areas below.

Justin DeBon

After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, I saw so many ruined homes and heard so many stories of people that could really use some help and others that didn’t know where to turn to get even simple help. With my background in home building, construction and carpentry, I knew I could be useful in helping rebuild. The time was right and I quit my job, traded in my car for a cargo van, loaded up my tools and started Fix It Right and was working full time repairing homes. Read more>>

Sharita Warfield

As a young girl growing up in a single-parent household in inner-city Detroit, I always knew I wanted to become a physician, ever since the 5th grade. I always had a love for science and a fascination with the human body. So I set upon my journey and I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from Central State University, my Master’s degree from Tennessee State University, and my Doctorate of Medicine degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. I completed my residency training in Emergency Medicine at Howard University in Washington D.C. I worked in the field of Emergency Medicine for 25 years and enjoyed every moment of it. After losing my mother to complications of diabetes and then being diagnosed myself, I decided to devote my career to educating the masses on the seriousness of diabetes. Read more>>

Jennifer Prothow

Jennifer Prothow is a Houston native that moved to Wallis, Texas in 1999 when she was 14 years old. She joined the Marines and was stationed in Jacksonville, North Carolina at New River Air Base. She served five years and was deployed to Africa and Afghanistan. After leaving the military, she obtained an AAS in network security from Houston Community College and later attended Texas Tech University. Winemaking became a hobby she picked up in order to help adjust to life after the military. Making wine has been therapeutic, it helps her relax and she takes tremendous pride in perfecting the process. Jennifer began studying winemaking in 2014 but did not make her first batch until 2016. She fell in love with the process and joy that it brought her by completing a batch. She chose fruit wine because she loves the different flavors that it could bring into the wine. Blackberry wine is the staple of her winery because they grow naturally in Texas. Read more>>

Chiquanda “CJ” Alston

Chiquanda ‘CJ’ Alston, native of Kenner, LA, just outside of New Orleans, is an Accountant, owner and operator of Johnson’s Bookkeeping and Tax Services. She is also a Money Mindset Coach, who certifies other financial professionals as a Money Mindset Coach. Chiquanda has been gleaning from her father since age eight years old. Her Dad is an Architectural Engineer and he left a high paying job to go into business for himself. Although this was risky at such a young age, he loved it and believed in it just that much. “This left an indelible effect on me”, Chiquanda says. Her father taught her many things about life and business including to always do your best and to treat people right, no matter who they are! Chiquanda says, “I’ve always known that I wanted to be an Accountant. There was something about numbers, balancing to the penny that did something for me. I’ve always been an entrepreneurial spirit.” Read more>>

M’Lynn Koetting

The scale read 245 pounds, but my drive to lose weight was not that number. It was the major concern for my health. While the usual routine doctor visits I had planned was normal, setting off the alarm on the blood pressure machine was not. My blood pressure was always high, but this time it was different and dangerous. It was a clear sign that something needed to be changed for good. My relationship with food had always been me eating just for the fun of it, not for fulfillment. I ate when I was bored, and usually had mixed cravings, but I just never knew when to stop. I ate not when I felt satisfied, but when I felt stuffed. My activity level was somewhat below average in middle school and high school. Read more>>

Charkenna Whitlow

I joined the Army at 18 and my 1st duty station was El Paso, Texas. Eventually, I joined the Army National Guard which was great because it allowed me to explore other areas of interest on the civilian side. I completely cosmetology school and earned my license then attendant college for my Associates in Business Administration. I knew I wanted to open my own business but at this point, was still uncertain of exactly what I wanted to do. I always had a love of shopping and styling outfits so I began researching possible career opportunities when I stumbled upon visual merchandising. Read more>>

Alyssa Mitchell

In high school, I was in the cosmetology program for 3 1/2 years and originally, I wanted to be a hairstylist but then I had a friend who brought a bag full of makeup to class one day and she showed me how to do it. After she finished, I was so happy with the result because I had never worn makeup before and I loved how it enhanced my features. From there, I started watching YouTube videos and practicing with my mom’s makeup and that’s how my love for makeup formed. I practiced everyday until I got better and was then able to teach my friends new tips and tricks with their makeup. I am now doing what I love to do and I plan to have my own makeup studio one day and start my own cosmetic line. Read more>>

Tyisha Jenkins

Every day, I since Covid-19 has disrupted our lives, I have received a phone call or text or read a post about someone losing a loved one. My heart was aching for each person and their families as they endured these losses. It was devastating to hear about not being able to visit loved ones or having abbreviated funeral services. I could not believe we were experiencing so much loss as a city, state, country, and world. All I could do was pray for the hearts that were mourning and remind myself that God will help them through their hurt and pain just like he did my family and me when I lost my mother, my brother, and my father within a ten-year span. As I reflected on my experiences, I was afforded the opportunity to write a devotional from the award-winning Sparkle Publishing Company. Read more>>

Daniel Miranda

I have been dancing since I was 13, but I choreographed my first Quinceañera at the age of 17. I was asked by a family friend to help them. Of course, I said yes and I did it for free to learn and get the experience I needed to be a proper choreographer. Later that year I got a call asking how much I charge to choreograph Quinceañeras. That’s where it all started. I decided to take it seriously, charge a good reasonable price and make my own dance crew by the name of Classics. After creating classics, we just grew quickly in the community and as a family. Classics was established in 2014 that’s when we got a studio space where we are at today (6030 Highway 6 N, Houston, TX 77084). Read more>>

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