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Inspiring Stories from Outside the 610

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 outside the 610 below.

Miriam Amaya

I started learning the Art of Belly Dance in 2003 in El Pasó TX while working towards my B.A. in Business Administration. I fell in love with balancing swords and candle trays on head while dancing to high energy fast paced music. I first learned Tahitian then Belly Dance and Samba and Indian Traditional Dance followed. Read more>>

Iara Watney Pires

I am first and far most a lover of beauty. With a background in fashion when I owned boutiques in Brazil and in Minesota, my passion was to make women look as beautiful as they could be. When I am photographing women I portray a beauty they perhaps do not see. Read more>>

Kirk Michaelis

Kirk Michaelis was born and raised on Galveston Island by a family of self-made, successful entrepreneurs. He graduated from Texas State where he majored in business, minored in marketing, and met his wife, Tammy. Read more>>

Terence Narcisse

In January of 2008. a childhood friend passed away from injuries in a head on car accident. During the funeral service, the preacher challenged us to live a life of purpose and begin thinking about our legacies. That message stuck with me and I became inspired to take action. Read more>>

Christina Wells

My name is Christina Wells and I am a Registered Nurse. During Hurricane Harvey I worked in a hospital command center to help isolated hospitals and facilities get access to services during the flooding. I lived at the hospital from Friday to Thursday. When I went home I was so proud of the city of Houston and how we came together as a community. Read more>>

Sharon Meaden

Our company began as a business to employ young people with disabilities who wanted to work after graduating from high school. Our son, Mark, has many vocational skills and needed a special place to work. The idea of an awards business came to me after noticing a long- neglected box of old trophies lodged in the garage. Read more>>

George Hayden, Lois Hayden

Married in 1973 Boston mass, stationed in North Carolina we sold motorcycles in our front yard left the marine corps in 1974. A poor east coast economy sent us to South Louisiana where i took am job working off shore and we invested in rental properties. Read more>>

Cathy Dorchuck

Five years ago, I began my journey training people and their dogs to be service dogs. I was working for a big name box store and training dogs behind a big glass wall. I discovered that there wasn’t anyone training service dogs for children in the Houston area. Read more>>

Sylvia Dionne Bolden

I am a jewelry designer. I handcraft fabulous jewelry for men, women and children. My business developed from my career as a registered occupational therapist (OTR). I have been an OTR for 10.5yrs. I worked in oncology for 3yr of those years. Read more>>

April McCarty

Who is Aqua April? My story is a simple one. I was born and raised on Long Island, NY. My backyard was on the water—the canals and river of Idle Hour, the Great South Bay, and of course, the Atlantic Ocean. I spent my summers from Memorial Day to Labor Day on the beach with my entire family. Read more>>

Gregory Gomez-Mira

Gregory Gomez-Mira is the Owner and Operator of Space City Senior Care, LLC d/b/a Home Instead Senior Care. In this capacity he is responsible for ensuring that the company maintains and follows its primary mission which is to provide quality, affordable non-medical​​ ​companionship and in-home care services to seniors which allows them to remain living independently in their own homes for a longer period of time. Read more>>

Koma Salazar

This rising talent discovered his love for music at the age of 14 with his first project as a mobile DJ, mainly playing in high school and college/universities, private parties. At the age of 17, he launched himself as a professional DJ in one of the best night clubs in Mexico City performing the genre DEEP HOUSE. Read more>>

Sarah Lewis

I’m a graduate of the Massage Therapy Program at San Jacinto College. Serving the people in my community is something that I have always been passionate about, and for a long time I worked as a paralegal at a family law firm. During that time, it was only my close friends and immediate family members who would ask me for massages, and I was more than happy to lend a hand (or two!) whenever I had spare time. Read more>>

Michelle Mantor

From as far back as I can remember, I’ve had an innate love and empathy for animals but it took many years before my life’s path would find a way to incorporate that love into my career. I pursued an MBA and corporate career in Human Resources and Business Management but after 20 years in the business world, I was unfulfilled and restless. Read more>>

Trenton Bell, Victoria Garcia

I was asked by teachers who were struggling to find a DJ in time for their 8th grade dance if I knew anyone. I wanted to help the school out by offering my assistance by attempting to DJ. At this time, I did not have any equipment nor did I have any experience but with the help of Victoria, we both agreed to get what we needed to make it happen. Read more>>

O’Rhonde’ Chapman

O’Rhonde’ Chapman is a multi magazine published,fashion designer,stylist,fashion expert and entrepreneur, residing in Houston Texas.His journey in fashion started at a very young age. He created his brand “Liberated by O’Rhonde”, which its mission is to promote the freedom of being confined by empowering men and women globally to break free from the confinements of life through his platform of fashion. Read more>>

Kristi Keen

I got pregnant with my first child while I was in final semester of graduate school at the University of Houston. I was studying to be a professional flutist at that time. Upon learning about my pregnancy, I became interested in all things birth. My goal was to have a natural childbirth. Read more>>

James and Melissa Bowden

As a child I grew up with Saturday Morning Cartoons, Blockbuster Movies, and Comic Books. I developed an extensive catalog of knowledge and nowhere to use it. Jump forward to 1997. I was working a part-time valet job at the Briar Club near River Oaks. An attractive young lady walked up in an elaborate pink dress. Read more>>

Marie Casamayor-Harvey

I am an artist based in Houston, Texas. I was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba to a Cuban father and a Colombian mother. I left Cuba at the age of 6 months and moved to Colombia, South America. I moved to the United States at the age of 12. I earned a B. A. from the University of Houston with a major in Art History and minors in Studio Arts and Architecture. Read more>>

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