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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.

Chelsea Bellinger

I have always in the health and wellness world. Growing, I witnessed my dad transform people’s lives through fitness. As a dancer for nearly 20 years, my own personal health and wellness has always been extremely important to me. In college, I studied Kinesiology and Nutrition and fell in love with learning about the human body, how it worked and what we can do to help the bodywork in the most efficient and healthy way. While in college, I came down to Houston for an internship at Dynamic Sports Training. I had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best professionals in the Sports Performance industry. I was blessed to be offered a position upon graduation and I moved down to Houston. Fresh out of college, I started my position as Director of Adult Fitness at Dynamic Sports Training. Read more>>

Lily DuBose

During Hurricane Harvey, I was in the closet with my mom during a tornado warning. We were watching the news on her iPad and I saw lots of kids evacuating. I knew I had to do something and I decided to give away my toys. Fast forward to today, I have given over 5,000 toys away and am still giving. Lily’s Toy Box gives new toys away to any child going through a difficult time. I send toys all over the United States. Read more>>

Chris Trevino

My son, Andy, is one of the most substantial reasons I decided to invent the glove. He is an energetic, bright, and crazy little kid, and the thought of children his age (or any child) falling ill to COVID with so many unknowns about the virus was scary. Before Andy started school, he was never sick. When he started his kindergarten year, he seemed ill at least once every two months from all the common illnesses. Andy has a robust immune system, and just as quickly he caught a bug, he quickly recovered from the common illnesses. However, the keyword here is “common”. COVID is still somewhat unknown to us. People respond to this new virus differently. From the data I have collected, even healthy people with robust immune systems are sometimes getting the worst of it and dying. Read more>>

Zankeethia Mitchell

I grew up with my mom and my great grandmother. My grandmother helped raise me and my siblings, so when my mom would be at work. I would be in the kitchen with my grandmother learning how to cook. I mean everything from fried chicken even egg rolls. One day she saw I was catching on quick and said it was time for me to learn how to cook the “BIG STUFF”, so I was learning how to smoke turkeys and cooking duck(I’m a country girl). Cooking has been passion ever since then. Read more>>

Kimberly R. Small

As a little girl, I always enjoyed playing with dolls, dressing them in different outfits and styling their hair even to point of changing their hairstyles by cutting it. One day, I realized their hair wouldn’t grow back. Hence, we had to purchase more dolls. Because of my love and passion for hair, I rigorously pursue taking cosmetology courses in high school, being the first to ever enter the program in 10th grade as opposed to the standard of 11th grade, I knew when God showed me a favor in this area, this was definitely the road to my passion and purpose in life. Read more>>

Brad Cathcart

Let’s take a trip through the energy capital of the world: Houston, Texas. We’ve branded ourselves to outsiders as oil & gas-trading cowboys in monster trucks, but Houston has another story to tell. Home to both Johnson Space Center and the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship program, Houston is the most innovative and diverse city I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing – and it’s at that perfect intersection of world-class institutions where the PolarPanel story begins. My co-founders and I met at the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship in 2017. The program takes 35 of the top business students from the University of Houston and grants them exclusive access to commercialize university and NASA-owned intellectual property. Read more>>

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