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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.

Dr. Stephanie Mahan

Chiropractic has been a part of my life before I can even remember— literally. My Mom (Traci Mahan) was under chiropractic care while she was pregnant with me, and I was adjusted by my Dad (Dr. Mick Mahan) for the first time only a few hours after being born! Needless to say, chiropractic is in my blood. Read more>>

Martha French

I worked in corporate America for over 20 years until founding my own company in 2010. My first ten years were spent helping my employers develop and expand departments to set themselves apart from their competition. I enjoyed moving from project to project and broadening my knowledge. Read more>>

Eddy Deynes

Eddy Deynes aka “SalsaEddy”, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Son of Puerto Rican parents, he grew up in the cultural melting pot of the New York City, Eddy was introduced to all kinds of music at an early age. Being a young, active man, he was especially attracted to danceable styles such as Rap, Hip-Hop, Disco, Dance, House, Techno, Reggae, Dance Hall, R&B, and Soul which he still enjoys today. Read more>>

Alisa Allen

The journey to own my own school has been a long one. I started in this industry over 24 years ago. I was working a minimum wage job doing nothing with my life. I was approached by my aunt who owned her own school. She offered to pay for my classes to get licensed to become an instructor. Read more>>

Vena Ashley

I am a native Houstonian and graduated from Sam Houston State in 2006, with a BFA, double major, in Advertising Graphic Design and Photography. After college, I worked as a graphic designer until October of 2013. Then decided to finally take the first step at being an artist and showed at my first Art Crawl at the Atelier Jacquinet November of 2013, and I have been showing and producing art ever since. Read more>>

Vickie Barrow

I have loved pigs & monkeys since I was born. So when I heard about House Pigs, I had to have one. My husband said NO and told me that I have had too many different animals since we had been married (all my life I had pets, his life NONE). So I did the sensible thing, and me & his best friend went & bought a baby one. Read more>>

Moriah Hollander

I started with Hope For Youth after graduating, getting married and moving to Houston, this was an answer to prayer as I’ve always wanted to work for a non-profit ministry especially one that helps youth. I am currently the Donor and Volunteer Relations Manager at HFY. I manage all fundraising efforts and volunteer training and recruiting for the organization. Read more>>

Michael Welfel

We’re a Houston based company founded in 2004 with a focus on providing personalized care to our Senior and Disabled community. Our mission is to assist family members and loved ones by allowing them to remain safely and comfortably at home. Read more>>

Maris Salmins

Maris has a phenomenal and unique manner of reflecting the color and light in nature. He belonged to Zemudene, a group of young artists in the 1970’s who were trained on a regular basis for five years by well-known Latvian artist Biruta Delle. Delle and Zemudene were written about in detail in “Art of the Baltics: The Struggle for Freedom of Artistic Expression Under the Soviets, 1945-1991” by Alla Rosenfeld, Norton Townshend Dodge. Read more>>

Dr. Aaron Schneider

Revive Rx is a cash only pharmacy. Meaning there is no insurance or third party payors. I’ve been in pharmacy for a total of 14 years and having seen the rise in insurance premiums, and copays I knew there was a demand for a cash pay pharmacy. When we created Revive Rx, we thought where can we make the most impact, and the fastest? Read more>>

Margaret Black

Margaret Hood Black & Associates is a private mental health & substance abuse group practice. For over 20 years, we have been actively involved in serving the needs of children, adolescents, adults, families and marriages. I originally began my practice out in the Sugar Land area. Read more>>

Kyle Henderson

In 2005, I was working full time as a professional freefall videographer (skydiving) in Chicago, but discovered the weekdays had a lot of downtime. I started to work on a couple of websites as a pet project, and word started to get around, so I made a couple of websites for family and acquaintances. Read more>>

Ellen Delap

I was a teacher, with a Master’s Degree, teaching kindergarten for many years. I read an article in the Houston Chronicle about the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO). I said, that is me and that’s my next step! I love to teach, I love to organize, I love to work with people, and I love to make a difference every day in motivating and affirming others. Read more>>

 Tom Schwenk

Tom first came to Texas by way of Houston. He knew he wanted to live in Texas, and while he enjoyed Houston he felt something was missing. He was invited to visit Galveston and immediately decided it was the place for him. A New Jersey native, he is used to living near the water and enjoying all the beach has to offer. Read more>>

Ebele Iloanya

I have always been interested in fashion. As a child I remember visiting my grandma and she would have weavers make fabrics for her, so it was natural for me to love clothes especially the feel of fabrics. However, growing up in Africa the idea of being a designer or seamstress was a big no-no, especially if you had the means to be college-educated. Read more>>

Anthony Perales

While working in the legal field I spoke to potential clients during the intake process. I often found that a person had a grievance with another party that was something an attorney would not take usually due to the amount in controversy. The best suggestion was to seek redress through Small Claims Court. Read more>>

Stephen Laney

Slaney Designs story started while I was in the midst of studying for my Interior Design degree at The University of Alabama. I’d always had a knack for and a heavy interest in creating things. My studies while there allowed me to explore how I could take these skills and make them into a career. Read more>>

Amy and Michael Vlachakis

I was associating with a large pediatric practice and reached a point of wanting to run things my own way, I outgrew the practice and my role there. I wanted something to call my own. So 5 years ago I started planning to open my own practice from scratch. I knew myself and if I bought a practice I would fall into those routines they had in place and I didn’t want to limit myself that way. Read more>>

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