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Inspiring Stories from Richmond

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 Richmond and surrounding areas below.

Ashley Young

My formal education led me to degrees in psychology, nursing, and family nurse practitioner. I was previously an oncology palliative care nurse at MD Anderson caring for those nearing the end of life. Throughout this career, I spent a great deal of time listening to patients’ stories of moments in life they were proud of, joyous times, hardships and oftentimes things they wish they had done differently. I never will forget the day I was sitting across from a patient with terminal lung cancer whom I had taken care of for quite some time. Read more>>

MaChelsea Thomas

I grew up in the small town of Eagle Lake, Texas, where the population was less than 4,000 people. I was a small-town girl with big dreams, however, I didn’t have any mentors or role models to look up to. I lacked the necessary guidance needed to steer me into the right direction of my desired career path. As a result, I took matters into my own hands and taught myself everything I needed to know to succeed in life. As a young child, I knew that I wanted to be a philanthropist and greatly impact my community. Read more>>

Kevin Atkinson

I was the kid that grew up chasing the garbage truck up and down the street. After my freshman year at LSU, needed a job for the summer and did not want to make minimum wage, so-called the phone number on my parents recycle bin. Three days later, I was throwing trash on the back of a garbage truck working for WCA Waste. Earned a commercial driver’s license and worked summers and holidays on the trucks until I graduated. Read more>>

Derek Potts

I founded the Potts Law firm in 2001 in Kansas City, Missouri with two clients and no staff. I had worked at two law firms prior to that to get courtroom experience. I proceeded to grow the law firm in Kansas City through handling large personal injury lawsuits on the local level. I eventually got into national litigation, and in 2013, I opened a small satellite office in Houston with one paralegal. In 2014, we made Houston our main office. Read more>>

Jennifer Dent

In 2014, as a stay at home mom whose kids were now entering junior high, I was searching for a way to rediscover myself if you will. As most parents do you get wrapped up in being mom and taxi and supporter of everyone else in the household that when my kids became teenagers, I needed a hobby… something I was passionate about. I found that start early on getting involved in a non-profit for veterans that revolves around dressing in the vintage era “Pinup” clothing and raising money as well as bringing awareness to such topics as veteran care and suicide. Read more>>

Maria Ashworth

I always loved writing as a kid and during high school. Never thought I’d make a career of it. It fell into my lap during my engagement to my second husband. My eight yo daughter didn’t want step kids coming to live with us. There was nothing on the market transitioning children from two families to one. I threw a story together in rhyme to make it more enjoyable. Read it to my daughter, and she loved it. Read more>>

Jade Dior

Styling hair and the beauty industry have always been a major part of my life. The first time I got paid to do hair I believe I was in the seventh grade, and it was in my room at my mom’s house. When i graduated high school and went to Texas Southern University, i was doing hair out of my room in campus housing to make money. I eventually moved off campus to my own apartment where I turned my dining room into a mini salon and worked from home. I honestly postponed trying to get my own salon because I was so focused on school. Read more>>

Joel Pond, Josh Howell, Jeremy Jansen

Rockland Insurance was founded in 2008 by the father/son duo Harry and Joel Pond. Joel, who has a real estate background, partnered with his father, who had over 30 years of insurance experience. Read more>>

Karena Loggins

I have been around pets my whole life. I cant think of a time where there was not a pet in my life. I really got my start when I joined the site rover.com. I had watch friends and family pets before but it was not until I joined did I really see my self having a career in pet care. I choose to start my own pet sitting business in August 2017. It has grown in little over a year. I had over 64 clients that I added to business in just 1 year. Read more>>

Sunny Paradeshi

Since childhood, I have been intrigued by creativity, and growing up in India with not many resources, I was limited in what I could do. The first computer my dad ever bought was a 98 Windows PC that my brother would not let me touch! However, I used to sneak into his room and spend time on the computer. Read more>>

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