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Neartown’s Rising Stars

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 Neartowns’s rising stars below.

Sarah Sagredo-Hammond

My parents, were immigrants working in the fields. My father went into the Air Force to get a degree and there he learned the Electrical & Hvac trade. When his term was done, they came back home to where they were originally born and he started working for the Electrical trade. Read more>>

Natalie Lin

I was born and raised in New Zealand, but having lived in Houston for over seven years now, I’m proud to identify Houstonian. I love living in my diverse Montrose neighbourhood and have fallen in love with all the local quirks of this city. Read more>>

Moises Sirias

I guess you can say I was always into photography, I just didn’t know it. Whatever book I was reading, whatever article, I always found myself flipping thru to locate any photos to look at. Late in to High school I Got into the car scene with a group of friends. I want to take photos of our cars and the meet ups whenever we went out so I bought a point and shoot and sorta just pushed the button to take a photo. Read more>>

Meg Lonergan

I’m from Louisiana, moved around a lot growing up with my father in the oil industry. I married my highschool sweet heart (we met going to school in Singapore) who is from New Zealand. After college in Colorado I moved to New Zealand and got a job working for a high end interior and furniture designer who really mentored me in the business. Read more>>

Robert Hilliker

I came to this profession like most people do — as a patient first. In my early adolescence, I was introduced to therapy and it transformed the entire trajectory of my life. From then on, I knew that I wanted to practice therapy as a Clinical Social Worker. Read more>>

Luz Perez

I started off as a vintage wholesale buyer for stores in the U.K. I got to travel to different place looking for vintage clothing and It was the Best job I’ve ever could wish for. Im truly grateful for that experience because it opened up a lot doors and opportunities for me that later helped me out when I decided to do it on my own and start up my own business. Read more>>

Jessie Dugan

I grew up in Houston, TX on the west side of town (I went to Stratford High School). Then I went to college at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and got my BFA in Studio Art, specifically painting and printmaking. Even though I had majored in art in college, my dream has always been to work as a fashion designer. Read more>>

Jasmine Chida

I was inspired by a trip to Italy; I fell in love with the food, culture, and history. The ingredients and passion put forth in their cuisine was inspiring. I have always loved ice cream it’s my absolute favorite dessert. My diet in Italy every day consisted of pizza, pasta, wine, and gelato. Read more>>

Debbie Mercer

I always wanted to be a runner. I used to watch people run around Memorial Park and I would think, “I wish I could make it around that three mile loop”. Then one of my friends told me about Houston Fit. I knew it was a marathon training program but I thought I would just build my endurance to three miles and then stop. Read more>>

Greg Swedberg

My family moved to Houston in ’82 (I was 4) when my grandfather was brought in to work for George Mitchell to help kick start The Woodlands. When attending Oak Forest Elementary in the 3rd grade, I figured out that I wanted to be an Architect. I won’t bore you with the watershed moment, but it is specific. Read more>>

Karissa Littlejohn

Growing up, I was a smart child. I made good grades, but I didn’t always make the wisest choices. I grew up in a small town in West Texas, but moved to New Orleans, Louisiana for my first year of high school. I experienced the culture shock of my life, and had an extremely hard time adjusting. I felt very alone as a teenager. Read more>>

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