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North Loop’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 North Loop’s rising stars below.

William Hill

I started coaching youth in 2001. I coach Youth Sports from 2001 to 2004 after that I went off the Trinity Bible College, I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in physical education with a biblical studies minor coaching minor upon graduating I return back home to teach PE and coach in Middle School and High School setting. I continue to play Minor League Sports after my college career where I play football basketball, I ran track. Read more>>

Kristyn Stillwell

Since I was 16, I have either worked or volunteered for non-profits. Spent a lifetime of being connected to people less fortunate. In 1999 my husband and I set out to figure out in the materialistic world we live in we wanted to see how to stay humble in such a blessed place. I stumbled across the book by Bruce Wilkerson “A Life God Rewards” In this book Bruce points out that when you serve someone who cannot serve you back then that is the life that God rewards. Read more>>

Aspen Graves

I was raised in a home that was built on community. Literally, my parents are both preachers’ kids and later my father became the pastor of his dad’s church. Regardless of what was going on with us personally, my parents had an open-door policy. They challenged us to not believe what they said “because they said so” but because we aligned with it. My siblings and I have friends who refer to our parents as their own and it’s completely normal. Read more>>

Christia May Alega

My passion for photography started by randomly taking pictures of my model-like friends. I often prefer myself behind the lens and capturing the memories instead of being in the photos. One summer trip to Colorado, my aunt brought two cameras and she lends me one to use for the whole trip there. I think that is when my desire to be a professional photographer grew. A year later, I saved up enough money and stopped by Houston Camera Exchange and bought my very first professional camera. Read more>>

Jelayne Davis

I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. As a little girl I always had melodies and poems in my head that I would fill my notebooks and voice recorder with. I wrote my first song at nine and gave it to my choir director at church, hoping we could perform it one Sunday. I even formed a girl group with my two younger cousins and we had concerts in our backyard and at family events. Even at a young age, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Read more>>

Kelly Doonan

As a sophomore at The University of Texas at Austin, I was looking for an internship and happened upon an opportunity with a prominent wedding planning firm in Austin. After a wonderful experience as a wedding planning intern, I opted for an internship with a wedding venue in Austin. Deciding that the venue side of things wasn’t my cup of tea, I opted to do another wedding planning internship during my senior year. Read more>>

Daminique Washington

My business was inspired by my love for cooking and giving back. I would always host dinner events and volunteer at hospitals to help clean and cook for the families that stayed for long periods of time with their children. I started my business by selling meal preps and family food pans to fund my Low Sodium Seasoning line I wanted to create a lane for myself by turning my hobby into a business that focuses on healthy living and philanthropy. Read more>>

Amayah Smith

I dealt with a lot of insecurity in my life and there were times when I tried to appear to be perfect when I wasn’t. I was unsure of who I was and who I needed to become, so I searched for my identity in things that could not give me fulfillment in becoming the person I should have been in my entirety. I’ve experienced a lot of depression, I’ve had anxiety and wanted to commit suicide because there was a huge void missing and I couldn’t fill it. Read more>>

Lady Ruth A. Martey

I offer entrepreneurs and organization leaders world-class business coaching, expert mentor-ship with proven global results and monthly program modules to immediately grow your business and team. As well as a Dynamic Prophetic and Empowered Speaking while Championing the Great Commission as Ordained. She is the founding president of World Arise Foundation; Humanitarian Organization with the mandate for touching the lives of underprivileged in African. Read more>>

Enlicia Byrd

I started my business as a result of being a young mother in college knowing that I needed to achieve something bigger in life for my children. As a result of being a college graduate at Prairie View A&M University looking for a job lead me to not being able to work a job in my field. I decided to pursue my creativity in the beauty industry doing hair for family members and close friends, after two of my aunts were diagnose with cancer. Read more>>

Daresha Petitt

I began my blogging journey in college. At first when I started out, I started a YouTube channel and then moved to an actual blog site on WordPress. I was not consistent at first because I was trying to balance school and track but as time went on, I developed a strong passion for my social channels and my site. My now fiancé was the one who encouraged me to go for this field, because he seen how intrigued I was with the bloggers on Instagram at the time. Read more>>

LaQuinaye Burton

I’ve always been a lover of beauty hair and makeup. I started doing hair when I was young. I remember I used to do my niece’s hair. I didn’t know what I was doing because I remember using a ton of gel in her hair. When I got to high school, I enrolled in cosmetology and afterwards, received my license. At that time, hair was my passion. I loved makeup as well, but hair was it for me. Life happened and I slowly lost that passion. Read more>>

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