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Inspiring Stories from Fort Collins

The heart of our mission at VoyageDenver 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 Denver’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 Fort Collins’ rising stars below.

Andrew Michler

In 1995, I bought a simple house off grid in the foothills West of Loveland/Ft Collins. It was the early days of solar technology so much of the equipment was 1st generation and solar panels were very expensive. That was my first step into looking at deep energy efficiency to meet basic needs such as power, heat and other needs. In the last couple of decades my work has transformed from construction, to studying and writing about environmental building, to designing them. Read more>>

Liana Sanders

Like many animal lovers, I got started working with rescue pets from a very young age, volunteering with various rescue organizations and pet sitting for people in my area. In High school I started working for the humane society, then a dog daycare, more dog rescues and the rest is history! I began picking up pet sitting clients while working all of these jobs and eventually branched off to form my pet sitting and dog walking company in 2010. Read more>>

Becky Wiswall

I have owned women’s clothing boutiques for the last 13 years. We started in the upper Midwest and had the opportunity to sell those locations in 2018. Jenny was already in the Denver area due to a job relocation so expansion to the Colorado area was always on our radar. After research we felt like we could offer northern Colorado something they didn’t have. After about a year looking for potential locations, we landed on south Fort Collins and we are so glad we did. Read more>>

Breann Lind

Breann Lind Photography began in 2017, shooting families and weddings. My oh my, did I love capturing beautiful memories during those chapters of people’s lives. I learned leaps and bounds in photography and in the realm of business. In 2019 I joined The Tallent Company, a communications firm in Northern Colorado. While working alongside other businesses in their marketing, advertising, and social media. I then realized that I loved helping businesses thrive through their communication. Read more>>

Hillary Shedd

I’ve always loved photography and would take countless photos of family and friends growing up, but I actually began my career as a teacher. I worked for the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, and would spend my time teaching underwater robotics, squid dissections, lake ecology, and marine biology to high school teens. One summer, I was part of a team that brought high schoolers to the Bahamas to give them first-hand experience on how to be marine biologists–such a cool program. Read more>>

Emily White

I’ve always been a creative person and previously ran a hand lettering/ calligraphy business from 2015-2017 before owning a cookie business. I took some time off to spend time with my family. I have three boys; I’m a military wife and we live 17 hours from any family. I felt the need to just focus on my family for a while. I always knew I would be a stay at home mom, this was very important to me. I wanted to get my kids to and from school, help in their classrooms, go on field trips, etc. I started feeling like something was missing but I didn’t know what it was. Read more>>

Dr. Vicki L. Rueckert

As a strong proponent of quality educational practices, I have turned my efforts once again to working directly with children, only this time in smaller venue. I had discovered total retirement after my extensive career in education, was not the path I was ready to choose. When the opportunity to establish a learning/tutoring center in Fort Collins arose, I took on the challenge and became the owner, director and education consultant for the Fort Collins Ala Carte Learning Solutions Center. Read more>>

Hope Kleist

I was born and raised in a small town in northwestern Wisconsin called Menomonie, but more specifically in a very small unincorporated community south of the town called Irvington. A place that I still hold dear to my heart. It is a unique and beautiful landscape carved by meandering rivers and creeks. The land is lush and almost rainforest-like in the summer, the hills are covered in rich vegetation, and when it rains mist raises from the trees and hovers over the valleys. Read more>>

Sharon Carlisle

One of my earliest memories is of making stuff out of mud. Finding puddles after rainstorms, sitting down and digging in. I loved feeling the mud between my fingers. And I still do! Fast forward from that mud puddle to today and I am an artist working in multi-media sculptural installation and performance. For those who may be unfamiliar, a core definition of installation is the creation of a work that one walks into rather than up to. Read more>>

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