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Inspiring Stories from Boulder

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 Boulder’s rising stars below.

Cheryl McConnell

The first Ushood® was created 20 years ago for my husband, Sean who wanted to put an end to gap page. The goal was to create a one-piece base layer that eliminated the gap between a shirt and gaiter or face mask – the infamous gap where cold, wind, snow and sun inevitably sneak in. Our Mema, sewed the first “shoodie” after Sean came off the mountain and did a quick sketch of what would become the perfect base layer. Read more>>

Winnie Chai

As far back as I can remember, ever since I was a little kid, I was always intensely curious about the world. Watching, listening, paying attention to everything. Wondering why people act the way they act; speak the way they speak. Wondering why people bother to pretend all the time. Wondering what was really real, what was really true. And I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Or what I would be doing five or ten years from then. Read more>>

Alison Amy

When I planned my wedding back in… well let’s just say a long time ago… I had a lot of fun. I did it mostly with my mum and it bonded us together and we became even better friends than we already were. I loved considering all the possibilities for what the day could look like and felt a sense of triumph when I found the option that my fiancé and I liked that was within our budget. I had three or four other friends get married that same year and that began my love for planning weddings. Read more>>

Rolando Marroquin

I moved from Monterrey, MEXICO to Boulder in 1999. While studying my bachelor degree in CU I combined my student time with different jobs and positions in well-recognized restaurants in the Boulder area, and I learn all the insides of the industry, making me realize there was not real Mexican food as the one from back home. So, in 2012, I decided to start my own street taqueria!!! I called my grandma to ask her for some of her recipes. Read more>>

Vanessa Gerhards

I always knew growing up, that the world was diverse, large and beautiful and that one day, I will explore that very large world out there. I started my dancing career at age three, loving my weekly ballet class and by age ten I knew I had to leave my small hometown outside of Cologne, Germany, in order to pursue greater dance education. I spend my entire youth in boarding schools and ballet academy‘s throughout Europe, I had learned at an early age what independence means. Read more>>

Deb Gedenberg

Working full time at an elementary school, in the kindergarten enrichment program, I recognized the different preschool backgrounds the kindergarteners brought to the classroom. This intrigued me. I decided to return to college (at age 50) to study the three preschool philosophies that were familiar; Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia methods. Being drawn specifically to a play based, community stimulated, communicative, joyful classroom, the Reggio Emilia philosophy grabbed my attention. Read more>>

Aparna Harris

I have been passionate about both social justice and fighting domestic violence for as long as I can remember. So much so, that when I began my BA at CU Denver, I created an Independently Structured major of, Women’s Studies and Political Science, from there I began doing volunteer work at the Safehouse Denver, and was so inspired by the people I met at shelter. Years later, I became a volunteer as a Victim’s Advocate for the Boulder Sheriff’s Department. Read more>>

Christina Pisano

I grew up on Long Island, New York near the ocean, my zen place. I come from a big Italian family that loves a lot, talks a lot and hugs a lot. I am a two time cancer survivor who works hard for that cause as well as causes that focus on diversity. At a young age, I knew I wanted to work in the media space and in Manhattan. My dad worked in the city his entire career and his sister, my aunt, introduced me to the advertising world. Read more>>



Seth Levine

My parents and I moved to Boulder when I was 11 days old. While we moved back east two years later and I don’t have memories of that time, I’ve always felt a pull to Colorado. Growing up on the east coast I spent every summer in Colorado with my grandparents in Denver, deepening my love for this area. Fast forward to my first job, I was living in New York City and working pretty much non-stop at an investment bank. Read more>>

Mary T Kelly

I’m a psychotherapist who has specialized in working with women who are dating, living with or married to one with children, stepcouples and stepchildren, for the past 18 years. I see clients in my Boulder office and videoconference with clients all over the world. In the early 2000’s, I began to see a big difference between the challenges of first families as opposed to repartnerships with children. The research showed that 64-72% of remarriages with children end in divorce. Read more>>

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