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Inspiring Stories from Westminster & Thornton

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 Westminster & Thornton’s rising stars below.

Tracy Marroquin-Mollenkopf

Leanna Organics’ came from founder Tracy’s love of natural beauty and wellness products, along with husband and co-owner Scott’s love of the hemp plant. So many self-care products on the market are super expensive and have chemicals and unhealthy elements in them. Leanna Organics came from a vision of affordable beauty and wellness products that are organic and free from toxic ingredients. We started officially in May of 2018. However, Tracy has been working on her artisan line of body creams and beauty products since 2013. The decision to add CBD to the mix in 2017 was a game-changer and led us to move to Colorado with our three kids to pursue our dream.  Leanna Organics is a family-owned and operated business. In addition to co-owners Tracy and Scott, their two oldest kids Mechlo and Tavia, contribute. We did tons of markets in the early days to introduce people to our products and spread our message of natural and holistic beauty and wellness.  Read more>>

Abby Rupsa

After raising kids, I had to figure out what I wanted to do with my time and needed to create a career path for myself. I went back to school for landscape design and absolutely fell in love with the field. I knew I had to be creative and make the world a more beautiful place, so exterior design was the perfect avenue for me.  I specialize in residential new builds and renovating existing landscapes all along the Front Range. Designs include patios, decks, pergolas, fire and water features, outdoor kitchens all surrounded by a thoughtful plant palette that takes into consideration Colorado’s harsh climate and poor soil.  Read more>>

Jamie Williams

For the past 8 years, I have dreamed about starting my own nonprofit. I’ve worked with many populations such as human trafficking victims and survivors, elderly and disabled, and incarcerated individuals. I appreciate everything that I have learned along the way, but my heart kept going back to my brother. My brother was incarcerated when I was 22 years old. This life sentence was what encouraged me to return to school and get my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology because I wanted to understand people and trauma. Throughout the years I realized that I wanted to create a program that would assist individuals who were involved in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. Many incarcerated individuals suffer from addiction and mental health.  It was with this personal connection and newfound understanding of the gaps within the system that I returned to school for my Master’s degree in Social Work. Throughout this program, I developed a nonprofit called REshape. REshape (ReSources, ReHabilitate, ReAct, RePrieve, ReEntry) was designed to reshape the minds of society regarding incarceration and incarcerated individuals. Our goal is to “turn bars into ladders” and reduce recidivism.  Read more>>

Carol Malone

My FIT4MOM story started when my daughter was born in December 2016. I was a new mom and new to Colorado. We moved here when I was pregnant (which was interesting letting our family know we were pregnant a week before we moved across the country). It was also much harder than I anticipated to get back into exercise after having a baby. All the things that needed to be done took priority. I started working and my daughter started daycare when she was only six and a half weeks old. Way too early! I was looking for a community, ways to get exercise, and things to do with her – that is when I found FIT4MOM North Metro Denver. My daughter and I attended our first Stroller Strides class when she was eight months old. A couple of weeks later, I attended Body Boost. This is what really hooked me. I have built such a strong connection with women who are so supportive of each other. Read more>>

Brenden Matthews

I started photography at the age of 14. I had already dabbled in a myriad of other art mediums throughout my life up to that point, including sculpture. Photography was different. I have ADHD and so being able to sit down and focus on a single drawing or painting or sculpture didn’t really appeal to me. But I loved the darkroom. I felt like I could really be myself in there. I believe that shooting film as a beginner shifted my whole perspective on how I think about photography today. Read more>>

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