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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.

Tay Paulson

I’ve always been deeply into photography since I was a kid and that’s where my art began however I was going through a hard time in my life when I was 20-21 and decided to pick up a paintbrush and canvas one day. It took a few tries but I fell in love with drawing and painting to express the hardest parts of my life. When I turned 24, I realized my art helped my mental health and I wanted to share the importance of taking care of your mental health with others and that’s when TnP.Art was born. After doing some research I jumped deeper into my art and learned how to make calming jars as well which are used as a therapy tool. I make photography, art, and calming jars for all ages. I use to make videos discussing the importance of your mental health and I’ve considered doing them again.  Read more>>

Chris Thompson

I have been creating content for over 15 years now starting on YouTube. Initially, I just wanted to be creative but then I noticed the impact that I could make on people. So, I started focusing on tough conversations as well as encouraging people to be vulnerable and open. By being vulnerable and open myself.  Read more>>

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>>

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