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Rising Stars of Arvada

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 Arvada’s rising stars below.

Leslie Conzemius

At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease after six awful months of testing, worsening symptoms, and the dreaded unknown. Since then I’ve had to learn how to manage my condition; what foods I could and couldn’t eat, how stress or lack of sleep triggers my symptoms, and how to say no to certain activities all my friends were doing because it wasn’t the best choice for me (I’m still learning how to do this one!). Read more>>

Jamie and Andrew Brandess

Getting on an airplane can be stressful and sometimes having someone there with you to help you through it can make traveling a lot easier. Fear of flying is a common form of anxiety and it can be helpful to have someone “hold your hand” literally or figuratively to get you where you need to go. There are times it’s necessary to fly – getting to a wedding, funeral, family reunion or dream vacation. We help get you there. Read more>>

Diana Coulter

I’ve always wanted to own a business. When I was in high school I would cut my friends hair and dye it and tell everyone I was going to own a salon one day called “Cut Hair + Di” (get it… dye…).Anyway, after my daughter was born in 2015, I knew it was time for me to really live my truth and own my own business. At the time, I was crocheting and making hats and thought that I could do that (ahhh, early Instagram dreams). Read more>>

Candace Dickard

I had worked for a high end luxury resort company for just under five years and knew that my true passion lie outside of a corporate world. Knowing that if I didn’t take the chance to start my own business I would always regret it, my husband and I started Darb Cake Designs. Learning the ins and outs of owning a business has been challenging and fulfilling all at once but I wouldn’t have it any other way honestly. Read more>>

Francie Rakiec and Mary Kenton

My husband and I began volunteering at GRRR about five years ago initially as a VIP dog walkers. That gradually progressed into us doing transports and then in 2018, I became a board member. In 2018 I was also approached with an opportunity to become the Development Director at GRRR. Then in July was offered the position as Executive Director since our current ED was retiring. Read more>>

Alisa Conner

I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was about seven years old. I always had a half baked scheme that I drug my brother and my cousin into and that drive, ambition and inner voice never let up. I finally took the plunge right before the downsizing began in my corporate career with my first entrepreneurial gig as a personal chef. I always loved food, cooking for others and soon I had created a thriving business creating meals for busy families in their homes.  Read more>>

Katie Hill

I refinish furniture, collect things for my home, help friends with their own design challenges, and watch way too much HGTV. After my husband and I bought our first house three years ago, I finally had a place to do whatever I wanted with. Putting together our home was (and still is) so much fun for me and was when I really honed in on my style, falling in love with a globally-inspired, eclectic look. Read more>>

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