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Rising Stars of Centennial

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 Centennial’s rising stars below.

Shelby Gilson

From a young age, I always found joy in doing others’ hair and makeup. I pursued my esthetician’s license in 2016, with the goal of doing makeup professionally for weddings. My life had other plans! After graduating from esthetician school and obtaining my license, I specialized in lash extensions for the first two years, working at a medical spa on the side. I started my own skin and lash studio because I wanted to provide services that met my standard of quality. Tired of working for employers that cut corners, I founded Mile High Glamour in 2018, working for myself out of a modest salon suite in Highlands Ranch. Read more>>

Chaka Sutton

I grew up in the Mississippi Delta in a town named Greenville, MS. As a kid, I travel back and forth between Oakland, CA and Mississippi. I spent Summers and holidays in California with my father and school months with my mother in Mississipi. Both my parent were educators. My father working in community outreach, and my mother was a lifelong (35 years), elementary school teacher and administrator. My passion for helping others came from them. As a kid, I would routinely volunteer with my father as he helped out various community service projects. I remember vividly delivering food to homeless shelters and talking with people of all backgrounds and cultures. Read more>>

Emma Dickson

My journey starts at my adoption as a baby to a white family in Highlands Ranch. Growing up, I faced many racial adversities and struggled with shaping my identity as a black woman. For much of my childhood, I felt like an outsider in my own community. It became my mission to change how I felt. After high school, I decided to attend Howard University (a historically black university) located in Washington, D.C., and my life completely changed. I was for the first time emerged within the black community and around like-minded people. I was around people who pushed me and helped me shape my identity as a black woman. Read more>>

Katharine Moustakes

I’m a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. I moved to Denver in August 2019, so my boyfriend could complete an airline career pilot program. I had wanted to live in Colorado for several years, so no arm twisting was necessary. I love being in the mountains — hiking, camping, snowboarding, you name it! I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors in Hospitality Management. Out of college, I was an Event Planner. After a few years in the industry, I found myself curious to explore another career. I had gone through my own fitness journey in college — I went through phases of over-eating, under-eating, over-exercising, and being unhealthily obsessed with making myself smaller-bodied. Read more>>

Reana Kaminsky

I had gained over 100 pounds after college by eating out for every meal and not moving my body. Large portions, lots of sugary Starbucks drinks daily! I was constantly sitting, working and eating! My sister Alex and I started getting back to walking and moving our bodies with the help and support from some close friends too! We ordered healthy prepared meals sent to us, and that started our long, slow journey that we will continue to follow for the rest of our lives! We made our way back into the gym, making our own foods at home, and started doing the Whole 30 along with high-intensity workouts at ChuzeFitness, indoor cycling and walking/jogging at least 5-6x per week. Read more>>

Alex Kaminsky

Growing up, I was very active and played sports. I was not overweight. But after I stopped playing competitive basketball, went to college, and got into the workforce, I kept eating the same amount of food and didn’t work out as much. In 2017, I started my first desk job—and the office life got to me. I sat all day and ate out for every single meal. I gained over 150 pounds in less than two years. At 22, I hit my heaviest weight of 330 pounds. I just felt so horrible all the time. I slept poorly, had no energy, was always lethargic, and just felt sluggish. Read more>>

Natalie Wilson

I always thought I’d retire and open up a flower shop. I’m one of those people that is always doing something and can’t sit still, so yes, retire to start a business was the plan. There had been an awful lot of time for reflection in 2020, and I realized I wasn’t entirely happy in corporate America. I’d learned the floristry trade from a close friend who owns a prominent flower shop in DC. I had hopes of buying and continuing her business when she retires, but until then, I just dreamed. Memorial Day weekend 2020, I took a three-day stay-cation to our cabin in the mountains, away from our seven kids and my husband, to clear my head and try to get some perspective. As I hiked around with my loyal pup Cate, all of a sudden started seeing how beautiful the dead and broken trees were. Read more>>

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