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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.

Vasiliki Bieber

Jacob and I both graduated from UC Riverside in June 2005 with MBA degrees and a desire to start our own business. Jacob, born and raised in Colorado, had moved to California, in 2001, to pursue his musical aspirations; the Californian music scene wasn’t what he had anticipated so a transition into the business world seemed like the next rational step. Meanwhile, I had previously worked in finance and was disheartened at the lack of humanity and integrity within that entire industry and had decided that expanding the scope of my own undergraduate business degree was the way to go. When we graduated, with very few employment prospects, we decided a move to Colorado, where Jacob would go into the family business at the local John Deere Dealership in Fort Morgan, and where I would join a local bank as an in-house Marketing Director. After a decade of hard work, paying off student loans, and starting a family both Jacob and I wanted to make a decisive change. Read more>>

Bre Martz

My mom, Maria Martz, opened a bar and grill in Castle Rock, Colorado back in 2018 called Colorado Cork and Keg. I was helping her manage the bar when the pandemic hit. We were just two years into the business and just starting to grow. We knew we had to get creative to stay afloat. My main concern was my bartenders continuing to work and supporting their families. I started brainstorming what it was that we excelled in and could bring to the virtual world. That is when I came up with the idea of Virtual Cocktail Classes. My mom and I have always been very creative and enjoy novel things so we decided to give this a try. Our first Virtual Cocktail Class was our Butterfly Pea Flower Cocktail. We filmed it lived on Facebook and posted it to our Video page afterwards. We only had about 12 people that joined us for that very first one. Our second class is when it took off. We came up with a Cotton Candy Margarita and had 250+ participants. Read more>>

Alexa Fitzpatrick and Monica Shelton

We met two years ago while working at Target and we hit it off. We started going on fun adventures around the city together and absolutely had a blast! But after a while of going on fun adventures and having people always asking us where we were or the names of places… We decided to start making an Instagram account documenting all the places and food we were trying and going too! Eventually making a Podcast, Twitter, Tik Tok, Facebook and YouTube that all our friend could follow for date night ideas or just things to do! We also started Cosplaying, making product reviews and fun unboxing videos. Read more>>

Kami Guarino

I spent over 30 years in education as a school counselor, school administrator and most importantly, a mom of four kids who navigated through the K-12 system. My background in counseling and school leadership-combined with an extensive background in mindfulness, restorative practices, trauma-informed care – has naturally led me to focus on the whole child/whole adult approach to education and life. Read More>>

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>>

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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