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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.

Kiona Tempelman

I’m originally from NYC. Brooklyn-born, Rockaway raised. I moved out to Denver after I graduated from SUNY Albany. After making the cross-county move, I attended DU where I received my masters in education. I taught in Littleton Public Schools for a number of years before having my children. I took a break from my career to raise my three children which was an amazing gift to be home with them. Life took an unexpected turn in 2013, as I found myself going through a divorce forcing me to get back into the working world. Since I still had a little one home, I needed a career that had flexibility. I always have had a passion for helping people and thought I would give real estate a shot. Eight years later I have grown my real estate career and found my landing spot at Mile High Luxury Real Estate. Read more>>

Crystal Cheadle

I have always been drawn to beauty. As I got older I began to incorporate spirituality within that beauty. Beauty is not defined only by physical features or symmetry but from the inner person’s energy and vibration. Where some may dread getting older, I have found that getting older has opened me to diversity in beautiful people and places. I simply want to be a part of that. Read more>>

Rachel Siebuhr

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest as an athletic (and injury-prone) child. I, therefore, spent a lot of time working with Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists growing up. For as long as I can remember, massage was what I wanted to do. The human body is amazing: its ability to overcome and heal from injuries, the way everything is interconnected, and the fact that we will never “know” everything is fascinating to me. I earned a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science at Willamette University in 2013, worked as a personal trainer, physical therapy aid, chiropractic assistant, corrective exercise specialist, and blackjack dealer before finally circling back around to completing a Massage Therapy program in 2017. I have worked in the bodywork and massage field ever since, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I opened Summit Therapeutics in 2020 with the goal of creating a space for massage therapists to grow as professionals and pursue their passions: and for clients to receive bodywork that isn’t just enjoyable, but goal-oriented and helpful as well. Read more>>

April Norris

The podcast Of Course. They Make Me Crazy is for those of us who love and/or live with someone who has a mental illness. I grew up with a mom who was bipolar and addicted to pain pills. Like so many, I’ve experienced the high and lows of living with someone who is happy dancing around the house one day. And, then Bam! The next day, week, or month everyone’s world turns dark. Your loved one is so depressed that they keep the curtains shut and won’t get off the couch or even shower. I say everyone because their illness sucks the life out of the entire family… if you allow them to do that. And, it’s easy to do! One minute we thought mom was passed out. The next minute it was like she got superpowers and could wrestle a bull to the ground for more pills. It seemed she had every prescribed narcotic pill on the market. We eventually had to lock them up. But like a bear, she could bang open a padlocked metal box if she tried hard enough!. Read more>>

Sara Cuthbert – Co-Founder Ashley Weldon

At Lunara Sleep we have two Co-Founders, Sara Cuthbert and Ashley Weldon. We are both Colorado natives, have been friends since high school and are raising our famililes in the same Centennial neighborhood. Sara has been a practicing massage therapist for over 20 years and was inspired to design a better pillow after hundreds of clients asked, “what kind of pillow do you use?”. We spent 18 months forming the business, doing product development, product testing, applying for a patent and trademarks, building business relationships and creating manufacturing partnerships. In November of 2020, we launched a successful Kickstarter campaign under our original brand: adJust FOR ME Pillow, LLC. In the spring of 2021, we partnered with Orbit: Genius Simple Branding and rebranded to become Lunara™ Sleep, LLC. Currently we sell the pillow through on-line affiliates, our website, local farmer’s markets and wellness offices. Read more>>

Tami Canaday

Tami, Owner/Founder of Wagon Coffee, identifies as a Recovery Advocate and Loved One of an Addict. Her husband, Ryan, is 8+ years sober. She has witnessed the beautiful transformation of recovery through him, personally, and within their marriage. In 2018, Ryan and Tami launched a nonprofit called FREE—for Addicts, loved ones of Addicts, and spiritual refugees. They create space for healing, recovery, and spiritual connection.  Because of FREE, Tami learned more about women in recovery, their stories, the alarming and increasing addiction stats, and the hardships they face as WOMEN in recovery; 5.7% of women have a substance use disorder in the United States. She also discovered some staggering COVID-19 statistics…according to a Journal of American Medical Report (JAMA) report Women, in particular, exhibited a 41% increase in alcohol consumption over a 2019 baseline. Read more>>

Heather Lutze

I was fired six times in my 20’s. I wanted to light the world on fire and corporate America was not the mold I fit in. That’s when my husband said, “You might want to try that Self-Employer route?”. Well, that is exactly what I did. I squeezed in one last training from my last employer. It was with Yahoo! Search Marketing. I met one of the founders. We hit it off. I started training million-dollar PPC advertisers all across the country. I learned so much about Pay Per Click and the managers that attended my training were out for blood. They wanted Yahoo! to know how smart they were and challenged my knowledge at every training. Almost entirely men. I will never forget on many occasions, I would be setting up my projector and handing out manuals and someone would approach me and ask me when the trainer was going to arrive. Little did they know it was me. It was always fun to see the looks on their faces when they realized it was me. Read more>>

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