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Rising Stars of Lakewood

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 Lakewood’s rising stars below.

Tina Gililland

I’m 21 years old, I started tattooing when I was 19. It all really started when I was 11 and I decided I wanted to be a tattoo artist. I saw how people’s faces lit up after seeing the tattoo and how much people fell back in love with themselves. I wanted to do that for people, and I feel that way every time I tattoo. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my mentors who taught me everything and how believed in me as well. Read more>>

Stanton Giles

It’s kinda funny looking back to see how this all started – I was thinking today as I edited a video that I would have never thought, years ago when I was an engineer that I had the makings of an artist of sorts trapped inside of me. So I guess I begin with that. I went to engineering school in Tennessee for four years and worked as an electrical and controls engineer for about to years after that. I felt a shift inside of me, and I knew that I no longer wanted to be doing engineering. This initial pull to do something else lead me to quit engineering and move to an orphanage in Honduras. I discovered video soon before I left to go on this trip – I was planning a two weeks road trip with my friend around the United States, hitting major places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park. Read more>>

Rose Red Elk aka Red Feather Woman

I was born on the Ft. Peck Assiniboine/Sioux reservation in Poplar, Montana. My father is Lakota- (Sioux) my mother is Nakota (Assiniboine). Later, my mother married a man from East Texas. We moved a lot and back and forth from Texas to our reservation throughout my life. In Texas, I worked towards three different degrees in three different fields, business, electronics, and socialogy. My last degree was a BS from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. By this time, I was divorced and have four children. I am in my mid-thirties. I wanted to leave Texas after graduation and go to law school at CU Boulder, Colorado. I had visited there many times attending leadership conferences in Colorado Springs. Read more>>

Renata Heberton

My journey has led me to an ever stronger conviction that collective community building with a commitment to the health, well-being and support of the individual within the whole is a powerful response to the devastating challenges we face in our world. It was within this conviction that a small group of people came together to start Angelica Village in 2015. Our ideas were and are many-fold however overarchingly focus on welcoming individuals and families who have been brutally stripped of their families and community or who have never had access to a strong, resourced community due to war, violence, displacement, homelessness, poverty and oppression. Read more>>

Amy Van Der Kamp

I started my business because I got laid off from COVID and there was a need for employment for our youth. I have always had this idea for a business but never took the leap. I am a foster parent of Unaccompanied refugee minors. We have had a total of 19 youth come through our house and many of them are still around and in continuous contact. Some of the youth have had a hard time either getting a job or keeping a job. I thought why not start a business that can employ some of them. Accountable Hands does landscaping, yard work, building, deconstruction, moving, painting, and pretty much anything needing labor. Since the business started back in April, we have just been advertising by word of mouth and we have been staying pretty busy. Read more>>

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