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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.

Matthew and Jacquelyn White

Matthew decided to go into college with an art major. While in school he discovered his love for relief woodblock printing. He knew right away that one day he wanted to have his own shirt company. His sophomore year of school he had to have brain surgery, which required him to step away from school for a while. Around this time he and I met and were married a little over a year later. Read more>>

Shaffer Nickel

My parents have been supportive of my interests since we met on my birthday in 1996. I floated in-between all sorts of hobbies and sports growing up, but skateboarding and unicycling were the most consistent. It sounds made up, but when I was in 8th grade I got sponsored for unicycling. My contract required me to make an internet video every month. I borrowed our family video camera and began my seven year journey of learning how to shoot and edit video. Read more>>

Amanda Gregg

I began my career in nonprofits, serving and creating programs for older adults. I loved this work after receiving my Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and learned so much about service, empowerment and creating social justice for those under served in the community. In this time, I began being curious about my own awareness of my life and began by reading, “New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. It sparked something within me that was enthusiastic about seeing my world in a whole new way. Read more>>

Patrick Vargo

Patrick Vargo was born in Denver, Colorado. He is an American cinematographer and filmmaker, currently located in Lakewood, Colorado. He is currently focused on roles include Cinematographer, 1st AC, as-well as 2nd AC. In June of 2018, first-time director-DoP Patrick’s short film Trevor’s Story Of Hope (2018) appeared at PhotoCon LA, after receiving the Audience Award Most Viewed Film. Read more>>

Jes Voight

My partners (Andrea + Tara) and I are all endlessly curious makers with a natural ability to gather groups of people together. Fruits of Our Labor is the product of our desire to share this passion beyond the four walls of our homes. The original plan for us was to launch pop up craft parties throughout Denver and then lease a retail space of our own. We were scheduled to launch with our first event the Monday after shelter-in-place took effect. We have been pivoting since, as many businesses are. Read more>>

Monica Ruderman

Throughout childhood, I was very shy and compliant. My identity formed around being a “good girl” who performed well in school and didn’t take up too much space. While I had an extremely active imagination, it was difficult for me to translate my rich inner world to those around me. I sought my individual path forward but was mostly driven by an internalized societal pressure to fit in and achieve traditional success. Read more>>

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