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Trailblazers in Arvada

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Arvada that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Brianna Titone

My story begins when I was a teenager when I joined the volunteer fire department. There I learned the value of service to my community. I served in this volunteer capacity for seven years through high school and college. Since then, I have volunteered in many different ways including as a radio DJ at the college radio station, at the Denver Botanic Gardens, as HOA president, and as a member of Necrosearch International. Read more>>

Suzzane Collins

They come to us throughout life. Some are expected, like turning 16 and getting a driver’s license. Some are unexpected, but they occur none the less. In 2010 I was contemplating a big crossroad retirement. I wasn’t nearly old enough, but time goes by so fast…. I didn’t want to retire somewhere and play golf, not that there’s anything wrong with that! I wanted adventure, travel, excitement and new experiences. Read more>>

Christina Gonzales

My dad was an artist and him and my mom always supported my passion for it. As for photography, there was a day in Middle School Art Class that we made a pinhole camera, take a picture with it and develop it. This memory has stuck with me to this day, as I was so amazing by how the light drew the picture on the paper to capture the image, the memory. Read more>>

Nicole Berger

It wasn’t until my second year of business school that I realized I had to change my trajectory. With almost no artistic experience and really no idea what I was getting myself into, I signed up for a class in the glass department at Tyler School of Art, part of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. There I was introduced to two things that changed everything; an incredibly nurturing community of makers and the versatile mistress that is glass. Read more>>

Jazzy Gillette

I started playing tennis when I was the age of 12. Growing up, I was always in love with the idea of sports and doing something active. It wasn’t until I got into high school when I really began to spread my wings. Freshman year, I played on the varsity team at Arvada West HS. Read more>>

Sarah Lamagna

I’ve been adventuring outside most of my life. I started as a toddler exploring the swamp behind my childhood home with my brother and sister. My parents instilled a life-long love for nature and I carried it with me while I pursued three degrees in the environmental field. Read more>>

Ally Edwards

Growing up in a family full of females, it was always important to look your best. I grew up with the mentality of “look good, feel good”. So even if you’re not having your best day or you’re in a bad mood an easy way to feel better is wearing your favorite outfit, doing your hair, or wearing your favorite highlighter. Read more>>

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