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Boca Raton’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA 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 the Miami’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 Boca Raton rising stars below.

Heather (aka WondHerful) Palacios

When I was eight, I wrote a letter and mailed it to my grandparents. It said I wanted to die. When I was 13, I wrote a 6-page Suicide letter, went to the kitchen to get a knife, when the doorbell rang… When I was 21, I overdosed on pills to try to kill myself. Lastly, and for my last attempt, I tried to take my life in a parking lot. My husband of one year (a pastor) and six first responders were unsuccessful in stopping me. Read more>>

Rushika Patel

I wasn’t sure what to choose as my ‘major’; I knew that both my numeric and creative skills were strong and I wanted to find a field where both would be nurtured. So I decided to head down to the department of architecture for a tour and never looked back! Soon after, I transferred to the University of Tennessee’s college of architecture & design in Knoxville. Read more>>

Chalyne Steer

Born in St. Andrews, Jamaica then later moved to South Florida at age ten; Growing up in a West Indian household I was always taught to go to school, get an education and become something along the lines of ‘Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, etc.’ but I’ve always been the “I’m not following those rules; I’m gonna follow my dreams” type of girl. Read more>>

Cindy Friezo

I am a passionate advocate of the arts community and giving back to those in need. During my teenage years, I worked with various organizations and youth councils to improve struggling areas throughout Boston. I then volunteered at a foundation in my native Dominican Republic to mentor and empowered women in impoverished communities to teach sustainable ways of working and bettering their families. Read more>>

Sheri Riskind

I’ve been an artist for most of my life. I received a BFA and an MFA in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and after that, I worked as a painter for many years. My paintings, under my maiden name of Sheri Warshauer, primarily focused on the interiors and exterior spaces of modern homes. I lived and worked as an artist in Manhattan. Read more>>

Heather Matjasic

In my previous career, I worked in operations for college football teams, NFL teams and with ESPN/ABC Sports. There was a period of transition where I was in and out of the sports industry, consulting, taking care of family members that passed away, navigating my role in sports and the desire to do something “more” with the skill sets and talents I had developed in my 15+ yr career. Read more>>

Christina Canavan

On Thanksgiving 2015, our twin boys, Jaxon and Leyton were found in our backyard pool when they got out of their crib for the first and the last time. Leyton passed away 12 hours after the drowning and Jaxon lived for 3.5 years with an anoxic brain injury. After the twins drowning, we learned of a program called ISR (Infant Swimming Resource). When my husband and I got pregnant with our rainbow, it was a no brainer that our son would take these classes. Read more>>

2 Comments

  1. Davine

    December 20, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Am interested have beautiful line of jewelry

  2. Maria Juliana

    January 17, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Great Stories, Love it!!

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