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Inspiring Stories from North Broward

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 North Broward’s rising stars below.

Madeline Lawson

I am originally from Haiti, I came here in 1985 at the age of 8 years old. I grew up in the foster care system. I have four children two boys two girls which are all in college, very proud mom. I became a security officer in 2001 but that wasn’t paying well so I decided to go to college and become a Radiology Technologist. Read more>>

Kera Butler-Newton

Growing up I was always the go to person. This is because unlike my peers I was forced to experience life and gain wisdom on a much faster track than others. I became a single mother at the age of 14 but refusing to become a stereotype and succumb to my obstacles, I was determined to succeed. Read more>>

Julia Aquino-Serrano

My entrepreneurial journey began when I was working as an Analyst for MBNA, a credit card company (which was sold to Bank of America). I came home from work one day and I said to my husband “They are stealing my soul”. Read more>>

Philip Giordano, Theresa Giordano

Skip’s Pharmacy was stared in Boca Raton by Dr. Henry (Skip) Lenz in 1998. His intent was to open a small personalized service oriented pharmacy, where patients, physicians and pharmacists could collaborate and provide “Pharmaceutical Care”. Thus our Corporate name is Pharmaceutical Care Consultants of Fl Inc. Read more>>

Hope Garcia

I had a dog with Arthritis and my vet knowing I was a human massage therapist recommended I massage Bear. I saw the difference right a way. I started researching and a month later I was headed to Colorado for my first of many certifications. I came home, quit the spa and have never looked back. Read more>>

Catina Farah, Kristin Kleinhans

In 2011 after working as a social worker with two young children, and a newborn baby, I lost my dad to cancer. He was 64 years young and forced me to take a real hard look at my life and as much as I loved working with children in foster care, I wanted to spend more time with my family and do something I loved from home. Read more>>

Christopher Hedlund

A friend of mine put a camera in my hand at a nightclub I was promoting. I was hooked from day one. Then, after the positive feedback began rolling in from my first set of photos I immediately knew I was onto something and that I had to make this my future career. Read more>>

Karen Gavrilov

I first started taking Yoga classes around 1993 with Mark Roberts in Fort Lauderdale at the community center. There were really only 2 places offering Yoga at that time. Shortly afterward I moved to San Francisco where there was A LOT of Yoga happening. I ended up practicing Ashtanga at It’s Yoga. Read more>>

Harriet Wilson

Out of high school I was on my way to going to college (which, to say the least, I was not thrilled about). Fortunately for me, but not my dad, he ran into rough financial times. From the time I was five and got my first barbie doll I became fascinated with her hair and then everybody’s hair! Since I didn’t want to go to college and knowing my dad’s situation, I approached him and asked if I could go to hairdressing school instead. Read more>>

Larissa Pepe

I answered a serving ad on Craigslist in 2010 – and the rest is history! I took over the General Manager position at Tampa Pizza Company (at the time, Pizza Fusion) and soon after, found myself developing new restaurant concepts from the ground up alongside a brilliant team that runs our ever expansive restaurant group in Tampa Bay. Read more>>

Andrea Solis

I’ve loved dancing for as long as I could remember. I was very shy growing up and dance was that outlet for me in which I was able to feel a release and just let go. In high school I started dabbling in choreography and I immediately fell in love with it. Being able to create different shapes & movements and seeing the end result was so rewarding. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Leanna Rosato

    January 7, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Wonderful, inspiring, everyday heroes! Thank you for sharing

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