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Inspiring Stories from Southern Atlanta

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL 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 Atlanta’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 Southern Atlanta’s rising stars below.

Dharma Stevens, Glenda Johnson-Mapp

YELL! Academy led the needs assessment process which engaged committed stakeholders in the community the ability to help determine specific needs. This process began in 2010 when the founder Dharma Stevens of YELL! Academy observed students in the classroom who seemed to better understand academic concepts when the lessons were introduced as project-based learning modules. Read more>>

Mandi O’Connor

I began my journey as a photographer nearly eleven years ago learning to develop my own film and photos in high school. I always enjoyed taking photos and capturing real emotion. While in school, I worked for Best Buy and taught people how to use their own personal cameras. Read more>>

Carlos Simon

My father began pastoring a small congregation church in Atlanta in 1996. It was so small that there was no one to play piano on Sundays. At age 10, my parents enlisted me to play on Sundays and I began taking lessons. My teacher taught me how to learn songs “by ear” which is learning the music simply by listening and identifying chords. Read more>>

Jaimee Ratliff

My yoga journey started in high school. I was introduced to yoga after undergoing a spinal fusion to straighten my back after being diagnosed with scoliosis. Back then I tried it out because my surgeon told me it would help keep my spine mobile. Read more>>

Duece Osanyin

My knowledge of Health & Wellness grew while working as a professional dancer for more than 10 years – holistic living in the dance field rewards you a opportunity to have a long successful career. I started to get more intrigued with the results of a holistic lifestyle and in 2011 decided to further my education by attending “The Institute Of Intergrative Nutrition”. Read more>>

Ally Poole

On January 31st, 2015 i was driving my 6 week old yorkie puppy to the vet when a hay truck that was carrying stolen hay was in my lane coming at me head on and i swerved to miss, causing me to flip end over end for 75 yards. I was ejected and thrown 50 feet from my car. Read more>>

Kevin Barbee

Clothes Less Traveled was established in 1997 when co-founders MaryAnn Cox and Joan Velsmid discovered they needed a place to donate or sell the items that generous people who wanted to help the less fortunate in the community were dropping off at MaryAnn’s office at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Read more>>

Andrea Fenise

A professional stylist since 2005, Andrea has slowly been building her brand, meticulously planning each move and appearing on nationally syndicated shows like Good Morning Memphis as a style correspondent, BET’s 106 & Park and working with brands such as Macy’s. Read more>>

Steve Nygren

My career began in the hospitality industry and in 1972, I opened the Pleasant Peasant, which was the beginning of a restaurant corporation that grew to 34 restaurants in eight states. In 1991, my wife, Marie, and I took our three daughters on a weekend outing to the countryside of Chattahoochee Hills and happened upon a century old farmhouse. Read more>>

Jeannell Darden

My mom taught me to style hair as a child and I fell in Love with it. I actually thought I would be a stylist vs. going to college but my grandfather encouraged me to get a degree. In my senior year or high school, I colored my hair 2 weeks after my mother gave me a relaxer and my hair broke off and kept breaking for the next 3 years. Read more>>

Caroline Wells

I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field, even as a young child if someone asked what I was going to be when I grew up I always said a doctor. I started college on a science track towards getting a job in healthcare. That’s when I learned about physician assistants. Read more>>

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