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Dorchester’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager 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 Boston’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 the rising stars from Dorchester and surrounding areas below.

Jodie Baehre

I grew up in Buffalo, NY. My father, now retired, was an art teacher and the main reason I became an artist. He came from a poor home, the only child of six in his family to go to college. He took me to museums and arts shows when I was young, enrolled me in art classes, and was genuinely a very creative and imaginative person that made an enormous impact in my life. Read more>>

Elisa Girard

Many people dream of “opening a cafe someday” and I was one of them. I studied art in college, and in 1997, I moved from Chicago to Boston to become a nanny.  Fast forward to 2014, I was married to Vivian, a supportive French guy and creative builder and I had over a decade of personal chef experience under my belt. Read more>>

Jenn Walker Wall

I fell into hiring and onboarding while I was working my way through graduate school. It was never something that I saw myself doing. It was a job that allowed me to pay my bills and take courses at night, but I loved it right away. The best part was meeting new people, hearing their enthusiasm for their work, and finding the right people to bring into the role. Read more>>

Jerel Ferguson

My name is Jerel Ferguson from Boston Massachusetts and I am co-Founder of Hike4Life. I am a passionate outdoors-man. I love nature and Hiking. I enjoy outdoor sports. I’m a conservationist (a tree-hugger) naturalist and environmentalist. Read more>>

Damian and Sheree Marciante

As a couple we had independent careers in the business world – Damian a degree in Biology/Chemistry, working in BioTech and Sheree with an M.B.A. who had worked in the Newspaper Industry. We had long dreamed of having our own business and working together when our children were older and more independent. Read more>>

Lawrence “Larry” Watson

Born Lawrence Watson at Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn New York, Watson was the firstborn son of Elonzo Watson and Thelma Blair natives of Bennettsville South Carolina relocated to the Bedford & Stuyvesant in the 1950’s and raised three sons, (Lawrence, Caesar, and Elonzo jr). Watson attended the public schools P.S 54, 304, 59 and Thomas Jefferson High School. Read more>>

William Tyree

For Christmas in 2016 my girlfriend, Kelly, made me an American Flag out of fire hose. We built a frame for it and posted a photo of it on Facebook. Almost immediately I got messages from people asking if we would make them one. So that’s what we did. We started making flags for people. Read more>>

Rebecca Coll

I’ve had a lifelong fascination with books — from sitting on the piano bench with my father sounding out the words to my first book, to sneak-reading under the covers as a kid, to reading to kindergarteners as a high schooler, to earning a degree in binding and restoration. The work I am doing now as Executive Director of Wondermore, a small philanthropy with the mission of inspiring a love of reading and books in Boston’s underserved youth, is a natural fit for me! Read More >>

Samuel Potrykus

We officially formed our nonprofit in 2013 but we have been organizing and promoting cultural actives in Boston since 2007 under various names. My fellow co-founder started Bodies of Water Arts and Crafts years before we began collaborating in 2007. We organized our first annual Hassle Fest in 2009 which featured such acts as Kurt Vile and Sunburned Hand of The Man. In 2010 I began the zine which became the Boston Compass newspaper, one of our four main projects. Read More >>

Tuan Ho

2005 was a year of uncertainty. My mom, brother and I left Vietnam for the United States when I was 10 years old. I didn’t have a single word of English in my vocab, so I couldn’t even read our plane tickets. I had never been on a plane before. We arrived in Dorchester and for the next eight years, my mom took multiple jobs to support us. We moved six times because of financial and unfortunate circumstances. I put all my effort into school because that’s what I was taught to do. If I could show my mom all A’s on my report cards, she’d be happy, and I was convinced everything would turn out fine. Read More >>

Grace Morrison

I started writing songs around 1998. Lilith Fair was the big tour of the summer and I remember seeing all these women playing guitars and singing songs they had written. I distinctly recall thinking “I can do that”. The rest is history, I’ve been making a living writing and teaching music ever since. Read More >>

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