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Inspiring Stories from Lowell

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 Lowell and surrounding areas below.

Elizabeth Pogor

I’m a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art. I have been painting for 15 years, I started out in a traditional style which I still occasionally do, but most of my current work is abstract. I raised four daughters and now that they are grown I paint almost full time. I own another small business providing wait staff for events in Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and parts of Maine. I’m the daughter of a prominent New England Artist, not always easy to compete with. My dad had a very conservative style and pushed me in that direction. I chose to be a sculpture major in college to avoid the conflict! It wasn’t until years later that I picked up a brush and found that painting was the right path. Read more>>

Prakash Manden

FittedCloud was founded by a team of entrepreneurs with extensive experience in high performance/infrastructure/system level software development. After our previous startup (VeloBit – which was an SSD caching software company) was sold to HGST, we became part of the Cloud Infrastructure business unit at HGST. Despite the many advantages of public clouds, it was becoming clear to us that cost management was becoming a huge challenge for customers. In public clouds, customers pay for the resources provisioned and not necessarily what is used (contrary to popular belief). The burden of right-sizing resources is entirely on customers. Read more>>

Karlee Kimball

I grew up with 5 siblings, we are all very close, but there were tough times. I know now that it was supposed to be that way so I could learn, appreciate and become the person I am today. Paula (co-owner), also grew up with 5 siblings and she would agree that although it was tough it made her who she is today, an amazing and caring woman. I never thought that I would do what I am doing today, but knowing what I know now, I know it is what I am supposed to do. My background is very diverse, I have worked in restaurants, customer service, office management, administration, and human resource management. Read more>>

Romeyn “Ro” Murphy

I developed a love of both nature and photography early on. My grandfather and my father were both nature enthusiast who loved walks and hiking and they always had their cameras, so I guess these are traditions in my family. I experimented with photography here and there throughout my childhood years growing up in Southern New Hampshire. But it wasn’t until the past few years that I began to really delve into digital photography and nature more seriously. I would love to spend every moment of my life photographing the splendors of nature across North America and beyond. Read more>>

Amanda Bruce

When I was growing up, my mother would tell me stories about working as an aide at the Fernald State School in the late 1960’s. It sounded heartbreaking, so I pursued a career in musical theater instead. After that didn’t work out – shocking, I know – I realized her stories and compassionate way of life had left a significant imprint on me. I knew I wanted to help people to find their truth, but I also wanted to somehow intertwine my love of the arts into it. I also love to write and consider it to be an extremely effective therapeutic tool, personally. Writing was instrumental in recovering from my own mental health struggles, and I wanted to help others do the same. Read more>>

Tom Gillis

I’ve been a PGA golf professional for 30 years and have invented a putting training aid to help all golfers improve their putting. I’ve been teaching golf for so long that I’ve come up with this great training aid to help all golfers. I also have a grip trainer that will help most players as well. My experience over the last 30 years has really help me develop these training aids and help all golfers improve faster. My goal is to get people better faster and it seems to work with these great training aids. Read more>>

Cynthia Legault

In 1996 I started Financial Navigators as a 401(k) provider search firm after working 15 years in the financial district of Boston at banks, insurance companies, mutual fund companies, KPMG, and Buck Consultants. In 2005 the firm expanded to provide asset management and one-on-one consulting services after adding 2 partners whom I met at Merrimack College while attending the Certified Financial Planning Program in 2004. 12 years later and the firm employs 8 people (5 women and 3 men) in the Boston area, New Hampshire, New York and Georgia. Read more>>

Janelle Nicolo Monteiro

Janelle started competing in 2005 in The Fitness Universe organization and has since excelled in the fitness industry as a spokesperson for health and fitness- starting with being the 2007 ESPN Bikini America Short Class Champion to her 2013 WBFF PRO title! Janelle has appeared on FOX Boston as a fitness expert multiple times, in Oxygen magazine numerous times along with being featured in Muscular Development, Natural Health, Natural Muscle and Complete Woman magazines to name a few. Janelle truly has a passion for health and fitness. She feels there’s potential inside everyone to be the best they can be and she feels lucky to be part of their journey towards realizing that potential by educating and motivating her clients, no matter if it’s to reach a personal goal, lose weight or compete on the fitness stage in any organization! “I wanted to create an atmosphere where people felt the push of a team, could feel comfortable and confident in their own skin and push their limits while maximizing their full potential. Read more>>

Joanna Hall

I was an individual who was diagnosed with mental illness at a young age, to be exact the doc said I was a paranoid schizophrenic with auditory hallucinations, bipolar, with severe depression and anxiety. Shortly after that, which was my senior year in high school, I learned I also had a learning disability that had been ignored until then. You might ask what this has to do with anything to opening and running a business – but it has a lot to do with it. Going thru all of it had confirmed that I was different but not in a bad way. Read more>>

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