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Inspiring Stories from Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire

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 starsli from Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire and surrounding areas below.

Jessica Livingston

After about 10 years of doing event management in the hospitality industry, I decided that I needed a change. I loved doing events, but I felt like I needed something more fulfilling. I decided to start my own business in order to have the flexibility to work on the events and projects that I wanted to. Read more>>

Christopher Sidford MD and Kate Kielty

While vacationing on a remote Caribbean island, Christopher Sidford had a very real health scare with his own son. They were 300 miles away from any American hospital. The island doctor’s next scheduled visit was six days away, and the first ferry to the Caribbean airport wouldn’t depart for another 8 hours. Read more>>

Penny Meletlidis

After having worked in the corporate world for several years, I realized that my creative talents were constricted. I decided to run with my vision of starting my own graphic design business. I started off by freelancing for clients. Read more>>

Brett Gifford

I’m a Multimedia Designer working at Blue Bumble Creative and I’ve been here for almost 3 years. My love for creativity and design has long been with me since childhood. Modestly starting like others with pencil and paper drawings, I was quickly intrigued combining the creative & digital space. Read more>>

Francesca Ciani

During my many years of working in hospital settings and integrative health clinics as a massage therapist, I all too often saw patients abandon their health protocols, in particular, therapeutic bodywork, because there wasn’t enough time built into their visits to receive a full body massage. Read more>>

Erin Calvo-Bacci

In 2003 Erin Calvo-Bacci took over the retail store The Chocolate Truffle and in 2007 launched a manufacturing division Bacci Chocolate Design to support the business. The company started selling into other specialty stores and chains including The Paper Store. Read more>>

Miri Torres

CEO Miri Torres launched the brand – Arianna Skincare in 2006, creating a skincare line with minerals used in her own personal restoration following chemotherapy. “I am, of course, an advocate of Dead Sea minerals, but more importantly, a woman who has personally benefited from their use,” said Torres. Read more>>

Dylan Runnion

I am a metalsmith and woodworker. From an early age, I was passionate about building and creating objects. Some of my earliest memories consist of taking apart my toys to study the intricacies of their inner workings and challenging myself to reassemble them. Read more>>

David Wages

Where does one start their life journey? Was it in high school, college, medical school, or in residency training? to be fair, it is a little bit of all of the above and more. I grew up in Denton, Texas, a small town of 30,000 people located just north of Dallas, Texas. Read more>>

Chris Brown

“Go to Rome,” my Italian cousin said to me when he learned that I wanted to be an architect. I was 14. I find myself saying it often to aspiring architects, for that year abroad was formational and priceless. That year solidified my love of travel and I kept a sketchbook to collect memories of one fantastic place after another. Read more>>

Peter Zebbler Berdovsky

Groups are more powerful than individuals. Since my graduation from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2006, I’ve been exploring ways to bring live video performances and installations to concert environments. As projects grew and became more complicated, the work naturally had to expand to a larger team in order to be done right. Read more>>

Rick DeSancti

I’ve been producing and hosting networking events forever. I started doing this probably 25 years ago. I would host bus rides to Foxwoods, set up comedy nights, and of course, ave cocktail parties which catered to business people from all over and nonbusiness people as well. Read more>>

April Cushman

At five years old, my grandmother and grandfather gifted me my first Martin acoustic guitar. I had always been interested in my dad playing and singing along with him at church and other functions. My Dad had taught me the song “More” by Andy Williams, which was coincidentally the first song he ever learns when was five, also. Read more>>

Cheryl Richardson

I grew up in a family business where I worked with my dad as a tax consultant. I specialized in small businesses and through thousands of conversations with owners, learned a lot about what prevented them from achieving success. Read more>>

Carolyn Michelman

My journey has been a lifelong one; it was my second divorce in 2005 that my transformation really began to take hold of me. I was really feeling lost and broken with two small children I needed something to keep me focused and moving forward. Read more>>

Melinda Pavlata

I grew up a hippie child of the California 60’s, cartwheeling in the Pickle Family Circus with my guitarist dad and belly dancing professionally on Taverna stages in Athens, Greece with my mom. Making music and dancing was their calling and livelihood, and I was along for every detail of the unconventional ride. Read more>>

Scott McCurdy

Well, I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember, and carried that with me through college. I changed my major to Drawing as a Junior. Basically, because I already knew I was pretty good at it and figured it wouldn’t be very difficult. Through my four years, snowboarding was one of the most important things in mine, and my friends live. Read more>>

Connie Nye Clark

I started in the hospitality industry in my teenage years working in restaurants and for event venues. I have worked in catering in sales and event management and also as a venue manager for hotels and other unique event properties. Read more>>

Amy Swiniarski

My journey as a Psychic Medium began as a little girl born with the natural ability to connect to heaven. Incarnating into a strong Roman Catholic Family, I was always intrigued by church and spirituality. I have always had a deep connection with Christ, the Blessed Mother, and the angelic realm as far back as I can remember. Church felt like home to me. Read more>>

Kate Hartwell

The River Guild was created in response to our experiences at The Concord Birth Center. As a midwife for over a decade, several truths revealed themselves: 1) We become so close to our families that we genuinely hate saying goodbye to them at six weeks postpartum and 2) The need for mental and physical wellness options for prenatal and immediately postpartum moms and dads was overwhelming. Read more>>

Simone Linsin

I grew up in Germany (near Heidelberg) in a family with hospitality businesses: my grandparents had a butcher shop, my mother ran the catering unit, and my aunts owned the restaurant and cafe in the same building we all called home. Read more>>

Daryl Browne and Nastia Vanyukevych

We moved to Exeter, NH in 2015 and our daughter Soleil arrived in 2016. Within a few weeks, she developed a serious case of infant eczema. When it began worsening after 4 months, we met with allergists and dermatologists and tried countless lotions and ointments. Having grown up in Ukraine, Nastia knew of halotherapy as a possible source of relief. Read more>>

Kevin Burgess

As a youngster, I enjoyed training for my favorite sports hockey and skiing. I started skiing in high school and also played ice hockey as a goaltender. I consumed myself with learning how to train for these two sports and sought unique ways to train. Read more>>

Matt Shay

Back when I was 15 years old I installed a stereo in a friends first car that he purchased from a Bradlee’s Store. That’s when I fell in love with mobile electronics. The passion grew over the next couple years and upon graduating high school I decided to forgo my background in plumbing and enter car audio school. Read more>>

Nadine Briggs

Simply Social Kids began in 2007 but I had personally been studying social skills since 1996 when my daughter, Megan, was born with Down syndrome. Megan was less than a day old when I decided that teaching her social skills was going to be a top priority. Read more>>

Melanie McCarthy

When I began Nosapo it was a collection of the work that I had done so far, research that I have both written and collected from other sources, and materials that I had written and used in my teaching.My initial purpose was to create a platform to share these resources with anyone else that would find them useful (this is still a component of our purpose). Read more>>

Beth Hylan and Liz Ferreira

Beth has had a passion for nature and “curiosities” since she was a little girl. After going to agricultural school for floral design, she opened several small shops when her children were young. After a few adventures being a shopkeeper in other communities, a spot opened in Beth’s hometown of Wakefield. Read more>>

Rita Parisi

I became very frustrated with the lack of paying acting jobs. Though I was working full time reenacting the Salem Witch Trials in Salem, I wanted more expanded acting work where I could express myself. One day, I visited Brimfield Antique Mart and I came across a beautiful period dress from the turn of the last century that fit me. Read more>>

Jessica and Fabio DaSilva

As we all know life doesn’t go as planned. For starters it’s was built from nothing. This is a family owned business so of course myself and my brother bumped heads. What family doesn’t have disagreements, right? We have different views and opinions but worked through it to make our business succeed. Read more>>

Sherre Lynn Weza

Born with a love for all animals, I was fortunate to have been raised surrounded by the love of dogs,cats, and even a talking parrot! It was until I became a dog owner myself that I quickly realized I belonged in this business. I can attest that a tired pup is a good pup. Read more>>

Sarah Boucher

I had this very fun job in college as a concert coordinator, scheduling a series of live music events, and collaborating with an event council that planned larger events for the student body. My two years on that event council gave me a taste of some of the things I do today– event planning, marketing, hosting an event, management, and especially the rewarding experience of creating the environments where memories are made, and culture is created. Read more>>

Joe Carnevale and Steve Duarte

Joe had been working with Sears for over a decade, managing their window business in Texas and roofing in New England when he transferred into the HVAC division. Steve at Airco was one of his top installers. Joe saw the writing on the wall with Sears and felt he could bring better value to the New England marketplace on his own. Read more>>

Karen DeVincent

I started my career in the cosmetic industry working at the Lancome cosmetic counter at the age of 17 and instantly fell in love with the business. I was promoted through various positions and accepted a job as the Chanel regional Make-up artist for Filene’s, Saks, Neimans, Bloomingdales and the Chanel boutique on Newbury Street building my clientele and cementing my reputation as a respected professional makeup artist in the industry. Read more>>

Paul Gustafson

After working for 10 years at Massachusetts General Hospital and in homecare Hospice, I was ready for a change and wanted to pursue self-employment. I was interested holistic modalities and had used hypnosis for my own public speaking phobia while in college and it worked great. Read more>>

Kristin Khederian

I’ve been working in the wellness world since 2008, where I started off managing yoga and pilates studios. I have a degree in business marketing and international studies and have always been passionate about fitness, so studio manager was a natural fit for me. Read more>>

Jessica Doane

It all started back in high school with a business project we had to create. Mine was a fashion boutique for women. That was the first idea I ever had of opening up my own store. Back then it never really seemed like I could back that into my reality. Read more>>

Tim Baines

Personally, I started working in restaurants when I was 14. While working my way through college, I was a General Manager for Weathervane Seafood Restaurants. After graduating, I decided to move into corporate where I had a brief stint with Chili’s. From there I moved on to manage two of the better restaurants in the Manchester area, C.R. Sparks in Bedford (now closed) and the Hanover Street Chophouse. Read more>>

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