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Inspiring Stories from Quincy

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 Quincy and surrounding areas below.

Valerie Ugrinow

If someone told me ten years ago that I would be making a living teaching yoga on Cape Cod, I would have thought they had gone mad. At that time, I was in San Diego, working in clinical research. From there, I went on to Boston for two years for a job with Boston Children’s Hospital, managing the clinical research for the Division of Sports Medicine. Research was my passion. Read more>>

Wendy Hernandez

While working in education, I built strong relationships with influential leaders who would often share how they wished they had someone like me on their team. I noticed a need and during the Winter break of 2103, I thought of how I could offer services to address that need. I quit education the next month with my mentor’s stamp of approval, “They are going to love you, but if it doesn’t work out, you always have a job with me,” she told me. Read more>>

Laura Raymond

My love for hair began many years prior. As long as I could remember, I was styling my doll’s hair to keep up with the hottest trends. I would watch my uncle, an established stylist in Framingham work his magic. The atmosphere of his salon was so fun, and he made people so happy. That really motivated me to pursue my passion for owning my own salon. Read more>>

Jacqueline Santos

My photography journey began 5 years ago after my oldest daughter was born. My daughter was photographed by the talented Mary Macomber of Pebbles and Polka Dots Photography. I was completely amazed by Mary’s talent and skills. I was lucky she was mentoring a student during our daughter’s session. Read more>>

Matthew Bruninghaus

I started a successful college career at Lasell College in Newton, Boston. In the summer of 2009, I spent my time training athletes in a sports performance facility, and in the summer of 2010, I went to Wales for an internship, gaining experience in coaching youth sports. In 2011 after a serious injury my college soccer career ended, and I decided to focus on coaching others. In 2012, I started my soccer coaching career. Read more>>

Ashley O’Doherty

I had always wanted to become a hairdresser. From styling hair at cheerleading competitions to helping a friend get ready for a night out, it was always what I wanted to do. I starting working in a salon when I was 16 and never stopped. When it came time to graduate high school, I wanted to go directly to cosmetology school. After talking with my parents, we decided it was best to get a college degree first. Read more>>

Kerry Henry

I’ve been a hairstylist for over 10 years now. (That still blows my mind every time I say that!) I went to school in Boston @ Blaine (now Empire Beauty School). From there, I became an assistant at James Joseph Salon on Newbury. Although I was only there about a year, that’s where I really felt like I chose the right career for me. The stylists were so stylish, so hip, so individual. Read more>>

XO The Girls Event Rentals

My love for design and creativity, as well as the event industry, inspired me to focus solely on creating fabulous events. I recruited my sister and we quickly became “The Girls”. Our gift store became not only a resource for clients planning events but also a place clients could design and rent items. I joined numerous organizations to keep up with the changing industry and was so fortunate to work with amazing mentors in the industry sharing their support for our company. Read more>>

Abby Gray

With a lifelong history of catering and entertaining professionally and privately, and my deep love to “feed the people”, I decided to create Cooking with Abby! To build my company from a formal grounding in culinary skills, I went back to college, and graduated from BU Culinary School after 500 hours of instruction. During that time, I learned from, and cooked with, Master Chef Jacques Pépin and many other amazing and talented chefs – Read more>>

Alyssa McNamara Reed

Not many people are lucky enough to say that! Work-life balance is so important. I know they will be grown in the blink of an eye, and I don’t want to have any regrets. I will say that my clients are so understanding of this, and while I may not be in the office M-F 9-5, with technology these days, I am always available. It’s so nice to wake up in the morning and love going to work. Read more>>

Bryan Prendeville

When I was eighteen after I graduated high school, my family was moving out of the house I grew up in. I came home late one night to find an old 35mm film camera on my bed. My mom had found it cleaning out the house. I promised myself that I would learn how to use it. I didn’t know anything about photographing, but the camera itself was so intriguing to me. Read more>>

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