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Inspiring Stories from Metrowest & Worcester

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 Wortcester and surrounding areas below.

Megan Boitano

Owning a private nutrition counseling practice was never something I envisioned. However, the journey of my career had this destination in mind all along. My ambitions have always been clear and for the first 10 years of my career, I put in long hours and climbed the ladder to a management position at a large, trauma hospital. Read more>>

Jacqueline Kane

I always thought I was great, I was working, going to the gym 3-4 times a week, meditating, overall I was feeling ok. Looking back on my life you could really say I was depressed. When our life is dysfunctional, we always seem to think “Everything’s fine…it’s great.” I know that’s what I thought. Read more>>

Amanda Money

I’ve always loved to dance and started with formal lessons as a little girl of probably no more than 5 years old. I told my mother that I wanted to “do that” as I pointed to the classroom of tap dancers while we waited for my oldest sister to finish her gymnastics lessons. Read more>>

Shana Perry and Brittney Love

Shana and Brittney met in Boca Grande Florida when Shana owned her bakery/cafe. Brittney was a budding photographer with no business sense, so Shana stepped in to help create Brittney’s photography business. as some time went on, Shana sold her business and they decided to do take a stab at running a photography business. Read more>>

Jennifer McGowan

I have loved to dance ever since I was very little. Watching my joy in movement, my mom signed me up for my first ballet class and I knew from that day on that dance would always be a part of my life. At a young age, I knew I wanted to work with children. Read more>>

Amy Lynn Chase

I first opened a Mobile vintage clothing shop called Haberdash Vintage. I would source all of the clothing and stock the vintage trailer for different shows and pop-ups. A few years into that I began looking for a storefront and that is how the Crompton Collective was born. Read more>>

Andrea Wasik

My son Oscar had the idea for the business after having worked for a couple of local moving companies. Almost 11 years ago, we started the company with one truck. We worked out of our basement. My brother William came on board from the start. His abilities as a mechanic have enabled us to save money and keep our trucks in good running condition. Read more>>

Robert Black

Robert Black Entertainment was started in 1984 providing services in the music business such as DJ’s, solo acts, duo’s trios and full bands. Through the years we became a household name in entertainment and worked events, and functions throughout New England including private parties, and corporate functions. In 2012 Robert Black focused his attention on becoming one of the areas most sought after tribute artists, offering shows for every event that could be asked for. Read more>>

Samantha Elfland and Peter Laufer

Metropolitan was started in 1984 by Stuart & Mike Elfland, Samantha’s father, and grandfather respectively, and Stuart still runs the business today. What started off as 1 location with 3 employees has grown to 4 locations, a manufacturing facility, and over 180 people. Read more>>

Julie Dalbec

I am a licensed Occupational Therapist with extensive pediatric, work hardening, orthopedic, surgical and rehabilitation experience. I am also a nationally accredited Acupuncturist and Herbalist and I like to focus my expertise in the areas of pediatric conditions, women’s health (general and pre/post-natal), musculoskeletal, work-related injuries, and complex medical conditions that don’t seem to respond fully to Western Medicine interventions. Read more>>

Luiz Thomaz DaCosta

After working for many years for American companies such as SC Johson and Ecolab, in Brazil, we moved to the US at the end of 2007, to introduce an institutional line of papers from Brazil, in the US market. With the collapse of the economy in 07/08, the Brazilian paper company canceled the project, and due to visa restrictions and other impediments, the only way to make a living was to have our own business. Read more>>

Hannah Gyovai

Grace Ceremonies started with a calling – literally. During a meditation in September of 2009, a voice whispered straight into my innermost heart, “Your purpose is to be a minister.” The voice I heard was definitely inside me – I opened my eyes to see if anyone else had heard it! Read more>>

Hannah Green

I fell in love with this industry at a very young age. My dad being a chef in Las Vegas for many years was definitely what got me interested, but the people I have met along the way have kept me going. I feel as though anyone with family/loved ones in this industry always here them say “don’t get in the restaurant business, you’ll have no life!”, or “you don’t want to open a restaurant, it’s too much work”. Read more>>

Jeanne Burow

After spending 28 years at Xerox Corporation, delivering world-class service to many Xerox customers. I was looking for a new challenge. A friend of mine was running a very successful cleaning company and offered to mentor me. There was a local cleaning company for sale and the rest is history. Read more>>

Roshanak Khairkhah

I was always inspired by prominent European fashion figures such as the house of Christian Dior, Coco Channel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (aka Valentino). I’ve been always fascinated with European Fashion and disappointed about the fact that those options weren’t available here in Boston. Read more>>

Kelly Bottari

With my first pregnancy, I began an immediate passion to know and understand all the intricacies of pregnancy, birth, and newborns. I would continuously seek out information, fascinated by the complexities of how a new life is created and enters the world. Read more>>

Sara Rose Page

I experienced yoga for the first time when I was 17, in my first year of college, and I was teaching by the time I was 21. I didn’t know it then, but from that very first class I began a journey that has brought me home to myself and allowed me to build a life I did not dream as a child that I could ever have. Read more>>

Erika Goddard

I fell in love with photography when I was 9 years old, taking pictures of flowers, family and anything in front of me! I ended up choosing a different career path once I graduated high school but once my daughters were born I became a stay at home mom and I decided it had been a long time dream of mine and it was worth a shot!! Read more>>

Michelle Drolet

As founder of Towerwall, I have to say my proudest moment was when I sold my company and then… I rebought it! I remained active on the board and when I realized the direction the new owners were taking I decided to make a bid and buy it back, three years after selling it. Read more>>

Virginia Orlando and Candace Atchue

Seed to stem found its beginnings in 2011 when two best friends started making terrariums for fun in their spare time. Soon after they realized they had a talent for creating these tiny worlds and started bringing their work to local craft shows where they were received with enthusiasm. Read more>>

Tracy Kraus

We began our small chamber music “project” in 2006. What began as a response to hear more chamber music concerts in Worcester quickly grew to an organization that performs 15+ concerts in Greater Worcester and runs 2 successful education programs. Read more>>

Caitlin Shea

My college years were an odd time. I went to a Catholic University near NYC which carried a strong focus on Vincentian and giving. However, it was during those years that in the time between competitive debating and neurological research that I battled a very deep and at times life-threatening depression. Read more>>

Justine Budhram

My first experience with yoga was in an acting class in college; we did sun salutations as a warm up for the class. I have never been a naturally flexible person, and could never even touch my toes! By the end of a semester of a couple sun salutations per week, I was able to touch my toes for the first time, so I decided to make yoga a regular part of my life. Read more>>

Bonnie Lefrak

I fell in love with fitness way back in the early 90’s with my local Jazzercise class. I loved everything about it especially the community. Soon I was teaching classes and learning more about exercise, I was hooked. By 1998 I had moved on to personal training, and teaching spinning, kickboxing, and muscle conditioning classes in large gym facilities while also working full time in fitness management. Read more>>

Ted Kistner

I started working in the music industry at The House of Blues in Orlando, Fl in 1999 as a stagehand. I worked my way to Stage Manager, Audio Engineer, and Lighting Director by the age of 20. From there I went on to tour with multiple Heavy Metal acts all over the globe. Read more>>

Walter Pierowski

As a skateboarder in the 80’s, I always found skateboarding to help me become a better person. With each trick learned, each obstacle overcome, my perseverance paid off and taught me the value of solid effort and hard work.I learned about far off places through magazines, met new friends from different towns, being a part of a small subculture opened new doors outside of my small hometown in New Jersey. Read more>>

David Feakes

The story of our law firm is really the story of my family. One of the main reasons I started my own firm was to be able to spend more time with my oldest daughter who had just turned one. Commuting from Littleton, MA to Boston and back took up 3 hours of every day. Read more>>

Marguerite Cormier

The 1st 10 years of my life, my family was in the military. My Dad was a great cleaning influence, although he did not have much time, whatever he was cleaning always came out so nice. I liked to help him. Then when I grew up I always kept my car very clean, then in college, I started detailing cars and was getting paid for it. Read more>>

Christine Zarazinski

I get asked this question on the job all the time. “How did you get into this?” “Did you go to art school?” The easy answer is no, I’ve just always liked art. The more complicated answer is, I was sick of bartending on the weekends. Dealing with horrible managers, drunks, and late night hours made me search for other job ideas. Read more>>

Joe Peterson

I started as a teen. A friend showed me how and I started doing simple things for myself, friends and family. I had always been into art, so this was another outlet for me. I had no intention of making it a career, it was just something fun to do. I was young and before I knew it had a wife and kids to support. Read more>>

Bonni Carson DiMatteo

When I was fresh out of graduate school and prior to starting Atlantic Consultants (, I was offered a position as CEO of a start-up social entrepreneurship company. As the first person hired, I had to grow the company with no blueprint, staff, or processes. Read more>>

Kim Gebo

The first yoga class I ever attended was because of my daughter, Gabby, dragged me along. I didn’t know much about yoga, but I still remember how different I felt that day of my first class. This led to me joining my daughter to sign up for a yoga teacher training at Frog Pond. Read more>>

Dan Lepore

My partner, Darrald Mitchell and I met 15 years ago while working together in management for Walgreens pharmacy in Framingham, MA. After years of working for someone else, we decided to explore what opportunities there might be to go into business for ourselves. Read more>>

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