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A Paul Mitchell Partner School Team

Meet some of the team members who make Paul Mitchell The School Baton Rouge so special.

Taylor Foster

Regional Marketing Leader

Experience in the beauty industry…

With a mother who was a part of the beauty industry my entire life and prior experience in retail management and cosmetics, I feels as though I found the perfect fit to combine all of my passions into one role. I’m also passionate about makeup; I have obtained incredible experience and knowledge in makeup & skincare with a work history from Sephora and Dior Cosmetics.

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My mentor and inspiration is my Mother, Lisa. She has a huge heart, but she’s also incredibly strong. I think it’s great when someone can master having two qualities like kindness and strength. There’s often a line between the two, but she’s always known how to give a kind word when needed, but still push me to be the best version of myself at the same time. I love her for that. 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Baton Rouge, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

As a Vanguard Team Member you have the ability to create opportunities for yourself. If you want reach a goal, you just push yourself and do what you have to do to get there. You will not only achieve what you set out to do, but you’ll do so with an entire team backing you. There is nothing more incredible than having a group of people that support you, genuinely care about you & want to celebrate your success, I think that sets us apart as a company.

To me, living beautifully means…

To me living beautifully means being a light for your peers. There’s a quote I absolutely love that says “Be somebody that makes everyone feel like somebody.” I think that’s really powerful. Of course living beautifully could be classified as wearing a beautiful lipstick or having really great hair, but I think creating positive energy and giving people a piece of that is truly living beautifully.

Carolyn Gai

State Board Specialist

Experience in education…

I’ve been a licensed educator in the state of Louisiana for 36 years. I have held positions such as cosmetology educator, nail tech educator, and esthetician educator, and have also taught all specialties within the school setting. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I’ve been licensed as a cosmetologist for 37 years and have worked in three salons. I’ve served in the capacity of cosmetologist, nail technician, and esthetician. I became a Paul Mitchell Associate and National Educator in 2001. I’ve worked as a Vanguard Team member in many capacities since 2002. 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

I have more than one. As a stylist, it is Corin Koehl—a member of Hair America and owner of salons and beauty schools. She was a very talented stylist. The other two would have to be Mark and Lisa Palermo. Both of them have given me lessons on how to be a great person and business owner and how to treat others. I could go on and on! 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Baton Rouge, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The team and teamwork! 

To me, living beautifully means…

Doing your best to help others achieve their goals. In doing so, you make dreams come true.

Amy Abadie

Future Professional Advisor

Experience in education…

I attended the University of New Orleans for two years with an emphasis in Education.  However my most recent experience has been guiding my children in their school work, along with teaching and coordinating annual Vacation Bible Schools in my community.  I also served as the PTA president in my children's school for eight years.   

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have three years experience in the spa and beauty industry having worked in both the salon and spa settings. It is here that my passion to inspire others to be their very best is fulfilled. 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My mentor is my father.  He is a self-made cattle farmer who not only is successful but continues to give back at every opportunity.   

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Baton Rouge, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

In my short time at Vanguard, my favorite aspect is the amazing warmth and genuine kindness that has been shown to me by my fellow team members. 

To me, living beautifully means…

To me living beautifully means to always be true to one's self, appreciating the small things, and LOVING well!

Alex Andrade

Regional Admissions Leader

Experience in education…

I have over nine years of experience working in college admissions.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I recently worked with a local college and helped them open their cosmetology program. I guided over 100 students to reach their cosmetology career goals.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My mother has always been the person who has inspired me the most. She is a strong woman who raised four boys on her own and did whatever she could to make sure we had the best. Giving up was never an option.

 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Baton Rouge, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

Seeing students grow creatively and professionally and change their lives for the better.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Taking advantage of the beautiful places, things, people and ideas around us and utilizing that beauty in our lives to create tomorrow.

 

Erin Michelle Tracey

Regional Sales Leader, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I joined Paul Mitchell Schools in 2010 as a Core Learning Leader, and after teaching two amazing Core classes I became the Phase Two Learning Leader. 

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I loved inspiring and motivating Future Professionals and leading them to become professionals in this industry. I drew from my experience as a hairstylist to guide and lead an amazing Phase Two program. I had the privilege of being able to learn under a wonderful educator, Thomas Cousins; he gave me the tools to become a motivating and inspiring educator.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

I cannot say that I have a particular mentor, because I have so many. I never take an opportunity for granted to learn from someone else. I have had the honor of meeting and interacting with so many empowering and impactful people in my career and have learned many lessons along the way that have molded me into the person I am.

 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Baton Rouge, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The acceptance I feel to just be me and the opportunity I have to make a difference in so many people's lives.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Starting from the inside. I started cosmetology school with the mindset that I would fall in love with myself. Throughout my journey and tremendous growth, I can honestly say there is no one else and nowhere else I would rather be. I live life beautifully every day.

Marlo Gavin-Carter

Regional Education Leader, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I have been a cosmetology instructor for nine years and have held the titles of Core leader, cutting specialist, Future Professional advisor, education leader, and school director.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been a licensed hairdresser for 20 years and salon owner for seven years.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

I am personally inspired by my grandmother, Viola Hills Williams Moses. Professionally, my inspiration is Stephanie Kocielski, Vice President of Education for John Paul Mitchell Systems.

 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Baton Rouge, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The opportunity offered to those who are passionate about the beauty industry.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Allowing God's light to shine through you in everything you do.

Melissa Tierney

Executive Director

Experience in education…

I have been involved in cosmetology school education for eight and a half years.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I attended school to become an esthetician on a full scholarship. Upon graduating the program, I worked in admissions and traveled to Alabama, Iowa, and Florida as the director of admissions, and eventually the assistant director. After deciding to move back to Louisiana, I decided there was no other option for me but to join the Vanguard/Paul Mitchell family. It has TRULY been life-changing!

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

Steve Jobs. While I did not have the pleasure of meeting him, I am intrigued by his innovation and constant commitment to excellence. He never accepted mediocrity and pushed boundaries with every aspect of his life.

 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Baton Rouge, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

I get to make a difference in the lives of other people every day by doing what I love! Our owners foster creativity and leadership which has been a huge motivator for me to do the same with those I lead.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Giving selflessly to others without expecting anything at all in return and having integrity each and every day!

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