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

David Wiinikka-Lydon

Guest Services Leader

Alicia Kent

Learning Leader

Jennifer Hernandez

Learning Leader

Jacob Nance

Marketing Leader

Samantha Harper

Education Leader, Phase Two Leader, Makeup Specialist, Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham graduate

Experience in education…

In 2008, I graduated from the instructor program at Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham. I’ve taught every aspect of our curriculum, and also teach salon classes for John Paul Mitchell Systems.

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have worked in a Paul Mitchell salon, behind the stage at hair shows, and have done makeup and hair for Broadway productions.

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

Robert Brown inspires me professionally by knowing the business and pushing me to grow. Stephanie Kocielski inspires me with her passion and creativity.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham is…

The energy, the atmosphere, and the outside-of-the-box education delivered keeps learning fun. 

To me, living beautifully means…

To make others around you feel beautiful, to give back to your community, and share your knowledge.

Kellee Lowe

Service Desk Coordinator

Bio coming soon 

Cliff Pope

Core Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I have been in education for 8 years now.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been in this industry for 26 years and have loved every minute!

 

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

Robert Brown. He has shown me that perseverance and steadfastness can make a name for you, and your name and your word are your bond in this industry. 

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham is…

The sense of family that has bonded us all together. From the top to the bottom, everyone is shown love, respect, and genuine care. Our mission is happy Future Professionals. Along with that comes happy everyone else!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Overcoming struggles. Because even the person who wants to see a person struggle grows from that person overcoming it. 

Denise West

Future Professional Advisor

Experience in education…

I have been a Learning Leader at Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham for four years.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have 35 years of experience in the beauty industry.

 

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

Beth Minardi, known for her hair coloring and her ability to teach color in a way that anyone can understand, because of her passion for the industry and hair color.

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham is…

Sharing what I have learned over the years with the Future Professionals, and the amazing talented team that I have the privilege of working with.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Taking care of yourself on the inside spiritually as well as your outer appearance. Someone told me once, "There is no such thing as an ugly person; there are lazy people." In other words, you can make the effort to look your best or you can walk out the door making no effort at all. It's a choice.

Catherine Whidby

Learning Leader, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I’ve been an instructor since August, 2009.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I’ve been in the beauty industry since 2006. I’ve traveled to Chicago, Florida, and Vegas for training with numerous of platform artists.

Jennifer Williams

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I began teaching in 2012. 

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

My cosmetology career began in 2006.

 

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

My life mentor is my mother, and my cosmetology mentor (although there are many) is Beth Mindardi. 

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham is…

I love working at Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham for the opportunities to grow that we are given every day. 

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being comfortable in my own skin, and allowing others to do the same. 

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