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

Eric Horton

Owner / Director

Experience in education…

14 years in administration. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Marketing and international sales experience. 

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

My father—a great example of hard work and integrity. 

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

The high-energy atmosphere. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Choosing to be happy.

David Bart Horton

Director / Owner

Experience in education…

I have been with Paul Mitchell since 2008. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Goldwell sales representative. 

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

My parents. 

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

Watching and helping Future Professionals become empowered to change and better their futures / lives. 

To me, living beautifully means…

A life of service to others.

Heather West

Admissions Leader

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

My mother, who had cancer for a large portion of her life, but was always a fabulous host and a great hugger! 

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

Watching the Future Professionals grow. They start out as strangers touring the building and quickly turn into part of a family. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Loving yourself, being bold, and always following your heart.

Mary Jenkins

Financial Aid Leader/Enrollment Team

Experience in the beauty industry…

Four years. 

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

My father. He lived his life as such a strong role model. He taught me to rise to challenges but always with integrity. 

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

Watching the inspirational creativity and amazing journey our students travel during their time with us. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Striving each day to be the very best me; always being compassionate, kind, and honest.

Demitria Johnson

Final Phase Specialist/Cutting Specialist

Experience in education…

Product knowledge and textured hairstyling training from Design Essentials. I also received additional intense training through Paul Mitchell Systems in color, cutting, texture, and makeup. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I’ve been a successful salon manager at Supercuts, and an amazing barber/stylist at Sport Clips. I also owned and operated Salon Dakaj for several years. In 2011, I decided to become an educator at Paul Mitchell The School Charleston. I also currently work at The Essence of Hair Salon. 

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

Robert Cromeans. His skills and style captivated my attention from the very first time I saw him. 

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

The continuous education for the Learning Leaders and witnessing the growth of the Future Professionals in knowledge and technical skills. 

To me, living beautifully means…

“Do not go where the path my lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.  

Eli Raley

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

Five years as a Learning Leader at Paul Mitchell The School Charleston. I also teach state CEU classes involved with in-salon education. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Sixteen years. I've been in international and national publications and a featured artist at hair shows. 

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

Paul Boldman—salon owner for 40-plus years. Also, my first boss who molded me into the stylist and educator I am today. 

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

The Future Professionals—the look on their faces when they “GET IT!” 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living true to oneself.

Bonnie Marie Ferneding

Service Desk Coordinator

Experience in education…

Licensed Cosmetologist. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Two years. 

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

My children are the ones who have inspired me the most. I wanted to show them that you can fulfill your dreams! 

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

Watching the Future Professionals succeed, follow their dreams, and make their guests feel wonderful. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Beauty starts from the inside. Be kind and your beauty will show.

Michelle Trimer

Phase Two Learning Leader/Night Future Professional Advisor, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

Phase Two Learning Leader since 2010. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I worked as a salon coordinator for two years. I am very active in the community, giving back, volunteering for Haircuts from the Hearts, and other "Be Nice (or Else)" events. 

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

Jan Ryan and Audra Turner. 

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

My work family, the culture, and most importantly, the Future Professionals. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being happy, helping others, and having a career that doesn’t feel like a job!

Lauralyne Wilkerson

Service Desk Coordinator

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

Bob Marley, because he tells me everything is going to be alright. 

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

Coaching and supporting the Future Professionals from their Core start date until their clap out. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living by your own standards.

Matrina Lowe

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

Two and a half years. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

14 years. 

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

The continual education. The balance of educating and guest service. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Knowing my purpose in life.

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