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Meet some of the Learning Leaders and team members who make Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa so special.

Paul Maly

Director of Education and Schools

Experience in education…

I served as director of education Maly’s Inc. (Schools and Distributorship) from 2008–2010, and currently as director of education and schools (Excel Salon Products) since 2010.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I worked full-time as a sales rep and director since 2001, but in many ways my whole life.

 

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

Both my grandfathers and my dad.

 

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

The positive energy and chance to introduce people to an industry that has been so good to me.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Learning new things and having adventures, and sharing them with others.

Brandi Maly

Assistant to the Director of Education, Marketing Leader

Experience in education…

Licensed Educator K-8, Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts, Reading and Early Childhood.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

16 years in the beauty industry-Front Desk Coordinator (5 years) Salon Manager (5 years) Director of Social Media and Education Assistant Excel Academies of Cosmetology and Excel Salon Products (6 years).

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

My mentor is my grandmother and my husband.

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Lansing is

Favorite thing about working at PMTS Lansing is the fresh creativity and enthusiasm of the Future Professionals, the strong family atmosphere, the energy and positive culture of the team.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living beautifully means ending each day with a grateful attitude and knowing you helped others.

Michelle Laing

Financial Aid Leader and Future Professional Advisor

Experience in education…

I have a Bachelor's Degree in accounting, and I've been a cosmetology instructor for 18 years.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been a cosmetologist for 25 years and have had the opportunity to work in high-end salons, as well as in the school for almost all of those 25 years.

 

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

My dad. I am inspired by him because he taught me the value of finding the good in every situation.

 

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

My favorite thing is when a Future Professional learns something for the first time or has a great “aha” moment.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being kind and caring and having a great sense of humor.

Deb Hogan

Education Leader / Future Professional Adviser

Experience in education…

I have been a licensed Learning Leader for 37 years.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been a cosmetologist for 38 years and have worked in salons and school for the entire time.

 

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

My parents. They inspire me because they always said I could.

 

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

Being able to inspire the next generation.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Having the ability to make others feel beautiful.

Cidney Magee

Core/Protégé Specialist

Experience in education…

I have been a licensed Learning Leader for two years.

                       

Experience in the beauty industry…

I decided to follow in my mother’s footsteps and become a cosmetologist. I have been licensed and actively working in a salon for the past 10 years.

                                                                   

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

David Pressley. He worked as well as taught in the industry for 86 years and always remained humble.

 

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

Watching the Future Professionals go from not even knowing how to hold a comb to being a professional!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Always seeing the good in a situation even if it’s hard to find.

Ana Gadaleto

Core Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I received my instructor license four years ago and started working for Paul Mitchell The School Lansing in 2016.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been a licensed cosmetologist since 2006.

 

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

Deb Hogan. She was my instructor for cosmetology school in 2006. She inspired me to want to be an instructor. I love and respect her, and aspire to be just half the person she is. I feel honored to work next to her!

 

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

I cannot wait to come to work, every day is new and exciting. This is my second home. My team members are family to me!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Feeling good about yourself on the inside and outside, and being beautiful both inside and out.

Amanda Collins-Lightfoot

Learning Leader

Experience in education…
Licensed instructor for 9months. Working as an instructor for a month. 

Experience in the beauty Industry...
Two years 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…
My mom. She always told me I was born for the beauty industry and always pushed me to go pursue it. Finally after she passed away I started my journey and excelled quite quickly leading me to an amazing position at PMTS Lansing 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Lansing is…
My amazing coworkers and students. They brighten each day with their amazing hearts  

To me, living beautifully means…
Living life in the best light and love possible. Living beautifully is being the best you and pushing yourself to strive for greatness. 

Erin Afton

Service Desk Leader

Experience in education...
Licensed cosmetologist since 2004

Experience in the beauty industry...
A well rounded background in management, wholesale beauty supply and salon experience.

My mentor, or the person who most inspired me is...
Is Princess Di- She supported over 100 charities and was an amazing philanthropist.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Lansing is...
Paul Mitchell The School is not just a school.  It's a family!

To me, living beautifully means...
Being kind, caring about others and loving yourself.

Lori

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I have been in the teaching aspect for 6 years.

Experience in the beauty Industry…

39 years.

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

My Father.

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

Progressive and professional.  A wonderful team working together to bring great education to our future professionals.

To me, living beautifully means…

My family and to be positive, or seek out the positive in each daily event given to me.

Hera Barr

Admissions Leader

Experience in the beauty Industry…
I have been in the cosmetology industry for over 7 years working in salons and freelance hair and makeup. I can't wait to grow in an educational setting.

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…
I have never met a harder working person than my mom. She is absolutely brilliant and never ceases to amaze me with her drive and ambition. She has always been my biggest cheerleader;supporting me through all of my endeavors.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Lansing is…
The culture is absolutely amazing. I also love being surrounded by so many talented team members. It really is a second family.

To me, living beautifully means…
Looking forward to the future, pursuing dreams, and living each day to the fullest.

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