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

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 Merrillville is

Favorite thing about working at PMTS Merrillville 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.

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 Merrillville 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.

Stephanie Shultz

Director

Experience in education…

I have nine years of experience in education.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have 10 years of beauty industry experience.

 

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

My mom; she’s very driven. Her work ethic has shown me that hard work will always pay off; even if you’re the only one that notices.

 

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

The amazing culture we have. It is truly an incredible experience to work in a loving and supportive environment.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To be living in love and absolute acceptance of one another and celebrating those differences with love and support, not hate.

Ashley Palansky

Education Leader

Experience in education…

I have 10 years of experience in education.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have 11 years of experience in the beauty industry.

 

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

My aunt, Barb Litavecz.

 

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

The culture; being in a  positive environment every day. To be able to help the Future Professionals grow and succeed in a fun atmosphere.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To spread love, put a smile on people's faces, and stay true to myself.

Jennifer Laabs

Financial Aid Leader / Admissions Leader

Experience in education…

I have six years of experience with financial aid and two years of experience with admissions.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

The past two years have been my first experience in the beauty industry, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!

 

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

My dad has been the most influential mentor I’ve ever had, and I strive to emulate his work ethic and character traits every day.

 

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

The interaction I have every day with different groups of people. I have the amazing opportunity to see Future Professionals, guests, and professionals in the salon industry on a daily basis. Every day is an adventure that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living a life of genuine acceptance.

Daniel Reyes

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I’ve attended multiple classes to further my education and offer our Future Professionals various techniques.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have worked at two privately owned salons as well as a chain salon, and now Paul Mitchell The School Merrillville!

 

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

I have many mentors, but one of my favorites is Wayne Goss. He has a very easy method of applying makeup that can give simple looks or dramatic results.

 

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

Being able to have that continued excitement of learning something new and celebrating victories.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Celebrating who you are and embracing your creativity.

Jeanette

Learning Leader

Experience in education...
After earning my cosmetology license from excel academy, I decided to return to Paul Mitchell The School Merrillville for my instructor license. This is my first year as a learning leader.

Experience in the beauty industry...
I have worked at two privately owned salons for a combination of about nine years.

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is...
I have two people whom I truly admire, Mario Dedivanovic and Jen Atkin. They both are really hard workers and extremely talented.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Merrillville is...
Not only do I have an amazing team to work with but seeing the joy on a future professional's face after one of their many victories is always a great experience.

To me, living beautifully means...
Having the ability to share everyday of my life with the people I love the most and bringing some form of happiness to everyone around me. 

Sarah Watts

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I earned my cosmetology license and then trained at Excel Academies for my instructor license.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been licensed for two years and have worked behind the chair.

 

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

Makeup artist, Bobbi Brown.

 

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

I love working in this joyful, positive atmosphere; everyone is so happy and friendly.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being comfortable in life and where I’m at. I enjoy sharing my stories and experiences to help others.

Amber Simpson

Learning Leader

Experience in education…

This is my first job in education. I’m extremely excited about this opportunity.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have almost 10 years of experience in the beauty industry, but I can remember finger-waving my baby dolls as a child!

 

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

Beyoncé. Her talent was rejected at a young age and now has become such a success.

 

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

Seeing the smiles and excitement on the Future Professionals' and guests' faces whenever they come in.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Staying positive and motivated no matter what life throws at you, and completing all the goals you set for yourself.

Natalie Reyes

Service Desk Coordinator

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been licensed for two years.

 

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

I don’t just have one inspiration; I have many! I would say my family are my inspiration because they are all beautiful souls.

 

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

There is never a dull moment!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Expressing yourself freely and never being ashamed of who you are!

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