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

Rachel White

Future Professional Advisor

Experience in education…

I am a VCCS graduate.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Nine years.

 

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

My mother, Deborah Lynn Hampton.

 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard College Slidell is…

The Future Professionals and our "Be Nice or Else" culture.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Achieving success and staying humble!

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.

Melanie Rome

Operations Leader

Experience in education…

I worked providing tutoring services for struggling freshmen.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have seven years of prior experience in the cosmetics industry. Most recently, before my employment with Vanguard, I assisted in the daily business operations of a successful salon.

 

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

The person who most inspires me is my husband. He is confident in all of his endeavors, yet never arrogant. He believes in me unconditionally, even when my own confidence falters.

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard College of Metairie, a Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

Surrounding myself with the energy of my fellow team members and of the Future Professionals. I love being employed in an academic setting!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Finding appreciation in the little things, having an open heart, and a clear mind. 

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 beauty school for esthetics on a full scholarship. Upon graduation, I worked in admissions and traveled to Alabama, Iowa, and Florida as a director of admissions and eventually an assistant director. After moving 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 ever 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 College of Metairie, a Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

I get to make a difference in the lives of other people daily by doing what I love! Our owners foster creativity and leadership, which has been a huge motivation 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!

Erin Michelle Tracey

Regional Sales Leader, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I joined the 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, 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, at a Thomas Cousins Salon. He gave me the tools to become a motivated and inspired educator. 

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

I cannot say that I have a particular mentor; I would say 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 I have taken so many lessons along the way that have molded me into the person I am. 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard College of Metairie, a Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

The acceptance I feel from just being ME, and the opportunity to make a difference in so many people's lives. 

To me, living beautifully means…

It starts from the inside of us all. I started cosmetology school with the mindset that I will fall in love with myself, and throughout my journey and tremendous growth, I can honestly say there is no one else I would rather be and nowhere else I would rather be. I live life beautifully daily.

Marlo Gavin-Carter

Regional Education Leader, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I’ve been a cosmetology instructor nine years, and have held the title of Core leader, cutting specialist, Future Professional adviser, education leader, and school director. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Licensed hairdresser for 20 years and salon owner for seven. 

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

Personally inspired by Viola Hills Williams Moses, my grandmother. Professionally by Stephanie Kocielski, vice president of education for John Paul Mitchell Systems. 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard College of Metairie, 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.

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