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

La Lammers

Director / Daymaker

Experience in education…

I have been teaching at Paul Mitchell The School Provo since 2001. I have been a Learning Leader, Core specialist, cutting and color specialist, Core leader, night school education leader, admissions leader, Future Professional adviser, and director. I was a national Core trainer for five years.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have worked behind the chair, but my passion is for education.

 

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

My mentor is Patti Budge. She was the director when I was in cosmetology school; she saw my potential, and helped me to not only see it, but to become what I am today. I try every day to be a “Patti” to others.

 

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

Knowing that I am helping to shape the future of our industry. I love helping the Future Professionals truly understand both "the what" and "the why" of cosmetology.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Each day is an opportunity to become a better person. Each day, I have the chance to make a difference in the world.

Zack Turnidge

Learning Leader / Daymaker, Paul Mitchell The School Provo graduate

Experience in the beauty industry…

I've been everything, from an assistant and stylist in a very busy upscale salon, to a barber in a downtown barbershop, to being a salon owner.

 

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

John Paul DeJoria and Vidal Sassoon. Also, my Learning leaders from my time in school.

 

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

Seeing the “aha moments," the attitudes change, and the passion start growing in the Future Professionals.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living your passion; reaching your goals and dreams and overcoming all the negativity; doing all the amazing and ridiculous things most people can only daydream of; always pursuing what you love...and Ferrari’s.

Steph Cook

Financial Aid Leader / Daymaker, Paul Mitchell The School Provo graduate

Experience in education…

I've done Mini Caper in 2009 as a Future Professional and Caper 2010/2011 as a Learning Leader.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I am a licensed cosmetologist and I do hair from my home.

 

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

Lyndsey McClure. She was one of my Learning Leaders when I was in school and is now my best friend. I have learned and am still learning so much from her. She has an amazing way of communicating and teaching that everyone understands, and she is easy to learn from.

 

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

My Future Professionals. I learn something new from them every day and I love them so much!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being a good person, helping those around you by performing little acts of kindness, lifting others up, and being a cheerleader for them.

Nikki Kelepolo

Learning Leader / Daymaker

Experience in education…

I've been teaching for nine years.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

Teaching and I have a home salon.

 

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

Jennifer Carnesecca is my mentor. She has shown me how to find the strength within myself.

 

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

Being a Daymaker is my favorite part of working here.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being happy and living life to its fullest.

Rhiannon Wright

Education Leader / Protege Specialist / Makeup Specialist / Daymaker, Paul Mitchell The School Provo Graduate

Experience in education…

I have been teaching for three years.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have my own at-home salon. I've also done Caper for the past four years, working backstage and teaching in the Learning Lounge.

 

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

Stephanie Kocielski. She is a beautiful person who is an amazing platform artist. She has so much creativity. She inspires me to be the best me in all that I do.

 

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

Seeing the Future Professionals progress through the 1600-hour program. It's magical to see them grow in the industry and watch where it will take them.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To live in the moment and enjoy life. I also believe everyone deserves happiness, so help others any way you can so they can enjoy their life.

Michelle Swendsen Elwell

Future Professional Adviser / Final Phase Specialist / Daymaker

Experience in education…

I've been experienced in education with Paul Mitchell Schools for 16 years. I joined this amazing team in March, 1999.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I've been in the beauty industry for 22 years. It's absolutely rewarding. Making people feel and look beautiful is the most amazing part of this industry.

 

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

My mentor in the beauty industry happens to be a dear friend of mine, Brittney Troche, who I've had the pleasure of working with. Brittney is one of the most talented makeup artists. She's the most creative person I've ever met, and yet so humble. I aspire to be like her because she always pushes me to be creative and color outside of the lines. My second mentor is my mom. She is a fighter. She has taught me to never give up and to love unconditionally.

 

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

Definitely the Future Professionals. Making a difference in someone's life, and seeing them grow and change right before your eyes. Building confidence and skill in them means the world to me.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Seeking out the good in others. Praise often, and listen to what people have to say. Encourage, support, and love each other as you would want to be loved. Take time to make a difference. Show and tell people they matter. Be kind to yourself...no matter what!

Mandy Peterson

Service Desk Coordinator / Daymaker, Paul Mitchell The School Provo graduate

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have had my own in-home salon for three years.

 

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

Camille Parmenter. She has helped me develop my acrylic nails skills, which is my favorite service to perform.

 

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

Being able to watch the Future Professionals' confidence grow as they push out of their comfort zones.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being brave enough to live the life you want.

Kelly Nelson

Color Specialist / Learning Leader / Daymaker, Paul Mitchell The School Provo graduate

Experience in education…

I've been teaching for about a year.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I've been doing hair for seven years, four of which were in a salon.

 

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

La Lammers and Brittany Troche are my mentors. La ignited my passion when I started school. She was so caring and wanted everyone to learn. Brittany was also one of my teachers while in school. To see her grow into a traveling global makeup artist and platform artist is absolutely amazing.

 

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

I love working at Paul Mitchell because hair is my passion; to be able to share what I love with eager minds is the best gift.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being true to yourself, living life to the fullest, and making your own rules.

Judy Richards

Admissions Leader / Daymaker / Design Team Leader

Experience in education…

I have much experience studying advanced techniques in California and London. I've also had hands-on training with Jeanne Braa, Stephanie, Robert, and many more top Paul Mitchell designers.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I am the owner/hair designer at  A Head in Style. I was also the director of  Von Curtis Academy. I received international recognition in publications such as Modern Salon, American Salon, and Passion Magazine. I've instructed many programs, and have done hair design for photo shoots, modeling agencies, and beauty pageants. I am also the past president and vice president of National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association.  

 

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

Jeane Braa. I'm inspired by her love of people and the industry.

 

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

The Future Professionals, staff, and the amazing education that is always being updated and inspected to make us all unbelievably successful.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Loving everyone you meet!

Jessica Brost

Learning Leader / Daymaker

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have 23 years of experience in the field and six months of instructing experience.

 

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

Lena Gatenby, because she focuses on what’s most important. When you spend time with her, she is focused only on you, and she gives that same attention to everyone.

 

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

I love this school because I can be myself. I am learning and growing as an individual and instructor. I love the Future Professionals. I love the different personalities and diversity of the students. I enjoy my coworkers!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living and learning, accepting and appreciating my self and others. Giving to others what I hope to receive myself. Acknowledging that without God, nothing would be possible! And...finding something beautiful in each day!

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