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

Marjie Christensen

Owner

Marjie Christensen, owner/director, retired as a commercial real estate broker in Las Vegas to partner with her son and daughter-in-law at Paul Mitchell The School Reno. She is a "wanna be" or "kitchen hair stylist" and enjoys watching the students do hair on the clinic floor. She has a passion and love for the students, and loves to "create magic" every day in the school. She and her husband love the beauty and the seasons of the Reno/Lake Tahoe area.  

Douglas Christensen

Owner / Director of Education, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

Paul Mitchell The School Provo and Paul Mitchell Advanced Education.

Experience in the beauty industry…

Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy team member, stylist, school owner, Paul Mitchell Associate and salon owner. 

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

Scott Cole. His commitment to excellence. 

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

Seeing Future Professionals graduate and enter the beauty industry. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Loving what you do, who you do it with and who you do it for.

Kyle Peralta

Financial Aid Leader

Experience in education…

I have a Bachelor's Degree in education and special education. I'm finishing up my Master's Degree in business administration. I worked in the public school system for two years and at Paul Mitchell The School Reno for two years. I'm currently in Core as a Future Professional. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

The only experience I have in the beauty industry is my month of Core! 

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

John Paul DeJoria. He is such a smart and successful businessman. The way he runs his companies and treats his employees is exceptional. He loves to give back and he is an incredibly generous man. He has such a strong work ethic and a great attitude toward life. I'm a firm believer that hard work pays off, and I think John Paul DeJoria is the perfect example of this. 

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

Seeing the Future Professionals grow, the progress they make throughout their schooling, and when they finally graduate—it makes me proud. I also love when we get to dance at the Caper launch. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Enjoying life by spreading laughter every day. I love doing what makes me happy and not letting the negativity in the world get me down. I believe that it is important to do things that make you feel good as much as making others feel good. The world is a much better place when everyone feels good, looks good, and is good to one another. I also believe in napping...napping can create magic.

Amy Christensen

Operations Leader

Experience in education…

I have a diverse education, including a Bachelor's Degree in business administration, as well as a cosmetology and instructor's license. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have worked the practical side as well as the business side. 

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

Every day is a different day. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being the best you.

Brandon Barron

Learning Leader, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I have been at Paul Mitchell The School Reno for a year in a half. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been doing hair behind the chair for four years. 

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

To see Future Professionals on their first day, and then to see how they have grown on their last day. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Doing what inspires you and being happy doing it. 

Erinn Davis

Future Professional Advisor, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I graduated from Phase Two, have continued my education with classes from Daniel Moses, and have taken Advanced Academy classes. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been in the industry for four years. 

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

My husband, Chad. He is the most selfless, hardworking person I know. He inspires me daily to be a better person. 

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

The wonderful staff that I have the pleasure of working with, and the amazing Future Professionals who keep me inspired. 

To me, living beautifully means…

To live in service of others; to make others feel happy and beautiful.

Ada Munoz

Admissions Leader

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have worked as a receptionist at a Paul Mitchell salon; they encouraged me to join the Paul Mitchell The School Reno family. 

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

My sister, Dana, has taught me how to be humble, show love and kindness to all, always look for the positive and never the negative in all things, and the outlook on everything will change. 

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

Our culture! We are a big, talented, hardworking family here. Future Professionals and staff care for each other tremendously. Truly blessed! 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being humble and laughing as often as I can. Finding the beauty in everything and everyone.

Jen Scheperle

Specialist, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been working at Paul Mitchell The School Reno since 2009. I have been the Core specialist, makeup specialist, skin specialist, theory specialist, and Future Professional adviser. After many Advanced Academy classes, I have been certified in level 4 cutting, level 3 texture, and level 2 color. I studied under Vivienne Mackinder in New York through Advanced Education classes. 

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

Vivienne Mackinder. She has had an extraordinary career. She has classical training with a strong understanding and background in the fundamental principles of hairdressing. She is precise and disciplined in everything she does. The thing I appreciate the most about Vivienne is her passion for learning and her belief in being a lifelong learner. 

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

When I walk through the doors, I am at my home away from home. My family is here. I love the wonderful people I work with who are dedicated to their careers, and who believe in the importance and value of education. My team works hard every day to live the Paul Mitchell culture, to create magic for our Future Professionals, and to help them follow their dreams of working in the industry. It is a beautiful thing to be a part of. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Whatever that looks like for you. Whether that is a career behind the chair, being a platform artist, a salon owner, or an educator at a beauty school. Whatever you choose to do, be happy doing it. Never stop learning, changing, and growing. Never stop dreaming and making goals. Give back. Show love and compassion to others. Hairdressers have the power to change a person with a single touch, so always leave people better than you found them.

Jennifer Swenson

Admissions/Sales Leader, Paul Mitchell The School Reno graduate

Experience in education…

I am a Paul Mitchell The School Reno graduate and Keratin certified. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have worked as a spa coordinator, a stylist, and this school now for over three years. 

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

Derrik Zeno, 2014 Color Zoom gold medal winner. Also, my mom, the hardest worker I have ever known. 

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

Everything. Hands down, this is the best career and company I could have ever chosen. The owners are so caring and passionate about this industry, I would never want to be anywhere else. 

To me, living beautifully means…

You were born to be real, not to be perfect. Be yourself, that is in itself a true beauty.

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