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Meet some of the team members who make Paul Mitchell The School Schenectady so special.

Sydney Phoenix

Service Desk Coordinator

Coming Soon

Michelle Gainor

Learning Leader

Experience in Education...
25 years as a licensed Cosmetologist! Nearly a decade working as an Educator in Cosmetology! I was a salon owner for 8 years, for 5 of those years we were a Paul Mitchell Signature Salon! I have 9 years of continuing education with Schwarzkopf color, 4 years as a mentor with Renns Co Quester III, and in 2017 it will be my 3rd year as Senior chairperson with the Regional Skills USA Competition held every year at Schenectady Community College with local high school BOCES and QUESTAR students to compete and move on to state competitions in the US. 

Experience in the Beauty Industry...
I figured it all out before I graduated high school! I went on to the Junior College of Albany, from there I entered a local beauty school in 1991 and graduated. My mother always said my horses hair always looked top notch at the horse shows!
 
The person who has most inspired me is...
My mentor is my Mother. She is now a retired. She taught me everything I know about hair. I had hands on to the “how to" on roller sets, perms, haircuts & especially upstyles!
 
My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the school...
I joined the PMTSS team in September 2016. Now teaching at PM aul Mitchell the school Schenectady, l I would have to say the POSITIVE vibes you get when you walk through the PM doors are very moving. Our staff and all learning leaders are VERY VERY welcoming and helpful. I'm so excited that PM allows us to use our experiences and relate it to the students. I laugh every day at our Pow Wow meetings. Excited to be teaching again to our future professionals & from what I've learned along my journey in hair...
 
To me, living beautifully means...
My family & my friends...count your blessings daily, because life is way too short. Nobody is perfect, I'm not!

Angie Luna

Learning Leader

Experience in Education...
I made the journey to PMTSS from California, where I was a licensed Cosmetology teacher for 4 years! I attended Milady Master Education Programs for continuing education as well. I am so excited to be a party of Paul Mitchell the school Schenectady as a Learning Leader, where I can continue to develop my skills and talent as an educator.

Experience in the Beauty Industry...
I graduated Avancé Beauty College in 2007, and currently hold a license as a Cosmetologist and Barber! I have worked as a Manager and stylist in San Diego, CA. I have also taken extensive continuing educational classes and always continue to learn from my fellow Learning Leaders and Future Professionals. 
 
The person who has most inspired me is...
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez because she revolutionized the sound of music and inspired so many around the world through her philosophy that hardships can be overcome through heart and dedication. Her music, although in an older era, still holds true and strong in today's age and generation in which one can dance, reflect upon, or cry to anytime. 
 
My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the school...
The fact that I am able to Inspiring the creative soul to learn in an ever-changing community of revolutionary ideas and free thinkers. That I'm able to have the resources around me to use my skills and knowledge of the industry to grow exponentially with Paul Mitchell and its Dynamic team.
 
To me, living beautifully means...
Living beautifully means living your own way, meaning that staying true and honest to yourself and others while keeping a sense of humor can allow us to be serious about the decisions we make in life, but not too serious where we aren't allowed to live it. Beauty lies within us all and around us all and if we can harness that idea, then we are bound by nothing in life. 

Justin Owens

Barbering Learning Leader

Experience in Education...
I've been an educator for approximately 10 years now and I've recently transitioned to educating in the field of barbering in 2016.

Experience in the Beauty Industry...
 I am a New York State Licensed Master Barber. I have been licensed and cutting professionally since 2003.

The person who has most inspired me is...
My wife. She has a determination, drive, strength, passion and unconditional love for life that has changed mine.
 
My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the school...
Pouring my passion for the art of barbering into every future professionals and drawing a love for the industry out of them.
 
To me, living beautifully means...
Waking up everyday seeing and knowing that my wife and children are safe. Going to work everyday enjoying what I do, being paid for it and enjoying every new life experience that God brings my way, with my family.

Steph Dempsey

Learning Leader

Experience in Education...
My journey through the cosmetology and aesthetics world brought me to Paul Mitchell the school Schenectady! I am so grateful to be a part of this team and to grow as a Learning Leader!

Experience in the Beauty Industry...
I have both my Cosmetology & Aesthetic NYS Licenses. I have been in the beauty industry for almost 13 years. I have worked in several salons and spas in the Utica, NY area, as well as Myrtle Beach, SC during my journey so far! I have built my clientele throughout the years by doing hair and makeup for weddings, styles for friends and family, traveled to do parties etc. Everything has blossomed from there. I am so grateful for all of the experiences I have had so far. It has made me the person I am today.
 
My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the school...
I have to say, my favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the School is EVERYTHING. I love the positive attitudes and vibes that this school gives off. The support and love that everyone has for each other is amazing & addicting. It's truly an honor to come into work everyday and love what i am doing, and who i am doing it with, along with who i am doing it for. Nothing makes me more happy then to see future professional advancing and doing well at it! Its the greatest feeling in the world.
 
To me, living beautifully means...
Living beautifully starts within yourself. If you don't love your self, you cant love anything. "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and to do some passion, some compassion, some humor & some style".

Amanda Quinn

Learning Leader

Experience in the Beauty Industry... 
I consistently challenge myself and push the envelope of styles and trends in order to make the art and science of cuts and colors. • 20 years experience including a solid foundation as a Paul Mitchell Educator • Paul Mitchell focus Salon Owner for 5 years • Life long learner, continuously pursuing advanced education with more than 100 specialty classes completed • Instructor to cosmetology assistants for 15 plus years

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the school...
The opportunity to motivate, mentor and inspire students on their educational journey.

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is...
Giulio Veglio!

To me, living beautifully means...
Living life in color, finding art in the beauty of every day life

Thomas Russell

Learning Leader, Paul Mitchell the school Schenectady Graduate

Experience in Education...
I have been teaching dance for nearly a decade!

Experience in the Beauty Industry...
3 years

Are you a Paul Mitchell School graduate?
YES!

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

All of the Learning Leaders when I attended Paul Mitchell the school Schenectady. 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the school...
The opportunity to share my passion and my life experiences with the Future Professionals; to inspire and motivate them. I love showing them that it's up to themhow far they go in this industry.

To me, living beautifully means...
Taking the time to enjoy my passions; family, teaching, and dance.

Robert Wishart

Facilities & Operations Leader

Coming Soon!

Tamara Gizzi

Director of Education

Experience in Education
My passion for education started at the beginning of my journey in the beauty industry during my experience apprenticing my mentor, Giulio Veglio. Each day was filled with education at its finest, everything from the foundations of hairdressing and the newest techniques in the industry to the art of customer service. Whether it was in the salon or across the country, I knew the key to my growth as a stylist and professional was to constantly seek education, ask questions and share what I knew. My career took a turn in a great direction when I had the honor of joining our education team when Paul Mitchell the School Schenectady first opened in 2010. Throughout this journey I have experienced the best in advanced education and have certified in Color, Cutting and Makeup.

Experience in the Beauty Industry
Soon after graduating cosmetology school in 1998, I was hired to work as Giulio Veglio’s assistant at his salon, Centro Bellezza. During this time I worked closely with Giulio and his clients and attended trainings and classes throughout the country, learning the invaluable lessons, skills and techniques that would soon earn me a stylist position. Over the next 9 years I built a loyal clientele and continued learning and mastering my skills until I started my journey at Paul Mitchell the School Schenectady.

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…
Giulio Veglio is my mentor for many reasons. As a persistant, new graduate with little experience, Giulio not only gave me a chance to work for him, he shared all his knowledge, gave me the tools I needed and showed me the way, but he always made me do the work. The standard was excellence and there was always a new goal to achieve. This strict mentoring is what gave me the confidence to believe that I could achieve anything. He has the ability to draw the positive out of the most negative situation or individual, and appreciate life as a gift no matter what we are going through. He genuinely cares about people, no matter who they are or where they come from. Giulio’s core values of family, honesty, hard work and integrity have stayed strong over the years as life and business grew more successful. Family was always number one to Giulio and working for him was like working for family, and still is! He has remained true to himself through it all and continues to learn and grow personally and professionally. I am so blessed that Giulio came into my life and helped me become the woman I am today.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell the school Schenectady is
Having the opportunity to change lives and help people discover their talents and pursue their dreams by sharing your own passion.

To me, living beautifully means…
Being a mom to my two beautiful boys and seeing the true, real happiness I see in them. Watching them grow, learn and laugh, knowing that they will become great, kind and talented men with very bright futures. Living with true peace and happiness in your heart, knowing that you’ve helped someone a little bit each day.

Richard Daley

Director

Experience in education…

In 2010, my path crossed with Paul Mitchell the school Schenectady, and my transition into education began. I push myself to understand the needs of our excellent team, the amazing future professionals, and all people that I come across. I take great pride in the education we offer, and am always working closely with our owner, Dr. Giuseppe Veglio to ensure that first class is the only class at PMTSS

Experience in the beauty industry…

My career began by enrolling in my local hairdressing school. From there it is all history! I have done my best to evolve and keep up with the ever-growing trades of hairdressing and barbering. 

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

Thich Nhat Hanh. His life, his writing, and his dedication to non-violence, peace and compassion is something that has deeply impacted me. He brought me to a greater understanding of life, and how each moment is an experience that we can learn, and grow from.

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

Being able to share my knowledge, and bring positivity and fun to the whole experience of what it means to be a Future Professional! I take pride in the fact that our team provides not only the best education, but an amazing overall experience in our school. From admissions, to sales, to our facility and operations team, we set the Future Professionals up for success in every way we can.

To me, living beautifully means…

Taking in every breath, and enjoying every second. Life is such a great thing to have, and we were given it for free!

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