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Vanguard College of Slidell
A Paul Mitchell Partner School Team

Meet some of the team members who make Vanguard College of Slidell, A Paul Mitchell Partner School, so special.

Taylor Foster

Regional Marketing Leader

Experience in the beauty industry…

Over 5 years experience in the Industry. I was a makeup artist & sales consultant for both Sephora and Dior. I have worked in the Baton Rouge campus as the Admissions Leader, Operations Leader and now I am currently the Regional Marketing Leader for all three of our campus locations.

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

My son, Jax. He’s fearless & inspires me every single day.

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard Slidell, A Paul Mitchell Partner School is…

I have the opportunity to see my visions come to life through Social Media, Flyers, Postcards, etc. I also love getting to work with our Future Professionals on bettering their Social Media Presence & Marketing themselves in the industry.

To me, living beautifully means…

Not being afraid to go for it, self-love, and making a difference in the lives around you!

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 Aveda for esthetics on a full scholarship. Upon graduating, I worked for the company in admissions and traveled to Alabama, Iowa, and Florida as a director of admissions and eventually as an assistant director. After deciding to move 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 pleasure of ever meeting him, I am intrigued by his innovation and constant commitment to excellence. He never accepted mediocrity and pushed boundaries in every aspect of his life.

 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard College Slidell 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!

 

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.

Crystal Argence

Financial Aid Leader

Experience in education…

I have taught Dollar Camp class, résumé/interview classes, and Tree of Opportunity classes.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I was admissions leader prior to my role now.

 

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

Russell Argence. He has pushed me to be the person I am today.

 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard College Slidell is…

The positive, creative, and energetic environment as well as the people I surround myself with every day.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To be able to wake up and do what you love to do, not what you have to do.

Erin Michelle Tracey

Regional Sales Leader, Paul Mitchell The School graduate

Experience in education…

I joined 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 learning 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 have taken so many lessons along the way that has molded the person I am.

 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard College Slidell is…

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

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To me, living beautifully 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 no where else I would rather be. I live life beautifully daily.

Marlo Gavin-Carter

Regional Education Leader, Paul Mitchell The School graduate

Experience in education…

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

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I've been a licensed hairdresser for 20 years, and a salon owner for seven years.

 

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

I am personally inspired by Viola Hills Williams Moses, my grandmother. Professionally, I am inspired by Stephanie Kocielski, VP of Education for JPMS.

 

My favorite thing about working at Vanguard College Slidell 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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