MEET THE EDUCATORS
Alberto Rossell-Davis began his 16 years with Aveda at the Aveda Experience Centers, working his way up to a management position. During his 10 years as Education Lead and Senior Colorist at Van Michael Miami, he worked with designer labels including Gucci®, Escada® and Baby Phat, as well as a celebrity clientele.
One of three siblings, Anthony Skoog is a Minnesota native who has been doing hair for more than 27 years. As a Master Artistic Educator and platform artist, he trains stylists all over the United States, Mexico and India.
Seattle native and San Antonio, Texas resident Beckie Alborn has a true passion for learning and giving that knowledge back. She has taught at an Aveda Institute and is now part of the Neill Education team.
Hair cutting is Dusty’s passion and this is proven in his work. Dusty is recognized as one of the most successful and influential educators in his specialty.
As Director of Operations, Heath has been instrumental in growing the Ruiz Company into a multi-million dollar organization. Salon Today, DAYSPA, American Salon, Modern Salon, and the Austin Business Journal have nationally recognized its innovative business practices and unique employee culture.
Karla started her journey of making people feel beautiful inside and out in 2007. Working within the Aveda network, Karla continued her professional growth through continued education with Aveda Purefessionals™ David Adams, Ian Michael Black, Luis Gonzales, and Terry Varty.
Luis Gonzalez has been committed to both Aveda and education since 2005. A Pure Talent graduate from the Aveda Academy Denver, Luis is a Certified Hair Color Educator and Aveda Hair Color Purefessional™.
Since 1986, Prudence has worked in hair color education, sales, product testing and management as it relates to teams and distributors at a grassroots level. Since 2000, she has worked intimately with stylists, introducing and igniting passion and creativity for Aveda Hair Color.
Steffan’s initial training took place at the Aveda institute in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2007. While at the institute, Steffan furthered his education by working with Scott J Salon in New York City, which recruited him to be a colorist and stylist for the Aveda Earth Month Fashion Show.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Susan Ford showed passion and a strong work ethic from an early age and was offered an apprenticeship in one of Dublin’s top salons. Her four years of intense in-salon training fueled Susan’s desire to move to the next level, taking her to the fashion capital of the world–London.
Amber Lynn Maxwell
Raised in her mother’s salon outside of Chicago, Amber Lynn’s passion for hair styling began at a young age. In 2004, she began working with Aveda at Ihloff Salons in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Brooke is a Nashville native, who began her career with Aveda a little over six years ago. She started as an assistant at Unruli Aveda and has now worked herself into a lead stylist and training manager. She has been a Certified Aveda Educator and an in-house Educator for her salon for over a year now and loves every second of it.
Cassandra is an Aveda Cut/Style Purefessional™ and Certified Aveda Color Educator who has been passionate about Aveda and its mission since starting her career in 2005 at Aveda Institute San Antonio. She is a Master Stylist at K Charles & Co in San Antonio, TX.
Dayne Commander was born into the beauty industry and has made Neill her home. She has been with Neill Corporation for 14 years, starting as holiday help while still in high school.
Jessica has been a part of the Aveda and Neill world for 25 years. Her passion for growing salons and their individual team members drives her to teach and serve daily.
Laurie Hicks Panich has been working with Neill salon owners and teams to improve their businesses since 1994. Her passion is growing people personally and professionally through education.
Leslie Williams is a lifelong learner inspired to educate a new generation of artists. Her path as an educator began as a teen attending a boarding school focused on advanced studies in mathematics and the sciences. True to her character, drive and focus helped her excel while studying Cosmetology at Aveda Institute in Birmingham.
Matthew Kazarian joined Vidal Sassoon in 2009 training hairdressers from all over the world including Japan, Korea, and Russia to name a few. In 2018 Matthew joined the Neil family of businesses working closely with the brands education directors in Paris Parker and Aveda Arts & Sciences Institutes to achieve their full technical potential.
Nicole began her career with The Aveda Corporation in New York City in 2000 as a Marketing Assistant with the Guest Relations Marketing team, and participated in the launch of the direct mail and sampling programs, as well as the Pure Privilege Program.
Candice feels fortunate that she is responsible for the development of the amazing sales team as well as the relationships of some of Neill’s key corporate customers. She started with Neill Corporation as an Account Executive 12 years ago.
Patti believes that relationships and passion are the fuel to longevity in a career. She began her journey with Neill Corp & Aveda in 2001.
Amanda started out doing hair in 2005 at the Paul Mitchell School in Carrollton, TX. It was in 2011 she fell in love with Aveda and loves sharing all the wonderful things you can accomplish with this product line.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN and the corporate business world, Christina fell in love with Aveda and the beauty industry after modeling in Aveda hair shows. She is now a Master Stylist and Certified Color Educator in San Antonio, TX.
Courtenay Carter is a Texas hair stylist who has been with Aveda for seven years. You can find Courtenay behind her chair five days a week where she colors, cuts and styles each guest.
Kelsey McCarroll began her career with Aveda in 2006 when she attended the Aveda Institute in San Antonio, Texas, and has been with Aveda ever since. She lives out being a daymaker as a senior stylist with Tangerine Salon in Dallas, Texas.
Kylee Von Ahsen
Graduate of the Aveda Institute of Nashville, Kylee represents Jón Alan Salon as Spa Director, where she oversees multiple locations and collaborates with the creative team. She understands the influence and positive impact an educator can make, and the benefits of continued education.
Raquel Russey Stewart is the full-time Educational Director and Master Stylist at Burt Grant Salon in downtown Arlington.
Her obsession with hair started at an early age by spending time in her grandmother’s hair salon.
Stephanie is an absolute powerhouse in the hair world. With eight years experience in the industry, including almost a year as an educator, she specializes in hair color at Paris Parker Carondelet in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Stephanie is an educator, an artist and a mother. She’s been working in the beauty industry for twelve years and received her Cosmetology License in 2008.
Tricia began her esthetics career in 2007 and has been working with Aveda since 2011. She has been practicing her craft and developing the training Curriculum at Elixir Salon and Daymaker for the past several years while working as their in-house Spa Educator.
It all started when a neighbor cornrowed Renee's hair for the first time- It was her earliest memory of feeling beautiful. She has had an attachment to hair and its power ever since.
After receiving his Bachelors Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Environmental Policy, Tatum could no longer resist his calling and went to beauty school at the Aveda Institute New York to chart his own path.
A familiar face to Serious Business, Tom keeps taking it to the next level through his two ventures: Qnity – a business tools and education company – and The 2 to 10 Project – a groundbreaking collaborative of top multi-location salon/spa brands.
Alicia Mauldin is a Master Stylist at Euphoria, an Aveda Concept Salon and Day Spa in Conway, Arkansas. She is a Russellville, Arkansas native that graduated from Fayetteville Beauty College, and has been a licensed cosmetologist for 16 years now.
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After graduating from the Aveda Institute in Tallahassee, Florida, Bridgett moved to Washington, D.C.
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Jen Roskey is a sought after industry leader, Master Hair Colorist and Aveda North America Artist with 17 years of experience. Jen travels across the country teaching the latest in Aveda hair color.
"Having been in the beauty industry for 18 years, Lizzy brings her passion, enthusiasm and absolute adoration for all things AVEDA. After personally meeting Horst while in school in Minneapolis, she knew she was driven one day to be in education.
Upon graduating in 2011 from the Brown Aveda Institute in Cleveland Ohio, Patrick was chosen to participate in a workshop with Jon Reyman, cutting a live model and graduating on stage during Aveda Congress. Soon after graduating, Patrick attended numerous advanced classes with top artists from all over the world.
Whitney has been working in the industry for six years and the only thing that she’s more passionate about than creating beauty behind the chair is sharing her knowledge with others. She is a stylist in Spanish Fort, Alabama where she helped create the education program at her current salon.