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Our Team

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Omaha, NE


Linda Pochop, Director of Education

Linda has been in the beauty industry since 1987 and has had the honor of being a Redken Regional Guest Artist and an American Board certified colorist before she took her current position as the Director of Education at Xenon Academy. She found that when she would teach advanced classes in salons the stylists weren’t ready for advanced coloring. That is when she decided to become and educator to help make a change in the industry to have more educated students graduating from Cosmetology school.

For new beauty professionals Linda suggests to look at every client that you complete and ask yourself what you can do better next time. Always have “next time” in mind for your clients.


Carol Dawson, Director of Client Services

Carol has been in the beauty industry since 1983, has been licensed in eight different states, has been a stylist, a salon owner, an educator and her current position as the Director of Client Services. She loves teaching what she is passionate about and loves to see the light bulb turn on for someone!

Carol’s advice is to always love what you do and it will never seem like a “job”.

Xenon Academy Jamey Mease

Jamey Mease, Educator

Jamey has been in the beauty industry since 2001 and has been a stylist, a salon manager and an educator. She loves sharing the industry and inspiring others to do well. She says to never stop learning and never say that you can’t do something. Never stop learning.


Dina Tippery, Educator

Dina has been in the beauty industry since 1986 and holds a Cosmetology license in Nebraska, Nevada & Arizona. She has extensive experience as a stylist, a salon manager and an educator for Rusk. She says that her students are her hair legacies to the world and your clients are your billboards to showcase your work.

Xenon Academy Lisa Novak

Lisa Novak, Educator

Lisa has been in the beauty industry since 2003 and has been a stylist and currently is an Educator at Xenon Academy. She first became motived to be an Educator so she could have some extra money to do a little bit of traveling. Once Lisa became an Educator, she realized Xenon Academy was the place for her to continue her career.

Lisa says if you ever start to lose your motivation take a class or see a motivational speaker to find inspiration again.

Xenon Academy Brooklyn Davis

Brooklyn Davis, Educator

Brooklyn holds a Cosmetology license in Nebraska and Iowa & a Cosmetology Instructor license in Nebraska. She has been in the beauty industry for 19 years with 18 of those years being in salons in the Omaha and Bellevue area. Brooklyn has a passion for this industry that will never die out. She has been mentored by wonderful people throughout her career and wants to pay her knowledge forward to the up and coming Cosmetology professionals.

Brooklyn suggests to find your signature in this industry and run with it. Count your tips in your income and start a savings early.

Xenon Academy Sonjia Schuurmans

Sonjia Schuurmans, Educator

Sonjia holds a Cosmetology and a Cosmetology Instructor license. She has been in the beauty industry for 8 ½ years as a booth renter and a stylist. She loves teaching and helping people learn. Sonjia wants every student that she teaches to say that they learned something every day.

Sonjia says to never stop learning and always be willing to learn new skills.

Grand Island, NE

Ashley Sheckler - Xenon Academy Campus Director

Ashley Sheckler, Campus Director

Ashley has been in the beauty industry since 2000 and has experience owning her own salon, as an educator and in her current position as the Campus Director of Xenon Academy. She wants to inspire future professionals to be creative and help them become successful. Ashley believes that when a student becomes successful doing what they love to do, it puts a huge smile on everyone’s heart and face.

Ashley believes that anything is possible when you set your mind to it!

Troy Jensen, Barber Educator

Troy has practiced in the Barbershop/salon for 9 years and as an educator for 11 years. He holds licenses as a Barber, Barber Educator, Cosmetology and a Cosmetology Educator. He became an educator so he could share what he has learned and the experiences he has had with the students so they can be the most informed and qualified individuals to enter the Barber profession.

Troy believes that you should treat every customer like they are your only customer.

Deb Jensen - Xenon Academy Cosmetology Educator

Deb Jensen, Cosmetology Educator

Deb has been an Orientation Instructor, a Director of Education at a Cosmetology school, owned her own salon and a Cosmetology educator. She has always wanted to be a teacher and in junior high she realized how interested she was in hair & makeup. It was an easy decision for her to become a Cosmetology educator.

Deb suggests to go above and beyond for every client. Offer them incentives to want to get back into your chair!

Sady Gorecki - Xenon Academy Cosmetology Educator

Sady Gorecki, Cosmetology Educator

Sady has been in the beauty industry for over seven years and has worked in a salon and is currently an educator. She holds a Cosmetology, Esthetics and a Cosmetology educator license. When she attended school, she loved her educators and knew that she wanted to become an educator as well.

Sady says to keep an open mind because you never know when or where you’ll learn something new.