Mark Mitchell, Campus Director
Mark has been in the beauty industry since 1984 and has extensive experience behind the chair, being an educator and has managed schools in the past and is Xenon Academy’s current Campus Director. Sharing his experience and knowledge has always been a passion of Mark’s. He loves to watch the students grow and find their way in the beauty industry.
Mark advises to follow your dreams and never let anyone tell you they are not achievable.
Valerie Brown, Financial Aid/Business Office Manager/Client Service Manager
Valerie has been in the beauty industry since 2001 & has a license as a Massage Therapist and has been a manager of a beauty supply store. She believes in being who you are. The more you pretend to be what you’re not, the longer the road will be.
Diana Schneider, Educator
Diana has been in the beauty industry since 1988 & has experience in owning her own salon & as a District Manager for a beauty salon chain. She became an educator because she wanted to pass on her knowledge & passion for the beauty industry.
Diana advises to pay attention to detail, be professional & have fun!
Miriam Sybesma, Educator
Miriam has been in the beauty industry since 2002 and has experience in managing a chain salon, as a booth renter working behind the chair and in her current position as an educator for Xenon Academy. As a little girl she would always play a teacher, teaching in school to all of her stuffed animals & dolls so becoming an educator was in her future. She loves sharing her knowledge with the future beauty professionals.
Miriam says beauty is a world of change all of the time. It’s an industry where you can get inspired and you can also inspire your guests daily when they come in and sit in your chair.
Nichole Miller, Educator
Nichole has been in the beauty industry since 2001 & has extensive experience in being an apprentice, a stylist, a booth renter and an independent business owner. After she received her Cosmetology Instructor license and started teaching, she fell in love with it & has never looked back. She is forever grateful to have the opportunity to teach her knowledge to the next generation of hairstylists.
Nichole says that you will never get bored in the beauty industry and this will be a job that you actually enjoy doing what you do for a living. Work hard & dedicate yourself to mastering your technique & customer service skills and you will be successful.
Frank Rupoli, Educator
Frank has been in the beauty industry since 1970 & has vast experience as an educator for Oster, Kenra & is a design team member for Standard Beauty Supply. He is a 3rd generation hairstylist & has always wanted to share his family’s trade. Becoming an educator was the answer. He believes that whatever you do, it all has to come from the heart.
Jennifer Ball, Educator
Jennifer has been in the beauty industry since 1993 and has experience behind the chair, as a make-up artist, a booth renter, as a Director and in her current position as an educator. She decided to become an educator when she noticed that the new employees in the salon that she was working at were at a very low skill level.
Jennifer’s advice is to stay consistent and always smile! Remember that you are there for your guests and it’s all about them!
Stacy Johnson, Educator
Stacy has been in the beauty industry since 1994 and has experience working behind the chair in both a chain salon and a full service salon and in her current position at Xenon Academy as an educator. She has always loved sharing her knowledge with her clients and thought it would be even better if her knowledge was given to students.
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”.
Julie Lee, Financial Aid
Julie has been in the beauty industry since 2003 and has experience in the salon, as an educator, as a salon manager & is American Crew certified. Julie has said that being able to share her knowledge with students and see them grow is more rewarding than what she ever thought possible.
Kristin Cicha, Admissions Advisor
Kristin has been in the beauty industry since 2005 and has been a stylist in Fargo, ND and now in her current career with Xenon Academy as the Admissions Advisor. When she took the position as Admissions Advisor the school not only exceeded her expectations, but so did the staff & students. She realized very quickly that she was helping change lives and says there is no better feeling than to see a student become a successful beauty professional.
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.
Hannah Mueller, Educator
Hannah has been in the beauty industry since 2013 with salon experience & is Brazilian Blow Out certified. She believes that the most rewarding moment for her is when someone gains understanding of the industry. She advises to always stay motivated in your education and to be the best stylist you can be.
Lisa Chonis, 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.
Lois Watters, Educator
Lois has been in the beauty industry since 1986 and has experience in the salon and as an educator. She wanted to be a teacher but loved the hair industry so combining the two was the answer. Her advice is to never forget why you chose this industry in the first place.
Nicole Warren, Educator
Nicole has been in the beauty industry since 2013 and has been a stylist and an educator. She loves being able to share her knowledge & passion and believes your future is created by what you do!
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.
Tiffany Small, Educator
Tiffany has been in the beauty industry since 1992 and holds both a Cosmetology and Cosmetology Instructor license. She’s worked in a salon, is ITEC certified, American Crew certified and has worked on the Jatai tech stage. She believes in doing what you love while being kind to people.
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!
Jaime Ditsworth, Financial Aid
Jaime has been in the beauty industry since 2009 and her work experience includes being a stylist in a salon and owning her own salon. She is currently Xenon Academy’s Financial Aid Advisor. Having accounting experience and salon experience has given Jaime the opportunity to incorporate both of her talents at the same time. She loves being around the students and makes her love for doing hair grow every day.
Jaime says that hard work does pay off. You have to be willing to put in the hours, but when your clients love what you have done to their hair, and they tell their friends that you’re the best hairstylist, it makes everything worth it.
Josh Randall, Admissions Advisor
Josh comes to Xenon Academy with past experience in retail management, being a site manager for a homeless shelter and a Disaster Specialist for the American Red Cross. He always wanted to be a high school teacher and his current position as the Admissions Advisor gives him the chance to get into an educational setting. Josh says that there are so many opportunities to be successful in the beauty industry, you just have to choose the path that’s best for you!
Diane DeLeon, Educator
Diane has been in the beauty industry since 1988 and has experience being both behind the chair and in salon management. Being an educator helps Diane to pass on her experience and knowledge to the next generation.
Terri Puente, Educator
Terri has been in the beauty industry since 1990 and has vast experience being both behind the chair and as an educator. She became an educator so she could share with students what works in the beauty industry plus the do’s and don’ts of building a clientele.
Terri believes in loving people and helping them feel better about themselves while they are in your chair.