Our Team

Omaha, NE

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Grand Island, NE

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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!