meet our team of educators

(Updated as of 7/13/2014 - More educators to be added!)


Vicki Peters   Independant Educator & Competition Judge  

Award winning professional nail technician, Vicki Peters has wowed the industry with her championship nail expertise and professional authority. As a cover artist and author, her exquisite work has been published worldwide, more than any other nail service professional in the history of the nail business. As a global educator, she has trained technicians in Holland, Russia, China, Germany, Japan, Ireland, UK, Canada, Mexico, Africa, Australia, Italy, Croatia, Prague, Greece, Cypress, Trinidad and the United States of America. She pioneered the first live online educational program, developing effective educational programs and videos for manufacturers, and currently is consulting for the nail industry.

For more than 25 years Vicki Peters’ career has taken her from the manicuring table to the competition arenas which led to 15 years of magazine work with Nails, Nailpro, Nailpro Europe, DaySpa, Today’s Image, Nail Biz, Scratch, Nailure, Professional Beauty and Sally Magazines. Her work has been featured on hundreds of magazine covers, TV Guide and the Wall Street Journal. Along with excerpts for the Milady Standard Textbooks in English

and Russian, she has written the Nails Q&A Book, Drilltalk, The Competitive Edge and The Nail Healthy Guide for Novartis, makers of Lamisil. As a world-master nail technician, Vicki is a highly sought after brand consultant bringing her “independent voice” to professional and retail with nail manufacturers.

Friday Worshop - Novice and New Retreat Attendees

& Competition Director

Amy Becker   Masterworks Owner and Nailpro Cup Champion  

Amy Becker is a cover artist, current two year running US Gel Champion, record holding Top 25 Competitor, 2011 Nailpro Cup Champion and has received Nails Magazines coveted "Nail Technician of the Year" award.  After years of specializing in acrylic nails, Amy discovered the hidden strength and beauty found in gels.  Having developed the techniques used at Masterworks by Amy Becker, she has put her gels to the test in the international competition arena against all acrylics, and won! The original techniques used and taught at Masterworks by Amy Becker not only give you the best looking gel nail enhancements, we will also save you time in applications.  She is committed to continuing education, developing new tools and products, and empowering you to further in your career than you've ever imagined.

Friday Worshop - Returning Attendees with at least 3 years experience

& Educator

Holly Schippers - aka FINGERNAIL FIXER!   Empower Nail Art  
Holly    Holly L. Schippers currently resides in Iowa. A nail professional since 1999, she attended the Creative Institute in England in 2004. As an Education Ambassador for CND (Creative Nail Design), she is globally renowned through her strong online voice within the digital community as a social media Ambassador for CND and carries the digital torch via frequent interaction with peers, salons, schools and distributors. CND honored her with the prestigious North American Education Ambassador of the Year Award, 2010; CBI and ICE awarded her with 2012 Educator of the Year for the State of Iowa. Widely known as the FingerNailFixer, Holly has designed nails for use in New York Fashion Week, was named to the ICE Design Team for 2012 and 2013, has been a cover artist for NAILS Magazine, teaches classes internationally, and is a regular contributor to NAILS Magazine including a bi-weekly blog the FingerNailFixer. Holly believes education is the foundational component in producing professional nail technicians and pursues her professional salon career in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She enjoys sharing her love and passion for nails to advance the industry by helping each individual professional advance themselves.  
Sandy Combs   Educator Be Creative  
Sandy   Amazing Nail Artist with 3 years experience with Harmony Nail products and currently working with Sam Biddle and Be Creative!    
KUPA Educator   KUPA  
Kupa    Once we have the educator 100% confirmed we will post it here! There will be amazing art classes including 3d!  
Victoria Hunter   IBX - Famous Names Educator  
Victoria    Grand Master Nail Stylist specializing in UNIQUE nail art:Shellac, Gel, and Acrylic. Part of the Famous Names Products Team, representing for Canada.  
Jenny Flanagan   Insuring Style  
Jenny    Jenny Flanagan is director of Associated Hair Professionals (AHP), a national membership association for students and licensed hairstylists, barbers, and nail professionals. Member benefits include top-shelf liability insurance, business building resources, exclusive discounts, and more. For more information visit or call 800-575-4642.  
INM North    Once we have the educator 100% confirmed we will post it here! There will be in depth acrylic classes as well as watercolor!  
Kira Frazier-Jones     Masterworks  
  Owner of Kira's Nailtique in Knoxville TN, Masterworks by Amy Becker Educator and Distributor, and competitor. Kira is a nail tech with more than 20 in the industry and shares a wealth of experience!    
Nadja Freund    Magnetic Nail Design LTD   
  Nadja Freund is the President and Founder of Magnetic Nail Design LTD. Magnetic Nail Design LTD is the general importer of Magnetic Nail Design products in Canada. Nadja Learned all about nails and the nail industry in Europe and now brings European and Russian nail design trends to North America. She is working with nail artists and nail trainers from all over the world, and combines her experience working in Salons and distributing cosmetic brands to provide nail technicians with the full breadth of her experience, from inspiration, to consulting to service. Nadja is Chief Trainer of Magnetic Education in Canada.   
Tanya Sisson   Educator for CND  
  Serendipity brought Tanya to her true calling as a nail professional in 1989.  An artist inspired by nature she found a creative outlet in 10 petite canvases winning her international award, recognition and publications.  Tanya’s interest in technical & scientific understanding, along with a desire to share & mentor made for a natural progression into education.  Early in her professional pursuits she earned the distinction as one of the top 10 educators with a major nail product manufacturing company.   Recently Tanya returned to education with the CND family.  She enjoys helping other nail professionals find their niche, improve their technical skills and incorporate an artistic style that both compliments and challenges their abilities.    
Athena Elliott   Nail Talk Radio!  

Athena Elliott, the owner of SPAthena in Houston and a certified Medical Nail Technician for over 30 years. GlitzyLips was created by AthenA Elliott, President ofSPAthena. Elliott is nationally known as a cover artist for trade magazines, an industry consultant, speaker, educator and host of Nail Talk Radio. 

Jessica Hoel   Educator & NW Distributor for Akzentz  
  Quickly making her way onto the education scene, Jess has been teaching the past 9 of her 11 years as a nail technician. Her passion for gels has helped her create techniques that are easy for beginners and produce nails that are long lasting and keep clients loyal.  Signature services like her "30 day manicure," Rock Star toes and Glitter fade techniques excite nail techs passionate about enhancing their careers.  In 2009 she won the International Nails Magazine cover contest with a set of nails and taking the photo herself. Jess's Nail Studio, LuvNailz, was featured in Nails Magazine in 2012.  Passionate about sharing knowledge,Jess works with a team of other volunteers to put on the NW Nailtech Retreat and she looks forward to educating at the the "Nail Those Profits at Sea" cruise in September 2013!  
Ellen Torchia   Educator & Owner of Too Much Fun  
ELlen   Ellen Torchia is veteran to the salon industry of 24 years.   She has been a Top Ten International Competitor as well as international educator.   Ellen?s experience in the industry includes both massage and manicuring with experience from salon ownership to working in high end salons and spas.   Her focus has been the artistic side representing Badger Airbrush Company, as well as education on the business side of the industry.   Ellen has been an electric file safety educator with sanitation and disinfection instruction included.   Ellen became the owner of Too Much Fun in 2009 and currently owns a full service graphics shop.   She has integrated the nail business into her graphics business coming up with many products directed towards the nails industry.    
Nicole Hollenbeck   Educator for Akzentz  

  Nicole has been full time in the salon for 12 years offering nail services. Her specialty is gel enhancements. She loves working with gel polish and customizing glitter gels. She stays current with products and techniques so she can offer the best service possible to her clients. Nicole is an educator and trade show performer for Akzentz Gels and wants to spread her passion and knowledge for this industry.  
Rachel Dye   Educator for Akzentz  

  Rachel is a veteran from the first NW Nail Retreat! She won the novice divisions as a student and has gone on to be an amazing nail tech with a busy business in Marysville, WA. In 2013 she won 2nd in the Veteran Division at the Retreat and brought her amazing artistic skills to the trade show booth for Akentz and looks forward to expanding her educator career.  
Joyce La Silva   Graham Professional Beauty Products  

Come ready to SHOP! Joyce is back with the fantastic products from Graham Professional Beauty. The deals at the NW Nailtech Retreat are unparalled! Nail Tech Favorites including Hands Down Nail Wipes and Soak-OFf Wraps will be on sale all weekend.

Joyce has been training for Graham Professional Beauty Products for over 15 years and has owned and operated My Little Room in Chicago, Il for over 25 years.
Diane MacQuoid       
  Diane has been involved in the nail industry for 25 years. She started her career in accounting, but has always been fascinated with nails. As a manufacturer, she strives to find products that allow nail techs to develop their talents and succeed in the industry.   
Cherie Byklum       
    After 10 years in the beauty industry, Cherie decided to step out and create a line of nail products. coupled with the best possible customer service. She started Elite Beauty Supplies and is thrilled to share her new products. Cherie\'s dedication to customers is second only to her energy.