meet our amazing team of educators!
(Updated as of 8/29/2016)
|Jessica Hoel Briarmoon||NW Distributor for Akzentz & Retreat Co-Director|
|Quickly making her way onto the education scene, Jess has been teaching the past 12 of her 15 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" cruises! In 2016 Jess launched a new salon and Professional Nail Tech Training Center in Bothell, Washington. Keep an eye on LuvNailz.com for classes coming to the Seattle area year round!|
|Ellen Torchia||LCN Educator, Massage Therapist & Retreat Co-Director|
|Ellen is a 24yr salon industry veteran with
experience in both massage and nails.
A former top 10 international competitor she has
also been a competition judge. Her experience
includes both salon ownership and work in high
end spas. Ellen is an associate producer on
Nail Talk Radio and the newest educator for
LCN Barefoot. Her background as an educator
has included AEFM electric file safety, salon sanitation,
business education and airbrushing. Mentoring
others to reach their goals is a passion.
She is a long time consultant to Badger Airbrush Company and continues to provide graphics services to many nail techs and salons.
|Holly Schippers||The Fingernail Fixer||Social Media Expert|
|A nail professional since 1999, Holly L Schippers attended the Creative Institute in England in 2004. An Education Ambassador for CND (Creative Nail Design), Holly is widely known as the FingerNailFixer, has received multiple awards, and is a Contributing Editor for 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.|
|Nancy King||Salon Safety, E-File and Competition Educator|
|Nancy King is the industry’s leading salon safety expert on safe salon standards. She began her regulatory experience by serving on the Maryland State Board of Cosmetologists. Since then, she has provided research, support data, and testimony both at the state and federal level on a variety of regulatory issues pertaining to safe practices. Having worked with state boards, state and federal agencies, industry associations as well as schools and salons, she has also held prestigious positions with numerous industry organizations. She is also a champion nail competitor and international competition judge and has been a cover artist as well as an author of many articles for Nailpro magazine. Nancy has also been a contributing author of national textbooks as well as licensing examinations used by state Boards. Ms. King has provided standardized education on many subjects including writing the national standards for safe electric filing and pedicure cleaning and disinfecting. Nancy has served as a consultant to and has appeared in many television networks stories about safety in nail salons including the captivating story about the infection outbreak in Watsonville, California and another on MMA shown on ABC, 20/20, CNN, Paul Zahn Now as well as 2 appearances on the Rachael Ray show. Nancy has been retained by many prominent law firms throughout the United States as an expert witness in salon malpractice cases in both state and federal courts and has a Texas Supreme Court decision stating that she is not only an expert in all aspects of Cosmetology but in salon management as well.|
|Elaine Watson||Nailebrity & Competition Director|
| What do I want you to know about me? Well, I was raised in a small town called Biddeford, Maine. Both of my parents worked hard to support our family with modest needs. It wasn't until I was 22 that I decided I wanted to go to school for nails. It wasn't really what my mom and dad expected for me. They wanted me to go on to college, get a degree and live a professional life. BUT, what they didn't expect is where it would take me...
Without boring you to tears here is super quick breakdown of where my nail license has taken me. It's a timeline in the order it occurred.
1) I got licensed by the State of Maine as a Manicurist.
2) I worked as an employee doing nails at a salon.
3) Left that salon to work for myself.
4) Became a Manufacturer's Educator for Cuccio (USA).
5) Became an independent Educator teaching many brands.
6) Became an International Educator.
7) Moved to Los Angeles.
8) Became VP of Marketing for Cuccio International.
9) In my role at Cuccio I got to work my craft as a cover artist, a celebrity manicurist, invent new products for the nail industry.
10) Head Booth Judge for Nailympia International Nail Competitions (In London and Australia)
11) Judge on the Oxygen Nail Competition reality TV show "Nail'd It". Wow ...right!
12) And my newest most important role CEO/Owner of Nailebrity.
I've been busy. I've had a LOT of years to learn my craft. I'm using this experience to create a Brand that will help you rock your Nail Style like a TOP Nail Pro. I love it. I hope YOU will too!
|Allie Baker||EZ Flow|
For nearly twenty years Allie Baker, EzFlow® Global Brand Ambassador and winner of the 2015 NAILPRO Cup, has been a constant in the competitive nail industry. In addition to being a dedicated mother, salon owner and cover artist, she’s a 19-year nail industry veteran, and highly respected mentor and educator.
Baker hails from Medford, Oregon and has traveled to over 25 countries educating and mentoring others with EzFlow® for the past 15 years. In addition to teaching worldwide, Baker also consults on new product development as part of her role as EzFlow® Global Brand Ambassador. Her passion is evident and her artistry is breathtaking with her designs gracing the covers of top industry publications NAILS and NAILPRO.
Some of Baker's proudest accomplishments are winning the Nailpro Cup in 2015 and being a part of the winning team in both 2015 and 2016. She doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon and continues to support and educate the industry with competition-winning brand EzFlow®. She feels education is incredibly important in this ever changing industry and loves to learn as much as she loves to teach.
|Nikki Payton||EZ Flow|
|Nikki Payton is an educator for EzFlow and ibd from Medford, Oregon. She is a nail competitor, mother of two, and an accomplished nail tech at Nail It Pro Nail Studio in her hometown. As an up-and-comer, Payton has made a name for herself at competitions and has respectfully placed at several nail shows around the country including being a part of the winning competition team in both 2015 and 2016 Her talent, along with EzFlow and ibd, has helped Payton become extremely proficient at inspiring others toward a successful career in the nail industry. Her passion and infectious drive help shape the future of the nail industry with EzFlow and ibd award winning products.|
|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.|
Lauren Wireman is an independent nail artist and the creator of Wildflowers Nails. Her work has been featured in the NewsPress, Nail Talk Radio, on the covers of Nail's Magazine and VietSalon, and she has worked on celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, and even dazzled the digits of Jan Arnold. She won second place in the 2014 Nails Magazine's Next Top Nail Artist, and second place on the Oxygen Network's reality show called Nail'd It!
Lauren has been in the beauty industry since 2001, beginning her career at Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has learned from top educators in the industry and has a very large skill set ranging from simple pink and white manicures, to sculpting 3-D elephants! Her trend-setting work is in high demand in the industry, but her passion is truly teaching!
|Sandy Borges||Educator Be Creative|
|Sandy is an award winning nail technician with a passion for nails and nail art. As an Artisan for Be Creative she strives to inspire and share her knowledge, tips, and tricks with nail technicians. She wants you to Be Unique, Be Creative, and Be Inspired In addition to perfecting her skills in the salon with over 15 years experience, she is a Dean of Education for Hand and Nail Harmony, a Be Creative USA Artisan Educator and a Crystal Culture Stylist Educator. Her specialties include sculptured nails, 3-D acrylic art, Gelish and Gelish art, and all other varieties of nail art. She strives to bring her passion, expertise, and the latest tips, tricks and techniques to nail technicians worldwide.|
|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 North America. 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 North America.|
|Nancy Bergeron||Magnetic Nail Design LTD|
|Nancy Bergeron has her own salon in Richmond, B.C. Canada. Nancy is the daughter of famous Canadian Artist Christian Bergeron and always had a passion for drawing and painting. Although fairly new to the world of nails, her passion for marketing and improving her work daily has her growing her social media and clientele at a rapid pace. Nancy is currently finishing her educator training program with Magnetic Nail Design while assisting Nadja Freund on trade shows and classes. Winner of 2nd Place Gel Polish, 3rd Place Fun Sculpture 2015 Vancouver Nail Cup. Winner of 3rd Place Bling out, 3rd Place Sculpture Pink/White, 3rd Place Gel Polish 2017 Nail Nation Expo Competition Edmonton, Canada|
|Tiffani Cordoza||Educator/Distributor with Elegant Glass Nails & Co-Owner of Cordoza Nail Supply|
|I have been in the nail industry for 8 years. I graduated from nail school and opened B' Polished Salon. 5 years ago I became an educator with Elegant Glass Nails. My husband and I started a nail supply store almost 3 years ago that has quickly grown. We recently opened an official storefront and training center. I have recently taken on the position of senior educator/marketing & web design with Elegant Glass Nails as well as continued to grow my distribution. I also started The Nail Box last year which is a monthly subscription box for nail techs! I love to help others to become confident in their skills and encourage nail artists to see the business side of the nail world by giving them the tools to put more money in their pockets! I am so excited to be with you all at nail camp!!|
|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.|
|Rachel Dye||Educator for Akzentz|
|Rachel is a veteran from the first NW Nail Retreat many many years ago! 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 as an ACE Educator.|
|Michelle McMullin||Elite Beauty Supplies|
|Michelle has been a nail tech for over 20 years and found a love for educating and more bling! Passions for Gel and 3D wearable art, elite beauty supplies has given her an opportunity to ignite her passions by giving endless creative color opportunities. Amy G will return next year, she is going to be taking care of her BRAND new baby!|
|Michelle Williams is a beauty industry veteran who has trained tens of thousands of nail artists, distributor sales consultants, and salon owners to build their businesses, increase sales, and master their craft. In addition, Michelle consults with industry laboratories and product manufacturers for both product development and education and sales training. She is an accomplished business owner, with her most recent product innovation being featured by media outlets such as CNN, ABC nightly news, Fox News, CBS news, NBC news, Kiplinger, Worth Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and New York Business Journal. Her trainings focus not only on product protocols but also cover successful integration into your salon menu, marketing opportunities, and techniques to increase your service and retail revenue.|