Stephenie began her career in the beauty industry in 1994. After graduating from Xenon’s, she went on to work for Eric Fisher at his salon in Wichita, Kansas. She put in her time as an assistant before she began working behind the chair. She seized any opportunity and traveled all over the world to master her skills. After 19 years of being behind the chair, she realized her love for this industry came from helping her clients look and feel their best. She decided she wanted to share her knowledge and talent with others, who like her enjoy inspiring confidence. She changed her focus to education and became a licensed instructor at Eric Fisher Academy in 2012. From there, she was promoted to Salon Floor Supervisor and then on to the Director of Education. As the Director of Education, she gained knowledge in other areas of the academy and helped create a positive work and learning environment. In 2019, Stephenie was promoted to the Director position at EFA, a goal she always envisioned for herself. She was recognized by the Wichita Business Journal for Women Who Lead in Education in 2020. Above all, Stephenie is proud to be a part of the beauty industry and continues to challenge herself to never stop learning and to always leave a positive impact.
Serving as a Director is one of the most important ways to support and sustain AACS. Our Directors have the responsibility to provide foresight, oversight, and insight for the Association. They serve as our primary ambassadors, advocates and the conscious voice of our Members. Our Board of Directors reflect the highest aspirations of our business, our students and our industry.
Elections will take place at the 2020 Virtual Annual Convention on October 27-29th. There will be 3 School Member seats and 1 Partner Member seat open for this election.
Cathy Koluch has been in the school business for 3 decades, and is the founder of an award-winning brand of cosmetology schools in Phoenix, AZ with three campuses. Over her years in the industry, she has served as Commissioner on the Arizona Post-Secondary Education Commission and has served on committees within AACS including the Executive Committee, Chair of the Strategy Committee and Co-Chair of the Accreditation Committee. She serves on the GRC and State Relations Committee. Cathy is actively involved in State and Federal Government, and was recently recognized as one of the top 6 Activist In the State at the Arizona Capitol by the Arizona Capitol Times.
Garrett Shuler is the Executive Director of Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, with 8 campuses in South Carolina. He is a second-generation school owner/operator and has had the pleasure of growing up in the family business. Not only has this given him a passion for the industry, but more importantly, a passion for students and their success. Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology has been a staple of education in the state of South Carolina for the past 50 years, and Garrett looks forward to taking it through its next 50. Currently, Garrett is serving his first term as an AACS Board of Directors member. He has sat on both the Finance and Governance committees and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the association for another term.
Oscar Bond is the Lead International and National Educator for Hattori Hanzo Shears. He started his career as an apprentice at the esteemed Vidal Sassoon Salon in London, UK, and since has worked with the very best in the industry. In previous roles, Oscar has been responsible for implementing the haircutting system for the Aveda Schools curriculum, photo trend collections and shows as the Director at Aveda Corporations, the Creative Director of L’anza Healing Haircare and the owner of Oscar Bond Salon in Soho, NYC. The Oscar Bond Salon has been featured in Vogue, Harpers and Queen, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Surface, Seventeen, Allure, Nylon, NewYork Magazine, Time Out, American Salon, Modern Salon, Salon Today, Hair’s Now, Hairdressers Journal UK and featured on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. In addition, his work has been highlighted on The View and MTV. Oscar attributes his success to, “good timing, good thoughts and good actions. I have been in a good mood for my entire career and continue to be.”
As Senior Vice President, leading the marketing, education and business development teams, Kevin oversees Pivot Point International brand development. He brings a strong background and experience from over 30 years in the professional beauty industry starting as a cosmetologist; holding positions as a national guest artist, salon/day spa owner, beauty school instructor and director, and national to global education leader. For the past nearly 20 years, he has held numerous roles in global brand leadership focusing on strategic brand development, education, marketing and brand communication strategy. Before joining Pivot Pont International in 2014, he established an admirable trajectory within KAO Salon Division, leading global marketing and education initiatives for over 16 years, including the iconic lifestyle brand KMS and GOLDWELL, often referred to as the world’s most admired expert in professional hair color–while residing in North America and central Europe.
Anna Hawk is the VP of Technology and Client Success for Cyanna Education Services. She oversees Cyanna’s cloud-based software systems designed specifically for the higher education and career training sector. Anna works closely with the internal technology and sales teams to ensure Cyanna’s products are serving clients to the highest standard. Anna helps build business strategies that incorporate cutting-edge technology to ensure organizations achieve their mission and goals. Previously, Anna worked as Cyanna’s Product Manager and implementation specialist assisting clients nationwide with product development and software implementations. Anna has also worked with Georgia’s Non-public Post-Secondary Education Commission, gaining knowledge and experience in licensing and regulatory affairs. Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia.
Rebecca Jones joined European Wax Center in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience in Global Talent Development and People Performance. In 2017, Rebecca was appointed Chief People Officer (CPO). Prior to EWC, Rebecca held leadership roles with John Hardy Jewelry, Starboard Cruise Services (a subsidiary of LVMH), and Carnival Cruise Lines, in addition to other prominent brands in Australia. As CPO, Rebecca is responsible for leading EWC’s overall human capital strategy, with functional oversight of the human resources, learning and development, industry engagement and internal communications teams. During her tenure, she has built a high-performing support function and enhanced the culture and the impact of stakeholder experience across the company to assist in the achievement of its business goals, strategies, and the needs of the 12,000+ members of the corporate team and franchise network.
Teresa Lewis, owner of YourNewSchool, has 35 years’ experience in the beauty school industry, 27 of those years have been servicing beauty schools throughout the US.
Starting with her career at Alma’s Facial Clinic, Teresa discovered the limitless potential of matching business acumen to the beauty business. When offered the opportunity to go to school, obtain a nail technician certification, she jumped at the opportunity and used her license throughout her college years to help fund her education. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, she was offered an opportunity to work for one of the largest nail product manufacturers. Within two years, she discovered her passion for the school part of the industry and shortly after took over the challenge of building a National School Division for OPI.
After 20 wonderful years with OPI, Teresa decided to go out on her own and start YourNewSchool, a beauty school resource company representing OPI and other manufacturers. It’s been a labor of love in an industry she is passionate about. Teresa has an unwavering passion for the beauty school industry and is committed to working towards a better future for beauty schools and the businesses that serve them. She believes in friendly competition and appreciates her fellow partner members and all that they do to further the industry.