Karen Culhane - Cosmetology Educator
Karen Culhane has been a licensed cosmetologist and stylist for 36 years. She has been an educator for a total of 17 years. Karen has said that "I thoroughly enjoy working with students teaching them all about color."
Kim Simon - Cosmetology Educator
Kim Simon has been a licensed cosmetologist and stylist for 6 years. She has been an educator for a total of 5 years. Kim shared that "Although I wish I would've started this career at a younger age, I'm very happy I finally did go to cosmetology school. It has been a lifelong dream fulfilled."
Gina Rundquist - Cosmetology Educator
Gina is one of our Cosmetology Educators.
Casey Lenn - Massage Educator
Casey is one of our massage educators.
Jane Loecher- Massage Educator
Jane is one of our massage educators.
Courtney Amos- Career Planning Specialist
Courtney has been around the salon industry all of her life, being her mom owns and operates a successful business in town. Courtney most recently completed a program to become a certified taxidermist. She loves going out and meeting new people especially at high school visits. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and animals.
Kathy Christianson - Financial Aid
Kathy has been a licensed cosmetologist and stylist for a total of 43 years. She has been an educator for 17 years. Kathy shared that "Cosmetology has taken me many places an I have met wonderful people along the way."
Amelia Bagniewski - Guest Service Coordinator
Amelia is one of our Guest Service Coordinators.
Nancy Winter - Guest Service Coordinator
Nancy is one of our Guest Service Coordinators
Alexandria Kvenvold - Assistant Director of Operations
Alexandria (often times called Alex) is the Assistant Director of Operations here at The Salon Professional Academy!
Alexandria has a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University- Rochester. She taught kindergarten for 3 years. In addition, she has coached and supervised dance teams and dance camps on and off over the years.
Alexandria has been the Co-Director for the Miss Gladiolus Days Scholarship Pageant over the last 7 years.
Her background in careers has varied in education, sales, customer service, banking, direct support for individuals with disabilities, photography, independent beauty consultant, with many more. These varied opportunities have helped build her ability to be able to take on such a different role than what she had originally been pursuing. She said that she feels this brings all of the things she enjoys into one role.
Jessica Amos - Owner / Director
Jessica Amos graduated from The Cosmetology Training Center in Rochester in 1993. The next 25 years began with an advanced training program at Kathleen's on 2nd, where she worked for five years before becoming an independent contractor at Detangles Hair Studio for 18 months. She eventually had the opportunity to purchase a salon. With a three-year-old daughter and a newborn son in tow, she opened Hair Studio 52 in 2000.
Jessica is The Salon Professional Academy- Rochester partner and Director of Operations.
Daniel Link - Owner / Director
Daniel Link began his career as a stylist in 1988 after graduating from Cosmetology School in Fargo, ND. After working 14 years behind the chair and overseeing the creative and educative direction for 425 hairdressers at a large company in Minneapolis, MN, the culmination of a lifelong dream was brought to reality in May 2002 when Daniel opened MarcDaniel Salon located in Maple Grove, MN. The salon is the bold expression of his vision and over 25 years in the industry. Of those 25 years, 23 have been committed to training and empowering successful stylists. The salon has been named “Best Salon” 4 years in a row.
The salon’s core services are a reflection of Daniel’s philosophy of specialization. Having worked with some of the world’s best stylists and on the most glamorous shows in the industry, he developed an appreciation for the artistic benefits brought about by focusing on a singular area of expertise and developing it to the highest possible level. Daniel stays true to the art that has always been his passion, noting that there is a great difference between giving someone a haircut and giving someone a haircut EXPERIENCE.
Education has always been a large part of Daniel’s philosophy, not only for his clients and himself, but for his staff as well. Daniel spent a large part of his career on the road doing platform work and providing specialized cutting curriculum for some of the top salon systems in the country. He has studied under some of the most influential names in the business. He completed three levels of study at the New York Academy under Jacques Dessage, has shared the stage with Annie Humphrey and Tim Hartley from Vidal Sassoon in London, as well as Sam Brocoto, Richard Hudavoni, Rocco Altobelli and Orbie’ to name a few. He is an annual attendee at London’s Salon International show and makes semi-annual visits to New York to view trends. It’s now his opportunity to provide that education for new generations in the industry. His involvement with many schools in the industry paved his path to realizing the importance of following his journey to Academy ownership.
“I am very excited to be part of what is happening in our industry and specifically with THE SALON PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY and the team we have assembled to lead this necessary change in the way we educate those with a passion and desire to succeed in our business”.
Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry. Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned. The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.
With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”