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Meet Our Team

Meet our talented Crave Beauty Academy Team… Excellence in Education

The Crave Beauty Academy team strives to stay abreast of the most current industry trends. Our team consists of some of the finest educators, guest service personnel, and directors. We have been recognized as leaders in the professional industry and our local communities. We have been honored with some of the most elite awards in Excellence in Education, Best in Business, Emerging Leaders and rated the Winner and Favorited in local community awards.

Wichita Campus

Stacey Peters, Senior Director, Licensed    Cosmetologist, & Educator

Stacey is from Laramie, WY but has also lived in South Dakota, Nebraska, and now she currently lives in Kansas. She is also a licensed Cosmetologist in all four states. Stacey graduated from a Cosmetology school in Wyoming with her associates degree. She then proceeded with her education degree at Xenon International Academy in 2004 for the Educators Program. Stacey has previous experience as a Salon Manger and Stylist, and she was an Educator for Matrix. One of Stacey’s main passions is education. Stacey’s mentors are Geno Stampora and Dog Cox. She had the privilege to work one on one with them. Stacey states that they are very motivated and strive for a better professional image of our industry. Stacey’s greatest accomplishment is being the youngest Matrix Educator hired in the Mid-West at the age of 21. Stacey is the Senior Campus Director at Crave Beauty, and has been with the academy as of 2002. She has pursued her career in the Beauty Industry through Education. She has found that her passion is working with others and watching students grow and achieve success in the industry.


Hollie Holtzinger, Executive Administrative Assistant & Licensed Cosmetologist

Hollie graduated from Crave in April of 2015 as a Licensed Cosmetologist.  Shortly after graduating, she accepted a position as a Designer at Ulta Beauty where she did hair and makeup services.  After some time, she decided to join the Crave team in early 2018.  She is currently the Executive Administrative Assistant.  She enjoys being back in the school atmosphere where she gets to meet so many new people, all of which have a unique story.  She has always had a love for the beauty industry and a passion for helping people feel beautiful.  Now she is able to see the students’ successes and the joy this industry brings them as well.


Jessy Orth, Associate Director, Cosmetologist Educator

Jessica followed in her mother’s footsteps when she earned her cosmetology license and began working behind the chair in August 2005. She quickly discovered a desire to share her knowledge with aspiring stylists and became an educator at Xenon International Academy in Wichita, KS in 2007. Jessica grew into a well-known and respected teacher at Crave and currently leads the school’s sculpture, male specific styling, and makeup artist programs. She was inspired to become an American Crew educator after she attended Menswork™ Academy in 2011. Jessica was recognized for her work as a local educator and American Crew TeamCrew member in Wichita Business Journal’s “People on the Move” column that same year. Jessica worked her way through the educator advancement program and became a Master Educator. Jessica recently took on the role of assisting the owner and the director in managing students and staff. In addition to working at Crave, Jessica currently serves as a stylist and makeup artist specializing in beauty, bridal, editorial and special effects.


Tabitha Ryan,  Admissions Advisor & Licensed Cosmetologist

Tabitha graduated from Xenon International Academy in 2009 as a licensed cosmetologist. She has a passion for vivid hair color, makeup as well as special effects makeup. She worked in a salon until 2014 when she moved to Minnesota and took a little break from hair. In 2018 she moved back home to Wichita working with SalonCentric, then began her career with Crave as the Admission Advisor in 2020. She loves helping future students begin their journey in the beauty industry and watching them flourish!

 

 


Ashlee Littlejohn, Enrollment Resources & Licensed Cosmetologist

Ashlee graduated from Cosmetology school in 2007, and worked professionally for 6 years in the salon specializing in high textured hair and formal styling.  While working in the salon, Ashlee decided to venture out into the makeup world working for companies such as MAC, Chanel, and Bobbi Brown.  Ashlee is also a certified Lash Artist and enjoys teaching our students the in’s and out’s of makeup artistry.  She enjoys working with Future Professionals and guiding them from the moment they step foot in our doors until they complete their program!

 


Chrystal Sheahan, Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Chrystal has been in the cosmetology industry since 2001 and worked full time and part time as a cosmetologist in salons since.  She has also worked in medical admin with a HITECH degree throughout these years, and currently obtaining her Bachelor’s in Business Degree.  Due to a recent move to Wichita, she wanted to stay in the cosmetology industry and joined as an educator at Crave, loving every moment.  Variety is always included in her desire in the industry, as she loves to learn anything possible and give that passion back to her clients, and now the students.  Chrystal believes continued education is very important, as times are always changing and progressing.  She has assisted in hair shows and product education when working for JCPenney; attended many hair shows and expos in Wichita, KC, Dallas, and St Louis; followed any product classes, and still interested in learning every day.  These experiences have led to the privilege of meeting and learning from Tabatha Coffey, Ben Mollin, Michael O’Rourke and other influences she has looked up to.  Chrystal is enjoying being a part of the growth the students are achieving and guiding them along the way.

 


Stephanie Schooley, Educator & Licensed Esthetician

 

 

 

 

 


Lacie Turner, Student Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Lacie graduated Cosmetology school in 2016 and spent the next 5 years gaining experience in a spa setting. Lacie received a Lash Certification from Colorado Lash Company and later Borboleta. Lacie has also had extensive training with Image Skin Care, Alchemie, and Farmesthetics. Lacie then received her certification for Massage Therapy in 2018. Lash extensions, natural nail services, nail art, updos, and special effects makeup are some of Lacie’s favorite services, with her passion being to have a heart to serve and making each client feel as relaxed as possible. In 2021 Lacie joined the team at Crave Beauty Academy and changed her focus to achieving a work-life balance through mentorship in the industry of beauty professionals. She enjoys teaching education to the industry while providing a fun and calming environment to grow in.


Melissa Pasley, Lead Guest Service Manager, Educator, & Licensed Cosmetologist

Melissa graduated from Xenon International Academy as a licensed cosmetologist in 2013 and was valedictorian of her class. During her time as a stylist Melissa certified in Eyelash Extensions and American Crew Menswork, as well as obtained her license in the state of Colorado. After spending two years behind the chair, Melissa decided to become a part of the Crave team and is currently the Lead Front Desk Coordinator at our Wichita, KS campus.

 


Kaili Hutson, Student Educator, & Licensed Cosmetologist

Kaili knew from a young age that she wanted to be in the beauty industry. Following a career path in fashion and then skincare working for Kiehl’s, she realized she wanted to do more. After she graduated from cosmetology school in April of 2019, she began working behind the chair and in salon management. Kaili has a passion for vivid color and hair sculpture. In 2021, she began her career as a Cosmetology Instructor at Crave Beauty Academy. She loves being able to teach future professionals and see their passion and love for this beautiful industry grow! 

 

 

 


Kylie Bishop, Student Educator, & Licensed Cosmetologist

Kylie is from Joplin, Missouri, but now lives in Wichita, Kansas. She has owned a salon in Northeast Wichita since the beginning of 2018 and has been a cosmetologist since 2009. With several years of salon managerial experience prior to opening her own salon in addition to being behind the chair. A regency Beauty Institute graduate, right off the bat she decided to take the necessary steps to become a certified waxing specialist and specialize in nails. Through the years she chose to specialize in blonding and men’s cutting in addition to nails and waxing. Kylie knew within just a few years that education was a true passion of hers however, the right time to slow down behind the chair and begin teaching never presented itself. Nearly 13 years into the industry she chose to begin that journey here at Crave Beauty Academy. Kylie strives to better the industry every day and truly enjoys watching the students learn and grow. “It brings me great joy to teach the students and watch that education shine within their performance. I am giving them the power to be amazing!”

 


Majel Nichols, Guest Service Coordinator, & Licensed Cosmetologist

Majel was born and raised in Colorado where she graduated from Empire Beauty School in 2012. After graduating she then started working behind the chair and soon started managing salons. Majel loves helping other stylist reach their goals.

 

 

 

 

 


Peyton White, Guest Service Coordinator


Ballwin (St. Louis) Campus


Diana Campana, Licensed Cosmetologist, & Educator

Diana has been in the business of Cosmetology since the early 2000’s, and she’s enjoyed every minute of it.   As a result of being a Cosmetologist, she has had the opportunity to meet and build relationships with so many wonderful people who have remained in her life over the years-clients and coworkers alike.  She says, “I love the art of the business and I love people, which is the perfect “marriage” of a career for me.”
Diana is a colorist, hair designer, skin care specialist, makeup artist, and comes with experience in manicuring and pedicuring.  She has worked closely with her clients that have gone through chemo battling cancer, and has also done hair & makeup for the deceased.  Her career took a turning point when she turned 50, which is when she decided to spend less time behind the chair.  Diana, while still being part time behind the chair, made the decision to bring all of her expertise and experience to our team at Crave!  She says, “It is my privilege and honor to impart what I love and have learned over the years to Future Professionals.  I have never had the kind of reward and fulfillment that I get with educating students.  I have a bond and special relationship with each one.  Our students are the future and it is a huge responsibility that I take to heart everyday!”

 


Dena Moss, Licensed Esthetician & Educator

Dena, a CBA alumni, has been licensed as an Esthetician since 2016.  She is certified in Endermology, NovaLash, Microdermabrasion, Norvell sunless spray tanning, and has extensive knowledge in Dermalogica and Eminence.  She began her career at a salon and spa where her ambition led her to become the Spa Director.  She remained in that position until she decided to continue her journey through the beauty industry as an Educator.  In 2018, she became a part of Crave’s educational team.  Her passion for the beauty industry clearly shines through her teaching methods as she shares her knowledge with our students.  While she assists our students in blossoming within the industry, she is a busy mom of 4 that she is raising alongside her fiancé!  Despite the many obstacles Dena has encountered, she persists to be the best mother, esthetician, and educator she can be!


Erin Piazza,  Educator, & Licensed Esthetician

Erin, a CBA alumni, licensed Esthetician and Massage Therapist. Erin holds all certifications of this course and has several years’ experience in the field. She also still works with the public and loves to bring her experiences into the classroom to help students with any concerns that may arise in the field even after they graduate. She loves helping others and giving them an experience they will never forget. Erin pride herself on great customer service and quality client care. She has been blessed with the ability to teach other young women in the field of Esthetics. Allowing her the opportunity to give our students tools and techniques to help the students learn as much as possible while at Crave. Erin really cares about the individual as well as the class as a whole. She believes we are a team and will succeed by helping each other and supporting each other!


Haley Townshend, Guest Service Coordinator, Administrative Assistant

Haley graduated from Crave Beauty Academy in January of 2018. Shortly after graduating, she took a brief break from the beauty industry to be with her newborn son. After some time, Haley returned to Crave in 2020 as the front desk coordinator. As some time went on, she moved to the Administrative Assistant. Through out this experience she has discovered her developing interest with the “behind the scenes” work. She enjoys being a part of the school setting and has always wanted to be part of the beauty industry, so working at Crave seemed to be the perfect mix. She loves seeing the students succeed and helping them reach their potentials!


Georgia Bevard, Educator

Georgia has been in the cosmetology industry for over 30 years. She worked behind the chair for several years before finding her passion for education.  She maintains a strong commitment to developing her skills and learning new techniques. Georgia has been an educator for almost 10 years and holds a certification for Advanced Master Educator. She is passionate about education and sharing her growing knowledge for the industry.

 

 


Jill Dunn, Business Office Administrator

Jill graduated from Maryville University with a Bachelors in Business Administration in 2016. She took a break after graduating to help her family. She’s done some work in call centers and most recently with auditing. She joined Crave in October of 2021 to start her new journey in helping students finalize their enrollment in the business office. This is her first experience in the beauty education world. She really enjoys being able to assist with getting students enrolled to follow their dreams

 

 


Rae Valentine, Licensed Esthetician & Educator

Rae is a 2019 Esthetics graduate of Crave Beauty Academy. She was first introduced to the beauty industry in 2014 as a makeup artist and eyelash specialist. She has owned and operated her own beauty studio since 2018 and decided to expand her brand to esthetics and instructing. Her love for this industry and her passion for knowledge and educating upcoming beauty professionals led her back to Crave and their instructing program.

 

 

 


Tamara LoPiccolo, Guest Service Coordinator

 

 


Ashley Thomas, Guest Service Coordinator, Educator & Licensed Nail Technician 

Ashley, a CBA alumni, is a licensed manicurist. She began her career at a nail salon and eventually found becoming an instructor was her true passion. In 2021 she became a part of the Crave team. Ashley is also our front desk coordinator. She loves engaging and helping our students in their day-to-day schooling and helping them transform into successful professionals and achieve their dreams.

 


Kim McIntosh, President/Owner

Kim McIntosh serves as President and Executive Director of Crave Beauty Academy.

Currently Kim and her husband, Stan McIntosh, own Crave Beauty Academy. She changed the name of Xenon International Academy to Crave Beauty Academy in Wichita, KS and Ballwin (St. Louis), MO in December 2014. Kim opened Salon Crave in Wichita, KS with her daughter and niece as managing partners in December 2014. Most recently, Kim has opened a professional beauty wholesale, KMac Beauty Supply, to assist local professionals in building their brand.

Kim and her husband acquired Xenon International Academy in Kansas and Missouri in 2013. Prior to the acquisition, the past eighteen years she has been partner in three of the six Xenon International Academy campuses. Her educational background includes college studies in Business Administration and Marketing. Kim has been active in the Beauty Industry for twenty five years. She holds a Cosmetology, Esthetics and Instructors license in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. She has worked behind the chair, in salon management and as a manufacturer educator teaching professionals in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado. Kim currently serves on the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) board for the last thirteen years. Kim has served in various positions on the AACS board to include; Vice-President, Secretary, Historian, co-chair of the Annual AACS Convention, team leader of events and supervised an education task force team. Kim also serves on the MACS -Missouri Association of Cosmetology Schools. Kim is also active in the communities of the Crave locations. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO), National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), Cricket Alley Ministries and the local toastmasters club in Wichita, Kansas. Read more about Kim on our blog!

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I appreciate the team here at Crave Beauty Academy. I’ve wanted to do this all my life and finally have been given the chance. I have achieved way more than I imagined I would, thanks to you and all my educators. Attending Crave was my BEST life choice I’ve ever made! Amanda S., graduate

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