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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

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 Academy, and just celebrated her 15th year with the school, Nov of 2017. 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.

May Elliott, Associate Director

May attended school at Sidney Hairdressing College in 1985 where she obtained her Cosmetology License. At that time, Sidney’s Hairdressing College was the only Pivot Point School in the area. In 1987, May opened her salon in Kingman, KS. She owned her salon for 20 years. A couple years after May opened her salon, she began to work for The Paul Mitchell Education Team. She worked and traveled with some of today’s greatest stylist such as Robert Cromeans and Scott Cole. She stayed on The Paul Mitchell Education Team for 18 years. When she was introduced to Xenon International Academy, she was thrilled that Xenon was a Pivot Point school, since Pivot Point is what she learned from. May is one of our Color Educators at Crave Beauty Academy, she also teaches American Crew and Nails. May celebrated her ten year anniversary with Crave in August 2015. She is very passionate about Education and the Beauty Industry and loves to share her passion and knowledge with students.

Jessy Orth, Associate Director

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.

Meghan Hoffman, Lead Esthetics Educator

Meghan graduated from Xenon International Academy in 2013 as a licensed Esthetician. She worked at Salon Centric after graduation. After realizing her true calling she came back to Xenon/Crave for her instructor training. Meghan is a Dermalogica Expert certified in Bio Active Peel, Ion Active System, and Advanced Waxing. She is continually pursuing her own education so she can keep up with industry trends, as well as bring new techniques and information back to students. Meghan’s passion for the beauty industry comes from wanting to help people achieve their best skin yet. She loves that as an esthetician and an educator, no day is ever the same and she also loves the “ah ha” moment that students have when they are in the program.




Jeanne Wendland, Esthetics & Nail Technology Educator

Jeanne is a native Texan and after 26 years working in the same job, she was struck with finding a new career path. With a mother and three sisters in the field of beauty it made sense to do something in the field of cosmetology. In the Fall of 2015, Jeanne completed the nail technology program at Crave Beauty Academy. Once she graduated, she immediately began the esthetics program. In the Spring of 2017 she completed the instructor program and officially became a member of the Crave family. She found joy in what she does and continues to work in a salon as well as being an educator.




Scarlett Davis, Master Educator

Since high school, Scarlett has always been apart of the theatre world. So after graduation, she continued on to Cowley Community College on a full ride theatre scholarship. After a year of doing hair and makeup backstage, she wanted to work more with the people. So the next year she decided to continue her passion for hair and makeup and start at Cowley Pivot Point Academy. Scarlett graduated in May of 2011 and jumped right in shears a blazing! Not only was she doing hair, she was also continuing her love for beauty and special effects makeup working independently for weddings, haunted houses and of course the theatre. After working a few years behind the chair, she specialized in the art of nails, learning more on acrylics, nail art, and electric filing. Scarlett had been in the field for five years, but wanted to do more than just be behind the chair, she wanted to share her passion with others. So, in 2015 she started and graduated from the educators program at Crave Beauty Academy where she now is teaching all the design classes, state law, advanced airbrush makeup, nails I and II, acrylics, and is one of the nail technology educators. She loves her Crave family, and sharing all she knows with our students!

Jessica Easterwood, Educator

Jessica Easterwood graduated Suma cum Laude from Seward County Community College Cosmetology School in 2012. While she loves all aspects of the beauty industry, her favorites are color, formal hair styling and designs, hair extensions, and nails. Jessica moved to Wichita from her home town of Rolla, Kansas in late 2015 where she continued to work behind the chair until joining the Crave team in August 2016. In addition to her work at Crave, Jessica freelances as a stylist and makeup artist for pageants, bridal parties, photographers and formal events. She has a deep passion for education and assisting students to reach their professional goals.




Morgan Lampson-Waugh, Talent Development Manager

Morgan began her career in the beauty industry at Xenon Int’l Academy in 2011, where she was highly involved in community events and represented the academy as President of Student Ambassadors. Morgan has been with Xenon/Crave Beauty Academy since 2012. Her love of education within the industry has pushed her to become certified in American Crew Menswork, Nuts and Bolts business techniques, Babe Hair Extensions, and in 2014 she became a Licensed Cosmetology Educator. With a background in art and design, Morgan has a creative mind that allows her to run with her creativity when it comes to color and cutting designs. In addition to color and cutting, she also indulges in styling techniques, for everyday looks or a special occasion, gel manicures and pedicures, and Norvell Spray Tans. She brings an incredible wealth of knowledge to the Student Salon, teaching her students everything she knows!


Melissa Pasley, Lead Guest Service Manager / Educator

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.





Karlee Glasscock, Guest Service Coordinator


Mikhala Rodriguez, Guest Service Coordinator


Destiny Lanham,  Admissions Advisor

Destiny is a Wichita native and a Xenon International Academy graduate from 2009. When she received her cosmetology license she started working at a salon for two years. Following that she continued working in the industry and worked five years at Sports Clips. She has found her passion and knows it will always be in the beauty industry. Destiny enjoys working in the school atmosphere and being back in the Crave environment.





Ashlee Littlejohn, Admissions Advisor


Hollie Holtzinger, Executive Administrative Assistant


Sherri Westney, Director of Student Financial Services

Sherri has been a part of the beauty industry family since 2003. After making the decision to sell her family’s business, she chose to enter into a new career for herself…cosmetology. Sherri earned her cosmetology training at Xenon Int’l Academy. Immediately after becoming licensed, she continued her education and became a licensed cosmetology instructor/educator. She then spent the majority of her time in the classroom working with and educating the cosmetologists of the future. Sherri has been doing financial aid at the academy for several years and is now in the corporate office processing students’ financial aid for both the Wichita, KS and Ballwin, MO campuses for Crave Beauty Academy.

Ballwin (St. Louis) Campus

Mary Penrose, Associate Director

Mary, having grown up in an Aveda salon, decided to become a licensed cosmetologist in 2009. As a little girl, she always knew she wanted to be in Education, so in 2011 she became a licensed Cosmetology Instructor. In 2015, Mary became Crave’s Lead Educator, working directly with our students and other Instructors. She introduces future professionals to our world at Crave Beauty Academy, while building strong relationships with those future students.





Lori Scott, Admissions Advisor / Educator


Michelle Pelias, Business Office Administrator


Ashley Anderson, Esthetics Educator

Ashley is licensed in Esthetics and has always had a love for the beauty industry and all that it has to offer.  She rents a suite providing an array of skin services and treatments in Florissant, MO.  What lead her to education is, in the past, people have put her in a leadership position and she’s always enjoyed being a part of helping someone grow into their full potential.  Ashley says, “Crave did that for me, and I’d love to do that for others!”





Carla Burke, Esthetics Educator


Cherie Dees, Guest Service Coordinator / Cosmetology Educator

Cherie is a licensed Cosmetologist and an Alumni of Xenon/Crave Beauty Academy. She is certified in Keratin Complex, American Crew, Lash Bomb Eyelash Extensions, Norvell Spray Tanning and Airbrush Makeup. Cherie is passionate about this industry and helping the students become the best they can be!






Jacob Baynes, Cosmetology Educator








Stephanie Swim, Lead Guest Service Coordinator / Cosmetology Educator








Alex Nelson, Student Advisor/Educator

Alex has been a licensed Cosmetologist since 2014 and is an alumni from Xenon/Crave Beauty Academy. She has achieved many certifications such as American Crew, Babe Lash and Hair Extensions, Keratin Complex, Norvell Spray Tanning, and is a certified Hairdresser in 40 different countries! Alex truly enjoys working side by side with our students and brings great energy everyday!






Diana Campana, Cosmetology Educator








Amber Harris, Cosmetology Educator

Katie Schroer, Esthetics Educator

Katie became a licensed Esthetician in 2016 and has currently been working to obtain her Educator’s license. She has a passion for making women feel beautiful and enjoys helping students succeed in an industry that she feels so passionately about.






Nikki Kelly, Advanced Aesthetics Educator

Nikki graduated from Xenon International Academy in 2013 as a licensed Esthetician. She freelanced as a Professional Makeup Artist in the St. Louis Metro Area and also worked at Life Spa of West County MedSpa after graduation. Her cosmetic and beauty work can be seen in Channel 4s’ Great Day St. Louis television broadcast and local publications such as St. Louis Bridal Magazine. She has successfully demonstrated extremely valuable leadership and collaboration skills, as well as a huge love for her community. After realizing her true calling she came back to Xenon/Crave for her instructor training. Nikki is a PCA Skin Expert certified in SensiPeel, Dermaplaning, Microneedling Collagen Induction Therapy, HydroTherapy, Airbrush Makeup, and Norvell Sunless Tan. Nikki’s currently enrolled in the RN program at St. Louis Community College Meramec Campus. Her mission within the beauty industry is to empower her students in teaching their patients not only look beautiful on the outside, but feel even more beautiful on the inside through the use of advanced aesthetics.

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 have greatly enjoyed my experience and education at Crave Beauty Academy. I love the wonderful educators and the awesome environment here! I have learned so much in a few short months and am so excited to start my new journey! Mariah D., graduate

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