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Nancy Poole

Founder / President

Nancy Poole

Founder / President

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    Ms. Poole founded Strand College of Hair Design in March of 1993. She has been in education for over 25 years and is licensed in South and North Carolina as a cosmetologist and a cosmetology Instructor. Besides her education in cosmetology, Ms. Poole has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration and Political Science, as well as a Masters of Arts Degree in Human Relations and Conflict Resolution from Columbia College. She also attended Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina. She serves on the Georgetown Hospital System Foundation Board, and as an advisor and on the IRC for the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology.

    She has also been acknowledged for her work and various contributions for Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Toys for Tots, and her work in church as well as assisting local community kitchens. She has served previously as a member to the Pivot Point Advisor Board. Ms. Poole is presently the president of SCALP Associations which provides advanced and continuing education. She is also approved by the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology to teach the 45 Hour Methods of Training.

    Further studies include training as a Pivot Point Instructor, Milady Instructor Education, and numerous advanced color classes with Roy Peters. She has also written a book about conflict resolution in the cosmetology industry and is in the process of writing her second book, an instructional text book for Instructors and Students.

    Ashley Bonass

    Instructor

    Ashley Bonass

    Instructor

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      Ashley moved to Myrtle Beach from Connecticut in 2005. She decided she wanted to expand her career and started at Strand College of Hair Design in 2014 for Esthetics. Esthetics was a true passion for her. Ashley was drawn to Esthetics because of the similarities to the medical field.

      Because of her passion for Esthetics soon after graduating from strand college of hair design Ashley decided she wanted to teach and share her passion and knowledge to others trying to reach their goals in the field. Today Ashley is not only an inspiration to her students but also an educator and mentor.

      Dana was born in the Czech Republic and has always had a passion for hair and makeup. At the age of 19, Dana came to United State dreaming of a career in cosmetology and after years of hard work and teaching herself the English language she graduated from Stand College of Hair Design. Dana has an eccentric personality that compliments her strong belief that beauty comes from the inside and she feels no greater reward than when this is conveyed to her clients. Dana takes great pride in the satisfaction her clients feel when they are able to leave the salon after discovering their beauty from the inside out for themselves.

      Dana decided to go back to school and pursue her instructor license as she loves this industry so much that she wants to share this love knowledge, and passion with her students. For Dana it is not just about hair and makeup but about a great education that all students should receive in preparation for their career. Dana feels being a part of this journey is the best gift she can give to them.

      Her extended education includes Paul Mitchell Color and Cuts, Goldwell Color, Redken, and Keratin Complex Straightening. Dana is passionate about her profession and she loves doing hair and makeup for weddings as well as bridal and talent shows.

      Dana Ashely

      Instructor

      Dana Ashely

      Instructor

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        Laura Causey

        Educational Director

        Laura Causey

        Educational Director

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          Laura is from Naples, Florida, but has been in in Myrtle Beach for over 30 years.
          She has always had a love for doing hair and finally fulfilled her dream in 1996.

          Laura is a graduate from Strand College of Hair Design. She competed while a student at IBS in New York, bringing back a bronze metal, and also competed as a professional in Orlando, Florida at Premier.

          Laura’s extended education includes: Schwartzkopf color, Redken Color, Nick Arrojo razor cutting and is certified with Brazilian Blowout.

          It is because of her love for the industry and her passion for education that she returned to Strand College as an instructor in 2018. Then in 2019 she accepted the position of Educational Director.

          Laura still works behind the chair and loves to share her experiences to help future cosmetologists.

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          Jordan Poole

          Financial Aid

          Jordan Poole

          Financial Aid

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            Anna Slimm

            Admissions Director

              Anna relocated from New Jersey in August, 2019. She is one of four girls and has always loved the beauty industry. Before attending Cosmetology school, she was a full time missionary and lived in India for a few months helping women and children. During this time she really developed a passion for helping people. She graduated from Cosmetology school in 2017 and shortly after, completed the Teacher Trainee course. Her favorite thing about the beauty industry is helping people look good and feel their best. After working in the salon for a while, she decided to help people in another way. Anna still does hair in her free time, but has been working in admissions ever since. She has a HUGE passion for helping students fulfill their dreams and goals as future Cosmetologists and Estheticians.

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