Our Faculty

Leadership That You Can Rely On

Administrative Staff


Nancy Poole

Founder / President

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.

Jordan is a native to the Myrtle Beach area. He grew up in the education industry focused on Cosmetology.  After graduating from Coastal Carolina in Conway, SC,  he began his career with Strand College of Hair Design. Through hard work and determination he became in Financial Aid Director in 2015.  He is very active with fund raisers for SOWW that the College sponsors.  He attends Summit Leadership Days in Washington, talking to Senators and Representatives on Federal and State levels regarding occupational education and needs of our students, especially veteran students.  He is dedicated to helping students with their financial aid needs as well as their career paths.


Financial Aid Director

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.

Educational Staff

Ashely Bonass

Ashley Bonass

Esthetics Instructor

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.

Ms. Smith comes with twenty five years experience in the field of bodywork. She graduated from the Whole You School of Massotherapy in Rutherfordton, NC and became a clinical superviser at the school. Nationally Board Certified, she holds liscensure in two states. She has worked in some of the finest day spas in the southeast, Tanas Day Spa in Raleigh, Cary NC, where she was named “Massage Therapist of Year in 2003” and was lead therapist for five locations, monitoring and training new therapists. She also worked at the famous Stonewall Resort and The Tuscan Sun Spa in West Virginia. Ms Smith has worked as a private therapist as well as for a Chiropractic Wellness Center and Physical Therapy center in Murrells Inlet SC as a special event therapist. A Reiki Master,teacher since 1995, she has certified in and taught many modalities . She is very knowledgeable of the massage industry and is qualified to pass that knowledge on to her students.

Sue smith

Massage Therapy Instructor

Mrs. Causey


Cosmetology Instructors

Laura is originally from Naples, Florida but has been in Myrtle Beach for 33 years. She always had a love for doing hair and finally fulfilled her dream in 1996. Laura is a graduate from Strand College of Hair Design and decided to come back to teach because of her passion for the industry. She has been a licensed educator since 2003. She has competed nationally as a student in New York at the International Beauty Show, bringing back a bronze medal and as a professional in Orlando, Florida at Premier.

Laura’s extended education includes Schwartzkopf color, Redken Color & Nick Arrojo razor cutting.

Laura also shows her passion for the industry by working with a local photographer and doing hair and makeup for a published magazine. Laura is also a salon owner and loves to share her experiences to help future cosmetologist.

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

Dana Ashely

Cosmetology Instructors


Michelle Blythe

Substitute Instructor

Born in Michigan but raised in the South,  Michelle is an alumni of Strand College of Hair Design. Michelle now works at Vega Hair Design. She attended the Premiere Show in Orlando, Florida as well as the Salon Centric Show in Myrtle Beach, SC. In Orlando she also represented her school in a cutting and coloring competition in the Avant Guard and Fantasy Divisions. She trained with her husband, Gregory Blythe, in advanced cutting and coloring techniques.

Michelle has taken advanced classes from Nancy Braun, Nick Arrojo, Ruth Roche, just to name a few. She is certified in Keratin Smoothing treatment and Hot Heads Extensions as well as having had training from Loreal Professional, Pureology, and other various product lines. Michelle enjoys working with the students of Strand College of Hair Design because it allows her to pay forward all the training she received to help her succeed.


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