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About Us

Innovate Salon Academy was founded in 2009 by a small group of successful stylists and salon owners who wanted introduce a fresh way of educating students.

Innovate Salon Academy is an award-winning beauty academy dedicated to the principle of creating a spirited learning environment to give graduates a leading edge in the beauty industry.

Strong relationships are important to us, which is why we offer an excellent education to include integrity, leadership values, professionalism and ethics. We create opportunities to change our student’s lives while enhancing their personal and professional career.

We specialize in advanced training and have built a reputation for innovation having won Modern Salon’s national Excellence in Education and Global entrepreneur of the year awards.

Our commitment to excellence allows us to offer a supportive and professional learning opportunity of ‘real-life’ hands-on salon experiences, individual classroom instruction, current technical and practical training, and industry centered communication and business classes. Our dedicated curriculum and talented and specialized teachers provide a progressive education that gives you the opportunity to develop technical skill excellence to change your personal and professional life and jumpstart your beauty career.

It is our mission to offer a quality education and positive learning environment providing all students the knowledge, skills and inspiration for a successful beauty career. Thousands of students have graduated from our industry-focused programs and become successful stylists and estheticians. Innovate Salon Academy offers a strong reputation and excellent graduate outcomes allowing you a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

It is our vision to be the educators behind your personal achievement and the inspiration to help you achieve your goals of a successful career. Call us today, and check out a short video on how Beauty Changes Lives.

Meet the Team
Co-Owners
John W Sickles
Co-Owner
John has worked for over 36 years in the Beauty Industry, both as a stylist and salon owner. John was nominated for the prestigious 2008…

John has worked for over 36 years in the Beauty Industry, both as a stylist and salon owner. John was nominated for the prestigious 2008 Global Entrepreneur and Salon of the Year award, which recognizes and honors leading salon owners who consistently demonstrate extraordinary business and entrepreneurial success in the areas of salon leadership, general management, financial prosperity, marketing & promotion, and who contribute to the salon industry and their community. The Jon Lori Salon has been in business for 32 years and has 35 employees.

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Donna Hernandez
Co-Owner and Director of Education
Donna Hernandez is a Co-Owner and the Director of Education at Innovate Salon Academy. Donna is a Certified Redken Colorist and a Certified Redken Design…

Donna Hernandez is a Co-Owner and the Director of Education at Innovate Salon Academy. Donna is a Certified Redken Colorist and a Certified Redken Design Artist, with more than two decades of experience. At the Academy Donna has had the opportunity to fine-tune her own creative prowess while sharing her expertise with eager students. Donna is very proud to say that TSPA is the only cosmetology school endorsed by Redken 5th Avenue.
Donna boasts, “The educators at TSPA will get the job done. They will give our students the education they need and deserve to create top 20s in our industry!”
In addition to heading up the education team at Innovate, Donna also owns Color Bar 51, where she still works as a stylist.
With 15 years experience in salon ownership and operations, Donna has a deep understanding of exception guest and student service. Not only will you receive a top of the line education, but also a truly unique student centered experience.

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Sean J Sickles
Co-Owner
Sean Sickles is co-owner of Innovate Salon Academy and has been licensed as a cosmetologist, working in the industry for over 15 years. Born into…

Sean Sickles is co-owner of Innovate Salon Academy and has been licensed as a cosmetologist, working in the industry for over 15 years. Born into the beauty industry, Sean’s passion is to grow industry leaders by empowering woman and men to create confidence in others, to find their artistic identity, perfect their craft, and love what they do.
Sean simply states, “Not only is this career financially rewarding but waking up every morning doing something you love in a culture that changes on the daily and accepts everyone… is simply inspirational, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Sean has been instilling confidence while educating students and guests in new styles, techniques, and trends to provide the ultimate educational experience with exceptional quality. Sean has trained at the famous REDKEN Exchange, Purology, Bumble & Bumble University in NYC, and Vidal Sassoon Academy in Miami, FL. In addition to being a REDKEN Certified Master Hair Colorist and Certified in Principal Based Design, he holds over 40 Certificates of Achievement, and is extremely well versed in all aspects of Hair Color, Keratin Treatments, Hair Straightening, and Precision Cutting.

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Directors
Nichole Pensiero
Director of Admissions
Nichole is a person who truly cares for others. She brings passion, positivity and excitement to the admissions role. Nichole thoroughly enjoys guiding students along…

Nichole is a person who truly cares for others. She brings passion, positivity and excitement to the admissions role. Nichole thoroughly enjoys guiding students along their career paths and loves to see the students' joy upon each success along their journey - from performing their first service to completion of the program, securing a job and realizing their dreams are within reach. Nichole is all about Innovate and setting the bar higher with the exceptional students she enrolls. Call her today!!!

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Susan Amorosi Guido
Director
Susan Amorosi Guido brings over 25 years of combined admissions and financial aid experience to Innovate Salon Academy team. Her impressive professional background includes, holding…

Susan Amorosi Guido brings over 25 years of combined admissions and financial aid experience to Innovate Salon Academy team. Her impressive professional background includes, holding license as a Cosmetologist and Educator. Susan is also an Examiner for the NJ State Board of Cosmetology. Helping students to get one step closer to their dreams. Susan takes pride in her profession and is constantly striving to provide the most accurate, detailed information possible to allow students to make the best decisions for their future.

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Dorean Shaw
Director Of Financial Aid
Dorean Shaw joined our Innovate Salon Academy financial aid team with over thirty years of experience as a licensed Cosmetologist. After reaching her goals in…

Dorean Shaw joined our Innovate Salon Academy financial aid team with over thirty years of experience as a licensed Cosmetologist. After reaching her goals in the salon, Dorean elected to go to college, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Degree in Political Science. One of Dorean’s strong beliefs is that education is the foundation to a successful career. That belief allowed her to strive to provide the students’ accurate, detailed information regarding their specific financial needs while in school in order to allow them to make the best decisions for their future.

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Educators
Karen Young
Lead Classroom Educator
Karen Young was named lead educator at Innovate Salon Academy and has been here from the first day our doors were opened, on October 5,…

Karen Young was named lead educator at Innovate Salon Academy and has been here from the first day our doors were opened, on October 5, 2009. Her dedication to the exceptional education that is offered at Innovate and her love to share her knowledge with her students is second to none. Karen has had extensive training in the Innovate principles of teaching. These include being certified in Principle Based Design and Finishing. She has joined the elite ranks of becoming a Redken Certified Colorists. Karen has traveled across the continent and into New York City on numerous occasions for Redken based training. She is also welled grounded in Dermalogica and MUD Makeup Designory.

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Suzanne Savage
Educator
Suzanne Savage trained for her educators license at Innovate Salon Academy and joined the team in 2012 as The Director & Lead Educator of our…

Suzanne Savage trained for her educators license at Innovate Salon Academy and joined the team in 2012 as The Director & Lead Educator of our Aesthetic Department, Suzanne has been in the industry for over 35 years. She is a Licensed Aesthetician/Cosmetologist and Educator. Prior to joining the Innovate team, Suzanne worked as a Spa Director for a large full service day spa, salon and gym. She has over 25 years hands on experienced both working in the Medical and Spa Aesthetic field.
Her biggest passion in life is helping others to feel good about themselves and provide them with the education to do so. "Education is power and being an educator you have the opportunity to empower many." This is the reason why she entered into the world of Aesthetic Education.

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Angela Curbelo
Lead Salon Area Educator
Angela Curbelo joined Innovate in 2012 and in 2014 was made the head of our volunteer work and scheduling all our advanced education for our…

Angela Curbelo joined Innovate in 2012 and in 2014 was made the head of our volunteer work and scheduling all our advanced education for our students and the industry as a whole. She has had many years in the salon industry but has found her true love is being an educator. In the 3 years that Angela has been an educator at Innovate, she has been certified in all of Innovate teaching methods. Just a few of the many certification she has received is Principle Based Design and Finish, Train the Trainer, hair extensions and makeup. Her passions lie with the education her students receive from her. She loves to share every piece of her knowledge to help here students be a top 20 student and stylist. Angela has a very bubbly personality and is always in a positive mind frame. She is an integral part of the Innovate educational team. She is always full of ideas and always willing to help anyone that needs help. Angela always pictured herself in this amazing, lively industry, which then brought her to Innovate to be an educator. Her passion and love for her students runs deep. She would do anything for them!

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Cristina Rosales
Educator
Cristina Rosales joined our Innovate education team upon graduating form our Educators Program in 2015. She has been in our industry as a stylist and…

Cristina Rosales joined our Innovate education team upon graduating form our Educators Program in 2015. She has been in our industry as a stylist and makeup artist for more than 10 years. Cristina developed a love for this industry, from watching her mother in the salon as a child. Always so eager and asking the questions, “Why and how?” Cristina enjoys watching her students find their creative side and developing their own technique. She has always had a passion for education. She believes knowledge is the foundation to any path you take in life and if you are determined to keep learning you will become unstoppable.

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Caylie Sharp
Educator
Caylie Sharp started as an educator with Innovate in 2015. Prior to her career as and educator at Innovate, she worked as a hair stylist…

Caylie Sharp started as an educator with Innovate in 2015. Prior to her career as and educator at Innovate, she worked as a hair stylist and makeup artist for 7 years. She was one of the first Innovate graduating classes and decided being an educator would fuel her passion for our industry. She then started the educator’s program. She believes that continuing her education is a major part to her career. Caylie is extremely motivated. She is determined to give back to the industry; she wants to share her passion and knowledge to every student. Caylie enjoys watching her students grow and see them using different techniques and becoming TOP 20 beauty professionals!

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