Our Team

Trudy MacKay

Director

Trudy holds 25+ years of industry experience as a Stylist, Salon Owner, Regional Manager, and Redken Educator. Her passion for growing people’s skills and building solid teams drives her to lead students to success.

One of Trudy’s favourite industry moments is her first ever men’s cut—she didn’t do it right, but it was certainly a learning experience she’ll never forget! This story is a testament to Trudy’s commitment to teaching students to learn from their mistakes and to never stop developing their skills. Trudy loves to stay active with cross-country skiing and hiking, and you can catch her watching her favorite James Bond movies (she prefers the classics!)

Raven Nickerson

Salon Leader

Raven Nickerson has worked for several years in the beauty industry, with a background in Makeup Artistry. Coming from cosmetic retail, her passion for product and customer service shows in her daily work as HDC’s Salon Leader. She is a ball of energy and keeps her coworkers motivated with positive thinking and really lame jokes.

When Raven is away from the front desk at HDC, she spends her down time catching local music shows, enjoying craft beer and emptying her bank account on expensive lipstick and false lashes.

Edijs Ozolins

Lead Hair Design Educator

As a graduate of the HDC, Edijs has navigated the industry as a Stylist, Salon Owner, and Educator. Edijs earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Salford in Manchester, England before completing his studies at the HDC. After owning a salon for over seven years, he moved into an Educator position with the HDC and Redken, sharing his passion for hair design and finish.

Edijs most memorable professional moment is when he made it to the finals of the Redken Cover Competition. In his spare time, Edijs loves to stay active and is an avid snowboarder, kitesurfer, and runner. 

Danielle MacPherson 

Lead Salon Educator

With over a decade of experience in the cosmetology industry, Danielle puts her extensive knowledge to work for the HDC as Lead Salon Educator.

In 2006, Danielle graduated from the HDC. She’s since earned her Redken Colour Certification and has worked as both a Stylist and Salon Leader for Salon Resource Group. As Danielle made the shift from the stylist’s chair to the classroom, she discovered her flair for coaching and mentoring. Watching her students excel and uncover their talents within the industry motivates Danielle. When she’s not in the classroom, you’ll find Danielle enjoying the sun with boating and beaching, or watching her favourite movie, Twister.

Kristy Power

Administrative Assistant

Kristy first came through the HDC’s doors as a client. After discovering the positive and creative atmosphere of the HDC, she couldn’t help but stay!

Kristy is a Saint Mary’s University graduate and has worked in industries such as film and government. Kristy is an organizer at heart and her many skills include fluently speaking English, French, and Spanish. Kristy is passionate about exceptional customer service. When she’s not at the HDC, you’ll find her hanging out with her daughter, salsa dancing, eating cheesecake, or watching one of her favourite movies, The Namesake

Dillon Ross

Admissions Coordinator

Dillon comes to HDC with a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing and human resource management from Saint Mary’s University. He has had a long career in customer service and sales and brings a great deal of business knowledge, creativity and people skills to the HDC team. Having grown up in his mother’s salon, Dillon has witnessed the success that can come from a career in cosmetology.

When Dillon isn’t at HDC, he enjoys traveling, weightlifting, hiking and skiing.

Kiara Ardelli

Makeup Artistry Educator

Kiara is a well-rounded educator with experience as a Stylist, Esthetician, and Makeup Artist. She’s worked her way around the industry in all of these positions, and will never forget kick-starting her career by joining the Vitality Medi Spa team. Kiara loves teaching the Makeup Program at the HDC, especially the Special Effects portion—Halloween makeup is just one of her major talents!

When not refining her skills and sharing her knowledge with others, you’ll find Kiara eating burritos, hiking, and hanging out with her cats. 

Debbie Ross

Hair Design Educator

Debbie is an industry veteran with 26+ years of experience. She’s a talented Stylist, Educator, and Manager, owning and operating a salon for many years. Over the years, Debbie has developed many fond memories in the industry. Her most memorable moments involve working with clients dealing with cancer and making them feel beautiful from the inside out during difficult times.

When she’s not at the HDC, Debbie loves boxing (both coaching and refereeing), watching movies (her favourite is Save the Last Dance), eating pasta, and volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society. 

Pam Collier

Hair Design Educator

As a passionate educator with 25+ years in the industry, Pam has worked as a Stylist, Salon Leader, and Platform Artist. While Pam is experienced and skilled across the board, her favourite service to provide and teach is hair extensions.

Pam attended the Redken International Symposium in Las Vegas, which is one of her most fond professional memories. She also includes the HDC graduations as some of her favourite moments—she loves watching her students grow their skills. Outside of hair design, Pam loves Harry Potter, cotton candy, and her metal detector. 

April Walsh

Hair Design Educator

As a graduate of Art & Technique Academy in Ontario, April has 8+ of experience as a Stylist. Whether she’s turning a brunette into a bright blonde or chopping off someone’s long locks into a stylish pixie cut, April loves a challenge. Her favourite professional memory involves her very first colour correction on a client—never an easy feat! April loves yoga, and relaxing with a bowl of popcorn and her favorite movie, Beauty and the Beast.

Stephanie Coadic

Hair Design Educator

A proud Hair Educator, Stephanie is passionate about delivering exceptional results to clients and teaching her students to do the same. Stephanie holds a diploma from New Dawn Hair Design. 

Stephanie thrives on seeing her students flourish and she’ll never forget the first time one of her students achieved Master Stylist status. When she’s not at the HDC, you’ll find Stephanie at the dog park with her pup, doing Zumba, salsa dancing, or eating her favourite food while watching her favorite movie—pizza and The Notebook

Lisa Todd

Lead Esthetics Educator

Lisa’s experience in the beauty industry ranges from esthetics, to inventory, and now education with the HDC. Lisa is an expert in waxing, clinical esthetics, and also worked as an Inventory Manager for Maritime Beauty Supply. Her vast expertise and passion for teaching make her a versatile educator.

In her spare time, Lisa is involved with animal rescue and loves to cook. Her favourite food is pasta, and you’ll catch her chowing down while watching her favourite movie, Eat, Pray, Love.

Chris MacKenzie

Hair Design Educator

With a passion for producing outstanding colour and texture, Chris shares his aptitude for hair styling with the HDC students as a Hair Educator. Chris graduated from Concepts School of Cosmetology in 2005, and will never forget when he started working as a Stylist, earning commission for the first time.

Chris is motivated by those special “ah-ha” teaching moments, helping students understand a concept they’re struggling with. Chris has the (self-proclaimed) voice of an angel, and loves cooking, traveling, and watching his favourite movies—anything scary, or the classic, He’s Just Not That Into You.

Ann Watkins

Hair Design Educator

Ann’s experience, passion, and commitment to continual learning are what make her a phenomenal teacher at the HDC. Ann is a Master Stylist who has worked in Redken and Aveda salons since graduating from the HDC in 2005. Her portfolio includes impressive milestones such as completing a Specialty Style Updo Design Course in Los Angeles, CA, and a feature in Duly Noted magazine.

Ann’s philosophy is that hair plays a major role in any person’s image, and she prides herself in helping students create versatile, beautiful looks that clients can style and maintain themselves. 

Renee O’Brien

Lead Spa Educator

Renee’s passion for making people feel beautiful from the inside out has led her to a career in cosmetology. She’s a graduate of Concepts School of Cosmetology and has worked in the industry for 12+ years.

Renee draws inspiration from her peers at SRG and loves to share her passion and knowledge with them, too. Renee will never forget the first HDC graduation ceremony she attended—she loves to watch her students succeed and grow. Writing music is another one of Renee’s talents. She also enjoys eating Indian food and watching her favourite movie, Patch Adams.

Leah Harris

Esthetics Educator

Leah is a graduate of The Academy of Cosmetology and has 7+ years of experience in the industry, specializing in clinical esthetics. Leah loves to focus on clinical esthetics, as her industry passion is treating clients with problematic skin and helping them work through their skin issues. She also has certification in lash extensions and laser treatment.

Leah has amazing memories from team building moments at SRG Summits, and loves to do yoga, eat Thai food, and read (her favourite book is The Alchemist). 

Tammy MacIntyre

Esthetics Educator

With 20+ years of experience in the industry, Tammy is passionate about making people feel beautiful. She’ll always remember a client who didn’t want to draw attention to their feet, and wouldn’t put polish on their toes—Tammy convinced them to go red, and they’ve been doing a red polish on their toes for the past 14 years! These moments are what drive Tammy to refine her skills and make clients feel comfortable.

Tammy loves to have fun in the classroom and laughs when she thinks about her first year of teaching when she was convinced everyone’s name was Andrea for the first few weeks. Tammy loves to read and drink tea when she’s not in the classroom.

Melanie Murphy

Esthetics Educator

Ample education and over a decade working as an Esthetician has brought Melanie Murphy to the HDC. Melanie graduated from NSCC with a diploma in Esthetics & Spa Therapy, and since then, has been trained in LCN, Dermalogica, dermaplaning, and ear and nose piercing. She spent six of her salon years as a Master Esthetician.

Manicures and other nail services are some of her favourites to provide—but she especially loves helping clients reap the benefits of a great facial. Unveiling the results of a skin care service is exciting to her, as she loves to help clients gain confidence. When Melanie isn’t teaching, you’ll find her eating her favourite food, cheesecake, or enjoying the cottage life with yoga, gardening, and knitting.