Our Team

Chris Richards

Director of Operations

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Tina Burke

Lead Educator

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Denise Theriault

Admissions Coordinator

Denise comes to HDC with a background in human resources, leadership and relationship building. One of her greatest strengths is how quickly she is able to connect with people and instantly make them feel comfortable and at ease. In addition to the admission of students, Denise has an open-door policy and supports them throughout their program. She has years of experience with job searches and enjoys helping students with their cover letters, resumes and preparation for interviews. Her greatest joy is watching the students reach their full potential and launch the start of their amazing careers.

She was drawn to work at HDC because she is completely aligned with their core values: PRIDE – Pride, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Enthusiasm. She is confident students will feel the same!

Denise lives her personal and professional life through Maya Angelou’s quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget the way you made them feel”.

Lurinda Swanepoel

Front Desk Coordinator

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Shari Fitzner

Lead Hair Design Educator

Shari brings 20+ years of experience in the beauty industry and is a proud graduate of the Hair Design Centre. Shari has been educating students for 12 years and is passionate about education and the ever-changing industry. She believes keeping yourself educated in this industry keeps you inspired and competitive. 

As a Redken Certified Colorist, Shari enjoys passing along her knowledge and watching students grow into successful stylists, salon owners, or platform Artists.

Shari’s message to all her students is “The Sky is the Limit…. So, Dream Big ” 

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.

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.

Patricia Veinotte

Lead Makeup Artistry Educator

Patricia started her path towards beauty and makeup as a performing arts student studying acting at the University of Lethbridge. Patricia’s studies in the Theatre included makeup for stage and a love of makeup was born! Over the years her makeup interest and career grew, working with some great mentors, and number of makeup lines such as MAC, Cargo, Two Faced, Paula Dorf, Jane Iredale, and Youngblood. Patricia’s work grew into many areas as a freelance makeup artist, in the bridal industry, as well as for photography and film for some major motion pictures (Outlander) as well as a short film for CBC (Dirty Laundry). As her interest and drive for the beauty industry grew, she went on and achieved her Esthetic license in 2010, continuing her career in both makeup and esthetics. Making people look and feel great about themselves is a passion of hers and is one she loves passing on and seeing her students.

While beauty makeup may be  Patricia’s focus; making people look like themselves but better!  A close second would be Halloween! Halloween is huge in her house,  and it is usually the most decorated house in the neighborhood, not to mention the fun family costumes and makeup!

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. 

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.

Elizabeth Wambolt

Hair Design Educator

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Melissa Douglas

Hair Design Educator

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Jessica Lake

Hair Design Educator

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Twyla Downey

Hair Design Educator

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Olivia Forrestall

Hair Design Educator Assistant

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Tammy MacIntyre

Esthetics Educator

With 20+ years experience in the beauty industry, Tammy was first attracted to the culture that this industry has to offer. Tammy has Advanced Footcare Training, is an expert waxer with extensive Dermalogica training and draws inspiration everyday from the students “ah-ha” moments, when something finally “clicks it sticks”.

Melanie Murphy

Esthetics Educator

Melanie is a Master Educator offering 12 years of advanced skincare working in Jasper, AB, Australia and currently at Vitality Medi Spa for the last seven years. With a passion to educate and help the upcoming generations develop their passion for the esthetics field. Has a passion for foot care,waxing, and loves spending time with family and friends while cooking for them.

Sandra Hopkie

Esthetics Educator

Sandra has been an Esthetician for 17 years now and has the same passion today for esthetics as she did 17 years ago. After working for one year in a salon, Sandra opened her own esthetics spa – and it is still successful to this day!
Sandra graduated from Dalhousie University in 1993 with a degree in Sociology. After a couple of years working with the Department of Social Work, she knew that it wasn’t the career she wanted. It was then – when she was 28 years old that she went to Concepts School of Cosmetology to pursue a career in Esthetics.
After she graduated she went on to do more educational courses like furthering her knowledge of skincare by taking courses through the Dermal Institute of Canada.
Sandra always knew that someday she would love to teach and share her passion and experience with those who wanted to learn and be the best they could be! Sharing this experience and knowledge is truly a dream come true!

Camila Notari

Makeup Artistry Educator

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Danielle Keizer

Administrative Assistant

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Kristy Power

Administrative Assistant

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