Listee Features — Cosmetics


A seasoned business professional, Velma M. McMillian, CFO, boasts expertise in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. Matriculating at Capella University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from 2016 and a Master of Business Administration with a minor in marketing from 2018. To add to her skills, she holds a claims adjuster license in 12 states, a property and casualty license in 35 states and a managing general license in the state of Texas. Within her work in the business world, Ms. McMillian has found success as the chief financial officer for the Quantum Alliance General Agency. Since 2019, she has focused her efforts on processing payroll for the company, conducting monthly budget reconciliation and uploading files that

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Brandee Buckley


Since 2020, Brandee M. Buckley has been the owner of Afro Herbalist LLC, where she serves as an esthetician and herbalist specializing in body sculpting and holistic living. Skilled in customer service and fitness, she offers a wide range of therapeutic services and products, including body waxing, essential oils and scrubs. She is also a distributor of Herbalife healthy shakes and teas and has found new and interesting ways of using their protein powders to make healthy cake toppings. In addition to her work with Afro Herbalist, Ms. Buckley volunteers her time as a fitness instructor. Prior to establishing her own business, Ms. Buckley began her career as an esthetician at the European Wax Center in 2017. During this time,

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Marina Genel


Born to a Jewish family in Ukraine, Marina Genel came to the United States at the age of 17 and began her career in the cosmetics and beauty industry after obtaining a license from the Concord Institute. For 25 years, Ms. Genel served as a spa manager and skin care consultant in Monmouth County, New Jersey, eventually opening her own spa. In 2018, she decided to transition to the food industry, establishing Mishka SoHo in New York City. With a deep, abiding passion for healthy food, Ms. Genel was inspired, in part, by her grandfather, a culinary artist and restaurateur, as well as by her own experiences living with diabetes as a child, when insulin was still a fledgling treatment

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Born in India, Henal Patel embarked on her professional path by earning a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Mumbai and obtained a diploma in hair cosmetology from the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. She began her career working at a Toni & Guy salon in India for two and a half years before coming to the United States in 2003. First operating a hair salon out of her home, today, Ms. Patel is the owner and head stylist at the Zbrio Salon and Spa, where she proffers her expertise in permanent hair straightening and relaxing, haircuts, and hair coloring. She also offers such services as chemical treatments, nails, micro-needling, waxing, chemical peels, and facials, for which she

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Wanda Wheeler-Mains


Dedicated and hardworking from the start, Wanda Lynn Wheeler-Mains earned her diploma from Chauncey High School in just three years, having completed both seventh and eighth grade in one year while living in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. During her time in Hazleton, she played piano for assemblies with both Hazleton Jr. High School and Hazleton High School and sang as an alto in the school choirs. Notably, she was one of 30 seventh graders who were selected to take an experimental “speeders course” at the Pennsylvania State University. She has also completed college level coursework in writing, having initially found her love of writing as an editor for her school newspaper and a writer of theater skits at her high school. students

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First earning a degree in cosmetology from Black Hills Beauty College in 1986, Wendy L. Lesselyoung-Beaumont excelled as a professional hair stylist and cosmetic artist and as the owner of multiple salons for 35 years before returning to her alma mater to teach for four years. During her tenure as an educator, she was responsible for designing the school’s aesthetics and nail technology programs, which she also taught. Disappointed by the quality of education and equipment offered by the school, Ms. Lesselyoung-Beaumont set out to reinvent Black Hills Beauty College and bring it back in line with the dream of founder Pat Miller to provide students with a top-tier cosmetic education that he’d had when he established the school more

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McKenzie Cooke


Growing up in the dance world, where hair and makeup styling are ever present, McKenzie Cooke completed the cosmetology program at the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative and became licensed cosmetologist in 2012, the same year she graduated from high school. Grateful to the opportunities presented to her by attending a vocational school, she has established herself as an independent freelancer for bridal parties and other special events. As a freelance hair and makeup artist, she offers custom styles that help to make special events unique and memorable. Ms. Cooke has also had the good fortunate to have developed an incredible support network of fellow event artisans. To further her skills, Ms. Cooke joined the College of Business at Western

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Jamie L. Claypoole has been involved in the beauty industry since the age of 13, when she got her first job helping out at her mother’s salon, Custom Cut & Style, an Aveda affiliated salon in Butler, Pennsylvania. Following high school, she briefly switched paths and pursued a degree in molecular biology with a Latin minor, but ultimately realized that college just wasn’t for her and returned to her mother’s salon. She solidified her skills with an Associate of Arts from the Butler Beauty School in 2004 and has been certified in three different methods of hair extension and as an innovative color artist. Now an Aveda senior color artist, Ms. Claypoole specializes in precision cuts, fashion color, balayage and

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Ruzanna Kirakosyan


Ruzanna Kirakosyan pursued a career in the cosmetics industry out of a love of makeup and other cosmetic products. Earning a cosmetology degree from the Marinello Beauty School in California, she cultivated significant expertise in chemistry and cosmetic formulas, as well as color cosmetology and preparing new and exciting product lines. Now an accomplished cosmetologist, she takes great joy in helping women to feel better about themselves through makeup and cosmetics and notes that she loves her work so much that it hardly feels like a job at all. In 2016, she founded Blooming Rose Cosmetics, where she pioneered the silver rose scalp mask, a 100% natural hair loss prevention and restoration aid. Serving as the chief executive officer of

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Quynh-Tram Vu


Quynh-Tram Vu, the founder and president of Lash Pilot in Santa Monica, California, is an established entrepreneur and cosmetologist who established her most recent business in 2014. A talented eyelash and make-up artist, her salon focuses on providing clients with eyelash extensions, as well as enhancements, microblading and various other cosmetic styling procedures. Additionally, Lash Pilot serves as a school where aspiring individuals can take courses to become expert licensed eyelash extension stylists. A seasoned professional in the cosmetic industry, Ms. Vu initially graduated from college and spent the first year of her career as an accountant for Lindquist LLP. Looking for more growth opportunity, she left the corporate realm and enrolled in courses at Paul Mitchell The School Costa

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