Anna is a theatrical
costume, hair, & makeup designer with a strong passion for the beauty
industry. She finds purpose in helping others, especially in growing their
confidence. Working at Summit Salon Academy allows her to help others in this
way and allows her to continue in professional growth & develop meaningful
connections within the community. Anna loves to craft and spend time with her
dogs in her free time.
Front Desk Coordinator
I'm a newly graduated esthetician from SSAKC! I have a passion for making people feel good about themselves and being a loving and helpful person. This is a beautiful industry with amazingly creative and talented people and I get to work with them everyday!
Front Desk Coordinator
I loving working with our students and our guests! When I see our amazing students provide a fantastic guest experience to our wonderful guests there is truly nothing better. I've spent my career working in customer service and it is very rewarding and something I very much enjoy!
Ashley graduated from Independence College of Cosmetology in 2004. After graduating, she began her career at a salon in Independence. Working in the salon it became clear to Ashley that her passion was not only working behind the chair but also sharing her vast knowledge and love of cosmetology with clients and coworkers. It was and still is extremely important to Ashley that she and her guests are on the same page during the service and that her guests' left the salon with a smile on their face and confidence knowing that they have the knowledge and are capable of recreating the same look at home. In 2010, she decided it was time to for a new challenge, and decided to get her instructors license.
Ashley has been working as an instructor teaching the freshman class at Independence College of Cosmetology since 2010. Ashley is always researching the new trends that are going on. She is extremely passionate about teaching and making that she can reach every learning style in her classroom. She takes great enjoyment helping and studying with her students so they can reach their goals and become successful in this wonderful industry.
I started my career in 1999 at Mario Triccocis where I really learned so much about the guest experience and how to be a member of a successful team. I am also passionate about teaching and I'm licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. My teaching career begin in 2012. When I see a student succeed and "get it" its one of the most fulfilling experiences. When I see my students go on and elevate this amazing industry, it warms my heart. I'm also proud of my 1997 Class Clown award from Blue Springs South Highschool! I like to work hard and meet amazing people along the way and encourage and inspire!
I started my Cosmo journey in mid spring 2004 and graduated early in late winter of 2005. I didn't allow myself to stay in a box and accepted the challenge to experience as many positions in the cosmetology field as I could. From self-employment to salon manager and many other positions, building a well-rounded background was very vital for me in becoming the educator that I am today. I decided to go back to school and get my instructor license in 2014. I have always been a person that wants to share any piece of knowledge that I have learned from my educational and work experiences with others. I believe that the sole purpose of an educator is to always be ready to teach others as you continue to learn. Helping others become successful in all the endeavors of the industry is the ultimate goal and the best form of gratitude that a student shows as a true reflection of the educators that helped pave the way for them to excel.
I am a mother of 3 boys and they keep me very busy. I have been a licensed cosmetologist for 15 years and a licensed
cosmetology educator for 10 years. Teaching something I love beings me joy. Giving back the knowledge I have
gained and learned over the years of being in the beauty industry is my passion. In my spare
time I love spending time with my family
I started my hair journey in Lincoln NE at the College of Hair Design in 1986 where I secured a cosmetology and barbering license. I worked in a salon for many years where my guests became my friends and my co-workers became my family. After the birth of my 2nd child, I taught cosmetology for a couple of years, but then returned to my love of the salon. A few years later, I was recruited to teach at the school where I graduated and I continued to work PT in the salon and experienced the best of both worlds. When my first grandchild was born in KC, I decided to move. I went back to my first love, which was teaching and I have been doing that ever since! This industry is amazing and I'm honored to give back to students and teach the next generation of salon professionals!
I became an esthetician because I am passionate about skin care and how it makes me feel when I'm able to help people feel better about themselves. I'm certified in dermaplane and I continue furthering my education to keep up with the newest trends. Being a CIDESCO certified graduate is something I'm very proud of. The CIDESCO Diploma is the world's most prestigious qualification for Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy which has set the international standards since 1957. This same passion is what leads me to teach at SSAKC. Nothing excites me more than passing my experience and education on to the next generation of estheticians who will continue to elevate our beautiful industry.In my spare time I love preparing gourmet meals, reading and writing, and growing herbs and flowers in my garden. I love sharing all of this with my wonderful family and friends!
I am passionate about helping others be as beautiful as they are on the inside on the outside. This passion began in 1991 and for the past 26 years, I have served as an instructor and service provider in a wide variety of esthetic services. This time has granted me the ability to gain extensive technique and esthetic knowledge that I'm excited every day to share. I am honored to be trusted by many for their beauty and education needs and look forward to making the world a little more beautiful every day.
Esthetics Educator and Substitute
Dr. Evelyn D. Foster
the world of theater, Evelyn, at the age of 9 years of age, began to exhibit a
love for skin care and in particularly makeup.
Evelyn would begin her journey by regularly combing and brushing her
mother’s wigs and playing in eyeshadow from her church summer long rummage
sales. Watching her passion grow, her
mother had her to try and read a book entitled “All About Health and Beauty for
the Black Woman”, by Naomi Sims. Little
did she know that that would be the beginnings of a vision and a calling to the
graduating high school, Evelyn went on to work for several companies in the
corporate world such as, The City of Kansas City as an Administrator of the
Circuit Court for Child Support; St. Paul School of Theology; Sprint; First
Guard Health Plan and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. It was during that time that Evelyn began to
desire to fulfill a dream and further pursue it by attending Xenon International School of
Cosmetology and Esthetics and would go on to graduate Valedictorian of her
class and currently holds Esthetic Licenses in both Kansas and Missouri for
over 10 years, as well as a Master Educator’s License in the state of Missouri. Evelyn would go on to become one of the top
instructors in the state of Kansas and worked at such schools as Xenon
International School of Cosmetology; Marinello Schools of Beauty; Entourage
Institute of Beauty and Esthetics, and currently works as lead Esthetics
Educator at Summit Salon Academy of Independence Missouri.
is also the CEO and President of Faces by Eve LLC, where she enjoys taking
extreme care of the health and wellness of the skin, as well as a Makeup Artist
of 38 years – working in fitness competitions for the Four State Region;
Runway; Weddings, and Photoshoots!
is a wife of 36 years; a mother of three
daughters; one son-in-love; four granddaughters; 5 grandsons, and 1 grand-doggie. She enjoys summer evenings; swimming;
laughing and having dinner with her family. Her Motto: “Dream Big, then Plan
Your Work, and Work Your Plan!”
I have been a licensed cosmetologist since 2001 and a
licensed esthetician since 2011. I have an extreme passion for all things
color whether that be hair, makeup or nails. The creativity that is
involved on both sides of this industry is why I felt it was important for me
to be licensed on both sides. I am a certified makeup artist and LOVE
special effects! I have been fortunate to work with some pretty phenomenal
names in the industry and continue to learn as much as possible. I also started
my own hand made makeup line while I was in esthetics school and was selling
custom blended makeup out of the classroom! My company has been featured on
Buzz Feed and LPSY and I still continue to work on creating special custom
blends like eyeshadows, highlighters and lip pigments. I have been
teaching for 3 years and this has been the most rewarding part of my career so
far. My favorite part of teaching is igniting students passion for makeup
especially when they did not feel it before and leaving school excited and
confident in their skills.
Director of Admissions
My true passion lies in helping others become a better
version of themselves and to reach dreams they once felt were impossible. I
have spent the last 25 years of my life doing just that within my own community
and throughout the Kansas City Metro. Having a strong background in
organizational planning and execution, logistics, and community service led me
to pursue a degree in business management and leadership, and then eventually
in education. I am a huge supporter and advocate for technical and trade
schools, and for adult education. I love watching an individual grow and evolve
into a person they never thought could exist. I have been blessed in finding a
profession that has allowed me to combine my love for business and education
together and be a supportive guide and leader to those who are willing to take
the first steps of their path to become a professional in the beauty industry.
Director of Education
Teaching students how to be successful in this amazing industry is what I truly love to do. I've been a licensed Cosmetologist for over 20 years and love giving back to an industry that has been so good to me. Seeing our students build their technical and business skills where they can graduate and then go and elevate our industry is what drives me each and every day.
Financial Aid Director
I've been passionate about higher education for over 20 years and love playing a role in students achieving their educational goals. Here at SSAKC, I get to work hands on with each of our students helping them with their financial aid so they can graduate and begin their career in this amazing industry.
Director of Operations
With over twenty years of hair, fashion and performance industry experience, I have seen an industry grow and change in may wonderful ways and I'm very proud to be apart of it. I began my career right out of high school by attending cosmetology school. After graduation, I was lucky enough to work for a couple different salon owners that really had a hand in shaping not only my technical skills, but my leadership skills. At our Academy, we work hard to partner with our industry's best. Through our partnership with Summit Salon Academy Business Center we strive to bring solid business principles to our curriculum. I've seen first hand how these principles drive successful, long lasting careers and I'm so very proud to be apart of this success.
I love helping people build careers in this amazing industry. When someone is able to combine their passion and talent with business principles, graduate, then go out there and kill it, there is nothing better! Motivating people and elevating our industry through education and opportunity is what drives me each and every day. I'm proud to have a career that helps others live the life they have always wanted! When you combine passion with education there is nothing that can stop someone from reaching their dreams.