Meet the PCI Team

Hannah Gronberg

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota Meet Hannah Gronberg, Cosmetology Educator. Hannah is a PCI Academy graduate and has been in the industry since 2010. Her passion is making people feel beautiful and their best self in their work skin. During her time behind the chair she was a trainer for new talent in the salon’s […] Read more

Cayla Jones

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota Meet Cayla Jones, Cosmetology and Esthetics Educator. Cayla graduated from PCI Academy in 2008 with the technical skills and business tools to be successful in the salon industry. Cayla enjoys nothing more than seeing the happiness on someone’s face when they look in the mirror and feel good about the […] Read more

Angie Gomez

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota Meet Angie Gomez, Cosmetology Educator. Angie has been in the beauty industry since 1986. She is passionate about people and customer service which allows her to lead stylists and students to their success. Angie has experience in salon management, salon development, education, brand development and platform artist work. She is […] Read more

Haley Miller

Licensed Esthetics Educator  – Iowa Meet Haley Miller, Esthetics Educator. Haley graduated from PCI Academy in 2010 and has been an educator with us since 2016. She was a business owner before starting with PCI Academy where she learned that her love for sharing her knowledge surpassed her love for running a business. Haley’s favorite […] Read more

Kelsie Wearmouth

Licensed Cosmetology Educator  – Iowa Meet Kelsie Wearmouth, Cosmetology Educator. Kelsie has been in the beauty industry since 2013. She still works behind the chair as well as working with students to grow and guide them through training. Kelsie is knowledgeable in both the fundamentals of cosmetology as well as the fun trends. Her passion […] Read more

Linda Lohman

Licensed Cosmetology Educator and Inventory Manager – Iowa Meet Linda Lohman, Shareholder and Inventory Supervisor. Linda graduated from PCI Academy in 1994. Shortly after graduating Linda found her salon “home” at Finesse Salon and Spa where she has been an owner for over a decade. Linda is also a partner here at PCI Academy and […] Read more

Mindia Dennis

Licensed Esthetics Educator – Iowa Meet Mindia Dennis, Esthetics Educator. Mindia is a California trained beauty professional. She held her cosmetology license in California for 15 years, currently has her Iowa esthetics license and will soon be a licensed massage therapist in the great state of Iowa. Mindia believes that it is time for her […] Read more

Samantha Elfrink

Financial Aid Advisor – Iowa Meet Samantha Elfrink, Financial Aid Advisor. Samantha earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Kansas (don’t worry, we will convert her). Her career path has given her experience in the dental field, photography, early childhood education and business ownership before she joined […] Read more

Stacia Sothman

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Iowa Meet Stacia Sothman, Cosmetology Educator. Stacia is a licensed cosmetologist and educator who has been creating excellent salon experiences for her guests since 2013. Her special skills include advanced curly haircutting, advanced men’s cutting, advanced styling and up styling, advanced color and color science. Read more

Zane Dreesman

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Iowa Meet Zane Dreesman, Cosmetology Educator. Zane joined the beauty industry at just 17 years old. After graduating from PCI Academy he enjoyed a great career behind the chair before he came back to join the team as an educator in January 2017. Zane currently teaches in the student salon, the […] Read more

Angie Torgeson

President – Iowa and Minnesota Meet Angie Torgeson, Majority Shareholder and President of PCI Academy. Angie has been blessed to be in our industry for over 30 years. She became a cosmetologist because she wanted to have fun AND make a difference. Angie is proud to say she is a graduate of PCI Academy. After […] Read more

Mary Lokken

Vice President/Founder When PCI was founded in 1978 it was the dream of Marian Lokken, a 30-year stylist and multiple salon owner, her husband Clayton, who left a career with the DOT to help create the dream, and daughter Mary Clare, who brought her ISU degree and her teaching experience to the plan. Today, Mary […] Read more

Brady Snider

Admissions Director and Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Iowa and Minnesota Meet Brady Snider, Shareholder and Director of Admissions. Brady has been a part of the beauty industry since 2000 and it all started at PCI Academy. Brady’s favorite element of her position is adding value to the lives of students and staff daily. She helps students […] Read more

Michelle Duncan

Compliance Officer – Iowa and Minnesota Meet Michelle Duncan, Shareholder and Compliance Officer. Michelle is a proud graduate of PCI Academy. She has traveled the country learning the latest trend and techniques to bring back to our students, including training from industry greats like Sam Villa, Martin Parsons and Deb McCann. Michelle is both #redkendesigncertifiedand #redkencolorcertified which is […] Read more

Denise Gerardy

Admissions Counselor – Minnesota Meet Denise Gerardy, Admissions Advisor. Denise has been in the beauty industry since 2007. She has worked in many different salon settings from high end salons to budget friendly salons which has ignited her passion to help students thrive and grow in the beauty industry by finding the right placement. Denise […] Read more

Sara Strouts

Licensed Cosmetology Educator, Licensed School Manager – Minnesota Meet Sara Strouts, Cosmetology Educator. Sara joined PCI Academy in 2004, first as a student and then as an educator. She has been blessed by the wonderful opportunities offered to her over the years. Sara is “Jill of all trades” at PCI Academy and uses her excellent […] Read more

Sue Jensen

Licensed Cosmetology Educator, Licensed Esthetics Educator – Minnesota Meet Sue Jensen, Cosmetology and Esthetics Educator. Sue started her career in the beauty industry in 1978 at just 18 years old and now has years of amazing experience to share with PCI Academy students. Sue has owned her own salon, worked for a distributor, served on […] Read more

Marcella Richardson

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Iowa Meet Marcella Richardson, Cosmetology Educator. Marcella was licensed as a cosmetologist in 1982. She has been a Redken Brand Educator since 1994 and an educator at PCI Academy since 2014. Marcella is our Lead Salon Area Educator and coaches the Lime Team. Read more

Gilbert Valdez

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota Meet Gilbert Valdez, Shareholder and Licensed Cosmetology Educator. Gilbert has been in the industry since 1989 and teaching since 2000. He specializes in teaching hair cutting, coloring, relaxing, Brazilian blowouts, texturizing, styling, and special occasion updo’s. Gilbert is #redkencolorcertified and a Certified Pure Artist. His work has been featured in […] Read more

Sarah Sahl

Digital Marketing Specialist – Iowa and Minnesota Meet Sarah Sahl, Digital Marketer and Educator. Sarah has been part of the PCI Academy family since 2003 including eight years as an educator. She spent 5 years behind the chair before moving to Nashville, TN to pursue a career in education in the beauty industry. Her love […] Read more

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