Meet the PCI Team (MN)

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

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

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

Katie Penk

Admissions Advisor, Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota Meet Katie Penk, Admissions Advisor. Katie was originally attracted to the industry because she found it was the perfect combination of artistry and human connection. She especially loves the creativity in short hair cutting and has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2007. Katie’s favorite thing about educating at […] Read more

Kate Manders

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota Meet Kate Manders, Cosmetology Educator. Kate has been in the beauty industry since 2003. She enjoys the opportunity to apply her experience, education and love for this profession by teaching students to provide an enjoyable and satisfying salon experience. Kate looks forward to continually mastering her craft and sharing her […] Read more

Stephanie Kundinger

Licensed Cosmetology Educator – Minnesota Meet Stephanie Kundinger, Cosmetology Educator. Stephi serves students at PCI Academy as the lead classroom educator and fundamentals educator. Stephi grew up in a small, rural town in Wisconsin and always thought there was more to life than corn fields. She stumbled into cosmetology and considers it the best discovery […] Read more

Tara Schoolmeesters

Financial Aid Advisor – Minnesota Meet Tara Schoolmeesters, Financial Aid Advisor. Tara has been in the beauty industry since 2010 and is a graduate of PCI Academy. After earning her cosmetology license Tara worked behind the chair for five years before deciding to go back into business and finance. The financial aid opportunity was the […] Read more

Steph Reasland

Financial Aid Director – Iowa and Minnesota Meet Steph Reasland, Shareholder and Financial Aid Director. Steph has been in the industry directly for the since 2012 but indirectly involved her entire life as she grew up around it. She is not the typical creative artist so many of her team members are; loves numbers and […] Read more