Meet the PCI Team (MN)

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 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

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

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

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

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Spring has sprung! Finally! Our skin doesn't have Spring has sprung! Finally! Our skin doesn't have to suffer in the cold of winter any more! 😂

How are you spending the first day of Spring?

Spring has sprung! Finally! Our skin doesn't have to suffer in the cold of winter any more! 😂

How are you spending the first day of Spring?

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🚨 Interested in pursuing a career in the beauty/wellness business? WE GOT YOU!! Our career coaches in all 3 of our locations are now doing virtual visits through FaceTime or Zoom! 🚨
To start your journey, click here to apply or to schedule a virtual visit. >> https://pci-academy.com/enrollment-application/
We can't wait for you to get started! 😊

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Over the weekend, our State government has recommended that schools close for a period of time. For our students, staff, and guests’ safety, we will be closing PCI Academy from Wednesday March 18th - up to Sunday April 12th for our Ames and Iowa City, IA locations and Wednesday March 18th - up to Sunday March 29th for our Plymouth, MN location. As the situation keeps evolving, we will be keeping you up to date of any changes. This closure will affect all school related activities in our buildings including continuing education classes, salon hiring fairs, guest speakers, etc.

Our guest service teams will be reaching out to reschedule your visits or you can give us a call today. Starting tomorrow, March 18th we will be taking future appointments and returning phone calls Monday-Thursday from 12pm-6pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. You can also reach us through email bsnider@pci-academy.com. Please call:

Ames: 515.232.7250
Iowa City: 319.800.6466
Plymouth: 763.504.2772

We know that this has a huge impact on everyone in the upcoming weeks. Please know we care and are concerned for you and your family’s health and safety.

We appreciate your continued support of our students learning and look forward to serving you when we return.

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From all of us at PCI Academy to all of YOU! Happy From all of us at PCI Academy to all of YOU! Happy St. Patrick’s day 🍀🌈

From all of us at PCI Academy to all of YOU! Happy St. Patrick’s day 🍀🌈 ...

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