Sue received a degree in Cosmetology in 1982, and for 20 years traveled around the country teaching classes for coloring, cutting, and salon management. Over time she began to do international educating. Sue purchased the salon she was working in 1985, and Sue Kolve’s Salon and Day Spa began. Sue decided to relocate to Onalaska in 2001. Only five years later in 2006, she opened The Salon Professional Academy.
After Brian got his first ever massage, he immediately knew he wanted to pass on that incredible feeling to others. Brian immediately signed up for an acupressure class and hasn’t looked back ever since!
UW-La Crosse (1994) Archaeology and Anthropology
Windemere School of Eastern Healing Arts (2000)
Over the past 22 years, Brian has worked for chiropractors and spas, as well as being self-employed. In addition to being a massage therapist, Brian is also a Qi Gong practitioner and a Reiki Master.
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Ms. Cassy became a cosmetologist because she loves making people feel beautiful inside and out. With the constant growth and change in the beauty and wellness industry, Ms. Cassy loves that there continues to be new knowledge to learn! She also likes to see those “a-ha!” moments when a student understands a concept or technique she or he has been working on.
The Salon Professional Academy (2007)
Ms. Cassy has worked at a stylist for over the past 11 years and has also been an educator at The Salon Professional Academy for the past five years. In addition to being a licensed cosmetologist, Ms. Cassy is also Color Authority Certified.
Ms. Swenson became a cosmetologist because she enjoys doing hair. She became a teacher because she loves to watch students grow as they perfect their techniques and discover a true passion for the industry. Along with good technical skills, Ms. Swenson says that a positive attitude and great communication skills are all necessary attributes of a successful cosmetologist.
The Salon Professional Academy (2012)
Before starting at The Salon Professional Academy in February of 2019, Ms. Swenson worked in a Salon in her home state of New York prior to moving back to Wisconsin where she worked in a local salon for five years and obtained her manager’s license in 2017. Her specialty is in men’s/military cuts and shaves.
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Ms. Green has been interested in hair since she was just a little girl! She loves working in an industry that excites her and she’s incredibly passionate about. Ms. Green felt that the industry had given so much to her, so she decided to become an educator so that she could give back to it. She feels incredible joy from working with students and loves watching as they grow and progress through their programs.
IBA Beauty College (1982)
Ms. Green is one of our most experienced staff members. She has worked in the beauty industry for over 35 years as a stylist and manager! She’s been an educator with The Salon Professional Academy for over 10 years.
Director of Education
As the Director of Education for The Salon Professional Academy, Ms. Nelson’s responsibilities include mentoring and training educators, writing curriculum and over seeing the day-to-day operations of the school. However, her real love is coaching and mentoring the students as they prepare for their future careers in the cosmetology industry. Ms. Nelson believes that communication is key to a successful career saying ““If you can listen first and respond with great customer service, then success will follow.”
Stevens Point Area Beauty Academy (1987)
Ms. Nelson has been working in the beauty industry for the last 20+ years as a stylist and salon manager. She has been with The Salon Professional Academy since it opened its doors in 2006.
Sue is a mainstay at our front desk on the salon floor. She loves seeing students grown and improve during their time at The Salon Professional Academy. Sue says a great attitude and the willingness to learn and grow will help make a person successful in the beauty and wellness industry.
Sue has worked at The Salon Professional Academy since February of 2011.