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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Lorrene Conino

• Founder & Owner of Salon Lorrene in Palatine, IL, a distinguished full-service salon and day spa that has thrived under her leadership for over 25 years.

• Member of Intercoiffure America/Canada since 2009. Lorrene’s dedication extends beyond the beauty industry, as she serves on the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce as Vice President, with involvement in 10+ charitable events, including the annual Baby Shower for Veterans. 

• Lorrene has served on the CC Board since 2012. 

• Lorrene's philanthropic spirit shines through her involvement in more than ten charitable events, particularly her steadfast support of the annual Baby Shower for Veterans.

• Wella Hairdressers, At the Heart Charity Competition, two-time winner.

• Lorrene holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Roosevelt University.of Science from Roosevelt University.

Vice President

Larry Kane

• Owner, Jonathan Kane Salon.

• Member of CC, PBA and Intercoiffure.

• Has been awarded: Zero Hero Award, Salon Today Top 200 (9 times), Excellence in Training by South Suburban Small Business Association and the Phorest 5 Star Award.

Chief Executive Officer of America's Beauty Show

Frank Fulco

• Lead executive in the Professional Beauty Industry.

• Manages association's finances, digital marketing, and overall business operations.

• Advocates for industry-friendly policies at state and federal levels.

• Holds Digital Marketing credentials from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Strategic Business Leadership Education from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

• Volunteer Board Member for Wigs for Kids, supporting children with medical hair loss.

• Adjunct Faculty Member at Bowling Green State University and John Carroll University, mentoring future business professionals.

 

Secretary

Mireya Villarreal

• 20+ years serving the Professional Beauty Industry

• Founder and CEO of Pink Pewter

• Founder of  The Pink Pewter Foundation: A 501c3 Non-Profit Scholarship Organization

• Mom, Social Media Influencer, Author and Motivational Speaker

Treasurer

Anthony Gordon

• CEO/Hair Stylists for Gordon Enterprises comprised of five hair salon locations with 70+ employees.

• Holds several awards including Top 200 Salon for 16 years, Chicago Magazine’s Readers Choice Award 2017 and Best of the North Shore.

• Member of Cosmetologists Chicago, Intercoiffure and PBA

• Bachelors Degree from the University of Utah.

Advisor to the President

Karen Gordon

• Owner of J. Gordon Designs and Karen Gordon Hair Loss Solutions. 

• Certified Trichologist. 

• Director of Cosmetology USA for the World Trichology 

• Serves on the Board of Directors of Intercoiffure America/Canada. 

• Masters in Applied Business from DePaul University.

Immediate Past President

Robert Passage

• 40+ years serving the Professional Beauty Industry.

• Chairman, CEO and Global Ambassador for Pivot Point International.

• Co-Founder and Board Member, Beauty Changes Lives. 

• American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) Member.

• Past-President of the Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools (IACS).

Director

Anna Manukyan

• Senior Director of Education & Creative at Ulta Beauty. With over two decades of experience, she brings a unique blend of hands-on creative, business acumen, and leadership skills to her roles.

• Anna leads robust education and industry relations teams, providing support and inspiration to beauty professionals across more than 1,400 Ulta Beauty salon locations nationwide. Beauty executive and master colorist.

• Prior to joining Ulta, Anna held the position of Vice President of Education for L’Oréal’s professional products division.

• Certified Financial Educator, and the co-founder of Beauty Finance Group, providing financial guidance to beauty professionals. She is a registered professional with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Director

Rudy Moser

• Managing Partner & Owner of A. SALON, a color focused, environmentally conscious, cruelty free and vegan friendly full-service hair salon.

• A.SALON was recognized as a finalist for Best Salon by Chicago Reader in 2019 and 2020.

• Masters in Business and Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Director

Beata Luberda Goodman

• Beata Luberda-Goodman provides advanced education in the Spa industry and has trained physicians, nurses, massage therapists and estheticians.

• Previous experience has included the role of Medical Esthetics Director for Chicago Center for Facial Plastic Surgery for Dr. S.H. Dayan, as well as Regional Educator for Dr. Howard Murad and the International Dermal Institute.

• Beata brings on-site trainings to paramedical spas, salons, day spas, resorts, and schools.

• An authorized educator for the National Society for Paramedical Esthetic Professionals and a provider for the American Red Cross.

• Speaker at International Esthetic conferences, and conventions as well as a contributing writer. Practicing clinical esthetician and a nationally certified massage therapist.

Director

Erskine Reeves

• Chief Executive Officer and Instructor for Erskine Reeves Barber Academy, 2014-present. Effectively manages office staff, barber instructors, handles recruitment and oversees all financial and budgets.

• Erskine Reeves Barbershop, operating since 2009, Erskine leads as CEO/Stylist and Barber. Trains teams in industry techniques, manages local and national marketing, and serves as a senior stylist with expertise in hair care.

• Current Secretary/Treasurer for Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools, coordinates yearly educational events, actively participates in board meetings, and contributes innovative ideas regarding industry legislation.

• National Educator/Platform Artist providing high quality hair cutting and texturizing techniques, featured in national advertisements, conducted Barber-Boot camp seminars on professionalism and retail.

• Winner of Bronner Brothers International barber competition, Two-time winner of Proud Lady Barber Competition, Featured in Various Magazines and Publications Abroad, and a CT Expo Barber Grammy Nominee.

• Lead Onset Barber for NBC/Universal Studios: The Judge Mathis Show.

 

Adjunct Director

Maggie Bujak-Karshna

• Combining her passion for hairstyling and business acumen, Maggie and her husband brought the vision of Pilorum Salon and Spa to life in 2017.

• In 2020, Pilorum Salon and Spa earned the prestigious Niles "Small Business of the Year" award, a remarkable achievement for the young business. Maggie and her team actively engage in community service, hosting annual drives to support a local animal shelter.

• Maggie’s leadership extends beyond her salon as she initiated the ICUT (Illinois Cosmetologists Unite Together) group in 2020. This group unites beauty professionals, fostering support.

• Maggie’s commitment to her community, industry collaboration, and diverse passions highlight her multifaceted and impactful career.

Adjunct Director

Robert Reed

• ERGO Research, Inc, a leading company for nearly three decades, provides cutting-edge hairstyling tools for salons, the entertainment industry, salons, and hair care companies.

• Robert Reed, Founder, ranks in the top 1% of endorsed hair care professionals on LinkedIn. Previously served as President and co-owner of Hikari Scissors U.S.A.

• Robert brings over four decades of extensive industry research and insight, including roles as a distributor, Corporate VP of Sales and Marketing for Vidal Sassoon, and VP of Sam Villa, with 35,000+ salon visits across four continents.

• Widely regarded as the industry leader, ERGO produces perfectly ergonomic hairstyling tools meeting high-quality standards and after-sales service needs.

• Robert Reed & ERGO have proudly produced styling tools for industry leaders such as: American Crew, Aveda, Creative Nail Design, Eufora, Matrix, Paul Mitchell, P&G Professional (Sebastian brand), and Redken.