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The closure of salons has resulted in a growing economic crisis and has caused an 84% drop in salon industry employment, the fewest number of salon jobs in over five decades. Join our four panelists this Thursday as we explore how they are meeting the challenges in California, how they are engaging with the state to allow salons to reopen indoors, and their perspective of the state of the beauty industry.
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Gerard Scarpaci
Co-Founder, Hairbrained
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Wendy Jacobs Cochran
Founder, California Aesthetic Alliance
Shortly after launching a second career as an esthetician, Wendy Jacobs Cochran began her advocacy to better understand, and educate other licensed beauty pros about California’s unique and often complicated regulations. Wendy’s effective presence at state board meetings and her collaborative relationships with regulators and legislators inform the more than 6,000 licensee members of her California Estheticians • Esthetician Advocacy Facebook group and her organization, the California Aesthetics Alliance.
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Jaime Schrabeck Ph.D.
Licensed since 1992, Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. works as manicurist and owner of Precision Nails, an exclusive employee-based salon in Carmel, California. Beyond the salon, she advocates for the beauty industry, co-hosts Outgrowth: A Slice of Pro Beauty, consults with salon owners, mentors educators, organizes events, writes savvy articles and advises California's Board of Barbering and Cosmetology as an expert witness.
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Kristy Underwood
Executive Officer, California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
Kristy Underwood was appointed to the position of Executive Officer of the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology on August 10, 2005. As Executive Officer, Kristy oversees one of the largest barbering and cosmetology regulatory boards in the country with 104 employees and a budget of over $19 million.
Since her appointment, Kristy has made it a goal to provide education to consumers and licensees on the dangers that face consumers while receiving barbering, cosmetology and electrology services. In Kristy's efforts to protect consumers she implemented new regulation for the cleaning and disinfecting of whirlpool footspas and legislation that takes disciplinary action against a licensee where a whirlpool footspa is found to be an imminent risk to consumer safety.
Kristy brings 16 years of experience in working within regulatory programs to the Board. Prior to her appointment as Executive Officer, Kristy held several positions in the Department of Consumer Affairs including positions with the Professional Engineers Board, Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau, and multiple other regulatory programs. Ms. Underwood graduated from the Leadership for the Government Executive Program at Sacramento State University.
Kristy is dedicated to continue her goals of working with and educating both consumers and the industry in hopes that no consumer harm will come from a barbering, cosmetology or electrology service.
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Alicia Orabella
Owner of Orabella Hair Studio (Oakland, California) and Bay Area native, Alicia Orabella has excelled in her 30 years as a licensed cosmetologist and expert colorist. Her impressive background includes educating as an Academy Trainer for Keune Haircosmetics and producing work seen in Rolling Stone, Modern Salon, HAPPI and The Stylist.
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