Kelowna Faculty

Crystal Shearer, Director

Crystal has been a part of the MC College Group team for over 4 years and brings with her 19 years experience in the Beauty Industry. Before moving into the role of Director, she was a Hairstyling Instructor and as well as a Salon/Spa Coordinator and Administrator. Crystal has participated in numerous color classes, including Goldwell Trilogy, Wella and Artego. She has also participated in an Advanced Color and Foil Technique class. Crystal has taken KMS and Artego Product Knowledge and is currently working on her NACC Instructor Development Program - Levels 1 and 2.

Melinda Minnella, Enrolment Coordinator

"Being an Artist in this industry myself, I am excited to watch students further their skills and reach their full potential"
As a Make Up Artist, Melinda prides herself on having a keen eye for beauty and keeping on top of trends.  She has a Make Up Artistry diploma from John Casablanca Institute of Applied Arts and has attended advanced make up classes with MAC and Make Up Forever cosmetics.  Melinda has created make up looks for Vancouver View Magazine and BC Business magazine’s photo shoots.  She has done makeup at FMA Fashion Week in Vancouver, and for advertising campaigns for Honey Mustard Fashion and Media Services. In addition to her Make Up Artistry background, Melinda has managerial and sales experience working as an assistant manager at Image Academy and BCBGMazazria.

Anna Birakowski, Hairstyling Instructor

“I didn’t always have an interest in the beauty industry...but when I started school, I soon realized I enjoyed hair dressing very much. I was shy when I started and my experience in school gave me confidence”.
Anna is a Red Sea Certified Hairstylist with over 18 years of experience in the industry. Prior to MC College, she worked at Gel Hair and Nail Co, and Kelowna Laser and Skincare Spa. In addition to her Hairstyling background, she is a licensed Nail Technician. “I am excited to be part of helping future Stylists and Estheticians...I had a great experience learning and am so excited to help them feel the way I did.”   

Kym Carrol, Hairstyling Instructor

Kym has been in the salon industry for 14 years. Realizing her need for a fast-paced and creative career, she enrolled in a hairstyling program. After watching her mentor at a platform show, Kym was inspired to specialize in hair color. She has worked at salons such as Excel, Mirror Mirror, Front Shop and West Coast Beauty. In addition, she was a business consultant for Loreal Professional and an educator at Pureology.  Throughout her career, she has completed advanced color classes and product knowledge seminars with companies such as Dikson, Loreal, Joico and Pureology. As a Hairstyling Instructor, she is excited to work with students and watch them progress throughout their education.

Carlee McLean, Hairstyling Instructor

“There is so much to learn as a Hairstylist. Being yourself and treating your clients and co workers with respect and support will only help you blossom. I’m so blessed to be able to share my knowledge and stories from the industry.” 
Carlee is a graduate from MC College’s Hairstyling program where she consecutively placed in the top 3 for retail sales. Since graduating, she has worked at Gini’s Hair and Day Spa, Bangs Hair Studio and Curl Up & Dye Salon. Her passion for the industry led her back to MC College to help educate future Stylists. “I am so excited to see the stepping stones that the students will walk through. Watching them grow is so special and rewarding”. With over 7 years of experience as a Hairstylist, Carlee has taken advanced cutting classes through Big Sexy Hair. “Continued education for educators and students is such a wonderful opportunity for us both...the ability to continuously learn is what I learn most about the beauty industry” says Carlee. 

Tracey Cameron, Esthetics Instructor

Intrigued by taking a BioSculpture Gel Technician course, Tracey began her journey on being an esthetician. While completing her esthetics training, she gained experience working at a nail salon. Upon graduation, she was offered a full time position at Amici’s Hair & Body Spa working exclusively with BioSculpture and Dermalogica products. This enticed Tracey to take advanced skincare courses including Microdermabrasion, LED Light Treatment, and Electrotherapy. For four years, Tracey owned and operated her own skin spa, called Prrr. In 2010, she closed her spa and started her career at MC College as an Esthetics Instructor.

Chelsea McCagherty, Esthetics Instructor

"I feel rewarded that I get to share my experiences…to be able to teach someone to be the best they can be at something is so special and gratifying"
Chelsea is a MC College graduate from the Esthetics program in Kelowna. After graduating, she moved to Calgary to work at Esthetica Spa and Diva Hair Salon/Spa. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, she has completed certification in lash extensions and advanced nail sculpting through Premiere Nail Source. As an Esthetics Instructor and MC College alumni, Chelsea is back to where her roots in Esthetics started.

Jana Nicol, Salon and Spa Coordinator

Jana received her make up artistry certificate from MC College. With over 15 years of experience as a freelance make-up artist, she enjoys keeping up to date on make up and fashion trends. As a Salon and Spa Coordinator, she looks forward to helping students hone their sales and communication skills. 

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