Erie
academy team

  • Brandon Blackmer
  • Melissa Hughes
  • Davonalee Hamp
  • Brianna Rene Orsini
  • Melissa Carpenter
  • Andrew Dick
  • Kayshla Stewart
  • Ivy Wheeler
Brandon Blackmer

Brandon Blackmer

Director of Education

My cosmetology career started in 1989 at Northwest Institute of Advanced Hair Design under the leadership of Lee Matz and Valentine Goosev. After Graduating from the cosmetology program I decided to further my education by entering the teacher program at Northwest where I continued on as an assistant teacher until 1991. During this time I went to work for Valentine Goosev in his studio “Valentine for Hair” where I worked from 1990-1994.

After working for Valentine for several years I moved to a new location, “Hairdesigners II” in which I worked from 1995 until the end of 1996.

In 1995, Mario Sevelli opened TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in Erie, Pennsylvania. I began my career with Mario and TONI&GUY in October of 1995 and have continued to work for TONI&GUY over the last two decades. I have filled many positions within the Academy including Instructor, Director of Education, and even Academy Director.  

Melissa Hughes

Melissa Hughes

Senior Clinic Instructor

Versatility has always been my main goal as a hairdresser. I live by it, making opportunites unlimited. I enjoy sharing my passion for the hairdressing industry and aiding students in finding their individuality and creative inspirations as hairdressers. Education is key. A firm educational background sets the foundation for success in the beauty industry. As a  TONI&GUY graduate, I can truly say that I received the best education, and with that, it has ignited a fire in me that allows for growth and consistent learning that I wish to share with our students. I am a firm believer that hard work pays off. If you want to be the best, you have to DO your best and take pride in the product you put out. Setting a great example is very important to me as a person, as well as an instructor. After 15 years with Toni & Guy, I believe that there is no other school that compares educationally and I am proud to say that I am a part of such an amazing and trend setting company.

Davonalee Hamp

Davonalee Hamp

Instructor

I graduated from the TONI&GUY cosmetology program in 2008 and immediately enrolled into the cosmetology teacher’s program and graduated in 2009. It is my passion to make people feel just as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. My job is not just any job. This is my passion and lifestyle and I am rewarded with teaching my students and taking care of my clientele.

Brianna Rene Orsini

Brianna Rene Orsini

Instructor

I began my Cosmetology career after graduating TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in April of 2008. I developed a love of education and became an educator in the industry in January of 2011. Over the past 10 years I have dedicated myself to constant growth through advanced education classes and a position as a traveling educator while working behind the chair. I am excited to inspire the new generations of hair dressers with everything I have been fortunate enough to experience.

Melissa Carpenter

Melissa Carpenter

Admissions Representative

Andrew Dick

Andrew Dick

Financial Aid Advisor

Kayshla Stewart

Kayshla Stewart

Instructor

Ivy Wheeler

Ivy Wheeler

Career Services Specialist, Student Services Specialist, Instructor

I began with TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy as a student back in June of 2012 because I have always had a passion for the Cosmetology Industry. I completed my hours and went to work in the salon the day after I graduated. I worked in the salon for three years and I then went back to TONI&GUY for the Instructors program in September of 2015 to further my education and to open up new opportunities for my family and myself. I then became employed at TONI&GUY in December of 2017 as a substitute Instructor. In May of 2018 I accepted the position as the Employment Specialist and Career Services Specialist.