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Eric Fisher Academy - Wichita KS

Meet the Eric Fisher Academy Team

Our Eric Fisher Academy team is passionate about you and your education, whether that be in cosmetology or esthetics!

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Founder Eric Fisher

Eric Fisher’s story started like many others. He was first introduced to the cosmetology business when he watched his mom do hair in her salon. Later he dated a hairdresser and when he would visit her in the salon, the environment sparked his interest. He viewed it as an opportunity to listen to great music, be around plenty of girls, dress trendy, and be in a career where people look forward to seeing you.

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So without much thought of where it would lead, Eric enrolled in cosmetology school. You’ll often hear him joke when he tells his story that the only time he ever saw his dad cry was the day he told him he was going to cosmetology school.

Eric first attended school in Wichita, Kansas. But as a former drummer in a band, Eric knew the key to success was discipline and practice. So upon completion of cosmetology school, Eric hitched a flight to London from his dad, who was a Boeing test pilot on the way to Kuwait, to attend Vidal Sassoon Academy. During his time in London, Eric’s passion for the industry grew. He began practicing haircutting three to four hours a day and his talent flourished.

Eric began working around the world. He took jobs in Europe and Asia in places like London, Paris and Seoul. Loving every minute, he soaked up the knowledge and sought out ways to bring great hairdressing to the United States.

In 1987, after marrying his wife Mary, Eric applied for a much-desired position in New York City. Out of 200 applicants, Eric was offered the position. Though this was a great opportunity, Eric made the decision to stay close to his roots.

He planned the opening of the first Eric Fisher Salon where he brought the European concept of styling assistants and apprentice philosophy to Wichita. After opening EFS, Eric’s entrepreneurial spirit flourished from the success. His reputation as a stylist and business owner grew. To meet the needs of the growing business, he opened a second salon in West Wichita, a third in Derby, and recently a fourth in downtown Wichita — the Eric Fisher Studio.

As the salon’s success prospered, Eric’s passion for education continued to grow and so did the desire to share his knowledge. Having hired recent graduates straight from school for his apprenticeship program, Eric recognized a need for improvement in the beauty education industry.

This fueled his decision to open a cosmetology school. Eric Fisher Academy opened in May 2007 with the goal to provide future beauty professionals with a top-notch education and to help better their lives. Eric Fisher Academy has since grown to be one of the leading beauty schools in the nation with both a cosmetology program and an esthetics program.

Eric’s successful journey now includes three salons, the Academy, the Prosper U Drivers of Success, the Pure Forms Haircutting System, and numerous bestselling books and CDs. His knowledge and passion for education are the foundation of Eric Fisher Academy.

What the Industry Is Saying

If I were just beginning a career as a beauty professional and needed mentor to guide me to success, at the top of my list would be Eric Fisher. Luis Alvarez
 , International Hairstylist, Photographer and Co-founder of Aquage
Eric Fisher is a first-rate businessman and an expert in his field. Anyone in his industry or any other would greatly benefit from his knowledge. Jamie Coulter
 , Founder of Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon
The standard is high at Eric Fisher Academy and the instructors are masters of their craft! The trickle-down effect from Eric Fisher is obvious. Alex Ioannou , Owner of TRIO Salon in Chicago, IL
Excellent customer service — the staff support was amazing. The students were tremendous and the Instructors are so inspiring! Marques Sutton , Master Barber and Educator - Tapered Barbershop

The Eric Fisher Academy Team

Stephenie Dugan Director
  • Joined EFA team in: 2012
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The team I work with and learning new things.
  • Favorite song of all time: I don’t have just one!
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Dancing
  • Fun fact about you: It’s on my bucket list to go to Alaska and see the Northern Lights.
Erin Sutton Assistant Director
  • Joined EFA team in: 2007
  • What you like most about working at EFA: We have a great team and it’s a fun environment. We work hard and play hard!
  • Favorite song of all time: Any song by Nelly
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Singing or playing any musical instrument
  • Fun fact about you: I showed pigs when I was younger.
Kristen Brownlee Admissions Leader
  • Joined EFA team in: 2015
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The positive and fun environment. And all the beauty perks and discounts!
  • Favorite song of all time: Bennie and the Jets by Elton John
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Cooking
  • Fun fact about you: I grew up dancing West Coast Swing and I used to compete.
Nora Urista Admissions Coordinator
  • Joined EFA team in: 2021
  • What you like most about working at EFA: How kind and welcoming everyone is! It’s such a positive environment.
  • Favorite song of all time: Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Running
  • Fun fact about you: In elementary school I had way to much fun with some craft scissors and had to rock a mushroom haircut for awhile.
Michelle Peck Career & Academic Advisor
  • Joined EFA team in: 2015
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The high-energy atmosphere.
  • Favorite song of all time: Hakuna Matata
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Singing! Cue the howling dogs.
  • Fun fact about you: I’ve seen the Harry Potter movie series over 100 times.
Lynna Cherry Financial Aid Leader
  • Joined EFA team in: 2014
  • What you like most about working at EFA: It’s such a fun environment to work in and I enjoy the people I work with.
  • Favorite song of all time: Crush by Dave Matthews
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Flip cup
  • Fun fact about you: I once had lunch with John Mayer.
Malory Chavez Guest Services Manager
  • Joined EFA team in: 2020
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The relationships I’ve built with co-workers and clients. It’s also wonderful to watch the students develop into amazing stylists and estheticians.
  • Favorite song of all time: Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Jewel
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Throwing away my empty sugar packets after making my morning coffee.
  • Fun fact about you: I’m colorblind. I can also leave bruises by pinching people with my toes.
Jenny Slane Guest Services Assistant Manager
  • Joined EFA team in: 2013
  • What you like most about working at EFA: Watching the students grow from start to finish.
  • Favorite song of all time: Anything from the 90’s era
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Having a consistent exercise routine.
  • Fun fact about you: I have 4 kids.
Hannah Ramhi Guest Services Coordinator
  • Joined EFA team in: 2021
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The environment and great music always playing.
  • Favorite song of all time: Any of John Mayer’s songs
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Roller skating
  • Fun fact about you: I have dogs! One doxie named Stella and a dorkie mix named Nonnie.
Cassandra Olmsted Guest Services Coordinator
  • Joined EFA team in: 2021
  • What you like most about working at EFA: My team and the upbeat environment.
  • Favorite song of all time: Any song by Luke Combs
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Getting out of bed in the morning.
  • Fun fact about you: I’m double-jointed in my elbows.
Mel Spierling Cosmetology Supervisor

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  • Joined EFA team in: 2018
  • What you like most about working at EFA: Being involved in the professional development and education of our Future Professionals as well as our Learning Leaders.
  • Favorite song of all time: My Life by Mary J. Blige
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Snapchat it’s tragically hilarious!
  • Fun fact about you: I have a tattoo of a stick of butter with wings on my ankle. You know a butterfly!
Kolene Sugars Cosmetology Learning Leader

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  • Joined EFA team in: 2017
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The passion for this profession I see from both staff and students.
  • Favorite song of all time: Anything by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Drawing animals they all end up looking the same.
  • Fun fact about you:  My parents raised buffaloes and I was the 1st runner up for the American Buffalo Association Queen contest.
Ashley Tatman Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Joined EFA team in: 2016
  • What you like most about working at EFA: My fabulous co-workers and the joy I get watching my students succeed and thrive!
  • Favorite song of all time: No way I could pick just one. But I’m a 90s/2000s music lover.
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Singing!
  • Fun fact about you: I’d be lost without the gym.
Dominique Ringle Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Joined EFA team in: 2020
  • What you like most about working at EFA: Learning something new every day from some of the best in the business.
  • Favorite song of all time: Baba O’Riley by The Who
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Anything crafty
  • Fun fact about you: I’m an encyclopedia of pop culture knowledge.
Amanda Dassel Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Joined EFA team in: 2020
  • What you like most about working at EFA: I love the fast-paced, upbeat environment. I love that every day is new and exciting. I am always being challenged as an educator and stylist.
  • Favorite song of all time: Everything that came from the 90’s
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Enunciating words and answering the phone
  • Fun fact about you: I am a bona fide curb checker.
Meghan DeVore Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Joined EFA team in: 2020
  • What you like most about working at EFA: I love the different personalities that I get to work with each day with my co-workers and students.
  • Favorite song of all time: Imagine by John Lennon
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Baking
  • Fun fact about you:All the superstitions that bring bad luck always bring me good luck instead.
Tamara Cummings Esthetics Instructor in Training

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  • Joined EFA team in: 2021
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The passionate atmosphere.
  • Favorite song of all time: Anything from the 70s, 80s and 90s. I like music!
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: I’m a jack of all trades.
  • Fun fact about you: I’m ambidextrous.
Treva Brawner Inventory Coordinator
  • Joined EFA team in: 2014
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The fun and supportive work family.
  • Favorite song of all time: Screen Door on a Submarine by Rich Mullins
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Dancing
  • Fun fact about you: I also work as a beautician in a retirement home and I love it!
Devon Sechrist Administrative Services Manager
  • Joined EFA team in: 2008
  • What you like most about working at EFA: Working with my friends.
  • Favorite song of all time: 40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet) by Bob Schneider
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Cooking
  • Fun fact about you: I made my dress for senior prom.
Christina Jacks Marketing Manager
  • Joined EFA team in: 2012
  • What you like most about working at EFA: My coworkers
  • Favorite song of all time: Fine Line by Harry Styles
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Reading a ruler
  • Fun fact about you: I cheered competitively for 2 years.
Maisie Pryce Marketing Coordinator
  • Joined EFA team in: 2016
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The creative, trendy environment and the pickles in the EFA Café.
  • Favorite song of all time: Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress by The Hollies
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Mathematics
  • Fun fact about you: I’m an avid reader and I complete about 50 books every year.
Jennifer Maddox Gonzalez Director of Human Resources
  • Joined EFA team in: 2008
  • What you like most about working at EFA: I really enjoy the energetic environment and the life-long friendships I’ve made with team members.
  • Favorite song of all time: Enchanted by Stevie Nicks
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Winking
  • Fun fact about you: I can play a mean tambourine and I’m a really good mixologist!
Paige Johnston Human Resources Coordinator
  • Joined EFA team in: 2017
  • What you like most about working at EFA: The friendships and spa services!
  • Favorite song of all time: PUSH (Feeling Good on a Wednesday) by Lorde
  • Something you’re hilariously bad at: Cooking
  • Fun fact about you: I love word puns!