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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 and later a third.

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

Dylan Hagen Director
  • Favorite Food: Steak
  • Favorite Band or Song: Garth Brooks
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Adventurous
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? The energy and high standards.
Erin Sutton Assistant Director
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Band or Song: Zac Brown Band
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Hard Hair hairspray by BedHead
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Quirky
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? We work hard and play hard!
Kristen Brownlee Admissions Leader
  • Favorite Food: All Mexican food
  • Favorite Band or Song: Bennie and the Jets – Elton John
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Dermalogica
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Loyal
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? The people and being surrounded by fun hair and makeup all day long!
Darian Leiker Events & Admissions Coordinator
  • Favorite Food: Carbohydrates
  • Favorite Band or Song: Anything alternative and The Beatles
  • Favorite Color: Neon pink
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Finishing Spray
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Vivacious
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? I get to be a part of the team that I loved so much as a student!
Lynna Cherry Financial Aid Leader
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Band or Song: Dave Matthews Band
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Biomega
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Helpful
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? Everything!
Michelle Peck Career & Academic Advisor
  • Favorite Food: Spaghetti
  • Favorite Band or Song: Hakuna Matata
  • Favorite Color: Pink
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Nerdy
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? The staff and the students are always so upbeat and positive! The atmosphere and energy here are awesome.
Sabrina Gooch Guest Services Manager & Retail Buyer
  • Favorite Food: Takis
  • Favorite Band or Song: “Peach” by Broods
  • Favorite Color: Grey
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: ColorProof Baobab Heal & Repair Leave-in Treatment
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Emphathetic
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? Helping clients have a fun and relaxing experience away from their busy lives!
Jenny Slane Guest Services Assistant Manager
  • Favorite Food: Japanese
  • Favorite Band or Song: Blackmill Flesh and Bones
  • Favorite Color: Neutral, like cream or brown
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Classic
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? Everyone is happy all the time!
Stephenie Dugan Director of Education
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Band or Song: Anything, really
  • Favorite Color: Black or any bright color
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage and Dermalogica
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Misunderstood
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? The Eric Fisher Academy family!
Molly Bowman Student Salon Floor Supervisor
  • Favorite Food: Avocado
  • Favorite Band or Song: Seasons Change by Days of the New
  • Favorite Color: Black and white
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Classy
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? I love the students – they are so inspiring! Plus, I love all the advanced education we receive. I believe in being a student for life!
Kolene Sugars Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Band or Song: Crowder
  • Favorite Color: Bright
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Thickening Spray Gel
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Loyal
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? The staff is the best in the whole world and the students are here to learn. I wouldn’t want to be any place else!
Georgia Poe Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Variety of salads and sandwiches
  • Favorite Band or Song: Happy
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Ultra Fortifying Gel
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Optimistic
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? Being surrounded by creativity and extraordinary teamwork!
Christina Franklin Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Band or Song: Michael Jackson
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Sea Salt Spray
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Fun
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? The positive learning environment!
Jessica Cartwright Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Band or Song: Who I Am With You by Chris Young
  • Favorite Color: Turquoise
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Reliable
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? I have a passion for helping students master their technical skills and love watching their passion grow as they work through the program. I find great satisfaction in knowing that I help create the next generation of stylists in the beauty industry.
Nichole Peck Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Peanut Butter M&M’s and coffee
  • Favorite Band or Song: She’s Every Woman by Garth Brooks
  • Favorite Color: Black
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Sea Salt Spray
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Energetic
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? Watching the students grow from day one and seeing their ah-ha moments! I love my co-workers as well, we have a great time together!
Hannah Swinson Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Chinese
  • Favorite Band or Song: Stronger by Mandisa
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Finishing Spray
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Caring
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? I enjoy my team members and helping students learn while watching their skills progress.
Ashley Tatman Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Sushi
  • Favorite Band or Song: I love it all!
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Beyond Shine and Dermalogica Precleanse
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Outgoing
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? My amazing co-workers and watching students grow and prosper!
Danielle Carpenter Cosmetology Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Italian, pizza and sushi
  • Favorite Band or Song: Metallica and 3 Days Grace
  • Favorite Color: Black and hot pink
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Thermafuse Dry Oil
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Dedicated
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? Being around people who are passionate in this industry and all of the constant learning. I am truly blessed to be a part of an amazing team!
Jaime Knoop Esthetics Lead Instructor
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Band or Song: Dax Riggs
  • Favorite Color: Black
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Silkening Power Infusion and Dermalogica PreCleanse
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Passionate
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? Being a part of a team that strives for excellence in each student’s education. Plus, it’s so much fun coming to work each day!
Katrina Gillenwater Esthetics Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Italian and Lebanese— it’s a tie!
  • Favorite Band or Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow by IZ
  • Favorite Color: Black
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Positive
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? My co-workers and the students!
Kim Shriver Esthetics Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Band or Song: Too many to name!
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Genuine
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? I love to be able to pass my knowledge on to the students and working with them!
Amy Griffis Esthetics Learning Leader
  • Favorite Food: Chips and salsa
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Tall
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? Getting to engage with the students.
Treva Brawner Inventory Coordinator
  • Favorite Food: Mexican/Tex Mex
  • Favorite Band or Song: Florida Georgia Line
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Silkening Oil
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Observant
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? Eric Fisher Academy is like a family. We’re all different— have different ideas, strengths, and weaknesses but we come together bonded in our Core Values.
Devon Sechrist Administrative Coordinator
  • Favorite Food: Pancakes
  • Favorite Band or Song: 40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet) by Bob Schneider
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisturizer
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Spunky
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? The great environment here every day!
Christina Jacks Marketing Manager
  • Favorite Food: Cuban sandwich
  • Favorite Band or Song: Fleetwood Mac
  • Favorite Color: Gray
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Redken Wind Blown Texture Spray
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Cool
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? I get to be creative and my co-workers are fun!
Maisie Martin Marketing Coordinator
  • Favorite Food: Pickles
  • Favorite Band or Song: Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Favorite Color: Yellow
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Beyond Shine
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Resilient
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? The awesome people and the creative environment!
Jennifer Gonzalez Human Resources Manager
  • Favorite Food: Green chile chicken enchiladas
  • Favorite Band or Song: Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks
  • Favorite Color: Emerald green
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Joyful
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? I love the upbeat, energetic atmosphere and the awesome camaraderie of the Eric Fisher Academy team.
Paige Johnston Human Resources Assistant
  • Favorite Food: Steak
  • Favorite Band or Song: Cage the Elephant
  • Favorite Color: Black and rose gold
  • Favorite Hair or Skin Product: Aquage Uplifting Foam
  • Describe Yourself in One Word: Passionate
  • What do you like best about working at Eric Fisher Academy? I like seeing how such a positive work environment can impact and motivate a staff!
Pope the Barber

@popethebarber

  • International Barber; Hattori Hanzo Shears
  • Owner of Vatican Barbershop in Santa Ana, CA
Oscar Bond

@oscarbond007

  • NAHA Master
  • International/National Educator
  • Hattori Hanzo Shears Artist