Aveda Institutes Alumni Hall of Fame
The Aveda Institutes Hall of Fame showcases the talents and achievements of Aveda graduates in the beauty industry.
All Hall of Fame Nominees and Honorees have a long-standing and successful career that is focused around their craft, education, and giving back to society.
Learn more about our Aveda Institutes Hall of Fame Honorees below.
Anne Skubis | Aveda Institute Tucson GraduateSince graduating from the Aveda Institute Tucson in 2009, Anne Skubis has set an example of the diversity and success that being an AI graduate can bring. Upon graduating, Anne was immediately hired at her alma mater as an Experience Center...
Rudy Miles | Aveda Institute New York GraduateRudy began his career in fashion as a print and runway model in Chicago which led to a job assisting new talent in developing their portfolios at John Casablancas/Elite Modeling Agency. He also studied Fashion Merchandising and Marketing at...
Hauns Korpela | Aveda Institute Minneapolis (Horst) GraduateHauns graduated from the Horst (Aveda) Institute in 1982. He was apprentice to Horst Rechelbacher (founder of Aveda) and became an Artistic Director / Platform Artist for the Horst and Friends Salons for eight years. To expand his experiences in...
Scott Weaver | Douglas J Aveda Institute GraduateGrowing up, Scott Weaver never envisioned joining the salon industry. Though his parents founded and owned a very successful salon and cosmetology school, Scott saw his future in marketing or business management. He graduated from Northwood...
David Wagner | Aveda Institute Minneapolis (Horst) GraduateDavid Wagner is a hair stylist, artist, entrepreneur, educator, author and “Daymaker." Innovator of the "pay-it-forward" movement of Daymaking, Wagner's philosophy for living a life that changes the world - one person at a time - through simple...
Janell Geason | Aveda Institute Minneapolis GraduateMinneapolis –based Aveda Global Artistic Director for Makeup, Janell Geason is known for her technical expertise as well as her ability to connect and inspire her students. Her work can be seen in publications such as ELLE, Redbook, Lucky and...
Jon Reyman | Aveda Institute Minneapolis GraduateJon Reyman is a hair stylist, business owner, educator, and collaborative partner to some of the most influential designers in the industry notably Donna Karan, Oscar dela Renta, Nautica, and Carolina Herrera. He leads up to 20 shows during Fashion...
Roxana DaCosta | Aveda Institute Victoria GraduateRoxana DaCosta’s career began in 1994 while attending the Esthiology program at the Aveda Institute Victoria. She is now the as Vice President of Operations and Senior Educational Administrator for Aveda Institute Victoria. In 2009 Roxana also...
Faatemah | Aveda Institute Minneapolis GraduateFaatemah’s distinguishing mark is hair that gets attention. She’s passionate about not only conceiving over the top hair that can be seen and admired by all, but finding great beauty in a simple haircut and flawless color. Her creations have...
Jason Backe | Aveda Institute Minneapolis GraduateOver the span of his career, Jason Backe has established himself as a highly accomplished color artist. He is one of the most sought after hair colorists in New York and his appointment book at ted gibson salon, which he co-owns with partner Ted...
Larissa Wong | Aveda Institute Minneapolis GraduateAs a graduate of the Aveda Institute in 1992, Larissa Wong joined Juut Salonspa (the original Aveda salon) in 1993 and is one of their top stylists and educators. She has evolved her skills to specialize in the latest haircuts, styles and trends....
Anne Skubis | Aveda Institute Tucson Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreSince graduating from the Aveda Institute Tucson in 2009, Anne Skubis has set an example of the diversity and success that being an AI graduate can bring. Upon graduating, Anne was immediately hired at her alma mater as an Experience Center Advisor. She quickly rose through the ranks at the Aveda Institute Tucson, fulfilling a wide variety of roles for the Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes. Stimulating her passion for retailing, educating, and branding, Anne served as Experience Center Team Lead, Esthiology Educator and Team Lead, Mission Champion, Director of Marketing, and, as of 2018, Campus Director of the Aveda Institute Tucson. As Director of Marketing for the Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes, Anne has been a driving force behind branding the multi-campus organization to stimulate enrollments, services, and student engagement. In her tenure as DOM, all eligible campuses have received honors as Salon Today Top 200 Salons at least once, in addition to earning Salon Today’s Applied Marketing Program (S.T.A.M.P) of Approval and Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education for Technology and Culture. Anne has developed and implemented marketing strategies for social media, grassroots, promotional/transactional, and eventing. Through this role, Anne also has the unique ability to give back on a large scale, leading the charge for Inspire Greatness’ Aveda Earth Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaigns, in addition to regular community outreach programs at each campus. Since 2014, the Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes have donated over $300,000 to charitable organizations. Anne’s love for education never diminished despite switching gears into a business focus. As an Aveda Makeup Pure-Fessional, Certified Makeup Coach, Aveda Freelance Artist, Anne spreads her love of Aveda Makeup to her students, team, network, and guests through specialized classes and events. Anne has assisted Aveda Global Artist Director for Makeup, Janell Geason, on the team for multiple seasons of New York Fashion Week, and backstage at Master Jam Europe, NAHA, and Aveda Congress. Her editorial work is published both nationally and internationally, motivating her participation in the Editorial Remix workshop on the Inspire Greatness campuses. With the Inspire Greatness Creative Team, she mentors students as they work tirelessly to submit collections through the NAHA Experience workshop. In her new position as Campus Director, Anne will utilize her status as a graduate to best serve her number one guest- her students. Being able to relate to their struggles and celebrations is a unique opportunity to motivate academics, attendance, and clinic floor benchmarks. Her journey from student to Pure-Fessional to Director provides an example of how making the most of a beauty school education can impact the trajectory of a career. “I love Aveda and I love education, which lends itself perfectly to my desire to help others find their purpose in this industry. My success has flowed naturally due to my desire to give back and change lives the way that Inspire Greatness changed mine.”
Rudy Miles | Aveda Institute New York Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreRudy began his career in fashion as a print and runway model in Chicago which led to a job assisting new talent in developing their portfolios at John Casablancas/Elite Modeling Agency. He also studied Fashion Merchandising and Marketing at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design. After arriving in the Big Apple in 1995, Rudy’s makeup career quickly grew after he joined the Aveda Flatiron Experience Center where his clientele included actress Susan Sarandon, singer Chaka Khan and model Karen Alexander. Rudy worked at the Aveda Corporation until 2010 as Director of Makeup. He outgrew the boundaries of retail and a career in commercials, print and runway was inevitable. His extensive travels have landed him to almost every continent. While in the Brazilian rainforest, Rudy visited the Yawanawa village learning their sacred art of face and body painting which is now part of Aveda Makeup packaging for Uruku products. Rudy also created makeup looks for EDUN while shooting in Uganda. As makeup team leader at New York’s fashion week, Rudy has created runway looks for designers Zang Toi, Malan Breton, Sherri Hill, MeghanWalsh, Oscar de la Renta, Katie Ermilio, Reem Acra, Perry Ellis, and EDUN. Rudy and his team have also created looks for the Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana boutiques. Rudy has beautified Mara Brock Akil, Kirstie Alley, Kendall Jenner, Camila Alves, Nana Meriwether, SelaWard, Paris Hilton, Nicole Hilton, Victoria Gotti and Jill Zarin. Male grooming includes Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, Matthew
Hauns Korpela | Aveda Institute Minneapolis (Horst) Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreHauns graduated from the Horst (Aveda) Institute in 1982. He was apprentice to Horst Rechelbacher (founder of Aveda) and became an Artistic Director / Platform Artist for the Horst and Friends Salons for eight years. To expand his experiences in hairdressing, he moved to New York City where he works in film, television, music video, theatre, national editorial print, Fashion Week and runway shows. He joined Aveda in opening the first Aveda Esthetique in New York City at the request of Horst. Since 1991, he has been the Artistic and Educational Director for Scott J. Salons NYC, Hauns has helped build the strongest lifestyle salons in the Aveda network. As a veteran Educator / Platform Artist, he continues his support in Aveda’s mission as a Mentor Purefessional of the “Aveda Purefessional Program”, where he mentors fellow professionals as well hairdressers in the network. Hauns has been featured numerous times, as a guest artist at the Aveda Congress Festival and travels both nationally and internationally sharing his experiences and knowledge as an educator at the Aveda Institutes, Education Centers and Salons. He has also been seen on both National and Cable TV from Makeovers to Runway Shows bringing his expertise of beauty and fashion to the limelight. Hauns states: “We are no longer just hairdressers, but living lifestyle creators for our guest in the salon. We must all share in the knowledge of our experiences and become each other’s mentors and students. Thus, hand in hand, we are continuously teaching and learning from each other”. Hauns believes this is how to become the leaders in our industry.
Scott Weaver | Douglas J Aveda Institute Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreGrowing up, Scott Weaver never envisioned joining the salon industry. Though his parents founded and owned a very successful salon and cosmetology school, Scott saw his future in marketing or business management. He graduated from Northwood Institute with a B.A. in Marketing and Management in 1993, and became the Admissions Director for the Douglas J Educational Center. His work developing the school led him to visit the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, where he discovered an organization that shared his standards for service and commitment to the environment. Thus, the Douglas J Aveda Institute came to be. When the Douglas J Salon needed a full-time Marketing Director, Scott successfully assumed this responsibility. He was an integral part of merging a day spa into Douglas J’s service offerings. Scott felt he needed to have a cosmetology license to get a better understanding of every aspect of the salon industry and he graduated from Cosmetology school in 1995. He is now a licensed cosmetology instructor, an Aveda hair color purefessional educator, and a platform artist. Scott is a role model for the modern salon professional. He possesses a stylist’s technical skill, but he is also able to successfully manage a thriving business. His compassion helps him do what he loves most, “build the salon industry careers of others and help them to reach their goals.” Today, as President, Scott heads up Operations and Development company-wide. The Douglas J Company now has salons and Aveda Institutes in these Michigan locations: Douglas J Day Spa Salon—Okemos Douglas J MEN Salon—Okemos Douglas J Aveda Institute—East Lansing Douglas J Aveda Institute—Ann Arbor Douglas J Salon—Ann Arbor Douglas J Aveda Institute—Grand Rapids Douglas J Aveda Institute—Royal Oak Douglas J Aveda Institute—Chicago, IL Douglas J Aveda Institute—Knoxville, TN As the company continues to grow, Scott’s focus remains constant--expanding the Douglas J brand while maintaining the same level of customer service and professionalism that his father founded the company on 49 years ago. Scott also continues to lead the company with the passion to make an impact on the greater good. Over the years, Douglas J Companies has stood behind many causes, providing much-needed fundraising to support research, awareness and education. Some of these causes include JDRF, Earth Month and Shining A Light where the fundraising efforts have exceeded $650,000 to date. Scott’s commitment to supporting these organizations as well as other organizations will continue to be a core to his leadership focus.
David Wagner | Aveda Institute Minneapolis (Horst) Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreDavid Wagner is a hair stylist, artist, entrepreneur, educator, author and “Daymaker." Innovator of the "pay-it-forward" movement of Daymaking, Wagner's philosophy for living a life that changes the world - one person at a time - through simple acts of kindness, has captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands around the world. Wagner is the founder and owner of JUUT Salonspas, the original AVEDA concept salons, with eight JUUT locations in the Midwest, one in San Francisco's Bay Area and two in Phoenix AZ that are continually voted "Best Salon" within their communities. He is also the best-selling author of, Life as a Daymaker: How to Change the World by Simply Making Someone's Day, and initiator of the "Daymaker Movement." Wagner is a highly sought-after inspirational speaker. He is committed to transforming the world with beauty. “Beauty can transform people, society, and businesses,” says Wagner. A devoted husband and father, Wagner lives in Minnetrista MN with his wife Charlie, and their daughters, Coco and Ava where he continues to work on building his company as a model of Daymaking in an effort to change the world in a positive way.
Janell Geason | Aveda Institute Minneapolis Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreMinneapolis –based Aveda Global Artistic Director for Makeup, Janell Geason is known for her technical expertise as well as her ability to connect and inspire her students. Her work can be seen in publications such as ELLE, Redbook, Lucky and Women’s Health. Janell also won North American Makeup Artist award in 2008 & 2009 and was nominated in 2013 & 2014. After Graduating from Horst Cosmetology School Janell began her career working in Minneapolis as a hairdresser. Her desire to further explore her creativity led her to pursue makeup as an art form. Janell moved to Europe and worked internationally in the fashion, video and print industry for nearly 9 years. Upon returning to the United States, Janell’s talent and passion for makeup and education led her to partner with Aveda as Global Artistic Director for Makeup. She travels globally to teach professional makeup artists and do stage presentations. Her role includes leading education for Aveda makeup, collaborating on seasonal makeup launches, shade animations, product development and how to videos. Janell also is a lead makeup artist at New York Fashion Week working with many designers and celebrities.
Jon Reyman | Aveda Institute Minneapolis Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreJon Reyman is a hair stylist, business owner, educator, and collaborative partner to some of the most influential designers in the industry notably Donna Karan, Oscar dela Renta, Nautica, and Carolina Herrera. He leads up to 20 shows during Fashion Week with teams in New York, London, and Paris. Dubbed the go-to stylist for beauty editors in New York and Los Angeles alike, Jon has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Refinery 29, The Hollywood Reporter, Into The Gloss, and has made guest appearances on E!, The TLC Network, Access Hollywood, and Bravo TV. Using his technical and creative skills to empower others is what drives Jon further into his career. As an educator and business owner, Jon founded Jon Reyman Pro, the most comprehensive online technical curriculum for salons and institutions across the world, and opened Spoke & Weal, a nationally recognized salon with locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. More than anything, Jon values utility and simplicity in his work, he sees meaning and beauty in what’s natural and useful. Find Jon in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Roxana DaCosta | Aveda Institute Victoria Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreRoxana DaCosta’s career began in 1994 while attending the Esthiology program at the Aveda Institute Victoria. She is now the as Vice President of Operations and Senior Educational Administrator for Aveda Institute Victoria. In 2009 Roxana also became the founding owner of Kazen hair & beauty; an Aveda salon in Victoria, BC. Amongst her many accomplishments, she is most proud of receiving the Aveda Spa 2004 Healing Touch Award presented at Congress for her excellence in advancing Aveda sales and education.
Faatemah | Aveda Institute Minneapolis Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreFaatemah’s distinguishing mark is hair that gets attention. She’s passionate about not only conceiving over the top hair that can be seen and admired by all, but finding great beauty in a simple haircut and flawless color. Her creations have been featured in many publications, commercial work and runway shows. Celebrity clients include Suzanne Somers, Chrisette Michelle, Holly Robinson Peete and more. Target, Essence, Modern Salon, Bride magazines, ABC, NBC, and FOX have trusted Faatemah's chic sensibility for styling hair. Faatemah is a North American hairstylist Award winner and 3 time nominee for Editorial, Texture and Fashion Forward styling. Her charismatic personality earned her a spot on Bravo's Shear Genius 3 reality show. PBA association called Faatemah the "Diana Ross of hair". Various press has branded her unique teaching approach asp 'Edutainment'. Faatemah started her career at Aveda Institute where hair pioneer and founder of Aveda, Horst M. Rechelbacher, recognized her talent immediately. She traveled with his team, learning secrets from the very best early on. Her gift in editorial and runway hair, led to opportunities in styling hair for national magazines and campaigns. Her skills range from cutting and color, as well as over 20 years of extension experience. Faatemah continues to help inspire others through education. Regardless of the client, brand or product, Faatemah's award-winning track record and chic sensibility is trusted and internationally recognized.
Jason Backe | Aveda Institute Minneapolis Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreOver the span of his career, Jason Backe has established himself as a highly accomplished color artist. He is one of the most sought after hair colorists in New York and his appointment book at ted gibson salon, which he co-owns with partner Ted Gibson, is always full. From editors and models to actresses and executives, clients love Jason’s color for its chic and complimentary wearability. They also love his friendly, down-to-earth personality and his positive, upbeat vibe. Jason considers hair color an artistic expression of personal beauty, and takes great pride in his attention to detail and commitment to impeccable customer care. Jason has worked with celebrities such as Renée Zellweger, Anne Hathaway, Ashley Greene, Christina Ricci, Elettra Wiedemann Rosselini , Lake Bell and Idina Menzel. His work is also recognized by the top modeling agencies in New York and the models he works on are seen in campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Chanel and Versace. Jason’s work has also been called on for multi-million dollar ad campaigns for influential haircolor companies such as Redken, L’Oreal and Garnier, as well as for beauty segments on the Oprah Winfrey Show, theToday Show, the Nate Berkus Show, the Rachel Ray Show and Good Morning America. Thanks to his extensive knowledge of haircolor science and trends, his ability to offer practical advice, and his exuberant personality, Jason is regularly quoted in top beauty and fashion publications such as Allure, InStyle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle and The New York Times Sunday Styles. Additionally, Jason’s work has been extolled in Allure magazine’s Directory four years in a row, Insiders Guide, Best of Beauty and Bridal Guide. Jason began his career working for Aveda where he traveled the world educating stylists, salon owners and managers in both hair cutting and coloring techniques and business building. He was recently named Celebrity Colorist for L’Oreal Professionnel and was one of the first colorists to adopt their revolutionary ammonia-free INOA hair color. He is on the Color Advisory Board for The Colorist and is a part of Intercoiffure America/Canada Color Council. Today, he also guides and motivates his own staff at ted gibson salon. And as CEO of ted gibson beauty, Jason is intimately involved with the creation of new ted gibson products, which are fast gathering a devoted following. Known for uniqueness and innovation, the line has been honored with several industry accolades and awards from esteemed publications such as Women’s Wear Daily and Redbook.
Larissa Wong | Aveda Institute Minneapolis Graduate(Expand) Learn MoreAs a graduate of the Aveda Institute in 1992, Larissa Wong joined Juut Salonspa (the original Aveda salon) in 1993 and is one of their top stylists and educators. She has evolved her skills to specialize in the latest haircuts, styles and trends. Larissa has been teaching to licensed hairdressers as an Aveda Global Purefessional since 2003 and moonlights as an instructor at the Aveda institute in Minneapolis. In October 2013, Allure Magazine’s Best of the Best beauty issue awarded Larissa “Best Haircut” for Minneapolis. She has also styled and been interviewed for national trade magazines, as well as local publications and televised news segments. She has worked biannually backstage at New York fashion Week and regularly participates in Aveda Master Jam shows and Congress Festivals, in addition to shows for Target corporation, Juut Salonspa and various freelance opportunities. Her inspiration is derived from extensive travel to cities throughout the world where she often surveys international trends and enrolls in classes and salon life observation.
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