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We pride ourselves on working with artists who are true to their craft. Macadamia Professional is devoted to producing quality products to support the craft of the hairdresser. In addition to this, we are also dedicated to creating an environment of learning to help the hairdresser develop their talent. We are proud to introduce the Macadamia Professional Education Team.
“I am often asked how I have the energy to do all I do. The answer is very simple: I love what I do and I feed off the spark and enthusiasm of all those that I have been lucky enough to come in contact with along my journey.”Sam Lavella
As a driving force and constant source of inspiration within the beauty industry, Karrie's devotion and passion continually sets the highest standards for learning. Karrie has led the direction of implementing successful education programs for several well-known manufacturers. Her approach to learning has helped create industry-wide instructional formats, each specific and relevant enough to enlighten every stylist. Karrie's wit, humor and thorough knowledge of the industry and hairdressing makes any presentation entertaining as well as informative.
After obtaining her cosmetology license at the age of 19, Karrie worked at several top salons where she recognized her passion for teaching and her enthusiasm for learning. This passion ultimately led her to the position of Area Vice President, Global Education for the Macadamia Professional family.
A hair stylist for 30+ years and an educator for over half that time, Sam is passionate about hair and education. As an educator he has instructed hair stylists from around the globe. Whether conducting in-salon education classes or on stage for groups as large as 2,000, Sam's manner and approach allows him to connect with stylists at all levels. Sam loves sharing his practical everyday "salon-sense" and insights about what inspires his work. Stylists take away sensible, creative ideas that they can instantly put into practice in their salons.
Sam's passion for hair is evident every day at nationally recognized Salon Maxi, his salon in the suburbs of Philadelphia. As a salon owner, Sam prides himself on leading his team toward achieving their goals and reaching new levels of success.
Donnie began his career styling hair in the theater world, which would later inspire his love and passion for hairstyling. In 2003 Donnie and his wife launched their own salon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Divinity Salon soon became one of the hottest Pittsburgh salons, winning such awards as Best Salon in Pittsburgh by the "Pittsburgh Post Gazette". Divinity Salon was also awarded a Pittsburgh Oscar by the Pittsburgh Film Office for most creative recreation of The Wizard of Oz.
Nine years ago, Donnie launched his career in education by acting as a Senior Creative Team Member for a well-known beauty manufacturer, traveling throughout North America. While not on stage Donnie's work has been seen on various QVC shows, and he was a stylist on the television show Project Runway All Stars. Combining his remarkable motivational speaking skills with innovative cutting techniques, business tips and styling techniques, Donnie delivers both an educational and entertaining show that is not to be missed.
Jamie has had a passion for the hair and beauty industry for as long as she can remember. She has been a hairdresser for over 25 years. For the last 19 years Jamie provided education to stylists throughout North America as an Artistic Designer for a major hair color company, and has recently joined the Macadamia Professional family as a Global Artist.
Jamie has had the opportunity to grow in many creative avenues through her work as a trainer at a large hairdressing and color company, performing at national shows as a platform artist, working on photo shoots for both U.S. and global teams and acting as lead colorist in Turkey and Spain. When Jamie isn't traveling and sharing her passion for education, she spends her days inspiring stylists and developing her craft at her salon in NJ.
Anna was born in Texas and lived in France before settling permanently in Los Angeles, where she soon found herself hopping planes across the U.S. and abroad to share her passion of hairdressing throughout the world. Over the last four years she's been part of the Mario Sorrenti crew, assisted large manufacturers with several campaigns and shot on location in Cannes with Ellen Von Unwerth, among others.
Anna refined her talent under the wing of master hairstylists Guido Palau, Garren, Giannandrea, Recine and James Pecis, working on celebrity ad campaigns, top fashion editorials and backstage at over a hundred fashion shows for designers like Alexander McQueen, Dior and Marc Jacobs.