In 1987, I moved from Norton Shores, Michigan, on the west side of the state, to Ann Arbor, Michigan. My first business mentor was John Roumanis. He was the director of operations at Cottage Inn carryout and delivery. He gave me a great opportunity to become a manager at several different locations. I moved up their corporate ladder over the course of seven years. The hours were grueling and eventually affected my health. It was time to find a “girl job.”
In September of 1995, I took a job at a skin and makeup studio. On my first day of work, I decided to get my hair styled. I barely knew Cathy Brown at that time. The salon she worked at was next door to a Cottage Inn location that I had managed for quite some time. Much to my surprise, she informed me that in two weeks, she would be opening her new salon. She invited me to apply, and I took the job immediately. Cathy recognized my skills almost as much as Mr. Roumanis had. She has the gift of seeing a person’s potential when they don’t see it in themselves. She offered me an apprenticeship, and I jumped on it. Being very left-brained, I wasn’t as sure of myself as she was. She made me the success I am today. I moved to Los Angeles, California, in 2002. I worked at two salons and realized that my talent was never going to expand there. After one year, almost to the day, I came back. I will never regret that decision. I have had the most fulfilling career at Brown & DeLine Salon. I love my job and life so much!
I am passionate about the team I work with. I am dedicated to advancing my education. I love the creativity and flexibility I have being a hair designer. In addition to working at the salon, I am also a musician. I love classical music. I play both the piano and the drums. I travel back to my hometown to participate in the drum corps on homecoming weekend.