Linda L. McCarren

Owner (All Schools)

As an entrepreneur of three beauty academies, Linda has a deep passion for the beauty industry, as well as compassion for all of her students. Linda’s goal is to provide a professional atmosphere conducive to the student’s education.

Karen Lopez

Executive Director/ Financial Aid Coordinator (All Schools)

Karen is a Kittanning Beauty Academy alumni, licensed as an Esthetician and Esthetics Educator.  After serving as the Director of Kittanning Beauty Academy for several years, she has joined the administrative team at Butler Beauty Academy as the Executive Director and Financial Aid Coordinator.  She also practices esthetics at her skincare studio in Clarion, PA.


School Directors

Butler Beauty Academy

Liz Montgomery

Prior to Liz graduating from the Teacher Training program in 2022,  she has been a licensed cosmetologist for almost 10 years and working in the field since she was 16 years old. She started at Butler Beauty Academy as an educator and after a short break, came back as the Director.


Josephine (updated) 4.18

Josephine “Joey” Scherrah attended Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School while in high school and after graduating completed her training at Butler Beauty Academy. After obtaining her license, she came back to Butler Beauty for the Teacher Training program and has since received her Cosmetology Teacher’s License. She also works at Monarch Collective Beauty Studio as a hairstylist and makeup artist.

Josephine Scherrah

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A graduate of Butler Beauty Academy, Mandy has been an educator at the academy for over 6 years. She worked as a stylist at Fantastic Sam’s. Mandy has obtained a bachelor's degree in education from Slippery Rock University.

Amanda Bayne

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Carie is a graduate of Butler Beauty Academy in Esthetics and Teacher Training. She is launching her own skincare business in Harrisville, in addition to being a Licensed Practical Nurse. Carie is passionate about ongoing education and sharing her knowledge with others.

Carie Claypoole

Kittanning Beauty Academy

Shirley Young

Shirley has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1988. She worked in the field for 22 years prior to attending Kittanning Beauty Academy to obtain her Cosmetology Teacher license. Afterwards, she continued at Kittanning Beauty Academy as an Educator for all courses and as the Director for many years.


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With over 30 years of experience in various cosmetology settings, as well as owning her own salon, Delana loves every aspect of the beauty industry. Delana received her cosmetology license form Pittsburgh Beauty Academy in 1979. Her career began at The Hair Port Salon, where she trained with the staff of James Rocco. She cultivated her talent for 11 1/2 years before purchasing her own salon, “Delana’s Hair Salon” operated out of Blairsville, PA for 10 years. Her passion for the beauty industry led her to further her education and graduate with her instructor’s license from Kittanning Beauty Academy. As an experienced educator, she prepares students for their state board examinations and to become successful in his/her career. Her favorite part about being a teacher is watching the students grow both technically and professionally.

Delana Clayton

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Nicole received her instructor license from Kittanning Beauty Academy in 2012. Having the opportunity to make changes happen in people’s lives every day, Nicole fulfilled the very purpose she was searching for at KBA. She knew that a career in the beauty industry would always be high in demand and that would mean job stability in the workforce. As a talented instructor, she brings real-world knowledge into the classroom, giving students an insight into the industry and revealing essential skills where students can build their confidence. She loves the relationship that she establishes with the students and being a part of aiding in their journey to become future professionals. The most rewarding part as an educator is being a positive mentor. She teaches students that each client that sits in their chair is allowing them to be successful. Her motto is to teach students to become their healthiest, most beautiful selves inside and outside.

Nicole Anthony


Genny is it graduate of Lenape Vocational School and the Beauty Academy in Kittanning for both her nail technician and nail instructor licenses. She owns and operates a salon in Ford City called the Nail Parlor, where she offers furthering education classes. As a master nail artist, Genny's passion for nails shows through with her in-depth instruction and dedication to helping the next generation of artists hone their craft.

Genny Sammons-Long


New Castle Beauty Academy

Gabrielle Strickler

Mrs. Strickler started as a cosmetology student at New Castle Beauty Academy in 2017.  She realized shortly after graduating from the program and obtaining her license just how much passion she had for the beauty industry and wanted to expand her horizons by joining the Teacher Training course.  These were stepping stones to her obtaining her teacher license and soon after joining our team of educators.  Now the school director, she enjoys inspiring students!  She is also a stylist in her family’s salon, Claddagh Beauty Bar & Salon.


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Maggie is a graduate of the Esthetics and Teacher Training course. She is a licensed esthetics educator at our New Castle location. Maggie is currently working as an esthetician at Mary Turner Day Spa, specializing in advanced skincare techniques and makeup artistry.

Maggie McVay

Dawn (updated) 4.18

After beginning a Cosmetology career in 1995, Dawn became an educator in 2008. She has worked up and down the east coast including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida as an educator for TIGI/Toni&Guy, Redken, Matrix, and Wella specializing in color correction and expert razor cutting techniques. Dawn thoroughly enjoys helping students discover their true passion and understanding for all aspects of cosmetology. She is thrilled to see confidence grow in our students and to see them blossom into true professionals after graduation from The Beauty Academies.

Dawn Burwell