• it
TEAM 2018-09-24T16:31:27+00:00

THE TEAM

This industry of love is important to the wellbeing of humanity. The creative, sensitive and impassioned talents of the cosmetologist are meant to nurture and illuminate the unique beauty within each individual touch through the transfer of Love.

Stevn Thomas Yankowski
Stevn Thomas YankowskiFounder, Hairdresser, Creative Director & CEO, BIG PROFESSIONALFounder, Hairdresser, Creative Director & CEO, BIG PROFESSIONAL

Stevn comes from a diversified background with over 25 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industries.
Beginning in the mid 80’s Stevn has traveled the world developing his career as artistic creative director collaborating with major multinationals, accumulating a diversified array of awards and accolades.

Stevn has also worked as Head Fashion Stylist for television networks in Asia creating the looks for top celebrities seen in international specialized television productions.

Stevn’s photographic work has been featured on over 150 international covers, international advertising campaigns, not to mention multitudes of beauty, hair and fashion editorial productions. Stevn’s primary role, specializing in artistic creative direction, has made him renowned in all aspects of product development and visual multi-media communications, virtual, on film, live and in print.

Thanks to this experience and the exposure to the North American, Central Asian and greater European markets, Stevn Thomas has developed the ability to anticipate future international trends. This sensibility along with the synergy of practical and artistic aptitude has contributed to the long list of successful projects, making Stevn Thomas a sought after commodity to major corporations.

Robyn Lee has been in the industry over 24 year.   During that time she has had the opportunities to work with some of the most respected and talented artists in the industry. She developed a passion for education and pursued that by attending several academies around the country for cutting,  styling and coloring, and then in 2010  focused her energy on color education became an America Board Certified Haircolorist.

Robyn Lee
Robyn LeeGlobal Director of Education

During her role as education director at a high end salon and spa in the northeast she developed a passion for sharing  knowledge  and mentoring. She had the privilege to work for top color companies in various education roles to pursue the dream of working with stylists and help them grow their career in this amazing industry.

Working in education  gives her the opportunity to continue working with stylists to help elevate our industry to  the level of professionalism it deserves.  She truly believes in the quote “Success unshared is failure” and that sharing and continuing to provide stylists with the best education and products is the groundwork for success!

Jeff Ashlock
Jeff AshlockRegional Education Directors USA:

Jeff comes to Big Professional with nearly 30 years of experience working in the industry. Coming from humble beginnings in north central Illinois, Jeff ventured to Chicago in 1988 seeking to become the best colorist possible. Jeff worked hard, succeeded, and eventually became a Director of Education for multiple colorist apprentice programs at top salons as well as educating for several major color brands, including Goldwell and Framesi.

Currently, Jeff can be found behind the chair full time at a boutique salon on the North Shore of Chicago.
“I am so honored and proud to be a part of the Big Pro team. Our product is unique and one of a kind. I’m also concerned for my health after being exposed to so many

chemicals throughout my career that any way I can reduce the exposure I do so. I’m so looking forward to the great things to come from this wonderful color product and spreading the love of Big to fellow colorists and stylists who also are looking for healthier alternatives.”

Chelsea has been doing hair for 11 years, but her father would say since she was a little girl. She graduated from La’ James International College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After working at her first salon, she helped open a second location and made it the city’s favorite. She then moved to Iowa City to further her career and received advanced color education with Misael Aponte, and cutting/styling education with Jon Reyman and the whole Aveda artistic team. In February 2017 Chelsea opened Wildflower Hair Studio, in North Liberty, Iowa, where she feels the freedom to create and relate with other people.

Chelsea Kayser
Chelsea KayserBig Educator

“Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.” is a quote Chelsea lives by. Since being a part of BIG Professional Color, she has felt more confidence and love for her work. While keeping the earth and it’s

inhabitants safe, she feels there are endless possibilities for clean-quick creativity. In her free time, fishing, hiking, camping, gardening, wine and animals (not necessarily in that order) are some of her favorite things, and of course spending quality time with her family.

Sica Dawn
Sica DawnBig Educator

Sica Dawn is a licensed hair stylist from the Minneapolis, where she has made a name for herself both behind the chair and as a runway and session stylist.  For over a decade she has focused her professional efforts not only on her own independent success, but also on collaborations among other stylists and artists within the Twin Cities, opening her own salon in 2007 as a way to bring a progressive, sustainable, and attainable beauty to her neighborhood.

As she has grown into her own vision of what it means to be an artist, she has continued to obtain advanced education to further her skills through training locally and through local events, large training programs, and brand partnerships, as well as prestigious programs like

HAIR: MASTERED with Sam McKnight and training with the peerless powerhouse of education, Vivienne Mackinder; she is constantly working to stay ahead of the cutting edge in fashion, form and design. She has focused her efforts not only on advancing her techniques behind the chair,

but also on crafting her own unique point of view for both print and stage, working with a number of designers, performers, and publications, and tirelessly looking for new ways to bring her holistic vision of care to support to the world with her particular skills.

Hannah Felice has accomplished a lot in the six years she’s been in the beauty industry. From multiple runway collections to doing hair for Fashion Week Minnesota (#FWMN) to creating a reputation for being a science geek behind the chair, she is involved with all things hair related. She currently resides at the Fox Den Salon in Minneapolis where she enjoys creating texture, building volume in fine locks, and taking on extensive “hair projects”. Hannah is a co-chair for SinkTrap, a collective where beauty industry professionals come together to share knowledge and encouragement.

Hannah Nettles
Hannah NettlesBig Educator

Hair, makeup, and fashion have been an integral part of her life from a young age. That passion was fully realized and put into profession in 2010 when she graduated from Capri College in Iowa. During that time, she was able to delve into the world of avant garde hair and make-up: and imagine the styles that were possible in the world beyond simple cuts and colors. Since then she has participated in a

Hair, makeup, and fashion have been an integral part of her life from a young age. That passion was fully realized and put into profession in 2010 when she graduated from Capri College in Iowa. During that time, she was able to delve into the world of avant garde hair and make-up: and imagine the styles that were possible in the world beyond simple cuts and colors. Since then she has participated in a

Katie Brown
Katie BrownBig Educator

My name is Katie Brown and I am an educator for BIG Pro Color. I have been in the industry for over 10 years and have found my passion in both working behind the chair and sharing knowledge with other stylists through education. I am so thankful to have discovered BIG Pro Color. It has helped me in so many ways behind the chair and I absolutely love sharing my passion for this line with others!

Alissa Johnson is the owner of Bellagio Hair Studio. This year she has taken on the role of educator with Big Pro Color. She is very passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others in the industry. In addition to making sure the salon is running smoothly, Alissa enjoys seeing her own clients throughout the week. She specializes in all types of hair cutting and coloring.  With over 20 years of experience, Alissa never stops learning or challenging herself. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I’ll remember, involve me and I will learn.” Benjamin Franklin

Alissa Johnson
Alissa JohnsonBig Educator
Cara Rohloff
Cara RohloffBig Educator

From a very young age, back when Cara’s mom would let her cut her little brother’s hair in their kitchen or even further back when Barbie was getting a nice trim, she has naturally gravitated to the craft of being a hairstylist and colorist.

Cara has been in various roles of the beauty industry, first being a front desk coordinator while in high school, to being successful behind the chair. She holds many certifications pertaining to haircolor. Cara specializes in blonding and balayage techniques, but that does not limit the range of her work. With a natural and fluid understanding of

how haircolor works, Cara has joined the Big Pro Color family as an educator to spread her love and passion for being a haircolorist, and to share the honest message that Big Pro Color presents. For Cara, she will tell you, the day she started using Big Pro Color was the day she became a better haircolorist.

Jenna Lundell joins the BIG Pro team as a stylist and colorist based out of Stillwater, MN, who has always had a passion for beauty. From the first haircut she ever gave the family kitten at 4 years old, to working full time behind the chair, Jenna has turned her childhood obsession into a life-long endeavor. As a hands-on learner, she was always drawn to science and art, and has found hairdressing to be her perfect blend of chemistry & creativity.  After completing her formal training at the Aveda Institute Minneapolis, Jenna went on to apprentice under some of the most notable stylists in the Twin Cities to refine her specialties in natural looking color, balayage, and blondes. She’s worked hard to adapt her skillset to meet the demands of the modern woman.

Jenna Lundell
Jenna LundellBig Educator

Low-maintenance, lived-in color is her passion, and she truly loves sharing her take on color, creativity, and technique with other passionate people.  After discovering BIG Professional Color, she was astonished with their sincere interest for safer beauty. With BIG, she has found a collective of ideals to confidently stand behind and is excited to be sharing it with

other creatives. Better for people, better for professionals, better for our planet. What’s not to love? In her free time Jenna enjoys spending time in her flower garden, long walks in the home décor aisle at Target, the occasional renovation project, and crafting signature cocktails for friends and family. Connect with Jenna on Instagram @jennalundellhair

John Salvatore
John SalvatoreBig Educator

30 year industry professional, has worked as an educator/artist for some of the industry’s top color companies. John has been the Director of Education for Teddie Kossof Salon and Spa on Chicagos North Shore for the past 24 years. Johns innovative and highly motivational teaching style that brings real salon experience into each class / event he teaches.

At a young age the beauty industry became an obsession, which lead her digging deep into the how’s and why’s of what hairstylists do. Now the owner of a specialty boutique salon in a fast growing suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. She strives to do everything down to the last technical detail. When training her team she found the incredible amount of fulfillment seeing others grow and discover the same love and obsession. Furthering this bought her to educating with BIG Pro!

Kaitlyn Hulseberg
Kaitlyn HulsebergBig Educator
Kim Jardine Kopija
Kim Jardine KopijaBig Educator

Being inspired and inspiring people runs through my veins! I feel that being a hairstylist is a true privilege. My passion has me always wanting to be better than I currently am! I have had several successes including becoming an award winning hairstylist, a salon owner, an American Board Certified Haircolorist, an educator for TOR Salon and Spa Products and for BIG Pro Haircolor. I absolutely love what I do! I love creating how people feel on the inside and bringing it to life. It’s magical!

  • Licensed Stylist Est. 1984
  • Mom Est. 1998
  • Salon Owner Est. 1999
  • Cyclist Est. 2015

And…I’ve always been blessed and thankful and extremely happy!

~Kim Kopija

Liz Daniels is a Lifestyle Hairdresser who owns a boutique salon in a hype suburb an hour outside of Chicago Illinois.

With a career spanning more than 16 years, Liz is a true artist and self-professed hair nerd. Dedicated to the craft of hairdressing and well versed in hair color science and chemistry, her extensive list of certifications range from being an American Board Certified Hair Colorist to Sassoon.

Liz Daniels
Liz DanielsBig Educator

She dedicates her time to developing and studying the craft and sharing it with fellow hairdressers. It’s no wonder that she is a proud owner that offers a 50-week fundamental training program and continuous learning in a positive environment. Along with teaching product knowledge classes for fellow hairdressers, she enjoys creating different looks for photoshoots and playing photographer to her salons creative projects.

In her free time aside from being obsessed with hair, she’s dedicated to a lifestyle of wellness. Enjoys working out, seeing live music, gardening, and hanging out with animals. following a balanced and eco-conscious lifestyle is something that’s very important to her.

“I’m so excited to share the amazing chemistry behind BIG pro color!”

Paul Kenyan
Paul KenyanBig Educator

Paul comes from a family of 9 kids, 6 of which are in the beauty industry.  His mom is an esthetician and growing up Paul was always fascinated with the beauty industry.  From a young age he know he wanted to be involved.  Paul attended hair school in 1990 and to him it was the most exciting experience he had encountered.  He strived to become the best student and his exceptional talent carried from school into graduation and beyond.  Immediately entered a beauty contest and won first place in all categories.

Paul was offered a position directly from school to become an educator.  Finding this a very rewarding experience for him both personally and professionally to be able to help hairdressers achieve their goals!

Paul has a passion for the color world!! He developed his skills and has been able to help other colorists reach new levels my showing them creative ways to think outside the box and not remain “hairdressers that just do color”.

Rebeca Alpizar was born in Havana Cuba and attended Cosmetology school in Cuba in 1997 and attended the Beauty School of America in Miami from 2—3-2004.  Her journey has taken her to work in salons as a master hair designer as well in education roles for multiple manufactures and distributors. Her passion in her work shines through! She believes in strong customer service, organization and teamwork to help continuously develop herself and help other hairstylists grow!

Rebecca Alpizar
Rebecca AlpizarBig Educator
Privacy Settings
Name Enabled
Technical Cookies
In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies: wordpress_test_cookie.
Cookies
We use Cookies to give you a better website experience.
Google Analytics
We track anonymized user information to improve our website.
x

This website uses cookies. We use cookies to analyze our traffic.
We share information about your use of our site with our analysis tools
that can combine it with other information you've provided or have collected from yours
use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.