TEAM 2018-04-12T17:42:49+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

number of hair-centric art shows and competitions, all while maintaining a successful career behind the chair making men and women of all ages look and feel their best. She believes that in order to assure any stylist’s skills remain sharp and trends on point, attending continuing education classes need to be a priority, and frequents as many industry events she can.

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!