MEET OUR TEAM
Victoria Dorfman – Cosmetology Educator
“Ms. Vicki”, as her students call her, has been with Advance Beauty College since 2002, but began her career in the industry in 1995. She graduated from the James Albert School of Cosmetology. Victoria worked at our Garden Grove campus for many years before moving over to Laguna Hills. Her favorite part of the job is working with the students and fostering their passions in cosmetology. She also enjoys cooking and decorating when she’s not working.
Cathye Solliday – Esthetician Educator
Cathye has been in the industry since 2006. She is passionate about skin care and finds it to be a rewarding, nurturing and calming field of work. She enjoys sharing her passion with students as well as giving them hands on education. Teaching skin care has been one of her greatest joys.
She has completed an Oncology in Esthetics course and believes that it is imperative to teacher students the proper treatment techniques when working with cancer survivors. Cathye has also gone on to complete many continuing education courses from the International Dermal Institute (IDI), allowing her to stay current on new trends and techniques. To date, she has completed over 100 hours from IDI, allowing her to obtain an “Expert” status in the Dermalogica product line. Cathye has three grown children, 2 grandsons and a wonderful husband. In her spare time, Cathye enjoys quilting, knitting, crocheting, drawing, sewing and creating!
Shaunda King – Cosmetology Educator
Shaunda King has been a licensed Cosmetologist for 30 years in which 17 has been in educating future cosmetologists, manicurists, and estheticians. She earned her Bachelors degree in Education, Master Educator training from Milady along with also her Cosmetology Instructor license. She has worked in salons and had her own salon for 5 yrs. Shaunda has also done hair and makeup on film and TV. Sharing her knowledge is her passion and she strives to help her students “Shine”.
Carina Tafulu – Cosmetology Educator
Carina has been in the industry since 2001 and began her career in Palm Springs, CA. She has been published in many notable magazines such as Runway and 10 Ten Magazine. In 2013, Carina was named Hairstylist of the Year for Orange County. Carina enjoys teaching her students and setting them up for success. In her free time, she enjoys whale watching, photography, and her two pet parrots.
Suong Nguyen – Cosmetology Educator
Suong joined Advance Beauty College as a Cosmetology educator in 2016, bringing over 22 years of teaching experience and more than 3 years of cosmetology experience to her role. Suong has extensive experience in both nails and skin care and has expanded her skin care knowledge through advanced training at the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica.
Suong mentors the Cosmetology freshmen as well as assists on the salon floor. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading magazines and hiking.
Tina King – Esthetician Educator
Tina has over 16 years of combined customer service, manager, and trainer experience. Her professional history includes extensive experience with Burke Williams Day Spa as the Treatments and Development Manager, and Executive Assistant to the V.P. of Treatments & Development. She was also proud to be a part of opening the first ever Burke Williams Massage Academy and 2 of the newest Burke Williams locations in Woodland Hills and Hollywood.
Linda Kreh – Manicuring Educator
Linda was previously our manicuring instructor and has transitioned into the role of Director. She is in charge of ensuring the integrity of our educational programs and operations. Linda has been a manicurist since 1992 and brings years of salon experience to our students. Her favorite part of the job is sharing her passion for nails with her students and being able to guide them to pass their exams as well as real world advice.
Lauren Edwards – Student Services Coordinator
Lauren started with Advance Beauty College in 2017. She comes with over 10 years of experience in the administrative and customer service fields. Her role here is working with the students directly with tours, orientations, hours and graduation. In Lauren’s time off, she enjoys spending time with her children and going to the beach.
Andrea Gelb – Guest Services
Andrea began with Advance Beauty College in 2017 bringing with her several years of experience in the customer service field. She maintains working order of the front desk and attends to the needs of each client. In her spare time, Andrea loves to Irish dance, CrossFit, and spend time with her dog, cats, and the rest of her family.
Tam Nguyen – President
Tam leads the executive team on the overall growth and development of the company, with strong emphasis on marketing, compliance, and community relations. He earned his BS from University of California, Irvine, a MD from American University of the Caribbean, and a MBA from Cal State University, Fullerton. Tam is also very involved in the industry as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) and as an evaluator for both NACCAS and COMTA. His community outreach projects include working with the Horizon Cross-Cultural Center, as a chair member, and Project Vietnam. His favorite part of the job is being able to participate in the various agencies that help regulate and improve the beauty and massage industries. In his spare time, Tam enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 sons, and daughter, traveling, and coaching his son’s basketball team.
Linh Nguyen – Vice President
Linh works alongside the executive team on the overall growth and development of the company. Linh has been a licensed cosmetologist since 1993. She earned a BA is Business Administration from Cal State University, Fullerton and a vocational credential from UCLA Extension. Linh is also currently pursuing her MBA from Cal State University, Fullerton. She has been in education since 1995 and has taught in both public and private schools. She has assisted in translating for the NIC, as well as sat on an expert panel for the practical exam for the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. She grew up in the industry as a second generation owner and loves that she can continue the family business. She enjoys working with the staff and students at both campuses as well as doing community outreach. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and listening to music.
Suzette Christian-Marchetti – VP of Industry Relations
Suzette joined Advance Beauty College in 2015 with over 16 years of experience in the beauty industry working with industry leaders such as Dermalogica, Paul Mitchell the School, and Spa Montage. She has served on numerous industry associations, advisory boards and has been a featured industry speaker. Suzette graduated from Villanova University with a BA in Communications.
In her free time, Suzette enjoys Pilates, theater and spending time with her dog, Clark.
Christine Nguyen – Finance Director
Christine is responsible for overseeing our admissions processes at both campuses and assists in many various administrative tasks. Christine is actually a licensed pharmacist and still works at a hospital part time. She enjoys working at the school because of the diversity of her tasks. She enjoys spending time with her children, decorating, working out, and seeing friends in her spare time.
Dang Vo – Financial Aid Director
Dang has been a part of ABC since 2010 and is responsible for overseeing the financial aid process at the school. He also advises students regarding their financial aid options as well as applying for financial aid. He enjoys communicating with the students the most. In his spare time, he enjoys movies, music, sports and racing cars.
Demi Fuentes – Project Manager
Demi’s bio coming soon
Harry Sandhanwalia – Chief Technology Officer
Harry’s bio coming soon