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!
Megan Derrington – Cosmetology Educator
Megan joined Advance Beauty College in 2017 and has worked in the industry for 7 years as a stylis at Carlton, Gold & Braid Salon, and Parlour Eleven. Megan enjoys helping students to achieve the best outcome for each client’s individual requests. In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, yoga, and being in nature.
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.
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.
Edward Teitel – Cosmetology Educator
Edward comes to Advance Beauty College with over 30 years of experience. He has been a well respected educator for years and brings his expertise as a brand creative and artistic director. Edward has also done educational shows and classes throughout the world.
His work has been featured in Vogue, Allure, Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazzaar, Elle, Sports Illustrated and industry publications such as, American Salon, Modern Salon, Esteteca, Canadian Hairdresser, Vibra, Passion, Salon, Cia and Cabelal. Edward has also been involved in celebrity events such as the Grammy’s, Oscars, Emmy’s, Daytime Emmy’s Golden Globes and Sundance Festival. He has won over 75 national and international hairstyle awards.
Edward is passionate about giving back to the industry and hopes to inspire students to make good career decisions and help them to become successful. We are so proud to have Edward as a part of the Advance Beauty College Team!
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.
Natalie Munoz – Guest Services
Natalie joined Advance Beauty College in 2016 and oversees guest services. In addition to working at Advance Beauty College, Natalie is enrolled in the Cosmetology program and anticipates graduating in 2018.
In her free time, Natalie enjoys spending time with family and friends hiking skateboarding and barbecuing.
Brittany West – Esthetician Educator
Began her teaching role with ABC in 2016 and hopes to inspire her students daily and ignite passion for esthetics–which she believes starts with the foundation of helping others. Brittany’s experience includes several years of speed waxing, advanced modalities, and microblading. Brittany believes in mixing holistic skin care with the latest technologies. She enjoys live music and dancing, writing, and performing poetry.
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.
Krystin Rader – Compliance Director
Krystin is the Compliance Director for both campuses. She completed her B.S. at the University of California, Riverside. She is responsible for ensuring the schools follow the regulations set by NACCAS, BPPE, and BBC. Her favorite part of the job is working on such a diverse team. In her extra time, Krystin enjoys sewing, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.
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.
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.