Lauanda has been in the Cosmetology industry since 2012 when she started working with her husband in their school in Springfield, Oregon. Working on the administrative side of the school thought her so much about cosmetology, but she wanted to know more about the "behind the chair" industry and decided to put herself through school. She got her Cosmetology License and right after, her Instructor License. She is licensed in Oregon and Hawaii. With a Bachelors degree in Nursing, and a teaching background, she ended up sharing her time between administration and the instructor position at IBS. Her husband, Darin Kobatake, was her great mentor during her journey into Cosmetology. His passion, hard work and dedication to the schools was an inspiration to her. Being surround by a wonderful staff and successful students makes her journey a lot more fun. Lauanda is very proud of her schools but the first and most important thing in her life is her daughter.
Kristin Jean Kajtezovic
At age of 6 my first encounter with cutting hair resulted in all of my dolls being completely bald. Somehow, my mom and her friends were not frightened by my creations and during high school I consistently did their hair. I eventually enrolled into Beauty School and got my Cosmetologist license. My career led me to working in a chop shop, booth rental, being mentored for five years under a master stylist, owning two salons, working for corporate and supervising ten stores in Hawaii. After 35 years of servicing customers I decided to give back to the profession that has been so rewarding to me by becoming an educator of cosmetology. Being a mentor to a new generation of cosmetologist has been a challenging and invigorating endeavor and one that has been a joy to see others succeed in a field I love.
Diane (Dee) Merriles
I've been a Cosmetologist for 49 years. I love what I'm doing and enjoy teaching. My passion for hair started when I was a junior in High school. I attended Crel Beauty College in Oahu. After graduation I worked in a salon for years. As time has gone by, I had 2 sons with two grandchildren each. I worked for several salons before owning my own in the late 80s, early 90s. I became a licensed instructor in 2004. In 2013 I got a call from Darin Kobatake who was planning to open IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage in Kahului, Maui. I was excited to share my knowledge to the future cosmetologist and Hairstylist. In August 2017 the school will be 4 years old and I have been part of their team this whole time. I have no regrets. I'm still working in a salon 2-3 days/week. How I juggle it? I have no idea. I just love doing hair and bringing the experiences back to the students of IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage.