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.
When I realized one day that my passion for beautiful skin was an actual thing, I set my course in that direction and never looked back. I attended the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle, and got licensed as an esthetician in the spring of 2007. Meeting my love along the way, we moved back home to Maui so I could start my career. I got licensed in Hawaii and started working right away at a salon where I was introduced to Dermalogica. I fell in love with the products instantly. But what I knew and what I loved was waxing! Waxing is what I was a 'natural' at in school. My love for waxing brought me to a busy spa/salon where I learned to do Brazilian/bikini waxes in fifteen minutes. A few years later I took a break to bring my newfound love into the world. My new passion was the birth of my son Polinahe. He has and continues to bring me so much joy.
Not knowing how that would be, I took a leap of faith and decided to take a position as an Esthetics instructor, and here I am. I have been an instructor at IBS since 2015. It is the most amazing feeling knowing that these students have learned so much from me. Teaching them the basics to go out and master their art is a surreal feeling. I find so much joy in their accomplishments. Sharing their journey reminds me everyday why my passion chose this career for me.
Massage Therapy Instructor
John Vinacci is a graduate of Tucson’s acclaimed Desert Institute of the Healing Arts. Practicing massage since 1999, he particularly enjoys the clinical aspects of massage, helping clients recover from injuries using an almost endless supply of techniques. With a keen interest in the human body, he began work in the Health and Wellness field over twenty years ago as a personal trainer after leaving military service. Since then, John has sought to help people meet their physical wellness goals by combining the healing power of massage with effective self-care recommendations. An avid fitness enthusiast, John is also an adventure hiker, musician and writer who loves animals. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from Portland State University.
Esthetics and Nail Technology Instructor
When I was a young girl I was told “love what you do and do what you love”. It wasn’t until I was introduced to the cosmetology world that I understood exactly what that meant. Every day that I go to work, it feels more like play than any work I ever did. I received my education in Nail Technology and Esthetics in Florida in 1990. Soon after graduating I opened a full service salon and sold it after 15 years of ownership. I then returned to school to pursue a career in Medical Electrology. In 2008 I moved to Hawaii and here I am. Presently, I have an Electrology and Laser Center, Tru Skin Maui, LLC located in Kihei, HI. I have also been teaching at IBS since 2013. Teaching has proven to be a very rewarding career. It is very gratifying to watch the development and growth of the students not to mention the growth I have received from teaching.
What else do I love? SHOPPING!