As a firm believer in pursuing a career in an industry of interest, Darlene devotes her time to overseeing Artistic Academy of Hair Design’s programs, Admissions, and Student Services. Responsible for the schools compliance with the US Department of Education, NACCAS and the State Board of Cosmetology, Darlene takes great pride as the Director of The Artistic Academy of Hair Design. She is committed to creating a positive and motivating culture while properly and responsibly preparing students for employment in this growing industry. This may only be achieved through a solid foundation, high standards, superior instruction and accountability. As Darlene explains, "A solid foundation is necessary to master the required techniques to pass your licensing exam, however there is an additional layer of accountability. We are responsible to provide the practical expertise necessary to be hirable in the beauty industry. This is achieved by emulating a salon and spa environment for our senior level students through our Student Salon and Spa Clinic. Our students will enhance and expand their technical expertise, people skills and business skills by performing services on our clients. It is a truly rewarding experience watching them come full circle."