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Beauty Changes Lives, the nation’s only non-profit focused on equipping and empowering future salon and spa professionals, is expanding its board of directors. The new additions bring the board to 17 leaders of the diverse facets of the beauty industry ranging from salons and spas to distribution, education and manufacturing. New directors are as follows:

Karen Gordon, Chief Operating Officer, Universal Companies

Karen Gordon
Karen Gordon

Karen’s experience in the global beauty and spa sector includes leading sales, marketing and education initiatives at elite spas and destination resorts. Her passion for fostering an entrepreneurial, customer-centric culture has contributed to several successful mergers and acquisitions. In addition to Beauty Changes Lives, Karen has served as a director for the Green Spa Network, Napa Valley Visitors and Conference Bureau and Aspen Resort Association.

Tom Kuhn, CEO/Founder, Qnity

Tom Kuhn
Tom Kuhn

As a CPA and former spa/salon owner, Tom has developed a reputation as a turnaround expert. He applies his passion for financial management to the practical business needs of salons and spas, drawing on consultancy experience with some of the world’s most esteemed beauty and financial service brands. Tom is founder of Qnity, a proprietary education and training service curated to the nuances of spa and salon management.

Jason Lumsden, Chief Commercial Officer, Marianna Industries

Jason Lumsden
Jason Lumsden

Jason’s experience spans the beauty supply chain from cosmetology school programs through product manufacturing, distribution and retailing. Since joining Marianna Industries in 2016 he has led double-digit annual growth increases. Earlier in his career, Jason held key roles at divisions of Coty Beauty, Revlon Professional, and Hairuwear Inc.

Lydia Sarfati, President and CEO, Repechage

Lydia Sarfati
Lydia Sarfati

As a skin care innovator, author and entrepreneur, Lydia is the visionary behind uni-dose professional facial treatments, such as the signature Repechage Four Layer Facial. Lydia has been honored with numerous skincare and business leadership awards including Polish American Woman of the Year 2019, CIDESCO Medaille due Merite, and the Dermascope Legend Award among many others.  

Welcoming the new directors to the Beauty Changes Lives board, Founder and President Lynelle Lynch stated, “While these new directors bring an inspiring blend of entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, applied practice and specialized disciplines to our board; the common denominator linking their shared success is a passion for the possibilities that the professional beauty industry presents to licensed professionals.”

Information on the entire Beauty Changes Lives Board of Directors is available here.

About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation

With a mission to elevate, educate and empower, Beauty Changes Lives is uniting the industry and building awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty, wellness and massage therapy industries. Learn more at beautychangeslives.org or find us on Facebook and Instagram.