Fred - Owner
Fred has always enjoyed creating, It never mattered if it was wood, metal or hair. As time passed, he found himself coaching more. Since he enjoyed coaching, opening a school was the natural progression. It's amazing how quickly TSPA student progress, of course the education they are getting is light years ahead of where he started.
Fred graduated in 1979 from MATC, Madison WI. Worked as an apprentice until 1981. Fred then founded Salon CTI and Day Spa. and opened TSPA-Appleton in 2005 with Josif Wittnik and their wives Joy and Karen.
Fred loves the outdoors, fishing, bow hunting, golf and travel - oh yes, and cooking!
Josif - Owner
Josif Wittnik has been in the industry since 1980, (you do the math). His wealth of knowledge stems from a history of education with many industry companies and icons, mostly in the Redken Company, which brought him on board as an educator in both platform and classroom. Through the years he has touched the heart and souls of many hairdressers and students.
Josif’s experience in the industry has taken him international, where his work in image consulting, haircutting, hairdressing, wigs, hair extensions, fashion editorial work, as well as his work that has been featured in and on the cover of 17 magazines internationally. He has worked on national commercials as well as television. He also has his own segment on Fox Morning Show, changing lives of people doing on air makeovers. He has done the hair for the rich and famous, such as The Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Tony Curtis and Paris Hilton…just to name a few.
His non-profit organization, Joy Rising Project, has helped fit women and children suffering from illness, with beautiful custom hair wigs. His wigs have helped patience in Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico, as well as the United States. His recent non-profit endeavor was Cut out Hunger which raised money to help feed local families in need. Cut out Hunger has grown into a national campaign which will reach out to 30 Salon Professional Academies nationwide, with the support of national industry leaders such as SPEC, Redken and OPI.
Josif owns Salon CTI and Day Spa with his wife of 30 years, as well as The Salon Professional Academy. He also has 2 awesome and successful daughters. He’s a painter, loves to draw and also teaches yoga both locally and internationally. Josif just loves to connect with people in whatever way possible.
His motto: “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
Margaret - Academy Director
Margaret has been with The Salon Professional Academy since the opening in 2005. Joining the TSPA team as an educator, her vision with personal goals led her to become Director of Education, Shareholder and Director. In additional she is a Redken salon owner which gives great reward in watching the full potential and growth of the TSPA students as they transition from academy life to salon life.
She shares her passion and dedication to the industry with everyone she meets to inspire anyone to follow their dream. When a student’s face lights up with accomplishment it reiterates all her beliefs.
Spending quality time with family and friends enjoying the beauty of the outdoors are her favorite past times. As well as football season.
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t not open.”
Michaela - Admissions Director
Jess - Financial Aid Director
Jess believes cosmetology has opened a whole new world for her. She has been in the industry for 14 years now, 7 of those years behind the chair and 7 years as an educator here at The Salon Professional Academy. Recently she changed paths to the Financial Aid Director. There are so many opportunities for you when you are in the cosmetology industry which is what excites her the most when choosing which career to pursue.
Most of her time outside of work is spent with her husband and 2 children. They all enjoy crafts, exploring the up north and of course hanging with friends. It would be very hard for her to choose a quote that’s a favorite but one that has always been special is “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world”. I try to think about this each and every day in this big world we live in.
Winter - Lead Educator
Winter joined The Salon Professional Academy as a student in 2009 and never left. She became an Educator in 2012 where she found her calling in life. She loves everything about the hair industry, from designing a haircut to the technique behind foil placement, but most of all the happy guest at the end of the service that feels like you've listened and given them the look that truly makes them feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.
She is an active stylist at Salon CTI in Appleton and loves that she can bring real client experiences and new ideas immediately to the students at TSPA.
When she is not working, her time is devoted to her son Charles. They love exploring this beautiful world together.
Winter says, "Educating future stylists is an honor and I love watching them grow, learn and blossom into professionals every single day. The students are truly inspiring. My goal as an Educator is to be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody."
Bobbi - Educator
Bobbi has been an educator for 10 years and has spent 3 of the last years at The Salon Professional Academy. She has received her Master Educator Certification through Milady Standard Cosmetology Curriculum. For the past 26 years as a licensed cosmetologist she has had a strong passion for the industry.
As the industry changes Bobbi enjoys being a life-long learner and shares her excitement and knowledge with the students. Redken has been a prominent line for her and she continues to love all they have to offer to the cosmetology industry.
“Whoever said “it was easy,” didn’t do it. Whoever said, “don’t take a risk,” didn’t take one. Whoever said, “forget about it,” did. Whoever said “don’t dream big,” never dreamed at all. Dream Big.”
Mary - Educator
Mary has been part of The Salon Professional Academy since 2006. Along with being part of the cosmetology industry since 1987, she also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Sciences, certification in Aromatherapy, and a background in health care.
Although Mary’s goals are focused on the commitment for higher education for all students, she also brings inspiration, creativity, and enthusiasm with Redken and The Salon Professional Academy philosophies.
“Straight roads don’t make skilled drivers”
Amanda - Educator
Amanda attended The Salon Professional Academy in 2011 as a student and graduated in 2012 as a proud alumnus. When Amanda first came to TSPA she had a dream to be a cosmetologist and quickly found out that her ultimate goal was to one day be back here teaching.
After she graduated she went and worked at NewStyle Salon where she remains an active stylist to this day. Amanda was crowned Best New Stylist of the year in 2015 and was their Product Coordinator where she worked diligently hand in hand with their education team to train their stylists.
In 2019 Amanda’s dreams became a reality where she accepted a position at The Salon Professional Academy as an Educator. Seeing students have winning moments and truly shine is what makes her purpose feel fulfilled. Amanda is passionate about living her life to the fullest and with a lot of energy and laughter. As a reminder to herself to keep going and create a life she loves, you can often hear Amanda expressing the words “You didn’t come this far, just to come this far.” These are words she reminds herself and her students to live by daily.
When she’s not at work, you can find Amanda on the volleyball court or loving on her three cute pups. She enjoys spending quality time with those that she loves, exploring new thrilling places and creating lasting memories.
“Your profession is not what brings you home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on this earth to do with such passion and intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling” –Van Gogh
Darci - Lead Support Staff
Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry. Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned. The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.
This exclusive award is earned for the commitment to, and delivery of, Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards. This recognition can only be earned by successfully completing a rigorous examination of the Academy’s facility, systems, curriculum, and staff.
With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”
We’re proud to be a Bioelements Partner School offering a curriculum infused with the latest technical training from the industry leader in skincare.