Get to Know Us

JD Academy is a progressive beauty school in The San Francisco East Bay

Get to know us, our history, our team and our mission as a school for aspiring salon + spa professionals

Your success is our mission.

Since 2010, JD Academy of Salon + Spa has offered Cosmetology and Esthetician programs in The San Francisco East Bay.   Those programs are focused on Clean, Clear, Precise and Consistent – both in your technique and in the way your education is delivered from experts in-the-field.

We are different by design

You will come away with a better education

While so many schools focus on quantity, we are one of the few institutions who place a sincere focus on quality: The quality of our education, the quality of our students and the quality of the careers our students enjoy after graduating from the JD platform.

We’re not the least expensive option (nor the most expensive), but we 100% believe that we provide the best value in the industry and that your earning potential as a JD Academy graduate will be better for it.

We’ve invested in acquiring the highest quality teachers in the salon and spa industry. We’ve intentionally limited our class sizes to increase our teacher:student ratio. We’ve invested in creating a curriculum that will genuinely make you a better professional, not only on the technique side, but on the business side as well.

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JD Academy esthetician student applying makeup to another student

We engage all types of learners through:

  • Simple Instruction
  • Demonstrated Techniques
  • Ample Hands-On Practice

Our Danville Location

Located in beautiful downtown Danville, our East Bay beauty school is centrally located and easily accessible from 680.

 

JD Academy

520 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
Danville, CA 94526
info@jdacademy.com

Meet our Team

Better education through better educators

All of our educators have many years of hands-on experience in the subjects they teach. W Academy specifically pursues educators who are currently active in the industry, bringing real-life experience to the classroom. This means an up-to-date education on current trends and modern technology that is truly marketable to your future employers, not an out-of-date curriculum designed simply to help you pass an exam.

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Janet Paradiso - Owner, president and admissions director at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Janet Paradiso

School Director

Janet began working with JD Academy as a Consultant in January 2016 and recently accepted a challenging lead role with the Academy. She's been integral in assembling a hard-working, creative, loyal, and inspiring JD Team committed to excellence and integrity. She plays a pivotal role with many facets of the Academy and its governing bodies (Department of Education, Bureau of Post Secondary Education, National Accrediting Association of Arts and Sciences, and Board of Barbering and Cosmetology).
Phuong Nguyen - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Phuong Nguyen

Financial Aid Director

Phuong has worked in the Beauty Industry for more than ten years. With a university background in both education and business administration, he has served in multiple positions including customer service, office management and as an admissions director and financial aid advisor. Currently, he is proud to be part of the team at the JD Academy Salon and Spa. Phuong is passionate about working with future beauty professionals, helping to prepare them to make their dreams come true within the industry. In his current role as Financial Aid Advisor, he is focused on the financial aid process, and federal, state and local compliance procedures and regulations.
Kelsey Creer-Martin - Floor Manager at JD Academy in Danville, CA

Kelsey Creer-Martin

Licensed Cosmetologist / Campus Director

Kelsey has been In the Beauty Industry for 8 years. Shortly after graduation, Kelsey worked behind the chair as a Color Specialist. She then found Interest In Men's Haircutting and specialized In Men's Cutting & Hair Color (Blonding) for 4 years.

Kelsey has always had a passion for teaching and Inspiring others, which led her to begin her journey as a Cosmetology Instructor. Kelsey has been a specialist In the following areas, Color, Cutting, Chemical Texture, Theory, and State Board, where she then became Director.

Her passion for the Beauty Industry and bubbly personality is sure to Inspire Future Artists! She enjoys helping future cosmetologists and future estheticians reach their goals of becoming licensed artists in the Industry as well as supporting them all the way through their journey at JD Academy.

George Horton - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

George Horton

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

George grew up in Southern California until he decided to move up to Northern California in 2012 to pursue his career in education. He has utilized his 16 years of experience in the hair industry to passionately educate future stylists for the past five years. His skillset is not only limited to hair as he shoots private photos for weddings, engagements, and other big ordeals during his off days. His training includes. Bumble & Bumble, Unite, Paul Mitchell, Redken, and more.
Lilian Denmead-Miller - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Lilian Denmead-Miller

Licensed Esthetician & Educator

Lillian Denmead-Miller is a clinically trained aesthetician with over twenty years experience in the advanced skincare industry. She has earned physician continuing education in anti-aging science from industry leaders such as Nicolas Perricone and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Instructor training with NCEA, Miladys Masters of Education, Miladys Business Fundamentals, Nuts & Bolts Business Training and the Pacific Institute for Success Coach training by Lou Tice.

In addition to being a licensed aesthetician, she is a certified medical assistant (CMA), specializing in injections and certified Biofeedback Energy Medicine Therapist and Health Wellness Coach, Reiki and Laughter Yoga Meditation Leader. She has trained skincare students and professionals as well as doctors and nurses worldwide.

Belinda Gomez - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Belinda Gomez

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Belinda has been with JD Academy since 2015 and has been an educator in cosmetology the last 8 years. She has been licensed for over 20 years in Cosmetology and 5 years in Aesthetics. She has an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno City College Graduated from Federico's & Lyle's Beauty College in Fresno Ca.

Her training includes Matrix Artistic Educator, She also earned many certifications, including Milady's Career Institute, Milady's Business Fundamentals, International Dermal Institute, International Academy of Precision Haircutting, The Effective Colleges and Schools from the Pacific Institute, Certificate of Achievement for REDKEN Hair Color, Certificate of Achievement MATRIX Hair Color & WELLA

Amanda Pinkham - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Amanda Pinkham

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

Amanda is an expert stylist and colorist instructor. She teaches fundamentals across the board, especially helping students with the correct use of the tools of the trade: shears, brushes and more. She's an expert at helping students analyze a client's hair as part of a consultation - identifying what's possible and how to approach the process to get to the end result.
Elayne Becker - Team member at JD Academy of Salon + Spa in Danville, CA

Elayne Becker

Educator & Licensed Cosmetologist

As a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Elayne enjoyed a long career as an interior designer, with her work featured on HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens and more.

Elayne started a second career in cosmetology and graduated with honors from Paul Mitchell cosmetology school in Pleasant Hill, CA where she taught for seven years prior to joining the W Academy of Salon + Spa team in January 2015. She has earned certifications in advanced haircutting, color and styling, Her passion is to inspire her students and motivate them to succeed and feel confident about themselves. Elayne views cosmetology as art and cosmetologists as artists. She is an author and has published the book ``Hair Matters`` which is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. Every day her clients and students are the recipients of her joy, passion and love for this art form. A sample of her many rave reviews can be found in our testimonial section, on Facebook, and in Yelp.

Lisette Weavil - Educator and licensed cosmetologist at JD Academy in Danville

Lisette Weavil

Licensed Esthetician & Cosmetologist

Lisette is a licensed Esthetician and Cosmetologist. Her passion for the
beauty industry started when she was in school studying film. Loving the
idea of creating a character through hair and makeup, she decided to
specialize in all aspects of makeup artistry at the Makeup Designory in
Burbank, CA. For over 16 years, she has focused her skills on television and bridal makeup and now has expanded her passion for skin and beauty into the classroom.
Joni Mauer - Esthetician instructor at JD Academy in The San Francisco Bay Area

Joni Maurer

Esthetician Instructor

After a career in investments, Joni challenged herself to start a second career as a licensed esthetician. As a skin care professional she keeps up with the latest trends, innovative ingredients and newest technology. This led her to enroll in post-graduate training at the International Dermal Institute. She has extensive knowledge in advanced resurfacing, treating aging, acneic and sensitive skin types. She was awarded Expert designation with Dermalogica and is certified in PCA peels.

Joni is also trained in several professional skin care lines such as CosMedix, Dr. Dennis Gross and Jan Marini. She believes helping others develop the skills needed to be successful estheticians is rewarding. Joni found her true calling as an educator and enjoys inspiring others. She loves teaching skills in an ever changing industry.
Ready to learn? Joni is up for the challenge to guide you in your new career as an esthetician at the JD Academy!

Josette Jelveh teaching a makeup class at JD Academy in Danville, CA

Josette Jelveh

Makeup Specialist & Licensed Cosmetologist

Josette has been a licensed Hairdresser and Makeup Artist for 22+ and currently works at two salons in the SF Bay Area. Her salon work includes all color services, Keratin treatments, Haircuts, Makeup Applications and Lessons, which she performs on all ages, genders and ethnicities.

Outside of the salon Josette is also a freelance artist as well as an Editorial Makeup artist and Hairstylist in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, where her work has been published in multiple magazines. She has a passion for makeup and hair and aims to share her years of experience with the future stylists of JD academy.

Linda Bertaut

Educator & Licensed Esthetician

Linda Bertaut is an author, national speaker, award-winning Esthetician, Reiki master teacher, and beauty expert who specializes in bringing inner beauty to the surface through her healing makeovers.

Linda’s lifetime passion for performing make-up and image makeovers began over 30 years ago, but as she worked with her clients on their outer beauty, she recognized that many had a profound need for a makeover that was more than skin deep.

This led her practice to evolve into wellness and energy makeovers for body, mind and spirit. Known as the beauty industry’s Reiki master teacher, Linda helps clients to heal from limiting self-doubt, stress, depression, and anxiety so they can radiate their true beauty and share their gifts with the world.

The biggest changes that her clients see are the stressors that used to throw them off track don’t have the same impact. They don’t feel reactive, irritated or stuck in a fear response. They feel they have a purpose in life and a clear way forward that they could not see before.

Linda gives people the tools to heal and unlock their own healing potential. As her clients experience their own inner and outer healing, they move into a place of empowerment and many become inspired to help others to learn to heal themselves.

Her signature treatments and innovative techniques are being used in salons and spas throughout the country. Linda was the chosen expert to write about Wellness Therapies for Estheticians in the Milady Advanced Esthetics Textbook. She remains one of the pioneers in the merging of the wellness and beauty industries and is passionate about mentoring others to continue the advancement of these healing arts.

Kenny Berk

Master Cutting Artist

Kenny Alan Berk conveys the art of cutting hair like fabric by combining strong technical knowledge with focus on balance, shape and overall suitability.

Following a 15 year tenure with the Vidal Sassoon organization, Kenny joined Redken 5th Avenue NYC which evolved into another 26 years. With over 45 years of experience, he has provided a variety of programs from in-salon workshop’s to multi-manufacturer trade shows throughout the United States , Canada, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and Korea.

Kenny focuses on facilitating fashion commercial haircutting and barbering. His Hands-on Workshop’s, Demonstrations, Train the Trainer and Fuel for Design programs ensure that all salon professionals can experience the passion of the art and greater understanding of its principles.

Vincent Gotti

Licensed Esthetician & Cosmetologist

VINCENT GOTTI is a man who defines what beauty ought to be. With an Aesthetics Diploma from Skyline College, San Bruno, CA, Vincent initially worked as a freelance make-up artist and doing hair shows for the hair company RUSK in California. That’s where he met a lot of hairdressers and became interested in hair cutting. So, he went back to Skyline College to get his Cosmetology degree in 1996. After graduating, Vincent pursued advanced studies for Precision Cutting at Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. For the past 24 years, Vincent has been a Haircutter and Stylist for various salons in San Francisco, Burlingame and currently in San Ramon.

To add a feather to his cap, Vincent launched his Photography Studio in 2010 in Fremont, California and was nominated as one of the Best Fashion Photographers in 2011 for the San Francisco Fashion Week. He worked for GEV Magazine (a Food and Fashion Publication in San Francisco) as their Director of Photography. He is currently the Senior Contributing Photographer for Publicom Latina, a publication company that publish 25 magazines. He travels to Asia to produce editorials for Business Concept Magazine and Luxury Trending Magazine. Vincent recently joined JD Academy in March 2020 as an instructor. He will also be teaching and conducting fashion editorials for students that wants to learn the intricate process of creating editorial images for magazine work. With his keen eye and master of his skill, Vincent aims to always bring out the best in people so they can shine. When not working, Vincent spends ample time with his wife and two children and travels the world searching for his next inspiration.

Ian Summers - IT Lead at JD Academy of Salon + Spa

Ian Summers

Information Technology Lead

Ian Summers provides trusted and professional IT consulting services to small & medium sized businesses located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Ian has been serving satisfied clients for over 20 years through dedication and commitment to excellence in his profession. Ian and has extensive consulting experience and provides a worry-free environment by utilizing leading edge technology in the industry. Ian focuses on helping businesses to simplify operations & maximize efficiency, combine security, backup and file sharing, protect business critical data & operations using integrated cloud applications.

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