MEET THE LABA TEAM
Together we make great things happen…….
Over the past decade we have seen the lash industry grow and careers be born! Our team is made up of highly trained beauty industry professionals that are passionate about all things lashes and brows. From the executive leadership team, to the certified lash & brow trainers, to the expert lash artists working in the LABA Atelier, we are here to support you!
The Leadership TEAM
Melanie is the founder and General Manager of the Lash & Brow Academy. Based in Encino, California, the academy has been the exclusive authorized independent Novalash Distributor-Trainer for over 10 years. Melanie is an industry veteran with decades of experience in the professional beauty industry as an executive, leader and strategist. Prior to returning to California from Chicago, she was the President of Pivot Point International. In addition to her role at LABA, she also hosts a podcast “Pro Beauty Talks” which features industry icons.
Senior Director of the LABA Academy
Kelli started her journey with LABA in 2011. Her early passion for makeup led her to the beauty world and she has been enjoying various roles in the industry Kelli started her beauty career as a sales associate for large beauty supply companies and worked her way up to managerial roles. She started with the Lash & Brow Academy as a customer service representative, then beauty advisor and Novalash specialist. She was recently promoted to Senior Director, and is responsible for the day to day operations of the LABA Academy and the LABA Atelier.
Kelli is a born and raised southern California girl. Few people know that Kelli also has a passion for cooking. She gets a sense of tranquility in the kitchen and enjoys the controlled chaos that it brings. The creativity involved in an artistic presentation in the kitchen is also demonstrated in her contributions to LABA. Kelli is a "people" person and always goes that extra mile.
Director of Education/
Justine Ivaldi has been making a living “lashing” for over seven years. She was promoted to Director of Education for LABA in 2018 and selected as a Novalash Brand Ambassador in 2019. Justine is a certified trainer for LABA and NOVALASH. She has received Novalash certification in Classic, American Volume, and most recently, London Volume. Justine is also one of only three elite Novalash Trainers selected to facilitate American Volume Certification Classes in California. With all of these accolades, Justine acts as the Head Trainer for Novalash and the Lash & Brow Academy in California. Justine leads the LABA team of trainers and coordinates all student case studies.
Justine owns her own lash studio, LASHED, in Fresno, California, She also is the mom of Max, and an animal lover.