Meet Our Instructors

Meet our instructors.

Sonia Mejia


Sonia Mejia has been a Cosmetologist for 27 years. She is licensed in Cosmetology, Esthetics and Barber Arts. Mrs. Mejia has 10 years of teaching experience and has an 98% pass rate. She has also worked on various projects in the film industry and behind the scenes for Fit 45. She loves doing special effects makeup.

Alejandra Pena


Mrs. Pena received her license in Cosmetology in 1997 in the Dominican Republic. And she also has a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Fashion Design.  She has 19 years of shop experience. She received her teaching certificate in 2001 and has been teaching since 2008. Mrs. Pena has worked on music videos, films, BET Awards and various photo shoots. In her 19 years in the beauty industry, she has had the privilege to work among great hair influences. She has also been a business and salon owner. She is a lover of the arts and enjoys all things fashion and beauty.

Stevie Monroe

Barbering Arts

Steven Monroe has been licensed in Cosmetology for 15 years and in Barber Arts for 7 years but has been barbering since 1990. He has 6 years of teaching experience in cosmetology, barbering and makeup and previously taught at Paul Mitchell. He also participated in various community haircut events for the homeless with Paul Mitchell. Mr. Monroe has worked with L’Oreal doing makeup and hair services for the Golden Globes. He has also done nails for models on set for Tom Ford and Disney. Mr. Monroe loves teaching and says it has been the highlight of his career.

Evelyn Ocampo

Nail Technology

Evelyn Ocampo received her Cosmetology license from Marinello in 2006. She began her career at Supercuts and has worked at Caroline’s Beauty Salon for the last 10 years. In her 12 years of experience, Mrs. Ocampo has always had a focus on nails and received her teaching credentials from Marinello. Mrs. Ocampo taught Nail Technology at Marinello for 3 years before coming to Western Barber Institute. She has always wanted to teach and says teaching has been the highlight of her career.

Deidre Gavin

Esthetics (Skin Care)

Deidre Gavin is a board certified esthetician since 2009 from Flavio school of beauty. After studying pre-med at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA., Deidre took more of an interest in natural ingredients and holistic healing combined with a certification in nutrition. Within 2 years, Naturally Bare by Deidre was born in West Hollywood, CA. Deidre works hands on with chemists to create premium natural products. Naturally Bare Boutique Spa quickly acquired an elite clientele which escalated Deidre as the go to celebrity esthetician.

Ronald Corbitt

Barbering Arts

Ronald Corbitt is dual licensed in Cosmetology and Barbering Arts. He has been teaching since 1997 and earned much of his shop experience as a hair stylist at Regis salons. Mr. Corbitt has participated in various community events such as volunteer services for veterans and haircuts for the homeless events. He also enjoys participating in Barristar Productions competitions with his Barbering Arts students.