Read about the cosmetology advisory board's mission and boardmembers. Find out when and how to attend the next meeting.
Board meetings and workshops
Advisory board mission and vision
The board's mission is to develop recommendations to the Director of the Department of Licensing, which promote protection of the consumer and address concerns of the licensees relating to Washington law, within the authority granted by statute to the Advisory Board.
The board's vision is to promote safety, we educate and practice professionally and competently.
Apply to serve on the board
If you're interested in serving on the board, mail a résumé and a completed Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics, and Manicuring Advisory Board Application form to:
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9026
Olympia, WA 98507-9026
You can also email your resume and the application to email@example.com.
Required qualifications for board members
Cosmetology Advisory Board members serve for a three-year term. Although serving on the board is an unpaid position, members are eligible for up to $50 per day for travel expenses when on board business.
The board is comprised of eight positions:
Must be a consumer who is unaffiliated with the cosmetology, barbering, esthetics, or manicuring industries.
Cosmetologist, Barber, or Hair Designer
Must be a currently practicing licensee who has been engaged in the practice of cosmetology, barber, or hair design for at least three years.
Must be a currently practicing licensee who has been engaged in the practice of esthetics for at least three years.
Must be a currently practicing licensee who has been engaged in the practice of manicuring for at least three years.
Private school representative
Must be affiliated with a licensed private school of cosmetology, barbering, manicuring and esthetics.
Public vocational technical school representative
Must be affiliated with a licensed public vocational technical school of cosmetology, barbering, manicuring and esthetics.
Apprentice Salon representative
Must be affiliated with a licensed apprentice salon.
Must be a currently practicing master esthetician who has been engaged in the practice of master esthetics for at least three years.
Current Advisory Board members
- Shari Reiter-Johnson, Public Member
- Geri Merklin, Cosmetologist
- Lacey Nygard, Esthetician
- Shawna Martin, Manicurist
- Frank Trieu, Private School Representative
- Sylvia Garcia, Public Vocational School Representative
- Tovi Wilkins, Apprentice Salon
- Lara Olsha, Master Esthetician
- Curtis Rice, Barber, and Vice Chair