Jennifer Ponzi - Owner/Founder

jen 70Jennifer has had a long love affair with the nail industry (over 25 years!) and claims many honors within it. As well as owning The Award Winning Academy of Nail Design for the past 19 years, Jennifer has also completed her C-POD (I) (International Certified Podologist) levels, and earned her WCSP (World Certified Specialist Professional) designation. She has been an educator for the AEFM, and a judge for the Canadian Contessa Awards, the ABA Nail Show and most recently as a judge for the Canada Nail Cup Competition.

She has been interviewed several times by prominent nail industry magazines and newspapers. And on top of those interviews, she has also written several industry related articles.

Jennifer created the online version of her award-winning in class program in 2004 marking an innovative first in the online beauty training industry. Her goal is not just to continue to be the first, but strive to continue to be the best!

Jennifer's educational philosophy is to provide outstanding cutting-edge educational programs, and to bring those amazing programs to students from all over the globe in an accessible, convenient and affordable platform. 

Jennifer is proud of her outstanding TAOND team as they set themselves apart as not only faculty - but mentors. TAOND's Team continues to win accolades for their personal and individual attention dedicated to every one of our TAOND Students.

"The first 19 years have been amazing BUT watch what we do now!"

Christina Caspe - Sr. Administrative Assisstant

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Christina graduated with a degree in business and has worked in customer service for over 5 years. She has always found satisfaction in helping others, but was also looking for a perfect place to feed her creativity and love for nails.

A lifetime search had led her to The Academy of Nail Design in September 2015 when she decided to join TAOND as our Amazing Sr. Administrative Assistant. Now she gets to experience the best of both worlds!

Christina's primary role is to assist visitors and students alike, by properly addressing various program concerns, in order to have a better understanding of TAOND’s goals for every aspiring nail professional.

Brittany Cahill - TAOND TUTOR

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Brittany is both a Certified Nail Technician & Certified Master Nail Professional from The Academy Of Nail Design.

She creates fabulous work as a Nail Professional and an independent salon owner (Nails By B).

She enjoys educating, mentoring and tutoring students. She also finds a great joy in trying new techniques and nail art.

She looks forward to assisting all TAOND students to fulfill their exciting new careers and following their passion for all things nails!

Melissa Vince - TAOND Tutor

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Melissa is an Award Winning Nail Artist based in the West coast where she runs her highly successful home based salon.

She loves everything related to nail art, animals and her family.

She has built a solid clientele based on her passion for hand painted nail designs.

She views every new situation as an opportunity to be inspired.

Melissa is excited to embark on this tutoring journey because she loves to help others by sharing what she has learned in the nail industry.

She loves new challenges and to trying new nail techniques and products.