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Alison O'Neil: L'Oreal Paris' 10 Women of Worth for 2015 SUPERSTAR GRADUATE Loraines Academy grad recognized for her nonprofit for seniors, Beauty Becomes You Foundation LITTLE DID ALISON O'Neil know that the dying words Through the generous contributions of over 500 professional volunteers & students, BBY has served more than 5,000 senior adults over 15,000 in-kind services since 2006. her father spoke to her in 2004 would lead her to her life's calling: "Beauty becomes you." Since 2006, through her organization of the same name, she's helped seniors feel beautiful by providing hair, skin and nail care services and massage therapy. O'Neil, who lives in Atlanta, recognized limited access to common everyday aesthetic health and beauty services for seniors is often due to illnesses, opportunity, lack of financial means as well as transportation. Her mission is to prevent "Failure to Thrive Syndrome" in older adults, and bolster self-worth and regard with dignity for the elderly. Her efforts were recognized when she was among the 10 women selected from more than 6,000 nominations to become one of L'Oreal Paris "10 Women of Worth for 2015." Through the generous contributions of over 500 professional volunteers & students, BBY has served more than 5,000 senior adults over 15,000 in-kind services since 2006. O'Neil trained at  Loraines  Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1981, receiving her Master Cosmetology license and developing her skills in esthetics. "Alison was an excellent student and we knew she would go on to do amazing things," said  Loraines Academy President and co-owner Nancy Fordham. "We are incredibly proud of the way she is using her education to make the world a more beautiful place." Q. Tell us about your journey from Do you know a superstar graduate? Send a brief bio along with the graduate's contact information to Your superstar could be featured in the next issue of BeautyLink! BY LASHONDA STINSON CURRY 34 beauty school to landing in Atlanta?   A. After being introduced to an idea to use cosmetics as an intervention to counseling those with disfigurements from burns, I left college to pursue my cosmetology license at Lorraine's. The owner Nina Hansen and her partner Nancy Fordham were two of the first professionals to genuinely understand my vision for this new form of rehabilitation. I returned to college later and earned a degree in Mental Health and Human Services with a unique specialization in The Psychology of Appearance and Cosmetic Treatments. When I was 22, following my time at Lorraine's, while working as a dermatology medical-surgical assistant, I was given the opportunity to develop the first Dermatologic Rehabilitation Clinic in the country at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. would be awarded $10,000 for our charities. When the envelope finally arrived in late February, I took it to the bank. While waiting for the teller, I opened it and read the accompanying letter. There was an ADDITIONAL $10,000 from the president of Hearst magazines who had been in attendance the night of the awards, and decided to match our awards! This was one of the greatest moments in my life. It genuinely breathed life back into BBY! Our award will help us to update our technology and further grow the administrative foundation needed to ensure our services will be provided to those in need. [The program also launched in Harlem, N.Y. in 2011.] Q. Do you work in the beauty/cosmetology arena outside of your non-profit? A. I have a boutique clinic where I see patients two half days a week. Otherwise, my efforts are in developing my new company's Senior Select Seal and Senior eStores. Both of which will soon be helping to support the efforts of BBYF. Our company qualifies, certifies and licenses products for the *SeniorSelect® Seal of Assurance and will open the first e-commerce for caregivers - Senior eStores in Spring, 2016. Q. Any words of advice to your peers about how to use your talents to help others? Q. How do you plan to use the prize money A. In addition to my L'Oreal Paris award, I have also received the Points of Light Award from the President of the United States and awarded the Quality of Life Award for my role as a founding committee member of the American Cancer Society's, National Look Good... Feel Better Program. NEVER doubt the importance of what you yourself can offer to others. When you are given the permission to touch another person, recognize that that is an honor. We allow very few people to touch us in our lifetime. We are one of the few professions that is 'licensed to touch,' so always keep that in the forefront of your mind. It is a great responsibility, and I am so pleased to have a program that helps everyone feel beautiful! A. As far as award money goes, a wonderful thing happened. In December, each of us were told we Lashonda Stinson Curry is the editor of BeautyLink magazine. for the organization? | B E AU TYLINK | FO CUSING ON F INANC IAL S | 2 016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 2

Message From the AACS President and CEA Chair
Workings of Washington
CEA Gets Amped Up in Vegas
The Bottom Line: What You Should Discuss With Your CP
Revelations About the Department of Education
Do’s and Don’ts of Shopping for Suppliers — It Isn’t Retail Therapy!
And Then There’s Compliance
Students and Money Management
Voices From the Classroom
Superstar Graduate
Beauty Changes Lives
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Financial Services
New School Members
Upcoming 2016 Events
Index to Advertisers

BeautyLink - Volume 8, Issue 2