2020-21 Board Members


Debbie Dunseath


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Debbie Dunseath, President of OPHA, is a 45 year working Stylist and Salon Owner. Within those years Debbie has become a Master Colorist, Red Seal Certified Examiner and a manufacturer’s educator for in-salon programs and platform work.
The joy of educating became her focus in obtaining  employment as a professor at a community college for 24 years sharing her passion and skills of the trade to students and apprentices.
A dedicated professional driven to raise the standards of the Hairstylist trade providing time and knowledge to Ministry committees, Ontario College of Trades Hairstylist trade board and as Hairstyling / Curriculum assessor for Ontario’s Hairstylists governing bodies.
Please consider joining us in making our trade respected and progressive!


Debbie Renaud

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Debbie Renaud has been a Hairstylist for all of her adult life. Graduating from Western University she has taught in the secondary and post secondary field for 21 years. She has owned and operated her own salons, spoke at conferences, wrote curriculum, been a member of PAC and RSOS Committee’s for the past 17 years. She is passionate about this Industry and continues to promote diversity and education through her current role as Coordinator of the Hairstylist Apprenticeship / Diploma Program for Fanshawe College.  Debbie is currently working towards achieving her Gold credentials as a World Judge and is very active mentoring students for competition work as well as being a founding member of OPHA.


John Nguyen

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John Nguyen is the Founder and CEO of Hair Republic Group. He has founded multiple companies in the past 15 years in the salon & spa, architectural and engineering design, commercial real estate, information technology and digital marketing space. He brings extensive experience in brand building, visioning, leadership, project management, process implementation & optimization, sales, marketing & business development. He is also the owner of a commercial real estate property for which he self-manages under J.Q. Properties, J.Q. Nguyen + Associates Design Group Inc., a design and engineering firm and co-owner of Swaaap.com Enterprise Software Solution Incorporated, an online training & professional services marketplace for small businesses looking to increase their sales.


Nelly Khayat Rupp

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Nelly was the Chair of the Hairstylists Board for the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).  She is a licenced hairstylist for over 33 years and has her Red Seal Licence.  Nelly is also an examiner for the Red Seal course.  Her passion for the industry shows in everything she does. With the winding down and restructuring of OCOT, Nelly and several of her Board member colleagues started the Ontario Professional Hairstylist Association (OPHA) in order to be a voice and an advocate for the profession in the Province of Ontario.


Marcy McIntosh

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With 30 years of industry experience as a Red Seal Certified Stylist, Marcy McIntosh has an undeniable passion for teaching and the Hairstyling industry and all aspects of the trade. As a Professor/Coordinator at St Clair College inspiring students first and foremost to ignite their own hairstyling passion, while continuing to service her loyal clients and staying current with the everchanging trends of this industry.  

As the current chair of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Hairstyling, working with other colleges to ensure program delivery meets the Ministry standards. As an active member of the Professional Advisory Committee at St Clair College, she accepts feedback from local industry professionals in regards to program content, and how it applies to everyday industry. Throughout her years in industry, she has been called upon by the MTCU & OCOT, as a subject matter expert to work on curriculum development as well as working together with a committee to compile pertinent questions for the Red Seal written Exam for Ontario. Marcy has also provided feedback and input for the provincial Red Seal Practical Exam, as she feels very passionate about Hairstyling becoming a Red Seal Trade in Ontario.


Natasha Wood

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Born into a family of hairstylist and estheticians, Natasha pursued hairstyling and quickly became a business owner of a reputable salon and spa. Natasha has proven herself as a visionary artist with clients and hairdressers alike.
Continuing to pursue a new challenge and education Natasha joined with Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, earning multiple accreditations in skin care, body spa therapy, aromatherapy, Chinese diagnosis and face massage. As a Business Development Consultant, Natasha managed a large number of spas and salons in Eastern Ontario and Quebec, promoting retail sales, inventory management, marketing solutions, and revenue production. In 2008, Natasha brought her experience and passion to learn and educate to the classroom as an Algonquin College professor. Over the past 10 years Natasha has been instrumental in course development for the Hairstyling & Spa Management Program, Instructing and Academic mentorship. Utilizing over 16 years of experience as a Hairstylist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist, Business Development Consultant and personal business owner, Natasha has gained valuable knowledge and expertise in both the salon and spa industry. 

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Deanna Douglas

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Deanna Douglas is a Red Seal Inter-Provincially licensed Hairstylist originating from British Columbia with 26 years’ experience.  During the last 10 years Deanna has been an advisor to Ottawa Public Health, MTCU and OCOT.  She has also chaired the Hairstyling Curriculum Development Advisory Committee for all college Hairstyling programs across Ontario.  Currently she’s a Professor and Program Coordinator of the apprenticeship and diploma programs in the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Algonquin College.


Tony Ambrogio

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Tony is the co-owner of 2 salons in London where he believes developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything he does, both professionally and personally. He has been a licenced Hairstylist for 34 years. He is a former Trade Board member at OCOT and brings with him over 5 years of experience in managing Hairstylist concerns, certification requirements and assisting with developing the NOA. He is also a former platform artist for several major manufacturers, an award-winning stylist, and a gold medal master judge.

He hopes to now use all his past experiences to grow OPHA and the hairstylist trade.