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Upcoming HLO Closures Due to State Holidays

​Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, July 4, 2022, for Independence Day
  • Monday, September 5, 2022, for Labor Day

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Practitioner Information

The following regulated professions are overseen by the Board of Cosmetology. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the links below:

About the Board

The Board of Cosmetology consists of seven members appointed by the governor:

  • Six certified practitioners with valid certificates
  • One public member who is not a practitioner

The term of office of each member of the board is four years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the governor. Vacancies are filled by the governor by appointment for the unexpired term. A member serves until the appointment and qualification of a successor.

A member is eligible for reappointment. If a member serves two consecutive full terms, a period of at least four years must elapse before the individual is again eligible for appointment to serve on the board.

Board Members

Michele Strobel

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 1/25/2024

Michele Strobel began her skin care and cosmetic career in 1986 working as a promotional assistant for Estee Lauder. She was later a beauty adviser for Nordstrom. She is the founder and owner of Stratton Cosmetics, a mineral makeup collection. She enjoyed the skin care industry so much that she went back to school and studied esthetics at Bluestone Academy. She is a licensed esthetician in Oregon and a Master Esthetician in Washington. She works and resides in Eugene, Oregon.

Amber Starks

Amber Starks

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 11/9/2022

Amber Starks, a licensed natural hair stylist and owner of Conscious Coils Braiding and Natural Hair Salon in Portland, Oregon, joined the Board of Cosmetology in January 2015. Her love for natural hair care (styling without the use of chemicals) was inspired by her mother’s determination to style her own hair, as a young girl, naturally (braids, twists, and curls). In addition, she grew up honing her braiding and natural styling skills by practicing on dolls, herself, friends, family members, and as a professional in a braiding salon (in college). In 2012, Starks initiated House Bill 3409, the Natural Hair Act, which revised Oregon state law, providing natural hair stylists with a modified certification that does not require 1,700 hours of training at a cosmetology school. In January 2013, she opened the first all-natural hair salon in Oregon under the new law. Starks graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in general science. After graduation, she worked in fields including science and nonprofits, but, “I ultimately came back to hair care.”​

Roger Wert

Ragnar Wert

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 7/16/2022

Ragnar Wert is an Oregon native, born in Salem, who has lived all over the state. His cosmetology experience includes working with various lasers, radio frequency and pulsed-light applications, as well as management, compliance and administration, largely in the Portland metro area and with some training in Seattle.

He received his degree from Stretson University in Florida, majoring in integrative health science and minoring in psychology. He's currently working on a master's degree in counseling, psychology and human services with a prevention science specialization at University of Oregon.

"I'm passionate about esthetics as an industry and am particulary interested in laser/IPL/RF modalities as well as cosmetic medicine (with appropriate licensure and supervision, of course)," he said.

Tracy Paramo

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 10/16/2023

Bio to come...

Hien Nguyen

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 12/31/2022

Hien Nguyen was an English instructor in Vietnam for 2 years. She is currently a certified nail technician, a nail instructor as an intern for over a year and recently a certified esthetician. Nguyen can understand the difficulties and challenges that Vietnamese people have when they try to learn the English language. She had an opportunity to study in the U.S. as an international student of Portland Community College 14 years ago and obtained an Associate of Science degree. Because of this, Nguyen has experience with the differences between the American and Vietnamese cultures, lifestyles, and learning techniques. She has empathy for people who have just moved to the U.S., many of them from age 40 to 60 who have language barriers and struggle to adapt to a new environment. Her eagerness to share her experiences with her students is the driving force for her to improve her teaching skills.

Nguyen has proven to her students that cosmetology is not a job but an occupation; working with passion leads to success. Her students have successfully gained professional skills, knowledge, and a lot of experience after graduation. They are more confident in themselves and represent themselves as professional nail technicians in many nail salons.

Harold Fowlkes

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 4/24/2023
Happy Valley

Harold Fowlkes is a distinguished business owner from Happy Valley, OR. Born and raised in Southern California, his travels brought him to Washington State University in Pullman, WA where he finished his MBA in Finance.

The majority of his career has been, and still is, in the healthcare field, including Sales, Marketing, Management, Training, Leadership and Consulting for both private and Fortune 500 companies.

He and his business partners purchased "The Influential Grooming Lounge" two years ago. Their main goal is to provide an opportunity for members of the community to receive top quality service, while at the same time being in a place that fosters mentorship and grows influential leaders. The partners would like to open multiple locations and bring the same philosophy to other communities.

The Board of Cosmetology currently has an opening for a Practitioner. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board Recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current board member terms expire.

Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current vacancies and how to apply

For board recruitment questions or the appointment process, contact the Oregon Governor's Office of Executive Appointments at 503-378-6829.