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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, December 26, 2022, for Christmas
  • Monday, January 2, 2023, for New Year's
  • Monday, January 16, 2023, for Martin Luther King Jr. 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

Tracy Paramo

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


​Tracy Paramo has been a licensed practitioner since 1989. With over 30 years of experience, Tracy has seen first-hand every possible salon situation including hourly, commission, booth lease, and salon ownership. From 1997-2012, Tracy was self-employed in a successful salon in Dallas, Texas. Having fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest, she finally decided to make the move here in 2012. 

Upon moving to Portland, she procured her Oregon licenses in Hair Design, Esthetics, and Nail Technology, as well as her Educator's license. Tracy has spent time here working as both a stylist and salon manager, however, she found a new vehicle for her passion when she began educating. She is currently the Director of Operations at Summit Salon Academy Portland. 

Her dedication to the industry is showcased by her commitment to supporting new service providers with essential knowledge to be successful. Tracy says, “We need to encourage more truth about this industry. All too often service providers sell themselves short. Operate with integrity, charge your worth, continue to educate yourself and you will see great success."

Michele Strobel

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


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.

Hien Nguyen

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


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.

Chelsea Wescott

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 6/29/2026
Milwaukie


Chelsea Wescott has been a licensed hair stylist since 2004 and has worked in cosmetology schools since 2010. She was born and raised in Portland Oregon. Chelsea is very passionate about hair and education and chose this industry because she is a creative person who loves people and helping students find their inspiration and drive for a career. Her favorite part about working with students is watching them become the stylist, esthetician or nail artist they set out to be. She is inspired by all forms of art and draws from many different mediums when creating.

Kevin Easter

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 8/29/2026


Bio to come...

Jamie Ferren

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 11/9/2026
Eugene


Bio to come...

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.