Faculty and Administration

Gary E. Duchnowski

Chief Operating Officer, School Director

Mr. Duchnowski has 30 years of experience in the post-secondary education sector throughout the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and has an extensive background in College Admissions, Education and Campus Management. Mr. Duchnowski is passionate about students achieving great success and assisting them on the journey to get there.

Regina Manning

Admissions Director

Ms. Manning is a licensed esthetician, beauty blogger, and skin enthusiast. After working as a journalist for nearly 15 years, she became an Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics graduate where she incorporates her love of fashion and beauty into the perfect career of introducing others to the career of esthetics. As the school's Enrollment Director, she loves getting to know new prospects during an information session and tour, or during an Open House. Regina stays with her students from the day they enroll until they graduate and enter the professional world of beauty and esthetics.

Kevin Torres

Financial Aid Advisor

Mr. Torres has worked in colleges for over 10 years as a Financial Aid Advisor and Administrator, and has assisted thousands of students to apply for Financial Aid and tuition financing. He holds an Associate's Degree in Office Technology and Computerized Accounting. Mr. Torres is passionate about helping students reach their educational goals.

Kyra Svetlovsky


Having worked in the costume industry as a designer and operations manager, Ms. Svetlovsky decided she loved skin care and went on tobecome a licensed esthetician in 2009. She practiced her craft in a spa in New Jersey. She continued to work as an Assistant to the Presidentand became the school's Enrollment Director in 2011. Ms. Svetlovsky, having been a student herself, is an ideal instructor working with Atelier students.

Janette Van Zyl


Ms. Van Zyl studied advanced esthetics in South Africa at the International Academy of Health and Skincare. She is the proud owner of many international esthetics qualifications: 7 ITEC diplomas, 2 CIDESCO diplomas, 2 CIBTAC and 2 SAAHSP. She worked in the industry for over six years before moving to New York City. In 2015 she became a New York State licensed Esthetician and a New York State licensed instructor.

Francisco Catedral


Esthetician, Make-Up Artist, Lash Expert and Beauty Educator, Francisco possesses an instinctive passion and expertise in the beauty industry. He has been mastering his style as a professional makeup artist for over a decade. As a principal make-up artist, he has participated in ads, videos, short films, campaigns and commercials. Currently he is the Beauty Editor for World Bride Magazine even appearing in Vogue.com.

Karen Wedderburn


Ms. Wedderburn is a graduate of Atelier Esthétique and has over ten years of experience in esthetics and a background in Psychology. She specializes in Nutrition and Wellness as it relates to the skin care industry. It is also her express desire to assist burgeoning esthetician's along the path in making their unique mark in this exciting industry. Ms. Wedderburn is very proud to be a part of the education team at Atelier Esthétique Institute.

Nastassia Sanchez


Ms. Sanchez is a graduate of Atelier Esthétique. She has worked at European Wax Center as a wax specialist. Ms. Sanchez has a background in teaching and working as a behavioral specialist. She specializes in many advanced topics such as Microneedling, Eyelash Extensions and Aromatherapy. Ms. Sanchez is happy to be teaching at her Alma Mater!

Kim Laudati

Adjunct Instructor

Ms. Laudati is a graduate of Atelier Esthétique. She is the owner and proprietor of Kim Laudati Skin Care Salon and Spa. Ms. Laudati teaches esthetics and specializes in advanced topics such as Dermaplaning and Microneedling.

Our instructors are all licensed by the New York State Department of Education.