Costs are mounting and we're grateful for any support!​

​Director of Marketing

​Jessie is a multi-cultural hairstylist/makeup artist in Greenville, SC. She has a insatiable passion for the industry and enjoys time behind the chair, educating as a REDKEN artist, working fashion shows and editorial shoots, and also works at SalonCentric where she prides herself in being the product go-to person! In her spare time you'll find her spending time with her 2 boys and new fiancé. She can be reached at jessie.safeinmychair@gmail.com.

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Laurie Hamilton Cutler

Deborah Mooney 

​Director of Social Media

Brittany Cooper is a master colorist, educator, and human rights activist. She is the owner of Counter Couture Hair, a punk themed salon with an enforced no judgment policy in Tampa, Florida. She can be reached at brittany.safeinmychair@gmail.com. 

Heidi Stephen

​Director of Research and Security​

Leslie Carson is a triple threat behind the chair at Serenity Salon in Roxboro, NC: Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, and upcoming Barber. She is a loving mother with a passion for LGBT equality and believes that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect. She can be reached at leslie.safeinmychair@gmail.com

Director of IT​

Deborah is a newer stylist, with three years in the industry. After a relocation, she has begun working behind the scenes in a support role for several stylists and educators, and jumped at the chance to be a part of SIMC. She firmly believes that learning to be a better ally and service provider for transgender clients makes us better for all of our clients, and that every person deserves a safe place to land. She can be reached at deborah.safeinmychair@gmail.com. 


Jessie Hamby


Mia Catherine Smith

​CEO/Director of Education

Mia is a veteran of the beauty industry, with over 20 years of experience behind the chair. As a stylist and a transgender woman, Mia has seen from both sides the gaps that exist in our industry when it comes to interacting with and servicing transgender clients. She's a firm believer in love and positive reinforcement, and with those tools and the involvement of each one of the professionals and clients that make use of SIMC, she truly believes we can change the world one chair at a time. You can reach Mia at mia.safeinmychair@gmail.com. 

Kristen Cannon Mason

Design/Director of LGBTQ Relations​

Marion lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she was born and raised. She is a multi-cultural cosmetologist who specializes in natural curls. In addition to being licensed in cosmetology, she has a BA in Graphic Design. Her spare time is spent making art and pursuing various nerdy pastimes. She can be reached at marion.safeinmychair@gmail.com

Executive Assistant/Director of Rules Enforcement

Cosmetology came to Laurie as a later incarnation of her business career, but she couldn't be more happy she found it. From cuts, to specialty color like balayage and color corrections, there's not much in this industry she isn't passionate about. She's also a mom to two beautiful young girls, and desires a world where we all feel beautiful. She says: "My favorite thing in the world is when someone leaves my chair feeling beautiful. She can be reached at laurie.safeinmychair@gmail.com

Director of State Reps

Kristen Mason is a licensed hair stylist, esthetician, and massage therapist. She has been an educator for 10 years in all facets of the industry, and owns a salon collective in Flint, MI that has a strong reputation as being a safe, judgement free zone. She can be reached at kristen.safeinmychair@gmail.com.

Leslie Carson

Emily Claire Smith

Director of Public Relations

​CFO/Director of Merchandising

Emily Claire Smith is the wife of Mia Catherine Smith and mother to two awesome boys.  She is the Assistant Controller at a local community bank in her home state of North Carolina.  Emily has been involved in the LGBTQ community since her college days at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is an avid animal lover, motorcyclist and human rights activist.  Emily loves spending time with her wife, boys and their three fur babies. She can be reached at safeinmychair@gmail.com

Brittany Cooper

​Marion Birdsell