Instructors and Staff
Since 2006, Debbie Chialtas has worked to make the world a brighter, happier and cleaner place through her company Soapylove.com, purveyors of adorable, high-quality, handcrafted soaps. Based in sunny San Diego, California, Debbie is the author of multiple soap crafting books & e-zines and is a leading innovator in glycerin melt and pour soap design and craft.
Debbie currently teaches the Melt and Pour Class at the Soapmaking Studio.
Our newest soapmaker, Lisa Fabula is always upbeat, friendly, and excited to try new soapmaking techniques. Stop by the Soapmaking Studio to welcome her to the team as both Soapmaker and Clerk.
Omar Jimenez is a product manufacturing expert. Omar earned his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from California State University Los Angeles. During his undergraduate experience, he was proud to publish two professional environmental science manuscripts. Later, he worked for three years as a chemist for one of the largest private-label cosmetics manufacturing facilities on the west coast. Currently, he works in the quality department of one of the largest dairy operations in California. For the dairy, he manages all of the globally-recognized food safety and quality programs and ensures all external audits are successful. His new found passions are creating natural cosmetic products and promoting healthy living.
Omar currently teaches the Lotion Making Class at the Soapmaking Studio.
Kerri Mixon is a 16th generation soapmaker and is the master soapmaker and owner of Pallas Athene Soap, a successful soap company that has been in business since 2000. A former artisan perfumer, Kerri is certified as an "Advanced Cold-Process/Hot-Process Soapmaker" and as an "Advanced Cold-Process/Hot-Process Soapmaking Teacher." She has completed specialized training in Nutrition, Herbology, and Aromatherapy. After teaching at a California college for five years, she currently teaches more than a dozen soapmaking classes at the Soapmaking Studio and she teaches the Modern Soapmaking class at Cuyamaca College.
Kerri Mixon was one of the featured lecture speakers during the 2013 and 2014 annual conferences. Her presentations were attended by soapmakers from around the world. Her lecture presentation will remain available on the Internet indefinitely: View Lecture Presentation for Raleigh. View Lecture Presentations for Tucson.
I enjoy helping students to reach the "ah-ha" moment. For me, teaching is all about the look of understanding on a student's face. When it comes to making soap, I am very open to new ideas: So if you present me with a theory, expect me to test it out!
Energetic and hard-working General Operations Assistant Victoria O'Carroll sends confirmation emails to students, ships out soapmaking supplies, and assists customers with purchases. Nicknamed "Mighty Mouse," we rarely see Victoria stand still.
David Perez is the Customer Service Manager for Ace Soap Molds, Certified Lye, Pallas Athene Soap, and the Soapmaking Studio. David is also the Store Manager; you may see Dave when you stop by to purchase soapmaking supplies. Dave is a funny guy (and Kerri's husband). Don't let him play any tricks on you!
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