|SIMPLY SKIN OWNER HONORED AS OCVTS SUCCESSFUL GRADUATE
EAST BRUNSWICK - JoAnn Juralewicz, a graduate of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) and owner of Simply Skin, a Toms River day spa and salon, has been honored as a “Successful Graduate” by the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Technical Schools. The award was presented at the group’s third annual awards dinner at The Chateau, here.
Ms. Juralewicz graduated from the OCVTS cosmetology program in 1991 after gaining state certification in hair and skin care. In 1992, along with a former partner, she opened the Simply Skin salon on Water St. in downtown Toms River. Within a few years, the popular salon outgrew its 2000-square-foot space in a five-shop mall. The business owner eventually purchased the mall and created separate sections in the complex for facials, massages, nail care and a hair services. A new hair salon has recently been added. The East Coast Vegan, a separately owed café, is also part of the complex. From an organization of 13 people in 1999, the spa now employs 34 professional technicians.
“People come to relax, to escape what else is out there,” Juralewicz said.
“It helps the mind, body and spirit,” she added...
Over the years, the spa owner has kept in touch with OCVTS Cosmetology Patricia Wake, of Toms River, who was her teacher during two years of evening classes.
“I call Pat if I need staff people or classes for my staff. She’s my sounding board,” Juralelwicz said.
Ms. Wake joined Ms. Juralelwicz at the dinner and ceremony where the business woman was recognized. OCVTS Superintendent William P. Hoey Jr. and Assistant Thomas Resch also represented the school district.
“Joann truly deserves this award,” said Hoey.
“She has been a consistent supporter of our school and its programs. She has spoken to our students about career opportunities and provided a sincere testimonial to OCVTS in a recent recruitment video,” he added.
Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Technical Schools recognizes an outstanding graduate from each New Jersey County. Graduates were selected from diverse fields including automotive technology, dentistry, law performing arts and cosmetology.
Assemblyman Joseph Malone II of the 30th Legislative District gave the keynote address at the dinner which was attended by over 160 people including graduates and their families, members of the New Jersey Board of Education and county vocational and technical school superintendents, board members and administrators.