Jennifer Ponzi - Owner/Founder

jen 70Jennifer has had a long love affair with the nail industry (over 25 years!) and claims many honors within it. As well as owning The Award Winning Academy of Nail Design for the past 20 years, Jennifer has also completed her C-POD (I) (International Certified Podologist) levels, and earned her WCSP (World Certified Specialist Professional) designation. She has been an educator for the AEFM, and a judge for the Canadian Contessa Awards, the ABA Nail Show and most recently as a judge for the Canada Nail Cup Competition.

She has been interviewed several times by prominent nail industry magazines and newspapers. And on top of those interviews, she has also written several industry related articles.

Jennifer created the online version of her award-winning in class program in 2004 marking an innovative first in the online beauty training industry. Her goal is not just to continue to be the first, but strive to continue to be the best!

Jennifer's educational philosophy is to provide outstanding cutting-edge educational programs, and to bring those amazing programs to students from all over the globe in an accessible, convenient and affordable platform. 

Jennifer is proud of her outstanding TAOND team as they set themselves apart as not only faculty - but mentors. TAOND's Team continues to win accolades for their personal and individual attention dedicated to every one of our TAOND Students.

"The first 21 years of TAOND have been amazing BUT watch what we do now!"

Christina Caspe - Sr. Administrative Assisstant

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Christina has been joyfully serving TAOND and its brilliant students since 2015 as a Sr. Admin Assistant and is responsible for handling new accounts and managing student affairs. She takes pride in her role, and is thrilled to be part of an amazing team and welcomes new challenges with glee.

 A Certified Natural Nail Care Specialist, she dreams of being able to create long beautiful acrylic and gel nails someday. The dynamic TAOND team, the incredibly talented TAOND students, and the exciting nail industry as a whole continue to inspire her to pursue a Full Certification with TAOND.

During her free time she likes to spend time outdoors, looking for exciting places to eat, soaking up some sun and just simply enjoying a good laugh with her husband.

 She’s very excited about the future and looks forward to more exciting years with TAOND.

Brittany Cahill - TAOND TUTOR


Brittany is both a Certified Nail Technician & Certified Master Nail Professional from The Academy Of Nail Design.

She creates fabulous work as a Nail Professional and an independent salon owner (Nails By B).

She enjoys educating, mentoring and tutoring students. She also finds a great joy in trying new techniques and nail art.

She looks forward to assisting all TAOND students to fulfill their exciting new careers and following their passion for all things nails!