The Instructors and staff at the College of International Esthetics, Inc. are some of the top you will find among all beauty colleges in Denver. All come from professional Esthetician and/or medical backgrounds. Each Instructor and staff member truly cares about the success of his/her students.

Arlene Malay – Owner

5D_55992Arlene has been in the beauty business since 1964 when she joined her mother and sister Judy in their salon. Arlene worked for the next 18 years in Boulder, CO. Arlene’s husband Claude’s career eventually led her to Arizona where she obtained her instructors license and began to specialize in skin care. She attended the advanced Institute of Aesthetics in Tucson and was privileged to be a student of Robert Diemer. Arlene eventually was instrumental in opening and accrediting three colleges in Arizona: Mesa, Tempe and Glendale. She then moved to California and was supervisor of two colleges. Arlene and Claude returned to Colorado in 1999 to take care of her aging parents. In 2004 Arlene was given the opportunity to open her own skin care college among the other beauty colleges in Denver. In 2012 Arlene was nominated as woman of the year for the National Association of Professional Women. April 2012 Arlene was continental Whos Who Registry of National Business Leader. Arlene was appointed in June 2012 by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Private Occupational School Board, Division of Private Occupational Schools.

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Dennis Truitt Financial Aid Advisor

0-12Dennis went to California State University Fresno for Accounting. He joined CIE in 2010 to manage all bookkeeping and accounting as CIE grew and pursued federal accrediation with the Department of Education. Dennis then met all the requirements and advanced studies to provide financial aid support for the students of CIE, Inc. In his spare time, Dennis can be found on the golf course.

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Cindy Stahl – Financial Aid Assistant

0-17Cindy has been at CIE for over 6 years. Cindy is always going the extra mile and making sure everyone is taken care of. She is involved in ordering product, assisting running the front desk, inventory and setting everything up for the advanced and basic esthetic programs. Cindy is the financial aid assistant and her goal is to make sure everything runs smoothly. The college is so very grateful to all that she has created and organized at CIE.

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Dr. Melissa Milan – Medical Director

Melissa Milan, MD, MS is an Integrative & Functional Medicine specialist. After receiving her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Milan underwent training in Emergency Medicine and General Surgery before finding her true passion in Functional and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Milan completed her Functional Medicine training with the Institute of Functional Medicine and regularly attends conferences with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Dr. Milan’s interests and expertise are broad and include autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, mood disorders, hormone imbalance, and environmental toxicity.

Melissa is also certified in Aesthetics & Laser Medicine. She loves to incorporate laser and other skin rejuvenation procedures into her treatment plans to help patients to become happier, healthier, and stronger both inside and out. In addition to offering her patients telemedicine, she has offices in both South Denver (DTC area) and Louisville, Colorado.

Makayla Allison- Marketing Director + Admission Sales Manager

headshotMakayla is a an Alumna of the College of International Esthetics from 2006. After graduating from school, Makayla attended many advanced training seminars and eventually opened her own Esthetics business and organic body product line. Makayla earned a Bachelors of Social Work with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Wyoming in 2005. She has also been a product educator for Youngblood makeup and has traveled all over the west and midwest teaching advanced makeup artistry.

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Jeanette Drew- Administrative and Instructor


Jeanette is a former student of College of International Esthetics, Inc. She has worked as receptionist as well as in Admissions. She is certified in Permanent Makeup and Softap. Jeanette is now working as an instructor at CIE which she really enjoys and the students just love her. She is a wonderful source of joy and positive energy.

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Gianna Barry- College Administrator & Instructor (Laser/Esthetics)


Gianna’s wealth of knowledge encompasses industry education, spa management and working as a hands-on therapist. Her triple licensure in cosmetology, massage therapy and manicuring in both the United States and Bermuda provides valuable insight to our students who may want to work internationally in esthetics. Gianna’s background also entails laser, medical spa management & over 37 years working with both students and an extensive clientele.

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Christina Stieger- Esthetic Instructor

Christina is an Alumna of the College of International Esthetics from 2014. After graduating from school, Christina opened her own Esthetics business called Butterfly Kisses Spa where she was awarded City of Centennial Best Skin Care Business for 2015 and 2016 and Voted # 16 Best Day Spa 2017 on Denver A-List. Christina went back to school in 2017 for her Nail License and currently works at a Spa in her free time.

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Charlotte A. McLachlan, RN, BS, LA – Injectable Instructor

Charlotte_A._McLachlan_RN_BS_LACharlotte Mclachlan, RN, is an Advanced Aesthetic Nurse Injector with over 30 years experience in Aesthetic Medicine.  She attends alongside a prominent Plastic Surgeon and with a Family Practice office in Las Vegas, NV.  She is most passionate about education and injecting, and she has achieved her Master Nurse Injector Certification.  Her primary goal is to both perform and teach a natural injection technique without the end result appearing “done”.  Charlotte believes that injecting is both an art and a science.  She understands how the face ages, and she develops an individual strategy for each patient she treats to assist in reaching his or her aesthetic goals.  Her teaching style mimics her professional work.  Charlotte integrates her own daily practices in each of her classes and combines them with real life experience. Additionally, she shares her day-to-day patient strategies with her students to assist them in understanding how to incorporate standards of practice within customer service.  The most important part of Charlotte’s job is to have achieve a safe, positive and expected patient outcome while having a good time.

Maria Vogeler, Eyelash Extension Instructor

Maria Vogeler is a Licensed Esthetician who had been applying lash extensions for 3 years. She and her sister own Eye-Mazing Creations – a Lash and Skin Care Studio in Denver’s quaint Platt Park Neighborhood on Old South Pearl St. More than 50% of their business is in Lash extensions. She spent a large portion of her career as an Interior Design/Project Manager which gives her a uniquely creative approach to creating the perfect lash look for every client.

Josephine Coomes – Financial Aid Administrator
Casey Coomes – Director of Logistics
Karissa Bonofecte – Esthetic Instructor
McKenzie Harrison – Esthetic Instructor
Cathy Drew – Lab Consultant
Linda Bogner – Lab Consultant
Christa Mancheno – Receptionist
Michelle Haro – Director of Admissions email: