Meet Your Instructors

Christina Savala

Christina Savala

Christina Savala is a Julie Nation graduate in Modeling & Acting. She has worked as a background actor on many different movie sets including Ant-Man 2 and the entire season 2 of 13 Reasons Why, to name a few. She has experience modeling for company web advertisements and promotional modeling. It is her passion to help people of all ages to discover their gifts and to find self-acceptance and self-love. She is excited to be a part of the Julie Nation family.

Jenelle Estupinan

Jenelle Estupinan

Jenelle has a background in professional modeling and competitive volleyball. She is a graduate of Montgomery High School and a current student of Santa Rosa Junior College. Jenelle has also graduated from the Professional Modeling program along with the Advanced Modeling Runway Troupe at Julie Nation Academy. Her modeling resume includes fashion shows, photo shoots, promotional modeling, and hair shows for clients including Karen Caldwell Design and Paul Mitchell.

Jeff Wentzel

Jeff Wentzel

Instructor of TV & Film Acting Programs: Jeff discovered Julie Nation Academy after participating in Showcase 2011 and signing a contract with Marla Dell agency. He has extensive training in acting of all types, including theatrical, film, TV, commercial, voiceover, character development, psychological realism, Shakespeare, and commedia dell’arte. He has appeared in a variety of theatrical productions, short films, and other on-camera projects.

Christina Fullmer

Christina Fullmer

Director of Advanced Modeling Runway Troupe: Christina has taught professionally in the arts since 1998, with an artistic career that includes singing, dancing, modeling and acting. She has been a choreographer and dancer for R&B artists, acted and danced for comedy TV shows, acted in commercials, participated in community plays, and has been lead make-up artist/stylist for top fashion photographers. It is Christina’s passion to help her students gain self-confidence through the arts.

Jacqueline Hayward

Jacqueline Hayward

Director of TV & Film Programs: Jacqueline has a wide training in acting, improvisation, and voiceover and a master’s degree in Drama Therapy. She has been teaching acting, improvisation and speaking skills in numerous settings, including Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa JC, for 30+ years. Jacqueline has worked on both sides of the camera in TV, film, commercials and voiceover. She has been with Julie Nation Academy since 2002.

Hilary Bucher

Hilary Bucher

Instructor & Licensed Esthetician: Hilary studied theatre arts at Playhouse West Academy in Los Angeles (whose graduates include Jim Carey, Ashley Judd, Scott Caan, James Franco, and more) where she studied the Meisner Technique. She also studied under Jeff Goldblum in their Master Class. Hilary is a passionate make-up artist and skincare specialist who believes in helping students to look their best on both sides of the camera.

Thea Daniels

Thea Daniels

Instructor & Licensed Cosmetologist: Thea has been working on the most amazing women in Sonoma County and creating hair that fits unique styles for over 20 years. She is an American Board Certified Hair Colorist presently working at Radici Hair Studio in downtown Santa Rosa. Thea has modeled at various venues around the county. A graduate of Julie Nation’s Women’s Self Improvement, Thea believes in interacting with others to create fun lives worth living.

Guest Instructors

Sylvia Binsfeld

Sylvia Binsfeld

Film Director & Writer: Sylvia began her career as an actress and joined the Screen Actor’s Guild. Her first attempt at writing, producing, and directing won her the first place Telly Award, and soon after her company, DreamWeaver Films, was launched. Sylvia’s recent short fantasy film, Dorme, has been shown at over 34 film festivals worldwide- premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival and winning several national awards, including another Telly and the Kids First! Quality Children's Media Award.

Gail Jones

Gail Jones

Gail began her lifestyle modeling career when she and her granddaughter both participated in a Julie Nation Showcase and signed with Models, Inc. Talent Agency, where they have both been active ever since. She has experience in print, runway, and commercials for various companies including Wells Fargo. Active in her community, Gail facilitates interview/resume skills workshops sponsored by the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, and has experience teaching at the Women's Business Center.

Capri Quattrocchi

Capri Quattrocchi

Capri took her very first class with Julie Nation Academy at the age of 7. With the experience she gained from the Children's Modeling & Acting Program, Junior Modeling Troupe, and Julie Nation Showcase, she soon signed with Models Inc. Talent Agency. Capri has competed in numerous pageants, has experience in print work, voice over and commercials, and has walked the runway for Fashion on the Square-San Francisco, JCPenney, Catwalk for a Cure, Oakland and Sacramento Fashion Weeks.

Jessica Katelynn Clark

Jessica Katelynn Clark

Jess is a hairstylist/makeup artist that specializes in camera ready looks. Her cosmetology career was born out of her experiences as an actor which started at JNA. While attending the acting program at the Academy of Art she stepped in as a makeup artist and fell in love with helping others get into character. She then graduated from Cinta Aveda Institute and Blush School of Makeup in SF. She frequently works on photoshoots and films, and also styles hair and makeup for Style Bar in Greenbrea.

Marie Levine

Marie Levine

Guest Self-Improvement & Modeling Instructor: Marie has a rich background as a professional model in San Francisco where she became one of only three petite models cornering the Bay Area market during the 1980s era of supermodels. She has appeared in print ads for American Airlines, Sharper Image, Nordstrom, Volkswagen, Weinstocks, as well as walking in several fashion shows for Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Gap. Currently, she is pursuing a BA in Exercise Science and a certification in Kinesiology.

Gerardo Sanchez

Gerardo Sanchez

Guest Workshop Instructor: Gerardo is the owner of Cali Kicks Martial Arts Academy in Santa Rosa. He is a certified fitness instructor and a member of both the USA Olympic Committee and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. With on-camera experience and an extensive dance and martial arts background, Gerardo actively engages Julie Nation students in performing arts in both English and Spanish.

Maurine Dawson

Maurine Dawson

Guest TV & Film Acting & Adult Program Instructor: A veteran actress, Maurine’s film career as an active actor has spanned 17 years, including being a regular on the sitcom series “General Hospital” and guest speaking roles in numerous TV shows. She has provided professional instruction at Pepperdine University and UCLA. Maurine provides the adult and senior citizen the inspiration and guidance to pursue career opportunities, as the mature adult is sought after in today’s advertising culture.

Maureen Merrill

Maureen Merrill

Women’s Self-Improvement and Finishing Program: Maureen is a Principal of Merrill Communication Consulting, a motivational speaker, communication seminar and workshop leader, a former elected city council member, an entrepreneur, and a community leader. As she states, “My passion is to help participants find and express themselves through confidence in personal presence, effortless communication, and clarity of message and purpose.”

Kaela Wall

Kaela Wall

Director of Children’s Modeling & TV Program: Kaela first took courses at Julie Nation Academy when she was 7 years old. Through her training Kaela signed with Boom! Models & Talent and has been a model in fashion shows, a promotional model, and was featured in a national ad campaign. She has held titles including Miss Sonoma County’s Outstanding Teen 2012 and Miss Northern California 2014. Kaela has a passion for theatre and is currently a college senior majoring in Communications and Media.

Missy Copeland

Missy Copeland

Guest Modeling Instructor: Missy is a graduate of Julie Nation’s Professional Modeling Program and is a past participant of both the Advanced Modeling Runway Senior Troupe and Julie Nation Academy’s Model and Talent Showcase. She was discovered by Stars Model Management in San Francisco and has since appeared in commercials for Nintendo Wii, News360, and an infomercial for No!No! Skin. Missy has been involved in many fashion shows including Eddie Cotillon’s Bridal Fashion Shows.

Carol Lynn Weston

Carol Lynn Weston

As owner of Personal Images, Carol Lynn has long served women’s interest in their overall appearance, including skincare, make-up, colors for skin and wardrobe combination, and style that expresses a woman’s individual personality. She also established Weston Designs more than 30 years ago and is an acclaimed interior designer. Carol Lynn once taught as Director of Fashion Merchandising for Julie Nation College. She has worked with women as a Life Coach for over 35 years.

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Jenelle Estupinan

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