In a career spanning over three decades, Susan Peterkin-Bishop is currently a senior cosmetologist and natural hair care professional in the states of Maryland and New York. She is the owner of Jaha Hair Studio, which opened in October 1996 and continues operate successfully. She hold a B.S. in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). A year after opening her salon, Susan was profiled in The Washington Post article, “Heady Days for Dreads” in August 1997. She has also been featured in traveling book tours including, “It’s All Good Hair” by Michelle Collision. Susan continues to lecture as a senior stylist and client consultant for SheaMoisture hair products. Susan in a quest to educate her clients, and the everyday natural hair consumer on how to nurture their natural hair in 2013, the very popular consumer hands-on class, “My Hair, My Way” was birthed. In 2012, Susan founded Nurturing the Natural You, a conference/expo event that serves as a vehicle to empower her community to nurture and appreciate themselves. Through various events and seminars, she has successfully cultivated partnerships with other natural health professionals who are committed to building, teaching, and sharing knowledge to help others naturally embrace one’s mind, body, soul, and hair. She is also a founding member of the Discover Bonifant community organization that celebrates small local business merchants during an annual block party held in the hidden gem of downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. IN December 2013 with a friend and colleague, Susan co-founded The Natural Hair Industry Convention (NHIC). This is an annual convention, the first of its kind, whose mission is, “to establish and host a network of natural hair care professionals, and is aimed at fostering an environment wherein members can experience camaraderie, growth, and creativity among their peers. The NHIC is designed to serve both the present and future leaders of the natural hair industry by laying a solid foundation, based on reliable education and counsel, from which tomorrow’s leaders may build.” Most recently in 2016, Susan became an adjunct professor at Montgomery College in Montgomery County Maryland where she teaches classes on the subject of natural hair care to both professionals and consumers. Susan has dedicated the past 33 years of her life to one of her many passions in the industry — having licensed or certified natural hair care professionals and ensuring they receive the proper educational tools and resources. By being at the forefront of numerous platforms within the natural hair industry, Susan plans to stay committed and focused in order to achieve this goal in the state of Maryland.