CDRS Academy of Beauty is owned by Rita Kendall who has over 40 years of experience in the industry, Charlene Purnell has over 8 years of experience, Danielle Miller has over 10 years, and Samruay Sellers has over 10 years in the industry. We decided that we wanted to educate, empower, and mold future beauty professions by opening our own school. We are salon/spa owners ourselves. We are very passionate about education and the future of our industry.


CDRS Academy Of Beauty mission is to enrich the lives of our students by creating an inspiring environment by cultivating professionals through innovative, personalized post-secondary education that prepares graduates for licensure and employment success including business skills, customer service, retailing, and communications.

Charlene Purnell

Owner/ Director of Education/ Instructor Licensed Cosmetologist (Active Instructor) 176527, Aesthetician 191441

Ms. Charlene Purnell “Ms. Char” Is a retired Army Veteran who went from “Boots to Beauty”. She received her Bachelors of Science in Professional Studies from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. She has been in the beauty industry for over 8 years. She is a licensed Cosmetologist, licensed Aesthetician, and licensed Instructor for the state of Tennessee.

She is trained in lash extensions, dermaplaning, lash lifting, brow lamination, spray tanning, training in cryotherapy(body contouring), and Sugaring just to name a few. Ms. Char loves what she does her greatest love is educating the future beauty industry leaders.

She has a passion for education and pour into her students so they can be successful in this industry called Beauty.

Rita Kendall

Owner/ Director of Operations/ Instructor Licensed Cosmetologist (Active Instructor) 98150

Mrs. Kendall has been in the beauty industry for over 37 years. Mrs. Kendall received her Master of Business MBA from Strayer University. Mrs. Kendall was the former owner of TLC NuWave School of Cosmetology in Clarksville, TN. She also worked for Delta education.

Mrs. Kendall is a Lash extension educator, Dermaplaning educator, Professional Hair Weaving educator, and a platform artist. Mrs. Kendall’s quote she lives by is “Build the assets in yourself so that you can build assets in others”.

Samruay Seller

Owner/ Instructor Licensed Aesthetician 154187, Licensed Manicurist 159224

Mrs. Samruay Sellers (Sam), owner of Sam's Nails & Spa, is a licensed Aesthetician over 10 years and Nail tech licensed over 10 years. Certified in eye lash extensions, dermaplaning, and spray tan technician.

Mrs. Samruay has an Associate of Science Degree. She participates in self-led studies to prepare for becoming a future Nail Instructor.  Her first language is Thai; she also knows Italian, Lao, German, and English. Mrs. Samruay loves to learn and share knowledge.

Danielle Miller

Instructor Licensed Cosmetologist (Active Instructor) 13637

Ms. Danielle Miller is a mother of two. It has always been her purpose to push harder in life. Danielle has always had a heart for hair since being a child. She began doing hair at an early age in her parents' living room every Saturday morning, which led her father to push her to further her education as a cosmetologist.

She was educated at TLC NuWave Cosmetology school in Clarksville, TN. She received her cosmetology license in 2003. She received her Associates Degree in Applied Science from Hopkinsville Community College, Bachelors degree in criminal justice from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. Danielle also has her cosmetology instructors license in TN. Danielle has always stayed determined, confident, and ready for the tasks at hand.