Jennifer Land: Location Manager

Year started in profession:  2008 Year started with HQ:  2013

Education/Experience:   I went to Santa Fe Community College and majored in Business Management. I have my Esthetician (skincare specialist) license. I was the Lead Therapist/ Manager for Indaba Spa at Innisbrook Golf Resort for 4 years.  I was also a traveling makeup artist for some time as well. I have taken numerous Aveda business classes.

Interest/About me:  I absolutely love my job! I have a great team who inspires me every day. From their artistic work they perform on their clients to their warm hearted personalities, it wouldn’t be all worth it working at hq without them!   I enjoy spending time with my family, boyfriend, and stepson! Love traveling anywhere and everywhere!

KellyAnne Gard: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2011  Year started with HQ:  2012

Education/Experience:   I am a graduate of The Aveda Institute, St. Pete. Some of the classes I’ve taken include Advanced Razor Cutting with Jon Reyman, Advanced Upstyling with Jon Reyman, Curly Cutting with Jon Reyman, Contemporary Cutting with Geno  Chapman, Modern Classics with Susan Ford, Aveda Pureform, Aveda Business College, Men’s Barbering,  My Aveda, Salon Styling Essentials, Sassoon ABC Advanced, Keratin Complex Certification Class, So Cap Extensions and in-salon training with Jamie Lucks. 

Interest/About me:  I’m extremely Passionate about hair! I knew I wanted to do hair since I was 12 years old. I was born and raised in Florida. I love to travel. I have hopes of being a “Purefessional” for Aveda Corporate.

Amanda Santiago:Stylist

Year started in profession:  2008Year started with HQ:  2009

Education/Experience:   Attended Paul Mitchell The School in Tampa, Florida and graduated from the Phase II program. I have worked in the salon industry for over 10 years. As an Artistic Director stylist I have received advanced training courses from Aveda, Paul Mitchell, Vidal Sassoon and Scruples.I’m passionate about staying creative and keeping up to date with the latest styles and trends.  Although I enjoy every aspect of hair styling, I truly am a colorist at heart. I specialize in multi-dimensional hair coloring, subtle, blended tones to high fashion extreme.

Interest/ About me: I'm absolutely in love with being new mother to my beautiful daughter Mia Jean. I am lover of all animals and huge advocate for rescue organizations who save shelter animals! In my spare time you can find me spending time with my family, friends and two dogs Daisy and Lala!

Marie Lenahan: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2013 Year started with HQ:  2015

Education/Experience: I am a graduate of Aveda institute orlando, and have taken additional Aveda training after school.

Interests/ About me: I love to continually learn, I believe learning never ends. My favorite part of what I do is being surrounded by the beautiful people in my chair everyday. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to impact someone's day.

Chelsea Martin: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2012 Year started with HQ:  2015

Education/Experience: In 2011 I studied cosmetology at the Erwin Technical Center in Tampa, FL where I graduated with honors. In 2012 I became an assistant at an Aveda salon in Riverview, FL. I learned quickly and became a stylist within a matter of months. I immediately fell in love with Aveda's customizable color lines and plant and flower infused products. Color and foiling are my absolute favorites! I have attended numerous advanced cut and color classes, at the Aveda institute, to improve, perfect and stay up to date on my craft.

Interests/ About me: When I'm not behind the chair and on my days off you can find me coaching competitive cheerleading at a high school in hillsborough county (District, Regional and State Champions!) I love spending time with my family, my loving husband and our three fluffy cats!

Sharon Francois: Stylist

Year started with HQ:  2015

Education/Experience:  I graduated from the Aveda Institute and have advanced education in both dry cutting and pure form cutting.  I've also done the Orlando Hair Show and the Makeup Show of Orlando. 

Interest/About me:   I love creating new things, so my hobbies are drawing and painting in my free time! 

Sera Mahadeo : Assistant Manager

Year started with HQ:  2014

Education/Experience: I graduated from Flanagan High School in 2009. Currently, I'm pursuing my Bachelors degree in Business Administration but I plan on furthering my education in Business Management.

Interest/About me: I enjoy spontaneous adventures with my family and friends. My ambition is to be successful which fuels my eagerness to learn. “The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice”-Brian Herbert.

Jennifer Romero : Stylist

Year started with HQ:  2016

Education/Experience: I have been doing hair for 5 years.  I obtained my license in New York in early 2014.where I graduated from Long Island Beauty School.  I was involved in Audi Fashion Show in Bayshore, NY.  I've also been in various photo shoots for Huntington village magazine and have participated in NAHA entry work and Breast Cancer Awareness Fashions show for Marsha’s Huntington Ny

Interest/About me: I love to draw, currently practicing in tattooing. Love finding and looking into practicing new ideas with makeup and hair. I love spending time with my family, gym and outdoor activities. I love Football!

Mia Jouhar: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2003 Year started with HQ:  2016

Education/Experience: I am a 2003 graduate of hair masters beauty academy of San Bernidino CA. I hold a California and Florida license. I have advanced training in Aveda color, keratin, Brazilian blowout, Paul Mitchell ,Rusk, and Wella. I specialize in long textured hair. I believe in never ending education, everyday is a new day to be inspired!

Interest/About me: When I am not behind the chair I am a mom to a wonderful little man. I am a passionate reader. I love reading about everything and anything! I have no limitations.  

Ashley Lago: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2016 Year started with HQ:  2017

Education/Experience: I am a graduate of Paul Mitchell the school of Tampa, where I was in honors; phase two student. I have participated in several events, as well as go to Caper 2016 in Orlando, taken classes with stylists such as a Robert Cromean, Debra Dietrich, and Stephanie Kocielski.

Interest/About me: I am constantly learning new things about my craft. I breath and think hair and makeup! But when I am not behind the chair, you can find me with my family. “As a stylist I have a new boss every 30 min and that is who I’m trying to please and my all is given to them” - unknown

Brittany Grifity: Customer Service Representative

Year started in profession:  2017 Year started with HQ:  2017

Education/Experience: Currently attending Aveda Institute of Tampa Bay in the cosmetology program. I have been inspired by hair and makeup since my early childhood.

Interest/About me: I am a dog mom who loves to hang-out with my family, travel to new places, go to car shows and create what my imagination consists of.


Emma Lillibridge: Customer Service Representative

Year started in profession:  2017 Year started with HQ: 2017

Education/Experience:  I recently started at the Aveda Institute of Tampa Bay in the beginning of 2017. I attended the University of Central Florida for Forensic Psychology, but instead decided to pursue my passion for hair and making others feel beautiful! 

Interest/About me: I’m an intense travel junkie and adventures are my favorite pass time when I’m not at school or working. I like to spend time with my extensive fur family and compulsively rereading the Harry Potter novels.

Nga Nguyen: Stylist

Year started in profession: 2012 Year started with HQ: 2017

Education/Experience: I graduated from Shore Beauty School. I have been doing hair for 5 years. I specialize with short cuts/styles, balayage, color. I have advanced education in blow drying classes in NJ. I have also completed  Core cutting 1 w/Aveda, and numerous color classes and cutting classes back in NJ where I am from. My favorite thing to do is funky color.

Interest/About me: I love my job because I love my girls in the salon here at HQ and I am passionate about what I do. HAIR! I love to learn new things about hair, flowers, painting, and permanent makeup. I love to hang out with my family, friends, or go fishing when I have free time.


Myrna Mendoza: Stylist

Year started in profession: 2007 Year started with HQ: 2017

Education/Experience: I graduated from Carsten Institute of Cosmetology (Aveda) in NYC in 2007. I trained as a salon assistant at the Carsten Salon before working at a couple of salons in Queens. I became a stylist a few years later at Natural Look Salon Aveda in New York. In addition, I did updo’s and makeup on models for a charity of a bollywood movie actor. I moved to the Tampa area in 2014 and worked as a self employed stylist while spending time at home with my kids. I currently hold a license in both Ny and FL. I also became licensed in foot reflexology and thai massage.

Interest/About me: I am happily married with two wonderful children. I am excited to have joined the HQ Aveda Salon. I am excited to learn more about my craft.  I enjoy watching videos and fashion shows to keep up to date with the latest trends. I believe that learning from your mistakes are valuable tools in everyday life.