Jennifer Toensing: 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, husband, and stepson! Love traveling anywhere and everywhere!


Melanie Cancel: Assistant Manager

Year started in profession:  2008  Year started with HQ:  2018

Education/Experience:   I’m a certified wedding and event planner with over 10 years of management experience.  I truly enjoy making all things beautiful through design and working behind the scenes to stay on top of all the details.  Being born and raised in NYC gave me all the skills, creativity, and eye for design and art that I apply to my daily life here at Aveda.  

Interest/About me:  I’m a mom of two beautiful children who inspire me every day.  I love to travel and explore the world around with my two littles.  Being able to encourage their creativity and passion for learning gifs me great joy—so do tacos and coffee. 


Yliana Herize: Stylist

Year started in profession:  1998  Year started with HQ:  2018

Education/Experience:   I went to University and study Computer Science. Caracas, Venezuela. I went to Carmen Vidal Institute and I got my license as an Esthetician ( Skincare Specialist ) I move to the United States in 2000 and revalidated my studies. Since that date I have been working in Beauty Salons like Facial Specialist, Professional Make Up. In 2012, I went to ASM Beauty World Academy, Davie FL and I got my Cosmetology license. 

Interest/About me:  In 2017 I decided to dedicate myself completely to hair and it was my best decision. As a Stylist everything related to hair care is exciting. I am passionate for perfection and perseverance. This make my work always look beautiful and elegant.  My goal is to make all my customers happy. 

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.

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! 

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


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.



Seth Burdick-Busbee: Assistant Manager, Aveda Ambassador

Year started in profession: 2018 Year started with HQ: 2018

Education/Experience: I studied cosmetology through James Irvin Adult Education Center, taking on a barber apprenticeship in the process. I started working in the salon the day I turned 18. My career path has evolved to focus exclusively on the customer experience. My goal is to maximize your happiness. As an Aveda brand ambassador, I am here to provide knowledge about all things Aveda.

Interest/About me: When I’m not in the salon I practice free flow body arts, and I love working on my cars!

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Alexandra Hill: Artistic Director

Year started in profession: 2009 Year started with HQ: 2005

Education/Experience: I have been in the industry for almost 10 years and with HQ for almost 4 years. I’m one of the artistic directors here, and the color coach. I’m certified in numerous Aveda courses. I believe in continual education, so I spend a lot of time learning about new styles and taking advanced training. I’m extremely passionate about this industry and our people.

Interest/About me: I’m from Brazil, and I love the outdoors. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my twins and my husband!


Chelsea Lenahan: Master 2

Year started in profession: 2014 Year started with HQ: 2015

Education/Experience: I started doing hair when I was in high school. I was a part of a two year program that made me fall in love with doing hair. After High School, I started right away at the Avdeda Institute in Orlando, where I got to participate in Orlando Fashion Week and Flashes of Hope! As soon as school was done, I quickly got my license and began working at HQ. I’ve been able to continue to go to classes and learn more and more!

Interest/About me: When I’m not working behind the chair, I love to spend time with family and friends. I love being outside and near the water. I work a ton, and love doing color specifically. Making people feel beautiful gives me a lot of joy.

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Diedre Meers: Designer 1

Year started in profession: 2016 Year started with HQ: 2019

Education/Experience: I graduated from the Aveda Institute (Tampa Bay) in 2017. I am a Master Stylist Graduate, Vomor Hair Extension Certified. I was part of the Institute’s “Wellness Council” to boost student morale and raise money for future projects. I have a year and a half of salon training!

Interest/About me: I am very dedicated to this industry and well-rounded in all services. I’m also dedicated to environmental responsibility in a world of beauty!


Brianna Gentilella: Customer Service Representative

Year started in profession: 2013 Year started with HQ: 2019

Education/Experience: I have over six years of customer service and sales experience in retail. My goal is to complete cosmetology school and become a successful stylist and makeup artist. I love to help people feel beautiful and confident.

Interest/About me: I have always been interested in the beauty industry. In my free time I enjoy watching videos to learn new makeup techniques and trends. I also enjoy spending time with my family and with my two fur babies, Dakota and Daisy.

Hannah Schmidt: Designer 1

Year started in profession: 2018 Year started with HQ: 2019

Education/Experience: I graduated from Aveda Institute of Tampa Bay with a full tuition scholarship. I am also certified for eyelash extensions.

Interest/About me: I love traveling and seeing new parts of the world as well as spending time with my family and my golden retriever.


Gina Dukes: Designer 1

Year started in profession: 2018 Year started with HQ: 2019

Education/Experience: Hair has always been a passion for me, so I attended cosmetology school as soon as I was able. Not only did this mean that I was the youngest (age 17) to graduate from my school, Manhattan Hair Styling Academy, but the passion also led me to graduate top of my class in 2012! After that, I decided to attended Fullen School of Hair Design in Nebraska for additional training.

Interest/About me: I’m always up to date on the latest hair and makeup trends, and I spend my free time perfecting my skills!