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Our Team

Aveda Institute Las Vegas Leadership Team

We team manage at Aveda institute Las Vegas where we all focus on the specific areas of our expertise. We believe that by creating a family of management it allows our students a well-rounded support system while they attend our school.

THOMAS CIARNIELLO

Founder (RETIRED)

Although retired, Thom’s contribution and legacy lives on at the Aveda Institute Las Vegas. His vision and best practices are incorporated into everything we stand for and do each and every day. Having developed our “Become your own Masterpiece” program, Thom is becoming his own “Masterpiece” as he fills his time and passion studying art and painting.

John Gronvall

Owner/CEO

John has been with Aveda for over 15 years. He is passionate about providing a quality education in a beautiful environment, resulting in the licensure and placement of students into great careers. John’s favorite Aveda products are Hydrating Lotion or anything from the Shampure line!

Gail first partnered with Aveda in 1982. She had the amazing opportunity to meet and study with Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda. She is a licensed Cosmetologist by the state of California and has previously owned an independent salon business and managed operations. Gail attends Aveda workshops, focusing on product knowledge and technique. She also attends NACCAS accreditation workshops. Her favorite product line is Shampure.

Gail Renzi

Executive Director

Lauren Moody

Operations Director

Lauren has been with the Aveda Institute Las Vegas for four years. She is passionate about inspiring others in the quest for knowledge. Lauren’s favorite Aveda products are Lip Saver and Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrator!

Gavin Williams

Front Desk

Gavin began his journey with Aveda in 2004! He is most passionate about giving each guest a kind, sincere, educational and memorable experience. Gavin’s favorite Aveda products are Lip Saver, Chakra #5, Hand and Foot relief.

Kelsey Holman

Admissions Advisor

Kelsey has been with Aveda for 5 years! She is most passionate about helping students pursue their passion and get started in their career paths. Kelsey’s favorite Aveda products are the Botanical Kinetics Oil Control Lotion, Hand Relief and Nutriplenish Leave in Conditioner.

Sasha Ness

Front Desk Lead

Sasha has been with Aveda for 5 years. She is passionate about the guest experience and helping students become successful. Sasha’s favorite Aveda product is the Nutriplenish Curl Gelee.

Briana McCollough

Lead Esthiology Educator

Briana has been with Aveda for 5 years. She is passionate about helping and educate students to become the best future estheticians they can be. Briana’s favorite Aveda products is the Botanical Kinetics Skin Refiner.

Dezarae Valente

Cosmetology Educator

Dezarae has been with Aveda for over three years! She is most passionate about all things hair color, makeup and hair extensions. Dezarae’s favorite Aveda products are the Balancing Cooling Oil and the Botanical Repair line.

Marianne Richter

Lead Cosmetology Educator

Marianne has been with Aveda since 2015! She is passionate about professional development and coaching successful future cosmetologists. Marianne’s favorite products are the Nutriplenish Shampoo and Conditioner!

Ryan Withey

Cosmetology Educator

Ryan has been with Aveda for three years. He is most passionate about the students, educating each of them across all subjects and seeing them enter a vibrant, successful career. Ryan’s favorite Aveda product is the Botanical Repair line!

Tiana Jackson

Front Desk

Tiana has been with Aveda for just under 6 years. She is most passionate about seeing guests feeling renewed and glowing! Tiana’s favorite Aveda products are the Botanical Kinetics Pore Refiner Serum and Intense Hydrator Serum, and the Radiant Skin Refiner.

Heather Fleming

Cosmetology Educator

Heather has been with Aveda for three years. She is most passionate about the chemistry behind hairdressing. Heather’s favorite Aveda product is Phomolliant!

Allie Fort

Esthiology Educator

Allie began her journey with Aveda when she graduated from our Esthiology program in 2014. She came back to become an educator in 2017 because of her passion for making guests and students feel confident. Allie’s favorite products are the Botanical Kinetics Exfoliating Creme Cleanser as well as the Tulasara Calm Concentrate.

Meredith O'Flaherty

Esthiology Educator

Meredith has been with Aveda since 2019. She is passionate about all things skin care, traditional and cutting edge! Meredith’s favorite Aveda product is the Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Masque.

Dicky Montoya

Cosmetology Educator

Dicky has been with Aveda since he graduated from our Cosmetology program in 2007. He is passionate about wellness and self care. Also, being a day maker is something he strives to do daily. Dicky’s favorite Aveda products are the Chakra Balancing Pure Fume Mists!

Allison Olean

Student Services

Allison has been with Aveda since 2015. She is passionate about inspiring those to live the mission as she serves as a North America Artistic Team member, Artist Influencer, and brand Ambassador. Allison’s favorite Aveda product are the Deep Cleansing Clay Masque and Air Control.

Sharon Walker

Financial Aid Advisor

Sharon has been with Aveda for about a year but has been in Financial Aid for over 15. She is passionate about helping students plan out their financial future and emphasizes on financial responsibility! Sharon’s favorite Aveda product in our Hand Relief.

Dulce Pixabaj

Cosmetology Educator

Dulce has been with Aveda for just about a year. She loves the art of hair cutting and helping students on the clinic floor. Dulce’s favorite Aveda product is the Nutriplenish line, specifically the shampoo.

Valerie Presser

Cosmetology Educator

Valerie began her journey with Aveda this year! She is passionate about creating hair and make up for special events. Valerie’s favorite Aveda product are anything from the Shampure line!

Dej'Sheron Alston

Lead Massage Educator

Dej’Sheron has been with Aveda since 2017! He is most passionate about helping people feel better and educating about massage practices. Dej’Sheron’s favorite Aveda products are the Stress Fix Creme Cleaning Oil and the Dry Remedy line.

Terra Ramires

Massage Educator

Mary Banks

Educator

Mary has been with Aveda since 1991! She is passionate about Aveda Culture – the art & science of beauty through wellness. Mary’s favorite Aveda products are the Chakra pure-fume mists, Tulasara Skin Care, & Invati Hair Care System.

Anthony Dalaimo

Financial Aid / Operations

Anthony has been around the Aveda culture since he was young as his family was familiar with the brand. He is passionate about making school attainable for future professionals. Anthony’s favorite Aveda products is the Shampure line.

Fran O'Donnell

Registrar

Fran began her career with Aveda this year! She is passionate about helping students and keeping accurate records. Fran’s favorite Aveda product is Hand Relief!

Amanda Feld

Esthiology Educator

Mandy is an Aveda graduate and came back to educate a the Institute in Las Vegas this year! She is passionate about kin care and having everyone feel beautiful and healthy in their skin. Mandy’s favorite products are the Hydrating Masque and the Exfoliating Creme Cleanser.

Kristin Harris

Esthiology Educator

Kristin has been with Aveda for 4 years. She is most passionate about improving self confidence and changing people’s lives thru wellness and teaching. Kristins favorite Aveda product is the Tulasara Wedding Masque, Beautifying composition oil, and the Perfecting Plant Peel.

Jordyn Bown

Nail Tech Educator

Jordyn is new to Aveda! She is most passionate about nail art and how you can create a design to compliment a client’s hands in the most eye-catching way. Jordyn’s favorite Aveda products are the Chakra Balancing Body Mists!

Brittany Rose

Esthiology Educator

Brittany has been with Aveda for 9 years. She is an Esthetician and Cosmetologist and is always so inspired by the industry. She is passionate about anything creative and has a true love for makeup and hair styling. Brittany’s favorite product is the Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme.

Jake Stancato

Cosmetology Educator

Jake has been with Aveda for 17 years! His favorite Aveda product is Shampure Hand and Body Wash. Jake loves being creative, meeting new people and developing relationships. His favorite part of the industry is helping people care for themselves and creating an emphasis on self love

Breonda Johnson

Nail Tech Educator

This is Breonda’s first year at Aveda! Bree is most passionate about sharing the education behind nail technology and the fact that it brings so much joy to others! Her favorite products are the chakra system as well as the hand + foot relief.

Johnny Crouse

Massage Therapist
Johnny is new to Aveda but has been working in the massage therapy industry for over 21 years! He is passionate about teaching and improving the quality of people’s lives. He is certified and specializes in in Medical Massage, Myofascial Release, Myo-skeletal Alignment, Deep Tissue, Thai Yoga, Cupping, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Muscle Release, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Hypno-Massage and Swedish Relaxation.

Juanita Evans

Cosmetology Educator

This is Juanita’s first year with Aveda! She is passionate about hair care. Her favorite Aveda product is the smooth infusion line.

Jasmine Despeine Goncalves

Admissions Advisor

This is Jasmine’s first year with Aveda! She is service hearted and passionate about customer service. Jasmine’s favorite products are the chakra sprays!

Shallan Westrup

Admissions Advisor

Shallan is new to Aveda! Her family is in the beauty industry and that is what sparked her passion for beauty. Her favorite Aveda product is hand relief.

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