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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 Renzi

Executive Director

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 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.

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.

Paris Brown

Esthiology Educator

Paris started working for Aveda in 2022 and is an Aveda Institute Las Vegas alumni! She is most passionate about encouraging others, pushing them to always sharpen their skills while sharing her knowledge & experiences. Her favorite Aveda products are Botanical Kinetics Liquid Exfoliant & Radiant Skin Refiner.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

Maria Landry

Admissions Advisor

This is Maria’s first year with Aveda! She is passionate about meeting with students during career planning sessions and talking about their dream careers. Maria’s favorite Aveda product is Hand Relief. 

Lorien Johnson

Nail Tech Educator

Lorien is new to Aveda this year but is no stranger to the beauty industry! Her favorite Aveda product is Botanical Repair Intensive Masque.

Gabbi Stelzer

Cosmetology Educator

I have been with Aveda for about a year, but I have been in the industry for 30 years. I am passionate about educating new generations of stylists and I love being able to watch the students get set up for a successful career!

My favorite Aveda products are the whole Nutriplenish line.

Claire Scarpelli

Esthiology Educator
I am new to Aveda but not to the industry! I’m passionate about making people feel confidant in their skin and empowering them to go out and empower others. Vitamin C Concentrate is my favorite Aveda product.

Trini Baca

Nail Educator
I’m just starting my journey with Aveda. I am passionate about the connection with clients, students and learning and teaching all the new trends of the industry. My favorite Aveda product is the toning mist.

Jaymee Galvan

Cosmetology Educator
Jayme started her journey with Aveda in 2011, here, at Aveda Institute Las Vegas. She has worked for the Aveda brand for 7 years. She loves the positive mission Aveda stands for and that she gets to welcome and inspire future Aveda Professionals in the industry. Her favorite Aveda products are Volumizing Tonic and Phimolient for her clients and the Nutriplenish line for herself!

Bree Johnson

Nail Educator
Bree has been a part of the Aveda family for about 2 years. She is committed to being the educator that she never had! She is honored to instruct Aveda students and share the title of Nail Technician with them. For hand care, Bree loves Aveda’s Hand Relief and of course, the chakras.

Julia Keogh

Cosmetology Educator
Julia is new to Aveda but not to the industry. She loves inspiring students to learn and grow in their craft, especially in haircutting and men’s cuts. Her favorite Aveda products are the Be Curly line and Speed of Light for blow drying.

Eden Klein

Esthiology / Makeup Educator
Eden has worked for Aveda for just over 6 months but started as a student at this very institute. She is passionate about the different styles of teaching and learning. Aveda’s Hand Relief is her favorite product.

Martha Walker

Admissions Representative
Martha is new to Aveda. She is passionate about education and helping students get started on their career journey. Martha loves Aveda’s hair care products

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