Team

St. Charles Employees:

Naomi Smith

Naomi Smith

As a New Orleans native she always knew she wanted to make people beautiful and where else than right in the heart of the City. With over 10 years in the industry she began her career as a make-up artist for Clinique. Naomi has over 9 years of experience as a stylist, starting off shampooing and assisting John Jay, only hoping to pick up his greatest traits in the hair industry. John Jay suggested that she become an instructor…”those who learn, must teach”. She has had her instructors’ license since 2007 and still today continues with education seminars, learning new techniques and keeping up with trends. She specializes in color, highlights, up-dos (bridal and Mardi Gras), make-up, cut and style. She loves every moment of what she does, there is no better feeling than being able to make them feel beautiful inside and out. “I am so grateful that I get to do it everyday. Not many people can say that what they do for a living doesn’t feel like work, but I do.”

Casie Caillouet

Casie Caillouet

Casie is a graduate of John Jay Beauty College. She has worked at the St. Charles Salon for over 15 years. She specializes in highlights, color, haircuts (men, women and children) and updo’s (Mardi Gras Balls and Weddings Parties). She attends all continuing education provided by John Jay so that she is able to constantly improve and stay current with styles and techniques.

Melvin Callahan

Melvin Callahan

Melvin has been with the John Jay Company for over 30 years. Melvin enjoys his clientele and has always been a devoted and creative John Jay stylist.

Beverly Daigle

Beverly Daigle

For 36 years Beverly has dedicated her life to a wonderful career in the beauty industry working for John Jay. She has had the opportunity to travel down many roads. She loves to “give back” and has been involved with career days at local high schools, seminars for sororities at Tulane and Loyola, Lions Club televised telethon, Sheraton Hotel fashion show to support St. Michaels Special School for Children, Cut-a-Thon for Camp Sunshine & Dominican College, donated services to Magnolia school for 2 years. She has received various awards with Clairol, Fromesi Haircolor USA, special classes with Intercoiffure members, including Don Shaw, Horst, Scott Cale, and Eric of Norway. Beverly has traveled to London and received private hair cutting classes with Partners Salon London. She was the hair stylist for Vicki Cappel, star and host of Rendezvous weekly show. Her work has appeared in Styles & Stylists and was on the cover of Metro Salon News and CUE magazine. She has also worked with debutantes and queens of various Mardi Gras organizations. She feels that it is important to keep up with futuristic styles. Teaching has enhanced her education and she loves to make clients feel and look their best! She says, "Thank you, John Jay"!

Aivi Dang

Aivi Dang

Aivi was born and raised in the greater New Orleans area. She started her career in the cosmetology field at the age of seventeen, when she accepted a job in a salon as a shampoo assistant. She worked at that job through high school and college, before attending John Jay Beauty College. Aivi has been professionally licensed since 2008 and has been working at our St. Charles Avenue Salon. Aivi has developed a great clientele and specializes in all color and cutting services. She also has a growing passion for barbering. She is a strong believer in continuing education and keeping the passion and love for her work alive. She enjoys helping people maintain and manage their hair. She wants everyone to love the hair they have. Aivi loves working in the beauty industry and is very proud of the career she has chosen.

Nancy Guzman

Nancy Guzman

Nancy is a John Jay Beauty graduate and has been with the company for more than 2 years. She specializes in cuts (women’s, men and children), vivid colors and updos. She is always eager to learn new trends and techniques and welcomes every person in her chair with open arms. If you’re looking to clean up your look or try something new, book with Nancy at our St. Charles location.

Nicole (Nicky) Keller

Nicole (Nicky) Keller

Nicky has been with John Jay for over 16 years and  specializes in highlights/color. She is also an instructor and taught at the John Jay Beauty College for 5 years. She works at the St. Charles Avenue Salon. Come see her!

Joni McAlister

Joni McAlister

Joni has had a passion for hair since an early age. She started by doing all her friends hair for dances and parades in high school. Later, attending John Jay Beauty College and learning from John Jay himself, she was educated in all techniques of cutting, coloring and styling. Joni has been a stylist with John Jay Salons for over 15 years. She still craves to learn more each and every day and is constantly exploring all avenues to develop new ideas and techniques. Continuing education is very important to her and she attends classes whenever available. Her biggest passion is to create a total transformation and would be ecstatic to give you a new look.

Tammy Petit

Tammy Petit

Tammy graduated from John Jay Beauty College and has been an employee of John Jay Salons for over 15 years.She loves working for our company and being a part of the beauty industry. Tammy went into this profession because she truly believes all people are beautiful and  wants them to feel that way too. She is constantly continuing her education to bring the most current trends to her clients. She is passionate about her profession and feels truly blessed everyday to be in a career that she loves!

Shelly Spizale

Shelly Spizale

Shelly has been with the John Jay Company for 33 years. She also taught in the school but now works at the St. Charles Ave. Salon. Shelly works 6 days a week and loves every apart of her job!

 

Robert E. Lee Employees:

Stefany Alfaro

Stefany Alfaro

Stefany has had a passion for the hair and beauty industry for the majority of her life. As a graduate from John Jay Beauty College, she has several years of experience in the industry. She has received Advanced Training form some of the most prestigious educators in New Orleans in New Orleans and strives to stay at the forefront on cutting edge techniques. She strongly believes in continuing education and that you should never stop learning the latest trends. Stefany places an enormous value in listening to her clients, understanding their needs and respecting the integrity of their hair. She strives for infinite creativity!

Rhonda Christakis

Rhonda Christakis

Shortly after finishing college with a degree in Interior Design, Rhonda knew her creative talent would be an asset when deciding to attend John Jay Beauty College. Since 1986, she has worked in the salon at the Robert E. Lee location in various capacities. For the past 18 years she has been behind the chair and is a Master stylist skilled in every aspect of hairdressing. She credits her love for color and creating up do’s to her training in interior design. They overlap in so many way which makes doing hear very fulfilling. The ability to choose the right color combinations for each client is based on several factors, which come from experiences in both industries. The most rewarding part of each day is the personal attention each client is given. There is such gratifying feeling to know that you have made someone look their best on the outside, as well as listening to the things they share with you and truly is why she loves what she does.

Brianna Galeas

Brianna Galeas

A fourth generation stylist and is a graduate of John Jay Beauty College. She has been a stylist at the Robert E. Lee location for over 6 years as well as an instructor in the schools. She has participated in numerous photo shoots and enjoys traveling to hair shows held by Intercoiffure each year. Her passion is making her clients confident and happy!

Leslie Diaz

Leslie Diaz

Hello friends! Meet Leslie Diaz. She is a John Jay graduate and works at the Robert E. Lee location. She feels that she is fortunate to be part of such an exiting and fast paced industry. What she loves the most is getting to meet new people. Understanding her client’s personality and lifestyle helps her to create the best look for each individual. She loves everything that has to do with beauty from hair to makeup. Along with cutting and coloring hair she enjoys doing braided looks, highlights, balyage and makeup the most. Continuing education is crucial in this industry and she makes sure to attend every class and show that she can to stay current with the latest trends. She loves building new relationships – let her help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted!

Larissa Doyle

Larissa Doyle

Larissa attended John Jay Beauty College and joined the company in 1998. She has trained under many top educators, which allowed her to perfect her skills. She enjoys every aspect of the beauty industry.

Sonia Faasch

Sonia Faasch

Sonia has been with John Jay since 1988. For many years, she was a devoted instructor in the John Jay Beauty College. She loves her clients and her career and continues to be the best that she can be as a member of the John Jay Company.

Marilyn Hopkins

Marilyn Hopkins

Marilyn has been working as a manicurist at John Jay Salon on Robert E. Lee Blvd for 30 years and enjoys her career and clientele.

Gloria Martinez

Gloria Martinez

Gloria has been with the John Jay Company for 29 years. She feels that John Jay has given her the confidence to reach her highest goals. “God has blessed me with this job.”

Angelle Taylor Pastorello

Angelle Taylor Pastorello

Angelle has been a licensed Cosmetologist for 33 years. She has trained with John Jay, Jacques Dessange, Frances Dubose, Reg Laws, Frank and Belinda Gambuzza, Brent Borrison, Jo Blackwell, Don Shaw and many more. She has also traveled to Italy with Intercoiffure and worked onstage representing Team USA. She has done many photo shoots, which have been featured in InStyle and HairStyles magazines. Angelle specialized in Keratin Smoothing Treatments, barbering and trendy and edgy hair cutting and styling. She is now in her 22nd year of teaching Advanced Training to John Jay hairdressers. Her favorite thing to do is to help others in the salon achieve their goals. She loves her works as much as she enjoys her clientele.

Candice Schmidt

Candice Schmidt

With over 28 years if experience, Candice started out her career training at the John Jay Beauty College. After graduating she went on to attain  her teaching license. She has a passion for teaching, mentoring and continuing education. Candice’s journey has been an exciting one. She has trained under some of the most accomplished hair stylists, including John Jay, Jacques Dessange, Frances Dubose, Frank and Belinda Gambuzza, The Siggers, Yosh, John Dellaria, Lois Christie, Connie Sullivan, Brent Borrison and Don Shaw. Candice has also traveled to Italy with Intercoiffure and worked on stage representing Team USA. She has also had Advanced Training at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, California. Some of her specialties include balayage, color and appropriate haircut and styles for each individual client. Over the years, Candice has done many photo shoots and some of her best work has been featured in editions of InStyle and Hairstyle magazines. Her favorite thing to do is hair color.

Meghan Seruntine

Meghan Seruntine

Meghan graduated from John Jay in 2015 and has been working at the John Jay on Robert E. Lee for over two years. Meeting new people everyday is one of her favorite parts of the job. Making people laugh and feel about themselves is the most rewarding part of her career. She specializes in color, especially balayage and ombre and is always up for a new challenge!

Rita Taylor

Rita Taylor

Rita has been at the Robert E. Lee Salon since she graduated form John Jay Beauty College in 1976. She specializes in every aspect of the hair industry. She has been in the industry for 39 years and loves every minute of her fulfilling career.

Cara Tricon

Cara Tricon

Cara graduated from John Jay Beauty College in April 2007. She has always been a firm believer that when you look good, you feel good. She takes pride in helping to make that happen for her clients.

Kecia Williams

Kecia Williams

Kecia is a third generation stylist with 27 years in the hair industry. Kecia has a passion for hair and also a talent for making every client look and feel their best and forms beautiful relationships with her clients. Kecia strongly believes in continuing education and staying current. She attends hands on classes and hair shows whenever possible and has trained with John Jay, Vidal Sassoon, Frank Gambuzza, Reg Laws, Don Shaw, John Siggers and Jacques Dessange of Paris. She has traveled to Italy and represented Team USA. Kecia’s work has been featured in Ladies Home Journal and InStyle Magazines. She is very passionate about her work and is very proud to be part of the John Jay Company.

Darla Garcia

Darla Garcia

Darla is a licensed massage therapist from Blue Cliff college. She is very passionate about helping people and learning about their needs. She specializes in deep tissue techniques with focus on the back & neck. Darla loves meeting new clients and working with them to provide comfort & relaxation.