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Annie - Master
Annie has been making people feel great about their hair since 2007, and has been a part of the Zen Salon & Spa family since 2009. Her passion for creating beautiful hair began as a child with her four sisters being her favorite guinea pigs. Since graduating from the Salon Professional Academy in Iowa City, she has gone through extensive training with some of the most talented stylists in our industry. She has received advanced training in hair cutting from the Advanced Aveda Academy in New York City as well as specialized bridal hair and makeup training from the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis.
As part of the cutting and styling educational team on our staff, she is passionate about being a leader in our industry and helping train our staff. The relationships she is able to build with her clients is her favorite part of her job. She is always up for new and fun challenges behind the chair and would love to be the fairy godmother that makes all your hair wishes come true!
Amanda - Salon Lead - Master
Attending Capri College in Cedar Rapids was the start of Amanda’s career in cosmetology. She graduated in December of 2007 and joined the Zen team in August of 2009. Since then, she has expanded her knowledge immensely and has become the men’s cutting coach at Zen. Through advanced hair coloring, cutting, and texturing classes, she is able to give her guests the one of a kind experience they desire. She enjoys updating haircuts and creating custom color for each of her guests. She guarantees giving each of her guests the best results possible.
Tara - Master
After attending the Aveda Institute in Des Moines Tara came to work at Zen Salon & Spa in February 2011. While working at Zen she has been able to fulfill her aspirations in hair design. Meeting new people everyday and having the ability to make someone feel gorgeous, allows her to have the most amazing job possible. The courses she has taken through Aveda have allowed her to be an advanced hair designer and Zen's women's cutting educator. She thrives in an artistic environment and will always do her best to make sure you feel beautiful and taken care of.
Kaci - Master
Kaci attended the Aveda Institute in Des Moines, has been a stylist with Zen Salon & Spa since March 2014, and is our current color educator. Her goal is to give her guests the best desired outcome while maintaining the integrity of their hair. She chose to work for Zen and Aveda because of the environmentally friendly atmosphere, naturally derived products, and to be a part of the great feeling of giving back to society. In Kaci’s free time she loves to spend time with her family, friends and yellow labrador, Mila. She is an avid sports fan and you can find her watching basketball, football and baseball!
Frankie - Advanced
Frankie's love for hair design and makeup application began as a young girl when she spent her free time researching designs and trying them on herself and friends. She is a graduate of the Aveda Institute in Des Moines, received her cosmetology license, and started at Zen in September of 2015. She enjoys the process of giving personal attention to her guests and making them feel pampered while in her chair. She enjoys being creative and seeing her hair design through an artistic lens.
Nathan - Designer
Nathan is originally from the Quad Cities. He attended Capri College in Davenport and graduated in 2016. Nathan has taken multiple education courses for cutting and color to further advance his skills. In his free time he loves to hangout with his family and friends. He enjoys scary movies, as well as giving back to and working with the LGBT community. He has big goals for his future in the hair and LGBT world!
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Sam - Advanced Esthetician and Massage Therapist
Samantha has been providing massage therapy and esthetic services here at Zen since 2006. Massage was her first passion, and she enjoys helping guests relax and heal their muscles through advanced training techniques. She excels at time efficient waxing while still making sure her guests are comfortable. Facials allow her to help people feel comfortable in their own skin.
“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection” – Conrad Hall
Tatiana - Massage Therapist
Bio coming soon.
Paige - Massage Therapist
Bio coming soon.
M A N A G E M E N T
Jenny - Owner
Jenny is a native of Dyersville, Iowa, and grew up understanding the importance of extending compassion to others and the power found in a one on one connection. She experienced college at Briar Cliff in Sioux City before eventually following her heart and attending Capri Cosmetology College in Dubuque, Iowa. Practicing her craft behind the chair was a joy every day and she knew she was meant to excel in this industry whether through changing guests' perceptions of themselves on a daily basis or in a larger aspect.
Career choices led Jenny's family to settle in Williamsburg, Iowa and opened the opportunity of salon management at Zender's Salon and Spa. Within two years, she was offered partnership of Zender's and in 2015 became sole owner, changing the name to Zen Salon & Spa. Jenny attributes the connection she has with the guests and staff to be the heart of her success. Jenny takes pleasure in leading the staff in all things possible for them in their careers and takes great pride in the guidance they seek from her. She is honored to be part of something so outstanding, a team that is passionate and confident in their talents, enhancing customer service to an unimaginable level, and to be involved in growing not only the salon culture, but also helping her team achieve their career goals and personal dreams.
Kaci - Manager
Kaci is a native of Monticello, Iowa. Following high school she graduated from Hawkeye Community College with a degree in Marketing Management. This is where her passion for management and the salon world falls into place. She loves working directly with our customers to meet & succeed expectations. Her passion is to grow the team and business every day.
F r o n t d e s k
Marisa has been with Zen since September 2017. She is passionate about her job at Zen and loves working alongside amazing and talented people. Marisa is outgoing and welcoming. At Zen, her goal is to make every client feel fabulous. She studies business at the University of Iowa and plans on working in the field of marketing post graduation.
Julia is excited to be working at Zen, surrounded by all things beauty. She has been with Zen since August 2018. In her free time she loves all things fashion and food. Julia loves interacting with customers and helping navigate them so they are feeling beautiful every time they come in!
Lauren is a senior at the University of Iowa and has been with Zen since April 2018. She has a passion for interacting with customers and helping them change up their styles. She loves all things related to makeup, hair, skin care & beauty. She will graduate this May with a degree in business and communications. She plans on going into Public Relations post graduation. In her free time she likes to binge read and watch Netflix & visit her family back in Illinois.
Callista started working at Zen in September 2018. She is currently enrolled in cosmetology school at La James in Iowa City. Her hidden talents include being a spectacular barista as well as filming and editing make up tutorials. Callista is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and her goal is to become a Stylist at Zen when she graduates cosmetology school in November of 2019!
Sydney started working with Zen in August of 2018. She was attracted to Zen because of her passion and desire to encourage and uplift others. She plans to attend La James in Iowa City for esthetics someday. In Sydney’s free time she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends. She also loves to shop giving her great style!
Zen Salon & Spa is always looking for new talent. We are dedicated to guest care and are consistently improving our systems while remaining current and cutting edge. Our point of difference is our advanced three-month training program for new stylists, where the skills you learned while becoming licensed are honed through in-salon training and advanced education through Aveda.
We are currently hiring the following positions:
If you are interested in furthering your career and being a part of the Zen team, please submit your resume to Jenny at email@example.com or Kaci at firstname.lastname@example.org