Our Team

The educators at Aveda Institute New Mexico are some of the most highly skilled, highly educated and experienced professionals in the business. However, they don’t rest on their laurels. All of our educators go through multifaceted yearly training to keep up with the latest techniques in cut, color, and leadership.

Our educators are masterful, but also personable. They have been known to volunteer time to help students with projects like fashion shows, field trips, donations, photo shoots, and community outreach. They are some of your first and most important relationships in the Aveda professional world, and they strive to develop those relationships to make learning impactful.

Amber DeJesus

Amber has been working for Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2014. In addition to being a licensed cosmetologist and Educator, she is certified in various skin care lines, advanced skin care treatments, air brushing and makeup application. Amber was born in the Bay Area in California and has always been interested in the beauty industry, which led her to pursue a cosmetology degree at age 19. Before she became an Educator at Aveda Institute, she worked as a salon manager and as an Aveda Advisor. Amber believes that the universe is for you—and so is everything else.

Tiffany R Rice

Tiffany has been working at Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2015. She has an associate degree in applied sciences (cosmetology) and graduated with highest honors. She is also a Licensed Cosmetology Educator and is Aveda Haircutting Certified. Before Tiffany stated at Aveda Institute, she owned a nail boutique for three years. She believes that education is the key to success and that knowledge is power.

Renee Stone

Renee has been working at Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2016. She has been doing hair professionally for 5 years. Before she worked at Aveda Institute, she was a salon manager for one and a half years. She loves doing hair for her friends and family and believes that when you are truly passionate about your profession, it shines through to your guests.

Evangelina “Lina” Sosa Galloway

Evangelina has been an Esthiology Educator at Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2010 and a licensed cosmetologist since 1988. She is also certified in eyelash extensions. Evangelina has two sons that have followed her down this career path: one is getting his barber license, and the other is currently finishing up cosmetology school. She is immensely proud of their accomplishments. Evangelina believes that everyone you meet has something to teach you.

Darlene K Gallegos

Darlene has been working at the Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2010. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for 35 years and a licensed Educator for 17 years. Darlene is Aveda certified in Color, Haircutting, and Aveda Makeup. She is also an Aveda certified Color Coach and has additional training in 4-Mat and 7 Habit Training. Darlene has a son, daughter, and granddaughter, who are the lights of her life. She has been in the beauty industry for 35 years and loves every moment. To Darlene, hers is the most rewarding profession out there—she loves that she has been able to touch so many lives throughout her journey.

Anne Fox

Anne has been at the Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2014. She has been doing hair for about 17 years and has been teaching cosmetology for 9. She is a certified Aveda Hair Color and Haircutting Coach. Currently, she is the Cosmetology Team Lead.

Her industry experience throughout her career is vast and includes holding many positions. Including hairstylist, salon manager, salon owner, and salon educator. Anne moved to New Mexico about two years ago so she can be closer to her family, and she enjoys getting to spend her free time with them. Cosmetology is not just her job, but her passion and hobby. She loves this industry and everything that comes with it.

John Madrid III

John has been working at Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2012. He has been a licensed cosmetologist for 35 years and has been a licensed Cosmetology Educator for 22 years. He is certified as a Learn Aveda Cutting Coach, Aveda Color & Texture Educator, Aveda Makeup Educator, and in the Learn Aveda Cutting Curriculum. He is also Lesson Plan certified through the University of Texas seminar. John loves participating in competitions and getting the students involved. They’re a wonderful opportunity to perfect skills and create confidence. In fact, Competition Coach is one of John’s favorite hat to wear. He believes that every day is a second chance.

Sheridan Jobe

Sheridan has been working at Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2014. He is certified in Hair Cutting and Color, and has been a certified cosmetologist since 2006 and a licensed Master Barber and Cosmetologist Educator since 2012. He did hair for five years before becoming an Educator at the age of 22. After he moved to Albuquerque to pursue his career in teaching, he found his Aveda family here at Aveda Institute New Mexico. Sheridan also works at Oooh Girl Who Did Your Hair? Salon and Spa as a Master Hair Cutter and Colorist.

Victoria Marquez

Victoria has been an Educator at Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2003. She is an Aveda certified esthiology coach and Aveda certified makeup coach. Currently, she is the acting Esthiology Team Lead. Victoria loves guiding students and helping them grow to become the best professionals they can be.

Julianna Martinez

Julianna has been working at Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2014. She has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2008 and received her cosmetology instructor license in 2011. She also has several advanced certifications including; Aveda Makeup, Aveda Haircutting, Aveda Color, Helga Van Dyke glycolic and chemical peel, Helga Van Dyke Body Wrap, Helga Van Dyke MezzoTech, and Eyelash Extensions.

Julianna has enjoyed a variety of experiences since launching her career, including acting as the State Competition Coordinator from 2009-2014, judging for SKILLS USA in 2010, and assisting with NAHA for Mark Pardo SalonSpa in 2016. She is currently serving as the event coordinator, Finical Aid Officer and NACCAS Compliance Officer for the Aveda Institute New Mexico. Julianna loves her work and the environment her co-workers help create. She believes that to succeed, you must always strive for what you want—and never let anyone tell you can’t do something. The sky is the limit.

LeeSandra DeJesus

LeeSandra has been working for Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2014. She is a licensed cosmetologist and Educator. Who has obtained additional advanced certifications in numerous skin care and makeup techniques including; chemical exfoliations, lash extensions and airbrushing. She also carries certifications in Aveda Makeup and Aveda Skin Care. LeeSandra has also trained with several professional makeup and skin care brands. Her specialties include bridal makeup and airbrushing. LeeSandra is originally from San Francisco and has been in the beauty industry for 10 years. She started by mentoring adolescents in skin care and continued on to the makeup industry. LeeSandra has more than lived up to her belief that you must never become stagnant or comfortable in your education, knowledge or skills. Keep achieving, and keep accomplishing every goal and vision you have.

Michele Grant

Michelle has been working at Aveda Institute New Mexico since 2012, but she has been a licensed educator for 13 years and a cosmetologist since 1986. In addition to being a licensed cosmetology instructor, she is also a Master Barber, Aveda certified in Haircutting, Color and Texture and Aveda Makeup, obtained additional certifications in Productivity, 4-Mat Training, and 7 Habits Training.

She enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and soaking her feet in the mineral springs as much as she can. Michelle prides herself on her students being confident and professional stylists. She is task-oriented but loves to have fun in classes.