Cinta Aveda Institute , San Francisco

Cinta Aveda — San Francisco
305 Kearny Street [at Bush]
San Francisco, CA 94108
+1 (415) 989-4400

Cinta Aveda Institute , San Jose

Cinta Aveda — San Jose
111 West St. John Street
San Jose, CA 95113
+1 (408) 648-2555 Work
Cinta Aveda Institute has two Bay Area locations: San Francisco and San Jose Cinta Aveda Institute’s San Jose Location Cinta Aveda Institute’s San Francisco Location

San Francisco

San Jose

Our Team

  1. Jocelyn Ahern Admissions Coordinator

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    Jocelyn comes to Cinta Aveda Institute by way of the world of higher education. She holds a Bachelors in Theatre Arts and History and a Masters in Literature and is a certified ESL instructor. Drawn to the creative intensity of the beauty industry because of its fast pace, exponential creativity, and attention to detail, Jocelyn relishes in being a part of the Admissions team; she enjoys being a part of the first impressions our students make upon entering into their chosen fields. Being a part of such an amazing entity, she loves the idea of marrying her passions for education and creativity. She is also a senior company member in one of San Francisco’s thriving non-profit theatre companies, an avid cook, and connoisseur of all things San Francisco.

  2. Crystal DeMello Financial Aid Coordinator

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    A true Bay Area native, Crystal DeMello was born and raised in Oakland, California. Her background was in customer service and hospitality, but in 1999, she transitioned into higher education as a Phone Operator with an art school in San Francisco. In 2002, she moved to a career college as an Office Manager and then was promoted to Financial Aid Advisor a year later. In Financial Aid, she felt that she had found her niche. She’s experienced in Undergraduate, Graduate, for-profit, and nonprofit education as well as knowledgable in clock hour schools. She has been in love with the beauty industry from a very young age, and finally achieved a long time personal goal in 2015 when she became a licensed cosmetologist with a certificate in makeup artistry and an honors certificate in esthetics. Now, after 14 years of working in the financial aid arena, she is able to marry her passion for both Financial Aid and the beauty industry as a Financial Aid Coordinator for the Cinta Aveda Institute. Crystal enjoys spending her free time with her two dogs, Tiny and Mo, as well as reading, and doing freelance makeup and styling.

  3. Cinta Gibbons President

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    With over 20 years in the beauty industry in Europe and the US, and having run a successful San Francisco salon for over 15 years, Cinta Gibbons is the ideal partner to own and operate the Cinta Aveda Institute, San Francisco.

    Cinta Salon opened in 1991, and from the beginning attracted the best and brightest in the beauty industry; salon professionals passionate about beauty and dedicated to delivering current and cutting-edge styles. In April of 1995, her salon was invited to join the prestigious Intercoiffure Modaile, an international association that promotes excellence in the beauty industry.

    Cinta is committed to continually mentoring and nurturing new talent, and is a renowned leader in promoting the highest level of excellence in the profession. Cinta is excited to connect her team of salon professionals to people interested in starting a career in the beauty industry.

  4. Jennifer Goddard Esthiology Educator

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  5. Joseph Gomez Cosmetology Educator

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  6. Cynthia Joy Esthetics Educator

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  7. Jasmine Knight Barbering Educator

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  8. Chelsea Long Cosmetology and Barbering Team Lead

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    Chelsea was born, raised, and educated in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2006, she started working at an Aveda salon, where she completed an assisting program and continued working there for the next several years. Grateful to have had amazing educators and mentors, Chelsea began educating in 2010, when the Aveda Institute in Utah opened. She continued her work at both the salon and the Institute up until she moved to San Francisco. Teaching comes naturally to Chelsea and she considers it one of her biggest passions. She enjoys the empowerment the students attain as they continue to hone their skills. She is thrilled to continue to guide students through their journey at Cinta Aveda!

  9. Candace Meadows Cosmetology Educator

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  10. Ashley Montes Guest Services Team Lead

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  11. Rachel Nevius Cosmetology Educator

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  12. Christopher Ohnesorge Cosmetology Educator

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  13. Mariela Onisko Institute Director

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    Mariela was born in Peru and grew up just outside of San Francisco in Lafayette, California. Mariela has worked with Cinta Gibbons for the last ten years, and as the Director of Cinta Salon for the last five years. With humble beginnings as a Salon Coordinator, Mariela continued to grow with Cinta Salon as Front Desk Manager, to Director of Sales and Customer Service, and then to Salon Director before becoming the Director at Cinta Aveda Institute. Cinta Salon was named San Francisco’s Best of the Rest Salon by 7×7 Magazine in 2012, under Mariela’s direction. With a well-rounded, multi-faceted understanding of a market-leader salon and what it takes to succeed in the industry, Mariela aspires to empower future graduates by sharing her wealth of insider knowledge to be the best. Mariela’s vision is to provide Cinta Aveda students with the best education possible, establishing a solid foundation through incorporating both technical and business skills, so they can maximize their success as they progress throughout their careers.

    Mariela has lived in California for the majority of her life, between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Constantly inspired by the beauty and fashion industry, Mariela previously styled wardrobe on music videos and photo shoots. Realizing she loved being with people and leading teams, Mariela worked at a few different salons before finding Cinta Salon. As a little girl, Mariela was often caught putting on her grandmother’s lipstick and trying on heels. Today, she is excited to be sharing her passion for the beauty industry with Cinta Aveda students and helping them achieve their own dreams.

  14. Shawn Peltier Esthetics Educator

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    Shawn is a licensed cosmetologist with over 15 years of experience in beauty. Before becoming a resident Cinta Aveda Educator, he worked all over the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia as a global director of makeup artistry. He has conducted numerous seminars, coached and developed sales artistry teams, and led press-related opportunities around the world. His industry accomplishments include years of executing backstage beauty at New York Fashion Week, along with celebrity press junkets and photo shoots, and creating images for international fashion magazines. He also has an extensive background in cosmetic/skincare brand education. Prior to his residency in the department of esthetics, he shared his professional artistry expertise as a frequent guest presenter at Cinta Aveda Institute. Simply put, Shawn has a passion for teaching.

  15. Jason Pulido Barbering Educator

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  16. Jessica Regalado Cosmetology Educator

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  17. Jennifer Smith Cosmetology & Barbering Educator

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  18. Karen Stankovich Esthiology Team Lead

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    Karen arrived in the Bay Area by way of the Midwest. Although born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah; Karen is a Minnesota girl at heart. In 2005, Karen attended the Aveda Institute Minneapolis where she dreamed of one day becoming an educator of Esthiology. After earning her Esthiology certification and receiving her Minnesota Esthetics license, Karen worked at a premiere Minneapolis salon for seven successful years, even receiving local publication recognition for her Brazilian waxing skills. Now a Esthetics Educator at the Cinta Aveda Institute, Karen is thrilled to share her passion for the beauty industry, education, aromaology, whole-being well-being, Aveda and all things esthetics.

    Outside of the beauty industry, Karen’s areas of interest include travel, music, social work, Ayurvedic studies and practices, her beloved friends, family, fiancé, and cats.

  19. Sandra Toyo Cosmetology Educator

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