Elizabeth (Lisa) Backstrom - Owner
Owner and CEO of J Gregory Salon, Elizabeth was a court reporter and deposition owner for 21 years. Enjoying a 25-plus year friendship and stylist relationship with Greg Chavez, Elizabeth became a silent investor inJ Gregory Salon in 2007. Because of Elizabeth’s passion for the beauty industry and her investment in the salon, she took over full-time management of J Gregory Salon in January of 2016. Elizabeth has fashion-styling experience and training that she utilized in California before relocating back to Colorado Springs. Her past business experience and work in the beauty industry, in which she is zealous and dedicated to, has prepared her for co-ownership and management of J Gregory Salon.
Katelyn Garcia - Stylist
Katelyn has been a stylist at J Gregory salon since 2007, a year after shemoved to Colorado. She is so grateful to be part of a local salon in this community in this beautiful state! She absolutely loves the entire industry, although her niche has always been in hair color and cutting/styling. She states that after school she was fortunate to apprentice with the owner, Greg Chavez for a year! She credits a huge part of her success to him! Tokeep up with the industry, she has been able to travel for education in NYC, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco, and of course Denver! She is a certified DEVA architect (mydevacurl.com) at their highest level. She books special occasion styling by request only and appreciates the opportunity to design a look for something special. Katelyn also works with an assistant, which offers her the chance to give back and share with others who are venturing into this career path. She loves the opportunity to interact with and get to know her guests on a personal level, and then be able to taylor their color and cut uniquely to their personality and lifestyle! She doesn’t want to make you look like someone else! She wants you to LOVE your OWN look and feel like you can rock it 24/7! It's important to her that you always love it, not just when she styles it for you, and that you canrecreate it at home and feel sexy and beautiful as YOU! Follow Katelyn on Instagram to see her work: @deva.kg
Michelle Catlett - Barber
Michelle completed her cosmetology program at Headlines Academy in Rapid City, South Dakota. Passionate about men’s haircutting, she decided to focus exclusively on men's cutting and grooming. To further this enthusiasm, Michelle accepted a job at The Man Salon in Rapid City and quickly worked her way up to management. Michelle recently relocated to Colorado Springs to further her education with Straight-Razor Certification in the Paul Mitchell Barbering Program and joined the J Gregory Team, specializing in men’s cutting, grooming, waxing and children’s cuts. Michelle and the J Gregory Team are excited to have such an exuberant, talented and detail-focused stylist that loves her career and prides herself in amazing work.
Sammie Lynn - Stylist
Sammie Lynn is an enthusiastic and passionate hair stylist who graduated with honors from the Aveda Institute Denver. She has a passion for providing a customized experience for each and every guest that is in her chair. Sammie has had an interest in hair for as long as she can remember and is excited to live out her dream. She specializes in color and cutting and is also certified in waxing and lash tinting.
Kasey Esclavon - Associate Stylist
Kasey has lived in Colorado for nine years. She graduated with honors from the Toni and Guy Academy. Kasey has had a passion for the salon industry since the age of seven, always aspiring to be a stylist. Passionate about the industry, Kasey loves to give the client the look that they desire. The J Gregory Team is excited to have Kasey as part of our salon family. Kasey is joyfully looking forward to continuing her education and all the advanced training that J Gregory Salon has to offer.
Lisa Ortiz - Front Desk Manager
Lisa Ortiz joined the J Gregory Team in 2012. She is a licensed stylist but her love of people brought her to our front desk. Her talents and people skills have propelled her to front desk manager. Lisa has four adult children, three grandchildren. Lisa’s love for the beauty industry makes her an invaluable front desk manager of J Gregory Salon.
Annie Clark - Stylist
Annie has been passionate about hair from a very young age; realizing her desire to be a stylist at the age of six. Annie completed an AVP program in high school, then furthered her stylist dreams by continuing her education and graduating from Toni & Guy. Annie has been in the industry since 2010. She specializes in color and cutting, including highlights, balayage and fashion colors. Annie has been at J Gregory Salon since June 2011, and regarding her work at the salon, she states, “I absolutely love it here!”
Suzanne Couchman - Stylist
Suzanne Couchman is originally from Texas and joins us with over 15 years experience in the salon industry. Her creative talents have always naturally been expressed through her love of doing hair. With specialties in balayage, babylights, formal styling, and precision cutting Suzanne especially finds gratification in corrective color, giving her clients the service they were looking for from the very beginning. Her infectious demeanor lets you leave looking and feeling beautiful. When not helping people look their best, you can find Suzanne cooking, running, traveling, or searching out the next best restaurant.
Leon Valencia - Stylist
León Valenica is known as one of the industries’ most respected hair designers, a salon innovator, and a formidable leader and visionary. His early success as a colorist resulted as an Executive Team Member for beauty leader Farouk Systems. Traveling the world delivering education to salon owners and designers, his artistic ability has been showcased on Miss. Universe, Miss Teen USA, and multiple editorial spreads.
A highly sought-after motivational speaker and consultant, León is always looking for ways to help salon and spas, utilizing critical new thinking that fuels growth. León's work has been featured on many celebrities, and he also has done hair for multiple mega events: CMA Music Festival, Mercedes Benz Swim Week, and Latin Billboard Awards. León is respected as a top leader in the salon industry, specializing in fashion colour, colour, Balayage (hair painting), cuts, updos and makeup. We are so excited to have León as part of our J Gregory Team! Request your appointment today.
Tyne Moulton - Eyelash Specialist
Tyne is a Colorado native and loves living in the up-and-coming state. She attended the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy, graduating with honors as a Cosmetologist. Tyne then took an extra certification class to learn the art of eyelash extensions. Tyne is naturally gifted in eyelashes, and she prides herself in the work she does. With her Classic Eyelash training, she transforms her clients lashes from a somewhat natural style to full and luscious lashes. Tyne loves the beauty and confidence that eyelash extensions gives her clients.
Tracy Hill - Office Manager/Accountant
Tracy joined J Gregory Salon in the beginning of 2016. Tracy enjoys handling all the accounting and financial needs at the salon, as well as the top-of-the-industry products the salon offers. She has many years of accounting experience, mostly in office settings, since graduating from the University of Colorado. Tracy says that being in the salon environment to utilize her skills is truly an exciting and rewarding change.
Megan Cheyne - Stylist
Megan has lived in Colorado Springs for 21 years. She attended The Salon Professional Academy, and graduated with honors. Megan has been passionate and excited about hair since she was young child. Megan tells us she receives gratification and satisfaction in her clients feeling renewed and refreshed after every salon experience. Coloring and cutting hair are Megan's specialties. She is also certified in eyelash extensions, waxing and shellac
Thea Stewart - Stylist
Thea Stewart is a Master Stylist and has been doing high-end hair designs for 12 years. She was educated at Vidal Sassoon in Santa Monica, California and trained under the most elite instructors in the industry. Previously, Thea worked in high-end salons in both Denver and Southern Pines, North Carolina.. While working in Denver, she developed and implemented an education program for junior associates. Thea’s philosophy centers around education and is the key to her success. She continually updates her education to stay current with industry techniques and styles. Thea also went to Westmore Academy in Los Angeles for Cosmetic Arts. She has done multiple photo shoots and makeup for music videos nationwide, including LA and Denver. Being Sasson trained, Thea, prides herself on being a precision cutter and uses only scissors to accomplish any cut. She is also an expert at executing scissor over comb for her male clients. A precision cut gives you a precise grow out so your cut is longer lasting and easy to style.
Ginger Olenik - Associate Stylist
Ginger grew up in New York and moved to Colorado in search of a new adventure in July 2016. Shortly after moving to the Springs, she started going to school at Paul Mitchell. Ginger joins us fresh out of beauty school, eager to learn. Her passion is in color and she especially loves fashion colors. In Ginger's spare time, she can be found at the dog park with her three rescued dachshunds.
Charity Segovia - Esthetician
Charity was born and raised in Anaheim, California but has called Colorado Springs her home since 2004. She took a break for a couple years after high school and decided to pursue her dream of being an esthetician by enrolling at The Salon Professional Academy in 2017. Charity offers many different skincare services to relax clients and help correct their skin struggles as well as waxing services (brow shaping is her favorite). Charity’s goal as an esthetician is not only to educate others about skin health but also to help make them aware of the internal and external beauty that they possess.
Andrea Brown - Stylist
Andrea has deep love of classic structure and a keen sense of a contemporary flare, Andrea has been in the industry for 13 years. To maintain her edge and style, education remains on the forefront of her priorities. Andrea continually furthers her own skills through education, as well as being part of the teaching team at J Gregory Salon. She strives to create a strong and comfortable rapport with all of her guests and can achieve a fresh look with the least bit of direction.
Holly Guerrero - Stylist
Holly has lived in Colorado Springs for 13 years and has always had a profound love for the beauty industry. She attended Cosmetology school at The Salon Professional Academy, and was able to develop and enhance her skills as a stylist. She has since found her home at J Gregory Salon, where she has continued to perfect her craft. Holly offers many services at the salon ranging from hairstyling to waxing. She loves all things hair, including cutting and coloring, but she specializes in balayage and seamless natural color.
Katie Todd - Colorist
Katie is known as “Katie the Colorist”. Katie is a strong believer in doing what you’re passionate about, which is why she solely a hair colorist. Katie graduated in 2008 from The Lab, a New Jersey Paul Mitchell Partner School, and shortly after moved to Westchester, NY to further her career opportunities. As she continued to hone her craft, she discovered her true love of hair color while working at New York's very first "color only" salon. Six years later, Katie moved to the Springs, and we are excited and passionate about having Katie as a J Gregory colorist. She specializing only in hair color, whether is be fashion, corrective or every-day color. She also specializes in Cezanne Smoothing treatments.
Candace Joyner - Associate Stylist
Candice Joyner joins the J Gregory Team after serving our country and our military in the United States Marine Corps. Growing up as a creative person and having the discipline of a Marine, Candice decided to branch out into her creative side and pursue a stylist career at J Gregory Salon. With a passion and love for her artistic side and helping others to feel exceptionally beautiful, Candace is excited to join the team. She values education, and the myriad of opportunities to better herself and advance her skills as a stylist at J Gregory Salon. We are excited to have Candace as part of the team.