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 - Hairstylist
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! To keep 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 tailor 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 can recreate it at home and feel sexy and beautiful as YOU! Follow Katelyn on Instagram to see her work: @deva.kg
Sammie Lynn - Hairstylist
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.
Samantha McGovern - Hair & Makeup Artist
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 - Hairstylist
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 - Hairstylist
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.
Cayla Cordova - Hairstylist
Cayla was born and raised in Northern California, and recently moved to the Colorado Springs in the summer of 2018. Cayla worked in various salons in Northern California, and also owned a salon there. She is passionate about her blondes, and is so excited about her new adventure as part of the J Gregory Team. In Cayla’s spare time she can be found hiking or at the dog park with her English Bulldog, Winston.
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 - Hairstylist
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 - Hairstylist
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.
Kasey Esclavon - Hairstylist
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.
Sky Cramer - Guest Relations
Andrea Brown - Hairstylist
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 - Hairstylist
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 - Hair 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.
Kandis Rich - Hairstylist
Kandis Rich was born and raised in central California and recently moved to Colorado Springs summer of 2018. Kandis has been doing hair for over five years. She loves making every client feel beautiful inside and out. She says it is her goal and desire to have every guest walk out with the biggest smile on their face. In Kandis’ spare time, she enjoys the great Colorado outdoor with her pit bull puppy Harper. J Gregory Salon is pleased to have Kandis as part of our team!
Desi Foster -
Desi’s background had her living in several parts of the country; however, she spent a large portion of her childhood in a small town in Texas. Loving the Southern hospitality and having an eagerness to please others, she decided to settle in the beautiful mountains of Colorado and make it her home. In high school, Desi participated in a dual-enrollment program, which allowed her to acquire her Associates Degree in Business Administration. Desi also competed for the state of Colorado in cheerleading as well as figure skating. Freelancing in makeup during that time ignited a spark for her future. Desi decided to follow her heart and enrolled in cosmo school, discovering that the beauty industry was her true calling. This industry had always been an integral part of her life during her other pursuits. Desi had worked with Bellami extensions for over four years, doing her teammates’ hair and makeup for cheer competitions. Desi loves providing others with services that have them walking out the door feeling ecstatic and confident, and states, “It is a feeling like no other.” She is committed and passionate about making people look and feel beautiful both inside and out. We are both pleased and delighted to have Desi as part of the J Gregory family!