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Cherrita Martin
Cherrita Martin
Supervising Educator

Cherrita completed her cosmetology training in Jamaica before relocating to the US. As supervising educator, she has over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry and 15 years as an educator. Always wanting to learn and achieve new goals, Cherrita has taken on a position as a cosmetology state board proctor in New Jersey. In the pursuit to advance her knowledge, Cherrita has completed 73 advanced educational hours.

Alejandra Pineda
Alejandra Pineda

Alejandra began her career in the education field. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Years of experience in the banking field coupled with a passion for teaching transformed into the exciting pursuit of financial aid. As compliance officer, her goals are to assist students in achieving their dreams by leading them thru the complex world of grants, scholarships, and loans.

Allison DeMaio
Allison DeMaio

As a beauty school graduate Allison is true believer in all things beautiful. She loves being the first person in the Student Salon and Spa to greet a client with a smile and to show our lovely students the ropes of managing a salon/spa. Allison lives by the quote "Just have fun. Laugh. Smile. And keep putting on lipstick."

Dana Cittrich
Dana Cittrich

Dana is a two-time Artistic Academy of Hair Design graduate. As a top graduate from the cosmetology program in 2012, she quickly became a coveted stylist specializing in men’s haircutting and barbering. Her passion for the industry and desire to share her talent led her to pursue the student teaching program at Artistic Academy of Hair Design. In the pursuit to advance her knowledge, Dana has completed 32 advanced educational hours.

Desiree Lewis
Desiree Lewis

By the age of 4, the beauty industry had captivated Desiree and she knew it would be her lifelong passion. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, she has training and certificates in make-up as well as a degree in gemology. As admissions advisor for Artistic Academy of Hair Design, Desiree’s passion is the opportunity to help future professionals achieve their dreams in their pursuit to become licensed industry professionals.

Kathleen Dwiatek
Kathleen Dwiatek

Kathleen is a two time graduate of Artistic Academy of Hair Design. Obtaining her cosmetology license in 2006, she found her true calling and passion for all things beauty. Combining her love of the industry and wanting to share that passion, making the decision to teach came natural. After honing her skills in a Morristown salon, she took the leap into teaching in 2010. Continuing education is the foundation to this industry and Katie has proudly acquired more than 204 advanced educational hours.

Keith Entricken
Keith Entricken

Keith began his career in the art industry as a classically trained fine artist, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree from The College of New Jersey. He has been able to incorporate all the elements of color and design into his work as a hairstylist. Keith specializes in innovative hair color, elegant event hairstyling, and classic and contemporary precision haircuts. He has worked for top major companies and salons such as: DePasquale the Spa, Ecru New York, and Artistic Academy, both as stylist and educator. Keith is currently a cosmetology state board proctor in NJ. In the pursuit to advance his knowledge, Keith has completed over 92 advanced educational hours.

Lauren Bacalhau
Lauren Bacalhau

Lauren has many years of experience in the education field and is excited for the opportunity to share it with her love for the beauty industry. She brings to Artistic Academy of Hair Design an exciting new outlook, a desire to be inspired and she can’t wait to have a front row seat as each student excels in their craft.

Lauren Pieschl
Lauren Hurban

Lauren is the epitome of the “home grown” Artistic Academy of Hair Design educator! After completing the cosmetology program in 2008 and aesthetics program in 2009, she pursued the student teaching program at Artistic Academy of Hair Design. In 2010, she successfully graduated and soon after joined the Artistic Academy of Hair Design family as a licensed educator. Knowledgeable and talented in both fields, Lauren has become a coveted mentor and coach who inspires her students to achieve their goals. In the pursuit to advance her knowledge, Lauren has completed over 134 advanced educational hours.

Michelle D’Aconti
Michelle D’Aconti

Michelle is a two time Artistic Academy of Hair Design graduate. Prior to joining the beauty industry, she was a preschool teacher for 6 years. In 2011, she obtained her cosmetology license and worked at DePasquale the Spa for several years. Seeking to combine her passion for teaching and the beauty industry, she pursued the student teaching program and joined the Artistic Academy family as an educator. Michelle loves being able to share her knowledge and passion for the industry with her students!

Nicole Nieves
Nicole Nieves

Nicole is an Artistic Academy of Hair Design graduate. After graduating from our Cosmetology program in 2009, she worked as a stylist for 6 years in a well known salon. Nicole rejoined the Artistic Academy family in 2015 as the Admissions Coordinator. She has a passion for the industry and helping students succeed in reaching their goals.

Nidia Sanchez
Nidia Sanchez

Nidia studied law in her native Dominican Republic before relocating to the United States. In 2008, she joined the Artistic Academy of Hair Design family and has become a valuable asset to the company. She enjoys working at the school and watching the students grow and develop during their time here. Nidia’s contagious smile and pride in the school set the tone for a positive learning and working environment.

Stephanie Barbero
Stephanie Barbero

Stephanie is a two time Artistic Academy of Hair Design graduate. After obtaining her cosmetology license, she honed her skills at the world renown salon and spa, DePasquale the Spa. Stephanie has always had a strong passion for the industry. She specializes in: barbering, men’s cuts, hair color and cutting, and bridal events. She enjoys using her knowledge to teach and help her students become the industry professionals they seek to become.

Stephany Cedano
Stephany Cedano

Stephany holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in psychology from Montclair State University. She has a background in cosmetology and loves to perfect the newest trends. She has a passion for working with others and helping them reach their goals. As financial aid assistant, her superior customer service skills and knowledge are an asset to the financial aid office.