Our Team

Meet the Owners

Sheena Mackenzie

Co-Owner/CTO/Master Stylist/KEVIN.MURPHY Key Educator

Sheena began her journey in Washington D.C at the prestigious Graham Webb International Academy of Hair in 2004. She began working at some of the best salons in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Starting as an apprentice, then stylist, to educator, now to salon co-owner and head of education at Meraki Salon. Throughout her career, she has attained top level technical skills to create both on trend and classic looks.

Her communication skills enable her to decipher what a guest needs and desires, tailoring their service with the highest level of performance and satisfaction. Sheena’s warm sincere presence and positive attitude ensures every clients experience is most enjoyable. She has a natural talent to put at ease an unsure client, creating a comfortable atmosphere during their service. She makes sure every guest walks away feeling confident, relaxed and renewed. She has found there is no better gift to give! Outside of the salon, Sheena loves spending time with her husband and son, enjoys scary movies, animals and traveling anywhere tropical.

Michelle Ghassemi

Co-Owner/CFO/Marketing Director

Michelle graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2005 for Cosmetology and in 2009 at Finlandia University for Business and Communications. She maintains active cosmetologist licensure in several states. Throughout her career along the east coast, she has played a variety of roles in both local independent businesses and corporations. She has extensive experience in operating an independent business, managing million dollar corporate branches as well as customer relations and personnel management.

She enjoys listening and sincerely connecting with clients and staff. She takes the time necessary to ensure that anyone that enters her business will leave feeling appreciated, understood and respected. She has a passion for people and loves the variety of life! Outside of the salon, she enjoys road/mountain biking, painting, gardening, healthy cooking and baking. She also enjoys international travel with her husband. She strives to create and maintain a natural, balanced, sustainable environment for her family and for her business.

Meet Our Staff

Summer Mitchell

Senior Stylist/Blonding Specialist

After concluding her schooling in 2008, Summer went on to work in a salon and complete her apprenticeship on the lovely 0BX (outer banks) of North Carolina.    She has gone on to craft her passion with enhanced education from Aveda and Kevin Murphy to truly re-create all shades of blondes with classic and advanced custom techniques. She also enjoys textured cutting of all lengths and everyday styling. Summer has a unique ability to ensure her clients are truly heard & feel comfortable. She has always shown attention to detail & delivered excellent communication skills every time. She provides an honest upfront dialogue her clients can trust & rely on, to deliver the total package for them!

Ashley Walden

Senior Stylist/Balayage Specialist

Graduating from Aveda in 2007, Ashley worked in Chapel Hill for 7 years then made the move to Raleigh. “I loved the idea that a simple wash & style or a dramatic cut & color could change the way someone felt about themselves. Knowing I am a part of that process is where my passion for this industry comes from. I enjoy it all!” Ashley has the skills needed to formulate the perfect color for a guest whether it be dramatic, subtle or anywhere in beween, to give a fresh perspective on a totally new you with a transformational cut or a simple make-up application. “I am excited for this new journey in my career and I am honored to be working beside such a great & talented team of artists here at Meraki Salon.”

Samantha (Sam) Jodrie

Stylist/Level 2

Samantha graduated from Wake Technical Community College with an Associate in Arts Degree for Cosmetology in 2013. “I am creative and enjoy keeping up with the newest trends to ensure my clients leave happy. I love this career and everything it entails. Every client that sits in my chair leaves with a little piece of my heart because this is my passion! I am beyond excited to begin this journey at Meraki Salon and have the opportunity to work alongside some very talented stylists.” In her free time, she loves spending time with her daughter and husband as well as Sunday football and arts & crafts.

Rebeccah (Beccah) Thiel

Stylist/Advanced Level 2

 Beccah is a top graduate of Aveda Chapel Hill in 2015, participating in Beauty for a Cure Cut-a-thon and leading the Great Gatsby group at Aveda’s Earth Jam while attending. On her days off she’d create photo shoots in her backyard, linking up with a photography group that did different themed photo shoots! “So so fun!”  She has entered national competitions, placing among the top 100.  “What I love most about this industry is people, learning about their lives and what drives them. I love low maintenance color, grey blending, creative color and outside the box haircuts. What I love about Meraki the most, is how much they care about their current and potential clients by selectively choosing what products to carry that are green and eco-friendly. Free of all the “bad” ingredients! Also all the plants!” In Beccah’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her “tiny” family as well as…”Being outside is something I’ve always been drawn to. No better way to recharge then getting my hands dirty.”

Caroline McCoy

Stylist/Advanced Level 1

Caroline completed her schooling in 2016 at Paul Mitchell The School in Delaware. She has been recognized for her attention to detail, commitment to clients, consistent professionalism and energetic spirit. “As a hairstylist, I believe my work is not only about the hair, but also about the client and the art that we create. I like to focus on making every client feel unique, valued, and ultimately satisfied with the end result. My heart and dedication are put into every haircut, color, and client interaction.” Caroline is also an accomplished graphics designer and portrait artist so she has a strong desire and passion in all things creative! She loves to make sure each person leaving her chair is happy and satisfied.  “I look forward to making Meraki my salon home as well as Raleigh and can’t wait to meet you all! Let’s create art together!”

Chloee Britt

Stylist/Level 1

Chloee graduated in 2017 from Paul Mitchell The School with top honors in color and cutting, active in “every club” she could participate in. Her passion for hair started at the early age of 8 and has only grown as she’s gotten older! Her friends and family have been her “guinea pigs” as the years went by. Chloee has a passion for Balayage and the customization it provides her guests as well as blonding in general. “Hair to me is more than that…it’s happiness!” She loves working here at Meraki Salon “because it’s a welcoming and happy environment to be in, it feels like a home away from home!”

Paige Hoffman

Salon Assistant/Advanced Apprentice

 Paige graduated from Mitchells Academy in 2018, doing assisting and full time schooling simultaneously while enrolled. She has proven to be an advanced and quick learner with skills that are similar to those with many years of experience behind the chair. She continues to have a drive for learning and perfecting her skills as an emerging stylist. For as long as she could remember her life’s passion has continually revolved around the beauty industry. She is eager to turn her natural love into a long term career here at Meraki Salon where she is able to learn from some of the best in the area. As a Raleigh native, Paige feels at home here and is eager to grow within this great community! “I’m so lucky to be training and learning alongside all of these top stylists and can’t wait to meet all the new faces that walk into Meraki Salon.”

Taylor Swanson

Salon Coordinator

Taylor grew up in New England, but in the past 11 years she has lived all over the United States. She moved to North Carolina three years ago and has grown to love Raleigh. Taylor received her education at the Aveda Institute in Philadelphia in 2006 and worked in a salon for a few years, but quickly learned the administrative side of the industry was a better fit for her skill set. “Things that make me super happy are sunshine, travel, pizza, coffee, my dog and of course hair and beauty products! I am a product junkie! Oh, and did I mention coffee! I love meeting new people so I look forward to seeing everyone at Meraki Salon!”

Amber Morris

Salon Coordinator

Amber was born and raised just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina until she moved to Wilmington to get her degrees in Exercise Science and French. More schooling brought her to Raleigh, where she is finishing her Masters of Nutrition at Meredith College. She loves working in environments with a constant flow of creative and positive energy – and Meraki is just that! She loves making guests feel at home and making sure that they’re ecstatic with their experience. Outside of work and school, Amber enjoys spending time outdoors with her two dogs – Clementine & Azalea as well as exploring all the local gems that Raleigh has to offer. She can easily be won over with a strong beer, bold coffee, or a good curry.  She can’t wait to greet & meet all the beautiful people that walk into Meraki Salon!

Amanda Averett

Salon Coordinator

Amanda has lived in North Carolina her entire life. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from NC State, and is currently working towards her Masters of Nutrition at Meredith College. Amanda has always had an interest in hair and beauty, but it has recently developed into something so much more than that. She is constantly searching for fun new makeup and hair ideas and products to try, so feel free to share any ideas you have! In her free time, Amanda likes to play with her pet cat, hang out at the lake, go to the gym, and check out local restaurants. “Meraki Salon feels like a family, and that’s what I love most about it! The beautiful hairstyles are just icing on the cake! I am so excited to meet all the clientele and be a part of their experience at this incredible salon!”