A word from the founder
“Our team is on the same page, education is a non-negotiable for us. Our team has been trained by the best in the world. Paul Mitchell as a company provides the platform to allow a career path and growth for our hairstylists. Our team, is a dedicated, forward-focused, positive, talented group of individuals that, together, create this synergy to provide the greatest experience when our guests are with us.”
– James Anthony Salerno, Founder
Jenna has a passion for style, creativity, and she uses both to help transform you into the best possible version of yourself! Jenna is a graduate of Paul Mitchell the School Rhode Island and has been with James Anthony Salon since 2006. She has extensive experience in both curly and ethnic hair textures. In addition, Jenna is committed to attain the best continued education through monthly classes on the latest cutting and coloring techniques, as well as attending the yearly Signature Gathering Education event in Las Vegas. Jenna also has a passion and commitment to various charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, Food for Africa, and various organizations James Anthony Salon supports during its annual FUN-raising season. “I am passionate about what I do and who I do it for. I would love to have the privilege to share that with you!”
James Anthony Salerno is president of James Anthony Salon and co-founder/co-owner of Paul Mitchell The School – Chicago, PMTS – Lombard, and PMTS – Escanaba, Michigan. He is a second generation stylist who has been around the beauty industry since his youth. He enrolled in cosmetology school in 1980, with the hope to follow in his father’s footsteps, and did so. Jim seized an opportunity to break out on his own. He has owned and operated James Anthony Salon since 1991. Jim’s years at his father’s salon were great years, and provided the impetus in forming what has become the number one Paul Mitchell Salon in Illinois and Salon Today’s Top 20 Salons in the country. The salon is mainly composed of Paul Mitchell School graduates, and carries on the Paul Mitchell Culture. At James Anthony Salon people come first, from the team, to their guests…exceeding expectations is always the goal.
Tina has passion and love for the beauty industry, through extensive education and dedication she has grown her career, in addition to adding a cosmetology teacher’s license, which she uses to grow the future of the industry by guiding and coaching the future professionals. Tina believes that when you love what you do, love who you do it with and love who you do it for, then success follows. “Education and giving back are what allows you to move forward, and in return I grow in my talents, and in life!” Tina is recognized in the industry as a leader who not only applies her positive attitude, but employs the imagination and creativity that keeps us on the cutting edge. She was written up in Chicago Magazine as “top 49 stylists in Chicago” as a long hair specialist. “I absolutely love the industry I have chosen that has made my dreams a reality and my team, our beautiful salon space and our schools.”
Stephanie’s love for hair and make-up began at a young age in her life. She has an extensive background in the beauty industry. A graduate of Paul Mitchell The School Santa Barbara, Stephanie knew her desire in making others look and feel good was her destiny. Stephanie is a professionally trained make-up artist with 12 years experience and is a hair extension specialist. Hard work and dedication has given Stephanie the opportunity to further her career with John Paul Mitchell Systems, as a Paul Mitchell National Color Educator. Her top-notch skills have opened many doors including several seasons at LA Fashion Week, working on celebrity photo shoots, and with Warner Bros Studio for Comic Con. The love she has for this industry is shown in her work. She does everything is with strong passion. Coming to us from Southern California, Stephanie is elated to be a part of the James Anthony Salon Team.
Megan comes to James Anthony Salon with over ten years of experience in the hair and beauty industry. She graduated from The Technology Center of DuPage, in Addison, IL in 2007. In 2010, she worked backstage in NYC doing hair for Broadway Bares, a production that benefits AIDS research. Her passion for education and learning led her to become a Paul Mitchell National Color Educator in 2015. She loves the Paul Mitchell culture and enjoys sharing tools, products, and techniques with other salons and schools! She enjoys doing all types of haircuts and colors, but especially loves balayage and hand painting, color transformations, and doing makeup for weddings and special occasions. We are thrilled to have Megan join us as a member of the James Anthony team!
Lacy has a passion for staying on top of trends to always keep your style up to date. She says “As long as I can remember I’ve been devouring fashion and style magazines… I would choose them over dinner sometimes!”. In order to do so, she attends all the continuing education the salon has to offer and is always looking for opportunities to further master her craft. Lacy is a graduate of Paul Mitchell the School Escanaba. She started her career knowing that her goal was to be the best of the best by receiving high honors in cutting, color, texture and make-up. In addition, she completed the intense tasks required to achieve Dean’s List while also being a tenacious member of each of the student run committees. While in school, Lacy came to know and love the James Anthony family through owners Jim and Tina Salerno who also co-own Paul Mitchell the School Escanaba. With her say yes attitude and tenacity, she achieved it all. We are excited to have Lacy be a strong and dedicated part of our Stylist Team. Lacy will always exceed your expectations and make sure you have an amazing experience when you are visiting the salon. Lacy joined the industry because of her passion for helping her guests become their best self.
Since graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Chicago, Lauren has consistently striven for the best in continuing education. She has attended specialty classes all over the country, including Paul Mitchell seminars in Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Beverly Hills. She is a passionate stylist at James Anthony Salon and is dedicated to her work. She travels in from Indiana every day to do what she truly loves, and her clients always rave about their experience. Lauren is a well rounded Stylist that can create any look for you based off the consultation. She is excited to share her expertise, knowledge and passion with you!
Raz started her career graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Chicago. While in school she quickly excelled earning Honors in Color and Texture. In addition, she was an active part of the school culture including Student Council, Social Networking Club, and Be Nice Team. She has attended numerous Advanced Education classes including the National Caper Event in Las Vegas and The Paul Mitchell Gathering. It was Raz’s dedication and passion at school that led her to our team at James Anthony Salon. Raz’s love for everything in the beauty industry has made her a favorite in the salon. Being a successful stylist has always been her dream, she would love to share her passion with you.
Erika is a graduate of Paul Mitchell The School Lombard. She graduated with high honors in every category, cut, color, and texture and was an exemplary future professional. Now a part of James Anthony’s Stylist team, she continues her love for education and passion for styling long hair. Eri is our expert braid specialist, creating intricate looks to wow you! Eri is a well rounded stylist that loves creating the perfect look for her guests. She is a great listener and will utilize what she learns from you to give you the added confidence of looking and feeling your best!
Since graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Lombard, Kat decided to pursue her creativity and passion for the beauty industry by joining James Anthony Salon. What makes this salon so special to her is the passion and goals that she gets to share with her like minded team members. Kat loves the relationships she gets to build with her guests every visit, and she strives to ‘hit it out of the park’ right away during your consultation to ensure you receive what you have always wanted in your hair. Kat has an expertise in working with skinnier hair textures and fun and exciting color techniques. She’s passionate about her dynamic and continuous Paul Mitchell education, which allows her to thrive in working with all different hair textures and styles.
Since her graduation from Paul Mitchell The School Chicago, Leticia has been a dedicated hair-dresser. A Stylist at James Anthony Salon, her wide-spread skill set makes her a favorite with our guests. Leticia is efficient in men’s cutting and barbering, hiliting, balayage and ombre techniques and has a love for long hair styling. She continues her education with the salon’s requirements and is consistently working on honing her skills to grow in her career path with our company. Leticia is also certified in Hairtalk Extensions and can change your look in an instant by simply adding length, shape or volume. She loves what she does and it shows in her talent and busy in demand schedule.
Graduating Paul Mitchell The School Chicago with high honors, and the top of her class, Andrea, quickly worked her way thru James Anthony Salon’s Rising Star Program and is a Stylist, with a love and special talent for transformations in color. She enjoys long hair styling, does beautiful make up and enjoys meeting new people. She is eager to please and create the ultimate look for you! Andrea, loves her craft and practices it any chance she can. A daymaker at heart.
Stella has been a nail tech at James Anthony Salon since 1994, and has gained the respect and loyalty of her guests by providing them with the ultimate “natural” manicure and pedicures. Stella is known in the community has the “nail doctor.” Stella’s background in working as a lab technician in a hospital in her hometown, Poland. There she specialized in bacteriology, serology, chemistry, and hematology. This kind of work, knowledge and experience, is what allows Stella to be aware and knowledgeable about the various diseases one can encounter, and is aware of the treatments that can be done. Stella continues to grow in her field by attending various trainings and certifications in the nail industry. Stella’s guests’ experience her love and passion for what she does and her belief in giving only the ultimate in customer service, by being a day maker! Stella is always at the forefront of what is new in the nail world and loves to share that with her guests.
Mara has played many roles over the years at James Anthony Salon. Her various career experiences have lead her to become the salon manager and service desk leader. Thru Mara’s time at managing an office and being sales assistant at her previous job, coordinating meetings, taking care of customer services, and completing orders of sales, she has brought much to the table to James Anthony. Mara is a passionate, dedicated individual, she loves to exceed every guests’ expectation, and to support the career path of the team. She makes sure that the salon runs free of challenges and that all of our guests’ needs are met. Mara has a background in aesthetics as well, and has been around the beauty industry for many years, so she understands the importance of being efficient with scheduling and pampering our guests’ and creating an amazing experience.