MEET OUR TEAM

Diane Cole Stevens
Diane Cole Stevens

Diane Cole Stevens, Owner of Cole Stevens Salon, is an internationally recognized Hair Stylist, Entrepreneur, Life Coach & Mentor, Educator and Philanthropist. She is the visionary behind Cole Stevens, an award-winning salon with two highly sought destinations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and its’ Texture Manifesto Series-cut, colour and styling techniques on curly to coily hair. This has catapulted Diane and her Styling Team to a global platform as the innovators on texture and multicultural hair trends.

For over 13 years, Diane has partnered with WELLA, the Company, and represents Nioxin and Wella as a Top Artist. She has been featured in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Pop Sugar, Delta Sky Magazine and Refinery 29 as a thinning hair expert and top colorist. Diane is also on the Board of Directors for Intercoiffure América/Canada.

In addition to her passion and skill for hair, Diane is the CEO and founder of the Cinderella Foundation. Founded in 2002, the organization helps, inspires and guides young women in underserved areas. Diane travels to Sierra Leone, West Africa, with a team of stylists and spiritual leaders to teach women cosmetology skills so they may seek employment or start their own businesses.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Renee Williams
Renee Williams

Level: Artistic Director

Joined Cole Stevens in 2011

Experience: 25 years

Savvy in: Extension specialist including Microlinks (hand tied, strand by strand, individual rows), Tape ins, Clip ins, traditional install, closure install, hand stitch, integration systems, Metowi Method; Trichology Practitioner; Color Customization; Precision Hair Cutting; Wig Making/Installations and Keratin certified. Renee has had extensive training from such names as Vidal Sassoon, Wella Color Expert, one on one with Steven Moody precision cutting.

Press/Media mentions: Renee’s work has been featured in Essence & Black Sophisticates Magazine. She has worked with several award shows including BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards and MTV Awards shows. She also has an extensive list of celebrity clients, as well as sports and political figures

Fun Fact: Renee loves Bike riding; working out and business organization. She also taught spinning for 5 years

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Jacquelyn Sullivan
Jacquelyn Sullivan

Level: Creative

Joined Cole Stevens Salon originally in 2008-2017 returned in 2021

Experience: Dudley Center and Nu Yu, Graduated from The Aveda Institute in Washington, D.C., participated in Trend Vision for 4 years; completed numerous Wella color classes. Vidal Sassoon ABC Cutting Classes; Worked with Martin Pretoria on fashion shoots and Summer Dennis music videos. Jackie has completed Devacurl Cutting classes in New York. She has also traveled to Paris, France and trained with David Mullett.

Savvy in:Precision cutting, Wella color and natural styles

Fun Fact: Jackie is a Certified Nutritionist through the Living Light Culinary Institute, and she is a certified yoga instructor.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Jamel Monroe
Jamel Monroe

Level: Director

Joined Cole Stevens in September of 2015

Experience: 36 years

Savvy in short hairstyles and statement cutting

Fun Fact: Prior to Cole Stevens, Jamel collaborated with top beauty brands, Mizani and Revlon, as a Platform Artist, soon followed by his achievements in the Black Hair Olympics.

Check out his work on INSTAGRAM

Koren Green
Koren Green

Level: Director

Joined Cole Stevens in February 2018

Savvy in cutting, the bob and pixie cuts are her speciality. One of 7 finalists for Intercoiffure New York Fashion Week in 2019. Completed Wella’s Color craft 1,2 & 3 in Calabasas, CA 2022; Mustafa’s Hollywood wave and updo class in NYC. Vidal Sassoon ABC Cutting Course Miami. Koren’s work has been featured in The Washingtonian, 3 full page spreads in Black Hair Sophisticates, Vanity Fair, Washington Life, and during NY Fashion Week. Celebrity clientele includes numerous political and television figures and the president of Essence Magazine.

Fun Fact: Koren is motivated by success! She enjoys cooking at home and other activities that engage the body such as yoga class and playing tennis.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Giselle Sencion
Giselle Sencion

Level: Director

Joined in 2007

Savvy in specialized cuts and styles – including curls

Fun Fact: Giselle’s friendly and humorous personality is what intrigues her clients. For each appointment and consultation, she starts and begins with a smile.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Brenda Arias

Level: Director

Joined Cole Stevens in 2008

Savvy in round brushing and a variety of styling techniques

Fun Fact: Brenda is a great teacher. Her positive spirit always uplifts her peers and clients.

Ashley Gibbs
Ashley Gibbs

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens in 2012

Experience: Paul Mitchell Academy graduate with over 11 years experience

Savvy in: Natural hair styling, extensions including micro links, blow dry and style. Participated in the HydraPure commercial and photo shoot, texture boot camp and the hair extension training curriculum.. Has trained with Mustafa Styling class in Soho, New York.

Fun Fact: Ashley has danced professionally for over 20 years. She was a band dancer at her alma mater, Bowie State University and she has worked previously as a dance coach for the Accokeek Academy.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Zewdi Bahbla
Zewdi Bahbla

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens Salon in 2018; she has over 9 years experience

Savvy in: Hair enhancements, flat twist, cornrows, feed in braids and spa like shampoo
Completed Cole Stevens Texture Hair curriculum part 1 & 2

Fun Fact: Zewdi is Eritrean born and loves to travel

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Kayla Harper
Kayla Harper

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens Salon in 2020

Savvy in: Extensions (tape ins, beaded wefts, sew ins, clip ins) Color (highlights, balayage); blow dry and styling; Precision cut bobs; Ponytails

Career highlights: Downtown fashion week for Oscar de la Renta in New York; Sara Blakely CEO and founder of SPANX; Elana Meyers Taylor the most decorated black winter Olympian.
Completed Wella and Redken color classes.

Fun Fact: Hobbies are blogging, going to museums, touring different restaurants, and going to home decor stores in her free time for inspiration. Kayla’s birthday is two days after Valentine’s Day and she has a heart shaped birthmark on her right leg

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Carolyn Elbert
Carolyn Elbert

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens Salon in 2020

Savvy in: Extensions, blow dry and styling finishings, flat twists and all things curly.
Part of the CS weave curriculum team, CS boot camp training and participated in the HydraPure commercial photo shoot.

Fun Fact: Carolyn has an infectious laugh and smile. She is very serious at work and is about getting the job done

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Paris Butler
Paris Butler

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens in October 2020

Savvy in: Natural hair styles, color and cutting

Fun Fact: Paris does not like chocolate but loves peanut butter

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Olga Echavarria
Olga Echavarria

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens in 2009

Awards: Cole Stevens’ Most Valuable Player Award (2013) and Most Passionate Award (2015)

Savvy in: Protecting healthy hair. Master of Hair and scalp issues to promote hair growth and strengthening. Round brush, scalp treatments and intense moisture treatments

Fun Fact: Volunteer lead team member of styling girls hair in the Cinderella foundation. Nicknamed the “Salon Concierge” of Cole Stevens Salon. She treats the client experience as paramount.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Nelly Hernandez
Nelly Hernandez

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens in 2013

Experience: 9 years

Savvy Excellent in Round Brush and Silk press technique, flat twist and two strand twist sets, Flexi-Rods styles.

Fun Fact: Nelly speaks fluent Spanish and is always positive, happy and spiritual

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Artistic
Diane Cole Stevens
Diane Cole Stevens

Diane Cole Stevens, Owner of Cole Stevens Salon, is an internationally recognized Hair Stylist, Entrepreneur, Life Coach & Mentor, Educator and Philanthropist. She is the visionary behind Cole Stevens, an award-winning salon with two highly sought destinations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and its’ Texture Manifesto Series-cut, colour and styling techniques on curly to coily hair. This has catapulted Diane and her Styling Team to a global platform as the innovators on texture and multicultural hair trends.

For over 13 years, Diane has partnered with WELLA, the Company, and represents Nioxin and Wella as a Top Artist. She has been featured in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Pop Sugar, Delta Sky Magazine and Refinery 29 as a thinning hair expert and top colorist. Diane is also on the Board of Directors for Intercoiffure América/Canada.

In addition to her passion and skill for hair, Diane is the CEO and founder of the Cinderella Foundation. Founded in 2002, the organization helps, inspires and guides young women in underserved areas. Diane travels to Sierra Leone, West Africa, with a team of stylists and spiritual leaders to teach women cosmetology skills so they may seek employment or start their own businesses.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Renee Williams
Renee Williams

Level: Artistic Director

Joined Cole Stevens in 2011

Experience: 25 years

Savvy in: Extension specialist including Microlinks (hand tied, strand by strand, individual rows), Tape ins, Clip ins, traditional install, closure install, hand stitch, integration systems, Metowi Method; Trichology Practitioner; Color Customization; Precision Hair Cutting; Wig Making/Installations and Keratin certified. Renee has had extensive training from such names as Vidal Sassoon, Wella Color Expert, one on one with Steven Moody precision cutting.

Press/Media mentions: Renee’s work has been featured in Essence & Black Sophisticates Magazine. She has worked with several award shows including BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards and MTV Awards shows. She also has an extensive list of celebrity clients, as well as sports and political figures

Fun Fact: Renee loves Bike riding; working out and business organization. She also taught spinning for 5 years

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Creative
Jacquelyn Sullivan
Jacquelyn Sullivan

Level: Creative

Joined Cole Stevens Salon originally in 2008-2017 returned in 2021

Experience: Dudley Center and Nu Yu, Graduated from The Aveda Institute in Washington, D.C., participated in Trend Vision for 4 years; completed numerous Wella color classes. Vidal Sassoon ABC Cutting Classes; Worked with Martin Pretoria on fashion shoots and Summer Dennis music videos. Jackie has completed Devacurl Cutting classes in New York. She has also traveled to Paris, France and trained with David Mullett.

Savvy in:Precision cutting, Wella color and natural styles

Fun Fact: Jackie is a Certified Nutritionist through the Living Light Culinary Institute, and she is a certified yoga instructor.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Director
Jamel Monroe
Jamel Monroe

Level: Director

Joined Cole Stevens in September of 2015

Experience: 36 years

Savvy in short hairstyles and statement cutting

Fun Fact: Prior to Cole Stevens, Jamel collaborated with top beauty brands, Mizani and Revlon, as a Platform Artist, soon followed by his achievements in the Black Hair Olympics.

Check out his work on INSTAGRAM

Koren Green
Koren Green

Level: Director

Joined Cole Stevens in February 2018

Savvy in cutting, the bob and pixie cuts are her speciality. One of 7 finalists for Intercoiffure New York Fashion Week in 2019. Completed Wella’s Color craft 1,2 & 3 in Calabasas, CA 2022; Mustafa’s Hollywood wave and updo class in NYC. Vidal Sassoon ABC Cutting Course Miami. Koren’s work has been featured in The Washingtonian, 3 full page spreads in Black Hair Sophisticates, Vanity Fair, Washington Life, and during NY Fashion Week. Celebrity clientele includes numerous political and television figures and the president of Essence Magazine.

Fun Fact: Koren is motivated by success! She enjoys cooking at home and other activities that engage the body such as yoga class and playing tennis.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Giselle Sencion
Giselle Sencion

Level: Director

Joined in 2007

Savvy in specialized cuts and styles – including curls

Fun Fact: Giselle’s friendly and humorous personality is what intrigues her clients. For each appointment and consultation, she starts and begins with a smile.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Brenda Arias

Level: Director

Joined Cole Stevens in 2008

Savvy in round brushing and a variety of styling techniques

Fun Fact: Brenda is a great teacher. Her positive spirit always uplifts her peers and clients.

Designer
Ashley Gibbs
Ashley Gibbs

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens in 2012

Experience: Paul Mitchell Academy graduate with over 11 years experience

Savvy in: Natural hair styling, extensions including micro links, blow dry and style. Participated in the HydraPure commercial and photo shoot, texture boot camp and the hair extension training curriculum.. Has trained with Mustafa Styling class in Soho, New York.

Fun Fact: Ashley has danced professionally for over 20 years. She was a band dancer at her alma mater, Bowie State University and she has worked previously as a dance coach for the Accokeek Academy.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Zewdi Bahbla
Zewdi Bahbla

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens Salon in 2018; she has over 9 years experience

Savvy in: Hair enhancements, flat twist, cornrows, feed in braids and spa like shampoo
Completed Cole Stevens Texture Hair curriculum part 1 & 2

Fun Fact: Zewdi is Eritrean born and loves to travel

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Kayla Harper
Kayla Harper

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens Salon in 2020

Savvy in: Extensions (tape ins, beaded wefts, sew ins, clip ins) Color (highlights, balayage); blow dry and styling; Precision cut bobs; Ponytails

Career highlights: Downtown fashion week for Oscar de la Renta in New York; Sara Blakely CEO and founder of SPANX; Elana Meyers Taylor the most decorated black winter Olympian.
Completed Wella and Redken color classes.

Fun Fact: Hobbies are blogging, going to museums, touring different restaurants, and going to home decor stores in her free time for inspiration. Kayla’s birthday is two days after Valentine’s Day and she has a heart shaped birthmark on her right leg

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Carolyn Elbert
Carolyn Elbert

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens Salon in 2020

Savvy in: Extensions, blow dry and styling finishings, flat twists and all things curly.
Part of the CS weave curriculum team, CS boot camp training and participated in the HydraPure commercial photo shoot.

Fun Fact: Carolyn has an infectious laugh and smile. She is very serious at work and is about getting the job done

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Paris Butler
Paris Butler

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens in October 2020

Savvy in: Natural hair styles, color and cutting

Fun Fact: Paris does not like chocolate but loves peanut butter

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Olga Echavarria
Olga Echavarria

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens in 2009

Awards: Cole Stevens’ Most Valuable Player Award (2013) and Most Passionate Award (2015)

Savvy in: Protecting healthy hair. Master of Hair and scalp issues to promote hair growth and strengthening. Round brush, scalp treatments and intense moisture treatments

Fun Fact: Volunteer lead team member of styling girls hair in the Cinderella foundation. Nicknamed the “Salon Concierge” of Cole Stevens Salon. She treats the client experience as paramount.

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM

Nelly Hernandez
Nelly Hernandez

Level: Designer

Joined Cole Stevens in 2013

Experience: 9 years

Savvy Excellent in Round Brush and Silk press technique, flat twist and two strand twist sets, Flexi-Rods styles.

Fun Fact: Nelly speaks fluent Spanish and is always positive, happy and spiritual

Check out her work on INSTAGRAM