Experienced & Professional

Our success depends on your success!

Carmelo Gugliotti

I invite you to become a part of our passionate and enthusiastic family and we will help you make your dreams come true. You have chosen a wonderful profession, now choose an outstanding school.

– CARMELO GUGLIOTTI
IIC Founder

Administration

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CRISTINA GUGLIOTTI

Assistant School Director

Cristina is the wonderful mother of four boys including Leonardo Gugliotti (Artistic Director), Ariel Gugliotti, Martin Gugliotti(Dean of Students), and Damian Gugliotti (Chief Financial Officer), loving wife of Carmelo Gugliotti (School Director). Her one on one interaction with students and staff helps her keep her finger on the pulse of the school. Always seeking to motivate and encourage students she has and continues to come up with exciting events for students to partake in, such as; Dress Down Days to benefit a variety of organizations and people in need, Festive Days like Halloween and Valentine’s day. She helps coordinate trips to Hair shows and other field related events. Her mothering nature truly shines down on the student body. Cristina is well rounded in education, she was a teacher in her home country of Argentina for many years before moving with her family to the USA.

MARTIN GUGLIOTTI

Dean of Students

Martin became a licensed hairstylist when he was 16 years old. He has won 3 National Championships, competed in many International competitions, participated in 3 World Championships, and is a 2nd place World Champion. He has instructed many classes nationally and has taken part in many hair shows nationally and internationally. Martin is an NCA competitor, educator, and designer.

DAMIAN GUGLIOTTI

CFO

Damian has always been a behind the scenes part of IIC. He was born in Argentina and moved to America when he was three, which has made him fluent in Spanish as well as English. Damian graduated Cum Laude with a Finance degree from the University of Connecticut. Now, he uses this knowledge learned in college to head our student loan programs and all school finances.

LEONARDO GUGLIOTTI

Artistic Director

Leonardo became a licensed hairstylist when he was 16 years old. Similar to his brother Martin, he has been involved in the hairdressing field all of his life. Leo has worn many hats as a competitor, instructor, educator and designer. He has been holding educational seminars for many years both nationally and internationally. In addition to his passion for hairdressing he also holds a Master’s degree in business and is always looking for ways to implement his knowledge and teaching of the salon atmosphere into the classroom setting.

MARIE BOBAIR

Director of Education

Marie joined the International Institute of Cosmetology family in 2002- bringing with her over 20 years of hairdressing experience.

Marie chose IIC because of their progressive way of teaching and the passion they have for the industry. Being well versed in the Milady and Pivot Point curriculums and having advanced training in Balmain Extensions, Wella, Sebastian, Nioxin and ISO gave her the opportunity to encourage her students individually and creatively while learning the basics of hairdressing. She accepted the position of Director of Education at IIC over 10 years ago. This gives her the responsibility to tailor our curriculum to meet the ever changing demands of the Cosmetology industry and keep our students current with all the trending fashions of hair. She is passionate about overseeing the successes of our students experience while going through our program and the pride they feel when they are ready to enter the world of Cosmetology. 

MARK ANDERSON

School Dean

Mark joined the IIC family in 2019 and brings more than 15 years experience as an educator and administrator.  He endevers to offer support and guidance to IIC students, Instructors and staff.  He holds graduate degrees in Public Policy and Military History and loves nothing more than being in a classroom of students eager to learn. He has a very simple philosophy when it comes to education: “Once my student, always my student.”

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GINA MUSUMECI-WERNER

Assistant Director of Education

Gina began her career as a stylist in 1990. After spending 20 years designing hair and becoming certified as a color specialist, precision cutting specialist, certified makeup artist and certified nail technician. After years of work she realized her second passion of being an educator in this amazing industry of art and beauty. 

She furthered her education by obtaining an initial certification in vocational education at CCSU. She also took college courses in Art, Design and Psychology. With additional certifications in Aesthetics, Redken Exchange NYC-color specialist, Wella-Color specialist, Pivot Point-Cutting and several instructor certifications. She is fully able to aid in all facets of student development. 

After much research, she chose the International Institute of Cosmetology because of their dedication to education and their encouragement to have all students reach their full potential in this industry. 

As an instructor, it is her passion to motivate and inspire her students to take the education that is offered to them and apply it towards their goals as a cosmetologist. She intertwines the basic knowledge of Cosmetology with real life salon experiences in order to give students a realistic expectation of salon life. 

She became the Assistant Director of Education in the Wethersfield Campus in 2010. It is a pleasure to oversee the successes of the students as they become more confident in their abilities as aspiring artists in the field of Cosmetology. 

She encourages our students to take their creative visions and develop them into works of fashion and art in this ever changing and exciting industry. 

ANGELA URCIUOLI

Assistant Director of Education

Angela began her career in Cosmetology over 17 years ago. After gaining a wealth of knowledge working behind the chair, she decided to further her career in the field of Cosmetology education. In 2007, she chose the International Institute of Cosmetology due to the tremendous reputation of the school and the passion the owners have in creating the best learning environment possible. She was able to bring her advanced education in Wella, Sebastian, Nioxin and the Hair Color Academy to her students, while training them in the basics of the hairdressing industry. She continues her education by attending annual CEA conferences and implementing the latest information in education.  In 2010, she was offered the position of Assistant Director of Education in our Plainville Campus. She brings a sense of fairness, positivity and passion for the industry to our students and enjoys witnessing all of their successes. It has always been a goal for her to see our students achieve their dreams through the education IIC has to offer. After an exciting week and all our work is done, you can find the staff and students enjoying a 10 minute happy dance, just for the fun of it!!!!

TEENA GUGLIOTTI

Director of Branding and Culture

Success to me is Persevering through obstacles

Over the years I have been fortunate in my career to evolve and reinvent myself. My extensive background in makeup and clienteling brought me to a regional artist level.  I was able to work at events directly with Laura Mercier & share meetings with the owner of Philosophy cosmetics Cristina Carlino. My education in hair started when my well respected hairdresser told me to pick a Pivot Point school & International Institute of Cosmetology just opened. Quickly my schooling went to learning about all the newest things the industry has to offer. My respect for the industry grew to new levels by being In a competition in Chicago, learning Great Lengths & Balmain hair extensions, and amazing color techniques. I assisted in bringing makeup & Lemarca products in the salon and International Institute of Cosmetology.  

BOBBY BLUMENTHAL

Director of Makeup

Bobby has been working in makeup & hair for nearly 20 yrs. During that time, he has worked for companies such as: Lancôme and MAC.  Having a strong desire to work in fashion and editorial, he was able to work at NYC Fashion Week with celebrities from fashion, music, theater & film. He is the Makeup Director at International Institute of Cosmetology in Wethersfield & Plainville, CT.

LAURA TAYLOR

Director of Admissions

Laura has been helping creative dreams become careers at the International Institute of Cosmetology since 2013. Working at a school that believes in the passion of beauty careers makes each day more exciting then the next. She graduated from Adelphi University with a B.A in Communications & Journalism and is a Certified Sommelier with The Sommelier Society of America in New York City. Laura loves meeting with all of our prospective students and families to help them through the admissions process at IIC. Watching students grow into amazing artists is one of the most rewarding parts of her career. When not at IIC working with prospective students, she is busy living life with gusto and spending time with her husband and amazing dog.

DANYELLE ROSSETTI

Financial Aid Director

Danyelle is the financial aid advisor at both Wethersfield and Plainville campuses. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2013. While attending CCSU, Danyelle was a math tutor. She believes all students should follow their passion and enjoys helping current and prospective students on their journey. When not working at IIC, she spends time cooking and entertaining the company of friends and family. 

Educators

KESHA GRINER

Cosmetology Educator

Kesha has been in the industry since 1995. She began with a focus in makeup and later moved on to include all aspects of cosmetology. In 2010 she started teaching at IIC because she enjoyed the family business aspect and how the Gugliotti’s keep all of their employee’s motivated, educated and valued. She enjoys inspiring and training future stylists. Kesha has experience with all types and textures of hair and can teach students how to be fearless in styling all types of hair. She has a strong passion for teaching and success because it means accomplishing goals through dedication and determination. 

JOANNE PALAZZO

Cosmetology Educator

Joanne is an educator at the International Institute of Cosmetology. She has been a cosmetologist since 1977. She believes that fate brought her to the cosmetology industry. She never dreamed of being a cosmetologist until one day an acquaintance of her asked if she wanted to visit her cosmetology school she would be attending. The rest is history!

All the years she has worked in the world of cosmetology she has lived with love and passion for it. She worked in a few salons in the beginning of her career until she found the fit that was perfect for her.

She had her own salon from1990 to 2003. She closed her salon to begin teaching cosmetology. It was then that she rented a chair in a salon and started to substitute teach in a technical school. Working behind the chair and teaching was the best of both worlds.

Her passion is to share, teach and guide her students here at IIC. The field of cosmetology can offer an extraordinary journey to a satisfying and exciting career. Her experience here at IIC from 2007 to present does not only represent theory education but also the extraordinary opportunity and insight of competion work.

Her passion and love for cosmetology has never stopped. Her hope for all her students is to experience this world of cosmetology and be blessed with many different opportunities and as much success as I have. Ms. Jo wishes the best to all who choose the world of Cosmetology!

JUANITA STRINGER

Director of Aesthetics

Juanita Stringer is a Certified Aesthetician in the State of CT. She has over 8 years of experience in the Beauty and wellness industry. Juanita has practiced her passion for skin care in many ways ranging from working in spas to teaching aesthetics. She believes that caring for the skin is just as important as any other effort to obtain good health. 

As a Professional Makeup Artist, going by the name “Ms Nita”, she skillfully creates an artistic interpretation of her client’s beauty by preserving the “original” essence of beauty, the skin. As freelance artist for the prestigious skincare makeup line Jane Iredale Cosmetics for the last five years, Juanita has traveled and developed great skill in artistry. She also has extensive knowledge and training in other prestigious makeup and skincare brands such as Kevyn Aucoin, Paula Dorf, Sue Devitt, Motives Cosmetics, Dr. Perricone, Bliss, Apivita, Osmotics and many more.

It is Juanita’s true passion to be an educator so that the Beauty and Wellness industry can have quality aestheticians with a dedication to make skin healthy and beautiful. 

EVA CORMIER

Cosmetology Educator

Eva began her hairdressing career in 1986 after graduating from the CT Institute of Hair Design. Throughout her years behind the chair, she was able to nurture the passion she has for this industry through advanced education in the fields of cutting, color and hair extension design. 

While working as a stylist, she realized how much she enjoyed educating her clients on their own hair care. She knew the next chapter in her career would be education. 

She joined the International Institute of Cosmetology in 2013. Being an educator renews the excitement she has for cosmetology by witnessing the successes of her students on a daily basis. 

She takes great pride in coming to work every day knowing that she is part of a team that is shaping the future of Cosmetology.

MOLLY DAUKAS

Cosmetology Educator

Having a passion for the beauty industry since age 6, her first clients were dolls. “When you know, you know.” Not long after high school, Molly went straight into the world of cosmetology. 
” I can attest to the outstanding training foundation I received at IIC.” After only five years behind the chair as a motivated stylist, in 2015, she transitioned from building a clientele to building relationships inside the classroom as an Educator here at IIC. ” I love and have a knack for teaching Men’s Sculpture and Specialty Color Design”. My passion is teaching and watching students grow into stylists and artists.

I am very grateful and excited to be part of this very promising program with a solid team of Educators.

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LEXI DELMONACO

Cosmetology Educator

Since graduating from IIC in 2009, I have had several unbelievable opportunities in this industry. I’ve had the freedom to travel to multiple states and learn techniques from artists such as Rickey Zito, Jenny Strebe, Chris Venesky, David Steiner and many others.  Working behind my chair for so many years has inspired me to want to teach and encourage other young people to work in this endless career. My goal as an educator is to show my students what a remarkable career path they are on and show them how creative they can be. My motto in school is “if you believe it, you can achieve it”.

PAMELA HARRISON

Cosmetology Educator

Being in the industry for over 22 years has given me a love for cosmetology.  My first love was all aspects of nails.
Before becoming a cosmetologist, I had the joy of attending hair shows.  The excitement sealed the deal for me.
After having children, I took a step back from the industry.  Soon, I wanted to be involved again and visited the cosmetology school I graduated.  Once back in the business, I was asked to become an educator.  Since 1999 I have had the pleasure of teaching and found a love of giving back to others and making the classroom fun.

ASHLEIGH WYDRA

Cosmetology Educator

Ashleigh had been furthering her education upon graduating from the International Institute of Cosmetology in Plainville. She’s continued in the industry at several salons in the Bristol where she found her favorite position at The Biz Salon and Spa. Ashleigh specializes at color, cuts, some extensions and loves learning new techniques to educate her students. Shes excited to be part of the IIC family and educating in what she’s passionate about. 

“Invest in your hair, it’s the crown you never take off” – Anonymous

SHALON SMITH

Cosmetology Educator

Shalon has over 10 years of salon/day spa experience. With many years of continuing education her specialty is extensions, color, cut, and up-dos perms & relaxers. She loves learning new techniques and passing the info onto students that are eager to learn. She has great customer service skills and effective problem solving solutions. – “Everyday should be a great hair day.”

AMBER FREIBOTT

Cosmetology Educator

After finishing beauty school, Miss Amber jumped right into a busy salon career.

She was part of a salon team that offered continuing education and with senior stylists who provided constant inspiration. One of the last questions she asked her beauty school teacher was, “how do I become an educator like you?”. She said when the time was right, it would happen. After seven years behind the chair the time was right, and Amber joined the IIC team. 

Over the years she studied, practiced, and became certified in different methods of energy healing, mindfulness, and communicating compassionately. This has allowed her to build a special relationship with clients and an encouraging bond with students.

“I hope to always learn just as much from them as they learn from me.”

DINA SMACHETTI

Cosmetology Educator

Early in her profession Dina was presented with the opportunity to train and compete on behalf of the United States in the senior women’s division of the OMC Hairworld competition in Frankfurt, Germany in 2014. Dina enjoys creating updos from bridal to competition styles. Once behind the chair she found color to be another passion of hers. Dina loves taking classes to keep up with the newest trends and techniques to keep her students up to date. She hopes to open many doors for her students just as her former educators had done for her!

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CARLY LOURA

Assistant Educator

Carly has always had a passion for hair and  teaching.  During her studies at International Institute of Cosmetology she entered Wella trend vision and made it into the semi finals. She credits her teachers for pushing her to enter. She is a proud Cosmetology graduate.  She has taken numerous advanced education classes at the Wella studio NYC. Her specialties include haircuts, updos and makeup. She also has a passion for session work and aspires to work during New York Fashion Week.

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Chanice Haugton
Cosmetology Educator

Chanice has been in the hair industry for 8 years.  After graduating from cosmetology school, she worked in many salons learning and perfecting her craft.  Eventually she becoming a salon owner herself. She fell in love with the idea of educating clients on their natural hair which has led to her current career. “I noticed school and most salons I worked in didn’t focus enough of natural/curly hair, so I am extremely happy to be able to educate students to feel comfortable doing all types of hair.” “She believed she could so she did “

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Jazzlia Merzeus
Cosmetology Educator

Jazzlia realized her passion for the beauty industry in high school.  Jazz enjoys building the confidence of those around her.  Creative and adventurous at the age of 19 Jazzlia’s claim to fame started in cosmetology school, when her cousin an assistant in a New York PR form, had a trunk show.  Jazz went to New York and discovered her love for editorial work and fashion shows. After graduating cosmetology school in 2012, Jazz went on to New York fashion week in 2013, and Boston fashion week in 2014, she went on to do Hartford fashion week 2 years in a row.  Later she was contracted with Quinnipiac University for 4 years working on student fashion shows. A flexible schedule working behind the chair in a salon gave her the freedom to do freelance work. The rockstar days and starving artist nights have made a huge impact and grew her true love for the industry. Now she teaches the future rockstars of the world. 

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Kaitlyn O’Sullivan
Cosmetology Educator

Miss Kayti always knew she wanted to be an educator. In fact, she went to school for it before long, she changed gears and started cosmetology school. She is a red color enthusiast and she loves to give her clients the ultimate make over with fashion colors or fun haircuts. She hopes that at the end of their journeys, her students will be just as excited about being in the beauty industry as she is. She loves that she gets to combine two of her passions into one career.  

Michelle Hayes
Esthetics Educator

Student Support

BRITTANY COLE

Admissions Coach

Brittany is IIC’s Plainville campus admissions coach. Spending each day surrounded by creativity, and assisting prospective students— from their first visit to the school to assistance with job placement— makes every day valuable and gratifying. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2011 with a B.A. in English. Growing up, she spent much of her time in her family’s salon and now she enjoys keeping current with new developments in the beauty industry. Brittany looks forward to meeting with prospective students and helping them to pursue goals toward a career in the cosmetology field each day. When not working with prospective students, and graduates at IIC, she takes dance fitness classes and spends time doting on her Doberman and Beagle-Boxer. 

TAYLOR KINGSLEY

Student Accounts

Taylor manages student accounts at both the Wethersfield and Plainville campuses. She started out as a receptionist at Gugliotti Salon & Spa. She was thrilled to continue her career journey with the Gugliotti family on the education side of the beauty industry. Taylor looks forward to working with all the students at IIC and helping them on their journey through school. When not at IIC, she loves to plan new travel adventures.

SAMANTHA PRIOLO

Financial Aid Officer

Samantha is the Financial Aid Officer at both the Wethersfield and the Plainville Campuses.

She is finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Eastern Connecticut State University  (Graduating May 2019).

She has always been interested in anything beauty-related so having the opportunity to work at a cosmetology school is exciting.

Samantha says: “The positive staff and environment at IIC are so motivating. I can’t wait to see so many students pursue their dreams and to be there to assist them along the way.”

Outside of IIC she enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends & family.

Specialty Educators

AREF HAMED

Barbering Essentials Educator

I began my journey in the 7th grade. Some of my friend would play sports after school, but not me I would be cutting hair in my basement perfecting the techniques that I observed at the local barbershop. I’m currently the owner of The Barbershop CT. My goals are to continue educating our future professionals and spreading knowledge throughout the industry. I’ve been cutting hair now for 16 years and one of my proudest accomplishment would have to be becoming the Men’s Cutting Specialist  and a barbershop owner. A fun fact about me is my love for traveling around the world and being immersed in different cultures.

JESSICA GONZALEZ

Eyelash Extensions Educator/ Esthetician

Jessica has over 13  years of combined experience in education, distribution and as a service provider. Her desire to share and inspire professionals who are eager to be part of the lash industry reflects in how she provides hands on training. Due to competitive demand today; extensive step by step training in the art of lash extensions will set the student apart from other trainings offered.

Jessica shares what makes her business Lash Esthetica profitable providing a business model that a student can emulate for success. She provides the resources in the marketplace, focused on education through sharing the secrets of client retention, providing a safe environment for learning along with highlights of a custom curriculum. The launch of the eyelash extensions curriculum at International School of Cosmetology is an exciting opportunity that is exclusive to professionals only.  Jessica is excited to be part of International Institute of Cosmetology’s team.