• 299 Penn Avenue West Reading, PA 19611
  • 610.376.8481

Meet Our Talented Team

The professional team at United Artists Salon & Spa includes over 40 employees dedicated to the beauty industry, the satisfaction of our customers, and the success of our business. Our technical team includes licensed cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists. An experienced staff of salon coordinators, receptionists, assistants, and shampoo technicians support our artistic team.
United Artists is proud to have two Certified Redken Educators, a TIGI Professional Educator, and a Mirabella Makeup Educator on staff who coach, mentor, educate, and inspire our competent and driven team. Continuing education is an important key to our salon’s success.

We value our relationships with each and every one of our clients. We know the importance of finding the right fit with your service provider and invite you to get to know our team!

Certified Educators

Ryan Morgan

Redken Artist, Educator, & Ambassador; Hair Artist

Ryan is energized by enhancing the self-confidence and inner beauty of others. He is a master at delivering any look to his clients, and is an expert at creating a design that compliment’s a person’s total style and personality.  Ryan’s passion for design and color is translated through his work. His specialties are hair color and design, and he is a Certified Redken Colorist and Certified Redken Design Stylist. In 2005, Ryan Morgan was recognized for this knowledge by being named one Redken’s first certified colorists.

In only 15 years time, Ryan’s drive for success has propelled him forward at an amazing rate. When not working behind the chair at United Artists, Ryan facilitates in-salon classes and workshops, mentors his teammates, and creates programs and demos for main stage. He resides in Tampa, Florida and travels the country with the Redken 5th Ave. N.Y.C Show Team performing at many of the industry’s top trade shows. As a Redken Educator and Ambassador, Ryan brings fun to the words learn and work.  He has inspired professionals throughout the country and especially at his home salon of United Artists to explore their passion and strive for excellence.

Ryan brings a fresh approach to hair design through his own continuing education and training. He is proud to have attended a wide range of advanced education as well as to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with many of the industry greats! Ryan continues to quickly move up the “Redken ranks” while inspiring those whose lives (and hair!) he touches. Check him out on Instagram @ryan4redken.

Kim Siegel

Redken Educator & Hair Artist

Hair color is Kim’s primary specialty. She teaches hair color and finishing techniques as a Redken Educator and will soon be teaching haircutting as well. Kim loves doing creative color but is also an expert in creating toned down, everyday looks. She strives for fashionable and youthful color placement combined with classic elegance. Kim also works with hair extensions and wigs. She is always up for an adventure or challenge!

As a professional, Kim is committed to her clients’ complete satisfaction. She loves the beauty industry because of its upbeat pace, creativity, and the ability to put a smile on someone’s face! She is a strong advocate for continuing education in order to always grow as a stylist. Outside of the salon, Kim is usually educating for Redken or volunteering her time and talents at philanthropic endeavors. Check out her work on Instagram @shearsk and on Facebook @kim.siegel.984.

Amy Salas

TIGI Educator & Hair Artist

Amy is a dedicated and talented hair stylist and colorist. She is a TIGI Brand Educator and enjoys helping other salons as well as her own with hands-on training. Her 22 years of experience in the beauty industry have taught her how to truly listen to her clients’ needs to provide a look they will not only love, but one that will fit with their lifestyle. Amy specializes in cutting and coloring, but her forte is color! From subtle and classic looks to trendy and bold styles, she takes pride in crafting the perfect formulas. She believes your hair is the crown you wear everyday, and she loves helping you design the perfect crown!

Amy has always wanted to be a hairstylist; she is living her dream! She enjoys sharing her passion for the industry with her clients, coworkers, and other stylists across the country. When not in the hair world, Amy spends her time with her family, friends, and kids.

Kristin Fidler

Mirabella Educator & Makeup Artist; Hair Designer

Kristin’s primary focus is to make her clients feel beautiful. Her technical skills are creative and diverse; she has a classic style and with a trendy chic twist! She always carefully listens to what her clients want, and helps tailor a hair or makeup look that’s just right for them. Kristin is in expert at wedding and special event beauty design and loves being a part of someone’s special day. She specializes in formal styling and updos, bridal makeup, hair extensions and wiglets, and Keratin treatments. She also has a love for the theater and singing.

Kristin is a National Mirabella Educator. She teaches brand product knowledge as well as makeup techniques to other beauty professionals as well as to her clients!

Licensed Professionals

Carissa Deisher

Hair Designer & Nail Technician

Carissa strives to develop a relationship with every client and always goes above and beyond expectations. She always takes the time to determine her clients’ wants and needs in order to help them feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. When it comes to nails, Carissa is extremely detail-oriented and ensures perfection. She enjoys being creative and helping others to express themselves! Her specialties include custom haircuts, beautiful blowout, hair color, gel manicures, and pedicures.

Carmen Painter

Hair Designer & Color Specialist, Educator

Carmen has been in the beauty industry for over 23 years. Her areas of expertise include color and color correction, keratins and relaxers, and special event hair and makeup; she has extended knowledge of all hair types and services. Carmen is skilled in giving you the latest fashion or the classic styles. She puts her full diverse vision into every client to provide expertise, hospitality, and fun at every appointment! She believes a visit starts with a handshake and ends with a hug. Carmen also volunteers for the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good, Feel Better” program as well as local theater productions. Check her out on Instagram @jp2uno.

Carrie Svetz

Hair Designer, Makeup Artist, & Nail Technician; Bridal Coordinator

Carrie enjoys helping her clients find their style destiny. Whether it’s a complete overhaul or a few minor adjustments, she wants to bring out the best in everyone. Carrie provides many services, but she specializes in blondes, color correction, keratin treatments, hair extensions, formal and creative styling, airbrush and traditional makeup, manicures, pedicures, and nail art. Carrie recognizes that beauty providers spend many important occasions with their clients, including weddings and graduations, and form a special bond when going through life changes like becoming a parent or fighting a health battle. She believes in making people look their best so they can feel their best! Carrie is also a bridal coordinator for the salon. Check her out on Instagram @carrie_svetz.

Charlene Condos

Hair Designer

Charlene has been in the beauty industry for over 30 years. Her practical approach to hair and grooming includes easy tips and tricks to maintain your style at home. She focuses on the finishing touches to keep clients looking their best between visits. Charlene specializes in men’s haircutting and style. She also enjoys giving detailed pedicures. She believes each client is looking for their own experience!

Danica Estrada

Hair Designer

Danica has an artistic approach to hair care. She enjoys working with extreme colors, but when it comes to cutting, she works with the natural growth and life of the hair. She loves making people fall in love with their hair! Danica specializes in hair extensions, lash extensions, Brazilian blowouts, extended balayage, extreme color, updos, formal styling, and makeup artistry and is a member of our bridal team. Check out her work on Instagram @nica.does.hair and on Facebook @hairandmakeupbydanica.

Justina Lopez

Hair Designer

Justina thrives on making people feel good about themselves! She takes pride in her work and the personalized experience she gives her clients. She has goals of becoming a certified Redken educator and loves the creativity that comes along with being a cosmetologist. Justina specializes in bridal and formal designs, color correction, extreme color, balayage, and customized cutting techniques. Check out her work on Instagram @justinas_hairdesigns.

Kimmy Janiszweski


Hair Designer

Kimmy loves creating edgy, contemporary, funky, and unique transformations. She likes thinking outside the box to make her creativity endless and her clients happy! She specializes in hair extensions, keratin treatments, and vibrant and extreme colors. Kimmy believes it is important to share her hair tips and techniques with her clients to ensure they can keep up their looks at home.

Lisa Vizza

Hair Designer & Wax Technician

Lisa has been in the beauty industry for over 30 years. She loves spreading joy through her passion for her work. She is eager to please her clients and strives to give everyone a look they love that they can also easily replicate at home. She believes everyone can be happy with they way they look! Lisa’s specialties include men’s haircuts, eyebrow shaping, and waxing. She’s excellent with consultations and making sure her clients are confident in their style. Lisa enjoys creating looks that are classic and conservative with a trendy twist.

Maddy Fost

Hair Designer & Nail Technician

Maddy will work with her clients to give them the style that they want, and one that fits with their lifestyle and personality. She likes making people feel good about themselves to look and be confident! Maddy is the “braid queen” and updos are her favorite. Her talents in formal styling make her an important asset to our bridal team. She also specializes in kertin treatments and hair extensions.

Maggie Mulgrew

Hair Designer

Maggie is a balayage queen! She loves creating a unique and beautiful look for each and every client, whether their style is bold or subtle. Her laid-back personality and her passion for making people look and feel good ensures a wonderful experience every time. Maggie is a proud member of our bridal team and loves doing formal styles, updos, and fashion braids. She is also certified in Brazilian blowouts and hair extensions, and is always attending haircutting and color classes to stay up-do-date with current trends. Maggie also loves music and is a huge movie buff!

Michael Roman

Hair Designer & Makeup Artist

Michael has a fun and funky style. He greets each client with an open mind and a smile! His goal is to make everyone who sits in his chair feel good about themselves and to give them a wonderful experience as well as a versatile look that can be dressed up or down. With a background in theater, acting, and singing, Michael’s specialties include upstyling and wedding hair and makeup. He is also certified in tape-in hair extensions.

Pete Santiesteban

Hair Designer

Pete has been in the beauty industry for over 37 years. As a former salon owner, he has experienced all of the trends over the years. His specialty is experience and being able to reproduce any hairstyle on the market to fit the individuality of the client. His refined cutting techniques and beautiful blowouts ensures his clients always stand out from the crowd. Pete believes in a team mentality with his clients, working together to create a current look that fits their lifestyle. He lays the groundwork, then educates his clients on how to finish and replicate the look at home. Your hair will always be envied! When Pete isn’t at the salon, he’s enjoying time with his kids, especially at the beach.

Tori Bell

Hair Designer

Tori loves her profession because it allows her creativity to shine! She enjoys getting to know her clients in order to achieve exactly what they have in mind. She’s not satisfied until her client is happy. Tori’s expertise includes hair color and customized cutting techniques. She also excels at updos and formal styling as well as ethnic hair.

Zach Gaus

Hair Designer & Hair Replacement Specialist

Zach believes that trust and a strong personal bond between himself and his clients are key to a happy and long-lasting relationship. He ensures his clients have a relaxed and comfortable experience while having their beauty needs met. Zach’s greatest strength is his cutting talent. His developed cutting techniques also serve him as a Hair Replacement Specialist because he is able to properly blend the hair of the unit to the natural hair for a flawless look. (Learn more about our Alternative Hair Solutions.) Zach loves the beauty industry because it’s always changing. He strongly believes in continuing education in order to progress his skill and styles with the ever-evolving trends and knowledge. He enjoys being creative in his work. When Zach isn’t in the salon, he’s pursuing his acting career. He has been involved in a number of indie films and has also had the opportunity to work in major motion pictures.

Barb Wascavage

Hair Designer

Barb has over 28 years experience in the beauty industry, including time as a salon owner. She specializes in all of the newest haircutting and coloring techniques, and consistently attends hair shows and classes to keep up with the trends. She is also an expert in wedding and prom formal styling. Barb always accommodates her clients’ needs and works to form a friendly rapport. She loves making people smile and creating a masterpiece! She also educates her clients to ensure they get the most of their hairstyle day after day.

Debbie Meas

Hair Designer

Debbie has been in the beauty industry for over 35 years. As former owner of award-winning Hair On The Avenue in Sinking Spring, Debbie always strives to exceed expectations! Her experience and expertise allow her to customize each client’s appointment. She enjoys teaching people different ways to wear their hair to achieve their desired style. Debbie also specializes in Brazilian blowouts, hair extensions, corrective color, men’s haircutting, formal styles, long hair layering, and short hair design. She truly loves doing hair and allowing her creativity and innovation to shine. Debbie enjoys bringing out the beauty in everyone! She says she is always a student, but loves teaching and mentoring the new cosmetology generation. In her free time, Debbie loves going to beauty shows, golfing, and acrylic painting on canvas.

Joanne Zinger

Hair Designer

Joanne has been in the beauty industry for over 50 years. She is a former Redken Educator teaching hair color and perm waving. She has advanced education in wigs and partial hairpieces. Over the years, she has attended over 200 classes in advanced cosmetology. Joanne enjoys working with men and women over 50 to help them look and feel their best for important milestones such as weddings, graduations, reunions, birthdays, and more. She believes every person can feel better everyday with the knowledge of how to take care of their hair and makeup. Joanne loves teaching and sharing her extensive expertise with her clients, who are each like personal friends. She takes care to listen to their needs to create a look that fits their lifestyle for work or play! She has a knack of making hair look fuller and thicker with low maintenance to make everyone look and feel younger. Joanne also enjoys watching the young stylists grow, swimming, gardening, and traveling with her family.

Madi Knappenberger

Hair Designer

Madi has been in the beauty industry for over 33 years. She specializes in advanced hair cutting, coloring, and styling for women, men, and children. She enjoys customizing highlights and color to fit everyone’s individual style. Madi always makes sure her clients feel pampered to relieve them of their daily stresses. Her goal is to make each client feel at home in the salon and leave with a smile!

Chris Reinert

Hair Designer & Esthetician

Chris believes in making the most of your time at the salon! Her flexibility is key to accommodating her clients’ needs. She likes giving clients easy hair styles and simple home skincare regimens to match their busy lives. Chris specializes in firming and toning facials as well as “cut and go” styles. She is also Murad certified.

Jenna Hiester

Esthetician, Makeup Artist, & Wax Specialist; Marketing Manager

Jenna strives to give her clients a comfortable and therapeutic experience. She respects the trust her clients have in her ability to provide customized and intimate services. Her specialties include facials, eyebrow shaping, Brazilian and body waxing, lash extensions, and bridal and formal makeup. As a skin care professional, Jenna is committed to providing comprehensive and personalized resolutions to fit each individual’s needs. Her goal is to empower people to be confident and healthy in their own skin. Jenna is also a marketing manager for the salon. Check her out on Instagram @jennamoonmakeup.

Judi Geissler

Esthetician, Wrapologist, & Hair Designer

Judi has been in the beauty industry for over 45 years. Her specialties include advanced facials, body wraps, and haircutting. She is Murad certified and participated in an Advanced Aesthetic Training Program. She is an expert at profiling her clients’ skin in order to give the best treatment and at-home regimen just for them. Her relaxing and rejuvenating facials and body wraps leave her clients feeling beautiful and younger. Judi always takes the time to listen to her clients’ wants and needs so that together, they can create and achieve what they client is looking for. Her conservative style and dedication to her satisfaction always leave a smile on her client’s face. Judi also enjoys sketching, watercolor painting, and rescuing cats and dogs.

Kayla Vasquez

Nail Technician & Shampoo Technician

Kayla loves everything nails! She especially enjoys that perfect polish application during both manicures and pedicures. Her attention to detail ensures no client leaves without a smile on their face. Kayla is always up for a nail art challenge! She enjoys being inspired by her clients’ ideas and the tons of different nail designs found online; she will help you find your flare that fits your personality. Kayla also enjoys volunteering at charity events doing mini manicures and hand massages. Check out her work on Instagram @kv_nails_.

Megan Boylan

Nail Designer

Megan is very detail-oriented. She likes taking her time to get to know her clients’ wants and needs so they know they are in good hands. Megan cares about the integrity of her clients’ nails and always customizes her products to suit their individual needs. She specializes in gel manicures, pedicures, nail art, and Brisa Gel nail enhancements. She believes nail polish can boost anyone’s mood! Check out her work on Instagram @ml_naildesigns.

Sondi Rodgers

Master Nail Designer & Nail Department Manager

Sondi has been in the beauty industry for over 27 years. When serving clients, customer service is her top priority! Her goal is to always exceed expectations and to ensure her clients leave feeling relaxed and fully pampered. Sondi truly enjoys her profession and likes helping people look good and feel great. She specializes in Brisa Gel nail enhancements, gel polish, nail art, and specialty hand treatments.

Ashley Ondra

Massage Therapist; Administrative Assistant

Ashley loves being able to relieve pain for her clients by using her knowledge and training to determine the best treatment possible. She creates a relaxed atmosphere with as little distraction as possible in order to provide a peaceful experience. Ashley enjoys performing energy work such as Reiki, reflexology, and aromatherapy. Her specialties also include therapeutic and deep tissue massage. Ashley is also the administrative assistant for the salon.

James Barksdale

Massage Therapist

James specializes in Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue, and sports massage. He strives to provide every client with the ultimate therapeutic experience that brings stress relief, pain relief, and healthy energy. James ensures to customize each experience, including muscle group focus, pressure, and even music selection. He believes in teaching proper stretching techniques and body care in order to help his clients reduce stress and maintain their results at home. James is also currently in cosmetology school and is very active in local theater.

Salon Management

Cherie Slusser

Owner

Cherie is very proud and grateful for the creative and talented team members that define United Artists. The beauty industry is always changing; she believes continued education is important in order to provide better and new services for clients. Cherie enjoys guiding and mentoring her team and watching them grow and succeed. She loves being a part of the West Reading community and working together to support local businesses and projects. Cherie continues to be behind the chair to provide for her loyal and dedicated existing clientele. She takes pride in the ability to create something to make someone feel good about themselves. Cherie’s other passions include traveling, camping, and her dog Brewzer!

Cindy Lightner

Manager

Cindy has been managing United Artists Salon & Spa for the past 21 years, with 28 years total management experience in the beauty industry. She believes that when you love who you work with, it is a pleasure to go to work each day. She is continually inspired by the talent and professionalism of her team.

Cindy is passionate about networking and supporting other local businesses. She believes strong businesses can build strong communities. Cindy and the United Artists team strive to give back to the community by offering their time and talents by volunteering for local charities and beyond.  Cindy spearheads the salon’s annual Cuts for Hope fundraiser each October to raise money for the Berks County American Cancer Society. She says it is a privilege and pleasure to work with such a group of talented individuals in an industry that she loves!

Support Staff

Salon Coordinators/Front Desk

Ashley, Bel, Christina, James, & Renee

Salon Assistants/Shampoo Technicians

Aubrey, Kathie, Kayla, & Jess

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