Staff

Jenny Ryce :
Senior Educational Administrator/Directorstaff-headshots-jenny-300


I have been in the hairdressing industry since 1991 and witnessed many fads and trends in our industry. However the one constant is education, it is the firm foundation for a successful career. By following this philosophy, I have built a fulfilling and successful career as a stylist, business owner and educator.

My facilitating experience started with John Paul Mitchell Systems in 1998. I entered the program as an Associate and quickly moved through the ranks to become a Senior National Educator, Artistic Color Coordinator, Canadian Education Coordinator and Platform Artist and retired from the company as a Regional Color Coordinator.

My belief in education has provided me with some incredible opportunities in this industry. Some of my professional achievements include the feature and cover of Salon Magazine, inside the pages of Chatelaine magazines as well as various other publications. My media work comprises of various makeover stories for Breakfast Television, CityLine and multiple news coverage promotions.


Carolyn Pallot :
On Site Administratorstaff-headshots-carolyn-300


Since graduating from beauty school in 2004, Carolyn has been involved in the beauty industry at all levels; starting her career behind the chair in a boutique salon, moving to opening her own studio in 2005.

When her son was born, Carolyn decided to shift gears and joined a fast paced salon and spa in 2011.

When Carolyn joined the Gente Bella Academy in 2012, it was quickly apparent her strengths were in administration; she has become the student loans guru, always available to offer advice and guidance for the GBA students.

Carolyn’s friendly, compassionate manner welcomes everyone to Gente Bella Academy.


Melanie Houlker :
Educator – Hair Designstaff-headshots-melanie-300


Melanie, a Master Stylist, has been a hair designer for 20 years and an Educator since 2003.

In 2003, Melanie became an educator at Utopia Academy in Abbotsford B.C. during which time she completed her Provincial Instructor Diploma and Adult Education Diploma.

Melanie has educated for Wella, Redken, Goldwell and Davines.

With such high skill levels in the beauty industry, Melanie has been fortunate to work in Mexico, Miami and Venice, Italy.

Melanie enjoys sharing all facets of her expertise.

GBA students have a highly experienced educator who has her finger on the pulse of all things current in the world of beauty.

Melanie’s passion for education and helping students achieve their goals ensures our students leave GBA with the tools needed to enter the world of beauty.


Colleen Gilmour :
Educator – Hair Design


Colleen is a passionate educator who loves sharing knowledge with others.

Colleen got started in the beauty industry in 1980 and specialized in Barbering.

As Colleen’s passion for the industry grew she opened a high paced salon to support and employ future stylists.

Colleen took a hiatus from the industry to pursue a dream to live in Nigeria. Upon returning to Canada Colleen turned her focus to educating others.

As an Educator at Gente Bella Beauty Academy, Colleen is a dedicated mentor who enjoys the responsibility of shaping and supporting emerging artists. Colleen feels the students are the heart of our program. She is devoted to helping students build core foundations, knowledge and mastery of skills and techniques.

Colleen’s patience and calm nature brings ease to her students.


Ashley Young :
Educator- Make Up Artistry staff-headshots-ashley-300


Ashley developed an interest for the art of fashion at a very young age. Her passion derives from her love of beauty and fashion as well as her dedication to helping women enhance their natural beauty with her artistry.

Ashley graduated from the makeup artistry program at John Casablanca Institute of Applied Arts. Ashley has worked with some of Vancouver’s finest on photo shoots and fashion shows, as well as internationally published in magazines and ad campaigns.