Dawn Woodhams
Stylist
Dawn was born in Coldwater, MI. She attended cosmetology school in St.James MI and graduated in 1981. Dawn moved to Niceville in 1992. She has been with Ritz Salon since before the doors opened in 1995! What Dawn loves most about being a stylist is making all of her clients feel their best. Dawn is Matrix color specialist, and she is certified in Keratin Complex smoothing treatments, and Zotos perm techniques. Outside of work Dawn enjoys gardening, boating and reading.
“No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side. Be positive, be your best!!” -Dawn Woodhams

Anna Gutchenko
Stylist
Anna was born in Yuzhno-Sakhalisk, Russia. (Yes-were very international here at Ritz Salon) She moved to the area from Russia in 2016. Anna attended and graduated cosmetology school in Russia in 2016, and after she moved to America she attended cosmetology school at Beauty Career Training Center and received her Florida cosmetology license in 2021. Anna began working as a stylist at Ritz Salon in January of 2022 and loves it!! As a stylist Anna especially enjoys seeing the “sparkle of happiness” in her clients eyes when they get the results they came in for. Anna specializes in dimensional color services, including fun vivid colors. Anna also excels at event styles and is part of our traveling beauty team, “Truly by Ritz”.
When she’s not at work Anna loves spending time with her family exploring new places and going to the beach.
“Weather you think you can do it, or you can’t do it, either way you’re right!” -Anna Gutchenko

Rosemary Coleman
Stylist
Rosemary was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She moved to this area in 2015. Rosemary attended cosmetology school at House of James and was licensed in 1979. Rosemary particularly enjoys hair cutting and specializes in fun, modern cuts for ladies of all ages. In her free time Rosemary enjoys quilting and sewing.
“Live your life and forget your age!” -Rosemary Coleman

Sandra Panelli
Receptionist
Sandra was born in Gateshead, Great Britain and she has lived in Niceville Florida since 1991. She began working at Ritz Salon in 1998. As a receptionist at Ritz Salon, Sandra loves that she has met and become friends with so many wonderful clients over the years. In her free time, Sandra loves being outdoors working in her yard.
“No problem” - Sandra Panelli

Kelly Lewis
Stylist
Kelly was born in Kenosha, WI and has lived in Niceville since 2012. She attended cosmetology school at Beauty Career Training Center in Valparaiso, Florida and received her cosmetology license in 2015. Kelly began working as a stylist At Ritz Salon in 2016. Some of Kelly’s favorite things about being a stylist are helping clients feel their best, and the relationships she builds with them while they are in her chair. Kelly specializes in dimensional color techniques, and she is certified in Bellami Hair Extensions. When she’s not working behind the chair Kelly loves beach days with her husband and two children.

Ali Case
Nail Tech
Ali comes from Guam, and has been in Niceville since 2013. Ali attended Soothing Arts Healing Therapies School of Massage in Miramar Beach, FL. She received her nail tech license in 2019. Ali has been working at Ritz Salon since 2021. Ali enjoys the artistic aspect of intricate nail design and considers each nail a tiny canvas. Ali specialize in nail artistry, gel sculpting, and full tip nail services. In her free time Ali enjoys being outdoors with family, pets and friends.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” -Edgar Degas

Cherri Peeples
Stylist
Cherri was born in Fort Worth, TX. She has been in Niceville since 2008. Cherri graduated cosmetology school in Fort Worth TX in 1960. She began working at Ritz Salon in 2011. Some of Cherri’s favorite things about being a stylist are transforming someone’s whole look, and seeing happy her clients are with the way they look and feel. Cherri is a color specialist. When she’s not behind the chair, Cherri enjoys reading, gardening, church cooking, and family time.
“Do onto others as you would have them do unto you” -Cherri Peeples

Bonnie Rarick

Stylist

Bonnie was born in Reading, PA and has been in the Niceville area since 2002. Bonnie attended Bryland Institute of Beauty Culture in Reading and received her cosmetology license in 1971. Bonnie continued her education and received her cosmetology teaching certificate in 1972. Bonnie began working at Ritz Salon shortly after she moved to the area in 2002. Bonnie loves using her skills as a stylist to make people look better and feel good about themselves. She also really enjoys listening her her clients about their life, jobs, family and travels. Bonnie specializes in various texture services such as perms, Keratin Treatments, and permanent straightening. Outside of work, Bonnie enjoys family time, working in her yard, exploring her neighborhood, and traveling. "Oh my" -Bonnie Rarick


Kim Palmer
Receptionist

Kim is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida and has been in the area her whole life. Kim began working as a receptionist at Ritz Salon in 2020, and she loves getting to know so many people while working at the front desk. In her free time Kim enjoys relaxing on the beach, and visiting with family in Alabama!

Christina Rolen
Stylist
Christina was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She moved to Niceville in 2009. Christina attended cosmetology school at Okaloosa Technical College and graduated in 2010. She began working at Ritz Salon in 2014. Some of Christina’s favorite things about being a stylist are enhancing her clients natural beauty, and helping her clients feel confident in themselves. Christina specializes in all types of color techniques including balayage, dimensional color and lived in blondes. She also excels at bridal and event styles and is part of our traveling beauty team “Truly by Ritz”. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two children and fur babies. She also loves being involved with her church and exploring her Hammock Bay neighborhood.
“It all begins and ends with your mindset. What you give power to has power over you if you allow it. Choose wisely” -Christina Rolen

Jessica Pitman
Stylist
Jessica is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida - born and raised. She attended cosmetology school at Okaloosa Technical College and graduated in 2014. Jessica has been at Ritz Salon since 2022. What Jessica enjoys most about being a stylist is getting to know new people and their families. Jessica specializes in achieving multidimensional haircolors while preserving in the integrity of the hair. When shes not in the salon, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, going to the river, four wheeling, and dining out - a lot!   “Come as you are” -Jessica Pitman

Joanne Tournear-Sills
Stylist
Joanne was born in Champaign, IL and moved to Florida in 1996. She attended cosmetology school in Mattoon, IL at Lakeland College and graduated in 1972. Joanne has been a stylist at Ritz Salon since 2004. Joanne specializes in all types of color techniques including everything from cap hilights to multidimensional fun colors. She also excels at beautiful shag haircuts. Outside of the salon Joanne enjoys DIY home projects, and working in her yard.

Sue Ann Cannon
Stylist
Sue Ann comes from Orlando, Florida and moved to our area over 50 years ago. Sue Ann attended cosmetology school in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She began working at Ritz Salon in 2016. Sue Ann loves the variety of experiences she has meeting different people on a daily basis as a stylist. She Ann is an entertainer at heart. If you want to be entertained while getting your hair done she’s your girl! When she’s not behind the chair Sue Ann loves gardening, walks in the woods and exploring.

Rhonda Storts
Stylist

Rhonda is from Springfeild, Ohio. She moved to the area in 1997. Rhonda graduated Ohio State Cosmetology school in 1981. She came to work at Ritz Salon in 2020. One of Rhonda’s favorite things as a stylist is making people feel good about themselves. Rhonda excels at fun, textured haircut. In her free time, Rhonda loves spending time with her adorable grand son every chance she gets. “Be Kind” - Rhonda Storts

Lisa Coleman
Receptionist
Lisa is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She moved to the area in 2020 and began working at Ritz Salon at that time. Lisa enjoys getting to know all of our clients while working as a receptionist. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and loves going thrift store shopping with her twin sister Laura and her step-mom Rosemary.

Sandi Braxton
Nail Tech
Sandi was born on Elgin Airforce Base and has been in the area her entire life! Sandi attended Okaloosa Technical College and received her manicure/pedicure/nail extension specialist license in 1995. Sandi has worked at the Ritz Salon since 2004. She considers every nail service an artistic escape that allows her to create something new. Outside of the salon, Sandi enjoys shopping, and especially loves finding a great deal on a fabulous handbag!
“The Lord has a plan” -Sandi Broxton

Megan Chiasson
Stylist/Make-Up Artist
Megan was born in Houston, Texas and has lived in the area since 2020. She attended cosmetology school at Beauty Careers Training center in Valparaiso, Florida and graduated in 2021. Megan came to work at Ritz Salon after graduating. Megan loves the rewarding experience of creating art on her clients while making them feel fresh and beautiful. Megan specializes in all types of color techniques such as balayage, foiliage and “platinum card”. Megan also excels at beautiful make-up application and is part of our traveling beauty team, “Truly by Ritz”. In her time off Megan loves to go fishing, go to the beach, paint and watch The Office”
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” -Pablo Picasso

Amy Colon
Stylist
Amy was born in Indianapolis, IN. Amy attended Honors Beauty College in 2005. Amy moved to Niceville in 2012 and began working at Ritz Salon in 2013. What Amy loves most about being a stylist is making people feel their best. Amy is certified in in Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments, Bellami Hair Extensions and JZ styles hair extensions. Any also excels at foiliage for that “lived in blonde” look! Outside of the salon Amy loves spending time with her family, relaxing by the pool, and baking.
“Make your hair a priority, you wear it every day” -Amy Colon

Robyn Cole
Owner/Stylist
Robyn was born in Panama City, FL and has been in Niceville since 2015. Robyn graduated cosmetology school from The Technical College of the Low Country in Beaufort, SC in 1993. She has worked at Ritz Salon since 2016. Robyn’s favorite thing about doing hair is being creative while helping people look and feel their best. She specializes in all types of multidimensional color techniques, natural reds, and natural gray transitioning. Outside of work Robyn enjoys family time with her children and grandchildren, dining at local restaurants with her husband Shawn, and interior design.
“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” -Marilyn Monroe

Shawn Cole

Owner

Shawn was born in Topeka, KS. He was raised in Destin FL and after a long career in the Navy, Shawn settled back in the area in 2008. In 2021 Shawn purchased Ritz Salon with his wife Robyn, and is proud to keep the tradition of the Ritz Salon family going. When he’s not working Shawn enjoys time with his children and grandchildren, date nights with Robyn, going to the gym and relaxing at home.


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