Salon Professionals

NEW THIS YEAR: Special Guest Artist!
Hair * Nails* Brows* Skin*

Join the Phenix International Artistic team and multiple GUEST ARTIST as they share the newest trends in beauty. Learn color, cutting and styling techniques as well expert education in the areas of skin care, brow art, microblading, eye lash extensions, manicuring, nail art, hair extensions and professional make up application. Utilize the information you learn to create fantastic looks for both male and female clients.

The workshops will include demonstrations provided by the Artistic Team under the leadership of Phenix Founder & Beauty Expert Gina Rivera. A variety of GUEST ARTIST are also slated to provide education that is presented in a practical manner. See our guest when you click the GUEST ARTIST tab. Plan for action packed classes providing workable solutions that attendees can use when taking their business to the next level. Many of the techniques are straight from Europe featuring the latest in the industry. Don’t miss out on this terrific opportunity.

Gina Rivera, Phenix Founder & President



John Aultman serves as the International Director of Education for on Gina Rivera’s International Artistic Team. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Aultman has served as an educator for the past decade first with Redken then with Phenix Salon Suites.

As a certified color specialist, Aultman specializes in advanced color techniques and color theory. Since joining the Gina Rivera’s Artistic Team in 2012, he has taught numerous classes and seminars throughout the United States.

Aultman’s portfolio includes numerous hair shows, model preparation for photo and camera shoots, on stage presentations, and multiple classes where he has served as the key educator. As a sought after stylist, Aultman has been featured several years running as the winner of Best of Colorado Springs, the city where he resides.


Heather Nitta is an established beauty expert with more than 15 years of professional hair and makeup experience. Nitta has worked with well-known clients, top influencers, and mainstream celebrities in the fashion and entertainment industry. Her vast portfolio includes the Sundance Film festival, NBCs Biggest Loser Finale, and multiple award show runway looks including the GRAMMYs and the Academy Awards.

As a member of Gina Rivera’s Artistic Team, Nitta has a passion for collaborating with clients and models to bring out their natural beauty with the artistic aid of hair and makeup expression. Known for being highly educated and current with today’s hair and makeup trends, she is well versed at being highly creative as an artist while remaining true to the classic beauty aesthetics that she loves. 


Richie Roman is an internationally televised celebrity hairstylist. Millions grew to love him after watching him on the CBS Emmy winning television series UNDERCOVER BOSS where he was selected as an award recipient by Phenix Salon Suites Founder & Beauty Icon, Gina Rivera. He was also featured on the Bravo hit series Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.

Roman’s talent in the hair and beauty industry is well recognized and has earned him two North American Hairstyling Award nominations. Roman is passionate about textured hair and is a platform educator as well as an Artistic Director on Gina Rivera’s Artistic Team. Roman’s creative eye and attention to detail have made him a sought-after hairstylist on the set and runway, by his loyal clientele, and at national education events throughout the United States.


Dana Powell has been in the beauty business for close to 20 years. Dana joined Gina Rivera’s Phenix Education team in 2015. She is passionate about educating others and travels regularly to share the newest trends and most current techniques in the industry. As a member of Gina Rivera’s Education Team, Dana has been seen in the classrooms and on the stages of Phenix Salon Suites as well as Peter Coppola.

Dana enjoys sharing methods with stylist that will help them to work smarter rather than harder. As an artist, she encourages others to follow their intuition and work outside of the box. She believes there are many options for exercising her craft and emphasizes trying new formulas and expressing art through color. 

Dana works with a broad range of clients who she helps to achieve just the right look. Her goal is to make all of her clients feel beautiful while finding the style that helps to define and depict their unique personalities. Dana strives to grow and change with the industry as an avenue for providing the most premier services possible.


Marie Cofinco is a passionate and highly skilled hairstylist with approximately 40 years of experience working in beauty. Her love for the business comes through with every client that she has the privilege to work with. With nearly four decades of work, and her drive to make each client feel special, Cofinco defines what it means to “Love what you do”.

Cofinco has a fervor for continuing education and prides herself in staying current with popular trends. This commitment has allowed her to develop a large and loyal cliental.

Based on her commitment to the industry and her well refined skills, Confinco was invited to join Gina Rivera’s Phenix Artistic Team in 2015 as an Ambassador. She believes education is the key to success and loves traveling to teach the art, and science, of hair color, cutting and styling techniques.


As a member of Gina Rivera’s Artistic Team, Chenille arrived on the hair design scene with an exceptional mastery of her craft. With a knack for matching clients with that “just right” look, Chenille utilizes advanced techniques to provide that perfect style and color design.

Chenille is the owner of Chenille Cheri Salon. She is well known for her masterful skills at creating color that flatters and accentuates the beauty in each individual. From fashioning the perfect look to providing the most innovative color techniques, clients are impressed and drawn her well-informed approach. Chenille excels at leveraging her professional experience with the ability to innovate and design fantastic results for her diverse range of clientele.


Judit Hillman started her beauty career 16 years ago at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, California. From there she went on to work for the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. In 2010 she opened in her own business in Phenix Salon Suites where she has built a large portfolio of clients.

Hillman has a passion for beauty and fashion that lead her to pursue a career as a hairstylist. Her signature client look is healthy hair that includes dimensional, blended color, as well as cuts that compliment her client’s face shapes. Hillman joined Gina Rivera’s Artistic Team in 2017 and was selected based on her talent and commitment to excellence.


Molly Hardee has been a hairstylist for 13 years in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She started part-time in salons and apprenticeships, then opened her own business in Phenix Salon Suites in 2010.Among the local community, Molly has extensive experience with clients as well as doing hair for special events such as fundraisers, weddings, and professional photoshoots. Her focus currently is the vast clientele she provides services for and continuing her own education in the industry. 

Molly’s expertise includes modern hair color and cuts intermingled with finding the exact balance between the desires and expectations of her clients. She enjoys working with both long and short hair and is recognized for the time she provides clients to do consultation with the goal of achieving the perfect look. Molly became a key member of the by Gina & Phenix Artistic Team in 2015 with the objective of furthering her education and sharing her passion for the industry with other Salon Professionals.


Katherine (Kathie) Detert serves as the National Sales Director for the Phenix, COLOURS by Gina professional hair color line, and the by-Gina tools and product lines. Currently located at the Colorado Springs corporate office location, she has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 22 years. During that time she dedicated 15 years to working in sales for well-known beauty distributors and large corporations.

Kathie is extremely knowledgeable of the beauty and salon industry and is well versed in identifying items that assist Salon Professionals and the by Gina Artistic team with doing their best work. She possesses in depth knowledge of the COLOURS by Gina color line, Biogen wet line (shampoo, conditioner & “Clutch” Hairspray), and the by Gina professional tool line featuring infrared and ion technology. Kathie plays a key role advising the Artistic Team advising of the best products and technology in the marketplace.