Owner and Elle Marie’s namesake
It all started with an idea and a dream. Lorry graduated Everett Beauty Academy in 2001. After 5 years of doing hair and struggling financially and emotionally, Lorry needed something more – she needed direction. She had the desire to provide a clear, guided career path for herself and other eager, willing, and passionate hair dressers. After looking into her options, Lorry found she could do this in a team-based salon setting where like-minded hair stylists can make and conquer career goals and live their best life. By offering this, team-based stylists could excel at doing what they love – connecting with others and doing beautiful hair! Lorry’s desire paired with a solid plan led to her dream becoming a reality. Since opening the doors to the first Elle Marie Hair Studio in 2006, Lorry has been able to provide a career path and help grow and develop over 100 individuals in the beauty industry.
President and Founding Partner
Colleen brings over 30 years of experience as a seasoned Corporate Manager. Her career in both the Banking and Telecommunications industries has included administrative management, operations, consulting and entrepreneurial experience which gives her an unusually broad base of experience. In addition to owning Elle Marie Hair Studio, Colleen is a Certified Life and Career Coach.
Director of Operations
Hollie graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Communications and a minor in Sociology. After graduation, she completed an internship with Sub Pop records and went on to work for a radio station conglomerate group in downtown Seattle. While she always had a love of music, her true passion was all things hair related. In 2001 she decided to take the plunge and pursue her dreams of working in the hair industry. She joined the Elle Marie team as the 8th employee in January, 2008 and became Lorry’s Assistant Manager at the Mill Creek location, eventually moving into the Manager position at Mill Creek. In the fall of 2012 she moved over to manage our newest location in Alderwood. Hollie is now the Director of Operations for all locations, still working behind the chair in Mill Creek, and one of our education stylists working to train incoming Associates.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Director of Inventory and Merchandising, Business Manager – Snohomish
Whitney attended the Art Institute of Seattle for Graphic Design, later leaving to pursue a career in cosmetology at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in 2007. Whitney came to Elle Marie in October of 2008. When she walked in to the salon in Mill Creek to apply, she immediately fell in love with the team and atmosphere. In 2012, Whitney was promoted to Manager at our Mill Creek location. After 4 years of management she decided to get more involved with community, becoming our Events and Community Outreach Coordinator. Shortly after, she also added the title of Director of Merchandising, before recently transitioning to Business Manager at our new Snohomish location. Whitney is also a level 4A senior stylist working behind the chair Thursday and Friday mornings. When not at work, Whitney is with her family, husband James, and two sons, Bo and Wes. When the weather is nice, they are outside, usually working in the garden. She also has been an avid skier since she was 3 years old and her kids are following in her footsteps!
Director of Human Resources
Krysten graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology-Seattle with an AA in Fashion, and also attended the EVCC HR Management Certificate Program. She spent 5 years in the Health and Fitness industry before transitioning to the Salon industry in 2006. When she came to Elle Marie as a Guest Service Administrator, she wanted to work for a company that was evolving and looking to take risks. A company that advocates for its employees and growing them for the long term. A company that stands on family values and treats its employees and guests as if they are an extension of that family, too. She quickly moved into the role of Salon Manager for our Mill Creek and Woodinville locations, and is now the Director of Human Resources and Woodinville Business Manager. When she is not at work, Krysten enjoys creating new adventures and memories with her family and friends, hiking, exploring new sights and local businesses, cooking with her husband, redecorating/repurposing and trying to live a minimalist lifestyle, taking every opportunity to laugh and BEING in the moment with the ones she loves most.
Director of Education, Business Manager – Mill Creek
Kristin started down the path of college to major in psychology when she realized college in that form was not for her. She started at Northwest Hair Academy in February of 2008 and started with Elle Marie as an Associate in March of 2009. She has always loved the family feel that Elle Marie offers and was honored to be a part of the management team in 2018 to help coach and mentor other stylists! In May of 2020, she was asked to join Elle Marie’s Board of Directors! She is so grateful to be a part of a team of amazing individuals that continues to make Elle Marie the very best they can be and encourages our incredible employees! In her off time you can find her spending time with her little man who she had the pleasure of meeting through being a foster mama! She values all the quality time she can spend with her family and friends!
Director of Communications
Acacia brought almost 10 years of salon-support experience with her when started with Elle Marie in 2015 as a Guest Service Administrator. Her life-long passion for art and design, along with her time spent at Kansas City Art Institute and Cornish College of the Arts, allowed her to quickly transition into the Marketing Department as a Graphic Designer and eventually Creative Director. When not at work, Acacia enjoys playing video games, DIY projects, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.