Rossana Casale

Rossana Casale trained to be a professional stylist at Salon Mario Russo, officially joining the team in 1999. Her continuing education at Salon Mario Russo has enhanced and broadened her passion for styling. She has also studied with Sebastian and Bumble & Bumble in New York. Rossana’s clients include television personalities and Boston Celtics Dancers. She has worked for runway shows, including St. John, Chanel, and the Paul Pierce Truth Foundation Show. She uses an honest, realistic approach to consult with clients and enable them to leave the salon feeling polished, pampered, and pretty. Rossana finds inspiration in all things feminine and conveys this through soft, flowing, flattering hairstyles that unlock the potential in a woman’s hair and enhance her best features. Her specialty is in cutting and styling long hair, while her vast clientele has complete confidence in her range of abilities that encompass edgier cuts as well as precision men’s haircuts. Rossana places great importance on teaching her clients how to maintain their new look at home. She believes that her success is based on the client being able to duplicate the look she gives them. With a little bit of time and effort, her clients are able to recreate the style.

Juston Distazio

Juston joined the Salon Mario Russo team in 1991 and has taken on roles including stylist, stylist educator, and senior stylist manager. He has trained extensively in fashion hub cities such as London, Montreal, and New York. Thanks to his background, he is able to recognize and utilize fashion for hair. “You absolutely never stop learning in this industry and that is one of the things I love most about it. Fashion for hair, as in fashion for clothing, changes, borrows, and evolves with each passing decade. It’s so much fun being there with it as it happens,” Juston has a passion for short hair and professional hair care products. Cutting hair short is very liberating and can awaken the “Inner you”, the one who may need a little push forward. Once the genie is out of the bottle , you may not get her back in ! He takes care to share his product knowledge and discoveries with his clients, believing in the importance of helping them to become more educated about their own hair and its needs, and to learn to work with their own natural attributes for maximum results. Juston specializes in cutting and hair design.

David Donnelly

David Donnelly

David is originally from Stoneham MA. and always knew what he wanted to be…it was getting there that the path was complicated.

Growing up as a twin has its perks and perils. David and his brother grew up in the same household and are identical yet at an early age discovered they each had very different interests. David realized he loved to make people feel good and excels in client servicing.

After graduating high school, he began attending hair school while working nights at ‘Cheesecake Factory’. It was there that he learned how to multi-task… at a very young age.
He became the stylist to all his work counterparts and made the decision to leave restaurant work and become a part of the Newbury St culture. As he completed his on again off again attendance to hair school, he was also attending our Mario Russo in salon training. Many of our clients recognize David as he has been our lead senior coordinator for 3 years prior to his graduation from Mario Russo training. His ability to connect with our clients, understand what their needs are, while being patient has proven invaluable to his skill set as a stylist. He is well versed with all hair products and is always available to chat about ‘what’s best or what’s new with the industry.

In addition, and most importantly, David has successfully completed training with Hot Heads Tape in extensions along with being Keratin Complex certified. He has a true passion for hair texture, altering it, adding it and knowing what textured hair needs to look and be its best. Afterall, he has been crafting his skills since 2013.

Come see why David is a true professional and an asset to our team at the seaport. His meticulous blow outs last for days!

Josie Faria

Josie Faria

Master stylist and colorist, Josie Maria Faria brings a sophisticated, international sensibility to her clientele. Originally from Portugal, Josie is well-traveled with a great eye for style, learning her techniques in both cut and color from the very best in the hair industry.

In 1994, Josie joined the Sassoon brand, which is renowned for its perfectionist approach to design, cut, and in particular, shape. It was with that training, Josie mastered the art of styling to bring out the best in every client. As a result, she cuts, colors and styles to suit the individual and never to merely follow a trend.

Josie next went onboard with Wella, in order to add mastery of the nuances of color to her slate. She truly found her métier as a colorist. She took her skills to the next level to become a certified Wella educator. She is an incredibly gifted colorist, which requires her to be not only an artist, but also a chemist. Josie knows how to adapt her technique to suit the individual client, whether they want subtle blonde highlights or flaming reds. She is adept at covering grey hair while delivering incredible shine and luster. Combining a flattering cut with stunning color is her gift, and all who schedule with her leave the salon feeling beautiful.

For the past 25 years, Josie has been styling hair at the top salons of Back Bay’s famed Newbury Street. She has won numerous awards for her achievements in both cut and color. Josie continues to take master classes and workshops to keep abreast of evolving techniques in her field and to maintain her high-level talents. It’s no wonder her clients remain loyal to Josie and trust their beautiful hair to no one else!

Lance Collins

Lance is a New Orleans native who has been in the beauty industry since 1991. He joined Salon Mario Russo in the spring of 2008. He worked for years in New York, honing his skills and doing print work for many magazines, including Self, TV Guide, Town and Country, and Southern Living. Lance has also worked for Ritz-Carlton Salons and Spas, training new stylists and colorists in the high standards of the Ritz-Carlton. As an employee of a world-class company, Lance styled celebrity clients such as Dustin Hoffman, Patricia Arquette, Courtney Cox, Mary Tyler Moore, Mandy Moore, and Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima. When Lance relocated to Boston, he was eager to join the highly respected Salon Mario Russo team.In 2013, Lance received the highly respected ‘Best Men’s Haircut’ award by ‘Improper Bostonian’ magazine. Lance is motivated in his styling and coloring work by the client-stylist interaction. He says of his craft, “I get to help clients feel great about themselves. That is a reward in and of itself!”


Anna Costa

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Anna moved to the greater Boston at the height of her career.  Having attended and successfully graduating from the Sassoon academy in Chicago for cutting and Toni and Guy in NYC for cutting she set her sights on Boston and hair design.  Anna quickly became a successful Newbury St stylist and joined the talented team of Mario Russo in 2017, where she shares her time in both locations.   Her cutting and styling techniques are superior and have earned her the coveted title of designer stylist. Along with cutting and coloring, Anna’s bridal design work has had brides scheduling their big day with her months in advance and traveling over 300 miles for their perfect bridal hair!

Anna has been and esteemed member of Hairdressing InterCoiffure since 1982.  InterCoiffure represents the best of the best internationally of hairdressers.

Anna continues to travel to her home city of Philadelphia every month to cut and color her loyal clients while maintaining her home here in Boston!  In her spare time, she donates her cutting skills to Boston’s Children’s Hospital and has been since 2012.

George Amaral

Improper Bostonian Best Womens Haircut 2009

George was recognized as one of Newbury Street’s most talented stylists very early in his career. He joined the Salon Mario Russo team in 1990 as a senior stylist and specializes in creating modern, sophisticated short cuts. His capabilities and talents are extensive, and his career path at Salon Mario Russo has included positions as a staff manager and as an education director. George has a passion for learning and a drive to continually evolve his technique that has led him to travel and study in fashion capitals, such as Paris, Montreal, New York, and London. In Montreal, George studied with LaCoupe, and he studied with Bumble & Bumble in New York. He has a diverse background in runway styling for Chanel, Escada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, and Alan Bilzerian. George has a reputation among his extensive clientele for being a true “man about town” who can always recommend the best new Boston hotspots for dining and entertainment. He has been awarded Best of Boston – Women’s Haircut and Best of Improper Bostonian – Men’s Haircut, and most recently, Best Woman’s Haircut 2009 by the Improper Bostonian. George sums up his work by saying, “I love to cut hair and work with all the new tools and techniques that are continually changing and evolving.”

Gio Ferrara

Gio Ferrara

Gio’s illustrious career path begins with successfully receiving a degree in business management from Northeastern University. While the business world intrigued him, he also wanted to explore his creative talents and enrolled in hairdressing school. Gio graduated in 1998 and has been a busy stylist on Newbury St since 2000. His styling career began with an apprenticeship with Marco Evangelisti, former owner of’ I Soci ‘Salon. Marco, originally from Rome, Italy shared his knowledge, haircutting and styling techniques with Gio. Gio continued to work with Marco side by side for over ten years until the closing of’ I Soci’, when Gio joined the Mario Russo team.

His expertise is with precision cutting with a focus on facial features, hair movement, its energy and flow. He attended and successfully completed training at the Bumble & Bumble University of NYC. In Miami, he completed the Master Course with Vidal Sassoon. His haircuts are timeless and memorable. His razor skills are celebrated!

Gio’s personality is of a gentle demeanor with a dry sense of humor! He has an ability to quickly put his clients at ease while engaging in light hearted conversations. In his spare time, Gio enjoys traveling, playing guitar in two local bands and ice hockey.

Violet Furxhi

Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Winner Best Blowout 2007 & Best Hair Extension 2019

Violet was born and raised in Albania, where at an early age she realized her natural talent for helping people make their hair dreams a reality. Having trained with Vidal Sassoon in Santa Monica, she joined Salon Mario Russo in 2002, and quickly developed her natural ability to help her clients understand their hair. Violet is trained and practices the latest methods and new technology with hair extensions. She is one of the most sought after stylists by the brides and bridal parties. The 2007 Boston Magazine Best of Boston winner for “Best Blow Dry”, is known for her beautiful up-dos, twists and chignons. She has created looks for Boston society and celebrities, including Belinda Carlisle of the Go Go’s, Tonya Chen Mezrich of NECN, Wendy Nicks of NBC, and many others. She has created runway looks for Mike & Ton Fall/Winter 2011, and was one of the stylists of the Michael DePaulo’s Couture lookbook Fall/Winter 2011. Her hair styles and up-dos have been featured in the Improper Bostonian, the NECN’s Morning show with Tonya Mezrich and Bridget Blythe, and the Bridal Styles Boutique. Violet is dedicated to make all her clients leave the salon not only with a look they love, but also with a look they can maintain everyday.

Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson

Boston Magazine Best of Boston Winner Best Colorist 2016

Amanda grew up in Duxbury, Massachusetts and attended Syracuse University where she double-majored in Fashion and Retail Management. While at Syracuse, she discovered her passion for the beauty industry and her desire to help people realize their full self-worth through looking their best. Shortly after, she pursued a career as a professional hair colorist. Amanda’s training began on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and in 2005, Amanda sought out Salon Mario Russo because of Mario’s standard of excellence. She continues to advance her career and expertise by taking a variety of classes including, but not limited to, advanced color classes through Wella with Alexandra Matiz, the world wide hair tour in Barcelona, Spain, and classes held throughout Boston and New York. Amanda was voted Boston Magazines “runner up” for Best Brunette Colorist in 2009! Amanda takes deep pride in her work and understands the importance of suggesting the perfect color. She is passionate about enhancing ones natural beauty and bringing out her clients inner confidence! She loves “beautiful, healthy” hair and insists in maintaining an at-home regime of color safe products. Amanda wishes every client to leave Salon Mario Russo loving their color and feeling like a better version of themselves.

Sal Malafronte

Sal Malafronte

Best Haircut by Boston Common Magazine 2022

Sal is a master stylist who joined the Mario Russo team in 1998. He was named Artistic Director in January of 2011. He specializes in haircuts that emphasize clean lines and gorgeous, sexy styling. Sal believes very strongly in continuing education and has received advanced training in New York at Bumble & Bumble and Shu Uemura, as well as in London at Vidal Sassoon and Tony & Guy. Sal is currently the Associate Director of the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Atelier team, and travels the country educating on cutting and styling. Sal has worked backstage at New York Fashion Week for Rodarte, Suno, Thakoon, Theory and Monique Lhuillier as well as for John Varvatos and Salvatore Ferragamo. He has worked locally for designers Mike & Ton and Daniela Corte. Sal’s editorial work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Boston Magazine and Stuff. He has styled six covers of the Improper Bostonian magazine and has worked with celebrities such as musician Lori Mckenna, comedian Mo Rocca, actress, America Ferrera, author Tina Brown, and TV host Clinton Kelly. Sal has also styled hair for the clothing store Louis website and appeared on the show Ambush Makeover. He was named Boston’s Best Blowout by Allure magazine and the Improper Bostonian and was one of Stuff’s Players for 2011. Sal is a self-confessed “entertainment and pop-culture junkie” and uses the knowledge of contemporary culture to inspire his hairstyles.



Monika Ramizi

Boston Magazine Best of Boston Winner Best Bridal Stylist 2008

Monika joined Salon Mario Russo in 1996 after earning her degree in philosophy. She perfected her craft by working closely with Mario as her mentor. Since beginning her career as a stylist and colorist, Monika has been featured in national and local press. In 2008, she was recognized in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston for “Best Bridal Updo.” Monika understands the importance of being a consultant for her clients. She listens carefully and provides styles that match her clients’ lifestyles. It is of paramount importance to her that her clients leave the salon not only having had a pleasant experience in the salon, but more importantly, with styles that look great and work in their everday life. Monika’s client list includes professionals, TV reporters, and The Herald.

Ini Spahiu

Boston Magazine 2022 Best Colorist

Ini joined the team of Mario Russo in 2011.  Color is her passion as she delicately balances science with art creating formulations that are just right!

Ini’s creative and sharp eye is equally balanced with her honed detailed masterful techniques.  Her color education is ongoing having earned her creditindials from the Wella Institute in NYC in all levels including corrective application.

Ini’s warm personality instantly comforts her clients as she skillfully designs the tone best suited for their individual taste, lifestyle and features.

She is a true artist.

Kathleen Verilli

Kathleen Verrilli

Kathleen’s passion is hair…it’s always been. Taking cutting requests from her friends at the age of 10. She just always knew. Capitalizing on her personal strengths she set off on her journey. Her plan was to learn all that she could, and be and work for the best.

Graduating from Blaine in 1998, Newbury Street was where to go, and she joined the Sassoon organization. Kathleen’s career path at Sassoon grew as she rose the ranks to a national and international educator for hair cutting…among the highest honors in the Sassoon organization. For over two decades she traveled for the company, coaching, training hundreds of stylists.

We at Mario Russo are honored to have the talented Kathleen join our team in 2019.
Kathleen is as creative as she is warm and engaging. She is committed to excellence and it shows in each and every hair design. She is always polished and poised, warm and genuine. Come see why Kathleen is one of Boston’s Best!

Patricia Zurn

Patricia Zurn

Education Director

Becoming a stylist for some is a natural progression.  Hair transforms into art and hairdressing becomes a stylist’s expression of their art.  This is true for Patricia.

Having grown up in a rural community in Maine, at the age of eighteen she migrated to Boston.  She knew city life was calling.  She attended and graduated from Mass Art with her degree in fine arts. It was during that time, after graduation, and before full time employment, that she discovered hairdressing.

The similarities were overwhelming.  She could paint, sculpt, design, create new looks with every client.  She found her path.

Education is important to Patricia and she seeks it with every spare moment in her busy life. Having completed her precision cutting from Sassoon, and receiving her color training certificates from L’Oréal Balayage Expert, Lived in Color and Pretty Little Ombre.  She has trained with the world’s best.

Patricia is first with a new technique, a new color formula, a new design for achieving that special haircut.

Patricia has won many awards, the most recent to mention would be Boston’s coveted Best of for Hair Extensions, 2019.  She is skilled in several different brands of extensions, Great Lengths, Hair Dreams, Hot Heads to name a few.   Her clients travel from all points of the country to schedule with her.  Her extensions go untestable to the average eye!

Patricia’s hair color is always subtle, natural and blended to the utmost detail.  She will not stop until every client is completely satisfied.

This powerhouse is a true talent, a gentle soul with imagination, polish and professional.