the team

We have the best talent Charlotte has to offer. From hair stylists to make-up artists, Valeria Salon can elevate the way you look and feel.

Geri Palillo

Owner/Artistic Director

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Rachelle (Palillo) Charles

Owner/Artistic Director

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Ana Acuna

Artistic Director

Ana is a skilled and passionate cosmetologist whose love for enhancing the beauty of those around her began during her teenage years in Cuba, where she grew up. During this time, she developed a keen interest in the beauty industry. She began exploring the latest trends coming in and out of the island. After moving to Miami, Ana enrolled in the Bilingual Cosmetology program at the Beauty School of America, where she graduated in 2003. Eager to gain experience and expand her talents, Ana worked as an assistant stylist and senior hairdresser in a well-established salon in South Miami. Over the next thirteen years, she worked as a full multi-service cosmetologist, gaining beneficial experience and knowledge in various coloring and haircutting techniques. Her love for learning and staying current with the latest trends led her to work with many leading brands, such as Paul Mitchell Redken and L'Oreal Professionnel. In 2016, Ana joined the Valeria Salon team as an artistic director stylist, and she has been passionate about bringing out the natural beauty of her clients ever since. She always continues to learn and stay current on new industry trends, products, and techniques. She is fluent in English and Spanish, which allows her to serve a wide variety of clientele in our area.

Donna Jaenecke

Master Stylist

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Ashley Marshall

Artistic Director

Ashley began her cosmetology career at Paul Mitchell, the School of Charlotte, in 2011 and has perfected her skills since 2012. She started working as a Master Stylist at Valeria Salon in 2021 and quickly rose to the prestigious position of Artistic Director by 2023. Ashley loves to create customized "lived-in" looks that cater to each client's preferences, requirements, and lifestyle. She excels in precise cuts, short styles, texturizing, and layering techniques, particularly when it comes to curly and textured hair. She ensures each client receives a hairstyle that enhances their natural features. Ashley's expertise includes working with luxurious American and European color lines like Redken and L'Oreal. Her passion for crafting unique looks and devotion to her work set her apart in the industry.

Breylin Morton

Junior Stylist
Extension Certified

Breylin brings a fresh perspective to the world of hair with a passion for cosmetology and beauty that shines through every client interaction. She is a North Carolina Native, originally from Albemarle, NC, and has deep-rooted connections to the community. She loves connecting with every client and creating personalized styles that reflect their individual personalities. After graduating from Central Piedmont Community College in 2022, Breylin has dedicated the last year and a half to perfecting her work by attending events like the Redken symposium in Dallas and various classes/workshops such as Redken Gloss Boss on tour, as well as obtaining certification in Handtied Extensions. Ensuring each client leaves feeling confident and beautiful. Specializing in lived-in color, blonding, and extensions, Breylin's artistic flair and attention to detail allow her to cater to every client's needs.

Briana Strassburg


Briana (Bria) brings over 8+ years of experience in the luxury and specialty fashion industry to Valeria Salon in her management role. She is originally from Niagara Falls, New York, and has been in North Carolina since 2019. She graduated with a BBA from Strayer University in 2022, specializing in Social Media Marketing, International Relations, and Entrepreneurship. She holds certifications from top companies such as Google, Hubspot, Salesforce, and Meta. With a deep passion for beauty, self-care, and photography, Bria also serves as the salon's social media manager, combining her expertise with her love for the beauty industry. In her free time, you can find her with her dog, Bella Mae, enjoying brunch in Birkdale and keeping up with the latest trends in beauty and skincare. Her attention to detail and dedication to excellence ensure that clients receive the highest level of service. Bria takes pride in her work and is passionate about helping clients leave the salon looking and feeling their best.

Cathy Strassburg

Assistant Manager

Cathy is a core part of our administrative team. She is one of the first friendly faces you see and voices you hear when scheduling appointments and coming into the salon. She brings over 40 years of experience in finance, underwriting, and business, as well as almost a decade in the beauty industry, to her position as Assistant Manager here at Valeria. Originally from New York, where she had also attended the Picollo School of Hair Design in Buffalo, Cathy has been making North Carolina her home for the past five years. Cathy has in-depth skincare knowledge, specifically in SkinCeuticals, allowing her to assist clients with questions, concerns, and product recommendations.

Patricia Windle

Artistic Director
Extension Certified

Patricia is an exceptionally talented cosmetologist who has worked at Valeria Salon for over a decade. Starting as a colorist and hairstylist, she has worked her way up to the prestigious position of artistic director. Originally from Saint Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, Patricia pursued a healthcare career before discovering her true passion in the beauty industry. After Graduating at the top of her class from the renowned Aveda Institute of Charlotte in September 2014, she has excelled as a versatile and multiculturally diverse artist, enjoying the opportunity to meet clients from all walks of life, educate them on the best products for their hair type, as well as, create styles and specialized coloring techniques for each client that seamlessly transition from the salon chair to their home. Loving all things color, precision cutting, makeup artistry, and being a multi-method certified extension specialist, Patricia sees hair as her canvas, with a theory behind every groove.

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Our mission is to enhance each client’s natural beauty, while providing a a refreshing and stress free atmosphere.

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The Valeria Way

Creative vision meets unsurpassed talent.

Beauty springs from within. At Valeria, we pride ourselves in bringing your beauty to the forefront. Whether you’re searching for a new look, or a new interpretation of your signature style, our staff has the vision and skills needed to boost your confidence and self image.

Valeria is Lake Norman's premier Salon, MedSpa, & Boutique, featuring a full array of creative stylists, expert aestheticians, and savvy beauty consultants.


9620 Holly Point Drive, Suite 100
Huntersville, NC 28078


Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: Closed

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