Stylists

Amanda Meckna

Master Stylist

Amanda has always had gift for doing hair that was evident since she was young. Growing up, she was consistently the one who friends turned to when they wanted their hair styled or colored.

This gift quickly grew into a passion that led Amanda to The Capitol School of Hairstyling, where she graduated in 2012. While perfecting her craft, Amanda developed clear strengths in color formulation, product knowledge, and customer service. Her talent landed her a career at Russell's Salon in Countryside Village, where she grew into the professional stylist she is today. After five years at Russell's, she moved down the street to Bella Mia, which is now her happy salon home.

When she's not wrangling her puppies, Amanda spends her spare time researching the latest hair trends and is always up to try something new. She is certified in Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments, and enjoys kids cuts, updos and specializes in balayage and hand-painted highlights.

Amanda has a very flexible work schedule can accommodate night and Saturday appointments.


Amy Irwin

Master Stylist

Amy graduated from Stewart's School of Hairstyling in 1990 and has remained a licensed for 26 years. She holds numerous certifications including American Board of Certified Haircolorists (ABCH) and Great Lengths Extensions Artist (certified in all 3 application techniques for over 10 years). She is an advocate for continuing education and annually attends summits in Los Angeles.

Amy is a trendsetter who is not afraid to try new things, but honors the fundamentals of classic education. She also believes in chemistry and the overall importance of maintaining the integrity of the hair, above all else. She loves teaching clients how to keep their life simple and beautiful when it comes to their hair!

Amy has one daughter who is also a hairstylist and a "super sassy" granddaughter. She enjoys time with her husband, family and dogs. Her favorite travel destination is Aruba.


Angela Catania

Master Stylist

Angela is a second generation hairstylist with over 20 years of experience. She attended Capitol School of Cosmetology and Esthetics. Her hard work and experience in the hair industry paid off eventually when she became a salon owner. It was there that she was able to mentor up and coming stylists and help the next generation of stylists. Along with other awards through out her career, she considers the award for North American Hairstylist of the Year her greatest accomplishment.

Angela's time in college as an art major helped fuel her creative side. She considers hair a form of art. She thinks of it as an accessory you wear everyday and that there are no two heads alike. Angela specializes in razor cutting and coloring. This is why she customize each cut and color to fit your own personal style.

She feels she is lucky to have found her calling so early in life and is truly blessed to be doing what she loves to do!


Eddiy Hilliard

Master Stylist/Wig Artist

Eddiy grew up in Oklahoma and has been a stylist for 29 years. He attended Neosho Beauty College in Neosho, Missouri. Eddiy joined us at Bella Mia in May 2018 after working at One Drake Salon for several years.

He has taken intensive courses to become certified in color theory and to be an educator for Affinage International. He also has extensive training in wig styling, construction, and design.

He does an immense amount of wigs, both for the public and the stage. Eddiy stays current on trends through social media and the Internet. He loves to interact with his clients and make them feel better about themselves and their new look. He specializes in color, balayage, hair cutting, Brazilian Blow Treatment, relaxers, and all other texture services. He has a very flexible work schedule and will work with your schedule.

Eddiy enjoys gardening and sewing. He also loves to travel, especially to other countries and immerse himself in their culture.


Laura Myers

Master Stylist

Laura has been in the hair industry for over 25 years. Her career started with school in Seattle, Washington where she was trained by George Masters (stylist to Marilyn Monroe). After managing a salon in the Pacific Northwest she and her husband moved to Nebraska. Laura continued her career as a stylist and became a color educator for Loreal' Professional.

After years of traveling around the United States teaching at high-end salons, she has decided to move her color expertise behind the chair again. Laura prioritizes understanding her clients' lifestyles and ensures that their style reflects that understanding. She knows that some people like their look to say "little black dress", while others might want a "yoga pants-wash and go" kind of feel.

Giving back to her community is also an important focus. She loves to give haircuts to people in need. In her spare time she savors family time with her husband and three children. She is an active member in her church and likes to start her day with a jog. She has said of her career, "I feel blessed to make strong connections with my clients and I really feel that they are all part of my family. The fact that I get to make them feel beautiful is a bonus!"


Linda Marie Millwood

Master Stylist

Linda always knew she wanted to work in the beauty industry and chose to attend Nettleton Academy of Hair Design straight out of high school. She has now been practicing her craft for over 35 years. She has worked for national chain salons, managed top salons, and now focuses on color, cutting and styling.

Linda has two daughters (one is a member of the UNO dance team, and the other a stylist like her mother), is an avid animal person, and enjoys riding motorcycles, boating and spending time with family and friends. A lifetime fan of all things fashion and makeup, Linda has also made jewelry in the past, and now sells Silpada sterling silver jewelry.


Mary Z. Gagliolo

Master Stylist

Mary's interest in all things hair began at an early age, when she used makeup to paint her mother's Styrofoam wig heads with flesh coloring. She even styled the wigs and then used her father's desk phone to "schedule" more appointments. By high school, her career had accelerated, as she was often recruited to style her friends' hair during lunch and for Proms. To this day, Mary loves her work and feels as if she's still a young girl who is simply being paid to play!

Mary attended Omaha's own Capitol School of Hairstyling, where she received both cosmetology and esthetics certification and was fortunate to study under the school's owner, Lyle McCaig, an icon in the hairstyling industry. She then went on to enjoy the mentorship and friendship of Russell Winkelbauer, with whom she worked for 27 years. Today, they continue to work side-by-side at Bella Mia.

Mary is a board-certified cosmetologist and studied innovative cutting and coloring techniques at Redken Exchange in Manhattan. She also studied with Yosh Toya, a Japanese master of cutting hair, and has attended Hair World in Washington, DC; the International Beauty Show in New York City; the America Beauty Show in Chicago; and the Aveda Congress in both New York City and Minneapolis. Her work has even been seen in front of a national audience at the Academy Awards.

Mary loves everything about the artistry and individuality of hairstyling and can find herself immersed in a men's cut or completely absorbed in a round brush blow-dry. As a perfectionist who always enjoys a challenge, she recognizes that clients who are in a hurry, or who are satisfied with a mediocre cut, should look elsewhere. Even after 35 years in the industry, Mary enjoys taking her time to ensure high-quality work and to form a true, personal bond with each client she sees. It brings her joy to guide each Bella Mia visitor to looking and feeling their best.

Outside of work, Mary loves to be a homebody with her wonderful husband, Nunzio, her teenage son Alfio (who still lets Mary cut his hair!), and three dogs (who don't).


Mimi Lawry

Born and raised in Omaha, Ne Mimi, has always loved the beauty industry. Her passion for hair and makeup began as a child where she grew up singing and dancing competitively. Believe it or not, one of her favorite parts of performing was getting her hair and makeup ready!

After high school, Mimi moved to NYC and attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, studying dance and musical theater. She shortly after moved to Los Angeles where she continued dancing and singing.

A Nebraska girl at heart, Mimi moved home and began her beauty career. She attended Xenon Academy where she graduated top of her class as Valedictorian. She continues her passion for the arts by teaching and choreographing competitive dance for The Rose Theater.

Tying together performing arts with the art of beauty, Mimi has found her purpose. Mimi feels truly blessed to be able to create art every day, whether it's behind the salon chair or in the dance studio.

Building confidence in others is what Mimi strives to do at the salon every day. When client's are having a rough day, Mimi loves not only making them look good on the outside, but also talking them through their problems and helping them feel good about themselves on the inside!

Continuing her education and always being up to date on the latest trends is of utmost importance to Mimi. She enjoys all services but specializes in blonding, hair extensions, special occasion hair and makeup.


Russell G. Winkelbauer

Master Stylist

Russell G. Winkelbauer has been working in the cosmetology industry in the Loveland area since 1979. He had owned and operated Russell's Salon in Countryside Village.

Russell's extended education includes Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, England; Gary Gerard's in Chatsworth, California; Jingles International in San Fransisco and New York; and Aveda Conferences in Minneapolis.

Russell joined the Bella Mia team in June 2017 and enjoys all aspects of the cosmetology industry. He is available for early morning appointments as well as in the evenings and Saturdays.


Sarah Park Taylor

Master Stylist

Sarah's dream of becoming a hairstylist began when she was very young. Her passion and spirit of excellence has inspired her to excel. Sarah gives great attention to detail in every aspect of her craft. She offers precision haircuts and is a true artisan with color. Sarah has a heart for pleasing her clients and listens carefully to meet and exceed their expectations. Her enthusiastic personality will surely make any appointment an enjoyable and positive experience.


Jill Overkamp

Salon Manager

Jill has spent her entire career in retail sales and management. She has a degree in Retail Management and started with Richman Gordman right out of college. She moved on to Piccolo's Florist and Gifts where she was able to fulfill her dream of being a retail gift buyer as well as manager of a very well known florist for 15 years. She ventured into the hair business and spent 8 years at Garbo's Salon and Spa where she started as a front desk supervisor and eventually became the Salon Manager. Jill joined Bella Mia in January 2018, and became Salon Manager in October, 2018.

Jill's true passion is providing excellent customer service. She takes on every task in an upbeat, positive manner and goes the extra mile in making sure the salon's clients are well taken care of. She thinks of the Bella Mia clients as friends and family and keeps updated on their lives.