Meet The Team

As the best local Hair Salon, John Paul of Philadelphia is committed to providing customers with exceptional service. Whether you’re looking to get pampered or need to prepare for an upcoming event, our team of professionals is ready to highlight your best features and make you look stunning. Read on to meet our all-stars or say hi in person next time you’re in the area!

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Karen Farrell

Owner/Stylist

A talented stylist with 32 years of experience, Karen has been with John Paul of Philadelphia since 2002 and loves every minute of it. “We have so much fun with each other and with our clients. It’s a great atmosphere!”

Karen’s professional training began with Mercy Vocational in 1981. She also trained with Hair USA in Florida. Her specialties include up-dos, color and highlights, as well as makeup artistry and facials. She says giving her clients fresh looks and making them feel pretty are the best parts of her job.

Married with two daughters and one grandson, Karen and her family have traveled to more than half of the USA in their RV. She loves camping in the US, but traveling abroad is a passion, too. She has visited Ireland and can’t wait to visit Italy soon.

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Karen Aquilino

Stylist

Karen has been working at John Paul of Philadelphia since 2002 and has been a stylist and esthetician since 1994. Hair, makeup, skin and nails—Karen does it all! A graduate of Jean Madeline Education Center, she loves the fun and creativity of her job, and enjoys meeting and getting to know so many different people. Helping clients look and feel their best is her favorite part of her job. “When you like your hair and the way you look, it shows in the way you carry yourself and in your attitude,” she says. Karen has three grown sons, two amazing daughters-in-law and six fabulous grandchildren. When she’s not working, she loves to bake and to visit her son and his family in Texas.

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Rosaria Caruso

Assistant

Rosa’s smile is contagious! A member of the John Paul of Philadelphia team since 2002, she has been in the beauty industry for 41 years and graduated from the Hair Academy of Wilmington. You’ll find Rosa shampooing, perming and coloring and loving every minute of it. “I enjoy working with clients and my wonderful co-workers!” she says.
A native Italian, Rosa loves cooking and baking “old Italian style” and brings tasty treats in to the salon as much as possible. She loves the friendly, lively atmosphere of the salon and considers her co-workers her “second family.” A resident of South Philly, she has been married for 38 years and has two daughters.

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Desiree D’Ambro

Pedicurist/Waxing/Assistant

Desiree joined John Paul of Philadelphia in 2002. A 1993 graduate of South Philly Academy, she assists with hair and specializes in pampering clients with gorgeous, flawless manicures and pedicures. Meeting new people and catching up with her clients during their appointments are the favorite parts of her job. Desiree has four children and, when she’s not working, she can be found baking, cooking, crafting or making clothes for her granddaughter.

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Jennifer DeJesus

Stylist

Jennifer joined John Paul of Philadelphia in 2010 and has been a stylist for 20 years. She loves her job and especially enjoys her clients and the variety of services she provides as part of the team. Whether cutting or styling highlighting or waxing, Jennifer loves making clients look their best. For men, women and kids, her philosophy of style holds true: “As long as you look good, you feel good,” she says.

A graduate of Jean Madeline Cosmetology School, Jennifer previously worked at ETTORE! Spa and Salon, Salon Europa, Hair Cuttery and Ruth’s Hair Salon. She is the proud mother of identical twin girls.

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Stephanie Dougherty

Stylist

Stephanie began her career as a stylist in 1994 when she graduated from Jean Madeline Aveda Institute. She’s been working at John Paul since 2002 and says “making people happy” is the best part of her job. A versatile stylist, Stephanie has honed her artistry with over 20 years’ experience. She has taken numerous continuing education classes and has participated in New York City hair shows featuring up-dos, color and styles. Married with two children, she considers everyone at John Paul a part of her family. “We have such a great time at work with our clients and each other. It’s the most friendly atmosphere!”

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Maureen Grandelli

Receptionist

Maureen has been with John Paul of Philadelphia as receptionist and salon assistant since 2013. She is a 2009 graduate of the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute and she worked as a stylist in center city before joining John Paul. Married with four children, she has a degree in Early Childhood Education and loves working in the heart of South Philly, close to home. “I really love the people I work with!” she says.

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Maryann Mooney

Receptionist

A native of South Philly, Maryann has been a receptionist at John Paul since 2002. “My favorite part of my job is that is it like one big family. We know our clients and their children and every day is fun. It’s a great atmosphere here and never feels like a job!”