Meraki Family

🥂 Cheers to the future & creating successful beauty professionals🥂

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Owner & Stylist

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"It’s a beautiful thing when a passion and career come together.”

Jacqueline Goleash Meraki

That’s exactly what happened for Meraki owner and stylist Jacqueline Goleash. As a second-generation hair stylist, styling is in her blood. She grew up watching her Mom behind the chair and knew that’s exactly where she herself was meant to be. She spent 4 and a half years at a local salon before she fulfilled her lifelong dream of owning her very own salon and spa. With a passion, drive, focus, and support, she opened the doors to Meraki Salon and Spa in October 2017. 


Throughout the years she’s become an expert on not only hair color but hair design as well. Her natural talent, attention to detail, and her ability to be a true visionary are what sets her apart. Her services are in high demand and she’s forever thankful for her clientele that has grown more rapidly than she ever imagined possible. Her ultimate goal: for each client to see themselves as beautiful as who they truly are. 


Outside of the salon, Jacqueline is continuously learning not only as a stylist, but a business owner. She enjoys being with her family, traveling, and spending time at her lake house.

Jacqueline Goleash, Owner of Meraki Salon & Spa

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Taryn Whitfield Stylist

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Taryn loves being able to be creative and make others feel beautiful. She says her favorite part of every appointment is exceeding the client’s expectations and seeing them walk out of the appointment ecstatic about their hair. Taryn grew up watching her mom in the salon, since as young as she could remember. She was always flipping through the pages of, “Inspire”, finding the latest trends and greatest hairstyles. Taryn chose this career because of the creativity she is able to put in to each client appointment and the love and passion she has for the industry.

Brandy Kruse


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Brandy grew up wanting to become a crime scene investigator. Her plans soon changed after working at a hair salon throughout high school. Having the opportunity to make people feel and look beautiful is the reason she chose to become a hair stylist. She enjoys lived in colors, textured cuts, and special occasion updos. Focusing on the best hairstyle for each individual's lifestyle is her number one goal. Her passion for this industry continues to grow each and every day. She is determined to make everyone's hair goals come to life.

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Megan Giacomini


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Megan specializes in extensions, balayage and lived in color!!

Here’s a little something she has to say...
Hi I’m Megan! I’m from Springfield! My wonderful husband Ryan and I have a 1 year old daughter Charlie Kate!

I started working in a salon when I was 16 and have been working behind the chair for a little over 4 years now! I absolutely love all things hair! Extensions and balayage are my favorite!

When I’m not working behind the chair I’m a stay at home mommy to my daughter and growing my online boutique!

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Candice has been a part of the beauty industry for almost 9 years. While she was living in Chicago she had the privilege to work side by side with some amazing barbers. Along with coloring women’s hair, she also love cutting men’s hair. Her job is such a passion for her, it is hard to claim it as “work”. Candice's ultimate performance goal is to distribute quality hair! Working smarter not harder is what she lives by! She achieves these goals by keeping up with continuing education and staying involved in the latest trends. Candice is eager to evolve and flourish with a new clientele here at Meraki. She has so much love in her heart for what Meraki stands for and she is very excited to become part of the beautiful atmosphere.


What Candice enjoys most outside of the salon is exploring new adventures with her 4 year old son, Owen and her significant other, Casey.

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Abby Riedle


Abby is a Paul Mitchell the School Graduate who has had a love for all things beauty from a young age. Her favorite services to perform are lived in colors and blonding, but really anything that makes her clients feel beautiful. Aside from hair Abby loves all things to do with music and loves to travel to new places. Abbys passion for doing hair grows with each appointment and new client she’s gets to connect with!

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Rachel Simes


Rachel has been an esthetician for three years. Previously she has worked alongside a few doctors in the medical cosmetic industry. She is a former member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Her passion lies in helping people feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. She loves being alongside her clients on their skincare journey! Rachel says "I cannot wait to meet my future Meraki clients and customize facials specifically for you!" When Rachel's not working, she enjoys playing the guitar and singing or creating new makeup looks.

Andrea Bradley


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Andrea has been an esthetician for 18 years. She is passionate about skin care and waxing. Andrea absolutely loves to give facials!! That is where her passion truly lies. It makes her feel happy when clients feel beautiful about their skin! Andrea is the "brow queen" as she loves to create the perfect shape for each of her guests. 

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Guest Happiness Team

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Amy Dawson

Guest Experience Expert

Amy is the first face you’ll see when entering Meraki. Her big smile will give you the warmest welcome. As Meraki's Salon & Spa Manager, Amy loves meeting new clients and enjoys engaging in conversation with everyone. She is a go-getter behind the desk and is our team's biggest cheerleader. She is truly a light of positivity and we love her for this. It’s not easy finding someone that fits all the •must• of a Salon & Spa Manager. Finding someone who gets us, who meshes well, who is our biggest cheerleader, pushes us to do our best & hit our goals, our right hand, someone who loves our clients as much as we do, and—who’s not only dependable.. but that we can trust.


Guest Experience Expert

Hi I’m Jaylynn! I’m from Springfield and I love all things hair and makeup, and enjoy working in the beauty industry! Outside of the salon my favorite thing to do is spend time with friends and family
🤍 I am so excited for this new journey!



Guest Experience Expert & Marketing Coordinator

Hi, I’m Lexi! I attended Riverton High School and recently graduated in May from the University of Illinois Springfield with my master's in communication. I serve as the head cross country coach at Riverton High School, enjoy working out and spending time outdoors with my boyfriend, Joe, and my dog, Ramsey. And oh yeah … I love all things girly. 
- I am so excited to be starting at Meraki and look forward to interacting with so many beautiful people!