Meet Our Team

  • Chi Wah Soo

    Master Stylist

    Chi Wah has been at her craft since 1985. She always had a longing to do hair but it wasn't until her thirties that she felt comfortable jumping in. Starting as an non-typical "older" apprentice, she studied under Karen Maccarone at Avatar. At Avatar Chi Wah fell in love with Aveda, that began a thirty year relationship with the brand. Chi Wah has a love of learning, and has taken years of advanced education with local stylists, Aveda educators, Arrojo, Deva Curl, Goodwill, as well as others. She had started an apprenticeship program over 20 years ago and has taught most of the Aveda educated stylists in town, many of which now own their own salons, a fact she is very proud of today. Chi Wah has four children and a granddaughter. She loves to knit, listen to live music, catch up on some good TV, as well as travel to visit her baby sister Mimi whenever she gets a chance.

  • Salena Klass

    Aveda Mastery Colorist and Stylist

    Salena started working at Chi Wah Organica after moving back home from Delaware in 2005 and has been part of the Chi Wah family ever since. After years assistant managing the salon she decided to attend Cosmetology school and graduated in 2008. Since then she continues furthering her education with Aveda, and has taken classes at Arrojo in NYC. Salena loves that her career has brought her to many fun cities as she loves to travel. Salena is enjoying motherhood with her one year old daughter Ophelia. She spends most of her free time with her partner Paul, their daughter Ophelia, and her siblings Miles and Viola. She loves to row, paddle board, hike, meditate and run with her dog Lola whenever she can squeeze in some time.

    Salena@chiwah-organica.com

  • Sami Ruggeri

    Stylist

    Sami was born and raised in Rochester and recently returned from a long chapter out of state where she graduated from the Aveda Institute in Downtown Las Olas- Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As a painter, artist, and inspired hair stylist she specializes in cutting techniques that make a great haircut last long after it grows out. Her background in art and painting give her a keen eye for color placement and freehand balayage techniques. Sami is a mother, an avid adventure seeker, music lover, dog enthusiast, and looks forward to growing her career as a Stylist at Chi Wah Organica and with Aveda.

  • Bronwyn Summit Commesso

    Aveda Mastery Colorist and Stylist

    Bronwyn's start in the beauty industry began 19 years ago as Chi Wah's first apprentice. She has completed several classes with Aveda over the years, including Runway Styling and the Master Series in Color. Bronwyn's dedication to Aveda has also brought to her attend Aveda's Congress, the company's very own showcase of the latest trends in hair and beauty. When she isn't hard at work, she likes to spend time cooking, salsa dancing and skiing. Family means the world to her, and enjoys every minute of motherhood to Penelope and Isabel.

    Bronwyn@chiwah-organica.com

  • Andrea David

    Front End Assistant

    Originally from Oswego, Andrea has been a Rochester native since 1971. She is a retired elementary teacher looking for a part time job that would give her the opportunity to interact with people that didn't require lesson planning or correcting papers. She has been part of the Chi Wah family for almost ten years. Andrea and her husband Dan love to travel every year, lately traveling down to Florida in the winter to visit with their son's family. They have two children, Jessie and Ben, and two granddogs.

  • Casmir Brown

    Front End Assistant

    Casmir, Chi Wah's oldest son, recently returned to Rochester from life in the NYC to join the Chi Wah Organica team in February 2015. Casmir was raised using all Aveda products and has acquired extensive product knowledge over the years. He is an artist at heart, a free spirit, and an at home dancing sensation. His artistic influences range from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Kate Bush. Casmir is known for his kind telephone voice, and loves to talk about cats. In case anyone was wondering, Casmir's unique look comes from his heritage of Chinese, Jamaican, and British.

  • Corinne Brooks

    Front End Coordinator

    Corinne came to Chi Wah Organica in 2016 with twenty years of customer service experience and 2 years of Aveda knowledge under her belt. Her excellent multitasking ability, gracious personality, as well as her take charge attitude is what makes her such a pivotal part of our team. In her free time, she likes to attend her son, Ashton's, sporting events. She loves the outdoors, hiking, reading, listening to music, as well as spending time with her husband and their dogs, Bentley & Boomer. 

  • Heather Cleveland

    Front End Assistant

    Heather is a licensed Stylist, but took a break to stay home and raise her two youngest kids. She started her career apprenticing Bronwyn at Tru Salon in 2013 before eventually finding her way to Chi Wah Organica as a Front End assistant. In her spare time, Heather enjoys attending classes offered by Aveda, as well as being a co-leader for her eldest daughters Girl Scout Troop. Her hobbies include, camping and fishing with her eldest son, crafting, painting, sports, and of course family time with her husband and four children.