Meet the AAM Team
Meet the heart and soul of AAM Operations. These are the people who take the vision and make it a reality.
Director of Social Media Communications
Truly passionate about beauty, Melody Urieli (formerly Duarte) is an enthusiastic and dynamic Artist at Sheila Bella Permanent Makeup whose attention to detail and unparalleled people skills distinguish her as a thought leader. She is certified in Microblading, Powder Brows, Nano Brows and Ombré as well as Brow Lamination, Microneedling and Fibroblast Skin Tightening. Producer of the AAM’s podcast, “PMU School”, the tech-savvy Artist is dedicated to delivering thought-provoking, educational and engaging material to existing and perspective members as Director of Social Media Communications for the American Academy of Micropigmentation.
A wife and mother of two children (and a furbaby named Bamba), Melody is also co-founder of the Mimosas y Chismosas Book Club. She has co-authored an educational book for children “Colors for Kids” and is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish.
Membership Ambassador for New Jersey
Maria DeSantis-Ferreira currently owns a thriving private practice, A Face Forever Permanent Cosmetic Specialist, in Westfield, New Jersey, is a New Jersey state-licensed cosmetologist since 1984 and an American Academy of Micropigmentation member since 2003.
Maria’s passion for her profession and desire to expand her education is demonstrated with over 30 advanced certifications in the newest permanent cosmetics techniques. Maria has had the opportunity to train with best of the best pioneers of the industry, mastering in PMU 3D Hair Strokes, Softap Method, Microblading, Scalp Micropigmentation, 3D Areola Tattooing, Scar Camouflage and Microneedling. Maria has also continued her extensive education & master training throughout the years of her permanent cosmetic career following the latest state of the art equipment and techniques in the PMU industry.
This has led Maria to become an American Academy of Micropigmentation Certified Instructor. Maria previously joined the Beau Institute as a primary instructor and now is a guest instructor for advanced workshops/training. She also offers private workshops including apprenticeships, advanced customized training, exam prep study course and AAM certification exam proctoring.
Maria’s passion, patience, skills and ability to share this wonderful profession with new students give her great joy and satisfaction from knowing that she has assisted someone in pursuing their ideal career. In 2015 Maria was invited to join the American Academy of Micropigmentation board member as Secretary & Ethics Chair. In this position, she actively participated in restructuring training, curriculum & regulations for past & future AAM members. She is greatly looking forward to continue serving the American Academy of Micropigmentation in her new position as the New Jersey Ambassador.
Hannah is a Permanent Makeup Artist based in Alberta, Canada. With beauty experience that includes permanent makeup services, body art experience, professional makeup artistry, and lashe enhancements, she is self-proclaimed to be obsessed with all things beauty related!
Additionally, Hannah was a professional cheerleader for 4 years and has a special spot in her heart for social media!
The opportunity to connect with beautiful artists from all over the world is what excites Hannah most. She is SO excited to share her love and passion for the arts, community, and all things Beauty.
Shelly is a fun-loving and creative person with a mission to enjoy life. She is currently a student at Los Angeles Mission College majoring in graphic design with a focus in UX/UI design. She is on a path to graduate next year and hopes to be able to share her art with the world and make people happy. With a passion for all things beauty and fashion related, she’s learned that while getting dolled up is fun, being good and true to who you are is the best way to be beautiful inside and out. She hopes to spread that positive message and many others as she works at the American Academy of Micropigmentation.
When she’s not busy with school or working with the AAM, Shelly loves to de-stress by spending time with her family and friends. Activities include eating delicious food and getting boba, lots of boba.