Sandra Bruce is currently the General Manager of Milady, a division of Cengage Learning, Inc., located in Clifton Park, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Economics (BSBME) from the State University of New York Empire State College and has led the marketing, business development, and international strategies in a variety of roles for Milady for more than 11 years. Currently, Sandra is responsible for leading Milady’s publishing and business development strategies and is always striving to deliver innovative solutions to customers in both the academic and professional markets. Sandra has extensive experience with association work and has represented Milady on a variety of national and international association boards and committees, including AACS where she has been directly involved in strategic planning with the Board of Directors and represented the Associate Members for five years as Chair of the Advisory Committee. (2018)
Anthony Civitano has been a member of the Beauty School and Cosmetology community for over 23 years. He literally grew up with this industry all around him, with a stylist and salon-owner Father, who also owned beauty schools. As a New York licensed Cosmetologist, Anthony has a passion for this industry, and helping students achieve success within it. He has served in every capacity within beauty schools, including Financial Aid, Admissions, and even serving as a Campus Director. Currently Anthony owns seven schools in New York and Florida. Six of those schools are known as the Long Island Beauty Schools, and the Hair Design Institutes. The seventh school is a skin care and makeup school, known as the New York Institute of Beauty. Anthony serves as the Executive Director of the New York State Beauty School Association, and past Vice President of AACS. Anthony enjoys taking an active role in his schools, and in his community. With a wife and three children, Anthony is a true family man, who realizes that tackling issues as a group rather than alone, is the best way to achieve success.(2017)
Dana’s background encompasses over 15 years of work experience in education, beauty, government and nonprofit industries. She has been with Remington College since its inception of the Cosmetology Program and helped to facilitate its start up at 13 campuses. In the last 5 years she has served on the Government Relations Committee as its Communications Director and has written articles for BeautyLink. (2017)
Immediate Past President
Phone: 703-243-9322 x112
Christine began her career in the beauty industry over 35 years ago, as a CIDESCO diplomat and Master Esthetics instructor. She has traveled and taught in many world class spas throughout Europe. Upon returning to the United States, she became Director of Education for a large beauty supply distributor in the Mid-Atlantic States. During this time she produced shows and created stylist education for Trevor Sorbie, Irvin Rusk, John Sahag and many industry giants. In 1999, she became co-owner of the Graham Webb Academy in Arlington, Virginia and was instrumental in promoting the ratification by the Virginia State Assembly of a bill regulating the aesthetics profession. Christine has served for 12 years on the Government Relations Committee for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, and regularly meets with members of Congress, and the US Department of Education representing the needs of Cosmetology and Aesthetics students. She is the President of AACS, and is a founding member of Beauty Changes Lives. (2018)
Michael L. Halmon, MBA
Michael is the President of American Institute of Beauty, Inc. with 2 campus locations in Pinellas County, Florida. He brings over 25 years in the Beauty Industry from the Beauty Supply Distribution arena. Additional, he is proud to say that he is a former Marine and Banker with a special love for Business Finance. (2018)
Neal Heller, ESQ
Neal Heller is currently the CEO and President of the Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers, located in Hollywood, Florida. Neal holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami and his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. In his current role, Neal oversees the day-to-day operations, compliance and development of three campuses; including state licensure and NACCAS accreditation. Prior to Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers, Neal was co-founder, CEO and President of the Florida College of Natural Health, where he successful led the school to become the largest of its kind in the South Eastern United States. He also served as past-President of the Florida Association of Post-Secondary Schools and Colleges and as an Executive Board member for four years. (2018)
Teresa Lewis is a licensed nail technology instructor and holds a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Monmouth College. She has represented OPI for over 17 years and is now owner and CEO of YourNewSchool. YourNewSchool is a beauty school resource company which sources the best products, technologies and services so that our school clients don’t have to! (2017)
Award-winning entrepreneur Lynelle Lynch is revolutionizing cosmetology education while changing the perception of the beauty and wellness industry. She is owner of the most awarded beauty school in the world, Bellus Academy, recently named the “best beauty school in North America” by the global organization Intercoiffure. Lynch has raised nearly $3 million for scholarship programs for the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, a non-profit organization she founded in 2012. Her drive, passion and work ethic are a rarity, and her humanitarian spirit is the essence of who she is. (2019)
As Chief Financial Officer of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (“TUBC”), I bring over 21 years of experience as a finance and operations professional. My experience brings a consistent track record of increasing profits, driving new technology, and developing a culture of accountability and continuous improvement. I am a strong team builder who enjoys coaching and mentoring talent across all levels of an organization. I am a collaborative, analytical leader known for setting clear strategic direction and actionable operating plans.
I have fifteen years of experience in the private post-secondary school industry in various financial, mergers and acquisitions, and operations roles of which twelve of those years were spent at Career Education Corporation and the last two at TUBC. Prior to my time in the education industry I was in public accounting, the technology sector and banking. (2019)
Phone: 316-943-5516 x13
Currently Kim and her husband Stan McIntosh own Crave Beauty Academy. She changed the name of Xenon International Academies to Crave Beauty Academy in Wichita, KS and Ballwin (St. Louis), MO in December 2014. Kim and her husband acquired Xenon International Academy in Kansas and Missouri in 2013. Prior to the acquisition, the past eighteen years she has been partner in three of the six Xenon International Academy campuses. Her educational background includes college studies in Business Administration and Marketing. Kim has been active in the Beauty Industry for twenty four years. She holds a Cosmetology, Esthetics and Instructors license in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. She has worked behind the chair, in salon management and as a manufacturer educator teaching professionals in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado. Kim currently serves on the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) board for last thirteen years. Kim has served in various positions on the AACS board to include; Vice-President, Secretary, Historian, co-chair of the Annual AACS Convention, team leader of events and supervised an education task force team. Kim also serves on the MACS -Missouri Association of Cosmetology Schools. Kim is also active in the communities of the Xenon locations. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO), National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and the local toastmasters club in Wichita Kansas. (2017)
Phone: (800) 886-4247
Robert Passage has been active in cosmetology education for more than 22 years… 46 years if you consider he was born and raised in the business. He is a licensed cosmetologist, licensed cosmetology instructor and holds a degree in business from Loyola University in Chicago. Robert has served on the AACS board since 1995 and has served on numerous committees during his tenure. He has also served on the IACS (IL Association of Cosmetology Schools) board as past president and continues to serve his state association today. He is also involved on numerous industry committees including CC (Cosmetologists Chicago), PBA (Professional Beauty Association) and ACCRED (Advisory Council on Cosmetology Relations and Education). (2018)
After a successful career in the hospitality industry, Jim joined forces with his brother, Tom Petrillo, in 2002. Their collaborative efforts led to the establishment of The Salon People, Inc. as the exclusive distributor for Aveda beauty products in Florida, and the opening of five Aveda Institutes dedicated to offering exceptional training in state of the art facilities for cosmetology and spa therapy students.
AI South emerged in 2012 as a result of TSP and the Neill Corporation collaborating to bring together the school operations of TSP Institute Inc. and Beauty Basics Inc. Collectively they operate 18 Aveda Institute locations across the Southeast. Jim’s role as the President of AI South is to incorporate the guiding values of their organizations to ensure that they provide the highest level of education, utilizing the most talented team, with innovative, industry-leading tools and resources. (2019)
Phone: 425-336-5123 Ext. 800
Frank Trieu is a second generation school owner, and the CEO of Evergreen Beauty Colleges in Washington State. With three campuses, Evergreen was ranked in the top 25 fastest minority owned growing business by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Since 2004, he has served our industry in many different capacities; he serves AACS State Relations Committee, AACS Affinity Program and currently serve on the NACCAS Evaluation team, assisting and supporting schools in the accreditation process. He is a recipient of the “40 Under 40 Award” recognizing 40 of the upcoming business leaders under 40 year old in the Pacific Northwest. His colleges have also been voted Top 100 Companies to Work For by Seattle Business Magazine in 2014 and 2015. His passion is to position Beauty as a career of choice. (2019)
Honorary Vice President
Mike Vanacore has been active in the cosmetology field for over 45 years, and been involved in the cosmetology education industry since 1963. He is a licensed cosmetologist and hair stylist, licensed cosmetology instructor, licensed school director by the New York State Department of Education and hold numerous certificates in advance cosmetology. He has served two terms as a Commissioner at Large for NACCAS, New York State Board Examiner, President of the New York State Beauty School Association, Committee Member of ACCRED (Advisory Council on Cosmetology Relations and Education), and appointed to the Advisory Committee of the New York State Education Department. He has been a member of AACS since it’s beginning and held many positions and served on and chaired many committees. Mike is currently a Vice President and chair the Special Events Committee which oversees the Beauty Forum Regional Beauty Shows, Spring Conference, Financial Aid Workshop, CEA Convention, and the Annual Convention.