Board of Directors

Sandra Bruce
Director

Sandara Bruce, AACS Board MemberSandra Bruce is currently the Executive Director 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. (2014)

Phone: 518-348-2378
Email: Sandra.Bruce@cengage.com

Frank B. Cacciato
Director

Frank B. Cacciato, AACS Board MemberFrank Cacciato is the CEO of Katherine Frank Creative, Inc, a creative design agency that has been specializing in the beauty industry by way of trade show exhibits and graphic design for over 20 years. Cacciato’s work ethics and attention to detail have earned their company the reputation of one of the most respected show management/agencies in the industry. Thanks to an active presence at several significant trade shows throughout the country and more recently overseas, Cacciato has extensive experience of dealing with every kind of situation under the sun. His dedication to building successful relationships with industry leaders along with his uncanny ability to bring people together have been demonstrated through various avenues including his volunteer efforts, show management skills, and involvement with various industry organizations. (2015)

Phone: 630-620-7720
Email: Frank@katherinefrank.com

Anthony Civitano
Director

Anthony Civitano, AACS Board MemberAnthony has been in the Hairdressing/Cosmetology Education field for the past 20 years. Currently he owns and operates eight schools two under the Long Island Beauty Schools, four under Hair Design Institutes two of which are in NYC and two in Florida. He also owns 2 Skincare schools in (NY New York Institute of Beauty). Anthony holds a New York State Cosmetology license as well as a New York State School Directors License and is the Executive Director of the NYSBSA New York Beauty Schools Association (NYSBSA). He is a member of the National Cosmetology Association (NCA) and the Cosmetology Educators of America (CEA). Anthony’s passion for the industry is matched only by his desire to produce the best possible new professionals coming into the work force. (2017)

Phone: 516-483-2025
Email: anthony@nexedgen.com

Dana Dougherty-Swanson
Director

Dana SwansonDana’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)
Phone: 407-562-5544
Email: Dana.Swanson@remingtoncollege.edu

Tony Fragomeni
Director

Tony Fragomeni, AACS Board MemberAnthony Fragomeni has been a Board Member since 1996. He has Chaired State Relations,Accreditation,and Government Relations Committees. He represented AACS during Negotiated Rulemaking with the Department of Education. Tony is the former President of New York Sate Beauty Schools Association. He is also Very active coaching youth sports, most recently coached his sons 12yo baseball All Star team to a New York State Championship. (2015)

Phone: 201-690-6964
Email: afragomeni@empire.edu

Christine Gordon
Past President

Christine Gordon, AACS Board MemberChristine 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 currently serves as President of AACS, and is a founding member of Beauty Changes Lives. (2015)

Phone: 703-243-9322 x112
Email: c.gordon@grahamwebbacademy.edu

Karyn Laitis
Director

Karyn Laitis, AACS Board MemberWithin my company I am responsible for the planning, organizing, directing and controlling of academic, student development, student career development assuring compliance with all local, state, national/federal agencies. I develop academic policies and programs consistent with the corporate growth objectives. I determine scheduling of courses and coordinate the transition of acquired schools. I coordinate and advise with functional department heads, regional and school directors on matters of education, compliance, student development and career development. I initiate industry partnerships with external providers consistent with corporate image and branding. I manage eight functional managers who supervise approximately 50 employees. I am responsible for advising the CEO, COO and CFO on academic, student and career development, compliance, industry partnership matters in an effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness—to achieve goals/objectives. I have served on State academic advisory committees. I was a contributor to the ASCP’s efforts to better serve the Esthetics Schools. (2016)

Phone: 310-552-3838
Email: karyn.laitis@marinello.com

Lynelle Lynch
Secretary

Lynelle Lynch, AACS Board MemberA generous philanthropist who actively participates in numerous civic and charitable causes, Lynelle Lynch’s humanitarian endeavors are as notable as her professional accomplishments. Over the years, Lynch has never turned away a challenge, successfully tackling new industries and pioneering innovations with little to no experience in the category whether it’s real estate, fashion or the political arena. Many of her innovations continue to be celebrated today by those industries, long after Lynch has moved on to her most recent opportunity – President of three San Diego County Beauty Schools: Poway Academy, Je Boutique and Bay Vista. Lynch currently serves on six industry boards including the Board of the California Association of Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) and the American Association of Cosmetology Board (AACS) whose annual convention she’s chairing. (2016)

Phone: 858-248-4450
Email: llynch@bellusacademy.edu

Kim McIntosh
Director

Kim McIntosh, AACS Board MemberKim McIntosh, serves as President and an Executive Director of Xenon Int’l. Academy. She is partner in three of the six Xenon Int’l. Academy campuses. Her educational background includes college studies in Business Administration and Marketing. Kim also 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. As an educator, Kim’s primary goal has been to provide the beauty industry with successful licensed professionals over the last eighteen years. Currently Kim is a Vice-President and Team Leader on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS). She is also the Chair of Cosmetology Educators of America (CEA) Convention, where she organizes the event for over 800 Cosmetology Educators throughout the world. (2015)

Phone: 316-943-5516 x13
Email: kmcintosh@xenonacademy.com

Tam Nguyen
Director

Tam Nguyen, AACS Board MemberDr. Tam Nguyen is the President of Advance Beauty College, MBA Lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and AACS Board Member. Tam grew up in a family who cared about the beauty industry where his parents and sister served as Cosmetology Educators and Licensed Professionals. He has served as an Accreditation Evaluator for 8 years visiting schools in over 20 states on behalf of the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS) and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). He is a member of both the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) and California Massage Schools Association (CAMSA). He is honored to be a member of the Government Relations Team (GRT) and lead a Task Force committee. He graduated with his MD in 2000 and MBA in 2005 and is often heard saying, “As a physician I would have only been able to help one patient at a time but providing education allows me to impact my community helping hundreds at a time!” (2016)

Phone: 714-390-9312
Email: tam@advancebeautycollege.com

Robert Passage
Vice President

Robert Passage, AACS Board MemberRobert 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). (2015)

Phone: (800) 886-4247
Email: rpassage@pivot-point.com

Frank Trieu
Treasurer

frank-trieu-newFrank 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 passion is to position Beauty as a career of choice. (2016)

Phone: 425-643-0270 Ext. 14
Email: frank@evergreenbeauty.edu

Mike Vanacore
Honorary Vice President

Mike Vanacore, AACS Board MemberMike 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.

Phone: 718-273-1735
Email: mvanacore@msn.com

Don Yearwood
President

Don Yearwood, AACS Board MemberDon Yearwood is currently the Owner/President and Chief Executive Officer of Carousel Beauty Colleges & The Spa Institute which operates 5 schools of Cosmetology in Southwest Ohio. Mr. Yearwood has been involved in the Cosmetology Education industry for over 25 years. He is currently the President of the Ohio Association of Cosmetology Schools and is on the Board of Directors for the Region V Private Career Colleges and Schools. Mr. Yearwood, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, has served on the AACS Board of Directors since 2004 and served as AACS Treasurer 2005 – 2007. (2015)

Phone: 937-271-1479
Email: dfY1214@aol.com