Jim Cox has been Executive Director for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) for 14 years. He served as Executive Director of the Arizona Private School Association for six years prior to accepting the position with AACS when the organization relocated to Scottsdale, AZ from Arlington, VA. Jim has lived in Arizona for 35 years and has held management positions with different private career schools in addition to his association management experience.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 104
Lisa Zarda is the General Manager for AACS. She has been an association professional since 1999, improving productivity, increasing revenue and developing member services for regional and national associations. She has B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science and has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2009. She lives and tries to stay cool in Phoenix, AZ, but is a Midwest girl at heart.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 103
Jenn Lyles is the Communications Coordinator for AACS, managing the e-newsletter, two blogs, marketing materials and social media for AACS and Beauty Changes Lives. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Alabama with a B.S. in Journalism. A former CBS-affiliate news reporter, Jenn has also been published in a variety of publications including Beauty Link magazine.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 101
Chris Cox is the Operations Administrator for AACS, he is responsible for preparing financial reports, accounts payable and receivable, updating member records, money-handling & banking and technology & office coordination. He also manages the AACS facebook page. Chris attended the University of Arizona and has been with AACS full time since 2006.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 100
Membership Development Coordinator
Sarah Higgins is the Membership Development Coordinator for AACS and is responsible for ensuring our members are receiving the services they need while also working to add new members to the AACS family. She has a BA in Public Relations with a minor in Political Science from the State University of New York at Oswego. In September 2013 she moved from New York where she was the Eastern Regional Representative for the New York State Restaurant Association to Arizona where she is excited to start a new chapter in her life.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 102