Jim Cox has been the CEO (formerly Executive Director) for the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) for over 15 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 36 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, CAE, CNAP
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, has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 2009 and a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) since 2014. She lives and tries to stay cool in Phoenix, AZ with her husband and two beautiful children, but is a Midwest girl at heart.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 103
Geoff Gerard, MBA
Geoff Gerard is the Controller for AACS and has responsibility for all accounting, finance, treasury, budgeting, analysis, reporting, and audit functions for the Association and related Foundation. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. As an accomplished financial professional he contributes valuable knowledge, skills, insights and experience that support AACS in its mission to advance educational excellence.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 101
Ashley Morris is the Communications Manager for AACS and is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of the Association’s overall marketing, communications and public relations goals and initiatives. She brings to this position proven success in public relations campaign development, media relations, crisis communications, brand management, social media account management, writing and editing. A native to Arizona, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 106
Linda Williams is the Membership Manager for AACS and has responsibility for development, management and implementation of strategy, programs and activities designed to increase and retain membership in the association. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and holds an Arizona Cosmetology License. As an accomplished hospitality Sales/Management professional and previous salon owner she contributes creative new business development approaches, personalized member experiences and extensive event planning. Originally from Massachusetts but has lived in Arizona for 14 years, a yogi at heart, loves live music and her dog Ryder.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 102