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
Membership ManagerElouise Schultz is the Membership Manager for AACS and is responsible for ensuring our members are receiving the services they need while also working to add new member to the AACS family. Elouise has over 15 years of association membership development experience. Her enthusiasm makes a significant contribution to the services and benefit of membership as well as the cosmetology industry. Her pride and joy are her two daughters and three grandchildren. Elouise lives in Scottsdale with her husband Ted.
Phone: 800.831.1086 x 102
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