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Gillian Armour, AICI CIP is the founder of the eTech school Fashion Stylist Institute.  FSI certifies Fashion, Style and Image Consultants the world over with a physical campus in Sacramento, California and online at FashionStylistInstitute.com.  Gillian is a past board member of AICI (SF/ Bay Area) and served as President from 2011 to 2013 and VP of Membership from 2008 to 2011. Armour has published eighteen books about fashion, color, and body type, and recently completed a how-to guide “Your Image Business Start Up.”  Gillian is the founder and COO of BestDressed.org (a 501c3 non-profit benefiting teens and women).

Chapter President 


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Maria Draxler is a certified image consultant and has served on the US West Region board as VP of Marketing and Communications (2018-2019).  She founded her image consulting business, Impressions, in 2018 after 20 years in corporate work as a mortgage consultant and financial advisor.  Her corporate experience and extensive training has given her a great foundation to help clients with their personal and professional goals. She works primarily in the Denver area but has clients across the United States and internationally. 

Chapter Secretary


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Jaclyn Arcuri is a new Certified Image Stylist Professional, living in Scottsdale, Arizona. For over 10 years, she has worked as a senior executive in financial services, and has traveled all over the country, working with companies of various industries, demographics and cultures. Her leadership and coaching in sales and executive presence skills has given her the opportunity to mentor professionals at all levels. Through these experiences, she has had the privilege of meeting many exceptional men and women, who have the potential to showcase the best version of themselves through fashion, presence and overall image. As more and more women become leaders in the workplace, Jaclyn is passionate about helping them put forward the best versions of themselves.


Jaclyn holds her undergraduate degree in Communications with a minor in Journalism, and her MBA in Finance. When she is not running, traveling or hanging out with her husband and 2-year-old daughter, she devotes her time to fashion blogs, scanning the new arrivals at Nordstrom and reading all about green skincare. 

VP Membership


Cindy is communications professional, image consultant and personal wardrobe stylist with over 14 years in leadership and 6 years in the fashion industry. In 2014, Cindy launched Posh 5280, a local blog in Denver, Colorado that focused on local fashion news, trends, image and styling tips. She transitioned from sharing information to a part time personal image and styling business, Ren Styles in 2015. She primarily works with women to create sustainable and timeless wardrobes. Cindy is transitioning from career professional in communications to operating Ren Styles full time.

Cindy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University with a minor in Apparel and Merchandising. She is also a graduate of Fashion Image Institute as an Image Consultant and currently completing a styling course with the New York Institute of Art and Design. Cindy is an active member of the National Association for Female Executives. She also is a member of the Association of Image Consultants International, and Female Entrepreneurs Association.

Chapter Treasurer


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Karen K. Bannister is the Founder/CEO of Karen K. Bannister International LLC, as an executive leadership, presence, and productivity expert and coach, image consultant, author, and speaker.

She utilizes and builds upon her coaching skills to develop and support a physical representation to reflect her client’s personality, inner strength and self-image; and as a speaker, she shares her insights and experiences to awaken your inner source of power.


She has taken her 25 years of corporate experience, funneled it into her passion, and found her purpose to help people realize their dreams and reach their full potential. She has spent her career supporting, advising and advancing members of the C-suite, and has always found a sense of joy and accomplishment in that work.


She was the first Fashion and Lifestyle Writer/Editor of the Orange County Business Journal, is the author of Close the Gap: 7 Transformational Steps to Move You From Today to Tomorrow (available on Amazon), and the host of her own podcast, Bannister Breakdown. Karen is a graduate of Fashion Stylist Institute as a Certified Image Consultant and holds a degree in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, from Southern New Hampshire University. In addition she studied interior design at the Interior Design Institute and is currently enrolled in the New York Institute of Art and Design.


She can be contacted at 714-944-0757 or karen@karenkbannister.com

Web and Blog: https://www.karenkbannister.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-bannister/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coachkarenbannister

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karenkbannister/

VP Communications


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Penny Raisor is Certified Image Consultant and owner of Penopoulos Personal Styling.  She is a graduate of Georgia State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, and loves reading about the philosophical meanings behind style and fashion.  She has 4 boys, and spends her spare time volunteering for her children's PTAs and her church.  Penny currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. My work email is penny@penopoulos.com and my website is penopoulos.com

VP Programs


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Vanessa is originally from Sao Paulo - Brazil, where she graduated in Business and Marketing. She worked as a Marketing Executive for several companies, some of them related to fashion, before moving to the U.S. in 2009. In America Vanessa worked as the PR director for the Brazilian Association in Pittsburgh and started to manage Facebook groups with thousands of followers in the cities she lived. In California she started her own social media brand after having her son in her 40's. Her way to live life and take care of herself attracted followers interested to learn about skincare, kids education or life style. Never afraid to restart, when her son went to school, she decided to become an Image Consultant and to begin a new business in a market that was her passion before, fashion. Her goal is helping moms and women over 40 to find their better version. Today she continues to embrace her relationship with her followers and tries to make a difference in the Social Media world. 

Instagram: vanessa.kapinski

VP Marketing/ Social Media


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Dr. Carol Parker Walsh is a career strategist and professional branding expert that helps high-achieving professional women at midlife unapologetically step into their calling. Carol has coached entrepreneurs, executives, leaders, professionals, a Grammy Award winner and Paralympic Gold Medalist. With almost 30 years experience as an attorney, management consultant, executive, professor, and dean, Carol runs an award-winning practice. A TEDx & sought-after keynote speaker, two-time Amazon #1 best selling author, global thought leader, member of Forbes Coaches Council, and TV personality, appearing regularly on ABC's AM Northwest Morning Show. Carol's been seen in Forbes, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Sisters of AARP and on CBS, NBC and FOX. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the AICI Global Magazine, VP Marketing for the International Board, and two-time Past President and VP Education for the AICI US West Region.

Past President



Alyce Parsons is an international leader in the image consulting profession for over 32 years. As the foremost creator of image consulting systems, Alyce is a highly sought-after international speaker, trainer and author.

Inspired by a vision of image consulting as a force for transformation that advances the inherent potential of individuals, businesses and organizations, her original systems in proportion, style and holistic image consulting have confirmed her status as a trailblazer and visionary.

With a professional background in education both as a high school teacher and lifetime-accredited community college instructor, she holds certifications as an Enneagram teacher and Intuitive Healer and Mentor. Among her many industry accomplishments and accolades, she is a founding member and co-director of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). She served two terms as president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of AICI, and is the recipient of the prestigious Award of Excellence for Innovation, the Image Industry Pioneer Award and the IMMIE Award for excellence in Education.

Board Advisor


Honorary Board Volunteers

AICI West is grateful and honored to have luminary consultants stepping up to volunteer for the chapter and member's interests. We thank them wholeheartedly for their service.

Carla Mathis, AICI CIM

Honorary Board Volunteer

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Carla Mathis is a pioneer and sought-after trainer in the Image industry. She is one of a few stylists to have worked and taught with Suzanne Caygill, the woman who pioneered Image Consulting. One of 19 Certified Image Masters (CIM) worldwide, Carla Mathis provides image consulting for individuals & groups in the USA and internationally. Her landmark book, The Triumph of Individual Style, has been used in design schools in the US and abroad and has become the ‘bible’ of the personal image industry. Carla is co-founder and instructor of the Style Core Institute (www.TheStyleCore.com), and has trained a network of stylists from around the world. She is a founding member of both the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) and Color Designers International (CDI), the two preeminent professional associations in the field. The Style Core is based in Northern California, with courses held in San Francisco and around the world. 

Karen Snow, AICI CIP

Honorary Board Volunteer

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Karen Snow, AICI CIP, CDI is a seasoned consultant providing personal image services to men and women.  She takes a less-is-more, earth-friendly-is-best approach whenever possible to provide her loyal and far-reaching client base with personal color and style analysis, in-home wardrobe evaluations, personal shopping, and packing for travel.  Karen has been an active board member of both Colour Designers International (CDI) and AICI.  She served six years with AICI’s San Francisco chapter, including President, in addition to Certification Chair and Treasurer at the International level.  She has also been awarded AICI's Chapter Member of the Year. Karen has continued to serve San Francisco's board as a long-time advisor; placing high value on the friendship, support, and resources she finds among industry colleagues.