Karen K. Bannister is the CEO of Karen K. Bannister International LLC, and is a holistic  presence & image consultant, business & mindset coach, author, speaker, and creator of KKB Soft Skills Academy®.

The practice of Mindfulness is the foundation of her business, and everything in her world resides within the ABCDE’s of Image: Appearance, Behaviors, Communications, Digital Footprint, and Environment. She aspires to live a P.I.N.K. Lifestyle: Purposeful, Inspirational, Nurturing, and Kind.

As an image consultant, she focuses on working with and executives and entrepreneurs to develop their executive presence, professional image, and personal brand. Her business coaching services are designed for personal service providers (image and beauty professionals, interior designers, and health coaches) - and focus on how to organize, operate, and grow their business.

Karen served on the AICI WEST Board as VP Communications for the 2019-2020 term, 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 is a Certified Life Coach through Life Coach Institute of Orange County, and studied interior design at the Interior Design Institute, where she was honored with their “Hall of Fame” designation. 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, and is the host of her own podcast, The P.I.N.K. Lifestyle Podcast, and co-host/producer for Conscious Choice Living Podcast.

She can be found on social media platforms as karenkbannister, and can be contacted at 714-944-0757 or karen@karenkbannister.com.


Chapter Secretary

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 Treasurer

Cindy Renee Malone is living her dream as founder, and the owner of Ren Styles is a certified image consultant who helps clients present their best selves. She carries over twenty years of combined leadership experience from large retailers and organizations. She participated in two Leadership Development Programs and received numerous honor citation awards for outstanding leadership and commitment to public service.

Cindy's love of helping others resonates in her work. She is very passionate about sharing practical tools and strategies with clients in professional wardrobe etiquette, elevating their style, the power of color, practical written and oral communication skills, and professionalism in the workplace.

Cindy is a graduate of Colorado State University and the Fashion Image Institute. She is a board member of the Association of Image Consultants International (West Chapter), and an active member of the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE).  Cindy resides in the Denver Metro area with her husband, mom, two children, and our of life-loving/veggie-loving long-haired guinea pig Max.


VP Communications

Viola was an ENT surgeon before she decided to go into fashion. After the decision was made, she earned a BFA at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in NYC in fashion design in 2005, and became a fashion designer on Fifth Ave, including for Polo Ralph Lauren and Elie Tahari. She has been a fashion designer, design director and VP of Products for several fashion brands in the US and China.

In recent years, she had an increasing interest in personalized image consulting and education, so she expanded her horizons into the Image Consulting field. A fully qualified color analyst and image consultant now with her own studio "Vimage Consultant” in Los Angeles, she also writes articles and blogs related to aesthetics, fashion, and styling on a regular basis.


VP Marketing / Public Relations

Brenda a Certified Image Consultant, specializing in Sophisticated Public Image and Effective Projection for an Image that connects.


She is a Wardrobe Stylist with GLAMHIVE, a Skilled Communicator in Personal Image topics, and a consultant for companies with high profile executives and public figures. She loves to share Image and Personal Care Tips, fashion news, beauty, and notes on values and women’s self-esteem with an inspirational style.


Also known as “The Wardrobe GuruFluencer,” Brenda has been serving women with her company MUNDO FEMENINO since 2007, and has been featured in more than 30 media channels on radio, tv, press, and magazines. She is also a speaker, and thousands of professional women have been influenced by the elegant, wise, and inspiring manner of her conferences.


She is trained in various professional areas, experienced in the media, and added the podcast GUARDARROPA TIPS to her Spanish communication channels for women. In addition to AICI, she also belongs to the group of professional businesswomen and executives, “Women Who Lead Americas.”


Brenda is an active, adept, and proficient Marketing and Communications Executive for the Caribbean, and she is from Puerto Rico.

You can reach Brenda via mail, mundofemenino@gmail.comWebsiteFacebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn


VP Marketing / Social Media

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 Membership

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 Programs

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. Her work email is penny@penopoulos.com and her website is penopoulos.com


Immediate Past President

Gillian Armour, AICI CIP, is the founder of Fashion Stylist Institute. FSI is a fashion eTech institute offering CEU'd online image training courses focused exclusively on providing training and business start-up opportunities for fashion professionals world-wide.


Gillian is the Immediate Past President of AICI WEST (2019-2020 term) and served as President from 2011 to 2013. She was VP of Membership from 2008 to 2011. Gillian has published nineteen books about fashion, image, color, and style. Her most recent book “The Virtual Personal Stylist” trains consultants to have an online business and accompanies a certification course of the same name.  


Gillian is the founder and COO of BestDressed.org (a 501c3 non-profit benefiting teens and women). Gillian is based in Sacramento, California. 

Website: Fashionstylistinstitute.com

Email: Contact@fashionstylistinstitute.com

Facebook: fashionstylistinstitute

Instagram: fashionstylistinstitute


Board Advisor

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.

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.



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