Government/Regulatory Oversight

AACS works hard to protect the rights of beauty students and school owners at all levels of government with active Federal, State, and Accreditation Committees. The AACS Government Relations Committee (GRC) is comprised of  dedicated volunteers that work with AACS public policy advisor to advocate for the rights and need of our industry.

This team is the official representative of AACS and its membership to the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal Government and the U.S. Department of Education. Their responsibilities include reviewing, analyzing and responding to issues affecting member schools and students.

Government Relations

Chair: Neal Heller, ESQ

CEO/President, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers


Committee Members:

Susan Aspey – SVP, Communications, Public Affairs & Policy at Cengage Learning

Clay Boothby – President and Founder, Capitol Innovations LLC

Katherine Brodie – Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP

Sandra Bruce – Vice President and General Manager, Milady at Cengage Learning

Kathy Chow – Executive Director, American Association of Cosmetology Schools

Anthony Civitano – Co-Founder/Executive Vice President Business Development, SalonHQ

Edward Cramp – Managing Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Christopher DeLuca – Founder/Attorney, DeLuca Law LLC

Dana Dougherty – Education Specialist, Remington College

Kristina Gill – Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP

Mary Lynn Hammer – President & CEO, Champion College Services, Inc.

Neal R. Heller, Esq. – CEO/President, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers

Michael Halmon – President, American Institute of Beauty Inc.

Cathy Koluch – President/Founder, The Studio Academy of Beauty

Brian Newman – Principal, Abingdon Strategies, LLC

Robert Passage – Chairman & CEO, Pivot Point International, Inc.

Dana Persico – CEO & Executive Director, Nail Skin & Hair Institute

Brandon Pinette – Director of Public Affairs, Cengage Learning

Nancy Poole – President and Founder, Strand College of Hair Design

Kameron K. Rabenou – President and Director, Shore Beauty School

Sally Samuels – Director of Compliance, FAME Inc.

Ray Testa – Independent Consultant

Frank Trieu – VP of Business Development & Industry Relations, Evergreen Beauty College

John Turnage – Owner, Paul Mitchell The School – Dallas

Mez Varol – President and Founder, International Academy