Owner / Director of Operations
Tim Bryant, Owner and Director of Operations, has a lot of experience when it comes to owning and managing a business. Tim’s career started in selling medical equipment and supplies to hospitals in Chicago. He was quickly promoted to Sales Trainer and then Regional Sales Manager and transferred to the Western Region. This position involved managing 9 salespeople in 10 states. Over the years, Tim moved up to become General Manager of several multi-million dollar businesses. Tim and his wife Jackie moved to Arizona from Washington State and after a couple of years purchased The Skin & Makeup Institute. Tim brings to The Skin & Makeup Institute a successful track record in managing businesses and a wealth of experience in delivering excellent customer satisfaction.
Owner / Director of Education
Coming to Arizona from the Pacific Northwest, Jackie at a very young age had a love for understanding the skin’s function as well as the art of makeup. This passion for the beauty industry, led her to seek a position in the cosmetics department of a high-end retail store. Because of her excellent customer service and sales, she quickly advanced up the corporate ladder to become an account executive for major skin care & cosmetic lines.
Jackie’s continued quest for knowledge led her to enrollment in an aesthetics program. After receiving her license in 1998, she opened a day spa, and returned to school obtaining her aesthetics instructor’s license. During the 16 years as an instructor, Jackie became a board member for the Board of Cosmetology and Aesthetics in Washington. While sitting on the board, she was offered the opportunity to teach state members the use of spa equipment.
Prior to joining the instructional staff at The Skin and Makeup Institute, Jackie studied advanced aesthetics programs in Europe. With the many certifications she has acquired – Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Reiki Master, Reflexology and Accutonics – our students receive an additional element of specialized training.
Director of Education / Aesthetic Instructor
Janet was fortunate to have grown up in the beauty industry with her mother owning a salon in Northern Colorado. As a young girl, Janet would go to her mother’s salon every day. She was fascinated with the beautiful women getting their hair done. While in high school Janet found a cosmetology program that allowed her to follow her dream. In 1987 she received her associates degree in cosmetology. Janet immediately found employment in the resorts of Colorado.
As a consultant for Nexxus & Paul Mitchell she discovered she had a hidden talent for instructing and educating industry students & professionals. Over the course of several years Janet noticed her skin’s premature aging. Researching remedies for her own skin opened an entire new world for her. She was mentored in all the various theories and practical services of skincare by a very knowledgeable aesthetician. She began diagnosing family, friends, and clients with various skincare needs. Broadening her certifications, Janet added Microdermabrasion, Microneedling and Permanent Makeup to her growing list of accomplishments. Moving to Arizona in 2007 she enrolled in the Education Program at the International Institute, moreover, she went on to receive the Milady Master Educator Certification. Over the next several years Janet developed the curriculum and teaching methodologies for several schools in the valley along with four other states. In the 36 years within the industry Janet feels that teaching and directing education has been the most gratifying aspect of her career.
Lead Aesthetics Instructor
Karen has been a licensed Aesthetician and Instructor for over 17 years. Her hair stylist, who is now her husband, is the one responsible for sparking her interest in Aesthetics. Together they have managed and owned full service salons. In addition to salon management and ownership, she has experience as a Product Sales Representative for a well-known skincare line. Prior to becoming an Aesthetician, Karen spent years motivating through corporate team building in the banking industry. Becoming an Aesthetics Instructor allowed her to combine her love of education with her interest in beauty.
Karen believes that learning should be fun. Her motto is, “If they’re not laughing, they’re not learning!” She considers it a privilege to empower students through her teaching. Her Aesthetics background is broad after serving as both an Instructor and Educational Director at a diverse variety of schools. Karen is also a nationally certified Laser Instructor and holds training certificates in areas such as Dermablading, Sugaring and Lamprobe Microcurrent. She is grateful to be on staff at the highly regarded Skin and Makeup Institute helping to provide a superior education for future Aestheticians.
Claudia A Ortiz
On March 2021, I was offered a great opportunity to work as an Instructor for the Skin and Makeup Institute. I earned my Cosmetology Instructor’s license in 2011. This license opened the door for what has been the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life. As an instructor, I am growing and learning in depth about the beauty of skin and esthetics. My greatest motivation is teaching and working with students. Never in my dreams, would I have believed that this journey would lead me to earn an Esthetics Instructors license.
I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to El Paso, Texas at the age of 17. I learned English as a second language and made El Paso home for 35 years. I worked as a certified pharmacy technician for years then later decided to make a career move. I have been working in the beauty industry as a hairdresser for over 17 years. I love working with people and helping them feel better about themselves. I am very passionate about my work weather doing hair or teaching.
My husband’s job brought our family to Arizona in 2018. I have three beautiful children. I feel very blessed for all the new opportunities, beautiful people, and new friendships I have found here in Arizona. My goal is to provide the students with what the Skin and Makeup has to offer which is the best education and tools to be successful.
DeAnna is a native to Glendale, Arizona and her interest in the beauty industry expands back from when she was a young girl struggling with her own skin challenges in addition to experimenting with makeup techniques & skin care products with her friends.
After several years of selling homes in the Phoenix Real Estate market, DeAnna decided to change careers and earned her Aesthetics license in 2009. DeAnna has been a part of many organizations in her Aesthetics career along the way from resort spas, waxing salons, full-service salons, lash studios and medspas. In 2016, DeAnna obtained her laser technician certification to gain more knowledge to help lead her to more advanced aesthetics opportunities in her career.
DeAnna’s expertise is with speed waxing and Brazilian waxing, in addition to being very seasoned with facials, microneedling, dermaplaning, lash lifting, VShape, and laser hair reduction. She has always had a passion for helping people in the industry succeed and enjoys sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks. DeAnna is very grateful to be given the opportunity to teach at the The Skin & Makeup Institute of Arizona. She believes that learning should be fun and is much easier to learn new skills when you are enjoying yourself.
In DeAnna’s spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends, her two pugs, cooking, crafting, listening to live music or get away for some beach therapy.
Professional Makeup Instructor / Aesthetic Instructor
My name is Lee Ramirez. As a professional artist since 2007, I had my humble beginnings as a stock boy with MAC cosmetics to now having worked with a few celebrities, some great photographers, having my work printed and featured in several magazines and just simply trying to cover every field possible in this industry! Developing my skills didn’t come without work and dedication I must admit, and plenty of practice. I’ve been fortunate enough that I’ve had over 30 brand trainings, from MAC, Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, NARS and a few more that have helped me develop a real love for what make-up really is and a little unhealthy addiction to product. While living in Los Angeles, I was granted opportunities to work with a few big names in Hollywood, the Kim, Kylie and Kris Kardashian, Jane Fonda, a few of the Housewives, Paris Hilton and a few more names that are in my professional portfolio.
With all that aside, I’d like to extend an invitation to allow me to help guide you and show you the important makeup fundamentals and basics that will mold you and hopefully help you begin your new journey as a makeup artist. The knowledge I’ve obtained for us both should be able to help me show you how much beauty you’ll be able to create in the course of this program. It will be a bit of work but a lot of fun. Like I said, I’m really excited to show you what I can do to help you step into this amazing career!
Director of Business Mgmt. & Finance
A true “Zonie” Traci Somers, an Arizona native, began her 14 year career in banking right out of high school. After starting a family, she decided she wanted to try something new. She joined the Governor’s Office and worked with Governor Hull’s team during Hull’s 6 year term in office. Traci and her husband then chose to be entrepreneurs, opening a Security Alarm Business in 2001 and a Sun Screen Company in 2009. After 14 years of helping her Husband in the “Office” part of the business and raising her two children, Anthony & Summer and 6 Grand Children later, Traci chose to venture out on her own and joined The Skin & Makeup Institute of Arizona. She loves her position and the people she works with!
Front Desk Supervisor
Sylvia Kammeyer is an Arizona native and is SMI’s Front Desk Supervisor. Prior to SMI, she has worked in the banking industry with an extensive background in customer service. Moreover, she’s also served as the shipping & receiving manager for a large bridal store for 6 years.
Recently celebrating an amazing 50th wedding anniversary with 3 sons and 7 grandchildren, Sylvia brings a strong and experienced background to SMI staff.