Jackie Bryant

Owner / Operations Director

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.

Tim Bryant


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.

Edie Buckheister

Aesthetic Instructor

Before graduating high school, Edie was employed as a receptionist at an exclusive salon. This was the beginning of her career within the beauty industry. In 1971 Edie enrolled in Cosmetology at Boulder Valley Vo-tech in Boulder, Colorado obtaining her cosmetology license while completing high school. Working as an accomplished cosmetologist for 10 years she furthered her career and receiving her Instructors License. From that point Edie taught Cosmetology for 10 years.

Edie found her passion in the beauty industry taking her to new levels. She continued her education branching out to Aesthetics. In 2006, Edie completed her Aesthetic training and became duel licensed in Aesthetics & Cosmetology. Not stopping with her continued education, she furthered her knowledge becoming a Certified Laser Technician.

The industry is always changing with new technology. Edie feels continuing education is an absolute must. Her devotion to the Aesthetic world has led her to teaching and sharing her knowledge in Microneedling, Dermaplaning, Advanced Chemicals, Brazilian Waxing, and Makeup. She became an educator because she has a love for helping others advance in their careers and teaching them about new products and techniques.

DeAnna Poff

Aesthetic Instructor

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.

Amber Weaver

Professional Makeup Instructor

Having spent years in the mortgage and banking industry, Amber finally decided to pursue her lifelong passion and get her certificate in Professional Makeup Artistry from the Skin and Makeup Institute. She had been able to combine her love of makeup with her extraordinary ability to teach. Amber is one of our stand-out grads!

Originally from Colorado Springs, Amber started using makeup in the fourth grade out of skin care concerns of her own. What started as a necessity became a full-blown hobby and she became the go-to makeup guru in high school. This turned into doing family and friend’s makeup and eventually Amber expanded into bridal makeup and special occasion makeup. She is highly sought after due to her attention to detail. She is very precise and is a pro at blending. Her natural talent stems from her passion for loving makeup.

Kati Norris

Director of Admissions

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kati Norris joined the Skin and Makeup Institute after several years in sales and marketing in both the beauty and plastic surgery worlds and, more recently, senior living. Her ability to connect with people on a sincere level and her welcoming personality have served her well in these fields. As the Director of Admissions, she enjoys meeting prospective students of all ages and experiences and showcasing all the wonderful attributes of the school, while giving them an inside look into the training and life of an aesthetician. Kati will take the time to get to know you and your dreams and to connect you with the right career path.

Sylvia Kammeyer

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.