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.

Christina Anaya

Aesthetic Instructor

The love of the beauty industry ran deep inside the soul of Christina, from applying “Makeup” to her dolls faces with markers and crayons, to staying up late nights learning about skincare products & new upcoming techniques during high school. After graduating high school in 2010, she enrolled into a Cosmetology School to pursue her passion. Soon after receiving her license, she worked in the hair industry for a few years & realized she had a passion for facial treatments & facial waxing.

Early 2014 Christina opened up a Beauty Bar and started specializing in Aesthetics. During this same year she completed her education hours and received her license to be an instructor in the beauty industry. Christina has always loved to share her knowledge & uplift fellow beauty industry licensee’s. The next 7 years she worked in her Beauty Bar & was also teaching. As an instructor she specialized in Aesthetics education, traveling to 3 campuses to provide education on state board testing and written theory exam prep. Christina relocated to the Phoenix area in 2022 & is eager to continue to share her knowledge of Aesthetics Education here at The Skin and Makeup Institute.

Aurora Araman

Laser / Aesthetic Instructor

Aurora has always been into natural healing and plants. Out of high school, she specialized in massage therapy and body kinesiology training with degree in nutrition and herbalism. As a lifelong learner, she branched off and got certified in lymphatic massage and aromatherapy. She went back to school for aesthetic to add skin and laser. She has a passion for spa and wellness, so Ayerveda and Cosmetology training were next. While in cosmetology school, she got pulled over into teaching aesthetics and loved it. She feels like she has had so much experience in the field and loves to share her knowledge. She volunteers to teach yoga and sound therapy for PTSD and mental health. Currently she is a laser and aesthetics instructor and has her own business selling custom herbal and holistic products and sees clients in health and mind-body treatments. Aurora is excited to share her wellness knowledge with SMI students.

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.

Joela Sevigny

Business Manager

Joela started working at a very young age at her father’s firearms business in Rochester, NY. When he expanded the manufacturing business division to South Carolina, she relocated to ensure a smooth transition. Throughout her 30 plus years at the business, she did many jobs, primarily the accounting and office management. When a new opportunity arose, she moved to Arizona in 2018 to help her husband start a new business. She did this while completing her accounting degree. Once the new business was running smoothly she needed a new challenge.

Her love for health and skin and her extensive accounting and management skills made her a perfect fit for business manager position at The Skin and Makeup Institute. She is always finding ways to keep the business running efficiently. Joela has found her new home at SMI.

Debbie Trimble

Director of Admissions

Debbie Trimble is the friendly face of Admissions. Having managed dental practices for years, Debbie knows how to relate to people and help them be their best. Debbie has compassion for people and loves that her job entails helping students pursue a career they love, seeing them grow in their time with us, and feeling that sense of accomplishment as they graduate and pursue their passions. Debbie is an Arizona native and she loves exploring the state and spending time with her family.

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.