New York Tri-State Chapter History
The history of the International Association can find its roots right here in the city of New York. In the 1980s Jennifer Parkinson had the idea to merge the east coast based National Association of Image Consultants with the Association of Image Consultants (which was then based out of the west coast) into one organization - the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).
Jennifer’s idea was realized in 1989 when she and Alyce Parsons became Co-Chairs of the two newly-merged associations trying to find their identity as a single entity. The AICI New York Chapter was born out of that fruitful merger and to this day continues the tradition of crossing land and water to create a cohesive group of professionals that work for professional advancement.
New York has always been considered the 'Great Melting Pot' and, as one of the largest AICI Chapters, it means we welcome members from far and wide. Currently our membership base includes members from across the globe – England, China, the West Indies, Israel, Japan, Korea, Germany, Peru, Brazil, Holland and even a diverse population of Americans from North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Our membership’s approach to image consulting is as diverse as the membership itself. Our specialties run the gamut from style, color, & wardrobe consultants, media trainers in verbal and non-verbal presentation skills, career coaches, professional organizers, to teachers authors, personal shoppers, cosmetic & skin care specialists, hair stylists, clothing and accessory designers, product developers and etiquette & protocol experts.
The New York Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Image Consultants International is also very proud of its philanthropic partnership with Gilda’s Club, Bottomless Closet, and the Wise Institute by holding image related events and seminars for their members and students.
Meet the Board
President of Board
Anne D. Stills is Founder & President of Smashing Daily, LLC, an image consulting firm based in NYC and Paris, France. The firm assists discerning women and men to identify their unique fashion style and build an investment wardrobe that supports the demands of their lifestyle. Her firms' core focus is fashion image consulting, corporate seminars and group shopping/cultural tours in NYC & Paris. Anne has over 20 years' experience in executive sales in the hospitality, airline and financial service industries. She has a wealth of knowledge working with private clients as a sales associate in some of the best in class retail stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. She studied fashion advertising&communications at the Fashon Institute of Technology where she is currently enrolled in professional studies program to obtain her Image Consultant certification in January 2018. This is Anne's second term on the board previously holding position of Secretary.
Dara Lamb is the country's leading designer of women's custom clothing. With over thirty years' experience, she is recognized by peers as the "best in the business".Her namesake company, DARA LAMB, offers women The Finest Hand-Tailored Custom and Made-to-Measure garments, individually created to convey their signature style in every situation and occasion. Every garment is made one at a time, in her New York Studio, with heritage bespoke tailoring techniques and workmanship insuring the finest quality, a holistic relationship between craftsperson and client and continuing investment in the local community. Dara is the first women toailor elected to the board of The Custom Tailors and Designers Association. She's a recipient of the 2017 Women of Distinction award by the New York State Assembly and has been featured in Business Week, New York Time, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and other media outlets.
Combining her passion for styling and love for helping individuals feel truly awesome about themselves, Cheryl Katz created Fashionista Friends, an image consulting company based in Rockland County, NY. Cheryl’s mission is to educate others on the importance of first impressions and to offer guidance as one would expect from a close friend. She received her image consulting certification from the Fashion Institute of Technology and color analysis certification from the Image Resource Center of New York. She has a BA in psychology and economics and a MBA. As a former senior Wall Street economist and forecaster, she had appeared on several business television shows and quoted in publications such as the NY Times and Wall Street Journal. Cheryl is the mother of three children and an active member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
Vice President of Education
Margo Hasen has had a lifelong passion for the applied arts and design- clothing, jewelry, accessories and textiles. She began her pursuit in retail: working for large jewelry retailers, small artisan galleries before establishing her own boutique. Twenty years ago she started a new journey, founding a style and wardrobe consulting company, The Style Strategist. She believes that active, professional women need a plan, a formula, a strategy to cultivate their personal style and wardrobe. Margo guides her clients in developing their unique personal style profile with the aim of keeping them focused and open to new possibilities. Margo has a certificate in Fashion and Image Consulting from the Parson's School of Design and is a certified professional member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). She is involved in a number of women's organizations.
Vice President of Membership
Karen Cherfils completed her Master of Public Health degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She discovered that she was most passionate about food, fashion and one's quest for fulfillment. This led her to become Certified in Culinary Nutrition through the Natural Goument Institute and to study Image Consulting at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She launched BeautiFULLY Fed, a Food & Fashion Centered Wellness Program. She is passionate about helping her clients create a personalized roadmap to health and fulfillment that suits their unique body, lifestyle, preferences and goals.
Nahema Washington spent 10 years of her career in healthcare but knew there was a greater purpose for her. After making a life changing decision, she left her corporate position to pursue a career and education at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is currently enrolled in the professional studies program to obtain her Image Consultant certification in January 2018. She will also otain her Color Specialist certification in August 2018. Nahema is working towards building her own image consulting firm which allow client to not only enhance their outer appearance but to reinvent themselves in every aspect of their lives. She is interested in working with corporations on executive image coaching.
Sharon Kornstein, AICI CIP Past President
Sharon is the founder and president of ImageDesign. She has an undergraduate degree in business from the Wharton School and brings four years of corporate Wall Street experience and twelve years of fashion related experience to ImageDesign. Sharon studied image consulting at Fashion Institute of Technology and earned an advanced degree in image management from the London Image Institute. Sharon has served on the board for more than 5 years as treasurer and president.