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Message from the AAM president Rose Marie Beauchemin:
I would first like to thank Dr. Zwerling for this appointment to lead the American Academy of Micropigmentation. I am humbled and honored and looking forward to fulfilling this roll with pride and commitment.
I also want to deeply thank all of you that sent your congratulations and well-wishes to me. They touched me, deeply and I feel privileged to have you as colleagues.
For those of us who haven't met, I am Rose Marie Beauchemin, newly appointed president of the AAM and president of Beau Institute of Permanent and Corrective Cosmetics, in NJ. My focus and passion for more than 25 years in this exciting profession has been education. Teaching and supporting permanent makeup artists allows them the same pleasure and gratification that I experience every day in my work. This has always been my goal.
I am a firm believer that no one achieves success all by themselves! I certainly didn't. I was fortunate enough to have the late Patti Pavlik, a tattoo artist that taught me techniques and Dr. Zwerling and Dr. Goldstein who answered medical questions and taught me the risks. Dr. Dixon, who developed the industry's first effective, over-the-counter permanent makeup topical anesthetics, made procedures more tolerable, allowing our practices to flourish. I was blessed to work with highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeons from day one, but I still needed tattoo information. These were my mentors and I will be eternally grateful.
My gratitude is also extended to a tremendous staff and team of administrators, trainers and practitioners that have supported and grown Beau Institute and will now support and grow the AAM.
Presently, my appreciation has a new dimension. My thanks goes to a most knowledgeable, successful and motivated Board of Directors of the AAM. This professional board along with me is committed to leading you into a new realm with fresh information and inspiration that will stimulate your passion for this profession.
We are excited to announce our upcoming AAM conference, in Orlando, May 20th and 21st, 2017. Please save the date. We plan to have many, many vendors where you, as professionals will get to see the future in permanent makeup and microblading. You will also be receiving the NEW, AAM News. This fresh and informative publication will be filled with valuable articles written by a diverse selection of professionals.
I would also like to introduce to you our new, AAM Board of Directors. Their credentials are impressive and their creativity, boundless.
Meet our Board Members...
Debi Diorio, Convention Chair
Debi Diorio is a seasoned permanent makeup professional who has earned the nickname, "The Eyebrow Whisperer" for her beautifully-designed brows that are tailored to complement each individual client. She has been performing medical and cosmetic permanent makeup procedures, as well as training others in the industry, for over 23 years.
Debi was one of the first permanent makeup practitioners in Central Florida, and she receives referrals from physicians throughout the southeast, for her knowledge of color correction, scar camouflage, areola pigmentation, tattoo lightening, and removal. Her clients receive the highest standards of patient care during their procedures, and are treated using the most advanced equipment in the agency.
Diorio is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Practitioner, Certified Member Trainer, and licensed "full specialist esthetician" by the State of Florida. Previously, she served as the director of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). Her office is located in beautiful downtown Celebration, Fl. ("the town that Disney built"), where she partnered with renowned plastic surgeon Richard O. Gregory MD, director of The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery, at Florida Hospital, Celebration.
Debi loves exchanging information with other professionals and is so generous with sharing her own knowledge. As Convention Chair, she is planning an exciting AAM conference, in 2017, with a broad array of related vendors and speakers.
Trinkette Katrina Parker, Membership Chair
Trinkette Parker has been practicing permanent cosmetics for over 25 years. She has performed more than 8,500 procedures which include areola pigmentation, scar camouflage, eyeliner, lips and brows.
She is a certified Master Technician and Instructor for Nouveau Contour and the American Institute of Intradermal Cosmetics in Dallas, TX. She is also recognized by the State of Florida as an expert witness in the area of Micropigmentation. In addition, she has been on the board of Cosmetology at Pensacola Junior College from 1999 through 2016.
She is a strong believer in continuing education and the need to share her skills and experiences with others in the field. Her passion has been tattooing areolas since her sister Piper passed away from breast cancer in 1996; she was only 38 years old. "I feel tattooing areolas is my way of giving back and honoring my sisters memory."
Trinkette is thrilled to be on the board of the American Academy of Micropigmentation where she will assume the position of Membership Chair. This is a perfect match for Trinkette as she will be able to share her passion and love of permanent cosmetics with her fellow practioners through her position with the AAM.
Maria Concepcion, Co-Chair of Education and Trainer Education/Certification
Maria Concepcion is an AAM- and SPCP-certified permanent makeup professional with a wealth of experience in the aesthetic and cosmetics fields. She has over 12 years of experience in permanent cosmetics as well as paramedical training in areola tattooing and camouflage. In addition, she has been a cosmetologist for over 30 years. As a breast cancer survivor herself, performing and teaching three-dimensional areola tattooing is the most rewarding part of her profession.
Education and training is very important to Maria and she loves being an instructor at the Beau Institute in Mount Laurel, N.J., where she teaches monthly primary training and advanced classes and apprenticeships. Her skill and patience has given her students the confidence to excel in the industry.
In addition to teaching, Maria is also a seasoned and talented practitioner at the Beau Institute, performing a variety of permanent makeup procedures including brows, eyeliner, lips and areola tattooing, scalp micropigmentation and microstroking. Her talent and artistry enables her to designs beautiful, natural-looking procedures that complement each person's face structure. Seeing the happiness this brings her clients gives her great joy. The professionalism she brings to her procedures is what makes her work stand above the rest.
Maria is looking forward to sharing her experience and education in the permanent makeup industry by working with the AAM, and she is excited to work with and learn from its talented members.
Oscar Gomez, Co-Chair of Education and Trainer Education/Certification
Art has always been an enormous part of his life. While other children were involved in sports and playing video games, Oscar was busy drawing everything he laid his eyes on.
Oscar served in the United States Marine Corps, where he rose to the rank of Sargent. While stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Oscar met Josh Wrede, a tattoo artist. Josh inspired Oscar to pursue tattooing professionally, and Gomez began working as a tattoo artist in 2009. He loves how tattooing allows him to become part of his clients lives. “Tattoos are taken with people everywhere they go. In a way, I am a small part of their lives, and I hope they will never forget me" ,he said.
In 2013, Oscar founded OG Tattoos & Gallery, a name associated with such quality, service, and professionalism that his company has earned five-star ratings on a wealth of review websites. In this same year, he met his mentor, Debi Diorio “The Eyebrow Whisperer. His work with Debi led him to the permanent makeup industry, where he has noticed a need for technique updates and accessibility.
As Co-Chair of Education/Certification, Oscar plans to further improve the quality and standard of accessible education to all licensed permanent cosmetic professionals. To be able to share experience, techniques and education from both the tattoo industry and permanent makeup industry has been very instrumental and rewarding for Oscar, and he looks forward to continue to explore more opportunities for exchange of information. After all, tattooing isn't just a career for Oscar's his life.
Maria DeSantis, Secretary/East Coast Ethics Chair
Maria "MiMi" DeSantis has been a New Jersey state-licensed cosmetologist since 1984 and a member of the AAM since 2003. Mimi's passion for her profession and desire to expand her education and techniques and been demonstrated as she has earned over 23 advance certifications in the newest permanent cosmetics techniques. Mimi has had the opportunity to train with pioneers of the industry in the newest state of the art techniques, including 3D hair strokes, Softap Technique, microblading, scalp-simulated hair tattoo, 3D areola tattooing, scar camouflage and dermal needling.
In 2015, Mimi was invited to join the Beau Institute, where she completed her primary training as an instructor, educating students in primary and advanced classes. Her patience, skills and ability to share this wonderful profession with new students gives her great satisfaction.
Currently, Mimi owns a thriving private practice, A Face Forever, in Westfield, NJ, including a satellite office with Dr. Andrea Strauss, MFACS in Bridgewater, NJ. She is greatly looking forward to serving in her new position as board secretary to the AAM.
Rosa Guilardi, Treasurer
Rosa is the Chief Financial Officer at the Beau Institute. While serving in this role she is continues to be instrumental in the company's growth and success.
She has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience. Rosa's background includes more than 27 years of expertise as both a financial analyst and business accountant. In addition to her work at the Beau Institute, Rosa volunteers her time as a school board member for the Hainesport elementary school district where she has been an elected member for the past seven years.
She is excited to be part of the AAM and share her skills to bring about positive change and growth for its members.