Our Team

Chad Jon Schneider

President/Owner

Founder and President of Image International, Chad started his successful modeling career at a young age. A member of SAG and AFTRA, veteran of national TV commercials, and magazine advertisements, Chad has traveled the world, working for dozens of major clients, including Tommy Hilfiger, Today’s Man, and Light ‘n’ Lively, among others. In 1989, Chad opened Image International and made history by creating the area’s first modeling and acting center that included a unique curriculum, legitimately teaching all of the complex dynamics of the industry. Chad has continued to build successful businesses: in 1995, he added Excape Hair Design Studio, and, in 2007, Metro Beauty Academy.

Denise DeMas

Vice President/Director

Denise DeMas, Vice President and Director of Image International, has been a critical force at the agency since day one. She started modeling locally at the age of 14. Her career took off with major runway, print, and TV bookings , both locally and nationally, for clients such as Lord & Taylor, Sears, Shula's, QVC, Mack Trucks, Sands Casino, and Runner's World, among others. Denise went on to work in Tokyo, Japan, booking runway and print jobs as well as TV commercials, prior to returning to the Valley to help launch Image International. Her experience in the industry is vast, serving as a modeling and acting educator, makeup artist, and talent agent.

Instructors

Alex Rice

Acting Coach

Alex holds a BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and graduated from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. He divides his time between the Lehigh Valley and New York City and continues to act as well as write and produce original work.

Alex Valentin

Women's Instructor

After graduating from the Women's Modeling program, Alex went on to complete a bachelor's degree in marketing. Alex has done work on QVC with their beauty vendors, Smashbox, Sarah Potempa, and Stroke of Beauty. She has also been in multiple editorials in Lehigh Valley Style, and is very active in runway and promotional modeling. Alex is very eager to further her career in the fashion world, both in front of and behind the camera.

Amanda Jones

Make-up and Skincare Specialist

Amanda completed the Image International Women's Modeling program in 1998. She now models in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia markets for print, television, and runway. You can also see her on QVC. Amanda has been a licensed Esthetician since 1999 and won "Best Makeup" in 2004 for Philadelphia Style Magazine's makeover contest. She has also studied extensively with the Dermalogica Skincare Institute.

Antoinette Elias

Acting Coach

Antoinette received her Secondary Education and English degrees and Arabic certificate from Temple University. She trains at MTB Acting Studio in New York City and has been a beauty model on QVC (Makeup Forever and Givenchy). Antoinette has performed in dozens of infomercials and commercials filming in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She had a principal role in the world-premiere musical, The Centurion, and she has had both lead and supporting roles in several independent films. Antoinette has worked on many top television shows that film in New York City, including Blue Bloods and Orange is the New Black. She has worked with Spike Lee and most recently, Eric Stoltz, on the set of Madam Secretary. Antoinette speaks fluent Arabic and conversational French.

Danika Clevenstine

Makeup Artist

Danika is a certified MUD instructor and has experience as a beauty consultant. She has served as a makeup artist for various photo shoots, focusing on both fashion and beauty. In 2013, Danika graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing and is currently a graduate student at Lehigh University, studying educational leadership.

Delphine Raka

Women's Instructor

Delphine started her modeling career in Paris, France at the age of 14. She has traveled all over Europe, living in Milan, Lisbon and Munich and doing projects in Porto for lingerie and catalogue shootings as well as Paris for Versace, Valentino, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hermès, Aubade, and Dim. She has also done work for many French Catalogues, such as, La Redoute. After gaining experience as a catalog and lingerie model in Europe, Delphine moved to the United States in 2007 and joined Image International as a model in 2009. She now works for QVC and other various beauty companies as an on-air model. Her different experiences in the industry make her an amazingly beneficial instructor at Image International. She is thrilled to share her stories and teach new students what the industry is all about.

Desirée Pascal

Women’s Instructor

Desirée, our lead instructor, graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Secondary Education. She went on to pursue two master’s degrees from Saint Joseph’s University. With five Pennsylvania teaching certifications, including director of curriculum, she is an experienced educator. Desirée completed the Women’s Modeling program with Image International and has experience with runway, commercial and editorial print work, and TV. She has worked with an array of clients for beauty, fashion, and parts modeling, including Oxiclean, Body Glide, Makeup Forever, InStyler, and Linnea and has been featured in magazines such as Lehigh Valley Style and Runner’s World, as well as QVC and MTV networks.

Jim Vivian

Acting Coach

Jim is a graduate of Northampton Community College (Associate Degree in Education) and the Leland Powers School of Television Broadcasting (Boston, MA). He has been an acting teacher for over 25 years, performed in over 50 TV commercials, industrial films and TV productions in New York, Philadelphia, and the Lehigh Valley. Besides Image International, Jim has also taught acting at the Weist Barron School for Television (Philadelphia).

Jocelyn Dietrich

Women's Instructor

After working as a booker for Image International for 2 years, Jocelyn continues to be active in front of and behind the camera. With a degree in Communication Studies, Jocelyn has worked to produce events and photo shoots in the Lehigh Valley, NYC and Los Angeles. She became a teacher at Image International simply by wanting to share her knowledge of the industry. She has worked for QVC with such vendors as Dry Bar and Dell computers.

Jordan Norberto

Makeup Artist

Jordan is a licensed hairstylist, certified MUD makeup instructor, and makeup artist. He has done numerous photo shoots around the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, specializing in beauty and fashion makeup. His current focus is beauty and fashion makeup/hair, and his work has been published in magazines for m. Jordan is very eager to expand his horizons and help others expand theirs. He believes that in order to teach you must be willing to learn.

Katelynn Walsh

Makeup Artist

Katelynn, our lead makeup instructor, graduated from Makeup Designory, a top makeup school in Los Angeles, CA. Katelynn is a M.U.D. (Makeup Designory) certified instructor with a comprehensive resume; she specializes in everything from high fashion to special effects makeup. While living in L.A. Katelynn worked on various independent movies, many of which were featured at Sundance and many other large film festivals. A published author, her work has been included in beauty and fashion magazines and catalogs. Additionally, she has been involved with many fashion shows in the Tri-State area.

Laura Gregson

Women's Instructor

Laura is a graduate of Kutztown University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently a teacher at Sheckler Elementary School. Laura is also an Image International graduate. She started modeling when she was 13 years old. Since then she has been booked frequently and has had many great work experiences over the years.

Lori Smith

Women's & Men's Instructor

Following her successful career in front of the camera as an international high-fashion model, it was only natural that Lori Smith take her industry knowledge and apply it behind the lens. As a Fashion photographer and a Make up Artist, Lori pays close attention to detail and her keen sense for creating beautiful images and faces comes naturally. After spending her formative years as a runway and editorial model who’s graced the pages of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan, Lori acquired a wealth of knowledge in every aspect of shooting from make-up to fashion styling.

Maressa DeNicola

Women's Instructor

Maressa is not only an experienced model, but has been a full-time hair stylist since 2003. She is a beauty model for QVC, working with companies like Nick Chavez, Ojon, and It Cosmetics. Maressa has been a very active print model, being featured in magazines such as Lehigh Valley Style.

Matt Strouse

Men’s Instructor

Matt studied electrical engineering at Montgomery County Community College. He completed the Men’s Program in 2009 and has been active in the industry ever since. Matt works with QVC, Majestic, Lehigh Valley Style, Boscov’s, and Men’s Warehouse. In addition to being a successful print model, he is also incredibly active in runway shows. Matt is currently an instructor for the Men’s Modeling program.

Megan Panto

Children's Instructor

Megan is a graduate from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is currently an Assistant Director at a Child Care Center in Bethlehem. Prior to this, she worked at QVC in the Toy Department where she would find the hottest and best toys for children! Her passion has always been to work with children and help them reach their dreams through their education.

Michelle Holloway

Women's Instructor

Michelle has been a working model since the age of 8. As an adult, she now models full time in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, New York, and Miami. Michelle is especially accomplished at runway and is a very popular print and television model. You can see her featured on QVC where she models fashion, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.

Robin Bianchini

Women's Instructor

Robin earned a BS in Elementary and Special Education from Clarion University. More recently, she graduated from Wilkes University with her Masters Degree in Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies. Robin is also an Image International graduate. After completing the Women’s class in 2013, Robin went on to work full time at QVC where she models fashion, shoes, and accessories. You can see her in commercials such as, Horizon, Electrolux Appliances, and many videos for products featured on QVC. She is a working print model, with recent clients within pharmaceuticals and The American Lung Cancer Society. Robin appears on QVC.com in print as well, for companies such as Dooney & Bourke, LCNY, and Lennox China.

Simone Tavares

Women's Instructor

Simone graduated Magna Cum Laude from LIFE University in Marietta, Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She has been modeling since the age of 16 and has gained extensive experience in print, runway, and live television. Her runway experience includes fashion shows for Bloomingdales, Oakley, and local trade shows. As a beauty model for QVC she has worked for vendors such as Sarah Potempa, Calista, Alterna, Tarte, and Laura Geller Cosmetics. Simone was Miss Marietta Georgia 2014 in the Miss Georgia USA pageant. She enjoys teaching up and coming models about this exciting and fulfilling career.

Will Wilkinson

Men's Instructor

Will graduated from Bellevue University with a degree in Business Management in 2012. He went on to finish the Men's Modeling program in June 2013, and has been active in the industry ever since. In addition to being very active with runway and print work, Will has experience with CE Roth. QVC, Majestic, and Paul Fredrick.