(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children, the jewelry industry’s charity, is pleased to announce the results of the annual election for the board of directors. All current officers were elected to a second, two-year term. They include Ruth Batson, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories, Chairman; Mark Light, Sterling, Inc., Vice President of Charity Programs; Dennis Ulrich, Richline Group, Vice President of Fundraising; Jim De Mattei, ViewPoint Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations; Debra Puzio, Star Luxe, llc, Vice President of Special Programs; Pamela Mortensen, JCPenney, Secretary; Ulrich Wohn, LVMH Watch and Jewelry, Treasurer; and Peter Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Immediate Past Chair. Terms began on October 1.
“This board is one of the most committed I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” said Batson. “I’m very much looking forward to continuing a second term and welcoming the new directors.”
In addition, seven new directors were elected to three-year terms. They are Julie Cosio, Assurant Solutions, Benny Hematian, BH Multi Com/Effy, Harvey Kanter, Blue Nile, Diane Paccione, QVC, Ezriel Rapaport, Rapaport, Elliot Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamonds, and Eric Zuckerman, Pac Team America.
In addition to the new directors, eight current directors were elected to additional three-year terms. They are Jeffrey Cohen, Citizen Watch Co., of America, Ellen Fruchtman, Fruchtman Marketing, Susan Rothman, Hearts On Fire, Joel Schechter, Honora, Hank Siegel, Hamilton Jewelers, Laura Stanley, Stanley Jewelers Gemologist, John White, Fossil, and Stewart Wicht, Rolex Watch USA.
John Green of Lux Bond & Green concluded a six-year term on the board.
A complete list of the Jewelers for Children Board of Directors can be found on the organization’s website, www.jewelersforchildren.org.
Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated more than $45 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect. This nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers.