(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC), the jewelry industry’s charity, is pleased to announce the results of the annual election for it’s board of directors. Effective October 1, 2010, 13 new directors have joined the board. They are: Scott Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; John Esposito, JewelAmerica; Dipu Mehta, Rosy Blue; Russell Kwiat, Kwiat; Rebecca Foerster, Rio Tinto; Dennis Perry, Bulova Watch; Joshua Weinman, Firestone, Inc.; Michael Langhammer, Quality Gold, Inc.; Debbie Azar, Gemological Science International; Nabil Abdallah, NEW Customer Service; Tom Andruskevich, Birks and Mayors; Mark Udell, London Jewelers; and Steven Velasquez, Gitanjali/Samuels.All 13 agreed to serve three-year terms and will serve on JFC committees and assist in fund raising and program development.
In addition, 10 current directors were re-elected to additional three-year terms. They are: Dan Kisch, Instore magazine; Matthew Runci, Jewelers of America; Whitney Sielaff, National Jeweler Network; Jim Rosenheim, Tiny Jewel Box; Jim De Mattei, Viewpoint Sales & Marketing; Samir Mehta, Paras Diamond Corp.; Martin Rapaport, Rapaport; Elliot Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamonds; Alexander Weindling, A. G. Weindling, LLC; and Ulrich Wohn, Tag Heuer.
Officers re-elected to a second, one-year term are: Edward Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Chairman; Peter Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Vice Chairman and Vice President for Fundraising; Ruth Batson, American Gem Society, Vice President for Charity Programs; Joel Schechter, Honora, Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations; Terry Chandler, Diamond Council of America, Vice President for Special Programs; John Green, Lux Bond & Green, Treasurer; Steven Kaiser, Kaiser Time, Secretary; and Howard Sherwood, Daniel’s Jewelers, Immediate Past Chairman.
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 $35 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect. Visit www.jewelersforchildren.org for more information.