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It also introduces new members to its Board
By: Diamond World News Service
Feb 11 2010 12:38PM
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Kendra Bridel Weinman is appointed president of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), in succession to Yancy Weinrich, Luxury by JCK and JCK Las Vegas, who served the tenure of president of WJA for two years. Ms. Weinman is also president of Lusciouss International, and holds an experience in the jewellery industry for over 11 years, including working at Montblanc and Taché Jewelry.

“Over the next two years, WJA will be rolling out new events and initiatives that are focused on our three major platforms -- business services, leadership development, and education,” explained Weinman, “Our main priority, and my primary goal as president, is to continue to add value to the WJA membership.”

The WJA has also elected Ruth Batson, American Gem Society; Patti Geolat, Geolat Companies; Anne Valentzas, Leo Schacter Diamonds; and Denise Shaffer, CTP, Sterling Jewelers, as new members to its Board. The board recognised retiring board members Ronni Klein, International Bronze; Norma Haas, ENH International; and Kathryn Kimmel, Gemological Institute of America.

WJA board officers:

Kendra Bridel Weinman (president), Lusciouss International and Kendra Bridel Weinman, Bedford, N.Y.

Yancy Weinrich (immediate past president), Luxury by JCK and JCK Las Vegas, New York, N.Y.

Tryna Kochanek (president-elect), Sterling, Inc., Akron, Ohio

Gena Alulis, (treasurer), SUPERFIT, Inc., King of Prussia, Pa.

Brandee Dallow (vice president of administration), Julius Klein Group, New York, N.Y.

Sue Elliott (vice president of chapter affairs), Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, Calif.

Anne Valentzas (vice president of education), Leo Schacter Diamonds, New York, N.Y.

Fran Pennella (vice president of business services), Benali Consulting, Stamford, Conn.

Ann Arnold (vice president of leadership development), Lieberfarb, Inc, Orange, N.J.

Susan Rothman (co-vice president of membership), Hearts On Fire, Boston, Mass.

Lisa Cochin (co-vice president of events), Diamond Promotion Service, New York, N.Y.

Anna Martin (co-vice president of events), Standard Chartered Bank, London, England

Michelle Orman (vice president of public relations), Last Word Communications, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Diane Warga-Arias (vice president of fundraising); DWA Communications, Pompano, Fla.

Board members:

Ruth Batson, American Gem Society, Las Vegas, Nev.

Phyllis Berman, Mercury Ring Corp., Englewood, N.J.

Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers, Royersford, Pa.

Jessica Cohen, LUP, New York, N.Y.

Cindy Edelstein, Jewelers’ Resource Bureau, Pelham Manor, N.Y.

Marcee Feinberg, Lazare Kaplan International Inc., New York, N.Y.

Isabella Fiske, Lieberfarb, Inc., Orange, N.J.

Sue Fritz, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Neenah, Wis.

Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee, New York, N.Y.

Patti Geolat, Geolat Companies, Dallas, Texas

Babette Goodman Cohen, I.B. Goodman Co., New York, N.Y.

Julianne Jaffe, J.J. Marco, New York, N.Y.

Dione Kenyon, Jewelers Board of Trade, Warwick, R.I.

Amy Rosi, Aros Communications, New York, N.Y.

Hedda Schupak, King of Prussia, Pa.

Joy Toback-Galicki, Myron Toback, Inc., New York, N.Y.

Denise Shaffer, CTP, Sterling Jewelers, Akron, Ohio

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