Jewelers for Children Announces Board of Director Elections

October 3, 2006

Jewelers for Children Announces Board of Director Elections

Jewelers for Children, the industry's charity, recently announced the results of their annual board of director elections. Laurence R. Grunstein, president of Citizen Watch Co. of America, has been re-elected chairman of the board. Continuing in officer positions are Howard Sherwood, Daniel's Jewelers, vice chairman and vice president of Fundraising; Art Reiner, Finlay Fine Jewelry, vice president of Charity Programs; Lowell Kwiat, Kwiat, Inc., vice president of Marketing and Public Relations; Rachel Wertheimer, JewelAmerica, Inc., vice president of Special Programs; H. Marvin Beasley, Helzberg Diamonds, Inc., Secretary; and Terry Burman, Sterling, Inc., immediate past Chairman. Joel Schechter, Honora, has been elected Treasurer.

In addition, 11 new directors were elected to the board: Betsy Burton, Zale Corporation; Carolyn Pope, Crews Jewelry; Catherine Coquillard, QVC; Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers; Craig Underwood, Underwood's Fine Jewelers; Jan-Patrick Schmitz, Mont Blanc USA; John Bosco, HSN; Liz Chatelain, MVI Marketing; Pam Romano, Freidmans; Laura Swan, Kohl's; and Doug Meine, Rolex USA. Re-elected as directors were Susan Jacques, Borsheim's Fine Jewelry; Steven Kaiser, Kaiser Time, Inc.; Richard Lennox, J. Walter Thompson; Anna Martin, ABN Amro Bank; and Stanley Pollack, G. M. Pollack & Son.

Also continuing on the board serving ongoing terms are Alyce Alston, De Beers LV USA; Ofer Azrielant,; Ruth Batson, American Gem Society; Lee Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; David Bonaparte, JCK Shows/Reed Exhibitions; Ed Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler; Terry Chandler, Diamond Council of America; Dana Duneier, Clyde Duneier, Inc.; Jerry Ehrenwald, International Gemological Institute; Peter Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelry; Susan Fortgang, M. Fabrikant; Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee; Jonathan Goldman, Frederick Goldman, Inc.; Efraim Grinberg, Movado Group, Inc.; Howard Hurwitz, Howard's Jewelry; Eddie Le Vian, Le Vian, Inc.; Marvin Markman, Suberi Brothers; Randy McCullough, Samuels Jewelers; Dilip Mehta, Rosy Blue; Andrew Meyer, Andrew Meyer, LLC; Michael Paolercio, Michael Anthony Jewelers; Martin Rapaport, Rapaport; Nancy Robey, Collector's Universe; Jim Rosenheim, Tiny Jewel Box; Glenn Rothman, Hearts On Fire; Matthew Runci, Jewelers of America, Inc.; William Sites, Sites Jewelers; Elliot Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamonds, Inc.; Alexander Weindling, Weindling International; and Victor Weinman, Taché USA, Inc.

Leslie Mann, formerly of Sears and Company, was elected to the Jewelers for Children Board of Governors.

The changes were effective October 1, 2006, the start of the organization's fiscal year.

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 over $23 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and 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. For more information, visit

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