Jewelers for Children announces Board of Director elections

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC), the jewelry industry’s charity, is pleased to announce the election of its new Board of Directors. Ed Bridge, President of Ben Bridge Jeweler, has replaced Howard Sherwood as Chairman. Sherwood concluded his two-year term on September 30.

“It is an honor to be selected by my peers to lead this incredible organization,” Bridge said. “Jewelers for Children brings the industry together in the service of so many worthwhile causes. I am excited to work with the board in expanding our support for children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect.”

Also elected to officer positions were Ruth Batson of the American Gem Society, who will serve as Vice President for Charity Programs; Terry Chandler of the Diamond Council of America, who will serve as Vice President of Special Programs; Peter Engel of Fred Meyer Jewelers, who will serve as Vice President for Fundraising; Joel Schechter of Honora, who will serve as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations; John Green of Lux Bond & Green, who will serve as Treasurer and Steven Kaiser of Kaiser Time, Inc., who will serve as Secretary.  The officers of the organization serve as the executive committee, along with Sherwood who serves as Immediate Past Chairman and Chairman of the Nominating Committee.

Nine directors were elected to a three-year term on the board for the first time.  They are: Gail Friedman, Sarah Leonard Fine Jewelers; John Hayes, Goodman’s Jewelers; Haridas Kotahwala, Royal India, USA; Mark Light, Sterling, Inc.; Sally Morrison, J. Walter Thompson; Pamela Mortensen, J. C. Penney; Debra Puzio, QVC; Dennis Ulrich, Richline Group; and Howard Hauben, Centurion/H2 Exhibits.

Directors re-elected to three-year terms are:  John Bosco, HSN; Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers; Laurence Grunstein, Citizen Watch Co. of America; Susan Jacques, Borsheims; Anna Martin, Standard Chartered Bank; Doug Meine, Rolex Watch USA; Jan-Patrick Schmitz; Laura Swan, Kohl’s; Craig Underwood, Underwood’s Fine Jewelers; and Rachel Wertheimer, JewelAmerica.

Directors whose terms were not expiring, but continue to serve the organization are: Ofer Azrielant, Andin/; Lee Berg, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelers; Jim De Mattei, Viewpoint Sales and Marketing; David Bonaparte of Reed Exhibition/JCK Shows; Terry Burman, Sterling, Inc.; Neal Goldberg, Zale Corporation; Jerry Ehrenwald, International Gemological Institute; Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee; Jonathan Goldman, Frederick Goldman; Efraim Grinberg, Movado Group; Howard Hurwitz,  Howard’s Jewelry; Abhey Jhaveri, M. Suresh/SDC Designs; Dan Kisch, Instore Magazine; Eddie Le Vian, Le Vian; Marvin Markman, Suberi Bros.; Samir Mehta, Paras Diamond Corp.; Michael Paolercio, Richline Group; Martin Rapaport, Rapaport; Nancy Robey, Jim Rosenheim, Tiny Jewel Box; Glenn Rothman, Hearts on Fire; Matthew Runci, Jewelers of America; Whitney Sielaff, National Jeweler Network; Elliot Tannenbaum, Leo Schachter Diamonds, LLC; Alex Weindling, A. G. Weindling, LLC; and Victor Weinman, Tache USA, Inc.

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 nearly $32 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. Visit JFC’s website at