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Weinman Leads 2010 WJA Board

Feb 9, 2010 4:42 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) recently announced that Kendra Bridel Weinman had been appointed incoming president.  Weinman succeeds Yancy Weinrich of Luxury by JCK and JCK Las Vegas, who completed her two-year term in that role. Weinman is president of Lusciouss International and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has more than 11 years of experience in the jewelry industry, including positions at Montblanc and Taché Jewelry, where she ran Taché’s luxury division. 

“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, pictured. “Our main priority and my primary goal as president is to continue to add value to the WJA membership.”      Kendra Weinman

Newly elected board members include Ruth Batson of the American Gem Society (AGS); Patti Geolat of Geolat Companies; Anne Valentzas of Leo Schacter Diamonds and Denise Shaffer of Sterling Jewelers.

The board also recognized retiring board members Ronni Klein of International Bronze, Norma Haas of ENH International and Kathryn Kimmel of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

The WJA's Board Officers:
•Kendra Bridel Weinman, president, Luscious International, Bedford, N.Y.
•Yancy Weinrich, immediate past president, Luxury by JCK and JCK Las Vegas, New York
•Tryna Kochanek, president-elect, Sterling, Akron, Ohio
•Gena Alulis, treasurer, SUPERFIT, Inc., King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
•Brandee Dallow, vice president of administration, Julius Klein Group, New York
•Sue Elliott, vice president of chapter affairs, GIA, Carlsbad, California
•Anne Valentzas, vice president of education, Leo Schacter Diamonds, New York
•Fran Pennella, vice president of business services, Benali Consulting, Stamford, Conn.
•Ann Arnold, vice president of leadership development, Lieberfarb,  Orange, New Jersey
•Susan Rothman, co-vice president of membership, Hearts On Fire, Boston, Mass.
•Lisa Cochin, co-vice president of events, Diamond Promotion Service, New York
•Anna Martin, co-vice president of events, Standard Chartered Bank, London
•Michelle Orman, vice president of public relations, Last Word Communications, Brooklyn
•Diane Warga-Arias, vice president of fundraising, DWA Communications, Pompano, Florida

Board Members:
•Ruth Batson, American Gem Society (AGS), Las Vegas, Nevada
•Phyllis Berman, Mercury Ring Corp., Englewood, New Jersey
•Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers, Royersford, Pennsylvania
•Jessica Cohen, LUP, New York
•Cindy Edelstein, Jewelers’ Resource Bureau, Pelham Manor, New York
•Marcee Feinberg, Lazare Kaplan International, Inc. (LKI), New York
•Isabella Fiske, Lieberfarb, Inc., Orange, New Jersey
•Sue Fritz, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Neenah, Wisconsin
•Cecilia Gardner, Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), New York
•Patti Geolat, Geolat Companies, Dallas, Texas
•Babette Goodman Cohen, I.B. Goodman Co., New York
•Julianne Jaffe, J.J. Marco, New York
•Dione Kenyon, Jewelers Board of Trade, Warwick, Rhode Island
•Amy Rosi, Aros Communications, New York
•Hedda Schupak, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
•Joy Toback-Galicki, Myron Toback Inc., New York
•Denise Shaffer, CTP, Sterling Jewelers, Akron, Ohio

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