New York, NY—Jewelers for Children recently elected a new board chair, new officers, and nine new directors. Debra Puzio (left), founder and creative director of StarLuxe Branding LLC was elected board chair, replacing Pamela Mortensen of J.C. Penney, who served two one-year terms as chair.
“I have been involved with Jewelers for Children in many roles for more than 10 years. said Puzio. Serving as the board chair is the ultimate honor and I am humbled to be elected.”
John White of Balfour was elected vice-president for charity programs; Jeffrey Cohen of Citizen Watch America, vice-president for fundraising; Howard Hauben of H2 Events/Centurion Jewelry Show, vice-president for special programs; Alan Zimmer of Reeds Jewelers, vice-president marketing and public relations; Bill Luth of Signet Jewelers, Ltd., secretary; and Charles Stanley of Forevermark USA, treasurer. Mortensen will continue on the board as immediate past chair and also will chair the nominating committee.
Nine new directors were elected to three-year terms: Lisa Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler; Adam Gerber, Goldstar Jewellery; Rebecca Foerster, Alrosa North America; Hannah Duguie, Day’s Jewelers; Katie Zimmerman, Blue Nile; Bill Luth, Signet Jewelers Ltd.; Sid Keswani, Pandora North America; Eric Horowitz, Citizen Watch America; and Joshua Gilbert, Hearts On Fire.
Seven directors were also re-elected to a second three-year term: Evan Berkley, Ross-Simons; Cora Lee Colaizzi, Quality Gold; Rudy Chavez, A. Lange Sohne; Jake Duneier, Clyde Duneier; Howard Hurwitz, Howard’s Jewelry Center; Anna Martin, Gemological Institute of America; and Scott Saunders, London Jewelers.
Moshe Klein of Julius Klein concluded his time on the board and stepped down with thanks from Puzio.
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 $57 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect.