The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) announced this morning that it has elected Jenny Luker, president of Platinum Guild International, as the new president of the WJA International Board of Directors.
Luker will head up a newly elected executive committee for 2018 that includes Sara Yood, senior counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, as treasurer; Rebecca Moskal, partner at Communique, as corporate secretary; Lauren Thompson, associate director of communications and digital development at Jewelers of America, as vice president of chapter affairs; and past WJA board president Brandee Dallow of Fine Girl Luxury Brand Building & Communications.
“I’m delighted to serve as the new president of the Women’s Jewelry Association,” Luker said in a WJA statement. “We have a new executive committee and a board reflecting our diverse membership in terms of geography and segment of the industry. This gives us a chance to view our mission with fresh eyes.
“The range and depth of experience of our board members, and our strong regional chapters and affiliates are our greatest assets. I look forward to all that we will accomplish in the next two years.”
The board will also welcome four new elected members: Molly Bell, executive vice president of Rio Grande, a Berkshire Hathaway Company; Kendra Bridelle, director of sales at Frieda Rothman and former WJA president; Jacqueline Cassaway, vice president merchandising, watches and jewelry, Starboard Cruise Services, an LVHM Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Company; and Brenda Gamba, independent contractor at Brenda Gamba.
Bridelle is serving as liaison to the board from the WJA Advisory Council. And Gamba serves ex officio. She is the new president of the WJA Foundation board, which manages the grants and scholarships program as a separate nonprofit organization.
The WJA board’s three U.S. regional directors this year are Danielle Ingwer Cohen of Leo Ingwer (Eastern); Sara Commers of Commers Custom Jewelers (Central); and Jen Cullen Williams of Luxury Brand Group (Western).
The Women’s Jewelry Association was created to help women in the jewelry and watch industries “advance and develop professionally through networking, education, leadership development, and the provision of member services.”
(Top: Jenny Luker, courtesy of WJA)