Each year, the Women’s Jewelry Association honors one member from each WJA chapter with a Shining Star Award to recognize the recipient’s service, passion, and commitment to their WJA local chapter.
The 2010 Shining Star Award winners are:
Kathy Bernu, Christian Family Jewelers/ Kathy Bernu Design, Woodbury, Minn. (Twin Cities Chapter)
Liz Emrich, Liz Emrich Designs, Oakton, Va. (DC Chapter)
Merrill Essex, G.G., Essex Antiques & Collectibles, Evanston, Ill. (Midwest Chapter)
Katherine Gramas, G.G., MJ Christensen Diamonds, Henderson, Nev. (Rocky Mountain Affiliate)
Karen Janowski, Tiffany & Co., New York, N.Y. (Metro Chapter)
Sandra Jerde, R.J., Ben Bridge Jeweler, Seattle, Wash. (Pacific Northwest Chapter)
Sissy Jones, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Pine Bluff, Ark. (Southwest Chapter)
Kathy Loewenstern, kathy lo rocks, San Francisco, Calif. (Northern California Chapter)
Kalli Nicholas-Haeflein, WinterberryCards.com, Perkasie, Pa. (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)
Kerilyn Rodi, Providence Chain, Providence, R.I. (New England)
Judi Shechter, G.G., C.G., A.J.P., Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, Calif.
Veronica Clark-Hudson, G.G., Gemological Institute of America, Culver City, Calif. (both from the Los Angeles Chapter)
Kimberly Vagner, G.G., Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, Calif. (San Diego Chapter)