WJA Elects Susan Chandler New President


The Women’s Jewelry Association has elected Susan Chandler (pictured), chief merchandising officer for Citizen Watch America, as the new president of the WJA International board of directors.

WJA’s organizational theme for 2022 is “generating community impact.” Its educational training and events will emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion; responsible sourcing and sustainability; and business development.

Also on 2022 WJA board’s executive committee: Nan Palmer, of Facets Consulting and LuxeRox, will serve as treasurer; Raquel Alonso-Perez, of Harvard’s Mineralogical & Geological Museum, will serve as vice president of chapter affairs; and Jacqueline Raffi, of Hearts On Fire, will be corporate secretary. Immediate past president Jacqueline Cassaway is also on the executive committee.

Six newcomers have also been elected to the WJA board: Aida Alvarez, senior vice president at Roberto Coin; Shauna Brook, founder and CEO of Shauna Brook Marketing & Communications; Donna DeLucia, vice president of technical sales at Guild + Facet; Tanya Parikh, CEO and founder at Janvier LA; Mark Smelzer, chief content executive at The Zing Report/Jewelers Mutual Group; and Victoria Wieck, designer/ShopHQ on-air guest and host of the podcast Million Dollar Passion.

(Photo courtesy of Women’s Jewelry Association)

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By: Rob Bates

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