Brook Ellis, vice president of education for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), has been elected an academic member of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Accrediting Commission. In this position, Ellis (and other members of the commission) will oversee the accreditation of educational institutes for various industries. Ellis also was appointed to serve as vice chairman of the research and educational standards subcommittee for the 2002-2003 council year. H. Marvin Beasley has been named president and chief operating officer for Helzberg Diamonds, North Kansas City, Mo. In his new position, he will be responsible for marketing, merchandising, distribution, and store operations. Also at Helzberg, J. Kevin Fitzpatrick has assumed the role of executive vice president of human resources. QVC has appointed Karen Fitzgerald to the position of vice president of jewel

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