Our Team Members

We are a team of experts focused on the legal and regulatory issues that apply to the jewelry industry. We are here to assist businesses, consumers and the industry at large meet their compliance and educational needs.

JVC is headquartered in New York City. Normal Business Hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday (Eastern Time) excluding National Holidays.

Operations Director

Rachel Cameron

Director of Membership & Digital Content

Elyssa Jenkins

Director of Marketing/Partnerships & Development

Karen Kovach

Associate Counsel & Director of Mediation

Miya Owens, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPP/EU

Deputy General Counsel

Sara E. Yood, Esq.

President, CEO & General Counsel

Tiffany Stevens, Esq.

Operations Director

Rachel Cameron

Rachel Cameron is the Operations Director of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC). She received her BFA in jewelry making from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and became a full-time goldsmith in NYC shortly after. She volunteered for New York City Jewelry Week and then joined the JVC team in 2019. She continues to work on her own jewelry business in Brooklyn, NY.

Director of Membership & Digital Content

Elyssa Jenkins

Encompassing both style and brains, Elyssa Jenkins holds many titles. She is the Vice President and Co-Founder of Black in Jewelry Coalition —the first non-profit international membership organization for the advancement of Black professionals in the gem, jewelry, and watch industry. Elyssa also serves as Chapter Liaison for the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) National Diversity Committee and the President-Elect for the WJA NY Metro chapter. And if that isn’t enough, her day job includes serving as the Director of Membership and Digital Content at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. 

A long-time New York resident, Elyssa first established herself in the fashion industry, working and attending over 10+ seasons of New York Fashion Week as Head Editor for a prominent hair and beauty magazine. Elyssa is passionate about creating a more inclusive environment for all and uplifting aspiring entrepreneurs by providing resources and connections.

Elyssa holds a Masters’s degree in Biomedical Science from Rutgers Graduate School, a Bachelors’s degree in Biology, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish from the University of New Mexico.​

Director of Marketing/Partnerships & Development

Karen Kovach

Karen Kovach is the Director of Marketing, Partnerships and Development at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), where she focuses on coordinating all efforts to raise awareness about the vital role JVC holds in the industry, its benefits, programs and products. In addition to her leading role in JVC’s fundraising efforts and annual event planning, she spearheads JVC’s professional partnership initiatives, sponsorship opportunities, membership development and the organization’s involvement in trade shows. Other responsibilities include developing JVC seminars, webinars, advertisement placement and issuing press releases. Karen graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA in Economics and a Minor in Marketing and has held several senior positions within the jewelry industry over the past decade.

Associate Counsel & Director of Mediation

Miya Owens, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPP/EU

Miya brings years of experience in business and intellectual property litigation, corporate compliance and two information privacy protection certifications to her roles at the JVC.

Before joining the JVC, Miya worked with a diverse client base at two prominent law firms, both specializing in intellectual property matters. During her time at both firms, she received recognition for exceptional service to her clients and her dedication to pro bono advocacy. She then focused on broker-dealer and anti-money laundering compliance matters at a well-known multinational investment bank.

In addition to earning her JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Miya graduated with honors in Technology and Communication from Baruch College, where she minored in Journalism.

Deputy General Counsel

Sara E. Yood, Esq.

Sara Yood, Deputy General Counsel at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), is an attorney admitted in the state of New York with extensive experience in intellectual property law. Sara’s responsibilities at JVC include anti-money laundering compliance, FTC Jewelry Guides compliance, trademark litigation, copyright, advertising monitoring, creating legal compliance tools and publications, and advanced legal strategy. She has developed an additional expertise in U.S. and international laws concerning the importation and exportation of animal materials used in jewelry, and has authored multiple JVC publications illustrating the laws surrounding the jewelry industry. Yood came to JVC from a fellowship at the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School, where she received her law degree. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Yood also serves as the Treasurer and on the board of the Women’s Jewelry Association and is a member of the Fashion Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

President, CEO & General Counsel

Tiffany Stevens, Esq.

Tiffany Stevens is the President, CEO and General Counsel of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) and currently serves on the Boards of the USKPA, USJC and CIBJO.

She began her career as an attorney at Paul Hastings LLP, later moving to in-house legal & leadership roles in the private and public sectors, with a focus on health, the arts and the environment. Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and NYU School of Law and is a member of the California Bar Association. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Board of Directors

Officers

Charles Stanley

Chairman

FOREVERMARK US, INC.

Jenny Luker

1st Vice President

PLATINUM GUILD INTERNATIONAL

Michael Akkaoui

2nd Vice President

TANURY INDUSTRIES

Mark Goldberg

Treasurer

ROLEX WATCH CO.

Jeffrey H. Fischer

Secretary

FISCHER DIAMONDS, INC.

Members

Debbie Azar

GEMOLOGICAL SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL

Scott Berg

LEE MICHAELS

David Bindra

B&B FINE GEMS

Lawrence Bock

BACHENDORF'S

Katherine Bodoh

AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY

David Cochran

MANUFACTURING JEWELERS AND SUPPLIERS OF AMERICA

Ronda Daily

BREMER'S

Nathalie Diamantis

KERING

John Fierst

JEWELERS MUTUAL

Rebecca Foerster

ALROSA

Douglas Hucker

AMERICAN GEM TRADE ASSOCIATION

Susan Jacques

GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

Steven Kaiser

KAISER TIME

Kristina Kayel

NATURAL DIAMOND COUNCIL

Russell Kelly

HODINKEE

Atul Kothari

JEWELEX

Greg Kwiat

KWIAT

Almira Kolaneci

NPD

Atul Kothari

JEWELEX

Greg Kwiat

KWIAT AND FRED LEIGHTON

Peter Luplow

BEN BRIDGE

Fran Mastoloni

MASTOLONI PEARLS

Alok Mehta

IDD USA

Tim Michno

CITIZEN

Michael Richards

UNDERWOODS

Andrew Siegel

HAMILTON JEWELERS

Mark Smelzer

JCK

Louis Smith

SMITHWORKS

Olivier Stip

CHANEL

Maria Valim

DAVID YURMAN

Iris Van Der Veken

RESPONSIBLE JEWELLERY COUNCIL

Rony Vardi

CATBIRD

Stanley Zale

STULLER

Alan Zimmer

REEDS JEWELERS

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