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 Chalik

Elyssa Jenkins
Director of Membership & Digital Content

Elyssa Jenkins-Pérez

Deputy General Counsel

Sara E. Yood, Esq.

President, CEO & General Counsel

Tiffany Stevens, Esq.

Operations Director

Rachel Chalik

Rachel Chalik 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-Pérez

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.​

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

Jenny Luker

Chairman

PLATINUM GUILD INTERNATIONAL USA

Rebecca Foerster

1st Vice President

HEARTS ON FIRE

Greg Kwiat

2nd Vice President

KWIAT & FRED LEIGHTON

Mark Goldberg

Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

ROLEX WATCH USA

Alok Mehta

Membership Committee Chair

IDD USA, LLC

Tim Michno

Legal Action Committee Chair

CITIZEN WATCH AMERICA

Michael Richards

Marketing Committee Chair

UNDERWOOD JEWELERS

Jeffrey H. Fischer

Secretary

FISCHER DIAMONDS, INC.

Charles Stanley

Past Chairman

FOREVERMARK US, INC.

David Bindra

Executive Committee

B & B FINE GEMS

Andrew Siegel

Executive Committee

HAMILTON JEWELERS

Maria Valim

Executive Committee

DAVID YURMAN

Peter Webster

Executive Committee

ROBERTO COIN

Members

Debbie Azar

GEMOLOGICAL SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL

Lawrence Bock

BACHENDORF'S

Katherine Bodoh

AMERICAN GEM SOCIETY

Kristina Buckley-Kayel

NATURAL DIAMOND COUNCIL

Camille Cleveland

BLUE NILE

David Cochran

MANUFACTURING JEWELERS & SUPPLIERS OF AMERICA

Richard Corbo

CHANEL

Nathalie Diamantis

POMELLATO

Annie Doresca

BLACK IN JEWELRY COALITION

John Fierst

JEWELERS MUTUAL INSURANCE GROUP

Judy Fisher

REEDS JEWELERS

Katherine Hanrahan

TIFFANY & CO.

Susan Jacques

GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA

Russell Kelly

HODINKEE

Atul Kothari

JEWELEX NEW YORK, LTD.

Lisa Lackland

BEN BRIDGE JEWELER

Glenn Markman

FACETS OF FIRE DIAMONDS

Fran Mastoloni

MASTOLONI

Malyia McNaughton

MADE BY MALYIA & BLACK IN JEWELRY COALITION

Belit Myers

STULLER, INC.

Marta Nowakowski

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Louis Smith

SMITHWORKS FINE JEWELRY

Julie Yoakum

HELZBERG DIAMONDS

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