Meeting new people and forming meaningful business relationships is the hallmark of the Women's Jewelry Association and its world-wide network of members.
Pictured, from left:
President: Christine McDermott, Tri-Bro Manufacturing
VP of Chapter Sponsorship: Susan Derouin, Wieland Metal Services
Treasurer: Maureen Murphy
VP of Fun: Regina Ciarleglio, Jewelers of America
VP of Membership: Joanne Gadwah, JMT Epoxy
VP of Communications: Janina Messerlian, Baxter's Fine Jewelry
VP of Programming: Julia Prout
Immediate Past President: Kerilyn Rodi, Wieland Metal Services
Regina's career in the jewelry industry began over 30 years ago by answering an ad in the newspaper for a customer service position at Cartier as a Customer Service Representative. She remained in the watch industry for 20 years working for brands such as Swiss Army, Christian Dior and Gucci. She developed a greater understanding of the industry as Vice President of GE Money, Luxury Portfolio.
Currently, she is Director of Membership for Jewelers of America, where she has the opportunity to work with retailers and wholesales on a daily basis, looking for and delivering benefits to make their business more successful. She enjoys traveling and speaking with retailers and wholesalers so she can learn more about their businesses and how JA can help them.
She has held board positions on the JVC and WJA National Board. She currently serves on the board of WJA – Providence Chapter and Providence Jewelers Club. She is presently taking my final class, Gem Identification at the GIA on her way to becoming a graduate gemologist.
Each year, we host two signature events: Providence Jewelry Night Out, a celebration of women in our industry held in concert with WJA chapters around the world, and our Annual Holiday Party. In 2022, we also offered a wide array of educational and networking events to empower women and foster community in the local jewelry industry. Those included a Happy Hour at RI Spirits; a Paint and Wine Night; a Summer Social at Iggy's Boardwalk; and a presentation from jewelry trends forecaster Barbara Raleigh.
We will be planning a full slate of events for 2023, starting with Bling Bingo in March. If you ever have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to reach out to any one of our board members.
Because of our affiliation with the national WJA, our members can take advantage of numerous scholarship and grant opportunities. Since 1996, the WJA has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to students in some of the best jewelry programs in the country. These include Fashion Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Rhode Island School of Design.