Involvement in youth, arts and humanitarian organizations I believe is an important part of an enriched and rewarding life. Currently I am actively serving and participating in the following ways:
Board of Directors, Compassion for African Villages: Mission Statement: Compassion for African Villages is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to working with African villagers to identify and pursue economic and community development projects.
Board of Directors, Ethical Metalsmiths: Mission Statement: Lead jewelers and consumers in becoming informed activists for responsible mining, sustainable economic development and verified, ethical sources of materials used in making jewelry.
Board of Trustees, Womens Jewelry Association: Mission Statement: To Empower women in the jewelry and watch industries advance and develop professionally through networking, education, leadership development and the provision of member services. (Immediate past Member Grant Chair)
Founding member of Amnesty International‘s Chapter #672
Mentoring youth and young adults through a local “Coming of Age” program since 2006
Giving Sustainability talks and presentations to organizations and schools such as San Diego Girl Scouts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Jewelers Circular Keystone, Las Vegas “Sustainability Matters”
Served/ traveled with Global Exchange internationally to deliver needed medical supplies and to meet with local medical services, as well as Global Volunteers within the US to serve holiday meals to impoverished migrant farm workers
Supporter and promoter above listed non-profits, as well as ACLU, American Craft Council, CERF, Design Innovation Institute, Earthworks, Habitat for Humanity, Mingei International Museum, Salvation Army, SNAG, and many others.