Our Team

Board of Directors

Bill Boyajian

In his 31-year tenure with the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the last 20 years as its President, Bill Boyajian impacted the lives and careers of thousands of people and left a lasting legacy of leadership. An internationally respected author, educator, speaker, and business coach, Boyajian consults for leading companies in the jewelry industry and business community, and is in demand as a keynote speaker by prominent groups from both within and outside the jewelry trade.

Toby Pomeroy
Executive Director

Toby Pomeroy is the founder of Toby Pomeroy Co., located in Corvallis, Oregon, an accomplished designer and passionate advocate for a responsible jewelry industry. He studied Jewelry & Metalsmithing at the University of Oregon and received his Graduate Gemologist and Certified Gemologist certifications from GIA. Toby pioneered EcoGold— socially and environmentally responsible gold from Hoover and Strong Refiners. Toby is the only US member serving on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Responsible Mining.

Brandee Dallow

Brandee Dallow is the founder of Fine Girl Luxury Brand Building & Communications, a 360° communications consultancy specializing in the development and implementation of campaigns related to a company’s corporate social responsibility programs and efforts. She is also the North American Regional Membership, Business Development & Engagement Lead for the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), promoting knowledge, ethics and integrity within the global gem and jewelry industry. Dallow is a past president of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), the current WJA Foundation board president, a member of the board of the Mercury Free Mining Initiative, a member of the Black in Jewelry Coalition board of advisors and a recipient of the WJA Award for Excellence in Marketing & Communications.

Ronnie Vanderlinden

Ronnie is President of Diamex, a leading international diamond manufacturer and has become well-known for his knowledge of both rough and polished diamonds. He travels the globe extensively for business as well as consulting with other key industry leaders. He has become deeply involved in all aspects of the industry by maintaining a number of top positions in national and global organizations. Ronnie is currently President of the Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association and is the first President of the United States Jewelry Council.

Eric Laker

Eric Laker is founder and CEO of Lashbrook. Based in Draper, Utah, Lashbrook employs over 150 people and produces an award-winning line of wedding bands. Laker earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from Brigham Young University. This background heavily influences his belief that rather than by fighting market forces, positive change is best affected by utilizing them. Eric also serves in his church and on the board of Lone Peak Hospital.

Michelle Graff

Michelle Graff joined National Jeweler in 2007 as senior editor, traveling to Israel, Africa, Dubai and Belgium to learn about the jewelry industry and cover the diamond trade.
In August 2013, she was promoted to editor-in-chief.

As the publication’s head editor, she is in charge of NationalJeweler.com. and its popular daily newsletter as well as the publication’s print editions, The State of the Majors and the Retailer Hall of Fame.

Mariel Diaz

Mariel Diaz is the founder of Accounting for Jewelers, a firm that partners with jewelry businesses throughout the US for accounting services from bookkeeping and budgeting to taxes. Mariel oversees service operations, develops and implements the company’s long-term initiatives to sustain the jewelry industry, and works directly with clients for advisory services. She is a 2nd-generation jeweler and was previously a GIA Graduate Gemologist, JA Certified Bench Jeweler and German-trained Gemstone Carver before she became an accountant.

Dedicated Collaborators

Jerry Buckley
Director of Global Initiatives

Jerry Buckley has had a more than 40-year career as a development and fundraising professional serving UC San Diego, the Gemological Institute of America, Escondido Humane Society and the Scripps Health Foundation.

Caelen Burand
Training Geometallurgical Engineer

Caelen Burand has several years of experience working in exploration, mining engineering, and mineral processing. He is currently studying mining engineering and geology at the University of Arizona with a focus on mineral processing and gem sciences. He aspires to use his career to maximize the wealth generation and well-being of miners, mining communities, and other stakeholders.

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