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AGS Announces 2020/2021 International Board of Directors

Monday, June 8, 2020  
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The American Gem Society (AGS) is thrilled to announce its International Board of Directors for 2020/2021. Each year at Conclave, the Society’s membership decides who will represent them on the AGS Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Due to the cancellation of Conclave 2020, the membership voted electronically, as outlined in the AGS bylaws.

Joining the AGS Board of Directors this year are, Ryan Berg, CG, of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, Sarin Bachmann of JCK Events, and Sarah Nanasi Russell, CG, of Nanasi Enterprises, Inc.

Ryan Berg, Sarin Bachmann, and Sarah Nanasi Russell

The 2020/2021 AGS Board of Directors are:

Executive Committee

President: Michael Richards, CG
President-elect: Lisa Bridge, CG
Secretary: Alexis Padis, CGA
Senior Advisor: Georgie Gleim, CG
Treasurer: Larry Rickert


Board Members

Ryan Berg, CG 
Sarin Bachmann
Caryl Capeci
Amanda Coleman-Phelps, CGA
Scott Murphy
Niveet Nagpal
Scott Udell
Ronnie VanderLinden


Standing Committee and Council Chairs

AGS Laboratories Advisory Committee:  John Carter, CGA
Education Committee:  Sarah Person, CG
Finance, Audit & Legal Committee:  Larry Rickert
Gemological Sciences Committee:
Bryan Moeller, CGA
International Guilds Council: 
Marc Altman, CGA
Membership Committee: 
Mitchell Clark, CG
Young Titleholders Committee: 
Sarah Nanasi Russell, CG 


“AGS is thrilled to welcome Ryan, Sarin, and Sarah to the AGS International Board of Directors,” said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “Each new member brings valuable expertise and will help bring new, innovative ideas to our Society. Like the rest of the Board, these three new members are accomplished professionals and dedicated to the AGS mission of consumer protection.”

The American Gem Society would like to express their gratitude to Clayton Bromberg, CG, Marc Nanasi, RS, Kelly Newton, CGA, and Stewart Wicht who served on the Board and are rolling off this year. They gave their time and expertise to the AGS community by attending Board meetings, volunteering, and supporting the AGS through their service on committees.

For those members of the AGS that would like to serve on the American Gem Society Board of Directors or would like to nominate a fellow member, please look for communications coming from AGS next January.


Mission Statement

The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

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