Jane Phillips - Founder & Executive Director
Janet Clement- Board Chair
Britt Cavallaro - Treasurer
Cheryl Abel - Secretary
Janet Vailokaitis – Board Member
Nola Geffner-Mihlsten –Board Member
Jean Helstowski – Board Member
Jane Phillips, Founder & Executive Director
Jane Phillips is an Emmy Award winning Television News Editor and Engineer. She has worked at NBC4 in Los Angeles for 26 years and has worked in television for 34 years. Although Television News is a lifelong devotion for Jane, her real passion is charitable work, especially the Crown Jewel Club which she founded in 2005. Dedicated to her goal of introducing manners, civility and social skills to underprivileged girls, (in a fun, playful and enjoyable atmosphere,) Jane considers the Crown Jewel Club to be a major success in the non-profit world.
Janet Clement- Board Chair
Janet’s first career was in child rearing. She stayed home with her children, volunteered in school classrooms, was PTA president and helped with the booster club. Janet also loved to sing and enjoyed being a part of the worship team in church and even sang in a band for a few years. She loves to spend as much time as possible with her three adult children, their spouses and 2 beautiful grandchildren.
Once Janet moved in to her second career, it has been in real estate. She quickly found her passion was to help people learn to invest in property that will assist them to grow their portfolio, but more importantly can help them build a future sustainable income platform, and even bolster their retirement. Janet is co-owner, and Sales manager for her own nationwide property investment and development company. Janet’s focus is on developing, building and selling quality rental properties for investors. Properties are sold fully leased with tenants and property management in place. Thus, helping owners focus on their careers, and not on the challenges of day to day management of their property investments.
Janet has closed over 800 real estate transactions including single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, student housing, as well as and commercial offices. Yet, she doesn’t consider this to be her greatest accomplishment. She views her children as her first and best accomplishment. In addition, helping assist children that can be reached by the Crown Jewel Club has become a new passion that brings great purpose. She believes that by working to bolster the board of directors and helping to grow the strengths of the Crown Jewel Club allows her to play a part in truly changing young girls lives for the better.
Britt Cavallaro - Treasurer
Marian C. Cavallaro, CPA, is a partner in the assurance services practice of Ernst & Young LLP, in Los Angeles focusing on providing audit services to media & entertainment and hospitality clients. With more than 25 years of experience (>10 as a partner), Marian has served clients in a variety of industries including hospitality, gaming, filmed entertainment, broadcast, video games, advertising, retail sales, manufacturing and distribution. Marian’s clients have included a range from mid-sized domestic private companies to global publicly traded entities doing business in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and the U.S. Marian’s clients served in the hospitality industry include Windsor Capital Group, Inc., which is a privately owned hotel ownership and management company with corporate headquarters in Santa Monica, California. The Company owns and operates more than 10 hotels, which mainly comprise Embassy Suites hotels, full-service Marriott hotels and Marriott Courtyards. Marian’s current hospitality clients also include American Golf Corporation, Platinum Equity’s large portfolio of hotels in the United States and past clients have also included Intercontinental Hotels, Peninsula Beverly Hills, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, La Valencia and Rancho Valencia hotels near San Diego, Pinnacle Entertainment, Harrah’s and San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. Marian’s past and present clients in the media & entertainment industry include Twenty-First Century Fox and its Los Angeles based broadcast, cable, filmed entertainment and interactive businesses, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., Lions Gate Entertainment, MGM, Media Rights Capital, dick clark productions and the Walt Disney Company.
Marian graduated from Bristol University in the U.K. with a Bachelor of Social Science Honors Degree in Geography and is a Certified Public Accountant and is a past member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Marian has also been a member of the LA chapter of the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals
Cheryl Abel, Secretary
Cheryl Abel has a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of California, Berkeley. She has extensive experience in volunteering during her 18 years of service to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. She was President of the Parent Teacher Association at the elementary level for 3 years and President at the high school level for 2 years, overseeing 25 committees, hundreds of volunteers and a budget of over $250,000.00. She has been the chairman of numerous committees and programs from the arts to academic decathlons and has spent countless hours working with students from the elementary level to the high school level. She was an area coordinator for the school district in its passage of back-to-back school bond measures. She lobbied for educational reform on numerous trips to Sacramento, meeting with many people including the Secretary of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, as well as Gov. Gray Davis. She has been a member of Soroptimist International Manhattan Beach since 2003 and is actively involved with the organization’s strong commitment to improving the lives of women and girls locally and around the world.
Janet Vailokaitis – Board Member
Janet spent many hours at the blackboard in the basement of her childhood home in Brooklyn, NY “teaching” her two sisters. She learned from the best, her maternal grandmother who lived in the apartment upstairs from her family home and who taught first grade at P.S. 99. Hard work and education were the messages from her father who was an entrepreneur upon his return from WWII and mother who took care of the family and was a volunteer in many organizations.
While working full time, Janet received her bachelor of science degree in business management from Pepperdine University. She loved to stay in shape and soon after graduation, opened an exercise studio with two partners in Huntington Beach; teaching aerobics became a part time job. Since sales was the industry that was most lucrative for women, Janet pursued corporate sales. She worked for Hertz Corporation, Emery Worldwide, and finally became a self-employed independent sales contractor for Federal Express at FedEx Custom Critical. She received numerous sales awards during her tenure at FedEx.
Janet read about Crown Jewel Club in the Hill Section magazine last year. Cheryl Abel’s involvement and Jane’s vision inspired her to volunteer. She just finished teaching her first class and really enjoyed the experience.
Nola Geffner-Mihlsten – Board Member
Nola was a Director of a Child Abuse Prevention Program for the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now known as Peace over Violence) where she developed and implemented a prevention program for 5 year olds up to 18 year olds, worked with teachers, administrators, and parents in public and private schools throughout L. A. County. Nola also worked with law enforcement agencies, networked with other non-profit organizations dealing with child abuse issues.
As a self-defense instructor Nola helped develop Kids-Self-Defense, a program working with children of all ages as well as co-authoring a self-defense pamphlet. Her experience in non-profit also includes being a Co-Chair and docent for a non-profit art program, Young at Art, for 12 years. Her corporate experience includes being a Director of Human Resources for a small job placement company in Los Angeles.
Her work with Crown Jewel Club includes working with 5th grade girls at Trinity Elementary School. Nola has a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and a M.S. in Psychology from Cal State L.A.
Jean Helstowski – Board Member
Jean Helstowski is Vice President, Business Development for Right Management the world’s leading career transition and organizational consulting firm. Jean is based out of the Los Angeles office and has been with the organization for over 16 years. She is responsible for strategic account management, and new business development activities for the Southern California region.
Prior to Right Management, Jean worked for Korn/Ferry Futurestep as Business Development Director for Southern California as well as a fifteen year career as a Strategic Account Sales and Management leader in the recruitment and staffing industry. She is known for being a natural connector due to her strong skills in building long-term trusted relationships and managing large scale national and global accounts with premium career and talent management services. She leverages her 20 years of consulting experience within the human resources capital space to implement client solutions that provide innovative approaches to ensure a return-on-investment through people development.
Jean joined Crown Jewel Club’s board of directors in 2018 to align her passion for helping people find their dream career and purpose and to pass on her experience in business to grow the organization in order to help more girl’s succeed through this inspirational program. Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with a Minor in Industrial Psychology from San Diego State University. Jean also completed her Certification of Human Resource Management and Business through UCLA Professional Extension.
Fritz Coleman, Media, Advisory Board
Fritz Coleman is NBC4’s weathercaster on the weekday editions of “Channel 4 News,” airing at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. A Southern California broadcasting icon, Coleman is well known for his sense of humor and extensive knowledge of weather. He joined NBC4 in February 1982, as the weekend weathercaster, and moved up to Coleman has been named “Best Weathercaster” in nearly every major paper in Southern California, Coleman devotes much of his free time to charitable activities and frequently organizes evenings of entertainment for local service and civic organizations, as well as serving as master of ceremonies for dozens of Southern California community events. He has won a number of awards and honors for his dedication to community service. The City of Los Angeles named Coleman a “Treasure of Los Angeles” in 1999, and the United States House of Representatives gave him the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Red Cross.
Sally Lieberman, Advisory Board
Ms Lieberman has twelve years experience with Los Angeles Unified School District as the School Counselor at Trinity Street Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles. She works in a multicultural environment supporting students.
parents, staff, and community agencies in a successful effort to create a better world for children. Sally is the 2006 recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award for Central Los Angeles and the 2005 Coordinator of the Year In Education from Junior Achievement Worldwide. In 2005, she received an Honorary Commission as the Educational Leader and Mentor from the Congressional Youth Leadership Council and she also received the Best Team Leader Award from Los Angeles Pacesetters Leadership Dynamics.
Sally is a Board member of the School Counseling Department at the University of Southern California and a Board member of the Crown Jewel Club.
Sally has a Masters Degree in School Counseling. She has a California Pupil Personal Services Credential and a California Child Welfare and Attendance Credential.
Sally has been married for ten years and has 2 daughters.