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.
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.
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.
Megan Memmott, Advisory Board
Megan Memmott is a (NAPO) Certified Professional Organizer and Founder of the company Memmott Method Mindful Organization. Prior to starting her own business, she worked for the Founder/CEO of TOMS Shoes, serving as his right hand for nearly 6 years. Many would argue that she was his left hand too.
Megan has been a member of Soroptimist International Manhattan Beach since 2006. Over the past 10 years she’s served as Committee Chair to the organizations bi-annual Bingo fundraiser as well as Committee Chair to Lunafest, a short film festival. Through SIMB she has had the opportunity to work with many amazing organizations benefiting women and children, including Crown Jewel Club. In 2016, she was honored to join the Crown Jewel Club as Inventory Director.
Megan has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from San Francisco State University. Her childhood dream of being a Rockette continues to elude her as they refuse to drop the minimum height from 5’6” to 4’11”. Just in case, she privately practices her kick-lines and publicly practices yoga to maintain her flexibility and strength.