NEWSMAKERS

Consulting

First Consulting Group has appointed William Van Nostrand as senior vice president of U.S. sales and John Cassimatis as vice president in performance improvement of global consulting services group. Previously, Van Nostrand was president and chief executive at WJVN Consulting and co-founder of IN VIVO Inc., and Cassimatis worked with Kepner-Tregoe and Ernst & Young.



Dr. David Kaplan, a pediatrician, has joined the health care and group benefits practice of Mercer Human Resources Consulting as a principal. Previously, Kaplan was national practice leader for clinical consulting at Tillinghast Towers Perrin's health practice.



Arun Kanchan has been named manager of the newly opened Long Beach office of Trinity Consultants, a firm assisting industrial facilities with environmental regulatory compliance.



Education

Abe Helou has been named associate dean of the School of Business and Global Studies at the University of La Verne. In his new capacity, Helou will continue to serve as a professor of finance and program chair for the school's graduate business programs. He also will oversee the development and assessment of current and future business school programs.



Entertainment

Rob Wussler has been named vice president of Midwest sales for NBC Enterprises, where he will oversee TV sales in more than 70 Midwest markets. Previously, Wussler worked at Paramount Domestic Television for 10 years, most recently as vice president, Western regional manager.



Mike Brown has been promoted to local sales manager at KTLA-TV. Before joining the station in 1997, Brown was an account executive at MMT and Blair Television, both in Los Angeles.



Salem Communications Inc. has appointed Errol Dengler and T.J. Malievsky to regional vice presidents of operations for regional markets. Dengler, who is also general manager of Salem Media of Cleveland, will direct operational oversight of the Ohio and Pennsylvania radio markets. Malievsky, who is general manager of Salem of Hawaii, will oversee operations in the Hawaii, Sacramento and San Diego radio markets.



Rick Feldman has been named president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Television Program Executives, where he will oversee day-to-day operations and strategic planning of the organization's worldwide activities from the Los Angeles headquarters. Feldman worked most recently as executive vice president and chief operating officer of USA Broadcasting in Los Angeles.



Financial

WMC Mortgage Corp. has appointed two regional sales executives to newly created posts. Ed Gong was named sales vice president for the territory that encompasses Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada. Paul Blanchard was named sales vice president for the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware areas. Gong was formerly a regional vice president with Aames Financial Corp. Blanchard was previously with Douglas-Michaels Co. Woodland Hills-based WMC is an online mortgage lender specializing in the sub-prime market.



Health Care

IPC The Hospitalist Co. has named Richard Russell chief development officer. Previously, Russell was senior vice president of information technology and business planning for Cogent Healthcare Inc.



Patrick Petre has been named administrator of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, a non-profit hospital in Burbank. He will oversee administration for the medical center and its affiliates. Petre most recently served as chief operating officer of Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center.



Richard D. Jennings has been named associate administrator at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center and will oversee several cardiac care units, as well as nuclear medicine, radiology, laboratory and dietary services. Jennings was previously with Kimberly Clark Corporation serving in various roles within the company's operations and marketing departments.



Barbara Zelinski has been appointed operations support leader for Kaiser Permanente's Valleys Service Area, which includes the San Fernando, Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, as wells as eastern Ventura and Kern counties. Zelinksi previously served as a Kaiser associate business strategy and finance manager. She's been with the company since 1996.



Dayle Rosa-Tom has been named director of finance at Molina Healthcare of California. Rosa-Tom was previously chief financial officer at the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Insurance

Lockton Insurance Brokers Inc. has hired Dana F. Kopper as senior vice president and Western regional director of Lockton financial services. Previously, Kopper held various governance leadership positions at Marsh USA Inc.



Law

Greenberg Glusker has hired Kevin DeBr & #233; to work in its intellectual property and technology group and lead the firm's emerging companies practice. DeBre led the technology group for Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP in Southern California.



Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava MacCuish LLP has named Michael James Hartley of counsel in the business litigation department, Richard Giller of counsel and head of the insurance group and Kathleen A. Kenealy of counsel in the environmental strategy and litigation department.



Fulbright & Jaworski LLP has named John House senior counsel at its Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on oil and gas matters.



Skousen & Skousen has hired Tim Hong-Chun Lan, who will specialize in corporate and business law, real estate transactions and intellectual property.



Haight Brown & Bonesteel has added nine attorneys to its Los Angeles office. Michael Martinez returns to the firm as a partner. Dennis Morris has been hired as senior attorney and will focus on professional liability and intellectual property. New associates are Meghann Barloewen, in the firm's professional liability practice group, Sandy Chun in commercial litigation, Caroline Craddock in product liability and tort litigation, Duc Le in toxic tort and health sciences practice, Jason Lindsay in professional liability and general litigation and Sherri Rich.



Marketing

Bryan G. Stockton, executive vice president of international at Mattel Inc., has been named chairman of World Trade Week Southern California.



Jimmy Edwards has been promoted to vice president of marketing for Warner Strategic Marketing, a division of Warner Music Group. His will be responsible for leading the marketing department and creating strategies to promote the company's audio releases to consumers. Edwards previously was product manager at Rhino Records.



Weston Group has promoted Michele McPhail to account executive. McPhail joined Weston in 2001 from a Chicago-based advertising agency.



Ben Baharmi has been promoted to branch manager of the Palmdale office of Vector Marketing, the exclusive marketer of Cutco cutlery.



Media

Palisades Media Group has appointed Jean Brooks executive vice president. Brooks, previously vice president and chief operating officer of Carat USA Media Consultants Inc., will establish and manage the company's political division, specializing in the strategic planning and buying of media for political campaigns.



Non-Profit

Exceptional Children's Foundation, a California charity serving children and adults with developmental disabilities, has appointed Carl R. Terzian to its Board of Governors. Terzian is chairman of Carl Terzian Associates, a public relations firm based in Los Angeles.



Dr. Sandra Sternig-Babcock, formerly the executive director for the Dubnoff Center in North Hollywood has been named president and chief executive officer for the board of directors. John H. Ringgenberg, the center's previous board president, will now serve as chairman of the board. The Dubnoff Center is a non-profit special education school, day treatment center and residential facility for children and adolescents with emotional disturbances and learning disabilities.



Jay Nolan Community Services, an organization that helps individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities, has appointed Jerry and Debbie Eggleston to its board of directors. Jerry Eggleston is a senior director with Cushman & Wakefield's downtown Los Angeles office and Debbie Eggleston is a community volunteer and board member.



Public Relations

Taylor & Co. has hired Elizabeth Meyer as an associate. Meyer was most recently a research advisor to the National Building Museum and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.



Yvonne Smith has rejoined the Port of Long Beach as director of communications, a position she held from 1989 to 2000. Smith left the port to work in higher education in California.



Real Estate

Lee & Associates has hired Mike Gentry, who will specialize in industrial real estate sales and leasing, John Huckel as market research director and Jeanne Rothman as office manager. Gentry was previously with Gentry and Associates, Huckel was support consultant for CoStar Group Inc. and Rothman worked with Broadcast Vision.



Staffing

Robert Half International has promoted Cary Bilstein to regional manager of the firm's operations in Westwood, downtown Los Angeles, Ontario and Riverside. Bilstein joined Robert Half in 1996 and was most recently branch manager in Westwood.



Technology

Platinum Equity LLC, has appointed Michael S. Ruley as president and chief executive of NextiraOne LLC, Platinum's communications network solutions provider. Ruley was most recently president of market sales operations for XO Communications Inc., a national communications services provider.



Dean Terry has been named to the new post of executive vice president of global sales at iRise, a software technology company based in El Segundo. Terry previously was executive vice president of sales at Heartlab Inc.



Tom Stegmann has been appointed vice president of sales at Glovia International, a subsidiary of Fujitsu, where he will direct Glovia's North American sales strategy. Before joining Glovia, Stegmann was vice president of sales and business development for Advanced Data Exchange, a provider of network translation services.

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