Accounting

Douglas W. Samuelson was appointed senior manager in the Sarbanes-Oxley consulting practice at Good Swartz Brown & Berns LLP at the company's Sherman Oaks office. Samuelson was previously director of accounting for Rand Corp.


Advertising
Richard Alcott has been named executive vice president, managing director at Initiative North America, a media services company. He will be based in the Los Angeles office. He was previously executive vice president of marketing for AudioAudit.


Art
Superior Galleries Inc. named Paul Inho Song vice president, auctions. Song was most recently vice president of Teletrade, a unit of Spectrum Numismatic Auctions.


Banking & Finance
Froley Revy Investment Co. Inc., a Los Angeles-based investment management firm of convertible securities, has announced several promotions. Michael Opre was promoted to senior vice president and portfolio manager. Opre was previously a vice president and analyst at the firm. Matthew Weisbarth was named senior arbitrage trader. He was previously working for PaineWebber and Exis Capital Management. Pavel Sokolov was appointed research analyst, with responsibility for the company's technology and materials sectors. Sokolov formerly worked for Odyssey Advisors.


L. Andrew Gifford has been promoted to managing director in the Los Angeles office of U.S. Trust, a wealth management company. Gifford was previously senior vice president and senior fiduciary manager for the West Coast.


Kayne Anderson MLP Investment Co. named David LaBonte senior managing director at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP, the company's investment adviser. LaBonte formerly worked as managing director in the U.S. equity research division of Citigroup's Smith Barney unit.


Consulting
Anteo Group has named Craig Applehof director of sales at its new Los Angeles office. Applehof was previously director of business operations with Aerotech, a technology staffing firm.


Education
Cameron Smith was named director of development at the Rolling Hills Preparatory School. She was previously assistant director of athletics at the University of Southern California.


Government
William A. Baker was appointed to the West Basin Municipal Water District Board. The board represents Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills and portions of Carson City. Baker is an independent consultant in law enforcement and public safety management issues.


Marian Balay of Fullerton and Stanley Goldenberg of Los Angeles were appointed to the state Board of Pharmacy. Balay is a paralegal for American Suzuki Motor Corp. and Goldenberg is its current president and an independent consultant to pharmacists.


Douglas Failing of Arcadia was appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles County. Failing is currently district director for the Department of Transportation, District 7, which includes Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.


Wanda Kirby of Cerritos was appointed chief deputy director of the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing. She most recently served as deputy director and acting chief deputy director of the enforcement division of the same department.


The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners appointed Donald B. Snyder director of trade and maritime services. Snyder was previously marketing manager of the port of Long Beach.


Law
Alan U. Schwartz joined the Los Angeles office of Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder and member of the firm's entertainment practice. Schwartz was formerly a partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.


Van Etten Suzumoto & Becket LLP, a Southern California law firm based in Santa Monica, appointed Colleen M. Regan and Susan L. Germaise partners and Yael Hartstein senior counsel. Regan and Germaise were previously litigators and Hartstein was an attorney at Van Etten.


David Sunkin joined the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the corporate practice group. Sunkin was most recently vice president and general counsel with Earl Scheib Inc.


Marketing
DMX Music, a Los Angeles-based provider of integrated music, messaging and imaging marketing services and technologies, appointed Lynda Stenge senior manager of strategic marketing. Stenge was formerly an independent marketing consultant.


Media
Chatsworth-based 101communications has named Peter Hutchinson associate publisher for Application Development Trends magazine. Hutchinson had most recently served as a senior vice president at CMP Media.


Non-Profit
Elise Buik was named president and chief executive of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Buik was formerly acting president and chief operating officer.


The Burbank-based Southern California Chapter of the American Women in Radio and Television named Gloria Allred, Samantha Brown, Liz Dolan, Erica Farber, Mary Beth Garber, Dr. Robert Gustafson, Kraig Kitchin, Nancy Logan, Judith Marlane, Alicia Nelson, Linda Nicolai, Diane Sutter, Rita Wilde, Desir & #233;e Vanderwal, Shelley Lee and LaFern Watkins to its board. Allred is an attorney and partner with Allred Maroko & Goldberg; Brown is the immediate past president of the local AWRT; Dolan is the host and producer of the radio program, "Satellite Sisters"; Farber is publisher and chief executive of Radio and Records; Garber is the president of the Southern California Broadcasters Association; Gustafson is the director of the entertainment center at California State University, Northridge; Kitchin is president of Premiere Radio Networks Inc.; Logan is the former national president of American Women in Radio and Television; Marlane is a professor at California State University, Northridge; Nelson is director of media at US International Media; Nicolai is president of Executive Alliance Group; Sutter is the president and chief executive of Shooting Star Broadcasting/WNDS-TV; Wilde is program director at KLOS-FM; and Vanderwal is the president, Lee is the vice president of membership and Watkins the corresponding secretary of the organization.


Public Relations
Ariel Carpenter and Jennifer Lopez have rejoined mPRm Public Relations. Carpenter has been named vice president of emerging media and technology. She was most recently an independent consultant. Lopez is senior account executive. She was most recently at Angellotti Co. Also, Elana Altshuler, Tom Chen and Matie Sanseverino have been promoted to senior account executive.


Real Estate
Colleen Lakshin, Mike Ciauri, Scott Gale and Mike O'Melveny were named vice presidents at Shea Homes Inland Empire. Previously, Lakshin, Ciauri, Gale and O'Melveny were directors of the company, a privately owned homebuilder with corporate offices in Walnut.


Opus West Corp. named Michael Kairis director of construction for the Los Angeles area. Kairis was previously senior project manager with Turner Construction.


Mark Leonard and Michele Morrison have joined Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura Inc. The brokers, who will be based in Calabasas, had most recently worked at CB Richard Ellis.


Technology
Arrowhead Research Corp., a Pasadena-based nanotechnology company, named Richmond Wolf chairman of its advisory board. Wolf is currently director of the office of technology transfer at the California Institute of Technology.


Arbios Systems Inc., a Los Angeles-based biomedical device company developing technologies to treat acute liver failure, named Thomas C. Seoh director of the company. Seoh is managing director at Beyond Complexity Ventures LLC.

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