Michael E. McCarthy has joined Johnson Fain as associate principal in the interior design group. McCarthy was previously the regional interiors director at Perkins + Will.

KAA Design Group Inc. has appointed Chris Barrett studio director of its interior design studio. Barrett previously owned her own firm, Chris Barrett Design Inc.

Nardi Associates has made the following changes: Robert I. Kutner was promoted to associate partner responsible for overseeing project managers; Ann Cash was hired as a project manager; and Patricia Castillo Linn was hired as associate responsible for external relations and operations. Kutner was previously a senior project manager. Cash was a project manager at Perkins + Will and Linn was vice president of business development at Ballard & Tighe Publishers.

Pam Juba has joined HOK as a senior interior designer. Juba was previously an associate at HLW.

Banking & Finance
James W. McHale III has been promoted to president and chief executive of Pacific Resource Credit Union. McHale was formerly chief operating officer and executive vice president.

1st Century Bank in Century City has promoted Jason P. DiNapoli to executive vice president. DiNapoli was previously senior vice president.

First Bank has named Blake Seaton vice president of the Beverly Hills Commercial Banking Group. Seaton was previously a vice president with HSBC Bank USA.

Melissa Vaughan has been promoted to corporate counsel at All Student Loan, a non-profit student lender in West Los Angeles. Vaughan was formerly director of legal affairs and compliance.

Mellon Financial Corp. has made the following promotions: David Emmes has been promoted to managing director of Mellon's private wealth management group. Emmes was previously sale managers for the Southern California region. Russell Kartub has been promoted to managing director of portfolio management. Kartub was previously a portfolio management team leader in the Mellon's Glendale office.

Video game maker THQ Inc. in Agoura Hills has appointed Tiffany Ternan vice president of licensing. Ternan was previously senior vice president of North American sales.

Scott A. Friedman has been named chief financial officer of WPT Enterprises Inc., a Los Angeles-based gaming themes entertainment company. Friedman was previously vice president of finance and corporate controller.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed Arif Alikhan deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety. Alikhan was vice chairman of the intellectual property task force for the Department of Justice.

Villaraigosa also announced the following appointments to the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission: Michael Fleming, executive director of the David Bohnett Foundation; Sharon Lowe, former environmental justice deputy for the City of Los Angeles: David Marquez, executive director for Central City Neighborhood Partners; Patricia Alvarez-Sahagun, a government and community affairs manager for First 5 L.A.; and A. Fabiola Vilchez, a district director for Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles.


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