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.

These members of the South Valley Area Planning Commission were also appointed by Villaraigosa: Dr. George Andros, a practitioner at Los Angeles Vascular Specialists; Steve Cochran, a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Matt Epstein, founder of Team 2000; Gordon Murley, former vice president of sales and marketing for the Infix Corp; and Barbara Romero, director of urban projects for the natural resources and planning division of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made the following appointments: James Fitzpatrick of North Hollywood has been appointed deputy director of the California Film Commission. Fitzpatrick was previously director of government and production affairs in the state Government Affairs Department for the Motion Picture Association of America. Soram Khalsa of Los Angeles was appointed to the Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. Khalsa is a clinical professor of medicine for the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. David Phoenix of Los Angeles has been appointed to the State Historical Resources Commission. Phoenix is president of the interior design firm David Phoenix Inc.

Health Care
City of Hope in Duarte has hired Richard Yip as director of the new High Throughput Screening Program and associate research scientist in the Division of Molecular Medicine as well as the Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Program. Yip was previously a staff scientist at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

Betsey Brewer has been named national president of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society. Brewer is senior vice president of the Rule Co. in Pasadena.

Siegel + Gale appointed Christie Henricks director of brand strategy. Henricks was formerly director of brand alignment.

Platinum Studios, a Beverly Hills-based entertainment company, has promoted Brian Altounian to president. He was previously chief operating officer.

Sandi Thomas has been elected to the California Science Center Foundation's board of trustees. Thomas is general manager of the Southern California District for Microsoft Corp.

Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services, a treatment and education organization for adolescents in the juvenile justice system, has hired Crystal Brackin as director of program development and Jennifer K. Pfennig as assistant director of development. Brackin was formerly an executive at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. Pfennig was formerly capital campaign manager for Southern California Public Radio.

Avery Dennison Corp. has appointed Robert B. Cornick vice president and general manager of the radio frequency identification division. Cornick was previously a vice president and general manager for RFID Solutions at Zebra Technologies Corp.

Aerospace Corp., an El Segundo-based non-profit company that provides aerospace analysis to the government, has announced the following appointments: Robert P. Frueholz has been promoted to general manager of the communications and networking division. He was previously principal director of the communication systems subdivision. William H. Hiatt has been appointed general manager of the electronics and sensors division. He was previously general manager of the reconnaissance systems division. William C. Krenz has been appointed general manager of the computers and software division. He was previously principal director of developmental panning. Marilee J. Wheaton has been appointed general manager of the systems engineering division. She was previously general manager of the computer systems division.

The USC Marshall School of Business will honor the following alumni at its second annual Celebration of Leadership event: USC trustee Jane Hoffman Popovich, vice president of Hoffman Properties will receive the Phoenix Award. The Phoenix Award goes to an individual who has exemplified vision and virtue, demonstrated longevity in their career and possesses the ability to build and create. Alan I. Casden, chief executive of Casden Properties LLC, will receive the Vanguard Award, which honors someone who is at the forefront of business and civic activities and someone who is in a position of leadership in their profession and community. J. Kristoffer Popovich, chairman and chief executive of Hoffman Video Systems, will receive the Trojan Award, which honors someone who is scholarly, skillful, courageous and symbolizes the spirit of Troy.

Scott Adams, a senior national account executive for La Opini & #243;n, received Target's 2006 Sales Rep of the Year Award at the Newspaper Association of America's Retail Advertising Forum in Minneapolis recently.

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association gave the following awards at its Western Region Dinner at the Westin Bonaventure on Oct. 3: The Employer of Choice Award was given to the legal departments of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., Sempra Energy and Taco Bell Corp. The Thomas L. Sager Award was given to the law firm Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP.

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