Education

The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate has named the following board members: Brandon Birtcher, John Condas, J. Michael Fried, David Gensler, John Hagestad, Dean Pentikis, Robert Schulman, Michael Szot, Luke Lucas, Reon Roski, Frank Jansen, Marc Renard, Andrew Ratner, John Cushman and Tom Malkasian. Birtcher is president of Birtcher Commercial Development; Condas is partner at Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliot; Fried is chief executive of Phoenix Realty Group; Gensler is executive director of Gensler; Hagestad is managing director at Sares Regis Group; Pentikis is partner with Apollo Real Estate Advisors; Schulman is chairman of Montecito Cos.; Szot is vice chairman of construction with the Willis Risk and Insurance Services of Los Angeles; Lucas is senior manager of development at T-Mobile; Roski is an attorney with Christensen Glaser Fink Jacobs Weil & Shapiro; Jansen is senior vice president of the Chicago Title Co.; Renard is executive director, Ratner is executive managing director and Cushman is chairman of the board of Cushman & Wakefield; and Malkasian is Southern California area manager at Bank of the West.


Entertainment

LATV, a bilingual music and entertainment network distributed via digital multicast, has appointed Howard Bolter as president and chief operative officer. Bolter was previously executive vice president and Wobo Media.

Avatar Labs, a motion graphic and design studio based in Tarzana, has appointed Marlene Toyama as senior producer. Toyama was formerly account supervisor at Tribal DDB.

CenterStaging Corp., a Burbank-based provider of rehearsal and production services for the entertainment industry, has promoted Paul Schmidman to president and elected Johnny Caswell as chairman and Roger Paglia as vice chairman of the board. Schmidiman continues his role as chief operating officer; Caswell is founder and Paglia is chief executive of the company.


Government

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made the following appointments: Mary Ann Greene of Culver City to Baldwin Hills Conservancy Governing board. Olga Gallardo of Los Angeles was named assistant deputy director for corporate communications of the California State Lottery and Erin Sasse of Rancho Cucamonga to assistant deputy director of legislative affairs and outreach at the lottery. Heather Peters of Redondo Beach was named deputy secretary of business regulation for the Business Transportation and Housing Agency. Greene is the retired senior director for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. Gallardo, Peters and Sasse were all with Californians for Schwarzenegger 2006; Gallardo was deputy press secretary, Peters was regional political director and Sasse was regional political director for the Inland Empire, San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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