NEWSMAKERS

Accounting

NSBN LLP, a Beverly Hills accounting and business consulting firm, has hired Tayiika Dennis as manager in its non-profit services department. Also, the firm promoted Eric Smetana to manager in the accounting and auditing department and promoted Kevin Wada to manager in the real estate tax department. Previously, Dennis was an audit manager for Harrington Group Certified Public Accountants LLP, a San Marino-based accounting firm. Smetana and Wada were senior accountants with NSBN.


Architecture

Mark Griffith has joined the Los Angeles office of Perkins + Will, an Atlanta-based design firm, as senior associate. Griffith was previously managing principal in the Las Vegas office of architectural firm Leo A Daly.


Communications

The Los Angeles office of the Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc., a New York-based financial communications firm, has hired David Olson as senior counselor. Olson was previously vice president of investor and public relations for Health Systems International Inc., an Indianapolis-based outsourcing company.


Consulting

Warnick + Co., a Phoenix-based strategic advisory firm in the lodging and recreational real estate industries, has named Wayne Williams partner in its Los Angeles office. Previously, Williams was founder of Williams & Associates, a hospitality consulting firm.


Education

Brenda A. Parker has been appointed to the board of Vistamar School, a private high school in South Bay. Parker previously served as head of Westside Neighborhood School in Los Angeles.


Entertainment

Music production company 615 Music has hired Shelly Walker as director of licensing in its Los Angeles office's TV network division. Walker was previously division manager of broadcast network and affiliate licensing at Megratrax Production Music Library in North Hollywood.


Hospitality

Sandy Murphy has been appointed general manager of the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Murphy previously served as area vice president in Southern California for Hilton Hotels Corp.


Law

David D. Johnson has joined L.A. firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP as counsel. Johnson was previously an associate at Hooper Lundy & Bookman Inc., a Los Angeles law firm.


Non-Profit

Villa Esperanza Services, a Pasadena non-profit organization devoted to the care and education of disabled children, has hired Nikki Cavalier as vice president of quality, training and outcome management. The organization also promoted Vicky Castillo to chief financial officer, Michael Greene to director of employment services and Ed Volk to vice president of adult programs. Previously, Cavalier was an independent health care consultant. Castillo was senior vice president of human resources and finance with the organization. Greene was assistant director of employment services. Volk was vice president of training for excellence.

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