NEWSMAKERS

Accounting

Scott Gerard has joined Etonien LLC, an El Segundo accounting and financial consulting firm, as head of the internal audit and business risk consulting practice. Gerard was previously partner in the corporate governance services practice at Good Swartz Brown & Berns LLP, a division of J.H. Cohn LLP, an international accounting firm headquartered in Roseland, N.J.

Green Hasson & Janks LLP, a certified public accounting firm in Westwood, has promoted Donella Wilson and Farshad Yashar to partners. Most recently, Wilson and Yashar were principals with the firm.

Architecture

The Beverly Hills office of HKS Inc., a Dallas-based architecture, engineering and interiors firm, has promoted Lance Evans, Philip Little, Nicholas Price and Saundra Price-Kish to associates, and Patrick Treadway to vice president. Evans was previously junior designer in the sports design group with the firm. Little and Price were construction administrators. Price-Kish was director of business development. Treadway was an associate.

Greg Lyon has joined Nadel Architects, a West L.A.-headquartered architectural design firm, as design principal. Lyon was previously design principal in the Santa Monica office of KTGY Group, an Irvine-based architectural design firm.

Design

WET Design, a Sun Valley water feature design company, has hired David Gresham as vice president of design, Kim Lange as vice president of project development, Carlos Rodriguez as controller and Brian Rogers as chief financial officer. Gresham was previously co-founder of Lucesco Lighting Inc., an LED-based lighting company in Palo Alto. Lange was managing principal of MHA Studio, a Westchester development company. Rodriguez was vice president of accounting and finance at IndyMac Bank. Rogers was chief financial officer for Safeway Inc.

Education

Stuart Silverstein has been named director of public affairs for BuildLACCD, the Los Angeles Community College District's modernization program for its nine colleges. Silverstein was previously deputy national political editor with the Los Angeles Times.

Insurance

Scanlon Guerra Burke, a Woodland Hills-based insurance brokerage firm, has promoted Justin Schneir to partner. Schneir was previously assistant vice president with the firm.

Law

Christie Parker & Hale LLP, a Pasadena-based intellectual property law firm, has promoted Oliver S. Bajracharya, G. Warren Bleeker and Lauren Schneider to special counsels. They were previously associate attorneys.

Kirk A. Hornbeck, Connie Tcheng and Samuel B. Wald have been hired as associates in the downtown L.A. office of Hunton & Williams LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. Previously, Hornbeck, Tcheng and Wald were associates with Heller Ehrman LLP, an international law firm headquartered in San Francisco.

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