NEWSMAKERS

ARCHITECTURE

Brian A. Kite has joined the downtown L.A. office of Harley Ellis Devereaux, a Detroit-based architecture and engineering firm, as director of the firm's corporate and commercial practices in the west region. Kite was previously vice president and managing principal in the downtown L.A. office of Leo A Daly, an Omaha, Neb.-based architecture firm.

BANKING & FINANCE

Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services Inc., a Westwood insurance company specializing in the TV and film industries, has named Fred Milstein managing director of worldwide marketing and business development. Previously, Milstein was chief executive of CineFinance, a completion guarantee business servicing the TV and film industries.

EDUCATION

The Colburn School, a performing arts school in downtown Los Angeles, has named Sel Kardan chief executive, Wendy Kelman chairwoman, and David N. Barry, Christiane Cuse, Hershey Felder and Thomas D. Leddy board members. Previously, Kardan was chief executive of the Music Institute of Chicago. Kelman was co-founder of cancer treatment facility Oncology Institutes. Barry was vice president at Southern California Edison. Cuse is a philanthropist. Felder is president of music production company Eighty-Eight Entertainment. Leddy is a retired accountant.


Pepperdine University in Malibu has named Michelle Hiepler, Dennis Lewis and Danny Phillips to the board of regents. Hiepler is a partner at the Law Offices of Hiepler & Hiepler in Oxnard. Lewis is chief executive of WorldTravelServices, an online travel management company. Phillips is an accountant at Condley & Co. in Abilene, Texas.

Michelle Stiles has been promoted to associate dean for administration of UCLA Extension in Westwood. Previously, Stiles was director of budget and financial services.


The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena has appointed Lorne M. Buchman chief executive. Buchman is a principal and founder of Buchman Associates, a private consulting firm focused on identifying philanthropic and private investment sources to develop facilities for non-profit organizations.

ENTERTAINMENT

Universal City movie production company Valhalla Motion Pictures has named Wendy Japhet president and Anne Teixeira creative executive. Previously, Japhet was president of production and development at Endgame Entertainment, a Beverly Hills production company. Teixeira was a production executive at Endgame.

HEALTH CARE

Abraxis BioScience Inc., a West L.A.-based pharmaceutical firm, has named Mary Lynne Hedley chief scientific officer and Rick Rodgers chief financial officer. Previously, Hedley was executive vice president at Eisai Corp. of North America, a Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based pharmaceutical company. Rodgers was chief accounting officer at MGI Pharma Inc.

Mark Goldberg has been appointed to the board of Valley Community Clinic, a private medical clinic in North Hollywood providing free and low-cost health services to low-income people. Goldberg is senior vice president USI Insurance Services, a Woodland Hills insurance services firm.

Henry Gluck has been named chairman of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. Previously, Gluck was co-chairman of real estate developer Transcontinental Properties Inc.

HOSPITALITY

Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena has named Michael Voltaggio chef de cuisine at hotel restaurant Dining Room. Previously, Voltaggio was executive chef at SLS Hotel's the Bazaar in Beverly Hills.

LAW

Steven A. Lamb and Douglas J. Rovens have joined law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Century City as partners in the litigation and dispute resolution practice. Previously, Lamb and Rovens were partners at Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP, a law firm headquartered in Cleveland.

Michael M. Salem has joined Nelson Thompson Pegue & Thornton APC, a Santa Monica firm specializing in insurance law, as an associate. Previously, Salem was an associate at McGuireWoods LLP.

NON-PROFIT

The California Society of Certified Public Accountants, a Redwood City-headquartered non-profit organization that advocates for the accounting industry has named Tim Good vice chairman. Good is a partner at Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corp., a Long Beach accounting firm.

The California Endowment, a downtown L.A.-based non-profit organization advocating for health care access in underserved communities, has promoted Jennifer Ybarra to program officer for Boyle Heights. Previously, Ybarra was a program associate for the organization.

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, based in downtown Los Angeles, has named Alan Arkatov, Deane Leavenworth and Frank Stephan to its board, and Beverly Kenworthy public policy manager. Arkatov is president of Changing.edu, an organization that designs educational systems. Leavenworth is west regional vice president of governmental affairs for Time Warner Cable. Stephan is senior managing director overseeing West Coast properties for the Clarett Group, a New York-based real estate developer. Kenworthy previously served as senior planning deputy for Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss.

The American Judicature Society, a non-profit organization in Des Moines, Iowa, that advocates for judicial reform, has named Carole Wagner Vallianos president. Wagner Vallianos is chief executive of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Bender/Helper Impact, a marketing and P.R. firm in West Los Angeles, has named Michael Hope executive director of its interactive entertainment practice. Previously, Hope was a P.R. manager for electronic gaming league Championship Gaming Series.

RESEARCH

Ibisworld, a Santa Monica-based market research firm, has named Kristina Petro vice president of human resources. Petro was previously a human resources coordinator at Bain & Co., a Boston-headquartered global
management consulting firm.


KUDOS

Kevin Schultz, senior managing director in the downtown L.A. office of FTI Capital Advisors LLC, a mergers and acquisitions services firm, has been awarded the Turnaround Refinancing of the Year Award by the M & A; Advisor, an online community network for mergers and acquisitions, financing and turnarounds professionals. Shultz received the honor for his work in arranging financing for San Diego-based Overland Storage Inc.


Ilana Berger

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