NEWSMAKERS

Accounting

NSBN LLP, a Beverly Hills accounting and business consulting firm, has named Kurt Kilwein partner. Kilwein was previously senior tax manager at the firm.

Phillip M. Kohn has joined the downtown L.A. office of accounting firm RGL Forensics as director. Kohn previously served as director of BDO Seidman LLP, a Chicago-based accounting firm.

Architecture

HNTB, a Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm, has named Myron Hoefer, Peggy Hoefer and Robert Steel senior project managers in its downtown L.A. office. Myron Hoefer was previously project manager in HNTB? Las Vegas office. Peggy Hoefer was senior project manager at the Las Vegas office. Steel was design director with Candy & Candy, an interior design and property development firm based in London.

Banking & Finance

Sokun Sine has been named assistant vice president and banking center manager of Comerica Bank? El Segundo branch. Sine was previously a financial specialist for Wachovia Bank in Irvine.

Stonnington Group, a downtown L.A. wealth management firm, has hired David Knowles as managing director and investment adviser. Knowles was previously director of financial strategy for Marcus & Millichap Co. in Palo Alto.

Education

California Institute of Technology in Pasadena has appointed Peter deCourcy Hero vice president for development and alumni relations. Hero was previously senior adviser to the chief executive and board of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a Mountain View-based philanthropic organization serving San Mateo and Santa Clarita counties.

Health Care

Rebecca Isaacs has been appointed president in the downtown L.A. office of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, a reproductive health care organization. Isaacs was previously executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a downtown L.A. non-profit organization.

Government

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has promoted Jeffery L. Peltola to chief financial officer and Cecilia K.T. Weldon to chief administrative officer. Previously, Peltola served as manager of budget, rates and energy efficiency with the Department of Water and Power. Weldon was acting chief administrative officer.

Law

Russ August & Kabat, a West L.A. law firm, has named Michael S. Brophy partner in the litigation and intellectual property practice groups. Brophy was previously a partner with Winston & Strawn LLP, a Chicago-based law firm.

Michael McFadden has been named partner in the Century City office of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP. Previously, McFadden was senior counsel with the firm.

Luce Forward, a San Diego law firm, has hired Mark Vega as of counsel in its downtown L.A. office. Vegas was previously general counsel and co-founder at Omelet, a Koreatown advertising and marketing agency.

Non-Profit

The Los Angeles Police Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for Los Angeles Police Department equipment and programs, has elected Chris Homewood and Byron Reed to its board, and appointed Renita Tyson vice president of development. Homewood is regional director of assets protection for Target. Reed is senior vice president and director at Wells Fargo. Tyson previously served as director of development for the United Negro College Fund.

The Los Angeles Mission, a downtown L.A. non-profit organization serving Skid Row? homeless, has named Jim Tyson vice president of development. Tyson was previously director of development for intercollegiate athletics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Zack Schuler has been appointed to the board of Young Ambassadors for Opportunity, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based non-profit providing opportunities for people in impoverished communities. Schuler is founder and chief executive of Cal Net Technology Group, a Northridge technology company.

Petroleum

Occidental Petroleum Corp., a Westwood-based international oil and gas exploration and production company, has promoted Anita Powers to vice president of Occidental Petroleum and executive vice president of worldwide exploration for its Oxy Oil and Gas division. Powers was previously vice president of worldwide exploration.

Publishing

Howard Burns has been named editor of Moving Pictures Magazine, a Santa Monica-based quarterly publication on movies. Burns was previously editor of the Hollywood Reporter.

Real Estate

Richard Bosworth has joined Canyon Capital Realty Advisors, a Century City-based private real estate firm, as senior director. Bosworth was previously president and founder of the NTH Advisory Group LLC, a Santa Monica development and advisory company specializing in the casino, hotel and restaurant industries.

Wixen Real Estate Services, a West L.A. commercial real estate firm, has named Christina Clark vice president. Clark was previously director of business development in the downtown L.A. office of design firm RTKL Associates Inc.

Technology

Jack Hao has joined the Glendale office of Panda Security, an IT security solutions company based in Bilbao, Spain, as head of marketing. Hao was previously head of the antivirus division for national electronics retail chain Fry? Electronics.

KUDOS

City of Hope, a Duarte research and treatment medical center, has honored Timothy J. Leiweke with its Sprit of Life Award for his philanthropic commitment to the community. Leiweke is chief executive of AEG, a downtown L.A.-based producer of live sports, music and entertainment events.

Nien-Ling Wacker has been named City National Bank? Entrepreneur of the Year. Wacker is president of Laserfiche, a Long Beach-based software company.

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