Accounting

Victor Thayer has joined the downtown L.A. office of KPMG LLP as senior manager for the firm? economic and valuation services practice. Thayer was previously a team leader at the Internal Revenue Service.

The downtown L.A. office of WTAS LLC, a San Francisco-based financial and tax advisory firm, has named Eric Garfield director in the valuation services group. Previously, Garfield was vice president at FMV Opinions, a San Francisco financial advisory services firm.

Banking & Finance

Covina-based Stellar Business Bank has appointed Bernard A. Bernstein and Anthony J. Lima to its board. Bernstein is managing partner of Bernstein & Rathman Inc., a Pomona-based accounting firm. Lima is president of A.J. Lima Trucking Inc., a Fontana trucking and freight company.

First Private Bank & Trust in Encino has appointed Thomas Evans, William Shea and Doug Stewart to its board, and Brian Shapiro as chairman. Evans was previously president of San Francisco-based Pacific Coast Bankers Bank. Shea serves as executive chairman of Lucid Inc., a Rochester, N.Y., company that manufactures skin biopsy equipment. Stewart was chief administrative officer of commercial printing company ColorGraphics Inc. Shapiro is managing partner at L.A. accounting firm Shapiro Group.

A.J. Kroener has been promoted to senior vice president and manager of City National Bank? Century City Towers banking office. Kroener was previously vice president and manager of the bank? Century City office.

John Rudd has joined the Century City office of Scouler & Co., a financial services and restructuring firm, as principal. Rudd was previously partner at Newmarket Partners, a financial advisory firm in Redmond, Wash.

Engineering

Michelle Mulet Nicholls has been named director of materials and resources management services in the Long Beach headquarters of SCS Engineers, an environmental engineering firm. Nicholls previously served as project manager with the firm.

Psomas, a downtown L.A.-headquartered engineering firm, has appointed Anissa Voyiatzes public works and transportation team leader of Southern California in its L.A. and Costa Mesa offices. Voyiatzes was previously project engineer and project manager with the firm.

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 DWP. Weldon was acting chief administrative officer.

Health Care

Orion Health Inc., an electronic health records business in Santa Monica, has appointed Anna Theriault vice president of alliances. Theriault was previously health-care services sales lead for Cisco Systems Inc., a San Jose technology company.

Hospitality

Rebecca Black has been promoted to vice president of operations and franchise support of Alhambra-headquartered Shakey? USA Inc. Black previously served as senior director of operations and franchise support with the pizza chain.

Patina Restaurant Group has named Fred Wolfe president. Wolfe was previously president of Real Mex Restaurants, a Cypress-based Mexican restaurant chain.

Law

Paul Tepper has been named executive director of Western Center on Law and Poverty, a joint legal clinic of USC, UCLA and Loyola law schools. Tepper is executive director of Weingart Center Association Development Corp., a downtown L.A. non-profit helping homeless individuals, and adjunct faculty member at USC? Graduate School of Social Work.

Non-Profit

St. Anne?, an Echo Park non-profit social services agency providing programs and supports to at-risk young women, children and families, has named the following people to its board: Patrick Conn, Tara Cooper, Lori Frymark, Sharoni Little, Kathy O?reen, Kathy Shankowitz, Franco Seif and Kakuko Thomas. Conn is president of Charles Dunn Co., a downtown L.A. real estate company. Cooper is a litigation specialist in the downtown L.A. office of law firm Holland & Knight. Frymark is a financial adviser in the Pasadena office of investment brokerage Smith Barney. Little is assistant professor of clinical management communication at USC? Marshall School of Business. O?reen is vice president of O?reen Construction & Interior Design in Thousand Oaks. Shankowitz is president of Meeting Link Inc., a Manhattan Beach planner of corporate meetings. Seif is a principal at Clark Seif Clark, an environmental consulting firm. Thomas is a philanthropist.

Research

Integreon, a research and analysis services firm in downtown Los Angeles, has named Babs Deacon director of e-discovery consulting and data analytics group, and Foster Gibbons director of the global document review services group. Previously, Deacon was senior manager at Baker Robbins & Co., a Houston technology consulting firm. Gibbons was corporate counsel and legal lead of the discovery response team at Pfizer Inc., a New York pharmaceutical company.

Technology

OriginOil Inc., an L.A. company developing technology that transforms algae into fuel, has hired Scott Fraser as vice president of operations. Fraser was previously chief executive of L.A. tech startup Global Cooling Solutions.

Materia Inc., a Pasadena-headquartered technology company, has hired Timothy McCarthy as vice president of marketing and sales. McCarthy was previously vice president of sales and marketing for Zoltek Corp., a carbon fiber-producing company in Bridgeton, Mo.

Real Estate

Geoffrey Wharton has joined John McCourt Co., an L.A.-headquartered
real estate and construction firm, as president. Wharton was previously director of development at Apollo Real Estate Group.

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