NEWSMAKERS

ACCOUNTING

Moss Adams LLP, a Seattle-based accounting firm, has named Stacy Stelzriede a partner in the firm’s West L.A. office. Previously, Stelzriede was an assurance partner at KPMG.

ARCHITECTURE

Landscape architectural and urban design firm SWA Group has named Gerdo Aquino president. Aquino is managing principal in the firm’s downtown L.A. office.

BANKING & FINANCE

Wells Fargo has named Angel Zapata, based in Century City, national manager of the bank’s Hands on Banking financial literacy program. Previously, Zapata was a community development manager.

Farmers & Merchants Bank, a Long Beach-based bank, has named Ankit Shah vice president and manager of its Torrance office. Previously, Shah was assistant manager at the bank’s Belmont Shore office.

San Francisco-based Union Bank has promoted Bita Ardalan to executive vice president of its Greater Los Angeles commercial banking group in the bank’s Woodland Hills office. Previously, Ardalan was a vice president of the commercial banking group.

HEALTH CARE

L.A. Care Health Plan, a downtown L.A.-based public organization serving Los Angele County, has named Jim Brown chief of operations. Previously, Brown was chief operating officer at Presbyterian Health Plan, an Albuquerque, N.M.-based non-profit health care plan.

HOSPITALITY

Utopia Entertainment Inc., a Newhall creator and producer of themed attractions, live shows and special events, has named Rebecca Pontius director of special projects. Previously, Pontius was a production manager for the firm.

LAW

Foley & Lardner, a Milwaukee-based law firm, has promoted Jeffrey R. Atkin, Jaime Guerrero and John G. Yslas to partners in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Atkin, Guerrero and Yslas were senior counsels with the firm.

NON-PROFIT

California Endowment, a downtown L.A.-based non-profit health foundation, has named Ruth Wernig chief investment officer. Previously, Wernig was treasurer at USC.

Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, a South L.A. non-profit group that provides after-school educational services, has named Renee White-Stoeckle executive director. Previously, White-Stoeckle was associate director at the center.

American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles has named Charlie Sardou chief communications officer at its West L.A. headquarters. Previously, Sardou was interim chief communications officer.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Olmstead Williams Communications Inc., a West L.A. PR firm, has named Trent Freeman president of its PRTechConnect division, focusing on biotech, clean tech and other tech firms. Previously, Freeman was a vice president at Olmstead Williams.

REAL ESTATE

Bruce Ratliff, a director in the downtown L.A. office of Irvine-based Action Property Management has been named chairman of California Association of Community Managers, a Laguna Hills-based non-profit representing community association professionals.

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