ROBERT BALLO served as director of photography and producer of Runnin’ at Midnight, a high-definition feature film currently in post-production, and “America’s New Year Celebration,” a half-hour television special for network release.

JOHN MINORU ITAMURA MURA MD ’89 was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He practices in Los Angeles.

WENDELIN MANERS was promoted to global market manager-access franchise by Boston Scientific’s Target Therapeutics division. The company manufacturers precision catheters used by neuroradiolgists in the treatment of aneurysms and stroke. Maners moved to the San Francisco office from Boston Scientific’s headquarters in Natick, Mass., where she had been a product manager for the urology division.

JOHN MULLIGAN received his MBA from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. He is employed by credit card issuer Capital One as the information technology relationship manager for the Prime Markets Group.

WANDA WEN opened Soolip Marie-Papier, a West Hollywood rare paper and stationary boutique that exclusively carries the distinctive Parisian paper, Marie-Papier.

GRANT KIRKPATRICK was recognized with a 1999 Merit Award for Excellence in Design from the AIA Long Beach/South Bay Chapter for the first phase of work done by his firm, Kirkpatrick Associates Architects, in a multi-phased reconstruction program to upgrade the campus at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His firm specializes in retail, commercial and residential architecture.

One of Grant Kirkpatrick’s associates, MICHAEL O. ESERTS is currently serving as project manager for the firm’s major reconstruction program at LACMA. He leads the design team focusing on renovations to the historic Ahmanson Building, which houses the museum’s permanent collection.

MICHAEL S. STEIN has joined E-Zone Networks Inc., an interactive media network, as chief executive officer. He previously spearheaded StairMaster Inc.’s U.S. sales and worldwide marketing strategy.

RENEE MILLER SWENSON opened the doors to her new company, Harvest Productions, an event marketing management company located in Novato, Calif. The company specializes in promoting products or services through trade shows, conferences and special events for the hi-tech and web industries.

RHYSA M. DAVIS MLA is included in the Millennium Edition of Who’s Who of American Women for her achievements in developing community-based programs designed to empower women and children. She is fund development director for the Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley in Lancaster, Calif.

JENNIFER APPLETON GOOTMAN accepted a position as the study director of the Committee on Community-Level Programs for Youth with the Board of Children, Youth and Families at the National Academy of Sciences. She and her husband, Marek, live on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Lt. Cmdr. NIGEL NURSE is a test pilot with the U.S. Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron who also does volunteer math tutoring for students in a middle school near his base at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. He credits his volunteerism to his experience as a student at USC, where he was involved in “Making a Difference,” a high school outreach program.

PETER PACINI MS ’90, PhD ’93, was ordained a priest by the Indiana Province of Holy Cross and is presently serving at St. Clement’s Parish in Hayward, Calif. He decided to enter the seminary after a number of years of active involvement in Catholic campus ministry activities at USC.

WANDA F. ROSS PhD joined executive search firm Rusher, Loscavio and LoPresto’s Palto Alto, Calif., office, specializing in the high tech industry. In a career spanning 20 years, Ross was most recently with LYV Enterprises as the vice president of operations and marketing.

LISA (RUCKEL) TELLA has been named director of development at the American Red Cross in Stamford, Conn.

MARARET (PEGGY) POLINSKY PhD was named Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter, San Fernando Valley Unit.

FRANK POMPILIO PharmD has joined Amgen, Inc., a global biotechnology company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in its professional services division. His responsibilities include coordination of medical and scientific activities related to the launch of a new product. He is a former assistant professor of clinical pharmacy in the USC School of Pharmacy.

ADAM D. SMITH accepted a position as a principal investigator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, in Champaign, Ill. He helps military installations fulfill their historic preservation obligations under national law.

PETER A. WOLD is an assistant school principal in Huntington Beach, Calif. He, his wife Lisa and their infant daughter Storm reside in Garden Grove.

SUZAN FRUCHTMAN joined the Chase Manhattan Bank in the liability product management department. She is an assistant vice president working on the debit card marketing team and is still “living happily” in New York City.

FREDERICK LEVY is vice president of Marty Katz Productions, which recently produced the feature film Reindeer Games. He is now producing his own film, Rude Boy, based on the book, American Skin (Scribners). Levy also has a film business website (, and has written a book, Hollywood 101: The Film Industry, “the complete game plan for getting your foot in the door of the film industry,” published by Renaissance Books.

TODD BROCKMAN was honored by the students of St. Bernard’s High School for the donation made by his foundation, The Future Belongs To You, to help provide technology, education and scholarships to students. Brockman is chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Computer Consulting Group, the Los Angeles-based, nationwide technology consulting firm he founded while he was a USC student. He can be contacted at <>.

WILLIAM GUYER PharmD was quoted in the Jan. 11, 2000, edition of the Los Angeles Times in an article titled “Dispensing Kindness.”

ERIC S. HARTER MBA was a finalist for the Kentucky and Southern Indiana region for the 1999 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He is president and chief executive officer of Health Care Partners in Louisville. Harter was also a finalist for the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

MATT CROWLEY MBA has been named vice president for sales for, an on-line yellow pages and consumer information site from SBC Interactive in Pasadena, Calif. After working for Pacific Bell in San Francisco, Crowley and his wife, AMY REESE CROWLEY MBA, recently moved back to Southern California with their one-year-old daughter, Aidan.

JAMES PATRICK LORD returned to the United States after living and working in Bangkok, Thailand, for two years. He can be contacted at <>.

KATHLEEN J. O'NEILL MPA has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship by the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. She is a doctoral candidate in the USC School of Pharmacy.

MIKE FEHRS ME recently became associate director of annual giving at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., and is “excited about this opportunity to develop expertise in educational fund raising.” He previously served on the staff of the USC Alumni Association.

STEVE GOTKIN earned his master’s degree through the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children, which is affiliated with Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, N.J. He was also awarded his teacher certification by the State of New Jersey.

ANNABEL MIRAMONTES-NAVA has been promoted to an associate producer at FOX. Her husband, MAURICIO NAVA ’96, has started an internet company, SUPERNACO.COM, and a private consulting firm, Nava Consulting Group. Last April they celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary.

TOM BALDWIN was promoted to vice president of Computer Consulting Group, the Los Angeles-based, nationwide technology consulting firm founded by fellow Trojan Todd Brockman ’93. Baldwin is responsible for the legal technology division on a worldwide basis but will continue to work in Southern California. He is regularly featured in Law Technology News and frequently speaks publicly on legal technology.

DIANE KANNER a writer specializing in architectural history, has completed the text of a book on architect Wallace Neff.

DAVID MENDENHALL served as an oralist for the Southwestern University School of Law Moot Court Honors Program team that won the First Place Brief and Second Place Team titles in the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition in Newark, N.J.

CRAIG BRACKBILL MPA was admitted to the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and awarded its Diplomate Environmental Engineer specialty certification in drinking and wastewater engineering. A licensed civil engineer, he is with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is married to LISA BRACKBILL MA ’93.

JUN YAN PharmD has been named the assistant editor of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.




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