JACQUELINE D. BOWENS was inducted as the 22nd president of Women in Government Relations, Inc. She is the vice president of government and public affairs at the Childrens National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
TOMSON T. ONG MPA 84, DPA 92, was recently appointed judge for the Long Beach Judicial District of California after completing a 10-year stint as senior assistant U.S. attorney, Central District of California. He is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and in the USC School of Public Administration. Ong is a former member of the Board of Governors of the USC Alumni Association. He and his wife, Inger (Armour) Ong 82, reside in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
KATHLEEN (BERCSI) STERLING and her husband, Rodger, have purchased the Valley Vantage, one of the San Fernando Valleys oldest and largest weekly newspapers. This adds a third publication to their Troy Communications, Inc. chain, which includes the Las Virgenes Enterprise, and the Warner Center News, which Bersci founded in 1982.
BRIAN KAWAHARA PharmD recently received the Illinois Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists Presidents Award for outstanding dedication and contributions to ICHP. Kawahara was recognized for his efforts as the director of legal and governmental affairs.
CHARLES WILLIAMSON has been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He is the staff judge advocate (senior attorney) at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and leads a team of 23 in providing comprehensive legal services to a C-130 airlift wing.
DONALD E. HEPFER MS, a commander in the U.S. Navy, completed a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The ship played a significant role in supporting the enforcement of U.N. sanctions levied against Iraq after the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
LAWRENCE L. RISLEY is an instructor at Watterson College, one of Southern Californias oldest business colleges. Risley, former legislative director to two members of Congress and administrative assistant to the city manager, City of Cudahy, teaches introduction to law and business communications.
ERIC H. TWITE, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, reported for duty at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
PHIL WISECUP MA has been promoted to captain in the U.S. Navy following command of the USS Callaghan and the completion of the U.S. Naval War College. He is serving as a staff officer on the international military staff of the NATO military committee in Brussels, Belgium.
LORI A. JOHNSTONE was promoted to assistant vice president, securities, at Pacific Life Insurance Company in Newport Beach, Calif. She lives in San Clemente.
BRETT A. LEVINE MD 89 has relocated his offices to Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers (310-659-3938) and Los Alamitos (562-430-7094) for his practice of ear, nose and throat and facial plastic surgery.
ANNY MORROBEL-SOSA PhD, a Cal Poly materials engineering professor and chair of the universitys Academic Senate, is one of 35 Americans in higher education to be selected a 1998 American Council on Education Fellow.
JON F. REYNOLDS, a major in the U.S. Marines, received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in recognition of his initiative and contribution while serving as officer in charge with Combat Service Support Detachment 131, 1st Force Service Support Group.
NANCY (RENNE) TRAGARZ is a senior associate attorney at Prenovost, Normandin, Bergh and Dawe in Santa Ana, Calif.
JILL ZUCKER MMA has been promoted to counsel at the international law firm of Bryan Cave LLP in its Washington, D.C. office. She represents clients in a broad range of federal administrative and regulatory matters.
PAULINE NG LEE, formerly an associate at the firm of Sonnenschein, Nath, & Rosenthal, has joined the firm of Hale, Lane, Peek, Dennison, Howard, Anderson and Pearl in Las Vegas, Nev. She will continue to focus her practice on the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganizations and commercial litigation. Lee is on the USC Alumni Associations board of governors, serving as membership committee chair in 1997-98. She also recently received the associations Presidents Award. NANCY PARK has been promoted from promotion manager to director, international marketing, at Capitol Records in Los Angeles.
SCOTT PURCELL is the president and chief executive officer of Epoch Internet, Inc., which he founded in 1994. It is one of the nations leading privately held business-focused Internet service providers. Purcell is also a founding member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, a network of business owners under the age of 40.
DEREK REISFIELD MA has been appointed president, CBS New Media Group. He was vice president, business development, CBS Corporation. Reisfield is chairman of the Board of MarketWatch and a member of the Board of SportsLine.
JEFFREY SADLER STONE received his MBA degree from the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, and works in the San Francisco regional office of TIAA-CREF.
MELLE YADA LA-VETTE FREEMAN created a charcoal and oil portrait of Mikhail Baryshnikov, which she presented to the dancer during his return to the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. She is currently working on new art pieces for a fall 1998 exhibition.
JAMES LEE was appointed by California Governor Pete Wilson to the State Mining and Geology Board. Lee is a director with Burson Marsteller, the public relations firm he has been affiliated with since 1994. He lives in Encino, Calif.
DARRYL LENHARDT was recently selected as an instructor in the Avionics Systems Department at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Lenhardt lives in Lexington Park, Md.
DANA HENRY has joined Hasbro Interactive Worldwide, Inc., a leading publisher of interactive games for the family, as director of public relations. He was most recently a senior public relations specialist with Broderbund Software.
LINDA JENNINGS MM is a candidate for the DMA degree at the University of Texas, Austin. A cellist, she also directs the String Project at UT Austin, which involves more than 200 young people in lessons, music classes and performance in four string orchestras.
SHAWN McCORMICK left his position as director for African Affairs at the National Security Council of the White House to become senior policy advisor for London-based British Petroleum, responsible for its government affairs in Africa and the Caspian Sea regions.
JANET C. JACOBSON, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, recently completed a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf with Strike Fighter Squadron 147 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
ERIK MELCHIORRE has earned a PhD in earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He will continue at the university as a staff researcher and recently conducted field work for two months in the Australian Outback.
HUY (BRAD) NGUYEN was selected as one of 16 finalists in the Men 1997: The Look model contest, sponsored by Mens Health magazine, John Paul Mitchell Systems and Ford Models Los Angeles. Nguyen works as a civil engineer for the City of Solana Beach, Calif., and recently began graduate studies in public administration at San Diego State College.
A.J. PAZ MRED was promoted to director of real estate of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a Fortune 500 aerospace firm. He holds professional licenses as a civil engineer, attorney and real estate broker.
JOSEPH R. RIZZO, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, recently participated in Exercise Dynamic Response while on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard ships of the USS Wasp Amphibious Ready Group.
SCOTT A. GARTNER JD 97 accepted a position as associate in the corporate law department of OMelveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles.
LISA HOU is director of broadcast services for Hughes Global Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Hughes Space and Communications Company, which provides custom solutions for global communications.
JEFFREY McILLWAIN was chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend its summer institute entitled Ethnicity, American Identity, and Cultural Transformation in 20th-Century America: The Case of New York. McIllwain is currently an associate professor of criminal justice at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif.
DAVID MOLL PharmD has established Therapeutic Management Group, a cognitive service practice group specifically designed to promote the principles of pharmaceutical care.
JESSE HONG PharmD, MBA, joined Pharmacia Upjohn as a managed care specialist. He presents educational programs and is also responsible for account management of major managed care groups.
LANSING McLOSKEY MM was one of 15 American composers selected for awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. McLoskey received a Charles Ives Scholarship of $7,500, given to composition students of great promise. He is currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University and the author of Twentieth Century Danish Music: An Annotated Bibliography and Research Directory (Greenwood Publishing Group).
PIPER (WILLHITE) TURNER is a corporate attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas, Texas.
MARGARET YORK MPA, a commander in the Los Angeles Police Department, received a Career Achievement Award from the University of Redlands Alumni Association. York has been a LAPD officer for more than 30 years and is one of three women within the department to reach the rank of commander.
DANIEL S. BOTHE MBA has been promoted to senior vice president, finance, at Arden Realty, Inc., a Southern California office real estate investment trust. He is a certified public accountant in the State of California and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
JOSEPH J. BUTKUS, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, recently participated in Exercise Valiant Usher with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, attached to ships of the USS Belleau Wood Amphibious Ready Group.
STEVEN GAL JD has been hired as vice president of marketing strategy for Inference Corp., a provider of knowledge management solutions for self service and call centers to improve customer care.
MAX GALLEGOS, JR. was named manager of USA Communications, McDonalds Corporation, based in Oak Brook, Ill. He will oversee national Hispanic market activities for the company as well as administer the Ronald McDonald House Charities/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $4 million to Hispanic high school students since 1985.
MARTA C. GARMAN graduated from Pepperdine Law School in 1996 and currently practices insurance coverage and defense and bad faith law with Black, Compean, Hall & Lenneman in Los Angeles.
ERIC S. HARTER MBA, the chief executive officer of Health Care Partners, has been named to the chairmans advisory board of Graham-Field, a manufacturer and marketer of more than 30,000 healthcare products to distributors worldwide.
MICHAEL PIERCE was named head of international production for Los Angeles-based video and television commercial company Frog Productions.
JUANIE N. WALKER PhD is assistant professor of communications at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
DAVID B. MUCCI was hired as assistant to the president of Music Resources, Inc., a music licensing firm in West Hollywood, Calif.
MATT NELSON PhD accepted the position of dean of students at Northwest College in Kirkland, Wash. Nelson, his wife, Sheryl, and their three children, relocated from Southern California to the Seattle area last year.
Lieutenant junior grade NOMER R. OYTAS, a naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Fleet Replacement Patrol Squadron 30 in Jacksonville, Fla. He has been transferred to Patrol Squadron 47 at Barbers Point, Hawaii.
JOSEPH J. RING, also a lieutenant junior grade in the Navy, recently visited Perth/Fremantle, Australia, while on a six-month deployment aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain. During the port visit, Ring and fellow crew members visited a local childrens hospital where they donated an assortment of ship memorabilia, as well as candy and toys.
TRACIE TSO was a member of a Grand Forks Herald reporting team awarded the 1998 Public Service Pulitzer Prize. She works for Knight Ridder Newspapers and was sent from their Washington, D.C., office to Grand Forks, N.D., to help the Herald cover the massive flooding in the area.
PETER BOYER, visiting professor of music at Claremont Graduate University, composed The Phoenix, an orchestral work which received its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York City last May. The work was performed by the New York Youth Symphony, which commissioned Boyer after he won its national composer competition in 1997. Another of his compositions, At the Crossings, was premiered to honor the final commencement of Claremont President John Maguire last spring.
HENRY S. KIM, an ensign in the U.S. Navy, recently returned to his home port of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal.
JAMES R. WALKER PharmD has joined Columbia Research Labs, Inc., as the assistant to the vice president. Columbia, a pharmaceutical company based in New York, conducts research and development in womens health issues.
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