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 Children’s 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 Valley’s 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.

STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and STEVE PADILLA were part of the team at the Los Angeles Times that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper’s coverage of the North Hollywood bank robbery. Chavez was the assistant city editor during the story and Padilla the city editor of the Valley edition. Doug Smith, an adjunct professor of journalism at USC, was also a member of the team.

BRIAN KAWAHARA PharmD recently received the Illinois Council of Health-Systems Pharmacists President’s 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.

MARK GLASKY is vice president/commercial banking manager for Bank of America in Ventura, Calif.

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 California’s 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.

CRAIG IRVING, DAVID MARINO MBA ’89 and KIRT GILLILAND ’85 are the leaders of The Irving Hughes Group, Inc., a commercial real estate brokerage firm in San Diego, Calif. Irving is principal of the firm, Marino is executive vice president, and Gilliland is vice president.

LORI A. JOHNSTONE was promoted to assistant vice president, securities, at Pacific Life Insurance Company in Newport Beach, Calif. She lives in San Clemente.

SCOTT T. ANHALT MA, a commander in the U.S. Navy, recently visited Thailand while on a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf aboard the destroyer USS Russell. As part of Project Handclasp, crew members from Anhalt’s ship donated books at a high school and toys to elementary schools.

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 university’s 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.

DOUGLAS AGUIAR was promoted to first vice president, national sales director of the consumer markets division, at Countrywide Home Loans Inc., headquartered in Calabasas, Calif. In his new position, he will direct sales development efforts for the company’s 327 retail branches across the nation.

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 Association’s board of governors, serving as membership committee chair in 1997-98. She also recently received the association’s President’s 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 nation’s 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.

GREG ANDERSON MFA has written a first novel, Tatiana, a thriller of international intrigue, terrorism and cover-up, published by Champion Press, Ltd. The book’s first chapter can be read at the publisher’s website: www.championpress.com.

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.

GINA JARRIN is partner in a new entertainment public relations agency, Geier/Jarrin, that specializes in film publicity. Her agency represents films from various studios with projects ranging from unit work and film release publicity to special events.

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.

URSULA L. CLEMONS is a deputy county counsel for the Fresno County (Calif.) Counsel’s office.

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.

JAMES R. BOZAJIAN JD was elected to the Calabasas City Council in 1997, and in March was selected by the council to serve as mayor.

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 Men’s 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.

CLIFF CHENG PhD has taught at USC, UCLA and UC Irvine, and worked as an organizational effectiveness consultant. In March he was named Ascendant Scholar by the Western Academy of Management in recognition of his research accomplishments.

SCOTT A. GARTNER JD ’97 accepted a position as associate in the corporate law department of O’Melveny & 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.

PHILIP C. COHEN has been promoted to senior associate at commercial real estate services firm CB Commercial. Cohen has won numerous industry awards, including 1997 Broker of the Year honors from The Irvine Company.

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.

ANDREW M. APFELBERG joined the law firm of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger as an associate in its San Francisco office. He specializes in bankruptcy and corporate transactional matters. He received his JD degree from Boston College in 1996.

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, McDonald’s 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 chairman’s 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.

RUBéN MENDOZA has written Lotería, a work of intertwining fiction pieces that use the images and words of Mexcio’s popular Lotería game to begin each story. The book has been published by St. Martin’s Press.

JUANIE N. WALKER PhD is assistant professor of communications at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

LORRETTA ABBOTT is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling psychology and MARSHALL MICHAELIAN is working toward a DDM degree, both at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn.

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 Barber’s 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 children’s 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.

KRISTEN BERGEVIN is an assistant account executive at Smith Public Relations, Inc., in Los Angeles.

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.

VICTORIA E. JOHNSON PhD was appointed assistant professor in the communication studies department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in June. She continues to publish on television and film in anthologies and journals, including articles in the recent The Revolution Wasn’t Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict (Routledge) and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (Cambridge Film Handbooks Series).

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 women’s health issues.


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