MICHAEL T. LEACH MS, MS 81, was one of 11 recipients of New Mexico State Universitys 2001 Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence. He is program director for social sciences and business at an NMSU branch in Grants, N.M.
CHARLES R. MIHALICK MBA joined Merrill Lynch as a financial consultant in its Laguna Hills, Calif., office, after 20 years as a chief financial officer and treasurer. He received the Merrill Lynch designation as certified financial manager.
AUDREY C. TALLEY MA, a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath, is vice chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Assn., which means that in 2003 she will become the first African American woman to serve as chancellor of the nations oldest chartered metropolitan bar association. Talley practices in Drinkers investment management group in the business and finance department.
JUAN A. GUERRERO, a California-registered geologist and registered environmental assessor, has been appointed manager of Kleinfelder Inc.s Environmental Group in Diamond Bar, Calif. He will coordinate and manage personnel and resources, and provide technical oversight and senior review for the Diamond Bar offices environmental engineering and remediation projects. Kleinfelder is a $110 million environmental and geotechnical engineering, construction management and materials testing firm with offices throughout the western U.S.
CLIFFORD M. RESTON, president of Encino, Calif.-based Real Property Advisors and a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles areas commercial real estate industry, was installed the 33rd president of the American Industrial Real Estate Assn. He resides in Sherman Oaks.
REBECCA REINHARD FOREMAN MM 84 has been appointed faculty associate in harp at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. As part of the Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Roster, she has toured throughout Arizona with the flute/ harp duo Reverie. Foreman is principal harpist with the Tucson Pops Orchestra and the Catalina Chamber Orchestra in Tucson, and maintains a private teaching studio there.
SHELLEY E. REID JD has joined the law firm of Katten Muchin Zavis as special counsel in the entertainment, new media, technology practice. She joins KMZ from Voxxy Inc., the first interactive new media company aimed at the teen girl market, where she was executive vice president of business affairs.
DAVID GRANT MS 93, EdD 00, teaches special education at the Sumter County (Ga.) Youth Development Center. He has just released a new music album, Songs from the Big House, and education journal, Parable of the Sower, based on his teaching experiences with young prisoners in Georgia. He lives with his wife, Sharon, and their son, Karol, in Americus. All USC alumni are invited to check out his site at <www. MP3.COM/davidkendallgrant/>.
PAUL KREKORIAN has formed the law partnership of Fisher & Krekorian in Los Angeles, specializing in litigation and counseling involving entertainment, intellectual property, employment and general business matters.
KEVIN MARCY JD produced the feature film, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, which won the 2000 Austin (Texas) Film Festival for best feature. The film stars Jonathan Pryce and Oscar nominee Ian Bannen and was shot on location in Wales.
DAVID M. RICH, after 15 years of private law practice, was named director of business development and corporate counsel
SUSAN SLOAN was appointed director, integrated satellite factory operations, for Boeing Satellite Systems Inc., the worlds largest manufacturer of commercial communications satellites, and a major provider of space systems, satellites, and payloads for national defense, science and environmental applications. In addition, she has been nominated as Woman Engineer of the Year by the Society of Woman Engineers. A member of the USC Alumni Association, Sloan was a member of the USC womens volleyball team from 1978-1980 and is currently attending USC to complete her MBA degree. She resides in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and enjoys spending time skiing, flying, hiking and running.
MANUEL A. VALENZUELA JR. MPA has written an article titled Employers Rights and Responsibilities When Addressing Workplace Violence, which was published in the December 2000 issue of California Public Employee Relations. He is a principal deputy county counsel for Los Angeles County, where he represents management in employment and labor law matters.
STEVEN TRAVERS is a screenwriter who has joined forces with fellow film writer Steve Finefrock with the goal of achieving after 15 years the funding and release of a billion-dollars worth of conservative-themed films to the general audience. Finefrock is the founder of Stage Right, an organization and newsletter promoting films based on conservative political values and themes.
LAURIE LUSTIG-BOWER, senior vice president in the Beverly Hills office of CB Richard Ellis, leads a team of nine professionals who focus solely on the sale of multi-housing properties in a territory that extends from the Westside to Downtown Los Angeles and the Greater San Fernando Valley. She and her team have sold in excess of $550 million of investment properties.
JEREMY SUNDERLAND was promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel at The WB Television Network, headquartered in Burbank, Calif.
JFFFREY FRANK MD is in private practice in internal medicine with two other physicians in San Pablo, Calif. He lives in Berkeley.
CAROL SCHILLNE has been promoted to first vice president of CB Richard Ellis real estate services. A retail properties specialist in the Anaheim, Calif., office, her promotion is due to her performance records as a top sales producer in investment sales, retailer representation assignments and retail development projects, including the sale and leasing of more than nine million square feet of retail space and land in Orange County since 1995.
JOSEPH ROSA III MD practices anesthesiology in Los Angeles and lives in Tarzana.
SHELLIE SAKAMOTO has been promoted to tax director at Symantec Corp., a publicly-held software company headquartered in Cupertino, Calif. Prior to joining Symantec six years ago, she was a tax manager at Ernst & Young LLP in Palo Alto, Calif. Sakamoto is also currently serving as president of the Redwood Shores Lions Club. She lives in Redwood City, with her husband, John, and their two children, Jarod, 3, and Kaitlyn, 1.
THOMAS J. WATSON MD is an assistant professor in the cardiothoracic surgery division at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and resides in Webster, N.Y. He asks classmates and friend to email him at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
LINDA EDWARDS C.P.A. has been named as manager of the new Santa Clarita, Calif., office of Groves Accountancy Corp., based in Canoga Park. She has 20 years of experience in the accounting field, specializing in small business issues and solutions.
DAVID J. KALISH MPA was promoted to the position of deputy chief in the Los Angeles Police Department. During the past three years of a 25-year career, he was assigned as the commanding officer of the community affairs group, where he served as the well-known spokesperson for the LAPD. In his new assignment, Kalish is responsible for overseeing all departmental operations in Hollywood, Wilshire, Pacific and West Los Angeles areas. He will report directly to the Chief of Police and provide leadership to 2,000 employees.
KI S. KIM has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting as a principal consultant. He held a management position with Deloitte Consulting prior to joining PwC.
FREDA HINSCHE OTTO MPA, PhD 94, was named assistant vice chancellor for university advancement of the California State University, the largest system of higher education in the country comprising 23 campuses.
ANTHONY S. ROBBINS MD is a major in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps and currently assigned to Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves as a physician epidemiologist in the Air Force Medical Operations Agency. He has authored nearly 25 scientific publications, and is the first author on nearly 20 articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals. CNN and National Public Radio have covered his work, and his studies have been briefed to national leaders at the Pentagon and in the United States Senate.
STEVEN HOFFMAN MFA is CEO and founder and TRACY J. FULLERTON MFA is president and founder of Spiderdance, a Venice, Calif., firm whose technology bridges the gap between television and the Internet by deploying the infrastructure necessary to full synchronize online content with on-air broadcasts, turning any TV show into an interactive experience. Hoffman has an extensive background in both television and Internet development. Fullerton is on the faculty at the USC School of Cinema-Television.
RANDOLPH BLAIR PIXLEY is chairman and chief alternative strategist of his own hedge fund, Pixley Capital Management. He and his wife, Charlotte, reside in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
SUSAN (HOLLANDER) SANDLER was appointed manager of grants and foundation relations of Washington Performing Arts Society, a nonprofit organization which annually presents more than 80 solo, chamber music, orchestra and dance performances at the Kennedy Center and other Washington, D.C., venues.
JEFFREY R. NIELSEN JD 99 has been hired as an associate attorney in the litigation department of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP (former Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP). His position is in Pillsbury Winthrops Orange County office.
MANISH DESAI MS has joined Cap Gemini Ernst & Young US LLC, Chicago, as manager in their supply chain practice. He and his wife, Tejal, live in Naperville, Ill.
AMY B. HAFEY JD has been elected to partnership at Foley & Lardner. She is a health law attorney in the firms Los Angeles office.
BRAD THOR is the creator, writer, producer and host of Traveling Lite, a series on PBS for budget travelers geared toward the 20- to 35-year-old set. He is also a novelist who recently sold the film rights to his thriller, Lions of Lucerne, to Stone Village Productions. Pocket Books paid at least $1 million for Lions and two more novels by Thor.
Representative DAVID PENDLETON JD (R-Kailua, Kaneohe) was selected by the Hawaii Medical Assn. as the Outstanding Legislator of the Year 2000. He was honored at the annual physicians convention in Maui by Hawaiis doctors for his outstanding leadership as a legislator. Pendleton was first elected just three years out of USC Law School. Since then he became the youngest Republican Whip (at age 30) in Hawaii political history and the youngest Republican Floor Leader (at age 31) among the Legislatures of Pacific Rim States.
MACK POLHEMUS MFA lives in Venice, Calif., and runs a Scottish import company (importing products such as shortbread and whisky but not haggis!). He also wrote and directed The Scottish Tale, an independent romantic comedy loosely based on Shakespeares Macbeth. The film had a brief but successful theatrical release and is now at Hollywood Video.
KAREN HOLMBERG MA is the author of The Perseids (University of North Texas Press), a book of poetry honored with the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry 2000, selected by poet and judge Sherod Santos. Holmberg won the 1996 Discovery/Nation Award, and has twice won the Academy of American Poets Prize, and her work has been published in The Paris Review, Slate, and The Nation, among other journals. She lives in Columbia, Mo.
FRANCISCO ORNALES JR. MD practices emergency medicine in Glendale, Calif., and lives in Los Angeles.
MARK RUZON graduated with his PhD in computer science from Stanford University. He is currently working at Quindi Corp. in Palo Alto, Calif.
KENYATTA T. ROBINSON MA accepted a position as manager, contracts administration, at Maxicare Health Plans Inc., in Los Angeles. Previously, he worked for nearly four years in the areas of contracts administration and compliance for WellPoint Health Networks.
DAVID B. MONTGOMERY MD is an assistant professor at the Emory Clinic in Atlanta. He gives community lectures on prevention of heart disease and womens health and was featured in American Medical Assn. News as a physician who uses high-tech equipment to record and retrieve patient information at the bedside.
JULIE CHOI joined the national law firm of Arter & Hadden LLP as an associate in the San Francisco office. At USC she was a recipient of the Golden State Scholarship, the Deans Scholarship, a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, as well as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Alpha Delta.
JERRY DEL COLLIANO founded and owns two Internet companies, AudioRevolution.com and Revolution Internet. In four years, the former has become the number one audio/ video review site on the Internet with more than 102,000 monthly viewers. Revolution Internet is a Century City, Calif.-based web design firm. Del Colliano frequently speaks on audio/ video technology at USC.
JOCELYN (FREEMAN) GARRICK MD was named chief resident in emergency medicine at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y. She resides in the New York City area with her husband, Owen Garrick.
SCOTT GOLDSTEIN PhD was named an assistant vice president of Science Applications International Corp. and elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers with the citation, For contributions to adaptive Wiener filter theory and its application to radar and communications.
JOHN LIU MD lives in Los Angeles and is in private practice in internal medicine.
NICHOLAS EVAN SARANTAKES PhD is an assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University-Commerce and a newly published first-time author of Keystone: The American Occupation of Okinawa and U.S.-Japanese Relations, published by Texas A&M University Press. In it he argues that a latent fear of Japan persisted in the United States after World War II. The book is available in bookstores and from Amazon.com; Sarantakes created a Web site for the book at (http:// faculty.tamu-commerce.edu/sarantakes/ Okinawa.html).
MICHAEL DEANDA MD practices family medicine in Pomona, Calif., and resides in Claremont.
TROY WITT won a 2000 Aegis Award for a 15-minute video produced to recruit English teachers for Chinese universities. The awards are the video industrys premiere competition for peer recognition of outstanding productions and non-network TV commercials. Established in 1994, Witts company, Take One Productions, serves all the production needs video, photography and print for commercial clients throughout Southern California.
ALEX EFIRD MD is enjoying his residency at the University of Washington. His wife, Sharon, is a professor at Seattle University. They reside in Seattle with their daughter, Emily.
DANIEL H. FARLEY is the founder and CEO of Focal Point Fitness Inc., located in Pasadena, Calif. The company specializes in cutting-edge fitness programming that includes post-rehabilitation training, sport-specific training, functional training and prenatal and postnatal fitness. His work involves interest in both of his chosen disciplines while at USC, where Farley majored in education and minored in exercise science.
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