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NEWSMAKERS Advertising Dan Meyers has been named account supervisor at Westlake Village-based Bear Advertising. He had previously served with Gateway computers and CompuCom Systems. Athletic Clubs Reseda-based Mid Valley Athletic Club has named Steve Wright general manager. He had served with a fitness chain and a non profit organization previously. The company also promoted Cindy Gironda marketing manager. She had held marketing and management positions with the Los Angeles Zoo Association, the Tony Fitzjohn African Wildlife Foundation and the Born Free Project. Boards The California Lutheran University Board of Regents has added five new members. They are: Michael Bradbury, Ojai resident and former Ventura County district attorney; Kate McLean, Thousand Oaks resident and former executive director of the Ventura County Community Foundation; Rod Gilbert, Santa Barbara resident and president of the TOLD Corp.; Sarah Heath, Santa Barbara resident and former international management consultant; and Yale Gieszl, Rolling Hills resident and senior advisor to Toyota Motor Sales USA. Re-elected to the board were: Randy Kohn, Pasadena resident and managing director of Western Asset Management; Bill Kane, Chatsworth resident and partner with Ernst & Young; and James D. “Jamey” Power IV & #184; a Westlake Village resident and executive vice president of international operations with J.D. Power & Associates. Dr. Joseph A. Bellanti has joined the board of directors of Woodland Hills-based Advanced Biotherapy Inc. He is a professor of pediatrics and microbiology-immunology and director of the International Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Immunology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Entertainment Universal Studios Hollywood has appointed Phil Costner to the newly created position of senior vice president of food service and retail. Brian Bacica was named vice president, food service operations. In his position, Costner will be responsible for all retail operations for Universal Studios Hollywood. He will retain responsibility for food service at the park’s 17 restaurants. He continues to report to Larry Kurzweil, president, COO for Universal Studios Hollywood. Brian Bacica will be responsible for all daily operations, budgeting, staff development and long term planning for Universal Studios retstaurants and outdoor vending locations. Bacica will report to Phil Costner. Costner has been with Universal since 1993 and has worked in the Universal City and the company’s Orlando locations. Bacica joined Universal in 2002 from Disneyland Parks. Touchstone Television, a unit of the Walt Disney Co., has promoted Jim Gaston, Brenda Kyle and Victoria Lafortune to vice president production posts. The company also promoted Michael Villegas and Paula Warner-Schlenker to vice president postproduction posts and Jean Hester to director of production operations. Foundations The Woodland Hills-based California Endowment has named Kim Belshe executive vice president. She has been the program director for James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco. Belshe had headed the California Department of Health Services, previously. Health Care Jay Gellert, president and CEO of Woodland Hills-based Health Net, has been re-appointed chairman of the Administrative Simplification Committee of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, a non-profit alliance of health care networks. Real Estate Westlake Village-based Troop Real Estate has added Jan Bigotti to its staff of real estate professionals. She had served at Prudential California Realty previously. J. Tucker Brown has joined CB Richard Ellis’s Sherman Oaks office as a broker specializing in industrial properties and business development within the East and Central Valley markets. He was formerly with CB’s Anaheim office. Technology Voice Print International has named Darryl Corrigan vice president of enterprise support services. He had served for nearly 10 years as assistant vice president of information services at Liberty Funds Group in Colorado. Derrick Coppinger has been promoted to national sales manager at Calabasas-based National Technical Systems. He had been vice president of laboratory sales and will now report to President and Chief Operating Officer William C. McGinnis. Coppinger joined the company in 1998. Westlake Village-based CaminoSoft Corp. has appointed Paul Phillips as director of operations for its Europe-Middle East-Africa region. He will report directly to Stephen Crosson, company CEO.

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