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Newsmakers

Entertainment Lisa Haller was appointed senior vice president of sales at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City. She will be responsible for integrating sales strategies for travel, special events, and corporate and special markets while being involved with product development, telemarketing and e-commerce strategy. Haller was previously vice president of sales for Homestead Village Guest Studios. Gary Marsh was promoted to executive vice president of original programming at Disney Channel in Burbank. He will oversee development and production for all original movies, series, specials and documentaries. Marsh was most recently senior vice president of original programming. Also, Tina Treadwell was promoted to vice president of talent and alternative programming. She will continue to oversee all talent development and casting. Treadwell was previously executive director of talent development and music specials. Adam Sanderson was named senior vice president of marketing at Disney/ABC Cable Networks in Burbank. He will oversee marketing activities including consumer and trade advertising, national and local promotions and brand management for the networks’ channels. Sanderson was most recently vice president of marketing at Disney Channel. Also, John Rood was appointed vice president of marketing. He will oversee the positioning and execution of strategic marketing plans and day-to-day management of advertising and promotions teams. Rood was previously director of promotions and branded foods for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. LeeAnne Stables was appointed senior vice president of marketing at GameWorks, a video game and entertainment center chain based in Universal City. She will be responsible for all marketing activities, including brand strategy, advertising, promotions, public relations, corporate partnerships and sales. Stables was most recently head of promotions at E! Entertainment Television. Government Mary Alvord was named Burbank’s assistant city manager. She will oversee day-to-day internal operations of the city. Alvord was most recently Burbank’s director of parks, recreation and community services. Also, Michael Flad was appointed Burbank’s director of parks, recreation and community services. He will be responsible for parks, senior and youth transportation, and all recreation services. Flad was previously assistant city manager in Ukiah, Calif. Health Care Neil T. Higashida was promoted to vice president of pharmacy programs for HealthNet in Woodland Hills. He will be responsible for managing member pharmacy benefits. Higashida was previously associate vice president of pharmacy programs. Patricia Modrzejewski was named executive director of foundations for the San Fernando Valley service area of Providence Health System in Burbank. She will be responsible for the Providence St. Joseph and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Foundations. Modrzejewski was most recently vice president of development for Northridge Hospital Foundation. John A. Volkober was appointed vice president and chief financial officer of the health management division of WellPoint Health Networks in Thousand Oaks. He will oversee financial operations, actuarial services, underwriting, pricing, data administration and network management. Volkober was previously vice president and chief financial officer at Omni Healthcare in Sacramento. Laboratories Jeanette Campbell was named certified industrial hygienist and corporate health and safety officer at Columbia Analytical Services in Simi Valley. She will expand the indoor air quality services to clients and assist with outsourcing needs. New Media Mason Wiley was appointed vice president of membership marketing at CUShopper, an online and off-line shopping service for credit union members based in Burbank. He will be responsible for all database marketing, Web site design, promotional efforts, collateral production and branding. Wiley was most recently creative director at Universal Pictures Marketing. Real Estate Gary DiMartino was named partner at Told Partners in Woodland Hills. He specializes in selling investment properties throughout Southern California. DiMartino was formerly an associate vice president in the investment services group of Grubb & Ellis’ San Fernando Valley office. William Mulkey was named vice president of Investment Real Estate Associates in Sherman Oaks. He focuses on selling multifamily properties in Los Angeles. Mulkey was most recently a senior associate at Marcus & Millichap. Retail Mike Vizvary was promoted to vice president of marketing communications at Guitar Center in Agoura Hills. He will oversee advertising, promotions, public relations and corporate branding strategies. Vizvary was most recently director of advertising. Also, Edward Chan was promoted to vice president of information systems. He will be responsible for all IT matters. Chan was formerly director of information systems. Telecommunications Eric Brown was promoted to vice president and general manager for the northern region of Time Warner Communications’ Los Angeles division in Chatsworth. He will oversee operations for cable systems in the West Valley, San Fernando, Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, South Pasadena and San Marino. Brown was formerly vice president of marketing.

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