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Aviation The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority elected new officers to serve through June 2010. Joyce Streator, who represents Pasadena, was elected president. She is a former Pasadena City Council member and has served two previous terms as president. Glendale City Council member Frank Quintero was elected as vice president and Burbank representative Don Brown was elected secretary. Education Dr. Dawn Lindsay began her new position as interim superintendent/president of Glendale Community College on July 1, 2009. Lindsay has worked as a professor and administrator at several community colleges and at public and private organizations. She holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, a master’s in Educational Counseling, a BA in Psychology, and a BSW in Social Work from Western Maryland College. A Glendale resident, Lindsay has been with GCC as executive vice president of instruction for the past three years. During that time she forged strong alliances with all segments of the college. She was the accreditation liaison officer for the college before she took on her new role as interim superintendent/president, but remains committed to the accreditation process. As the college prepares for its March 2010 site visit, she also remains an active member of the Accreditation Steering Committee. New Community Jewish High School announced the appointment of Betsy Berger to the position of director of advancement. Berger has more than 15 years of experience working in development within L.A.’s Jewish community. For the past eight years she served as assistant director of development for the American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. She also conducted major gifts fundraising for Hadassah Southern California. As director of advancement, Berger will be responsible for leading the school’s advancement program as adopted by the Board of Trustees, and for maintaining productive relationships with board members and donors. Environment Chatsworth-based web site and eco newsletter, Smart2BeGreen, presented author, lecturer, and energy and environmental strategist, Terry Tamminen of Santa Monica, with a Green Hero of the Year award. A long-time advocate of environmental responsibility, Tamminen has developed expertise in business, farming, education, non-profit, the environment, the arts, and government. He assisted the African nation of Nigeria with the creation of their first solid waste recycling program. As environmental adviser to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, he inspired the governor to green up, passing a raft of groundbreaking environmental laws and putting pressure on polluting industries. Law The Agoura Hills law firm of Bordner/Feldman LLP announced that Craig S. Berman, Esq. has been elected equity partner. Effective July 1, 2009, the firm was renamed Bordner/Feldman/Berman LLP. He joins the firm’s leadership, which includes Douglas A. Bordner who heads the business and trademark practice, and Deborah L. Feldman who heads the firm’s real estate practice. Prior to being named an equity partner, Berman was a partner at the firm, and previous to that was associated with the law firms of Kulik, Gottesman, Mouton & Siegel, LLP and Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney & Priess. He will continue managing and expanding the company’s entertainment practice. Medical Devices Chatsworth-based Iris International Inc., a manufacturer of urinalysis systems and consumables for use in hospitals and commercial laboratories worldwide, recently elected Dr. Beth Y. Karlan to its Board of Directors. Karlan, a 1978 graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of Harvard-Radcliffe College and a 1982 graduate of Harvard Medical School, has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and currently is the director of the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is holder of The Board of Governors’ Endowed Chair, Gynecologic Oncology at Cedars-Sinai; Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Los Angeles; former president of the Society of Gynecological Oncologist’s and current editor-in-chief of the journal Gynecologic Oncology. Real Estate Lee & Associates, along with founding principal and senior vice president of the company’s Ventura office, John Ochoa, were honored with the CoStar Power Broker Award for 2008. CoStar Group Inc., provider of marketing and information services to commercial real estate professionals in the U.S., recognized Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura, Inc. along with its sister offices in Los Angeles in the categories of sales and leasing. Ochoa was honored in the industrial broker category. CoStar Power Brokers are selected based on total transactions closed throughout the year in comparison to other brokers within their region. In recent years, Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura, Inc. has averaged a 70 percent growth rate. Mike Tingus is president of the LA North/Ventura operation. Ochoa, with colleague Grant Harris, has averaged 60 to 80 transactions annually since 2001. Since 2004 the team has successfully negotiated more than $230,000,000 in sales and leases. Jan Chait, an investment brokerage specialist, has joined the Antelope Valley brokerage team of Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura, Inc. She specializes in multifamily, public storage and mobile home park investment sales. A 17-year industry veteran, Chait was most recently with Realty Executives where she was among the top-performing brokers. Move, Inc., an online real estate company, announced the appointment of Robert J. Krolik as chief financial officer, effective July 20. Krolik brings 18 years of consumer market and public company experience to Move, most recently as vice president, global finance operations at eBay, Marketplaces division and previously as chief financial officer at Shopping.com, DigitalThink, and Karna LLC. He began his career in 1991 at Arthur Andersen LLP before moving to SRI Consulting as director of finance from 1997 to 1999. He holds a Bachelors, Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified public accountant. Based at Move’s office in Campbell, Calif., Krolik will oversee corporate finance, accounting, facilities and investor relations, and will report to Move, Inc., Chief CEO, Steve Berkowitz. He succeeds Move’s chief financial officer Lew Belote, who plans to assist with the transition through September 4, 2009. Technology Westlake Village-based Inphi Corporation, a leader in high-performance analog solutions enabling cloud computing via server virtualization and broadband connectivity, announced the addition of Hirokazu Hashimoto to its advisory board. Hashimoto has worked in various management positions including CEO and president of NEC Electronics America, executive vice president of NEC Electronics Japan, president and CEO of Japan foundry planning Co. Ltd (with Toshiba, Hitachi, Renesas and MITI), an adviser for Hitachi Corp., and most recently serving as chairman of Magma KK, Magma’s Japanese subsidiary. Crane Aerospace & Electronics, a segment of Crane Co., announced the appointment of Dan Link as Vice President and General Manager of their Burbank site. In this role, Link will be responsible for site operations, supply chain and operational excellence. He is transferring from Crane Co.’s corporate offices in Stamford, Conn. where he served on the Operational Excellence team. Before joining Crane Co., Link was with the Danaher Corporation where he was vice president of operations for the Thomson Division of Danaher Motion. Mike Palatas, a 1973 graduate of Chaminade Preparatory in Canoga Park, recently accepted a general manager position at Chatsworth-based Brachytherapy Services, Inc., a producer of class I and III (AI) medical devices used in the treatment of eye and prostate cancers. The company was formed out of the assets of North American Scientific, Inc./NAS Medical, which had filed for bankruptcy and was bought out by Best Medical International, a $100 million medical device company headquartered in Springfield, Virginia. Palatas brings to his new position 30 years of leadership experience in the U.S. Navy and various manufacturing and consulting fields.

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