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Starting in May, Sue Carleo will officially be the president of Los Angeles Valley College, replacing Tyree Wieder, who retired last year. Carleo has been serving as acting president of Los Angeles Valley College since June 2008, pending the results of a six-month search for a permanent replacement. The Board of Trustees recently announced its selection of Carleo, who has 21 years of experience working at Valley College. She has served as president of Academic Affairs, director of the Center for the Advancement of Business, Labor and Education, and as department chair and professor of the Family and Consumer Studies department. What direction do you want to give Valley College going into the future? We are very concerned about making sure that we are always serving the needs of our community in the best way possible, so we are in the process of updating our master plan to make sure that, in fact, what we offer here at the college meets the needs of our employers in the area, meets the needs of our transfer students, and meets the needs of the community in general. At the same time we are also updating our facilities master plan. Within the next three to five years the college will be almost completely redone with new buildings. So the big thing is making sure that our building program is successful so that we have a smooth transition there as well. How will you work with the business community to make sure that the College is meeting those needs? I’m on the board of VICA [Valley Industry and Commerce Association] and the Economic Alliance, so I interact with the business community quite regularly. We are actually doing a lot of interviews and focus groups with representatives of the community, and we stay in touch with employers to see what new job fields are emerging. We meet with industry advisory committees on a regular basis. It’s an ongoing process, and my intention is to continue to emphasize how important it is for our faculty and our staff to stay connected with our community in terms of employment opportunities for our students and also in terms of meeting the needs of our business community and our residents. What are some challenges ahead? We have a significant increase in enrollment. We have 2,500 additional students here this year that we didn’t have last year, and we’re now at 20,000 students. At the same time we’re enduring budget cuts from the state. We are, once again, trying to do more with less, but it’s extremely difficult to meet all of the needs with a shrinking budget. Andrea Alegria Engineering John Foster has been named to the board of directors of National Technical Systems Inc., an engineering services firm in Calabasas. Fosten is chairman and chief executive of Innovative Micro Technology, Inc. of Santa Barbara and has held management positions at Applied Magnetics Corporation and IBM Corporation. He replaces Ralph Clements, a long time director who died. Healthcare Imran N. Chaudhry received a 2009 Young California Award for his work as regional director of operational excellence for Providence Health & Services, California. Chaudry works at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank where he led process improvements there and at Providence Holy Cross, Providence Tarzana, Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance and Providence Little Company of Mary San Pedro medical centers. The Board of Trustees of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center appointed Gregory R. Angle as President and Chief Executive Officer. His effective date is April 20, 2009. Prior to accepting the position with Los Robles Hospital, Angle served as Chief Executive Officer of Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tucson, AZ. He also held various executive leadership positions in hospitals throughout the Southwest that are owned by HCA, parent corporation of Los Robles Hospital. Angle holds a Masters of Health Services Administration from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. Media Deane Leavenworth has been hired as Time Warner Cable’s West Region Vice President of Government Relations. He will be responsible for all local and state government relations activities in California and Hawaii, with a special emphasis on California. Under Leavenworth’s direction, the Time Warner Cable Government Relations team will monitor legislative and regulatory activities, oversee state industry policies, franchise management and compliance, and foster relationships with key officials. Leavenworth joined Time Warner Cable in 2001 as Vice President of External Affairs. Over the last three years, he oversaw government, community and public affairs initiatives for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Division. Public Relations RL Public Relations hired Jennifer Vides Blake as senior vice president for its Los Angeles office. She will work closely with agency founder and CEO Roxana Lissa to manage the agency’s Los Angeles office and clients including The California Milk Processors Board (Got Milk?), Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and Baskin-Robbins. She will also drive the agency’s social media and mom-marketing efforts to service all RLPR clients. She is a specialist in mom and youth marketing, and has worked with brands including Gymboree, Munchkin, Nestle, Del Monte, Namco Bandai Games America, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Mattel, Coca-Cola and Pinkberry. Vides Blake is a native Spanish speaker of Salvadoran descent. She has worked in PR in Hispanic markets including Miami, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Sales Gramicci, an outdoor lifestyle apparel brand, has brought on two additional sales representation firms and an independent rep. Denne Sport Sales, based in Elk River, Minn., will service a 13-state Midwest region extending from the Dakotas to Pennsylvania and south to Kentucky. The veteran team consists of Joe Denne, Alesha Williams and Kirby Laughlin. The states of Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma will now be handled by Jerry and Lois Horton of The Horton Company, based in New Braunfels, Texas. Independent rep Rod Thomas of Chattanooga, Tenn. will head up Gramicci’s efforts in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Three firms have joined the company’s existing network, including: YPS Group in the Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Arkansas); Rincon Group in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico); and GreenRep.org which will cover six New England states. Technology Therese Tucker, CEO and founder of financial software provider BlackLine Systems, is in the running for two prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. She made it past the qualifying rounds for both the Ernst & Young and Technology Council of Southern California annual industry awards. Tucker has been recognized by Ernst & Young as a 2009 semi-finalist in the Greater Los Angeles Region for her accomplishments in building BlackLine into a profitable entity. The technology council has named Tucker one of three finalists for its 2009 Technology Industry Awards in the Entrepreneur of the Year category. The award honors the head/founder of a technology company headquartered in Southern California who has demonstrated leadership in growing Southern California as a center for technology innovation. Disney Interactive Studios appointed Dan Tudge vice president and general manager of Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios’ development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge is tasked with overseeing the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues the development of two unannounced games. Tudge comes to Disney Interactive Studios with more than 13 years of experience in video game development. His most recent role was executive producer and project director at BioWare Corp. Prior to his role at BioWare, Tudge was president and executive manager of Exile Interactive Inc. and worked in a range of senior leadership and creative roles at Relic Entertainment and Morgan Media. He also managed his own successful independent studio, which eventually became Exile Interactive. en2go International, Inc. appointed Mike Ortega as Chief Executive Officer. Ortega joins the company at a strategic time as it prepares to reveal key technologies and negotiates content, publishing and license agreements for its global Internet broadcast and HD media delivery platform, Flyxo, with companies like Sir Richard Branson’s UK-based Virgin Management Limited. Before joining en2go, Ortega was CEO of EdgeStream, Inc, a Los Angeles based global video delivery network. He served as Vice President Worldwide Sales for Grid Networks, Inc, a Seattle based distributor of HD-quality Internet television. Additional experience includes CEO and senior executive positions at: XUMA Inc; Sync Voice Communications Inc; InterNAP Network Services Inc; MCI Telecommunications; Hewlett Packard; and Wang Laboratories. SEGA & #381; Entertainment U.S.A. Inc. (SEUI) hired Cory Haynes as its COO & President. Haynes will begin his new position on April 22nd, 2009. He formerly held the position of Vice President of Amusement/ Midway Operations for Dave and Buster’s Inc, and brings over 26 years of experience in the location-based amusement and gaming industry to SEUI. He will manage SEUI’s operations and drive strategic growth opportunities in North America. Provision Interactive Technologies, Inc. appointed digital signage expert Lyle Bunn to the company’s Board of Advisors. Bunn was instrumental in bringing digital signage and DOOH perspectives into the broadcasting and consumer electronics industries with presentations at the National Association of Broadcasters Show and the Consumer Electronics Show. He is the only individual named to the Digital Signage Forum’s Digital Signage Top Ten List, and has been honored among such corporations as Thomson, 3M, Clear Channel and Focus Media. Bunn is also the principal author of “The new Madison Avenue Diet – The Strategy for Performance-Focused Dynamic Signage Content,” published by Alchemy. He is a member of the Academy Faculty of InfoComm, and is currently writing a series of best practices guides for release this spring.

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