Palomar Pomerado Health, a public health care district, has hired Martha Knutson as its corporate compliance officer. She has 20 years of attorney experience in health care.
Most recently, Knutson worked as vice president of corporate comp & #173;liance for Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, and has served as general counsel and legal compliance officer for Upper Chesapeake Health in Maryland. She was also named to the State Advisory Council on Medical Privacy and Confidentiality by the governor of Maryland.
The California Avocado Commission has appointed Tom Bellamore president. He joined the commission in 1994 as senior vice president and corporate counsel, and has commodity boards and nonprofit governance experience. Before joining the commission, he worked with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, American Brandy Association and USA Pea & Lentil Council.
BANKING AND FINANCE
San Diego National Bank has appointed Joshua Cohen to branch manager of its Point Loma office. Most recently, he was managing the bank’s Temecula office and helped open a branch in Eastlake. He also served as campaign chair for the bank’s United Way campaign last year. In his new position, Cohen will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office, as well as managing the staff and developing new business.
Crosswind Strategies has hired Bob Phillips as director of marketing. He has 15 years of financial services experience and has worked as an adviser, manager and recruiter. He will be responsible for online and offline marketing strategies as well as recruiting advisers.
Torrey Pines Bank has announced the promotions of John Massab, chief credit officer; Crystal Watkins, senior vice president and director of marketing; and Chris Grassa, vice president and manager of the bank’s office in La Mesa.
The bank has also announced the hiring of Don Schempp as senior vice president for its North Coastal market.
Gafcon has hired Gerard Rodrigues as a business development manager who’s responsible for focusing on its growth in the Los Angeles region. He brings 10 years of experience aboard its marketing team.
Most recently, Rodrigues acted as business development manager for PCL Construction Services and Syska Hennessey Group in Los Angeles. In his new position, he’ll be responsible for implementing and managing Gafcon’s business development efforts in new and existing markets, including expanding business partnerships that will enhance its growth in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.
UC San Diego Health Sciences has appointed Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado chief of its new Division of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Medicine. She’ll be responsible for working closely with doctors at the UCSD Medical Center, various academic departments, and scientists at the Semiconductor Center and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at the university. Ohno-Machado will be implementing a biomedical informatics graduate program as well as a research and development program.
The Hastings 1066 Foundation board of trustees has elected Robert Anselmo to its membership. As an ambassador for UC Hastings College of Law, he will aid in strengthening relationships among members of the college community and help develop private support for the law school. Anselmo is the head and executive vice president of the legal team at San Diego-based Corky McMillin.
The UC Hastings Alumni Association board of governors has also elected Angela Nalu to its membership. She’ll be responsible for strengthening relationships among members of the college community as well as building alumni pride in hopes of procuring aid for the school. Coast Law Group of San Diego has hired Nalu as an associate. She was previously an associate with Hocker & Nalu.
GOVERNMENT AND NONPROFIT
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies has elected Jim Park chairman of the board. He has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, community leader and political appointee. Park is co-founder and CEO of New Vista Asset Management and is an active member of the Federal Reserve’s Consumer Advisory Council.
Navy Capt. Jack Turner has been elected state commander of The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California. He joined the Navy in 1954, serving as enlisted man for 12 years and as commissioned officer for 27. Turner is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tent 40, the American Legion, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks San Diego Lodge 168, USS Kitty Hawk Veterans Association and the Navy Mustang Association.
Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals has named Mary Ann Barnes its San Diego County senior vice president and executive director. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 1974 as a staff nurse in San Diego. Most recently, Barnes served as senior vice president and manager of Kaiser’s Santa Clara Service Area, where she was responsible for leading health plan and hospital operations. In her new position, Barnes will assist other members of the executive leadership team in ensuring quality and affordable health care to the community.
Dr. Peter Reissmann has joined the Hematology/Oncology Department at Sharp Rees-Stealy San Diego. He’s board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine.
Whitney Skala has joined the Continuing Education of the Bar’s State Bar-CEB Business & Intellectual Property Law Advisory Committee. He’ll be working on the group’s legal reference books, handbooks and practice guides. Skala is the only San Diegan on the 23-person committee.
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch has announced that senior counsel Mary Cataldo has been elected president of the North County Bar Association. Cataldo is serving her second three-year term as director, having previously served from 2003 to 2005. She has also served as treasurer of the Bar Association for the last two years.
NBC 7/39 has announced the addition of Fritz Coleman as the station’s new weathercaster. He has been named “Best Weathercaster” in numerous Southern California newspapers and won several awards for his commitment to community service. Coleman has also worked as a stand-up comic throughout Southern California and appeared on “The Tonight Show” several times.
Celebrity trainer Jeanie Callen Barat has joined the Advisory Expert Panel of the National Association of Home-Based Business Moms. Barat is founder and chief motivating officer of Callen Fitness. As a member of the Santee-based association, she will aid in supporting women who have a home-based business, or would like to start one, through motivation, guidance, experience and education.
Barrier Products has hired James King as vice president and director of operations. He has 30 years of funeral industry experience and most recently worked at Kenyon International Emergency Services in Houston.
Willis Allen Real Estate Santaluz has welcomed Realtors Tory Hill and Marni Wolf to its team. Hill previously worked in its Del Mar office. Wolf has extensive sales experience and has lived in Carmel Valley for the past 15 years.
Entropic Communications has appointed Tom Lookabaugh to chief technology officer. He has 20 years of experience developing communications technology solutions for satellite, cable, telecommunications and broadcast companies.
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