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Executive Spotlight: Casey Gwinn

Casey Gwinn has been appointed chief executive officer of the YWCA of San Diego County. Gwinn has been involved at the local, state, national and international level in the domestic violence movement for 20 years.

Most recently, Gwinn served as the volunteer chief executive officer of the San Diego Family Justice Center Foundation, including leading the president’s Family Justice Center Initiative for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Under Gwinn’s leadership, the YWCA will continue its services to women, children and families, while also pursuing a planning process to align the YWCA of San Diego County with the San Diego Family Justice Center, the National Family Justice Center Alliance and the Family Justice Center Foundation.

Banking and Finance

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has announced that Martha Corbett has been named market managing partner of the firm’s Southern California and Phoenix cluster of offices. Corbett is the first female in the history of the firm to lead a major market on the West Coast. She has 20 years of public accounting and business advisory experience.


George Howard, a partner in Jones Day’s San Diego office, was elected a fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

San Diego State University’s graduate school of public health has named a new director. Carleen Stoskopf will fill the role, with expertise in health care management. She previously served as chairwoman of the Department of Health Services Policy and Management at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

Ric Hovda will join San Diego State University as dean of the College of Education. Hovda previously served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Memphis. He will be responsible for implementing the college’s mission to prepare future students and administrators.

Government and Nonprofit

Mayor Jerry Sanders appointed Mark Foreman to serve as the city’s new Family Justice Center director. Foreman has been with the San Diego Police Department since 1979, most recently serving as a lieutenant. In addition, Foreman has partnered with local psychiatrists and pediatricians to provide lectures on the developmental effects on children exposed to trauma.

The Lawyers Club of San Diego has elected Katherine Bacal as president for the 2007-2008 membership year. Bacal is a partner with Baker & McKenzie LLP, where her focus includes unfair business practices, unfair competition, security fraud and class action lawsuits.

The San Diego Housing Commission has hired Lenny Moore as director of the agency’s rental assistance program, and John Pfeiffer as director of finance and chief financial officer.

As director of the rental assistance program, Moore will manage the agency’s Section 8 housing voucher program. He has 15 years of experience in public sector financial management. Pfeiffer also brings 15 years of experience to his new role, and was most recently chief financial officer for the Dallas Housing Authority.


The Shores has announced the promotion of Alex Valencia to restaurant manager, and the hiring of Carlos Batista as assistant restaurant manager. Valencia joined the Shores in 2006 as assistant manager. Batista comes from T.G.I. Friday’s in Carlsbad, and has 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

The Grand Del Mar has appointed Daniel Braun as director of food and beverage, and Emilie Rekart as director of catering. In his new role, Braun will oversee all food and beverage operations. He was previously with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts for eight years, most recently as the assistant director of food and beverage at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad. Rekart was most recently the director of catering for San Francisco’s Fairmont hotel.


Trovillion, Inveiss & Demakis has announced the formation of a new law firm partnership serving San Diego County. Daniel Trovillion, Andris Inveiss, Nicole Demakis and Julie Shaw are the senior partners at the new firm. Trovillion, Inveiss and Demakis were partners with another San Diego law firm formerly, while Shaw was most recently with the law firm Hack, Shaw and Hackley.

Media and Marketing

Whitney Benzian has joined Southwest Strategies as a manager of public relations. He will work closely with the media as part of communications programs for client projects. Most recently, Benzian worked as a land-use staffer and communications director for San Diego City Councilman Ben Hueso.


Messer and Co. Inc. has named Dean Isaacs its vice president. He will be responsible for advising clients in the areas of business management, marketing, employee development and training.

Isaacs brings 15 years of experience to his new client development role. He has served as owner, general manager, vice president of sales and director of business development for companies worldwide. Messer and Co. is an employee training and development company, and its headquarters recently moved from Colorado to San Diego.

Real Estate

BRE Properties Inc. has announced the appointment of three new vice presidents. Jeffrey Bailey joins as Southern California divisional vice president of asset management. Sheryl McKibben will serve as vice president of marketing, and YuSun Han will take the position of vice president of procurement.

Bailey will be responsible for overseeing the management and operation of BRE’s portfolio. He served in the same capacity at BRE from 1996 to 2003, before serving as Southern California area vice president for Equity Residential Inc. McKibben has 20 years of experience in real estate marketing, and will be responsible for the BRE marketing strategy, overseeing the marketing, sales and advertising for apartment and development properties. Han will be responsible for the development and implementation of a centralized procurement and purchasing program.


Mama Mellace’s Old World Treats has hired Teri Massick as chief designer. Massick is responsible for designing all packaging and collateral. She is also managing and designing the company’s new Web site. Previously, Massick owned her own design firm and consulted for UC Irvine Extension.

Technology and Manufacturing

Telanetix Inc. has announced that James Everline, David Rane and Steven Davis have accepted nominations to serve on the company’s board of directors as independent members. The three members have formed the audit, nomination and compensation committees of the board.

, Compiled by Liz Wiedemann


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