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Monday, May 20, 2024

San Diego People

[Editor’s Note: Sonya McDowell’s name was misstated in the original version of this story and has been corrected.]


Darr L. Woods joined San Diego National Bank’s Real Estate Lending Department, formerly serving as vice president of credit administration with the bank. Woods has more than 25 years of banking experience and will be responsible for originating and structuring construction, interim and mini-perm loans, as well as managing client relationships. Leaf & Cole, LLP admitted Nicholas M. Gines as partner. Gines’ responsibilities include preparing individual, corporate and partnership tax returns. Having been with Leaf & Cole since 1997, Gines specializes in real estate and small-business consulting. Gines is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Nowell & Associates hired Sonya McDowell as marketing coordinator. McDowell will be responsible for managing N & A;’s marketing and public relations projects. McDowell has more than five years’ marketing experience, previously serving as marketing assistant with the Daily Transcript. Centre City Development Corp. hired Sachin Kalbag as senior planner/urban designer and Nicole Haines as associate project manager. Kalbag previously served as a staff architect/urban designer with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, responsible for preparing master plans and conducting urban design studies and design reviews. Haines previously worked as a planning and development coordinator in Michigan, where she was involved in planning and implementing redevelopment projects. Danette Ferretti was promoted to design director for interiors with Carrier Johnson. In her new role, Ferretti will oversee the design efforts for the firm’s expanding interior design teams in San Diego, Costa Mesa and Oakland and is responsible for the design oversight of all interior-related project work. Wayne Small joined the San Diego office of PSI as facilities engineering services department manager. Small, a senior building consultant, has 33 years of industry experience and is responsible for overseeing facilities engineering projects in the San Diego area.


Kenneth A. Webb, Ph.D., was appointed as the first president of Brown Mackie College-San Diego. Webb previously served as dean of academic affairs at the Art Institute of California-San Diego for the last four years. Brown Mackie College-San Diego is one of three branches of the Salina, Kan.-based Brown Mackie College system of schools, providing associate’s degrees and diplomas and certificates in business, health sciences, information technology, legal studies and electronic fields. Bob Watkins was elected president of the San Diego County Board of Education, replacing Sue Hartley, the board’s District 5 representative. Ernie Dronenberg, who represents District 3, was also elected vice president of the five-member panel. Watkins, who represents District 4 on the board, was appointed to the Board of Education two years ago.


Arena Pharmaceuticals appointed Louis J. Lavigne, the executive vice president and CFO of Genentech, Inc., to its board of directors. Lavigne is on the board of directors of LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc.; Kyphon Inc.; and BMC Software, Inc. Lavigne also serves on Genentech’s Executive Committee, is chairman of the company’s 401(k) Plan Committee and is responsible for its financial, corporate relations and information technology groups. Lavigne has been with Genentech since 1982.


Concerto Networks appointed William Eigner, partner at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, to serve on its board of directors. Eigner was originally recruited by Concerto to serve on its board of advisers in 2003. Eigner has more than 17 years of corporate and technology legal experience. Eigner also serves on the board of advisers for Quantum Think Group, Inc.; SkyRiver Communications, Inc.; and Mobile DataComm. DefenseWeb Technologies appointed Chief Operating Officer Rick Pope to its board of directors. As COO, Pope oversees all aspects of the company’s daily operations as well as engineering activities and strategic planning initiatives. Before joining DefenseWeb in 2004, Pope served as COO with Vivendi Universal Net Technologies USA.


William J. Snyder was named partner with Murchison & Cummings, LLP. Snyder has been with the firm’s San Diego office for more than seven years and served as an attorney for 12 years, focusing on employment law, environmental law/toxic torts, catastrophic injury and general liability. Sean T. Prosser and Kimberly S. Greer joined the Litigation Department with Morrison & Foerster’s San Diego office, Prosser as a partner and Greer as counsel. Prosser and Greer are securities litigators and come to Morrison & Foerster from the San Diego office of Fish & Richardson. Prosser previously served with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison before joining Fish & Richardson in 2003. Greer previously practiced securities litigation with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison for seven years before joining Fish & Richardson in 2003. Wilson Petty Kosmo & Turner LLP hired Dennis Raglin and Tracy Warren as associates. Raglin joins the firm’s Product Liability Group. Raglin previously served with Drinker Biddle & Reath in San Francisco. Warren previously served with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP in San Diego. In addition to labor and employment law, Warren’s practice includes immigration law, procuring employment-based visas and offering immigration counsel in high-tech and medical fields. William Eddy joined the National Conflict Resolution Center, specializing in divorce mediation. Eddy has been involved with the center as an attorney, mediator and mediation trainer since 1984. Kring & Chung LLP hired Lilia Aguirre as its new marketing director. Aguirre previously served as business development director for NBC Telemundo’s Western region.


Harte-Hanks, Inc. promoted Randy Wussler to managing director of market intelligence. Wussler will supervise the company’s CI Technology Database and manage its operations growth and expansion for North America and Latin America. Jade Berggren was promoted to account executive with Heying & Associates. Berggren previously worked as an account coordinator with the firm and has marketing and media relations experience in the commercial real estate and financial industries. In her new role, Berggren is responsible for media relations, strategic planning, copywriting, project coordination and account development.


The Scripps Research Institute appointed Cheryl H. Dean as planned giving counsel in the department of development and external affairs. Dean is responsible for administration of all trust and estate gifts and developing customized planned gifts to benefit donors, their families and the institution. Southern California Soil & Testing, Inc. named quality assurance/quality control inspector Tom Wilson project coordinator. Tom has been with SCS & T; since 1999, serving as a soils technician and roofing and waterproofing inspector. Valiant Technologies, Inc. appointed Gary C. Andrews president and CEO. Andrews formerly served as a certified financial planner with FPI, Inc., where he managed sales efforts and presented and secured national and international contracts. William Nunan joined Networkcar as chief administrative officer. Nunan will be responsible for leading the company’s support functions, including business development, corporate development and finance at the La Jolla offices. McGregor Van De Moere, Inc. promoted Fay Manabat to vice president of operations and officer and Annemieke Tomey to vice president of finance and officer of the corporation. Manabat has been with McGregor Van De Moere since 1991 and will continue to hold her former title as general operations manager. Tomey, who has been with the firm since 1998, will also continue to hold her former title as corporate controller.


Stacy Meronoff joined CB Richard Ellis as a sales assistant, focusing on all aspects of the firm’s office leasing and commercial sales in Downtown San Diego. As a member of the CBRE Downtown leasing team, Meronoff and his team represent approximately 2.2 million square feet of Downtown office space for lease. Meronoff will focus on prospecting potential Downtown tenants for existing clients and is responsible for market analysis, negotiations, marketing, tours and all other aspects of leasing and selling Downtown commercial property. Lipman Stevens & Thene, Inc. promoted Kent J. Carpenter to principal, changing the name of the firm to Lipman Stevens & Carpenter, Inc. Carpenter has been with the firm since October 2002 and has six years of real estate development, entitlement and site acquisition experience, in addition to 16 years of appraisal experience. Carpenter received his Member Appraisal Institute designation in 1992 and his Certified Commercial Investment Member designation in 1997.

Awards & Recognition

George Scolari of Community Health Group received a Community Service Award from Blue Cross of California State Sponsored Programs. The award recognizes individuals who strive to improve the lives of California residents and contribute to changing lives in the community. Scolari was honored for helping to put together the Physical and Behavioral Health Coordination Conference. Scolari is also chairman of the Community Health Improvement Partners. Jim Benson, founding chairman and CEO of SpaceDev, received the first “Business Leadership in Science and Technology Award” from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Benson founded SpaceDev in 1997 and has more than 30 years of high-tech entrepreneurial and management experience. Benson is vice chairman and private sector representative on NASA’s national Space Grant Review Panel and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers subcommittee on Near Earth Object Impact Prevention and Mitigation.

Executive Spotlight: Robert Saltmarsh

Robert Saltmarsh has been appointed chief financial officer for Nanogen, Inc. Saltmarsh previously served as vice president of corporate development initiatives for the company, assuming oversight of all financial operations and investor relations. Saltmarsh has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, including public and private equity financing transactions, financial operations and finance functions. “Robert brings broad treasury and financial management skills to Nanogen, having successfully directed financings, M & A; (mergers and acquisitions) activity and administrative functions for evolving companies,” said Howard C. Birndorf, Nanogen’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased he’ll join Nanogen’s executive team during a time marked by exciting growth.” Saltmarsh was formerly the vice president of finance and treasurer at Apple Computer, Inc. and Silicon Graphics, Inc. and CFO of Radius and In addition, Saltmarsh has been a consultant for startup companies and taught entrepreneurial finance at UC Riverside. Saltmarsh holds an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Michigan.


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