HEALTH CARE Donald S. Nelinson, PhD, has joined Health Science Communications In reply to: New York City as senior vice president, CME division. He most recently served as vice president, educational services, with Impact Communications, Inc., also in New York.

The American Society of Transplant Surgeons has appointed Gail Durant to executive director. Durant was formerly executive director of the Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association, a position she held since 1984.

CONVENTION CENTERS & BUREAUS Jeannie Starnes has been appointed to the newly created position of international meetings and incentive sales and marketing manager at the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. Starnes came to the Bureau from the Orlando World Center Marriott where she was international sales manager.

Kathy Gadwau has joined the Metropolitan Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau as vice president of sales and marketing. She was previously director of corporate strategy and marketing with Visioneering, Inc. in Fraser, Mich.

Lisa Parman has joined the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau as corporate sales manager. She previously was associate director of corporate sales with the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau. In addition to the insurance and pharmaceutical markets, Parman will be responsible for sales to corporations in the Northeast and Southeast.

Jim Windsor has been named national sales manager at the Greater Birmingham (Ala.) Convention and Visitors Bureau. Most recently he was general manager of the Wingate Hotel in Birmingham.

Anne Mason has been appointed director of Eastern regional sales at the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. Mason will be based in the CCTB's Washington, D.C., office. Most recently, Mason was director of Eastern regional sales in the D.C. office of the Metropolitan Toronto Convention & Visitors Association.

Tracy Povolock has been promoted to senior sales manager for the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.

HOTELS & TRAVEL Gary B. Stram has been promoted to director of sales for the Millennium Broadway hotel and its new companion tower, The Premier by Millennium Broadway.

Mark Juliano has been appointed president and chief operating officer of the 2,000-room resort hotel being developed in the Marina District of Atlantic City by Mirage Resorts Inc. Juliano was president and chief operating officer of Caesars Atlantic City.

Richard A. Stanaland was promoted recently to director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, N.J. Prior to his promotion, Stanaland worked for five years as account director.

Thom Puccio has been appointed director of marketing at Washington Monarch Hotel in Washington, D.C. Puccio was previously regional director of sales-Northeast, and director of sales and marketing for the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

Patricia Howarth has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at Bald Head Island Resort in Southport, N.C. Her former position was rooms division director.

Jerry Yeatts, formerly convention manager with the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been named director of sales and marketing for the Kingsgate Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati.

Brad Penrith has joined the Adam's Mark Orlando as director of sales. Penrith most recently was associate director of sales at the Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort in Haines City, Fla.

Tim Gustafson has been named director of sales for the Wyndham Chicago, scheduled to open this spring. Gustafson was previously director of sales for the Wyndham Northwest Chicago in Itasca, Ill.

Michael Remington has been promoted to director of conference services at The Northland Inn & Executive Conference Center in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Dan Sierka has been appointed director of sales for The Boulders in Carefree, Ariz. Sierka previously served eight years at the Scottsdale Princess Resort as associate director of sales and national sales manager.

Friends Research Institute, Inc. has initiated a Conference and Education Division, headquartered in Easton, Md. FRI's primary business is the management of private and federal medical research grants in the U.S. and abroad, and the institute participates in and helps set up medical conferences all over the world. Stephanie Handy is FRI's conference director.