Healthcare Organizations Diana J. Durham, PhD, has been named director of education and accreditation for the Audio-Digest Foundation, Glendale, CA, a nonprofit subsidiary of the California Medical Association. She is responsible for directing all accreditation activities and for assuring educational quality of enduring materials. Durham was previously director of physician education services/CME at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles.
Katrina Christ has joined TEAM Management (a division of Slack, Inc.) in Washington, DC, as executive director of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians. Previously, she worked in public relations and strategic planning for St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, MD.
Robert T. Van Hook has been named executive director of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. He continues to operate his own healthcare policy consulting firm in Chevy Chase, MD. He has spent more than 20 years as a healthcare policy manager and consultant, including a year with the Clinton administration as executive officer of healthcare reform and nine years as executive director of National Rural Health Care Reform.
Ira J. Chasnoff, MD, has become a partner in Chicago-based Burnison
Chasnoff & Associates, an association management firm. He is a board-certified pediatrician and professor of pediatrics
at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Jason Russo has been named events coordinator for COMSORT, a for-profit CME provider based in Baltimore, MD. He will head COMSORT's new meeting planning unit. Previously, he was assistant administrator of the organization's program services department.
The Certification Board for Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., has a new executive director in Carolyn Potts, by virtue of its electing the Association Management Center (AMC), Glenview, IL, to provide management services. Potts is director of credentialing for AMC.
Convention Centers & Bureaus Indira Sukirno has been named executive director for the Jakarta (Indonesia) Convention Bureau. She had been deputy to the former consulting executive director.
The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau has renewed Paul D. Astleford'sas president and CEO through April 2000. He has served in that position since April 1994.
The Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley (Scotland) Tourist Board's convention bureau division has appointed Lesley Coupar international sales manager. She previously headed the Scottish Office of Cordorde Services LTD, a PCO.
Ahmeenah Young has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. A ten-year veteran of the center, Young had most recently served as director of sales and marketing.
The DeKalb (GA) Convention & Visitors Bureau has promoted Jon Manns to vice president and CEO. He had been director of finance and administration.
Hotels & Resorts Thomas Arasi has been appointed president of Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts. Arasi, who will be based in the company's Atlanta headquarters, previously served as president of the Tishman Hotel Corporation in New York.
Holiday Inn Worldwide has named Craig H. Hunt president, Holiday Inn Group. He had been president, Americas Franchise Division.
ITT Sheraton Corporation in Boston has named Andrew J. Mandell senior vice president, chief financial officer. He had been senior vice president, controller.
Cody Plott, a 22-year Hyatt veteran, has resigned from his position as vice president of sales for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Chuck Floyd will assume Plott's position. Floyd most recently served as vice president and managing director for Hyatt's western region.
Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI, has promoted Michael (Mick) Arseneault and Stephen Shaffer to the joint position of vice president/managing director.
Arseneault had been vice president of sales and marketing. Shaffer had been vice president of finance.
The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel has promoted Thomas J. Faust to director of sales and marketing. A 15-year veteran of Sheraton, Faust was previously hotel manager.
Charlie Frankel has been appointed regional director of sales and marketing for Marriott International in the southeast region. Frankel, who will be based in Plantation, FL, most recently served at The Marco Island Marriott Resort & Golf Club as director of marketing.
Brian Jago has joined the Century Plaza Hotel and Tower in Los Angeles as director of group sales. Previously, he was associate director of sales with the Boca Raton Resort in Florida.
The Holiday Inn Golf and Conference Center in Staunton, VA, has appointed Joe Grandstaff director of sales. Most recently, he was director of marketing for the Museum of American Frontier Culture, also in Staunton.
The Atlanta Hilton & Towers Hotel has appointed Michael K. Schugt director of sales and marketing. He joins from the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, where he was associate director of sales and marketing. *