KGA Advertising in Middletown has appointed Janet Ralston director of public relations and development. She had worked as a senior account executive at the Kotchen Group in West Hartford.
Kim Ashton Prauda has joined Keiler & Co. in Farmington as account manager. She was account manager with Berry Brown Advertising in Dallas. Keiler also has named Natalie Grande senior account manager. She was an account supervisor at Young & Rubicam/Waring & LaRosa in New York.
Caribiner International in Boston has named Mary Kathryn Seipke vice president of creative services. She was president of marketing communications firm Ivy Entertainment.
Boston-based Wallwork Curry has hired Tim Weldon as account executive and Tim Lattimore as media coordinator. Weldon was with Arnold Communications in Boston; Lattimore recently graduated from Hobart College.
Grand Circle Travel in Boston has tapped Kenneth Lubar as vice president of marketing. He was management director at EMI Strategic Marketing in Boston.
Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos in Boston has named Murray Jakes and Holly Whittemore assistant controllers. Jakes was with the The Rugby Group in England; Whittemore was with Coopers & Lybrand in New York. Also joining the agency: Alison Atanasio, assistant account executive, from Boston-based Wallwork Curry; Jamie Salmonson, sales manager of exhibition services, from the Improper Bostonian; Lisa Palange, show manager in exhibition services, from Diversified Exhibitions in Portland, Maine; Kim Proctor, account executive, from PGC Advertising in Dallas; Matt Fallon, account executive, from BankBoston; and Colette Walukevich, print production manager, from Advanced Graphics in Norwood. In addition, Hill, Holliday Interactive has tapped Mike Jeffers as multimedia developer and Dan Rosmarin as analyst.
Watertown-based Sterling Hager has advanced Paula Reilly to senior account executive.
Dimond Communications Group in Boston has appointed Megan Burke account coordinator.
Holland Mark Martin Edmund in Boston has tapped Sharon Chung as brand manager on the Boston Globe and Home Runs accounts. She was at Mullen in Wenham. The shop also has named Dave Sandstedt copywriter, Susan Pelletier assistant art buyer, Kathleen Rose brand manager on the Polaroid account, Calla Cole media planner and Jennifer Pinto assistant brand manager. Rose was an account executive at Highway One in San Francisco, Pinto was senior account coordinator at TMP Worldwide and Cole was media buyer at Wickersham Hunt Schwantner in Boston. Holland Mark also has announced the following promotions: Rio Yushin and Matt Cronin, brand supervisors; Hillary Valentine, brand manager; Sara Beth Ventetuolo, broadcast creative coordinator; and Amy Flanagan, John Vient and Jamie Klim, associate creative directors.
Arrow Direct in Woburn has named Joe Chinnici account service representative.
WB56 in Boston has advanced Steven Ratner to director of creative services and programming from director of creative services. Ratner has worked for the television station, owned by Tribune Broadcasting, for 21 years.
Arnold Communications in Boston has announced the following promotions: Scott Madden, vice president and management supervisor; Amy Maguire, associate media director on The Hartford and McDonald’s accounts; Barbara Clopper, account executive on the Talbots account; and Sue Buckley, account executive on the Fleet account.
Dedham-based Parker & James Communications has named Melody Howard Ritt account executive and senior writer. Ritt was most recently a media specialist for the Braintree Hospital Rehabilitation Network, where she edited a quarterly newsletter and created a print ad series titled “Profiles in Rehabilitation.”
Gray & Rice Public Relations in Boston has named Elizabeth Krudys publicist and Scott Mason manager of new business development. The shop also has promoted Bryan Furze to publicist from account coordinator.
Carat Freeman in Newton has announced the following additions to its staff: Patty McManamon, media supervisor, from Digital Equipment Corp. in Maynard; Joseph Pokaski, media planner, from DavisElen Advertising in Los Angeles; Jennifer Woo, media coordinator, from Lane Crawford; and Stephanie Lang, media coordinator, from Boston Magazine.
The Boston chapter of the Business Marketing Association has appointed the following board members for 1998-1999: Thomas Boyle, president; Kevin Collins, executive vice president; Michael Emich, vice president, programs; Deborah Hanson, vice president, membership; E. Hunt Bergen, vice president, finance; and Lisa Condit, vice president, operations.
Lauren Chadwick and Patty Golden have been named public relations account coordinators at BBL Advertising in Acton.
Video Transfer in Boston has named Howard Davidson sales and public relations representative. He was most recently a sales representative for IAN Multi-Media Group in Burlington.
Diana Scott, managing director of Ingalls One to One Marketing in Boston, has been appointed trustee of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school affiliated with the Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare System.
Alison Labuda has been appointed account coordinator for Stringer in Burlington. She was most recently an intern at Sonesta International Advertising.
Matthew Zoni has been named account executive at WPRI-TV in Providence. He was most recently with radio station WHJY in East Providence.
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