People: Week of Feb. 4, 2013


[caption id="attachment_68360" align="alignright" width="180"] Erik Bjornstrom[/caption]

BKF Engineers hired Erik Bjornstrom, EIT as a staff engineer. Mr. Bjornstrom graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in December 2012.Education

College of Marin hired Jonathan Eldridge as new vice president of Student Services. The new vice president of student services position was created as part of an institutional reorganization designed to achieve new objectives as outlined in the college’s Strategic Plan 2012--2015. Mr. Eldridge received a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in political science from Central Washington University. He holds a master’s degree from Colorado State University in student affairs in higher education.Law

Attorney Michael Pfeifer has joined Santa Rosa-based law firm Smith Dollar PC. Mr. Pfeifer will head the firm’s office in Orange. Mr. Pfeifer has over 35 years of experience representing clients in the financial services industry, with particular emphasis on lender liability defense, financial fraud investigation and recovery, regulatory compliance and creditor representation in bankruptcy. He is currently general counsel, a member of the board of directors, and the chair of the quality assurance committee for the California Mortgage Bankers Association. 

Also joining the firm's Orange County office are attorneys Annabelle de la Mora and Libby Wong. Ms. de la Mora has over 25 years of experience in complex civil litigation matters and was formally vice president and associate counsel at Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. Ms. Wong has over a decade of experience in mortgage banking and commercial litigation with an emphasis on lender liability defense, mortgage fraud recovery, and construction defect.Nonprofits

[caption id="attachment_68361" align="alignright" width="189"] Steve Eckert[/caption]

Buckelew Programs named Steve Eckert, LCSW, as the organization’s new executive director. He is set to take the helm of one of the North Bay’s largest such nonprofits on Jan. 31. The previous executive director, Steve Ramsland, stepped down soon after the merger of Buckelew and Farm Service Agency of Marin last February. For the past eight years, Mr. Eckert has been the executive director of East Bay Agency for Children, which provides therapeutic, educational and family support services for more than 20,000 children and families. During his time in charge, the agency won a number of awards for notable nonprofit operation.

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