Whittier Hires New Chief Financial Officer

The Whittier City Council has voted to hire Doris Morris, controller of the city of Fontana, as Whittier’s chief financial officer. Morris, 43, worked 11 months for the San Bernardino County city of Fontana, whose finance department is still recovering from a scandal in which the previous controller was convicted of embezzling $150,000 in city money in 1987. She also has worked as an accountant for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Morris will be paid $68,900 annually and is scheduled to start work in Whittier on Monday. She replaces Irwin Bornstein, who resigned last year to become controller for another city.

Long Beach Arts Council Presents Awards

The Public Corp. for the Arts presented its yearly distinguished arts awards during a dinner-dance at the Sheraton Long Beach. The honorees were mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, a Long Beach native, distinguished performing artist; Pia Pizzo, a multimedia artist, distinguished visual artist; Stanley Cohen of Shoreline Square, most creative contribution to arts in business; attorney James Ackerman, distinguished philanthropist award; Constance W. Glenn, director of the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach, distinguished administrator award, and Gussie Flanagan, a 90-year-old arts volunteer, distinguished volunteer award.

Little Lake School Board Elects Officers


Alva Folsom, a trustee for more than 10 years, has been elected president of the Little Lake City School District Board of Education. He previously served as board president in 1981-82 and was vice president last year. Also elected in the board’s annual reorganization meeting were May Sharp, vice president, and Sara Mendez, clerk. Others on the 5-member board are Richard Moore and Alex Morales. The district serves 4,046 students in seven elementary and two junior high schools in Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk.

Executive Director of Whittier YMCA Named

Dan Kappel has been named executive director of the Whittier Center YMCA. He replaces Kathleen Wilson, who retired. For the past three years, Kappel has been the director of Camp Arbolado, a YMCA camp in the San Bernardino National Forest. Under his administration the camp increased from 40% occupancy to 85%. Kappel said his goals for the Whittier Y branch include expansion of programs to the community, particularly child care, fitness programs, camping and aquatics. He said he also intends to increase program offerings to members and improve facilities. Kappel, 33, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has lived in Southern California for 3 1/2 years.

Whittier Meals on Wheels Elects Officers


Whittier Meals on Wheels has elected these officers for the new year: Frances Nelson, president; Barbara Hagler, vice president; Paul Groseclos, treasurer; Myrna Smith and Marian Thoms, secretaries. Newly elected to the board of trustees are Jackie Cauffman, Leonard Gross, Richard Votaw and Mary Barnard. Nelson, the new president, is in her fourth year on the board. She is a retired bank trust officer. Meals on Wheels was organized in 1971 to serve aged, handicapped and shut-in residents in the Whittier area. With a staff of more than 200 volunteers, it provides two meals a day, five days a week to more than 100 clients on nine routes.

Cerritos College Appoints Head Librarian

John McGinnis, 43, has been appointed library director at Cerritos College’s Wilford Michael Learning Resource Center, after serving three years as a part-time staff member at the college. He heads a staff of 14 librarians plus part-timers. He formerly was a classroom teacher 12 years and librarian 7 years at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, where he earned the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, a prestigious national award usually won by public libraries. McGinnis has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in communication arts from Loyola Marymount University, and a master’s in library science from USC.

DAR Presents American History Awards

District 13 of the Daughters of the American Revolution has presented a good citizen award and savings bond to Karen Kelsey, a senior at Millikan High School in Long Beach. Linda Warner, who teaches at Rio Hondo Elementary School in Downey, received an award as outstanding American history teacher. Other awards presented during the DAR’s American History Month observance were to essay contest winners Marisa Grussing, fifth-grade pupil at Imperial Elementary School in Downey; Alexandria Rosales, sixth grade, and Delma Nieves, seventh grade, both of Our Lady of the Rosary School in Paramount; and David Kim, eighth grade pupil at Malaga Cove Intermediate School in Palos Verdes Estates.

Winners of Lakewood Arts and Crafts Show

The Lakewood Artist Guild has announced the winners of its annual juried membership arts and crafts show. First-, second- and third-place winners, respectively are: Linda Gunn, Margie Joyce and Frank Mapson in contemporary art; Elaine Arnold, Doralee Dawdy and Georgia Thornton in traditional art; M.S. Young, Mel and Maxine Couron and Carol Ieradi in crafts. Other winners by popular vote are Judith Brody, best painting; Ieradi, best craft; and Chuck Hammond, masters division.

Soroptimists Bestow Man About Town Title


Whittier resident Bruce Wyatt raised the most money, at $1 a vote, among five candidates to win the Man About Town title bestowed by the East Whittier Chapter of Soroptimist International. The competition raised more than $8,000 to benefit the Hillcrest Senior Care Fellowship and the Interhealth Home Healthcare Hospice. Wyatt, a former golf pro at the Friendly Hills Country Club, is affiliated with Signal Hill Savings & Loan Assn. and CBI Financial Services.