Movers & Shakers 02/05/12

Michael Jungreis, partner with the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has been elected as the president of the Commonwealth North board of directors for 2012. Jungreis has practiced law in Alaska since 1979. His practice is focused on natural resources, complex real property, commercial transactions, and commercial litigation. The new 2012 Commonwealth North Executive Committee will also include Tom Case, chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage, president-elect; Michele Brown, president and CEO of United Way of Anchorage, secretary; and Meera Kohler, president and CEO of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, treasurer. Dr. Tom Nighswander, Alaska Tribal Health Consortium and University of Washington School of Medicine, will remain on the Executive Committee as past-president. New board members include: Case of UAA and Bruce Lamoureux, chief executive, Providence Health & Services Alaska. Re-elected Board members include: Nils Andreassen, managing director, Institute of the North; Cheryl Frasca, director, Office of Management and Budget, Municipality of Anchorage; Jungreis, Kohler and Nighswander

Elisha Martin has been appointed director of the Coldwell Banker Commercial Operations-Asset Services division in Alaska. An associate broker for Alaska, Martin brings more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate and holds the International Council of Shopping Center designation of Certified Shopping Center Manager. Martin joins Jim Wood, broker for Coldwell Banker Commercial in Alaska, who heads the firm’s commercial leasing and sales division. Martin formerly held positions as broker and vice president of operations for PTP Management Inc., a company that manages and leases more than 50 commercial and institutional projects of approximately 4 million square feet across Alaska. She was also general manager of the Dimond Center, Alaska’s largest retail/office complex at 728,000 square feet. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska.

Grant Gephardt and Zachary Rinker of PND Engineers Inc. in Anchorage have passed their professional engineer exams and have been promoted to senior engineers. Alexandra West earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage in December 2011 and joined PND Anchorage as a staff engineer in January 2012. Gephardt passed the Alaska P.E. exam and Rinker passed the Wyoming P.E. exam. Gephardt has been with PND since completing his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2007. Rinker holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Wyoming and has been with PND since October 2010. West interned for PND in 2011.

Erika Van Flein, formerly benefits administrator for University of Alaska Human Resources, has been named director of benefits. She replaces Mike Humphrey, who recently left the System Office to serve as executive officer for UAA Chancellor Tom Case. Brandi Berg, formerly assistant to Board of Regents’ Executive Officer Jeannie Phillips, has been named to Phillips’ post. Phillips recently accepted a position in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor’s Office. Van Flein, a lifelong Fairbanks resident, joined the university in 1990, working in University Relations at UAF. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Berg, also a longtime Fairbanks resident, joined UA in 2002, serving first at the UA Foundation and then moving to the regents’ office in 2008. Prior to joining UA she spent 19 years in the travel industry as a senior travel consultant in Fairbanks.

02/02/2012 - 9:25am