UW-Green Bay Adds to Foundation & Phoenix Real Estate Boards

Posted on 3-24-2022

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced the addition of three members to its Foundation Board, all of whom are alumni. The Foundation Board manages more than $60,000,000 in assets and distributes more than $4.5 million each year to help make higher education accessible.

The newest UW-Green Bay Foundation members:

Michael Cheung, ’82 (Business Administration), a vice president at Washington Capital Management in Seattle, WA, joined the Foundation Board. Cheung has significant investment experience. He first joined Washington Capital’s Seattle office in 2002 as the senior fixed income portfolio manager before becoming Chief Investment Officer for Capital Markets. He began his career in fixed income portfolio management in 1984, with direct responsibility for investing $26 billion at General Electric Financial Assurance and responsibility for $8 billion of investments for the State of Alaska.  Cheung received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay and an MBA from Texas Christian University.

Tom Adrians, ‘82 (Managerial Accounting) spent his career in financial management in the Lakeshore, Fox Cities, and Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and has joined the Foundation Board. Adrians is the retired Chief Financial Officer of Systems Control in Iron Mountain, Michigan. He is a senior executive with broad financial and management experience in increasingly responsible positions. Adrians is recognized for his reputation as a results-oriented leader, motivator and team player and as a hard-working self-starter, who is analytical, detail oriented, and possesses superior planning and organizing capabilities.

Mark Lasee, ’79 (Business Administration), joins the Phoenix Real Estate Foundation Board as a new trustee. Lasee, an attorney at Kutak Rock in Scottsdale, AZ., has significant experience in real estate and alternative and sustainable investing. As a member of the firm’s National Institutional Investments Group, Lasee provides institutional clients insightful representation concerning their investments in private markets. He is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and has represented pension plans in placing well over $1 billion of their assets in domestic and offshore deals. His representation concerning alternative investments consists primarily of negotiating and documenting private equity, hedge fund, commingled real estate and infrastructure transactions with fund counsel for international and domestic funds targeted by pension plan investment consultants. Lasee’s wife, Jean (’81 Regional Analysis), is also an alumna of UW-Green Bay.

About the UW-Green Bay Foundation: The UW-Green Bay Foundation furthers the mission of UW-Green Bay, a public university, by developing and increasing opportunities for students primarily in the areas other than those in which the State of Wisconsin ordinarily makes appropriations. The Foundation attracts, manages, and distributes private resources, donated by friends of the University, that: fund student scholarships; renovate or construct academic or recreational facilities; fund endowed faculty positions; support research; and fund educational activities to enhance learning environments.

About the Phoenix Real Estate Foundation: The Phoenix Real Estate Foundation, LLC’S mission is to acquire, manage, lease, and dispose of real property to assist in fulfilling the educational and charitable mission of the UW-Green Bay Foundation.

UW Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a multi-campus comprehensive university offering exemplary undergraduate, master’s and select doctoral programs and operating with a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and research, and service to the community. The University provides a problem focused educational experience that promotes critical thinking and student success.

The culture and vision of the University reflect a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, social justice, civic engagement, and educational opportunity at all levels. Our core values embrace community-based partnerships, collaborative faculty scholarship and innovation.

Our commitment to a university that promotes access, career success, cross-discipline collaboration, cultural enrichment, economic development, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability is demonstrated through a wide array of programs and certifications offered in four colleges: College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Science, Engineering and Technology (including the Richard Resch School of Engineering); College of Health, Education and Social Welfare; and the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, leading to a range of degrees, including AAS, BA, BAS, BBA, BM, BS, BSN, BSW, MS, MSW, MSN, and Ed.D.​