REAL ESTATE

- Prudential Realty announced the appointment of Sherry Chris as chief operations officer. She will be responsible for directing market expansion, increasing adoption of agent-centric technology and further integration of the company and its vertical business partners. "Sherry is a real innovator and has made an extraordinary impact on our industry over the course of her career," said Ed Karfchow, president of Prudential Realty. "Her proven ability to visualize how a company can grow will be extremely important as we position for long term expansion. We plan to stay on the cutting edge of a rapidly changing business." Chris previously served as president of Real Living, managing expansion of the company organically and through franchising activity. She is actively involved in leadership roles throughout the real estate industry. She is currently chairman of the board of the Realty Alliance, serves on a number of industry and non-industry board, and speaks frequently at industry events. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds a master's degree in business administration from the Ivey School of Business.

BUSINESS GROUPS

- Thomas A. Dine, president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, will become chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties in October. Dine brings substantial knowledge of community an political affairs, Israel and fund-raising expertise to his new position. He served for 13 years as executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dine is leaving his post as president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and is excited about the opportunity to join the Federation for both professional and personal reasons. "I have known the San Francisco Jewish community since 1980 and have called our interaction a love affair," Dine said. "I am looking forward to this next chapter in my life with great enthusiasm and high hopes." Dine is a past senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and has completed two fellowships at the Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He earned an M.L.A. at Johns Hopkins University, a masters in South Asian history at the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelors in history at Colgate University. He and his wife, Joan, have two grown children and one grandson.

FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

- Spencer Stuart, the leading privately held executive search firm, announced that Liz Fisher has joined the firm's San Francisco office. Bringing strong experience in the financial services industry, Fisher is a member of Spencer Stuart's Financial Services Practice. Most recently, Fisher was managing director of JPMorgan Chase Asset & Wealth Management Group and president and CEO of BrownCo, its brokerage subsidiary. "With her diverse management career and knowledge of the financial services sector, Liz will make an excellent addition to the Financial Services Practice, in particular, enhancing our strength in the West," said Phil Johnston, manager of Spencer Stuart's San Francisco office.

MEDICAL CARE

- The Alameda Hospital Foundation recently appointed Richard Warner as the new executive director. "I believe Rich is the perfect individual to expand community awareness of the Foundation, and increase funding for the hospital's commitment to first class health care," said Foundation President Don Lindsey. Warner is a third-generation Alameda resident who was born in Alameda Hospital. He is currently the president elect of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Park Street Business Association board of directors. With 13 years experience in the mortgage banking industry, a real estate appraisal company and a retail golf shop business behind him, Warner feels he has the tools necessary to take the foundation to the next level.