What's She Doing?
News about women in the Triangle

By Amelia Rasmus


Julia J. Daniels and Ann B. Goodnight received Thomas S. Kenan III Leadership in the Arts Awards from the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Raleigh authors J.S. Fletcher and Kathy Newbern have launched yournovel.com, a Web site, where they personalize romance novels for couples.

EbzB Productions, a professional touring theater based in Apex, received the 2004 Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference.

The Raleigh Ringers hand-bell ensemble is holding auditions this month for its 2005 membership.

Shannon Ravenel, co-founder of Algonquin Books, is the honorary chairwoman for the 21st annual “Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands,” an art show and sale fundraiser held by The Women’s Center in Chapel Hill.

Also, Beth Grabowski, professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is one of the jurors for this year’s show.

The 2005 committee members include: Eleanor Avinor, Shirley Bacher, Frederique Beaufills, Cathy Dorin Black, Julianna Brinson, Libby Buck, Karen Christy Reynolds, Gisele Crawford, Phifer Crute, Alma Ferro, Mimi Fountain, Tanya Freeman, Sharon Grayden, Libby Greenberg, Sara Guess, Martha Hamblin, Jane Hankins, Jennifer Hayes, Ardie Hollifield, Mary Stuart Irwin and Lara Jacquot.

Other committee members include: Jackie Kaufman, Shirley Lally, Joan Lash, Anna Llewellyn, Marilyn Longman, Kristine Magnuson, Karen Meredith, Mary Moore, Lori Paquette, Mary Pender, Lou Pons, Elizabeth Preddy, Tawnya Louder, Mary Jane Rivers, DeAnn Spell, Michel Terry, Betsy Vaden, Chick White and Lia Williams.


Linda Markus Daniels, managing attorney of Daniels Daniels & Verdonik, P.A. in RTP, won the 2004 North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association’s 21 Award for information-technology support services.

Stephanie Moore, nationally known designer and maker of customized area rugs, has relocated the headquarters of her business, Stephanie Moore Designs, from California to the Triangle.

Mr. Toad’s Coffeehouse in Cary donated 5 percent of its December sales to Interact of Wake County. Stephanie Lake Britt is the owner of the shop.

Ashlee Lawson was selected to operate the state’s first Chick-fil-A in-line concept restaurant. Lawson is one of the youngest females to receive a new Chick-fil-A unit or operate a new concept.

Bath Junkie, a shop offering create-your-own body products, recently opened in Chapel Hill’s University Mall. Stephanie Cheney is the owner of Bath Junkie, which now has 40 locations nationwide.

Brenda Locker joined Insurance People of North Carolina in Durham as a licensed agent.

Wendy Coulter, president of Hummingbird Creative Group, a Raleigh-based advertising firm, was named to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Communications Board.

Katherine Frye, owner of Frye Law Offices, is relocating her firm, which specializes in family issues, to Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

The Fearrington House in Chapel Hill was rated the No. 7 small, country inn nationwide in the Zagat Survey of “Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts and Spas.”


Kile Law, president of Raleigh’s Blue Water Spa, was selected to serve on the National Day Spa Association’s 2005 board of directors. Also, managing director Dana Bailey and licensed massage therapist Kimberly Bagley donated funds and services to local charities on behalf of the spa.

Pamela Sutton-Wallace was appointed chief of staff to the chancellor for health affairs at Duke University in Durham.

Jane Riley, general manager of Designing Bodies in Raleigh, recently participated in the American Fitness Professionals’ certification class for advanced pilates.

Wake Radiology Diagnostic Imaging now offers on-site breast-cancer detection services at the offices of Tolnitch Surgical Associates in Raleigh.


Real Estate

Pamela St. Peter, of Prudential Carolinas Realty in Raleigh, completed a course to help her qualify for the Certified Residential Specialist designation from the National Association of REALTORS.

The Linda Craft team of RE/MAX One Realty recently donated 2,500 bottles of water to the Triangle Metro Heart Walk in Durham.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston announced:

• Brenda Lail and Carol Ochs joined the Falls office as sales associates.
• Joan Przeslk is a new sales associate with the Crabtree office.
• Rebecca Jordan joined the Cary Parkway office as a sales associate.
• Ann Jacobi Brown of Chapel Hill recently received the e-PRO designation from the technology-certification program of the National Association of REALTORS.
• Kimberly Conroy, an affiliate with the Crabtree office, received her broker’s license.

Fonville Morisey announced:

• Joanne Warner, Susan Alvey and Doris Ann Benson joined the Preston office in Cary.
• Cynthia Parker is a new full-time associate in the Six Forks office in Raleigh.
• Tiwana Adams joined the Croasdaile office in Durham as a full-time associate.


The Triangle chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women announced:

• The following were elected officers for 2005: Jane Doggett (president), Susan Wiggs-Folckemer (president-elect) and Jill Wells Heath (treasurer).
• New slate officers include: Kim Brame McGimsey (public relations officer), Dorothy Bass Burch (special events officer), Tabatha L. Cruden (membership officer).
• The following were named directors: Lisa Long, Toler Workman Ratledge, Sepideh Asefnia, Kathleen Thompson and Crystal Hall.

Angela Bendorf Jamison, president of Communicopia, a public relations firm in Raleigh, was named 2005 president of the National Agri-Marketing Association.

Judy Fourie, president of J. Fourie & Co. in Cary, was named to the Pilot Accreditation Advisory Board for the North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Pamela Allen is the new director of outdoor programs for the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council. She is responsible for events and summer camps in Johnston, Vance, Richmond and Cumberland counties.

Margaret Mullen, president and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, was a featured panelist at the Shelton Leadership Forum for female leaders.

Mary Cantando, president of a Raleigh-based Web site, WomanBusinessOwner.com and author of “Nine Lies: Stories of Women Business Owners Landing on Their Feet,” was selected to serve on the national board of directors for the Women Presidents’ Organization.

The Community Chest, an organization that supports local interests through events such as the Taste of Durham Festival scheduled for May, has redesigned its Web site — tasteofdurham.org. Kimberly Ruskan is the founder of The Community Chest.

Life Decisions Coalition of Wake County, an educational organization for advance-care and end-of-life health-care planning, elected the following to its 2005 board of directors: Sherry Harris (administrative director), Stacey McSwain (outreach director), Sue Humphries (presentations director), Rhonda Quattlebaum (membership director), Adrienne Keller (member at large) and Robin Temple (lead agency liaison).

Starting this month, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a service provided by the Orange County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is offering tax preparation to low- to middle-income clients as well as the homebound elderly and disabled.