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

By Kathryn Downs




The Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission appointed Mikyoung Kim as lead artist for the city's Downtown Redevelopment Initiative.

Amanda Lamb of Cary, a reporter for WRAL, participated in "This Day in the Life: Diaries From Women Across America," a national book project featuring entries from more than 200 women.

Sara Foster, owner of Foster's Market in Chapel Hill and Durham, is serving as honorary chairwoman for "Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands," the annual art show and sale being held this month to benefit The Women's Center in Chapel Hill.


Local entrepreneurs Carolyn Rhinebarger, owner of Strategic Guru in Cary, and Adrianne Joergensen, owner of Cherry Blossom Studio in Raleigh, launched Pink Power Connection, an organization for women business owners.

Donna Sylver, chief financial officer and senior vice president at Mutual Community Savings Bank, headquartered in Durham, was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.

Maureen Dolan Rosen, a Chapel Hill-based publisher of cash-management workbooks, teamed up with the Youth Money Wise Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, to teach children and teens basic financial skills.

Julianna LaDue joined Hummingbird Creative Group as office and production manager. Wendy Coulter is president of the Raleigh creative-services firm.

Carolyn Grissom of Raleigh launched her invention, Kevin's Covers, nationally last month. The cover sleeve, named after her son, shields the arms of outpatients receiving intravenous therapy at home.

Denise Dingee was appointed vice president and general manager of Zebra Print Solutions in Raleigh; Charlotte DiLeonardo is CEO of the commercial printer.

Elizabeth Carrasco, owner of Raleigh interior design firm VIP Designs, accepted an invitation into the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina.

Pam Herndon, an agent for State Farm Insurance, held an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for her newly expanded office at The Center in Chapel Hill.

Kate Shanahan of Raleigh joined MMI Associates, a marketing and public-relations firm in Raleigh, as a junior account executive. The firm, headed by Patty Briguglio, recently received the 2005 MarCom Creative Award for the Project Lifeboat campaign.

Judy Ferguson joined Sunbelt Business Advisors in Raleigh as a senior business broker.

Mary Larsen of Apex, a designer with Larsen-Trochlil Interior Designs, was a featured instructor at the Custom Home Furnishings Conference in Greenville, S.C.

Tracy Lockard joined VisionPoint Marketing in Raleigh as account manager. Diane Kuehn is president of the business-to-business agency.


Eileen M. Slutsky, aesthetic specialist at Aesthetic Medispa, was named National Laser Trainer for Cutera Lasers. The spa, newly opened inside Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, is headed by aesthetics director Holly Killian Falk.

Angela Ursprung, founder of The Body Sculptress in Raleigh, announced that Petra Wiggins joined the team as a certified personal trainer.

Demitry "Dee" Haire, a certified personal trainer, opened DEE'S Personal Training to serve North Raleigh, Wake Forest and Rolesville.

Natasha Johnson of Raleigh developed That's NonScents, a line of all-natural, fragrance-free skin care products.



The Special Olympics of North Carolina board of directors elected Leslie O'Toole of Cary as chair-emeritus for 2006.

Best Buddies Companion Rescue and Adoption joined forces with New Orleans-area rescue teams to provide Triangle foster homes for displaced pets. Carrie Griffin is president of the organization.

Janice Russell, owner of Minding Your Matters Organizing Consultants in Raleigh, presented a class on obsessive-compulsive disorder to the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Nicole Bucalo, an account executive at MMI Associates in Raleigh, was named to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's board of directors.

The following received Gold Awards, in recognition of their leadership, community service, career-planning and personal-development accomplishments, from the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council: Roshni Bam, Carol Burton, Stacey Dove, Rachel Harper, Danielle Hennis, Miranda Miller, Julia Niemi and Jamie Simerly.

Jean Wiley, director of business development for Dancing Elephants Achievement Group in Cary, joined the Capital City and Cardinal Club Business Alliance Committee.
Janis Pettit, president of SmarTrack in Wake Forest, was a featured speaker at last month's meeting of the Women Business Owners Network of Cary.

The Triangle chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women elected its 2006 officers. They are: Susan Wiggs-Folckemer (president); Tabatha Cruden (president-elect); Jill Wells Heath (treasurer); Crystal Hall (director of membership); Dorothy Bass Burch (director of special events); Jane Doggett (past president); Kathleen M. Thompson (director); Sepideh Asfenia (director); Marie Stapleton (director); and Natalie Connell (director).

Judy Smith, president of Smith Seal of NC in Raleigh, was named to the North Carolina Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business.

Christy Geiger of Synergy Strategies represented Raleigh at Coachville's Marketing Mastery program, a three-day course for business and life coaches.

A Sweet Reminder gourmet cookie company sponsored the Triangle Pink Ribbon Concert for the Cure, which raised money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Orange County is now offering free its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to low- and middle-income clients in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Chatham County.


Real Estate

Cathy Rosebaugh of Cary, a senior real-estate specialist and certified senior advisor, recently founded Alterna Home Solutions, a Raleigh-based residential brokerage firm for retiring adults and seniors.

Karen Bell of Wake Forest joined the Coldwell Banker Advantage Wake Forest office and Susan Choi joined the Cary office as sales associates.

Fonville Morisey announced:
. Kaylor Russell joined the Crabtree office in Raleigh as an associate.
. Elisabeth Nixon of the Stonehenge office in Raleigh graduated from the REALTOR Institute.
. The Chapel Hill office raised more than $1,000 for the Women's Center's homeownership program.
. Recent associates of the month include: Jill Barnette, Cindy Fox (Crabtree office); Jeanette Hussey, Kim Hanan and Lisa Lundy (Croasdaile office); Dee Mitchell, Carol Sims and Judy McCreery (Garner office); Lisa Plourde (Hwy. 54 office); Barbara Phillips (Kildaire office); and Mary Puryear, Betty Parker and Debbie Van Horn (Lochmere office).
Other associates of the month include: Azita Wilson, Shelley Watson and Nancy Jewett (Preston office); Mary Krabacher, Lynn Stellings and Mary Forbes (Six Forks office); and Marti Avant and Sherri Smith (Stonehenge office).

ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary announced the following recent sales leaders of the month: Charlotte Crone, Jackie Lukowski, Gwen Hagar, Connie Brewer, Linda Harmsen, Terri McCall and Juni Asiyo.

Linda Craft of RE/MAX One Realty announced buyer specialist Muriel Bijeau was first in 2005 for sales volume and units sold. Second and third place went to Jo Ann Gardner and Evelyn Gurley, respectively. Debra Lytle, the team's closing manager, received the 2005 AttaBoy award, which recognizes outstanding team effort; accounting manager Jennifer Wollan received second place.