The American Dance Festival is accepting submissions for the 13th annual Dancing for the Camera: International Festival of Film and Video Dance, which will take place in July. The screenings will be free and open to the public on the campus of Duke University in Durham. Showcasing the best of fusions between cinematographic skill and choreographic vision, Dancing for the Camera has brought to international audiences more than 250 dance films from 20 countries.

Cornelia McDonald, a native North Carolinian from Holly Springs, wrote “I Wanna Tell You My Story,” which uses nonfiction prose and poetry to tell about a family in the segregated South in the 1950s. Last month, McDonald kicked off the author series and open house of Interact, a nonprofit agency in Raleigh that helps victims and survivors of domestic violence as well as rape and sexual assault.

Brenda Priest and Lisa Drymon launched Your Door & More, a Raleigh-based business specializing in pen-and-ink drawings of homes and businesses. The firm illustrates housewarming gifts, moving announcements and holiday greeting cards as well as providing elevation drawings.

The International Women’s Writing Guild appointed Connie Cohn and Gini Hamilton, both Chapel Hill residents, as regional contacts. The first Triangle get-together for the group was held last month. All women who write (publicly or not-so-publicly) were invited for an afternoon of discussion, writing exercises, refreshments and connections.

Three professional organizers in the Triangle were chosen to appear on “Time Makeover,” a show airing on the Fine Living TV Network, which is distributed to some 50 million households. Perri Kersh of Chapel Hill, Geralin Thomas of Cary and Cyndy Ratcliffe of Wake Forest shared their knowledge in helping families manage time. “Each of the families in the show work with an expert to makeover their time to keep the household running and add that special something they’ve been missing,” explains the network.

Sanyin Siang-Miller’s picture book, “The Story of a Line,” is available in print and in interactive format on-line at www.storyofaline.com. An inspiring story of a line who wanted to be something other than a line, this is her first children’s book. When she is not dreaming up stories and illustrating them, Siang-Miller works on leadership and ethics issues at her alma mater, Duke University, and its Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics. She lives in Durham.

Gigi Moore, corporate consultant with Raleigh’s ArtSource Fine Art, assisted Campbell Alliance, SunTrust Mortgage and Raleigh Radiology in the selection, placement and purchase of pieces and their framing. Artsource’s original gallery is in the Hayes Barton area and the newest location is in North Hills.


Lou Jurkowski, chief executive officer of BJAC, one of the largest woman-owned architectural design firms in the Southeast, announced:

The company has hired Lorraine Anderson as computer aided drafting manager, first-tier IT support and draftsman. She will complete drafting assignments, supervise CAD standards and training, implement building information modeling and provide IT support for BJAC, which has offices in Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Charlotte.

Tapati Bose is a new intern architect. Bose joins the architectural staff on projects for education, healthcare and museum clients. She earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture in Bangalore, India and a master’s in architecture at Texas A&M University.

Sarah M. Place, president and CEO of Place Trade Financial, a full-service discount broker and on-line trading firm based in Raleigh, announced that Krista Henderson has been promoted to client service manager. Henderson will oversee client services, work closely with financial advisors, manage clearing relationships and handle special projects.

Dawn Cupero, owner of Vines Bistro in Cary, which offers fine Italian cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere, said the restaurant is now providing full-service catering for all occasions and will open for private luncheons for local business functions and special events.

Amanda Keefer was promoted to marketing manager at the Freelon Group, a 55-person architectural firm in Research Triangle Park.

Mary Larsen, owner of MaryLarsenDesigns.com in Apex, has been chosen to speak at the International Window Coverings Expo in Atlanta. She will talk on the topics of marketing and interior design.

Melissa J. Essick, who graduated from Campbell University’s School of Law in Buies Creek, N.C., and Holly E. Gray, who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, recently joined Rosen Law Firm in Raleigh as divorce attorneys. 

Wendy Coulter, president of Hummingbird Creative Group, a Raleigh creative services firm, said Jill Welle has joined the firm as a traffic and administrative coordinator. Welle is responsible for coordinating the flow of activity for client projects and working with vendors to ensure deadlines are met as well as serving as a copywriter on a variety of projects, including Web sites, ads, biographies and business profiles.

Cynthia Anderson, a certified public accountant and managing partner of CD Anderson in Raleigh, has been added to the 2008 board of advisors for SEPI Engineering Group, a Raleigh-based civil engineering and planning services firm. Anderson will provide feedback and support to SEPI, which is a woman-owned business, regarding its strategic plan and future direction.

Sara McCall was selected as print production manager for Centrifuge Media, a Morrisville-based multimedia, audiovisual and technology solutions company.

Batson Marketing and PR in North Raleigh was contracted to promote the release of Bev Eakman’s latest book from Midnight Whistler Publishing, “Walking Targets: How Our Psychologized Classrooms Are Creating a Nation of Sitting Ducks.” Eileen Batson owns BGM&PR.

Katie McKenna has been hired as a sales representative and Caitlin Clinard as a public relations account executive for S&A Cherokee, a full-service communications firm in Cary.

Andrea Anderson, a member of the Society of Decorating Professionals, opened Raleigh’s Remix Redesign, which specializes in interior redesign and home staging.

Delores P. McNair expanded from a solo consulting career to form DPM Solutions, a Durham-based firm specializing in creating creative solutions for businesses and organizations. Areas of specialty include management performance, leadership training and development, and website design plus workshops and seminars on managing change and transition.

LearningRx has opened on Town Village Drive in Cary. It’s owned and operated by local residents Angela Bridges and her husband, Adrian. LearningRx “trains the brain,” says the founder of the national company, by identifying and correcting the underlying cognitive skill deficiencies that keep people from achieving their full potential in school, business or life. Angela Bridges has a master’s degree in social work and a license in clinical social work with specialization in cognitive behavioral therapy.

Homes in Motion, which works to creatively and affordably enhance residences in the Triangle, unveiled its new corporate identity, including a redesigned logo and Web site. Raleigh’s Hummingbird Creative Group, led by Wendy Coulter, is responsible for the logo, and 123Triad Web Design created the site. Ann Jagger and Karen Jensen are co-founders of Homes in Motion, which is based in Raleigh.

Speaker, trainer and author Lorraine Stephens of Raleigh presented the keynote speech, “Keys to Defining a Successful You,” at the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch and Learn seminar last month.


Betty Crump, community banker for Crescent State Bank’s Apex office, was appointed chair of the Apex Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. As chair, she is responsible for increasing the membership base, planning and implementing social and fundraising activities, and representing the chamber at local functions.

Rocky Top Hospitality, a Raleigh restaurant company that operates eateries such as Twisted Fork, Bogart’s and Red Room, announced:

Aimee Bridges, manager of the company, was named chair of the American Cancer Society’s Triangle Swing Fore a Cure pre-tournament casino night in April. Proceeds from the annual tournament and associated events support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient programs in local communities.

Katherine White, director of catering, has been named to the committee for The Carying Place 7th annual benefit auction, which is scheduled for May in Cary. The Carying Place is a non–profit organization serving Wake County that teaches homeless families with children necessary life skills for attaining independent living while providing them with short-term housing support services.

Elizabeth Wallace, director of corporate affairs, is the auction chair for the American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Gala this month in Cary. The black-tie affair recognizes the service of the American Heart Association in the Triangle and its mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, as well as enabling the advancement of groundbreaking medical research and lifesaving knowledge for the Triangle community.

Nichole Lu Maye, a hair stylist with Salon Moxie in North Raleigh, participated in “The Luxury Living Show: Mercedes, Fashion & Furniture” in Charlotte. Proceeds from the event went to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, which fights breast cancer.

Deanna Quinn, art director for Cross + Associates, a Raleigh-based marketing communication firm, was selected as program director for the Raleigh chapter of Executive Women International.

Mary Freeman, president and CEO of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, announced the release of a podcast featuring commentary from Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic gold medalist and honorary chair for this year’s A Toast to the Triangle. In the podcast, Yamaguchi provides details about the event and featured restaurants. The annual happening, which offers guests samples from about 50 of the area’s finest eateries, caterers and purveyors of wine and beer, is scheduled for March at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

Sandy Wheat was chosen as executive director of the N.C. Council on Economic Education, a statewide non-profit organization. Her responsibilities include program expansion, board development, fundraising, and continuing to foster and build public and private partnerships to promote economic education and financial literacy for students in the state.

Rebecca Atchley of Raleigh has joined the American Heart Association as director of the Triangle Go Red For Women Luncheon.

Kate Catlin, an account executive at MMI Associates, a Raleigh public relations firm, was added to the board of directors for the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere. For eight years, Catlin has been actively involved with the group, which allows students to learn about alternatives to violence and to practice what they learn through school and community service projects.

Jill Mastrangelo was appointed to the board of advisors of the non–profit Me Fine Foundation. Mastrangelo is an account executive at MMI Associates, a public relations firm in Raleigh. Mastrangelo will assist in developing awareness of the organization and gaining community support in addition to providing public relations services pro bono. The Me Fine Foundation provides assistance for children and families at the Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham and the N.C. Children’s Hospital at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Paddy Jordan, a senior designer with Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, was elected vice president of the North Carolina chapter of Women in Transportation. Mulkey has offices in Raleigh, Cary and Charlotte as well as South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Real Estate

Linda Craft formed an independent company to provide full real-estate services. Linda Craft and Team Realtors is a member of the National Association of Realtors and has located to new corporate headquarters at Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

Anne Bondurant, Phyllis Tipton, Nuha Jarrar, Gwen Hager and Terri McCall were sales leaders for the last month of 2007 for ERA Pacesetters in Cary.

The Crabtree Valley office of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston in Raleigh announced: • Sales agent Jennifer Proulx earned the accredited buyer representative designation from the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.
Lucille Reckleff joined the firm’s sales team. Reckleff has several years of experience in finance, most recently as a certified financial planner.

Debbie Houston, president of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services announced:
Heather Derr is builder representative for Balmoral at MacGregor in Cary.
Kim Yontosh, senior marketing manager, earned her certified marketing professional designation.

Billie Redmond, CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, received the 2007 national award from the Realtors Commercial Alliance, which is part of the National Association of Realtors. In addition, she recently spoke at the North Raleigh AM Network of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Steina De Andrade of the Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston office on Raleigh’s Strickland Road attended the annual VIP luncheon of the International Real Estate Federation at the United Nations in New York. The event celebrated the federation’s consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the U.N.

At its annual officer installation, the Eastern North Carolina chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management presented Nora Clark Neilson, CPM, chapter past president, with the CPM of the Year award and Cherie Dowdell, CPM, as CPM candidate of the year. Neilson is the director of property management for Spectrum Properties in Raleigh. Dowdell is vice president corporate real estate for Wachovia.

Annemarie Moore, sales manager for the Garner office of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, announced that Victoria Greco, who lives in Angier, is a new sales associate.


Dr. Lisa Roberts, president and CEO of Raleigh’s Gynecology and Laparoscopic Surgeons, is co-chair of the executive committee for the 2008 Speaking of Women’s Health conference, which is set for September at the Raleigh Convention Center. This marks the third consecutive year Roberts has worked in collaboration with other co-chairs, committee members and the national Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation to organize the daylong event. Also, Roberts contributed a chapter entitled “Laparoscopic Instrumentation” to the third edition of the “Atlas of Laparoscopic & Hysteroscopic Techniques for Gynecologists.” The textbook provides a step-by-step guide for physicians.

Darcy Ward and Jennifer Greenfield, doctors of chiropractic, launched the Center for Chiropractic & Wellness, a health and wellness center in North Raleigh. Services include chiropractic, myofascial release, acupuncture, allergy elimination, hormone assessment, massage, applied kinesiology, neuro emotional technique and reflexology.