Suzanne Clifton, president of the Castleton Group in Raleigh, was appointed to the Chowan College Board of Visitors.

The Women’s Center in Chapel Hill published an updated Spanish version of Family Law in North Carolina.

Gwynn T. Swinson is the new vice president of government and community affairs and external relations at Duke University Medical Center and Health System.


Artist Peg Gignoux was selected to work with fourth-grade art classes at Mary Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill to create a permanent public artwork. Also, Gignoux is the subject of a new film, “Waiting to Deliver Stories: The Art of Peg Gignoux,” by Erica Rothman.

North Carolina Arts in Action, founded by Chapel Hill resident Shirley Berger, received $5,000 from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and $5,000 from the Mary D.B.T. Semans Foundation for an in-school dance program. Lisa M. Kang is the executive director and Kirstie Spadie is the artistic director of the NCAIA.

Andrea McKerlie, a freshman at Apex High School, had her first novel, “Until We Meet Again,” published by AuthorHouse.

The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh hired Gabrielle Valdez as director of marketing and communications and Karen Klein as director of corporate relations.


Tina Randazzo, an environmental scientist with URS Corp. in Morrisville, was deployed to Louisiana to help find temporary housing for families affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Amanda LaRoque recently opened the Royal Bean Coffee and Gift Shop in Raleigh.

Suzanne Burns, vice president and general manager of the Power Protection Division of Eaton Corp., an industrial manufacturer in Raleigh, was a featured speaker at the Association for Corporate Growth breakfast meeting.

Kaitlan Phelps, an interior designer with The Freelon Group, an architectural firm in Research Triangle Park, received National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification.

Holy Cow, an advertising and graphic design firm in Cary, is now the agency of record for Sharon Hill International. Lorana Price is the CEO and creative director of the company.

Mary Brandt joined MMI Associates, a marketing and public relations firm in Raleigh, as a project coordinator; Claire Howell also joined as a public relations assistant, and Nicole Bucalo, an account executive at the firm, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Rosemarybeads.com, an online store owned by Rosemary Thornton of Apex, now offers medical identification bracelets.

Nancy Baughman, founder of eBizAuctions, was a featured speaker at the Cary Garden Club. She held an “Antique Roadshow” in which she appraised members’ belongings.

Wendy Coulter, president of Hummingbird Creative Group, an advertising and design firm in Raleigh, spoke about strategic branding on “The Women in Business Today Show.”

Cathy James joined BodyLase Skin Spa in Raleigh as an aesthetician.

Lori Miller was promoted to operations manager for CheckUp Marketing, the mystery-shopping department of MarketSmart Advertising in Raleigh. Also, Lia Luisi and Jamie L. Martin joined the firm as publicists.

Attorney Patricia Meador of Kennedy Covington in Research Triangle Park was named one of the Top 50 female lawyers in the state by Law & Politics magazine. Mary Beth Johnston was listed among the magazine’s 2006 Super Lawyers.

DITY Beads Design-it-Yourself Jewelry of Apex announced:
• Deb McNaughton, founder and CEO, launched “Cruise to Success,” an incentive program, and a new Web site, ditybeads.com.
• Scarlette Davis of Holly Springs and Kelly Newborn of Benson earned $125 in the 90-day success plan.
• Janet Layko of Cary and Michele Grauel of Holly Springs joined as independent design consultants.
• Christy Bounds of Cary added two out-of-state members to her team.
• Jennifer Boney of Apex was promoted to master artisan.

Lark Home and Apparel in Chapel Hill, run by Julie Lentz and Katherine Peterson, features Orla Keily from London and Adam + Eve contemporary sportswear in its spring collection.

R.W. Moore, a construction-equipment dealer in Raleigh, gave Judy Johnson a diamond to honor her 35 years of service with the firm.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a Raleigh-based wedding-planning company owned by Karen Clark, is featured in the winter 2006 issue of InStyle Weddings magazine.

Lisa Lotz and her husband, Michael, opened Meats Etc. in Clayton. The company specializes in corn-fed, dry-aged beef and a variety of other meats.

Gail Thompson, owner of The Foodsmith at Jordan Lake, a personal-chef service, launched her Web site, foodsmithatjordanlake.com.

Geralin Thomas of Metropolitan Organizing, a consulting firm in Cary, was a recent guest on Sunny 93.9 FM’s “Madison in the Morning” show.

Yvette DeSilva joined Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Raleigh as a private mortgage banker specializing in jumbo mortgage loans.

Grey Creative Group, a Durham-based creative workshop co-founded by Whitney Wilkerson, launched a new corporate identity, Stop Studios.

Home care provider ComForcare Senior Services is opening a franchise in Raleigh, under the ownership and management of Andree Vetrano.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park division, announced:
• Dr. Linda Birnbaum completed a term as vice president and president of the Society of Toxicology.
• Dr. Laura Jackson published study results in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
• Kelly Leovic received the Office of Research and Development’s Diversity Award in 2005.
• Jessica Montanez completed the intern program.
• Sharon Nizich was appointed agricultural team leader.
• Natalia Fisher-Jackson’s book, “Self Esteem and Empowerment for Women,” is scheduled for release this summer.

Ursula C. Mannix, founder of Raleigh-based Mannix & Associates, is conducting a team- building and leadership training course at Pinehurst Resorts.

Designer Shari Keller of Mehera Shaw in Carrboro will launch a new organic-clothing line this year.

AniMall, a pet adoption center in Morrisville, now is open every day of the week.


Cathy Rosebaugh was named president of Chapel Hill and Durham Eldercare Resources, a networking organization for senior-focused professionals. She is president of Alterna Home Solutions, a Raleigh real-estate firm geared toward seniors.

Former Durham councilwoman and county commissioner Mary D. Jacobs announced she will officially seek the representative seat for District 29 of the N.C. General Assembly.

Diane Kuehn, president of VisionPoint Marketing, was appointed to the Raleigh Chamber Communications Committee. She also participated in a mentoring panel for the Young Executives Group during a luncheon event.

Heather Brautman was admitted to the Society for Technical Communication’s honor society, Sigma Tau Chi. Brautman works at Parata Systems in Durham as a documentation specialist.

The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties installed the following officers for 2006: Robin McDuffie (secretary and treasurer), Michele Myers (builder director), and Lisa Johnson and Lori Russell (associate directors). Also, Mitzi Viola and Roxanne Hall, both of Habitat for Humanity in Durham, received the organization’s Presidential Service Award for leadership and involvement.

Nora Hernandez joined the Programs Team of the Mental Health Association in North Carolina as an Hispanic/Latino outreach coordinator.

Susan Safran, founder of CPR Consultants, received a “Heart Flowers” decorative plate in honor of her work for the North Carolina American Heart Association Advocacy Committee.

Coretta Poole of Apex is the new national vice president of membership management for the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA).

Jean Wiley, director of business development for Dancing Elephants Achievement Group, is a new member of the Capital City and Cardinal Club Business Alliance Committee in Raleigh.

Wanda S. Page was named assistant city manager of Durham.

Rhonda Anstett of Anstett Custom Design in Raleigh was elected president of the Triangle chapter of the Window Coverings Association of America.


Real Estate

Coldwell Banker announced:
• Nancy Creech was appointed senior vice president of marketing and communications for the offices in Raleigh, Cary, Creedmoor and Wake Forest.
• Wanda Burns-Ramsey of the Wanda and Calvin Ramsey team in North Raleigh and Creedmoor was appointed to the National Indian Business Association.
• Peggy Harrelson joined the firm as a sales associate in Raleigh.

Kim Adamof joined the sales team for Signature GMAC Real Estate in the Triangle.
Fonville Morisey announced
• The following were recent associates of the month: Christy Kimbro, Jo Ellen Munsee and Angela Whipple (Chapel Hill office); Melissa Donnell and Cindy Fox (Crabtree office); Grace Jones and Renee Piere (Croasdaile office); and Traci Tharrington (Falls office).
Other associates of the month include: Carol Sims and Judy McCreery (Garner office); Giselle Morgan, Rhomni Williams and Peggy Dixon (Kildaire office); Angela French and Meredith Kisner (Lochmere office); Sharon Kowitz, Judy Pearse, Angela Barton and Renee Samy (Preston office); Debbie Parker, Lynn Stellings and Mary Forbes (Six Forks office); Marti Avant, Sherri Smith and Sharyn Fuller (Stonehenge office).
• Leah Isadore of the Cary office, received the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation.
• Beth Peterson, Barbara Green and Diane K. Donnelly joined the Preston office, and Danette Kuru and Sallie West joined the Chapel Hill office.

Desiree Horvitz of Raleigh joined Century 21 Vicki Berry Realty as a broker associate.

Terri McCall, a broker in the Cary office of ERA Pacesetters Realty, received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute. Also, recent sales leaders of the month were: Charlotte Crone, Nikki Belsito, Pat McElroy, Gwen Hager, Jackie Lukowski and Terri McCall. Also, Gwen Hager recently received the Accredited Buyer Representative designation.