The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center appointed Crystal Harden director of outreach programs. Harden’s wide range of experience in formal and informal science education includes serving as an education-programs consultant for the California Dept. of Education. Born and raised in Wilson County, Harden received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from N.C. Central University in Durham and a master’s degree in teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Virginia G. Parker, vice president at Paragon Commercial Bank, with headquarters in Raleigh, has been appointed to a four-year term on the N.C. Principal Fellows Commission. Parker’s appointment was made by N.C. superintendent June Atkinson. As a member of the commission, Parker will assist in determining criteria for fellows as well as the method of selection and choosing recipients of scholarship loans. The Principal Fellows Program was established by the state’s General Assembly to encourage excellence in the recruitment of candidates for education-leadership programs.


St. Martin’s Press published Dawn Shamp’s debut novel, “On Account of Conspicuous Women,” which is set in Roxboro, where four ladies are poised to take on potlucks and politics in this picture of the South. Shamp lives in Durham.

The American Dance Festival will give an award to Dianne McIntyre, a woman who acted to preserve the traditions of modern dance while continuing to expand and broaden its definition. In a June 28 ceremony in Griffith Theater at Duke University in Durham, she’ll receive the 2008 Balasaraswati/ Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. For more than 30 years, McIntyre has been a celebrated choreographer, teacher and dancer.


Lisa Sanfilippo and her husband, Mike, launched CreativElectric after working more than 10 years in the residential remodel business. Headquartered in Chapel Hill and taking appointments throughout the Triangle, CreativElectric handles not just electrical projects but also skilled appliance replacement and home repairs.

Sugarland, a bakery and café, opened on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. It’s owned by Katrina Ryan, the former pastry chef at La Residence.

JDavis Architects announced that Joleen Lockhart, AIA, an architect in the Raleigh office, has passed the Architectural Registration Examination. The test, prepared by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, formally licenses North Carolina architects. Each candidate for licensure must obtain a passing score in all nine divisions of the ARE, which are pre-design, site planning, building planning, building technology, general structures, lateral forces, mechanical and electrical, materials and methods, and construction documents. Lockhart, who oversees four commercial projects totaling $15 million, has more than 10 years of industry experience. The Durham resident earned a bachelor’s degree of environmental design in architecture and a master’s degree of architecture from N.C. State University in Raleigh.

Anne Hainsworth was appointed director of public relations for Koroberi, a business-to-business integrated marketing agency based in Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Koroberi, Hainsworth worked as an account supervisor for Fleishman-Hillard in both Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, where she managed public-relations accounts for top-tier clients in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and high-tech industries. Kathryn Olive is president of Koroberi.

Mary Larsen, owner of GrowYourDesignBiz in Apex, was chosen as a “Top-Idea Maven” and featured in the 2008 Women’s Advantage Calendar for female business leaders.

Layne Kaufman, who has been a swim instructor for more than 11 years, has returned to the Triangle as a lead instructor for Atlantis Swim School in Cary. Ginger Castle owns the school.

Strategic branding and advertising firm Howard, Merrell & Partners, based in Raleigh, added Lauren Cobb to the Media Assets department as assistant media buyer, announced Donna Mercer, COO and senior vice president of the department. Cobb earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business management with a concentration in marketing at N.C. State University in Raleigh.

Lisa Piercy has joined the law firm of Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh to direct its Lobbying and Government Relations Group. Piercy has more than 20 years of government-relations experience. Prior to joining Ragsdale Liggett, she owned and operated a Triangle lobbying and consulting firm for 11 years. She was on the staff of U.S. Sen. Terry Sanford, served as assistant secretary in the N.C. Dept. of Administration, and worked as an entrepreneurial-development specialist for the N.C. Dept. of Commerce. Gov. Hunt appointed Piercy to the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

Erin Sterling of Frank Harmon Architect, a firm based in Raleigh, has successfully completed her exams and is a registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Sterling has served as a project architect on many of the firm’s significant projects, including the N.C. Botanical Garden Visitor Education Center in Chapel Hill and the Walnut Creek Urban Wetland Park in Raleigh.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Mobil Five-Star Award has been awarded to The Fearrington House Country Inn of Pittsboro. The Fearrington House’s rating earned it a place on Mobil Travel Guide’s list of top properties in the United States and Canada for 2008. Only 41 hotels in the country received this award and The Fearrington House remains the only Mobil Five-Star property in North Carolina, says Theresa Chiettini, its general manager.

Dawn Cupero, owner of Vines Bistro, announced that it’s launching a charity-dinner program. The new Italian-inspired restaurant, located in Cary’s Maynard Crossing, will hold bi-monthly charity dinners, submitting a portion of the proceeds to the organization it has selected for the evening. The first event, on March 11, will benefit The Carying Place, which teaches homeless families with children necessary life skills for attaining independent living while providing them with short-term housing support services.

Dr. Lisa Roberts, president and CEO of Gynecology and Laparoscopic Surgeons in Raleigh, announced the release of a podcast discussing laparoscopy, a procedure in which a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision, allowing the doctor to view the area on a television monitor. The practice’s physicians also include Dr. Tammy Hilbert and Dr. Elizabeth Roede Barbee.


Sarah Blacklin is the new manager of the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, a nonprofit organization run by member farmers.

The Board of Directors of the North Carolina chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announced its officers and directors for 2008, including: Cindy Gardiner of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, president, and McGavock Edwards of The Catevo Group, president-elect. Jennifer Sherron-Harrison, independent public relations consultant, assumes the role of immediate past president, and Geelea Seaford of the Duke Global Health Institute continues in her role as secretary. Consultant Katherine Smart and Kathleen Linder of Capstrat also continue to serve as board members. Committee chairs include: Kathy Bartlett of GlaxoSmithKline, accreditation chair; Stefanie Cousins, consultant, awards chair; Sloan Garner of the American Heart Association, Public Relations Student Society of America chair; Sarah Lamm of the UNC General Alumni Association, program co-chair; and Meredith Best of RBC Centura, Website/database /job bank chair.

Elizabeth Wallace, director of corporate affairs for restaurant-operator Rocky Top Hospitality, has been named to the leadership committee of the American Cancer Society’s Triangle Swing Fore a Cure. Rocky Top’s 1705 Prime Steakhouse, in Raleigh, is a platinum sponsor of the annual golf tournament, scheduled for April 28 at the Raleigh Country Club. The restaurant is hosting a pre-tournament casino night April 27.

Cathy Rosebaugh-Jennings, president of Alterna Home Solutions, has been appointed to the City of Raleigh Senior Corps Advisory Council. As a council member, Rosebaugh-Jennings will assist in expanding programs and fund development activities in addition to developing program awareness within the community. Senior Corps projects include the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, one of the country’s largest volunteer organizations for adults older than 55, and the Foster Grandparent Program.

The Triangle Interiors by Decorating Den team has partnered with the Me Fine Foundation to assist families of critically ill children by helping Decorating Den’s clients donate their gently used furniture to the organization. Once Me Fine receives the furniture, the organization will sell it at one of its two consignment centers or give it to families who need that type of support while their children are receiving medical attention. Carolyn Jordan is regional director of Interiors by Decorating Den. Lisa Valentino is executive director of the Me Fine Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance for children and families at Duke Children’s Hospital and the N.C. Children’s Hospital at UNC.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, a Raleigh public relations firm, was named to the board of directors of the International Affairs Council, a nonprofit group that promotes understanding of world affairs, citizen-to-citizen diplomacy and the recognition of North Carolina as a center of education, culture and business. The organization plans itineraries for visiting international dignitaries and professionals as well as events that bring high-profile speakers to the Triangle.

Real Estate

Michele Myers, president of M Squared Builders & Designers, based in Durham, has been named Builder of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, & Chatham Counties. The award is presented annually to a builder member who has demonstrated dedication to the industry through leadership and participation in events.

Debbie Houston, president of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services, based in Raleigh, announced:
Kristine Garrity was named on-site agent for Wood Chapel.
• The National Association of Home Builders gave the sales team for Heritage Wake Forest, which includes Jenn Nowalk, Ashley Wilson and Brenda Simpson, the National Silver Award for Sales Team of the Year. Also, the organization gave Sharon Andrews, a senior sales manager with the firm, the National Silver Award for Sales Manager of the Year for the region. And it gave Petra Bottomley, sales manager for the firm, the Member Institute of Residential Marketing designation.
Kim Agnolutto, director of marketing, has earned the Certified Marketing Professional designation.
Kim Yontosh has earned the Certified New Home Sales Professional designation.

ERA Pacesetters Realty of Cary said its sales leaders for January included Anne Bondurant, Pat McElroy, Lisa Ligouri and Maria Moga.

Kelly Cobb’s team with Fonville Morisey, based in Cary, celebrated another banner year with 156 closed sales and $56 million in volume, which was a company record.

Linda Craft was given the Thinking Blogger Award by Shak&Jill, a real estate discussion blog written by Kathleen Helbig. Craft’s blog was one of five across the United States that received the award. Shak&Jill is part of a community portal of Websites focused on homeownership.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston in Cary announced that the following joined as sales associates:
Kate Shoffner in the Cary Parkway office.
Suzanne Corbin and Karen B. Jetton in the Kildaire office.

Exit Select Realty of Cary welcomed its newest licensee, Melissa Moore. Moore is a member of the National Association of Realtors, N.C. Association of Realtors, Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors and the Triangle Multiple Listing Service.

Suzanne Koenigsberg of Fonville Morisey Realty in Durham earned the professional designation Graduate, REALTOR Institute.