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Katherine Deigan, a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, received a 2009-2010 Winston Churchill Scholarship for graduate work at the University of Cambridge in England, valued at $42,000 to $50,000. She was one of just 14 college students chosen nationwide for the one-year award.

The Commercial Real Estate Women Network gave the Preiss Co., the largest provider of off-campus student housing at NCSU in Raleigh, the 2008 Impact Award as an industry innovator. The Triangle’s Donna Preiss formed the company, which operates in several Southern states, in 1987.

Rep. Brad Miller announced the appointments of outstanding local students to the U.S. service academies, including Lindsey M. Ziegler, who attends Knightdale High School and will be going to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and Alexandra R. Mensing, who attends St. David’s School in Raleigh and will be going to the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Wanda Fowler, Wake County SmartStart quality enhancement specialist, was recognized by Wake Technical Community College for her contributions to early childhood education, a field in which she has more than 20 years of experience.

Cheri Kinney, owner of Hair, Body & Sole Salon and Spa in Apex, released her “Teen Angst” photography collection, which will be displayed in the upstairs gallery at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in downtown Apex beginning in April.

Jewelry artist Melissa Booth of Hillsborough will be a featured exhibitor at the CraftBoston show, which runs March 27 to 29 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Booth is among 200 contemporary craft artists to showcase work there.

Nationally touring, Durham-based singer-songwriter-comic Jamie Anderson has re-released her 1995 album “Never Assume.”

The vibrant, abstractionist work of Raleigh artist Suzy Andron was on display in January at Agora Gallery New York City. The Chelsea gallery housed her exhibit, “The Revelry of Energy.” Andron specializes in the use of an ancient form known as polytych.

Sherri Ferguson, a Raleigh photographer, is celebrating seven years in the industry. Her work was recently exhibited at the South East Regional Library. She has launched a new Web site, www.GreenFlash-Productions.com.

Kimberly Alvis, an artist who lives in the countryside near Chapel Hill, uses her carefully tended gardens to provide the subject matter for her collection of rich still-life paintings. They can be seen at Somerhill Gallery in Durham and The Little Art Gallery and Craft Collection in Raleigh.

Sheila Forte of Raleigh co-authored a book entitled “Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value Through People, Knowledge and Relationships.”

Mary Williams-Stover joined Shoestring Creative Group, the national network of nonprofit marketing consultants. With more than 28 years of experience, most recently as senior vice president of strategic initiatives with Triangle United Way, Williams-Stover provides innovative ideas and solutions for clients in the Research Triangle.

LMS Fragrances, the only direct-selling company of luxury perfume in the country, presented senior director Linda Rogers of Raleigh with a new Jaguar in recognition of her success at building a team and creating jobs for more than 600 people. 

Elizabeth Forsythe, co-owner and president of Archetype Graphic Design in Raleigh, celebrated the tenth anniversary of her business.

Howard, Merrell & Partners, an advertising and branding firm in Raleigh, applauded Jessica Kuehl, financial services manager, for 10 years of service in the agency’s finance department.
Vernessa Roberts was named vice president of communications for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Coulter, CEO of Hummingbird Creative Group, a Cary-based creative services firm, announced that Sherry Moss Mitchell is the new director of brand strategy. 

Del Mattioli of Durham was elected to New York Life Insurance’s Agents Advisory Council, a prestigious group of 24 representatives who present agent viewpoints and issues to the home office. Mattioli, a New York Life agent for more than 25 years, was elected to the council at a recent awards and recognition educational conference.

Kim Grant of ConsultAWriter.com, a professional writing and consulting service, gave a presentation on Search Engine Optimization and Web Content Development to RE/MAX Preferred Associates in Raleigh.

Lou Jurkowski, chief executive officer of BJAC, an architectural firm in Raleigh that works on complex institutional projects, noted that Amanda Holloway, interior designer, earned the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). 

Phillips Architecture of Raleigh announced that Keri Wilder and Candice Carter were promoted to associates and passed the NCIDQ.

Jill Welle joined Centrifuge Media, a multimedia, audiovisual and technology solutions company in Morrisville, as print production manager. 

Jenn Halweil, a senior at NCSU in Raleigh, is the co-founder and CEO of Legacy Event Planners, the nonprofit organization responsible for the Hillsborough Street Renaissance Festival taking place March 14. The proceeds from the eco-friendly arts and music festival will benefit student and community nonprofit groups focused on renewable energy research, sustainable development and local improvement projects.

Diane Kuehn, president and CEO of VisionPoint Marketing, was elected vice chair of the 2009 board of directors of the International Affairs Council. The council is a nonprofit, community-based organization that promotes understanding of world affairs and culture in the Research Triangle.

The Allstate Foundation awarded Interact a $30,000 grant to help fund a financial empowerment program for families impacted by violence and abuse. Interact is Wake County’s domestic violence and rape/sexual assault agency.

Hold Your Head Up, a Durham nonprofit that supports low-income women transitioning into the workforce, announ-ced two additions: Teresa Ostuni as public relations communications specialist and Sarah Finley as director of outreach and development.

The Women Business Owners Network of Cary announced the winners of its annual scholarships for 2009. They are:
Ginger Castle of Atlantis Swim School
Amy Etheridge of Giving Leadership Opportunity
Heather Swanner of Heather Swanner Photography Studio
Each recipient will receive $2,500 toward education that will help them to personally develop and grow their businesses as well as a complimentary one-year membership in the group.

Sharon Hill, president of Sharon Hill International in Chapel Hill, spoke to students in Denver as part of Meeting Professionals International’s “Backpacks to Briefcases.” The program helps students prepare for their careers as they near graduation.

Mary Freeman, president and CEO of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities in Raleigh, announced the release of a podcast featuring commentary from Janine Slater, the mother of Deuce Slater, a child at the center. 

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:
Anna Marie Ambrose has joined as a full-time sales associate in the Chapel Hill office.
Kitty Matkins has joined as a full-time sales associate in the Croasdaile office in Durham.
• The Mella Pool Team donated more than 130 toys to the “Kids on Guard” program, which distributes to children of soldiers in the N.C. National Guard.

Allen Tate Realtors announced:
• The Realtor Team of Dani Devinney and Tim Devinney as well as Realtor Barbara Sannes joined the Glenwood office in Raleigh.
Jenny Barber and Virginia Ferguson, Realtors in the Chapel Hill office, earned the company’s master’s designation.
Terry Pickens and Nancy Page joined the Wake Forest-Rolesville office.
• Realtor Lisa Galvin joined the Cary Stonebridge office.

ERA Pacesetters Realty announced sales leaders for January, including Terri McCall, Mallika Perera, Lisa Ligouri, Dee Levitz, Nancy Guenther, Debbie Bell, Claudia Rowe, Pat McElory and Ami Felner.

Linda Dickert, marketing director for Atreus Homes & Communities, was recognized as the chair of the year for outstanding service in 2008. The award was presented by the Triangle Sales & Marketing Council of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh/Wake County and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham counties.

Linda Craft and Team Realtors announced that Linda Craft has achieved the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation from the Distressed Property Institute. She’s the first Realtor in Raleigh to receive it.

Beth McKinney, a top agent at the RE/MAX United office in Cary, has been named a CyBerStar with the Allen F. Hainge Seminars, a nationwide networking group of agents.

Heritage Wake Forest won the 2008 Gold Award for Best Sales Team in the United States from the National Home Builders Association. The Heritage team consists of Ann Gowarty, Ashley Wilson, Brenda Simpson and Jenn Nowalk.

Jennifer Jahoo, a paramedical aesthetician, has joined Lasers, too, which is a division of the Center for Functional and Aesthetic Facial Surgery in Durham. She has more than 10 years’ experience collaborating with physicians to develop individually tailored pre- and post-operative skin-care regimens for patients undergoing cosmetic surgery and laser procedures.

Erika Mangrum of Raleigh was named managing director of U.S. business development of IntuiSkin, a subsidiary of MEMSCAP, a provider of innovative solutions based on MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) technology.

Dr. Darcy Ward and Dr. Jennifer Greenfield, chiropractors at the Center for Chiropractic & Wellness in North Raleigh, announced that Kathy Wilson joined the firm as a licensed massage and body therapist. 

Julie Newton joined Wake Radiology as lead technologist for the recently opened PET·CT office in Cary.

WakeMed Health & Hospitals won approval to add 41 licensed acute-care beds to WakeMed North Healthplex for female-focused inpatient services. These will be added to the 20 beds already approved for relocation from the WakeMed Raleigh Campus. WakeMed North Healthplex will be the fifth full-service hospital in the county and the only women’s hospital. It will offer comprehensive preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic care, including obstetric and gynecological services. The proposed addition will be 72,300 square feet and cost $34 million. Construction is expected to begin next February and finish by October 2011.

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