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


Jean Bolduc was hired as director of corporate communications for the Durham Housing Authority.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members Dr. Joy Kasson and Carla White-Harris received Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Awards.

Suzanne Clifton, president of the Castleton Group in Raleigh, hosted the 2006 Chowan College “Chowan on the Road.”


R+M, a Cary-based agency that develops and manages brands, was named a regional design winner by PRINT, an industry publication.

Holy Cow, an advertising, graphic design and marketing firm in Cary received silver and bronze awards in the triangle ADDY Competition. The company, run by Lorana Price, also donated a logo, as a silent-auction item, to benefit the Wake County Women’s Center.

Tanya Franklin launched Desktop Pro, a Raleigh-based home-office and computer organizing service.

Laura Williston joined RSVP Events in Chapel Hill as sales and marketing director, and Lindsey Ballentine joined as production director.

Cynthia A. O’Neal of Taylor, Penry, Rash & Riemann in Raleigh, co-authored “The Law of Motor Vehicle Dealer Bond Claims.”

Mary Cantando of Raleigh announced that her book, “The Woman’s Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What it Takes to Grow Your Business” is scheduled for release next month.

Quality Design and Construction of Raleigh was featured in Women’s Day Home Makeovers and Remodeling Ideas, an annual publication. Peggy Mackowski is vice president of the company.

Charlotte DiLeonardo, CEO of Zebra Print Solutions, a commercial printer in Morrisville, was presented with a plaque from Progress Energy that honors woman-owned and minority business suppliers. Also, the company received a bronze Triangle ADDY award.

Diane Pettus joined Oryel, a human-capital management firm in Raleigh, as director of marketing and public relations.

MarketSmart Advertising in Raleigh hired Wondella Payne as a scheduler.

Diana Evans was promoted to financial services manager with First Citizens Bank in Raleigh.

Tammy Johnson of Fuquay-Varina joined Rosen Law Firm in Raleigh as a divorce attorney.

Tasha McLean joined Aussie Pet Mobile of Wake County as a groomer, and Jennifer L. Ehart joined as dispatch manager.

Praxis Design Studios in Raleigh developed and launched the “Alltel Pavilion VIP Experience” Web site. Tricia Sauls is principal and co-owner of the firm.

Janine Varney, president of Well Dressed Homes in Raleigh, received the “Accredited Staging Professional” designation from Staged Homes.

Cynthia Matson opened Single Seniors’ Network, a matchmaking service for adults over 50, in Raleigh.

Eileen Stevie, president of Stevie Organizing Services, was certified as a GO (Get Organized) System Trainer after attending a seminar at DME Training and Consulting in Memphis, Tenn.

Mirror Mountain Productions, a Durham-based business owned by Mary Anne Baynes, now offers LifeShareDVD, a commemorative DVD package.

Janice Russell, of Minding Your Matters Organizing, led a seminar for GlaxoSmithKline’s Research Triangle Park and Zebulon locations.

Michelle Wingate was named traffic manager for MMI Associates, a Raleigh-based marketing and public-relations firm.

Profiles International, a developer of assessment tools, formed an alliance with Talent Assessments, a Raleigh-based firm founded by Lisa Rice, to help human-resources professionals match employees with appropriate jobs.

Debbie McLamb was promoted to vice president and branch operations officer of Crescent State Bank in Cary.

“Aunt Julia’s Simple Guide to Healthy Relationships,” a book by Raleigh artist and author Julia Freifeld, is now available in local bookstores.


BodyLase Skin Spa hosted “TFS Moms’ Night” for the mothers of athletes at The Franciscan School. The spa, which has locations in Raleigh and Cary, is co-owned by Karen Albright.

Joan Baumer of Cary is the new chief recipe officer for RealLivingNutrition.com, an online weight-management program.

Connie Swantko, a licensed esthetician, joined the staff of Aesthetic Medispa in Raleigh.

Blue Water Spa in Raleigh, announced:
• Owner Kile Law was a speaker at the International Medical Spa conference; was interviewed by Cosmetic Surgery Times; had an article published in Plastic Surgery; and was featured in Plastic Surgery News.
Liliana Guarino, Mari Beth Hedeman, Thearadise Beaver, Marie Mantle, Kimberly Bagley, Judy Jones, Lauren Wise and Rana Jallad helped Blue Water Spa become recognized as one of the top four spas in the nation by American Spa Magazine.
Amaris Balkus and Amber Bundy donated services to benefit local charities on behalf of the spa.

Structure House, a residential weight-loss facility in Durham, now offers a post-bariatric surgery program.

The Institute of Lifestyle and Weight Management partnered with Gold’s Gym to open a physical-fitness institute in the Raleigh Medical Center.



The Greater Triangle YWCA honored the following African-American women for their work in media at its annual “Back To Our Roots Celebration”: Monica E. Barnes, Valonda Calloway, Gayle Hurd, Leoneda Inge and Renee McCoy.

Lana Calloway, president of Exhibit Resources in Raleigh, was named to the board of directors for the Women’s Center of Wake County.

Works by Chatham Studio Tour artist Gretchen Lothrop, a metal sculptor from Pittsboro, were chosen for the Sixth Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture exhibition.

Wendy Coulter, president of Hummingbird Creative Group in Raleigh, was selected by the American Advertising Federation as an ADDY Awards judge.

Cathy Rosebaugh has been named senior outreach chairwoman for Second Chance Pet Adoptions in Wake County.

Gloria Lesher of Raleigh won first place in the contemporary category of the Golden Pen Contest, a competition sponsored by a chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for her novel “Live for the Moment.”

Susan L. Taylor, editorial director for Essence magazine, is the featured speaker for this month's Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum.

Genevia Gee Fulbright was a panelist for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Savvy Women Leaders Conference.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall joined the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Association of Counties to unveil the “Call to ACTION” initiative in Washington, D.C.

The National Association of Professional Organizers, North Carolina Chapter, announced its new board of directors: Geralin Thomas (president), Ann Jagger (vice president), Eileen Stevie (secretary), Marci Kilpatrick (treasurer), Janice Russell (immediate past president), Perri Kersh (director of membership), Stefanie Watkins (director of community relations) and Kerry Crocker (director of technology and communications).
In additional leadership positions are: Bobbi Whittemore (ambassador for North Carolina), Myra Freshwater (Eastern Chapter liaison), Sheila Fender (Western Chapter liaison), Debbie Zechini (hospitality and librarian) and Denise Brown (librarian).

A Southern Season hosted a fund-raiser in which 5 percent of retail sales benefited the Women’s Center in Chapel Hill.

The Women Business Owner’s Network of Cary is accepting applications for scholarships for female entrepreneurs. The deadline is May 31.

Real Estate

Bank of America Mortgage awarded “Platinum Club” designation to Julie Hopfer, Gretchen Curtice and Kay McCabe for top performance in the Triangle.

Debbie Komlo and Becky Holt of Coldwell Banker Advantage in Raleigh completed a course to enhance customer service and business referrals.

Polly Tertocha joined the Strickland Road office, in Raleigh, of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston.

Gail Perry of RE/MAX UNITED in Raleigh was chosen to be featured in the book “RE/MAX Success Stories.”

Fair Pickel is a new full-time associate with the Mella Pool team at Fonville Morisey Realty in Raleigh. Also, Melodye Scott joined as a full-time associate in the Crabtree office.

Nikki Belsito and Pat McElroy were recent sales leaders of the month for ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary.