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

By Kate Stamell


Phaedra Kelly joined the ArtsCenter in Carrboro as the ArtSchool assistant.

Lynne Taylor-Corbett will choreograph "Carolina Jamboree," a ballet set to the music of Chapel Hill 's Red Clay Ramblers, for the Carolina Ballet, the Raleigh-based professional company.

The Durham School of the Arts Chorale won the first-annual Triangle Youth Chorus Trophy, commissioned by TriangleSings!, an online resource for local choral musicians.

The following North Carolina writers are featured in the Showcase of Women Authors at Raleigh 's Southern Women's Show, taking place this month: Susan Byrum Rountree, Cheryl McClary, Mary Cantando, Hunter Darden, Lorraine Stephens, Tracy Daley, AlexSandra Lett, Cecilia Budd Grimes, Patti Fralix, Dr. Lauren Durant, Cher Holton and Barbara Hemphill.


The Cotton Company, a retail store and art gallery in Wake Forest , launched a new Web site at www.thecottoncompany.com, featuring interactive pages, an events calendar and information on the resident artists. Elizabeth Johnson is the owner of The Cotton Company.

Jenny McLaurin opened BIZU, a jewelry store in Pittsboro.

Bliss Alexander joined Anoroc, a Raleigh advertising, marketing and graphic-design firm, as a graphic designer. Also, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra hired the firm to create an identity campaign.

V.K. Fields & Co., a Raleigh public-relations and copywriting firm, now offers ghostwriting for speeches. Valerie Fields is the company's CEO.

Cary-based advertising agency r+m creative has changed its name to R+M to reflect its growth. Beverly R. Murray is the president and founder of the agency.

Sheila Ogle, CEO of Media Research Planning and Placement in Cary , was named the first Business Champion of the N.C. National Federation of Independent Business. She also received the national Office Depot Businesswoman of the Year award.

Karin Patrick, a financial representative with the Carolina Condrey Group of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Raleigh , is the first female winner of the Jack Wardlaw Salesperson of the Year award sponsored by the Raleigh Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Robin Bennett joined UndercoverWear, a home-party lingerie company, as a Raleigh sales agent.

Janice Russell, "overseer of order" at Minding Your Matters Professional Organizing, received a certificate of study in the basic physical conditions of chronic-disorder clients from the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Alexandria Ferguson joined North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Durham as communications officer.


Michele Gallagher was named chief legal officer of Integrated Clinical Trial Services, a full-service patient-enrollment firm in Cary .

Dr. Angela Baylis, a chiropractor at Iatria Health Center , now offers treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, including rehabilitation therapy, ergonomic solutions and diet alteration to control inflammation and swelling.

Duke University Health System launched a redesigned Web site (http://DukeHealth.org) to help consumers and patients stay informed and healthy.

Rex Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center in Raleigh received three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

A video produced by Caregiver 101, a Raleigh-based facility for assistants of incapacitated, critically ill or terminal patients, received the 2004 Caregiver Friendly Award, presented by Today's Caregiver, a magazine for families and professionals.

Real Estate

Cathy Dyer, a broker associate with the Cameron Village office of York Simpson Underwood Realty, received her Graduate REALTOR Institute designation. Also, Ginger Lynn of the North Raleigh office received her broker's license from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:

  • Sissi Hancock joined the Lochmere office in Cary as a member of the Hancock-Smith group.
  • Betty Bargoil earned her Graduate REALTOR Institute designation.
  • Dina Griggs joined the Croasdaile office in Durham as a full-time associate.
  • Recent associates of the month include: Sandy English (Crabtree office); Betty Bargoil, Mella Pool and Betsy Alls (Falls office); Mary Krabacher, Cindy Penny, Pat Wray and Peggy Thomas (Six Forks office); the Brenda Holden Team ( Stonehenge office); Judy McCreery and Lori Morris (Garner office).
  • Other associates of the month include: Dal Barber, Giselle Morgan and the Linda Garner Team (Kildaire office); Diana Kaeser, Jane Allen Purtell & Associates, the Kelly Cobb Home Team, Helen Hartnett and the Pat Hensley/Betty Parker Team (Lochmere office); Linda Lohman and Fariba Valanejad (Preston office); Kathy Legnaioli (Durham/Chapel Hill office); and Jeanette Hussey (Hillandale office).
  • The 2003 top sales award winners include: Jeanette Hussey (Hillandale office) - Company-Wide Listing Associate of the Year; Lori Morris (Garner office) - Company-Wide Listings Sold Associate of the Year and Company-Wide New Homes Listing Associate of the Year; Mella Pool (Falls office) - Company-Wide Selling Associate of the Year; Lisa Plourde (Hwy. 54 office) - Company-Wide Associate of the Year;
  • Other winners include: Cindy Penny (Six Forks office) - Company-Wide Listing and Selling Team of the Year; Kathy Stancil and Julie Raynor Team (Garner office) - Company-Wide Listings Sold Team of the Year and Company-Wide New Homes Listing Team of the Year; the Kelly Cobb Home Team (Lochmere office) - Company-Wide Listing Team of the Year, Company-Wide Selling Team of the Year and Company-Wide Team of the Year; Sandy English - Company-Wide Listings Sold Team of the Year; and Mikki Hawkins (Stonehendge office) - Company-Wide New Homes Listing Team of the Year.
  • 2003 sales leaders include: Sandy English, Cindy Fox and Barbara Flynn (Crabtree office); Mella Pool (Falls office); Mary Krabacher and Cindy Penny (Six Forks office); Allison Burnett and the Brenda Holden Team (Stonehenge office); Carol Sims, Lori Morris and Jo Chapman (Garner office).
  • Other sales leaders include: Giselle Morgan, the Linda Garner team, Peggy Dixon and the Robinson Bonello Team (Kildaire office); the Betty Parker Team, the Kelly Cobb Home Team, Diana Kaeser and Jane Allen Purtell & Associates (Lochmere office); Debbie Turuc (Preston office); Jane Lee, Liz Gunselman and Lisa Plourde (Durham/Chapel Hill office); and Jeanette Hussey and Michelle Watson (Hillandale office).

Coldwell Banker of Raleigh announced:

  • Rhonda Hailey is a new sales agent and broker for the Cary Parkway office.
  • Suzannah Higby joined Neighborhood Builder Services as director of marketing.
  • Kathy Brearley joined the Falls of Neuse office as a sales associate.
  • Billie Redmond, president of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, spoke at the Certified Commercial Investment Member conference. Also, Redmond was named Business Leader magazine's Top Ten Women Extraordinaire.
  • 2003 top producing sales associates include: Phyllis Wolborsky (Falls of Neuse office) - Company Wide Listing Associate, Company Wide Sales Associate, Company Wide Volume Leader Residential and Company Wide Associate of the Year; Rose Brogli (Strickland office), Kimberly Boylston (East Wake Office), Shahla Rezvani (Chapel Hill office) and Amy Pomerantz (South Square office) - Gold Listing Associates, Gold Listings Sold Associates, Gold Sales Associates, Volume Leader and Associates of the Year; Cindy McIntyre and Zena Richards (Hillsborough office) - Associate of the Year and Volume Leader, respectively; Liz Warren (Crabtree Valley office) - Gold Listing Associate, Gold Listings Sold Associate and Volume Leader; Kimberly Conroy (Crabtree Valley Office) - Gold Sales Associate and Associate of the Year.
  • Other top producing sales associates include: Susan Waldrop (Hillsborough office) - gold listing associate, gold listings sold associate and gold sales associate; De J. Morris (Kildaire Farm office) - gold listing associate and gold listings sold associate; Linda Wuluff (Kildaire Farm office) - gold sales associate; Margaret Sophie (Kildaire Farm office) - volume leader and associate of the year; Cathy Brady and Ann Neisz (Neighborhood Builder Services) - gold sales associate and neighborhood of the year, respectively; Ashley L. Trammel (North Durham office) - gold listing associate, gold listings sold associate, volume leader and associate of the year; Stephanie Gaither (North Durham office) - gold sales associate.



Pam Kohl was appointed district director of the Raleigh office of U.S. Rep. Brad Miller.

The Tri-Write Club, a Web-based group with members from the Triangle area as well as from other states, offers aspiring writers critique opportunities. Lisa Tomey-Davis is the founder of the club.

Laura E. Edwards, a community banker for the Apex branch of Crescent State Bank, is a new member of the Apex Chamber of Commerce Ambassador's Club.

Cherie Poucher, director of the Wake County Board of Elections, was a featured speaker at a recent League of Women Voters of Wake County luncheon.

Laura Irvin joined the board of directors of the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County.

Mary Cantando, Raleigh author of "Nine Lives: Stories of Women Business Owners Landing on Their Feet," participated in the National Women's Council Forum of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council in Washington , D.C. She also spoke at the "Women Trading Globally" conference presented by RBC Financial Group in Vancouver , British Columbia .

Ann Upchurch Collier, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, won one of only 15 Luce Scholarships, which offer year-long internships in Asia.