Penny Prichard of Benson is the new department head of Wake Technical Community College’s Culinary Technology and Hotel and Restaurant Management programs.

Marilynn Anselmi was named director of academic programs at the Gateway Technology Center of N.C. Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount.

Dorothy Bass Burch was a featured speaker at the Kappa Nu Sigma member-induction banquet at Meredith College in Raleigh.

Claire Howell of MMI Associates, a marketing firm in Raleigh, was selected to serve on the North Carolina State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Selection Committee.

Ursula C. Mannix joined the faculty at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst. She will teach Resort/Spa Law and Hospitality Industry Computer Systems.

Cyndy Ratcliffe, president of Organizing Solutions in Wake Forest, presented a workshop at Meredith College and gave a presentation at the ENCORE Center for Lifelong Enrichment.


Raleigh landscape artist Judy Harmon was featured in Sarah Susanka’s new book, “Outside the Not So Big House.”

Susan Glasser is the new director of education for the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Gloria Lesher of Clayton won the contemporary category of the Golden Pen contest for her novel, “Live for the Moment.”

“Potato Chips,” a song by Durham musician Jamie Anderson, was featured on “Good Morning America” for National Potato Chip Day.

Callie Warner, a Chapel Hill metalsmith, is working on the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s Giving Kiosk, a sculpture that will tell the stories of the town’s history.

The Chamber Choir of Enloe High School, directed by Ann L. Huff, won the 2006 Triangle Youth Chorus Trophy. An Award of Merit went to Leesville Road High School Capital Pride, led by Diane Covington.


Alison Jenkins is the corporate sales manager for the Umstead Hotel and Spa, a luxury property under construction in Cary.

Koken Bodyware, designed by Michelle Morgan of Raleigh, launched a line of swimsuit cover-ups.

Lisa Grimes opened a Floral Accents and Interiors at the Lassiter at North Hills in Raleigh.

Dancing Elephants, a sales-training and skills-development firm co-founded by Laura Posey, formed a partnership with Mang Insurance in Raleigh.

Jennifer Wray of the Castleton Group in Raleigh received the “Senior Professional in Human Resources” certification.

Interior Aspects in Apex launched a Web site, interioraspects.com, and now offers move-in services and real-estate staging. Audrey Barnhill is the owner of the design firm.

Heather Green of Apex launched the Web site, blondstuff.com, which features merchandise with blond logos and witticisms.

DiversityBusiness.com named VisionPoint Marketing of Raleigh, owned by Diane Kuehn, and Exhibit Resources of Raleigh, owned by Lana Calloway, among the top-50 woman-owned businesses in North Carolina.

Mr. Toad’s Coffeehouse and Roasters in Cary, owned by Stephanie Britt, joined with Angels of Mercy to collect gifts and donations for wounded and returning soldiers.

Holy Cow, in Cary, was chosen as the agency of record for The Mortgage Bus, a mobile financial resource. Holy Cow also launched its Web site, holycowbranding.com. Lorana Price is CEO of the creative agency.

The U.S. Small Business Administration named Sepi Asefnia, president of the Raleigh-based SEPI Engineering Group, the North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year for 2006.

Amy Crum and Sarah Winters, owners of the Raleigh-based Dream Dinners, opened a new location in Cary. Also, Robin Stanaway opened a Dream Dinners in Durham.

Kim Walker opened a Raleigh location of Peak Automotive, an auto repair shop.

Sandra Lamb Bridges, president and owner of First Choice Home Care, joined the advisory board of Crescent State Bank’s Sanford office.

Janice Russell and KC Coolbaugh, of Minding Your Matters Organizing in Cary, attended the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Pamela N. Jeffries launched Jeffries Consulting, a Durham firm that prepares employers for appearances in unemployment appeals hearings.

Wendy Coulter, president of Hummingbird Creative Group in Raleigh, redesigned the Web site for Vertical Walls.

Camela Renee Hill, owner of Interior Designs by Renee in Raleigh, celebrated the one-year anniversary of her Glenwood Avenue location. The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina also recognized her with a “Spotlight on Success.”

Paula Fullerton and Lori Paschall, designers at Sew Fine II Custom Draperies and Interiors of Durham, attended the International Window Coverings Expo.

Quality Design and Construction in Raleigh received the 2006 STAR (Showcasing Triangle Achievements in Remodeling) Award for customer satisfaction. Peggy Mackowski is the vice president of the company.

Jodi M. Cheek, of the Castleton Group in Raleigh, received a “Professional in Human Resources” certification.

Eileen Stevie, president of Stevie Organizing Services in Cary, was named 2006 Service Volunteer of the Year by the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Luree Kromah recently started noirbaby.com, a Creedmoor-based online magazine for African-American families.

Geneva “Raye” Hayden recently launched Carolina Task Master, a personal-assistance firm.

Colleen Hill, executive regional vice president of Arbonne International, a skin-care company, became part of the top 2 percent of the company and promoted 19 managers.


Duke University held a symposium to launch the new Global Health Institute.

Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center was selected for membership in the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.

BodyLase Skin Spa, with locations in Cary and Raleigh, won a Best of Triangle Citysearch Award for facials and hair removal and partnered with 02 Fitness Club in Raleigh. Karen Albright is the owner and director of the spa.

Kennedy Covington’s Raleigh and Research Triangle Park offices announced that Mary Beth Johnson is the new chairwoman of the firm’s national health law practice.

Triangle Focus on Healing, founded by Martha Shannon of Carrboro, is offering classes in the Lebed Method.


Jean Bolduc is the new director of corporate communications for the Durham Housing Authority.

Courtney Mallow of Cary received the Violet Richardson Award, which honors young women for community service, from Soroptimist International of Raleigh, a volunteer service organization for business and professional women. Amanda Beard received the group’s Making a Difference for Women Award for her effort to bring the Girls on the Run program to the Triangle.

Jennifer Snyder, a Durham life coach for women, will spend this summer in South Africa donating her coaching and training services.

The West Raleigh Exchange Club raised $20,000 for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina.

Chix in Business, a new network in Raleigh for female business owners, announced its flagship board members. They are: Mandy Becker, Marina Bosetti, JoAnn Chamberlin, Lisa Englert, Elizabeth Forsythe, Elizabeth Galecke, Cindy Hartzler, Dana Jennings, Loy Kiser, Katrina Lamberto, Laura Landsiedel, Michele Little, Susan Maravetz, Adele Michal, Janis Pettit, Barbara Sarvis, Paige Tharrington and Terri Zwierzynski.

Lisa Englert, president of Virtualme, an administrative-support firm in Cary, was a featured speaker at the North Carolina Computer Instructors Association spring conference in Winston-Salem.

Cathy Rosebaugh, president of Alterna Home Solutions, was named to the board of directors for the Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Cary, a support organization for the elderly and disabled.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, a marketing firm in Raleigh, was a judge for the North Carolina Automotive Dealers Association’s Advertising Excellence Awards.

A panel of female business owners spoke at the National Association of Women Business Owners public policy panel in Raleigh. N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Sheila Hale Ogle and Judy Smith participated. Patty Briguglio was moderator.

Wake County Guardian ad Litem seeks volunteers to serve as court-appointed volunteers for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

The Hoops for Hope event raised more than $31,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, N.C. Triangle affiliate.

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce awarded the following seniors with City of Medicine high school scholarship awards: Azraelle McClain, Alannah Gore, Akia Gore and Stacey Taylor.

Real Estate

Gina Miller, of RE/MAX United in Cary, was named No. 1 Individual Agent for the Triangle. She also received an award for being the No. 10 realtor in the Carolinas and was admitted to the Chairman’s Club.
Also, Linda Trevor earned certification from the National Association of REALTORS.

Alma Hernandez joined Alexa Corp, a Cary-based mortgage, real-estate and insurance firm, as a loan officer.

Pat Ammerman joined Coldwell Banker Advantage in Raleigh as a sales associate.

Dorothy Burch was named to the board of directors of Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women. Susan Folckemer was elected president.

Fonville Morisey announced:
Denise Keane and Sue Goodwin joined the Crabtree office in Raleigh as full-time associates.
Linda Britt, a sales associate in the Preston office in Cary, and Julie Keelan, a sales associate at the Falls office in Raleigh, earned their broker’s licenses.
Liz Haddon, a sales associate in the Falls office in Raleigh, earned the professional designation of Graduate, REALTOR Institute.

ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary announced the following sales leaders: Gwen Hager, Terri McCall, Pat McElroy, Rachel Willis and Nikki Belsito.