Butterfly Life, a fitness club designed for women, released a podcast discussing its sponsorship of the second annual Ride for the Cure last month. In the podcast, Sunita Shouse, co-owner of the Raleigh branch of Butterfly Life, discusses its support of the Ride for the Cure and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Terry Cichocki, owner of the Cary branch, joined Shouse in support of the event, a 50- to 60-mile open-ride motorcycle rally with 100 percent of the net proceeds benefiting the foundation.

The Cash Management Connection, publishers of the KIDSCA$H and MYCA$H lines of workbooks and classroom curricula, has released a new e-book, “Talk To Your Kids About Money Before They Hear It From Somebody Else.” The e-book is based on dozens of workshops conducted by Chapel Hill-based author and company owner Maureen Dolan Rosen.

Kim Howren was promoted to senior vice president, director of retail banking, at Capital Bank, which is based in Raleigh. Howren had served as retail group manager at the bank’s Glenwood Avenue branch for the past two years.

The decorators from Sew Fine II Draperies and Interiors, which is based in Durham and serves clients throughout central North Carolina, attended the International Window Coverings Expo in Atlanta last month. Paula Fullerton, Barbara Young and Lori Paschall previewed upcoming trends and attended seminars with industry leaders, with an emphasis on eco-friendly home fashions.

Strategic branding and advertising firm Howard, Merrell & Partners, based in Raleigh, announced the addition of Melani Avery as vice president, management supervisor in the account management department.

Susanne Gaddis, Ph.D., president and CEO of The Communications Doctor, which specializes in fostering effective workplace communication, noted:

Heather Mumaw was appointed director of communications and Kristi Kanzig director of marketing communications for the firm, which is based in Chapel Hill.

• Gaddis was selected as a recipient of the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants’ outstanding chapter speaker award. 

Lou Jurkowski, chief executive officer of BJAC, one of the largest woman-owned design firms in the Southeast, announced that Gaylen Herman and Heidi Charron have joined the firm as intern architects. BJAC has offices in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Marilyn Saylor, president of The Wine Merchant of Raleigh and Cary, the oldest independent wine store in the Triangle, said it has purchased the newest technology in wine-dispensing equipment. The wine card allows customers to purchase a card and sample 12 wines in the store. The Wine Merchant is the first retailer east of the Mississippi to have this equipment.


Gayle Ackerman DiLalla, M.D., F.A.C.S joined Tolnitch Surgical Associates of Raleigh, which specializes in the care of women with breast disease. DiLalla, who has been in practice 16 years, is board certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons and the N.C. Medical Society.

Raleigh’s Gynecology and Laparoscopic Surgeons announced that Dr. Lisa Roberts was on the faculty for the AAGL (formerly the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists) comprehensive workshop on minimally invasive gynecology for residents and fellows, which took place last month in Massachusetts.

Andrea Hunnicutt Grater was named vice president of IBD Insurance Services of Raleigh. IBD specializes in group and individual health coverage.

Dr. Darcy Ward and Dr. Jennifer Greenfield, the doctors of chiropractic at Center for Chiropractic & Wellness in North Raleigh, announced that Jennifer Campbell has joined the center as wellness coordinator.


April Mills, co-chair of the seventh annual Big Bad Ball, announced that it has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Capital City Club in Raleigh. The Big Bad Ball is a black-tie event hosted by the Young Executives Board of the Capital City Club. This year's event will include live music, a silent auction, door prizes, and a raffle and will benefit Hospice of Wake County.

Pamela Highsmith was named chief executive officer of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh. Kim Raynor, vice president of business development, had been serving as interim CEO. Highsmith has been the associate executive director of the N.C. Medical Society Foundation for the past 11 years. The Poe Center provides interactive health education programs for North Carolina youth.

Jennifer Terry, president of the board of advisors of the Me Fine Foundation, announced that Helen Schinkel, CFO and vice president of The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, has been named to Me Fine’s board of advisors. The foundation provides assistance for children and families at Duke Children’s Hospital and the N.C. Children’s Hospital at the University of North Carolina.

The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, based in Raleigh, said Janice Mrkonjic, president of Savvy Event Designs, was hired as executive director of the 2008 Carolina Designer Craftsmen Show. On Thanksgiving weekend, more than 100 professional craftspeople will gather for the fall craft festival and sale, to be held at the Exposition Center at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Porto, a fine home furnishings store in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, announced its second fundraiser for Habitat/Wake County, which will culminate in the Raleigh location with a gala auction in October. Porto invites Triangle artists to recycle used wooden chairs, in stock for free at Habitat/Wake’s ReStore Center in Raleigh, into one-of-a-kind works of art.

Real Estate

Jill Wells Heath, president of Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women, an organization that provides a forum for fostering relationships among female professionals in the industry, announced its 2008 board and committee chairs. In addition to Heath, the board includes: Conni Tucker, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, president-elect; Marie Stapleton, Bank of America, membership; Laura Hulsey, RBC Center, public relations; Dottie Burch, Ragsdale Liggett, special events; Lisa Jackson, Wachovia, treasurer; and Taby Cruden, LandAmerica Financial Group, past president. Directors include: Angela Murphy, Ross Deckard Architects; Tish Turner, Kane Realty; Heather Denny, McDonald York Construction; Susan Hayden, Fidelity National Financial; and Eve Pilkington, GVA Advantis Construction. Kerry Saunders, NAI Carolantic, is executive administrator. Committee chairs include: Heather Amistadi, Investors Title, membership; Camille Stell, Kennedy Covington Law Firm, public relations; Cindy Anderson, CD Anderson Associates, finance; Brent Jayes, Meetings on Cue, Champion Awards; Jenna Geigerman, Investors Title, sponsorship; Adrienne Cole, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, community involvement; and Jane Brasier, S&ME, programs & networking.

Susan Holbrook, senior vice president and sales manager for the Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Falls of Neuse Road office, announced that Ann Smith has joined the firm as a sales associate, and Elsie Phillips has earned the quality service certification.

Fonville Morisey's vice president of relocation & corporate services, Camille Mims, noted that it recently completed a mandatory re-screening process necessary to maintain the RELO Quality Certification by the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network.

Grace Jones is the new vice president and sales manager of Fonville Morisey Realty’s Croasdaile office in Durham. Shani Bullock joined there as a full-time associate while Dee Jackola earned the professional designation Graduate, REALTOR Institute, or GRI.

Debbie Houston, president of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services, announced that Kelly Talbot, senior marketing manager in Raleigh, has earned the designation of certified new home sales professional.