Trisha Leathers was named principal of Nobel Learning’s Chesterbrook Academy in Raleigh.

Beverly Murray, president of R+M brand development agency in Cary, moderated the North Carolina State University College of Management’s 6th Annual Conference for Women panel.

Erinn Monroe of Knightdale exhibited her art at Winston Salem State University’s Digs Gallery. Monroe is a recent graduate of the school.


Kay Flaminio of Durham joined the Carolina Theatre as director of development.

Eileen Batson of Raleigh was elected to the board of directors of the North Carolina Songwriters’ Cooperative.

Bonnie Weatherford of Clayton recently saw her first book, “Lucian’s Angel,” published.

Judy Core of Raleigh, a motivational speaker and former real estate developer, released her memoir, “Good Music Is Better Than Sex: My Search for the Old Blue Chair.”

Carolina Ballet will collaborate with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to establish a summer residency for dancers on the school’s campus.


Blair Struble is the new director of marketing and events for The Cotton Company in Wake Forest.

Yvonne Nappier launched Maria-Gabrielle, a Cary-based line of plus-size women’s clothing.

Kathy Chamness recently opened a Raleigh location of Interiors by Decorating Den.

Vivian Marks joined Serious Robots, an animation and visual-effects boutique in Raleigh, as post-production producer.

Mary Cantando of Raleigh was the keynote speaker for the annual Women’s Business Council Gulf Coast Regional Conference and Business Fair in Birmingham, Ala.

KC Coolbaugh celebrated her first anniversary as an Organizing Consultant with Minding Your Matters Organizing in Cary.

Linda Leake, president of execUchange in Raleigh, led a “Listening to Your Business” workshop last month at the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Margaret Cowan, partner and general manager of Rella:Cowan in Raleigh, announced that the firm recently created a branding and marketing campaign for Meals Plus.

Tina Sewell of the Castleton Group in Raleigh received her Professional in Human Resources certification.

Katey Petz was named vice president and controller of Crescent State Bank, which has 10 offices in and around the Triangle.

Sharon Heath-Riley, president of RSVP Events in Chapel Hill, announced that her company now plans charity events.

Andria Lake launched InsideHollySprings.com, a Web site for the residents and business owners of the town.

Dr. Yeshesvini Raman, Penny Kline and Julie Poulliot joined Structure House in Durham as consulting physician and psychiatrist, massage coordinator and nutritionist, respectively.

Fabiola McGuire of Wake Forest saw several of her interior-design projects featured in the International Dream Room Contest in New York City.



The Clayton Chamber of Commerce named Crescent State Bank Vice President Wanda Markuson as ambassador of the year.

Lana Calloway, president of Exhibit Resources in Raleigh, was named 2006 Enterprising Women of the Year by the Women President’s Organization.

Wendy Coulter, president of Hummingbird Creative Group in Raleigh, was chosen as a board member for the 5th Annual Big Bad Ball, a benefit for the Hospice of Wake County.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, a Raleigh-based marketing and public-relations firm, was named 2005 businesswoman of the year by the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Business Advisory Council.

Lorana Price was appointed director of marketing for the United Professional Sales Association-RTP. She is CEO of Holy Cow Branding.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham named Maria Ewing Keeler faith & community relations manager.

The following women were named first-place winners in the N.C. Press Club’s annual Communications Contest: Suzy Barile, Kelly Starling Lyons, Denise Sherman, Iris June Vinegar and Monica Zabcyznska.

Karla LaSasso started a Raleigh chapter of the Holistic Moms Network.

Rose Edwards, Virginia Anthony, Daphne Ashworth and Barbara Petty were named to the 2006 board of directors for Cary Visual Art.

Dorothy Burch was named special-events officer for the board of directors of the Triangle chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

Whitney Wilkerson and Valerie K. Fields were featured speakers at the North Carolina Bankers Association’s Women in Banking Conference in Greensboro. Wilkerson is principal and creative director of Stop Studios in Durham, and Fields serves as CEO of V.K. Fields & Co. in Raleigh.

The Triangle United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council honored the following at the annual “Celebrate Women Luncheon”:
Laura Bingham, president of Peace College
Ronda Barnes, director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Linda Tuday, retired executive
Donna Sylver, CFO of Mutual Community Savings Bank

Kristine Gibson, vice president of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties Corporate Services, will chair this month’s Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Executive Women’s Golf Tournament.

The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham counties announced that the 14th annual Parade of Playhomes raised more than $7,000 for the prevention of child abuse.

Child Care Services Association launched a Web site, childcareservices.org. Sue Russell is the president of the non-profit group.

Sharon Hill, president of Sharon Hill International in Chapel Hill, was a featured speaker at the North Carolina Future Business Leaders of America state leadership conference in Greensboro. Also, Hill co-chaired the Toastmasters District 37 Spring Conference in Raleigh.

Real Estate

Coldwell Banker announced:
Brenda Simpson joined the sales team for Heritage Wake Forest.
Leigh Moore, Joanne Crumpler, Rose Brogli and Ginger Rogers were inducted into the Heritage Hall of Fame.
Cheryl Stolldorf joined the Cary Office as a sales associate.

Muriel Bijeau of RE/MAX One Realty’s Linda Craft Team was the No. 1 buyer specialist in the first quarter of 2006 for closed sales volume.

Sherry Stout was named human- resources and office manager with The Preiss Co. in Raleigh.

Karen Bayless of RE/MAX United is a new on-site sales associate for Addison Reserve at Perry Creek in Raleigh.

Nikki Belsito, Pat McElroy, Rachel Willis and Gwen Hager were recent sales leaders of the month for ERA pacesetters Realty in Cary.

Fonville Morisey announced:
Nina Bolowich, Marie Scheuring and Lisa Plourde joined the Chapel Hill office as full-time associates.
Susan Honeycutt of the Stonehenge office in Raleigh was awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation.
Susan Reinhard of the Stonehenge office and Dorothy Schmelzeis of the Lochmere office in Cary earned Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designations.
Michelle Hamer joined the Preston office as a full-time associate, and Tracy Santrock joined as a realtor.
Lisa Lundy was named assistant manager of the Croasdaile office in Durham.