Dr. JoAnn Burkholder, a professor of Applied Aquatic Ecology at N.C. State University, received the Jim Compton Life Time Achievement Award, due to her research linking Pfiesteria to massive fish kills, nutrient pollution and human illness.

Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, a consulting firm in Apex, was a judge in the 2008 Undergraduate Venture Capital Investment Competition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Three teams of Duke researchers were awarded grants by the National Academy of Sciences Keck Futures Initiative to support conferences on interdisciplinary research about aging and healthspan. Recipients include: Elizabeth Ann Gerken Hooten of psychiatry; Ilene Siegler of psychology and neuroscience; and Nan Jokerst of electrical and computer engineering.


Nancy Baughman, president of eBizAuctions, announced that her book “Buy It, Sell it, Make Money: Your Guide to Finding and Reselling Luxury Goods for Personal Wealth” was selected as the best business/sales book of 2007 by Reader Views Annual Literary Awards.

Suzy Andron, a Raleigh-based abstractionist, was selected for the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem show “Critters: Real and Imagined” for her work “Orb.”

Barbara A. Gau’s original short story “Dave’s Legacy: The Miracle of Giving” was published in “Life Lessons for Mastering the Law of Attraction: 7 Essential Ingredients for Living a Prosperous Life,” the latest book in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

The winners of The Orange County Historical Museum’s fifth annual photography competition include Alice Moore, first in amateur division; Jean Fettig, second in amateur division; and Alice Moore, Best of Show honors.


Jillian Dodson, a recruiter at Greene Resources, a Raleigh-based recruiting solutions company, was named the 2008 Rookie of the Year by the N.C. Association of Staffing Professionals.

Emily Ballance, MEd, LPC, a Raleigh-based professional speaker, presented the closing keynote speech at the Prevent Child Abuse AZ conference in Phoenix.

Sarah M. Place, president and CEO of Place Trade Financial, a discount broker and online trading firm in Raleigh, announced that Rachel A. Wing has joined the firm as head of business development.

MarketSmart Advertising, a marketing and communications firm in Morrisville, announced:
Beth Clough assumed the role of media manager after serving for several months as interim media director.
Melanie Caston joined as human resources generalist.
Andrea Owen was named assistant account executive.

Janice Russell, president of Cary-based Minding Your Matters Organizing, spoke to professional organizers at a regional conference held in Maryland; her topic was “Tackle the No Time Trap.”

Lori and Michelle Corso opened a Raleigh-based personal chef service, Twins Kitchen, which specializes in organic and local food.

JDavis Architects in Raleigh announced:
Patricia Spinella, an accounting manager, was named an associate.
Joleen Lockhart, an architect, earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Raleigh’s Digital Switching Systems, which provides electronic and mechanical switching solutions to the marine and transportation marketplaces, announced:
Beth Reed was hired as a market development assistant.
Christy Short was hired as a sales coordinator.

Katherine Costa was promoted to senior account executive at Cross + Associates, a Raleigh marketing communications firm.

The law office of Rebecca L. Stevens in Cary, which specializes in residential real estate transactions, named Kara Daniels Hand a partner.

Lou Jurkowski, CEO of Raleigh’s BJAC, one of the largest woman-owned design firms in the Southeast, announced:
Christina Graham has joined as a construction administrator.
Bailey Gatens was hired as an intern interior designer.

Sharon Hill, president of Chapel Hill’s Sharon Hill International, will give her “Pump Up Your Professionalism” workshop to guests on CruiseOne and Royal Caribbean ships in September.

Ronica VanGelder, owner of Ronica’s Custom Creations, a drapery company in Knightdale, gave a presentation to the Professional Women’s Network Group at the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce.

Andrea Hunnicutt Grater, vice president of IBD Insurance Services of Raleigh, will attend the N.C. Symposium 2008, hosted by the N.C. Association of Health Underwriters. The 19th annual event will provide an opportunity for agents, brokers, carriers and representatives to learn about new products and topics in the field.

Delores Cook was named finance manager, and Kelly Nye and Calley Springer were hired as project designers, for Phillips Architecture in Raleigh.

Julia Anglin and Shannon Stone were hired as account coordinators by advertising agency Howard, Merrell & Partners of Raleigh.

Kelly MarCom, a branding and advertising agency in Raleigh, announced:
• CEO Shelley Kelly participated on a panel of design professionals at The University of Arizona, reviewing second-year architecture students.
Jessica Duensing, a member of the creative team since December 2006, was named senior graphic designer.
Courtney Willey was promoted to account coordinator.

Joelle Ray and her husband, owners of Samuel Cole Salon and Salon Moxie in North Raleigh, served as judges for the 2008 Salons of the Year, a national décor competition. Yvette Cannas recently joined the team of stylists at Samuel Cole Salon.

Yolanda I. Jones of Holly Springs is founder and owner of Sweet Berry Lane, one of the largest online sites featuring African American stationery products. It was featured on the Michael Baisden Radio Show, a nationally syndicated program heard in more than 50 major cities.

Jennifer S. Griffin joined Williams Mullen as the marketing coordinator for the legal firm’s Raleigh, Research Triangle Park and Wilmington offices.

French 75 Events, a Raleigh-based wedding planning firm established by mother-daughter team Reta and Meredith Kohari, won “The Best New Exhibitor Booth” award at the April Southern Bridal Show & Expo.

B & T HVAC Services, a woman-owned heating and air conditioning company in Chapel Hill, owned by Terri Horton, was honored at a dealer conference in Myrtle Beach.

Forever Bridal Productions, a Raleigh-based bridal show producer owned by Laura and Dominick DiGirolamo, received the Best Direct Mail to Brides international award.

Eileen Stevie, president of Stevie Organizing Services in Cary, presented a class on strategies for working with adults with Asperger’s syndrome, as part of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization teleconference program.


Mary Lawrence was named the new executive director of Cornucopia House Cancer Support Center in Chapel Hill.

The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, co-founded by Duke University as a way to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical trials, named a 12-member executive board, which includes Rachel Behrman, MD, director of the Office of Critical Path Programs in the Office of the Commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration (co-chair); Susan Alpert, PhD, MD, senior vice president and chief quality and regulatory officer, Medtronic; Nancy Roach, Colorectal Cancer Coalition; and Lana Skirboll, PhD, associate director, science policy at the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Jennifer Greenfield, a licensed chiropractor and partner at The Center for Chiropractic & Wellness of North Raleigh, will release a podcast on the importance of hormone assessments.

The executive board for the 2008 Speaking of Women’s Health conference includes Diane Kuehn, president and CEO of VisionPoint Marketing, an Internet marketing firm in Raleigh, as the ad design chair; and Leslie Douglas, a sales associate for Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston’s office in Cary, as ticket sales chair.

The 2008 Triangle Arthritis Walk in Durham, which was hosted by the Carolinas chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and Triangle Foot Solutions stores, raised more than $24,000 for arthritis research. Alyse Levine and her team raised the most money for the event.

Octavia Dail-Gilbert, a care coordinator at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill, won the 2008 Nurse of the Year Award, which recognizes excellence in service to the elderly.


Naina Bhasin, PhD, was named director of business and technology development for The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, a nonprofit organization based in Research Triangle Park that conducts translational research to improve public health and expedite the development of new medicines.

Elizabeth Cantino, a community banker at Crescent State Bank’s Cary offices, served as a liaison with the Cary High School Junior Bank Board during The Bridge Project, which improved Bond Park.

Sepideh Asefnia, president of Raleigh’s Sepi Engineering Group, and Patty Briguglio, president of Raleigh’s MMI Associates, will co-chair the planning committee of the Citizen of the World award dinner, which is presented annually to the North Carolinian who has done the most for the internationalization of the state.

Marsha Stayer, president of Stayer Organizing, an Apex-based organizing service, was elected president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers.

The seventh annual Big Bad Ball, an event to benefit Hospice of Wake County announced:
Diane Dennis of International Financial Group of Burlington and April Mills of Dixon Hughes in Raleigh were named event co-chairs.
Allison Davis, owner of Sandfoot Photography in Cary, and Sarah Place, president and CEO of Place Trade Financial of Raleigh, were named silent auction co-chairs.

Durham Crisis Response Center, a nonprofit organization helping victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, raised more than $5,000 at a botox benefit, featuring Silpada Jewelry and Mary Kay Skin Care, with the help of Aurelia Sands Belle, Durham Crisis Response Center; Julie Blue, Renaissance Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; Julie Byrd, Allergan Facial Aesthetics; Jackie Ellis; Pamela Hogg, Silpada Jewelry; Keelee J. MacPhee, MD, Renaissance Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; and Barbara Piffl-Singletary, Mary Kay.

Real Estate

Cathy Rosebaugh-Jennings, president of Alterna Home Solutions, a real estate firm in Raleigh, was named president of the Senior Resource Alliance of the Triangle, which is comprised of professionals who have experience working with those over 50.

Debbie Houston, president of the Triangle’s Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services, announced:

Barbara Savage was named builder representative for The Peninsula at Amberly, a single-family custom home neighborhood in Cary.
Kelly Talbot, senior marketing manager, received an award for marketing manager of the year.
Kim Agnolutto, director of marketing, received an award for marketing director of the year.

Kerry Thompson was hired as a new home sales associate by Pulte Homes for its Harmony Glen community in Cary.

Allen Tate Realtors announced:
• The Sue Doninger Greer team, made up of Sue Doninger Greer, Debby Duncan and Jennifer Wolborsky, joined the Glenwood office in Raleigh.
Sarah Gray Lamm, Patti Caldwell, Cynthia Frierson, Carol Cappelletti, Jackie Tanner, Virginia Ferguson and Martha Bick joined the Chapel Hill office.

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:
Jessica Strom was named a broker in the Brier Creek office in Raleigh.
Terri Byers was named a sales associate in the Croasdaile office in Durham.
Jennifer Johnston and Janet Henke were named sales associates at the Lochmere office in Cary.

ERA Pacesetters Realty’s top sales leaders for April included Gwen Hager, Pam Bush, Pat McElroy, Nikki Belsito, Terri McCall and Margaret Smith.