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

By Jaclyn White


Carolyn Maness and Katherine R. Teague, both of Raleigh, and Sheree Hedrick of Wendell, were elected to three-year terms on the Peace College board of visitors.

LaChauna Sumpter recently was named director of public relations in the Department of Institutional Advancement at Shaw University in Raleigh.

Duke University School of Medicine finished in fifth place among the nation’s top medical schools funded by the National Institutes of Health. The school also saw a funding increase from NIH of more than 20 percent, the highest among the nation’s top-20 institutions.

Gail Lee, of Raleigh, served as an educator to the Communities in Education program and was on the organization’s selection committee to choose the “Power of One” award winner.

Dana N. Lewis, of Marshallberg, was awarded a Police Corps scholarship and has been assigned to the Smithfield Police Department.


Donna D. Wade, a songwriter from Garner, recently saw her song, “As Americans We Stand,” included on a patriotic album entitled “American Pride.” The album was released by J.I.P. Records of Nashville.

Nicole Kennedy’s award winning beach-people artwork is featured in the July issue of Wrightsville Beach magazine as well as in the September issue of Southern Living.

Raleigh author June Spence’s debut novel, “Change Baby,” will be released in September.


Van Eure, owner of the Angus Barn restaurant in Raleigh, was awarded The 2004 Gold Plate, the food industry’s highest honor, and was named 2004 Foodservice Operator of the Year by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.

Amy Mastrogiuseppe, a graphic designer, was recently hired by R+M, an advertising agency in Cary.

Lauren Kennedy opened a feng shui consultation business in Raleigh, offering services such as traditional feng shui cures, space clearing and de-cluttering.

CTX Mortgage of Raleigh announced the FY2004 national winners for top mortgage-loan production:

• Chairman’s Circle: Cathy Stubbs
• President’s Circle: Libby Tamson, Lana Wray and Tara Herring
• Winner’s Circle: Vicci Bonner, Elaine Canada and Judy Vaughn

Wendy Coulter, president of Hummingbird Creative Group, a Raleigh design and advertising firm, recently won The Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. In addition, last month marked the company’s nine-year anniversary.

Carolyn Yates, owner of Commercial Appraisal Group in Apex, was named to Crescent State Bank’s Holly Springs advisory board.

Barbara S. Clark, president of An Elegant Affair, a wedding and event planning company in Raleigh, received the Accredited Bridal Consultant designation from the Association of Bridal Consultants, an international professional organization.

Ratana Hui opened Thai Tana, a new restaurant at Greenwood Commons in Research Triangle Park. Hui, a native of Thailand, is also co-owner of Fortune Garden, a Chinese restaurant in the same shopping center.

Julie Hopfer of Raleigh recently was inducted into Bank of America’s Platinum Club for her customer service.

Mary Cantando, Raleigh author of “Nine Lives: Stories of Women Business Owners Landing on Their Feet,” was selected to serve on the advisory board for Enterprising Women magazine, a national publication for female business leaders.

Ann Son opened The Basket Patch, specializing in creative baskets for any occasion, at The Lassiter at North Hills in Raleigh.


Dr. Krisztina Bajzak joined Gynecology & Laparoscopic Surgeons in Raleigh, the practice of Dr. Lisa Roberts.

B Roman Skin and Body Therapy is celebrating 13 years of business in Cary and the one-year anniversary of its Lochmere Pavilion location. The day spa is owned by Betty Chambers Roman.

Iatria Day Spas received the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s 2004 Pinnacle Business Award for steady growth and profitability. Erika Mangrum is the president of Iatria Day Spas.

Melissa Smith, LE, CLS, of Elite Electrolysis in Raleigh, recently graduated from the Rocky Mountain Laser College in Denver, where she completed training for new laser technology.

Blue Water Spa of Raleigh announced:

• Kile Law, president of Blue Water Spa, was featured on the cover of the May issue of Plastic Surgery News, the journal of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
• Kristi Langemo contributed to an article about Blue Water Spa in the May issue of Skin Inc. magazine, a national skincare publication.
• Debbie Penny donated more than $2,000 to the Cisco Foundation for breast cancer awareness, on behalf of the spa.
• MariBeth Hedeman donated more than $3,000 to the Duke Children’s Classic, benefiting the Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center, on behalf of the spa.
• Lisa Chrysanthou, spa director, was interviewed about photomodulation in Spa Finder magazine.

Real Estate

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:

• Associates of the month include: Sandy English (Crabtree office); Ruth Ann Dyer and Mella Pool (Falls office); Cindy Penny (Six Forks office); Judy McCreery and Lori Morris (Garner office); Peggy Dixon, the Linda Garner team, Julie Lovett and Jo Ann Sweeney (Kildaire office); the Eller-Hendren team, the Kelly Cobb team, Pat McCann, Jane Allen Purtell & Associates, Marilyn Dill and the Pat Hensley-Betty Parker team (Lochmere office); Debbie Turuc, the Lemon team, Judy Pearse and the Dennis/Massong team (Preston office); Karen Roberts and Jane Lee (Durham/Chapel Hill office); Kim Hanan, Michelle Watson and the Durand & Sullivan team (Croasdaile office).
• Becky Belk joined the Croasdaile office (Durham), Judith Ganey joined the Falls office (Raleigh), and LeAnn Hirt joined the Lochmere office (Cary), all as full-time associates.
• Fonville Morisey raised $9,000 for the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program at its eighth- annual charity golf tournament.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston announced:

• Phyllis Wolborsky, Amy Pomerantz and Shahla Rezvani ranked first, second and fifth, respectively, in achieving the highest adjusted gross income in the state for the fourth quarter of 2003.
• Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties announced that the firm was recently recognized as a Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise for the fourth year by the city of Raleigh.
• Billie Redmond, president of TradeMark Properties, was a featured speaker at the Industry Appreciation Day breakfast celebrating the Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.
• Top producers of the month include: Phyllis Wolborsky; Rose Brogli (Strickland office); Kippi Knox and Lisa Kozma (Falls of Neuse office); Trudy Cates and Allyson Finley (Neighborhood Builder services); Edna Cole (Cary Parkway office); Brenda Dubbelman, Margaret Sophie and Kathy Williamson (Kildaire Farm office); Kimberly Conroy and Joyce Mitchell (Crabtree office); Minnie Carroll (Garner office); and Kimberly Boylston and Aimee Anderson (East Wake office).
• Joan Caccavelli, account manager with Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston of Raleigh, earned the Global Mobility Specialist designation from Worldwide ERC, a professional membership association.
• Su Ju Chen joined the Strickland Road office in Raleigh as a sales associate.
• Red Kahleck joined the East Wake office and Tamaria Lawson joined the Garner office, both as sales associates.

Carol McCormick, managing broker of York Simpson Underwood Realty’s Cary office, was accepted as a candidate in the nationally recognized Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager Designation Program.

Nikki Belsito was the top-listing agent of the month for ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary. Also, Pat McElroy was the top-selling and top-closing agent of the month.

Prudential Carolinas Realty received the Client Referral Program Award that recognizes leading relocation offices in the Prudential Real Estate network. Nancy Harner is the vice president of relocation and corporate services for Prudential Carolinas Realty.

Linda Craft, of RE/MAX One Realty in Raleigh, attended the “Step into Mastery” training seminar.

Tammy Welsh Smolan, assistant manager of York Simpson Underwood Realty’s North Raleigh office, earned the professional designation “Graduate, Realtor Institute.”


Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council named Jean Gambrill development associate. She will coordinate the Family Partnership Campaign and corporate donations. Also, Valerie McDevitt was named director of product sales.

Rene Campbell was appointed executive director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.

Linda Leake, president of Change by Leake in Raleigh, Sheila Hale Ogle, founder of Media Research, Planning and Placement Inc. in Cary and Margaret C. Riddle, a master flight instructor in Raleigh, were elected to the Women’s Forum of North Carolina board of directors. The organization is composed of female leaders who work to achieve equality and maintain social, economic and political power for women. Riddle also was named chairperson of the Governance Committee.

Jennifer Snyder, a personal coach for women, and Tricia Santos, a computer trainer and consultant, recently founded Triangle Women Business Owners in Durham. The organization helps women grow their businesses through relationships and learning.

Victory Junction Gang Camp, a 75-acre camp for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, opened last month in Randleman. Kyle and Pattie Petty founded the camp in honor of their son, Adam, who died in a 2000 racing accident.

Sue Tripp, character education coordinator for the Wake County public school system and former Apex middle school principal, spoke at the Character Builders FlexTix kickoff in Raleigh. The program is a partnership among schools, area professional and college sports teams, and entertainment and cultural organizations to raise money for Wake County public schools.

The Sunshine Lady Foundation, a private family foundation established by Doris Buffett, made a $10,000 contribution to the YWCA of the Greater Triangle to benefit the residents of the Women in Transition program. Also, Dorothy V. Ashworth, YWCA president, received a Wake County Board of Commissioners’ Volunteer Award for her active leadership and commitment to the YWCA.

The Foundation of Hope, for the research and treatment of mental illness, approved funding for five research projects. The foundation was established by the late Thad and Alice Eure of Raleigh.

Annemarie Evans is the newly elected president of the League of Women Voters of Wake County.

Joyce Aschenbrenner, vice president of The V Foundation for cancer research, was given the Trailblazer Award by the College Sports Information Directors of America.