Tiara L. Paris is the new exhibitions manager of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Caitlin Pardue of Raleigh won the Congressional Art Contest from the 13th District for an oil pastel entitled “Snorkeling.”


Laura Grisham was hired as the director of catering and conference services for the Umstead Hotel and Spa, which is scheduled to open in Cary later this year.

Genevia Gee Fulbright, vice president and marketing director of Fulbright & Fulbright, C.P.A, P.A. in Durham, moderated a session sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants last month.

Cranky Signs in Durham reports that the company beat forecasted sales in the first eight months of operations. Barbara Denison is the owner.

Rebecca L. Worters, president of Capability Company in Raleigh, opened a second business, Calm, Relaxed and Happy.

Alma Hernandez was named head of the Hispanic Services Division of Alexa Corp, a Cary-based mortgage, financial, insurance and retirement-services firm.

Melinda Dunn and her husband, both of Fuquay-Varina, recently opened a franchise of The Maids Home Services in Durham.

Keelee MacPhee, owner and solo practitioner of Renaissance Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has relocated her office to Rex Medical Plaza in Raleigh.

Graduate gemologist Kim Piracci opened an independent office in Chapel Hill.

Kimi Knott of Raleigh joined Cross + Associates, an advertising agency in Raleigh, as business manager.

Angela Byrd is a new associate with FreemanWhite, a healthcare architectural firm in Raleigh.

Megan Navarette joined Hummingbird Creative Group of Raleigh as account assistant.

Sharon Cobb joined Exhibit Resources, an exhibit-design agency in Raleigh, as sales coordinator.

Denise Whitt received the Professional in Human Resources certification from Suzanne Clifton, president of The Castleton Group in Raleigh.

Karen Spicer is a new senior vice president at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh.

BodyLase Skin Spa, which has locations in Raleigh and Cary, now offers tattoo-removal services. Karen Albright is co-owner of the spa.

Sepi Asefnia, president and owner of Sepi Engineering Group in Raleigh, received the “Life in Drive” award, which recognizes a woman who combines talent with unique style, from Ford Fusion.

R+M, a brand-development and -management agency in Cary, received the 2006 First Citizens Bank Amazing Customer Service Award. Also, the firm received “Official Honoree” Webby Awards for its own Web site, as well as the site it designed for YMCA Camp Kanata. Beverly Murray is the owner of the agency.

Events-management company mary&parrish was chosen to coordinate El Pueblo’s La Fiesta del Pueblo and the Durham Arts Council’s Centerfest. Mary Lindsley is the owner of the firm.

Calvert Café, a coffee bar and lunch restaurant, opened last month in the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.
DITY Beads, a design-it-yourself jewelry company based in Apex, announced:
Janelle Brewer of Fuquay Varina, Janet Layko of Cary, Michele Grauel of Holly Springs and Nicole Miller of Apex joined as independent design consultants.
Christy Bounds of Cary was promoted to unit leader.
Deborah McNaughton of Apex, founder and president of the company, launched a new Web site, www.ditybeads.com.

Janice Russell, owner of Minding Your Matters Organizing, was a featured speaker at last month’s Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors Top Producers Council meeting.



Lori Paquette, a freelance graphic designer in Chapel Hill, received The Women’s Center’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

Kate Shanahan, of MMI Associates in Raleigh, was named to the Raleigh Convention Center Commission.

Linda Ekeland, sales director for the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, was chosen “Member of the Quarter” by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International-Carolinas Chapter.

Rosie Allan, development director for the NC Partnership for Children in Raleigh, and Kay Yow, women’s basketball head coach for North Carolina State University in Raleigh, were featured speakers at the 2006 annual meeting for Leadership North Carolina. Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, vice president of the northern region for Progress Energy, was an honoree at the meeting.

Ashley Cannon, Sue Greenberg, Carolyn Karpinos, Cindy Rogers and Elizabeth Waugh-Stewart were elected to the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County’s board of directors. Ronda Barnes is the new president of the board.

The National Association of Professional Organizers, North Carolina Chapter, announced its new board of directors: Geralin Thomas (president), Ann Jagger (vice president), Stacie Schultz (secretary), Marci Kilpatrick (treasurer) and Janice Russell (immediate past president).
Other leadership positions include: Yvonne Trostli (program director), Perri Kersh (membership director), Stefanie Watkins (community relations director), Rebecca Dameron (ambassador for North Carolina), Sheila Fender (western chapter liaison), Myra Freshwater (eastern chapter liaison), Debbie Zechini (hospitality chairperson and librarian) and Denise Brown (librarian).

Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue spoke at the ground-breaking ceremony for Family House at UNC Hospitals.

Susan Banks is the new clerk for the Wake County board of commissioners.

MaryAnn E. Black, of the Duke University Health System in Durham, received a Circle of Influence Diversity Award from the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Real Estate

Desiree Horvitz is a new buyer specialist with the Ida Terbet Team at Keller Williams in Raleigh.

Claudia Rowe, Connie Brewer, Gwen Hager, Terri McCall and Pat McElroy were recent sales leaders of the month at ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary.

Coldwell Banker announced:
• The following joined the company as sales associates: Crystal Tillery (Wake Forest office), Kara Colón (Cary office) and Janice Marsh (Garner office).
Bonni Onofrio was named builder representative for the Greycliff community in northern Wake County.
Karen Bianchino joined as a sales associate at the Raleigh office.
Naomi Richardson joined the Ramsey Team as operations director.
Jamie Carlton was named builder representative for Somerset Place Townhomes in North Raleigh.

Fonville Morisy announced:
Faye Kamrani joined as a full-time associate in the Chapel Hill office.
Melanie McCormick and Sylvia Williams joined the Croasdaile office in Durham.
Tracy Santrock, a sales associate with the Cary office, received the e-PRO certification from the National Association of Realtors.