Hannah Gage was elected the first woman to lead the board of governors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gage, the founder and former owner of Cape Fear Broadcasting Co. in Wilmington, has been on the board since 2001 and serves as chair of its committee on personnel and tenure. Gage graduated from UNC-CH in 1975. Estelle Sanders, the mayor of Roper, N.C., was re-elected board secretary. The board sets policy for the 17 schools in the UNC system.

Michelle Rich Goode, president and founder of Rich Commercial Realty in Raleigh, received the Meredith College 2008 Alumnae Philanthropy Award, given to an alumna who has demonstrated her commitment to Meredith through her involvement in the life of the college and her philanthropy.

Traci Brown was named director of communications for Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a Raleigh-based non profit organization dedicated to improving the educational system.



Suzanne Rousso is the new artistic director for Mallarmé Chamber Players, based in Durham. She replaces founder Anna Ludwig Wilson, who is retiring after 25 years. Mallarmé is a nationally acclaimed group of professional musicians, performing in mixed ensembles of three to seven artists.

Local playwright Kim Moore’s “Give It Up, Turn It Loose,” a contemporary play developed from a series of monologues, will be produced by Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park in August.

Winners of the 13th District’s Congressional Art Contest included Kathleen Petermann of Enloe High School, “LA Farmer’s Market #4: The Reader” (first place); and Katie Darden of Cary High School, “Smoggy Future” (third place).

Linda Charlton was named director of marketing of the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Dawn Shamp, Durham author of “On Account of Conspicuous Women,” received the first Making Democracy Work Award from the Orange, Durham and Chatham County chapters of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, which honored her contribution to a renewed awareness of the struggle for women’s suffrage through her novel.

Shirlette Ammons, from Durham, is the author of “Matching Skin,” a book of poetry published by Carolina Wren Press.


Anna Baird Choi joined Allen and Pinnix, a Raleigh law firm.

Leah Brown of Cary’s Aten Solutions, which specializes in clinical research, clinical data management, statistical programming and biostatistics, was one of the highest-grossing entrepreneurs among more than 48,000 women in the Make Mine a Million $ Business competition.

Jill Wells Heath, president and CEO of Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, which specializes in civil engineering and consulting in Raleigh and Cary, announced it was named one of the top 500 design firms in the country by the Engineering News-Record.

Lorana Price, CEO of Holy Cow Branding, a strategic branding firm in Cary, announced that it earned:
• A silver award in the 2008 Summit International Creative Awards for its holiday “Prosperi-tea” promotional card and gift;
• Three Hermes Creative Awards, which recognize excellence in marketing and communications programs and materials; and
• Two MarCom Awards for outstanding creative work.

Sharon Hill, president of Chapel Hill’s Sharon Hill International, announced:
• Hill will be a featured speaker for the Women’s Executive Education Leadership Series, held at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.
• The firm partnered with Soroptimist International of Raleigh and Dress for Success Triangle NC to present the workshop “Successful Interview Techniques.”

Eileen Stevie, president of Stevie Organizing Services in Cary, became a certified relocation and transition specialist, the only industry designation recognized by the National Association of Senior Move Managers.

Ashley Huffstetler Campbell, an attorney at Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh, was awarded the 2008 Pro Bono Impact Award, which recognizes an individual’s work in North Carolina.

Attorney Jennifer A. Luebke joined the DiLeone Law Group in Raleigh.

Sylvia Phillips Currin was named mortgage account executive at Crescent State Bank’s Raleigh office.

Edie Johnson, marketing director for Cary Towne Center, announced the opening of Sweet & Sassy Salon Spa Celebrations.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Belk of Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh celebrated the grand opening of “The Studio,” a space that offers customers an intimate shopping experience and personalized services.

Diane Kuehn, president and CEO of Raleigh’s VisionPoint Marketing, which provides strategic online marketing solutions, announced that Erinn Kanters joined the firm as project manager.

Lou Jurkowski, CEO of BJAC, an architectural firm in Raleigh, announced that Mary Wiktorek joined the firm as a marketing coordinator and Lori Coates as senior interior designer.

Group3 Communications, a woman-owned marketing firm in Raleigh, received:
• A silver award in the 2008 Summit Creative Awards competition for its work for Hill, Chesson & Woody, an employee benefits broker.
• A bronze award in the 2008 Raleigh-Durham ADDYs for the development of the corporate brand identity and logo for Exhibit Resources. 

Kelly MarCom, an integrated branding and advertising agency in Sanford, announced that Mariryan Starr was promoted to vice president of integrated marketing services and Colleen Simon was promoted to senior graphic designer.

Mary Cantando, president of WomanBusinessOwner.com, will serve as the coordinator for a Raleigh event held by Make Mine A Million $ Business, a program that provides female entrepreneurs with the opportunity to expand.

Janice Russell, president of Cary-based Minding Your Matters Organizing, is the developer and instructor for a new class, Residential Informational Management, for the National Association of Professional Organizers.

Mary Larsen, owner of GrowYour DesignBiz.com and MaryLarsenDesigns.com of Apex, was the featured business in the May/June edition of Custom Home Furnishings, an international decorating and design magazine.

Krystle Carlson joined Technology Associates, a full-service technology solutions and support firm in Cary, as office manager.

Silvia Rodriguez joined Raleigh’s Digital Switching Systems, which provides electronic and mechanical switching solutions, as project engineer.

The 2007-2008 graduates of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s leadership development program included: Utaukwa Allen, Hunton & Williams; Sherry Bear, Jefferson Wells; Natalie Best, French/West/Vaughan; Morgan Cates, Right Management Consultants; Nichelle Cole, Wake County SmartStart; Kimberly Gay, WakeMed Health & Hospitals; Michelle Goryn, N.C. State University; Christine Hall, Capstrat; Anna Marie Jehorek, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston; Vivien Joklik; Evelyn Lucas, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; Kristy Meares Sides, Ward and Smith; Lori O’Keefe, Triangle Community Foundation; Dorinda Peacock, Kilpatrick Stockton; Josie Reeves, Kane Residential; Susan Stevens, MeadWestvaco Corp.; Maria Tucker, Duke Raleigh Hospital; Margaret Westbrook, Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman; and Jerraé Williams, city of Raleigh.


Dianne Traynor, co-founder of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, presented a $6 million grant to the foundation’s research institute at Duke University in Durham.

INTERIORS by Decorating Den announced that it has incorporated the art of cancer survivor Katie Truemner in the guest sanctuary it designed for the Triangle-based chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s spring Showcase for a Cure project.

Mary Stevenson joined as accountant for the John Rex Endowment, which works to improve the health of underserved people in Wake and surrounding counties.


Jo Lawson was named director of child and family services for Interact, a nonprofit agency providing safety and support to victims of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault in Wake County.

Lorraine Stephens, president of Lorraine Speaks of Raleigh, presented her “Emphasizing Your Message With PowerPoint” seminar to the National Association of Professional Organizers and was the keynote speaker at the Duke Clinical Research Institute 2008 Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon.


Bertha Johnson, formally the city of Durham’s interim budget and management services director, was promoted to director of its Dept. of Budget and Management Services.

Tawnie Gainer, a broker with Rich Commercial Realty in Raleigh, was elected vice president of education for High Noon Toastmasters, a group that helps people become better public speakers.

Paige Barnett, an Orange Country Girl Scouts troop leader, was given the first Mainstay Award, which recognizes significant achievement toward council goals for at least five years.

Marirose Steigerwald, president of Workforce Chemistry in Raleigh, spoke at Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women’s June meeting about how managers and leaders can connect with employees who are from a different generation.

The members of the Raleigh-Triangle chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association who will be advancing to the semifinals for the EWGA Championship, considered the largest amateur women’s golf competition in the United States, include Julie Shore, Bonnie Howard, Ai-Hwei Yang, Chris Merrill, Nina Renaud, Amy Massey, Lissa Dailey, Tiare Smiley, Gwen Detering, Kay Murphy and Linda Carter.

Real Estate

ReMax United announced:
Rochelle McCoy-Wells of the Raleigh office completed a training course offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.
Sheila Evans of the Cary office received the company’s International Hall of Fame Award, given to associates who earn at least $1 million in commissions.

Wendy Gallovitch and Maria Ottman joined Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston of Cary as sales associates.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston of Raleigh announced:
Susan Holbrook, senior vice president and sales manager, received the Division I Recruiting Manager of the Year Award.
Ginger Rogers joined as a broker associate.
Shirley Jalmiran and Susie Miller joined as sales associates.

Debbie Houston, president of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services of Raleigh, announced:
Ashley Wilson was awarded a Major Achievement in Marketing and Excellence Award for silver top producer.
Sharon Andrews was awarded a Major Achievement in Marketing and Excellence Award for sales manager of the year.

Allison Mitwol joined Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties in Raleigh as a real estate advisor.

Jill Morin, MIRM, CSP, who is marketing director of Biltmore Homes, announced the formation of Crimson Real Estate Company, which will assist buyers and sellers of new and existing Biltmore homes throughout the Triangle.

Shahla Rezvani of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston in Chapel Hill was named the No. 10 associate in the Southern region by volume at the company’s international business conference.

Allen Tate Realtors announced:
Robbin Richardson received the Barbara Tate Legendary Service Award in recognition of outstanding customer service in the Triangle.
Renee Daniels was hired as business development manager for Allen Tate Relocation Services in the Triangle.
Tammie Jones joined the Garner office.

Zulma Aponte and Jessica Foster joined the Fonville Morisey Realty office in Cary as sales associates.

ERA Pacesetters Reality’s top sales leaders for May included Elisabeth Hancock, Pam Bush, Judy Esser, Ami Felner, Terri McCall, Lisa Ligouri and Gwen Hager.