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

By Jaclyn White


Judy Miller was appointed head of the Maass Jewish Community Day School in Raleigh.

Duke University Medical Center in Durham launched the new Center for Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Research to develop improved methods of quitting smoking.

Wake Technical Community College recently began construction of a new campus in Raleigh.

Shiree Campbell, of Durham, and Michelle Casper, of Rocky Mount, recently graduated from the American Legion student-trooper program.


Eunice Hargett, an English professor at Wake Technical Community College, recently saw her second novel, “Like Molasses in the Wintertime,” published.

The Fine Arts League of Cary unveiled its new Web site, www.fineartsleagueofcary.org, which features league members’ artwork and offers information about upcoming exhibits.

Theatre in the Park is trying to locate past cast members and alumni for the 30th-anniversary celebration of its December production of “A Christmas Carol.”

The Amphitheatre at Regency Park was renamed in honor of Koka Booth, the former mayor of Cary.

“Alive,” the new CD by Durham jazz vocalist Susan Reeves, was recently released.

The new Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History will open on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus the end of the month.


Patricia Long, president of Longistics, a Raleigh-based logistics firm, will be recognized as the first female chair of the North Carolina Trucking Association during the “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” exhibit at the Raleigh City Museum.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates in Cary, received the Rising Star award from the Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Karen Ross, president of Montgomery’s Florist, was appointed to the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce board of advisors.

Elizabeth Johnson and her husband, owners of The Cotton Company, were named Small Business Persons of the Year by the Wake Forest Rotary Club.

Lorrie Hargreaves, of the Capital Boulevard branch of First Citizens Bank in Raleigh, and Sonya Holland, of the Cameron Village branch, were promoted to financial services managers.

Judy Fourie, president of J. Fourie & Co. insurance and investments in Cary, was named to the Governor’s Task Force for Healthy Carolinians.

The Eliassen Group, an information-technology consulting and staffing firm, owned by Mona Eliassen of Raleigh, received the 2004 Woman-Owned Business Star Award from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Sabrina Frasier and Lorana Price, of Hummingbird Creative Group in Raleigh, were selected to serve on the board of directors for the Ad Club of the Triangle. Also, the design and advertising firm, headed by Wendy Coulter, was named agency of record for Advanced Technical Support, an office-equipment dealership in Morrisville.

Melanie Kelly Johnson was promoted to regional sales specialist of Profit Solutions Group, a Garner company involved in cash-handling equipment and garbage-compacting systems.

C.T. Weekends, Mitchell’s, Party City and Swoozie’s are scheduled to open soon at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh.

Mary Anne Hubbard, owner of Aussie Pet Mobile in Raleigh, recently attended the Top Ten Club meeting of Aussie Pet Mobile franchisees in California.

Eileen Stevie, president of Stevie Organizing Services, was certified as a productivity trainer and authorized consultant with the Hemphill Productivity Institute in Raleigh.

Linda Altman, of Raleigh, was certified as a consultant for the Educational Development Corp., a publisher of children’s books in Tulsa, Okla.

Jeanette Blankenship, of Holly Springs, and Fay Racy, of Raleigh, both interior decorators, helped break the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest awareness ribbon last month in Atlanta.

C. Renee Hill, owner of Interior Designs by Renee in Raleigh, was honored with the Gems of Distinction award from the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina.

Advanced Technical Support, an office-equipment dealership in Morrisville, is sponsoring Operation Homefront, an organization that supports military families, by donating copying services. Cindy Cox is the president of the company.


The University of North Carolina was designated a Center of Excellence by the National Parkinson Foundation. Dr. Xuemei Huang is an assistant professor in the UNC Department of Neurology and the new medical director of the center. Also, seven specialties offered at UNC Hospitals were ranked among the top 50 of their kind nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.

Jane Riley was appointed general manager of Designing Bodies, a fitness-training center in Raleigh. Also, the center has expanded its services to offer seminars and workshops for businesses and groups.

Integrated Clinical Trial Services, a Cary-based patient enrollment firm, was recognized as a woman-owned business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Sheila Ogle is the CEO of the firm.

Blue Water Spa of Raleigh announced:

• President Kile Law published her fourth article on spa development in this month’s Skin Inc. magazine.
• Debbie Penny, of Michael Law, M.D., Aesthetic Surgery, and Kristi Langemo are the presenting sponsors of Raleigh’s Crape Myrtle Festival.
• Christina Burkett donated $5,000 to the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic for cancer research, on behalf of the spa.
• Lisa Chrysanthou donated over $10,000 in spa certificates to Interact Women’s Charity Tennis Classic, on behalf of the spa.
• MariBeth Hedeman contributed to the ITC DeltaCom Classic, a golf tournament benefiting the American Lung Association, on behalf of the spa.

Real Estate

Candice Wilson joined the North Raleigh office of Prudential Carolinas Realty. Also, Amy C. Gower joined the Cary office.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston announced:

• Billie Redmond, president of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, was named to the Triangle United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative Advisory Council.
• Kimberly S. Conroy, a sales associate with the Crabtree office in Raleigh, earned the Coldwell Banker Previews Property Specialist designation.
• Donna Bardua, a consultant in Cary, earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation.
• Nita Scott and Tracie Leonard joined the Garner office as sales associates.
• Hope Berman joined the Falls office in Raleigh as a sales associate.
• Jacqueline Ward joined the Crabtree office in Raleigh as a sales associate.
• Rebecca L. Mills joined the Cary Parkway office as a sales associate.
• Roni Boberg joined the Strickland Road office in Raleigh as a sales associate.
• Erin Hils joined the Hillsborough office as a sales associate.
• Pepper Pointe, a community in downtown Wendell, recently opened.

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:

• Melissa Schwartz, an agent at the Kildaire office in Cary, participated in the Washington D.C. Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust.
• Linda M. Sledge joined the Stonehenge office in Raleigh, and Grace Jones joined the Croasdaile office in Durham, both as full-time associates.
• Vickie Cardin, vice president of marketing in Raleigh, earned the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager designation.


Judith C. Simon, a state curriculum consultant and Career and Technical Student Organization advisor at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, received the National Distinguished Service Award from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Adrienne Lumpkin, of Alternate Access; Erika Mangrum, of Iatria Day Spas; Beverly Murray, of R+M; and Judy Smith, of Smith Seal of NC, were recognized by the Women President’s Organization for receiving Pinnacle Business Awards.

Louise Collis, president of Willow Computer Technologies, was named program chair of the Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Erika Mangrum, president of Iatria Day Spas in Raleigh, and Charlotte DiLeonardo, president of AlphaGraphics in Raleigh, were named Woman Business Owners of the Year by the Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

The Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council named Mary Adoki field director for North Raleigh, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon. Also, Hollie Butler was named field director for Garner, Cary and Morrisville.

The following were appointed to regional and statewide councils to assist the state’s Transportation Enhancement Program:

• Statewide advisory council — Maryanne Friend and Jan Maynor Hester
• Eastern council — Penny Leary-Smith, Susan Moffat-Thomas, May Moore, Mary Haviland and Rosie Jones
• Western council — Grace G. Pless, Susan Roderick and Anne Rhyne
• Central council — Ellen R. Covington, Lisa T. Perry and Sandy Carmany

Ann-Cabell Baum Andersen, marketing and sales manager for White Oak Properties, will chair the volunteer committee for the Triangle United Way’s Old Reliable Race, a 10K run through downtown Raleigh.

Domestic Violence Civil Legal Services, a Chapel-Hill-based, non-profit law firm providing free legal services to indigent battered women, seeks funding and volunteers.

Karen Diamond, vice president and senior resident director for Merrill Lynch in Durham, is the new chairwoman of the Durham/Orange Heart Gala to benefit the American Heart Association.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program seeks volunteers to help improve the literacy skills of children in the Orange County school district.