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

By Ellen DuBois


"Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs," the first book by Lori Verni, owner of Best Paw Forward Dog Education in Holly Springs, recently was published.

Great Harvest Bread Co. in Chapel Hill recently became the first company in the nation to receive the "Whole Grain Stamp" from the Whole Grains Council. Joan Krueger is co-founder of the company.

Colleen Hill was named executive regional vice president of Arbonne, a Swiss skin-care company. She also received a Mercedes Benz from the company as a reward.

Shay Grimstead’s A Taste to Treasure, a catering company in Raleigh, has purchased and is merging with Velvet Touch Catering in Apex.

Rella:Cowan Advertising, an agency in Durham, recently created a short-term promotion for Fidelity Bank of Fuquay-Varina’s CareFree Checking account. Margaret Cowan is partner and general manager of the Durham agency.

Lindsay Porter is a new project manager for 21 CD, a Durham-based producer of digital publications and trackable marketing CDs and DVDs.
Amy Bailey is a new account executive for Smith & Associates, a Cary-based public-relations, marketing and advertising company.

A Sweet Reminder, a gourmet-cookie company in Raleigh, presented Darlene Zotter, a faculty member at Baileywick Elementary school, with the first annual “Sweet Reward,” which honors an outstanding teacher. Also, the company’s Komen N.C. Triangle Race for the Cure team raised more than $3,000 for the organization. Cindy Sheats is the founder of A Sweet Reminder.

Kimberly Siran joined ColeJenest & Stone, a land-planning firm in Raleigh, as a site designer.

Joan Brown, a special-assets officer, was elected senior vice president at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh. Also, Sue Meyer, a hospital administrator for Neuse River Veterinary Hospital in Wendell, was named to the bank's East Wake board of directors.

Sarah Battle, owner of An Elegant Gift Basket in Knightdale, launched a new Web site, AnElegantGiftBasket.com.

Sue Pellegrino and Jackie Derring recently opened Ferdinand's Dog & Cat Boutique, a pet-accessories store in Chapel Hill.

Kim Weiss PR and Marketing in Raleigh was chosen as the public-relations and marketing coordinator for Porto, an upscale furniture and accessories store.

Jennifer Snyder, a Durham-based divorce coach, was a featured expert on women in transition for a FOX-TV show in Orlando.

Emily Matz is the regional account executive for Premium Capital Funding, a national mortgage bank, which recently opened in Cary.



Dr. Julia Brahmer joined Atlas Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Raleigh.

Dr. Heather Ball recently started practicing at Creehan Chiropractic, a new clinic in Cary.

U.S. News & World Report ranked nine medical specialties offered at the University of North Carolina Hospitals among the top 50 programs in the nation.

The recently launched RTP affiliate of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association held a workshop on self-promotion last month.


Hope Hancock is the new executive director of the SPCA of Wake County.

Nancy Hormann was named president and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

The Greater Raleigh Chapter of The National Association of Women Business Owners named Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, member of the year, and Lana Calloway, president of Exhibit Resources, business owner of the year.

Wendy Coulter, president of Hummingbird Creative Group, a Raleigh-based firm, was named chairwoman of the Public Relations and Marketing Advisory Committee for the Hospice of Wake County Foundation. She also was appointed to the Cary Chamber Economic Development Committee.

Gov. Mike Easley appointed Lisa Angel chairwoman of the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission.

Beth Teague is the new marketing and communications director for the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Judy Smith, president of Smith Seal of NC, joined the Triangle Chapter of the Women President's Organization.

Sepi Asefnia, president of SEPI Engineering Group in Raleigh, was named to the Executive Committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Becky Wrisley, communications director for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, received four Sir Walter Raleigh Communications awards from the Raleigh Public Relations Society.

Women Impacting Public Policy, a national, bi-partisan, public-policy organization for women in business, named CD Anderson, an accounting firm in Raleigh, a national partner. Cynthia Anderson is president of the firm.

SAFE Haven for Cats, a no-kill feline shelter in Raleigh, celebrated its 10th anniversary and raised nearly $50,000 at the Tuxedo Cat Ball.

The Mental Health Association in North Carolina, an organization in Raleigh, seeks volunteers to help teach K-6 students positive mental-health strategies.


Real Estate

Linda Kolarov, a sales associate with York Simpson Underwood Realty in Raleigh, completed a luxury-home-marketing course in Dallas.

Meredith Brown Le Vind is the new lifestyle director for Pulte Homes' Carolina Preserve by Del Webb at Amberly, an adult community in Cary.

Steina De Andrade, of Coldwell Banker/Howard Perry and Walston’s Strickland Road office in Raleigh, was recognized by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing for her recent performance in the Triangle’s million-dollar-and-above market. Also, Kathy Williamson, with the Kildaire office in Cary, recently received her broker’s license.

Fonville Morisey announced the following new, full-time sales associates: Sharon Kowitz, Erin Slaton and Louise Guemple (Preston office, Cary) and Brittany Hester (Six Forks office, Raleigh).

RE/MAX UNITED announced:
• Karen Kaspar (Cary office) recently completed a luxury-home marketing course.
• Janie Pearce (Knightdale office) received the Graduate, REALTOR Institute designation.
• Linda Trevor (Cary office) received the Performance Management Network designation by the Women's Council of REALTORS.
• Gail Perry and Associates was named the No. 1 team in the Carolinas for 2004 and is currently ranked No. 1 for the year.
• Julie White, Christine Vanover and Marla Vaneman completed the eight-week “Succeed Program” for new agents.


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