Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, dean of the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, was chosen to serve on the National Science Board.

Susan Meardon created Applied Technologies Camp for middle-school students at Wake Technical Community College.

Nicole Bucalo, an account executive at MMI Associates in Raleigh, was named “Young Alumna of the Year” by the Kappa Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity at Lander University in South Carolina.


Emma Bennett is the new general manager for Alltel Pavilion in Raleigh.

Laura Edgerton joined Bashyam & Spiro, a Raleigh firm that specializes in immigration and nationality law.

Nina Davis, vice president of Matthews House in Cary, served as a column panelist on HereComesTheBlog.com, an Atlanta-based Web log for soon-to-be brides.

Batteries Not Required, a Raleigh-based company specializing in children’s interactive play quilts, now has a Web site at www.batteriesnotrequired.com. Megan Risley is the owner of the business.

Genevia Gee Fulbright was named chairwoman/chief operating officer of Fulbright & Fulbright, an accounting firm in Durham.

Kara Saunders and Ginny Lam joined MarketSmart Advertising in Raleigh.

Rebecca A. English, an account manager with Carpenter, Cammack & Associates in Raleigh, received the “Certified Insurance Service Representative” designation from the Society of Certified Insurance Representatives.

Kristin Somers, a marketing-communications manager for Eaton’s Power Quality Solutions Operations in Raleigh, received the company’s 2006 Stover Volunteerism Award for Community Service.

Peak Automotive, an auto-repair shop with locations in Raleigh and Apex, was featured in AutoInc. magazine. Kim Walker and her husband, Brian, own the service center.

Stefanie Zizzo, a career and life coach based in Apex, launched “Leaving Comfort for Possibility,” an interactive program.

Carrie Ghneim and her husband have opened Riviera Resto and Lounge in downtown Raleigh.

Janice Russell of Minding Your Matters, an organizing firm in Cary, recently released a book, “Get Organized This Year!”

Judy Williams joined Alexa Corp, a financial services firm in Cary, as a loan officer.
Carol Dorn Sanders, co-owner and CEO of Rock on Cards and Gifts, has opened an additional location at The Cotton Company in Wake Forest.

Betty Crump joined Crescent State Bank in Apex as assistant vice president and community banker.

Kat Mateichik, owner of Rosehips Beauty in Raleigh, received personal training from Boldijarre Koronczay, president of North American operations for Eminence Organic Skin Care.

Julie Mullin, owner of the Fiberactive Quilt Co. in Apex recently, debuted a line of quilts at the All Things Organic summit and trade show in Chicago.

Sunflowers Gift Shop, located on the line of Wake and Chatham counties, was featured in the July issue of Southern Living magazine. Marcie Corry is the owner of the shop.

HumanCentric, a product-development company in Cary, received the Patron of Design Excellence award from the Industrial Designers of America. Dana C. Dorroh is the vice president of corporate development for the firm.

Sharon Hill, president of Cary-based Sharon Hill International, led a forum on business etiquette for Dancing Elephants Achievment Group. She also was the featured speaker for last month’s meeting of the United Professional Sales Association-Research Triangle Park Chapter.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates in Raleigh, was featured in “The Woman’s Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What It Takes to Grow Your Business” by Mary Cantando. Briguglio also served on the selection committee for the National Federation of Independent Business 2006 Regional Small Business Champion and was appointed to the 2006 Women Against Multiple Sclerosis steering committee.


Drs. Lisa Roberts and Krisztina Bajzak, of Gynecology & Laparoscopic Surgeons in Raleigh, now offer the Essure procedure for permanent birth control.

Eileen Slutsky, of Aesthetic Medispa in Raleigh, was named as a national laser trainer for Cutera laser company. Also, Deborah Denmark joined the spa as a laser and skin-care specialist and licensed massage therapist.

Christina Alley joined Dental Arts in Raleigh as business coordinator.

Paulette Baker joined Kerr Drugs in Durham as a durable medical equipment specialist.

Ronda D. Michaels, fitness professional and co-owner of Empower Personal Training in Durham, attended a comprehensive cancer and exercise workshop in New York City to receive her Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification.



Ursula Mannix, founder of Mannix & Associates, a coaching and training firm in Raleigh, joined the Piedmont Rotarians.

Linda Markus Daniels, principal of Daniels Daniels & Verdonik in Raleigh, participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s first exchange program with Taiwan.

Melissa Dewey Brumback, who recently became a partner in Raleigh-based Ragsdale Liggett’s litigation firm, was a featured speaker at the recent National Business Institute seminar.

Andria Lake, owner of InsideHollySprings.com, launched Southern Wake Women Connections, a group that helps promote, educate and connect female business owners in Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina.

Jamie Holmes, media director for Cross + Associates, an advertising and marketing agency in Raleigh, joined the board of directors for the Ad Club of the Triangle for a second year.

Rosa Sherk was appointed to the board of directors of Passage Home, a community-development corporation in Raleigh.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall received the Marsh Fong Fu Achievement Award from the National Notary Association.

The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County board of directors elected the following new officers: Helga Leftwich (vice chair, administration); Elizabeth Grimes Droessler (vice chair, grants); Rhonda Carlile (secretary); Ali Fromme (treasurer); Peggy Fain (at-large) and Mary Williams (at-large).

The Moore Square Farmer’s Market opened last month. It is sponsored by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, whose president and CEO is Nancy Hormann. Sherri Harris is the market manager.

Terry Bradley, president of the Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Management Association, an affiliate of the national Society for Human Resources Management, was selected to serve on the organization’s Workforce Staffing and Development panel.

The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Violence established “Teal Ribbon Fund: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence.” Monika Johnson Hostler is the executive director of the fund.

The Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County announced:
Melissa Carmack joined the organization as volunteer coordinator.
Hilary Dredla joined as a part-time advocate.
Christine Rafter is a new part-time client advocate.

SAFEchild, a nonprofit child-abuse prevention agency in Wake County, seeks English and/or Spanish speakers for various volunteer opportunities, including mentoring new mothers, facilitating children’s groups and more.

Real Estate

The following were recent sales leaders of the month for ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary: Claudia Rowe, Connie Brewer, Gwen Hager, Terri McCall and Margaret Smith. Also, LeAnn Earp Hirt joined the firm as a full-time associate.

Catherine Buchanan and Jill Gibson joined the Triangle division of Shea Homes as a builder representative and a relief sales agent.

Fonville Morisey announced:
Joanna Edwards was named assistant manager of the Chapel Hill office, and Carrie White joined as a full-time associate.
Jennifer Cook was named the assistant manager of the Kildaire office in Cary, and Anita Leggett joined the office as an associate.
Danielle M. Raymond of Athens High School, Leslie Moore of Fuquay-Varina High School, Nusaybah Ismail of Cary High School and Jelyse Linette Dawson of Green Hope High School received 2006 Fonville Morisey Kildaire Office Scholarships.
Kimberly S. Shepard joined the Six Forks office in Raleigh as a full-time associate.
Lisa Kaylor and Michelle Benson joined the Crabtree office in Raleigh as full-time associates.
Mary Ann Kohn and Sue Ellen Banko of Fonville Morisey Builder Marketing Group were selected as sales associates for Hasentree by Creedmoor Partners.

Coldwell Banker announced:
Jennifer Anderson and Linda Nisbet joined the Cary office as sales associates.
Jo Mangum was named sales performance director and Heather Bunn was named vice president of marketing for the Falls of Neuse office in Raleigh.
Danielle Harris, Barbara Masters Cumbo, Tiffany N. Richardson and Jennifer Proulx joined the Crabtree office in Raleigh.
Gaye Burwell, senior sales manager for the firm’s Builder Services, was appointed 2006 chairwoman of the National Sales and Marketing Council of the National Association of Home Builders.