Jane S. Shaw was named president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, a Raleigh nonprofit dedicated to making higher education accountable to students, parents and taxpayers. Shaw, who joined the center in 2006, was previously executive vice president.

Stephanie Francis earned a doctorate in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Francis is the director of the residential counseling program at Interact, a private, nonprofit United Way agency that provides safety, support and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault in Wake County.

Carver Camp Weaver, president of Square One Marketing, announced that the firm received a Gold Achievement Award from the National School Public Relations Association for its successful promotion, together with the Durham Public Schools Office of Public Affairs, of the 2007 school bond referendum.

Teresa Cunningham-Brown, director of recruitment and retention for the Wake County Public School System, is the first person employed in North Carolina to earn Cornell University’s recognition as a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional.


Hannah Grannemann was hired as the managing director for PlayMakers Repertory Company, a professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mary Vandergraft of Durham and Deborah Harris of Chapel Hill, both members of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, will create pieces for the guild’s annual show over Thanksgiving weekend.

Kathryn Milliken joined Burning Coal Theatre Company, a professional Equity group in Raleigh, as associate artistic director.


The law office of Rebecca L. Stevens announced a new practice name, Stevens & Hand, which reflects the additional leadership of Kara Daniels Hand, attorney and partner. Also, the law office launched www.stevensandhand.com.

Heidi Lassiter, of Heidi Lassiter Permanent Cosmetics in Raleigh, was named Woman of the Year for the Permanent Cosmetics Industry by the National Association of Professional and Executive Women.

Beth Marushak joined VACO Raleigh, an executive placement and consulting firm, as a technical recruiter in the information technology division.

Janice Russell, president of Cary-based Minding Your Matters Organizing, was named the certification program director for the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Christin Prince was hired by McKinney, an advertising agency in Durham, as interactive strategist.

Mary Larsen, owner of Grow YourDesignBiz.com and MaryLarsenDesigns.com of Apex, was a featured speaker at the International Window Coverings Expo in Atlanta, where she discussed interior decorating and business building.

Laura A. Schoppe, president of Apex consulting firm Fuentek, announced that Dr. Nannette Stangle-Castor, senior consultant, will speak at the 59th annual International Astronautical Congress at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. In her speech, titled “Understand-Address-Present: A New Product Development Approach to Open Innovation,” Dr. Stangle-Castor will address the value of open innovation when engaging in collaborative research and development.

Tara Owen, licensed aesthetician and skin care specialist, joined the office of Cynthia Gregg, MD in Cary, which specializes in cosmetic surgery.

Sarah M. Place, president and CEO of Place Trade Financial, a financial services firm with online trading, announced that Krista Giles joined the new downtown Raleigh branch office.

Angela Levesque was hired as a Web designer and Ashley Zack as an account manager at Harbinger, a communications firm in Raleigh.

The King Partnership, a marketing, advertising and public relations agency based in Raleigh, announced:
Jennifer McFadyen and Jacquilin Edens were hired as account managers.
Jenny Martin, real estate/retail new business director, was recognized by the Triangle Sales and Marketing Council of the N.C. Home Builders Association, receiving The Perseverance Award for her outstanding effort on behalf of its awards gala.

Howard, Merrell & Partners, a Raleigh-based strategic branding firm, announced:
Lisa Powell was promoted to vice president, management supervisor.
• The firm’s national integrated public relations campaign for ReSound hearing aids received two honors at the Raleigh Public Relations Society’s 2008 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication.

Lou Jurkowski, CEO of Raleigh architectural firm BJAC, announced that Jennifer Amster, director of higher education projects, was named a partner with the firm.

Leah Brown, founder and president of Raleigh-based clinical staffing company Aten Solutions, was named a Make Mine a Million $ Business award recipient in New York.

Mary Carolyn Hackney was hired as an intern associate at the DiLeone Law Group, a Raleigh-based law firm concentrating in business, corporate and estate planning matters for U.S. and international clients.

HagerSmith Design in Raleigh announced that Sarah Johnson, LEEP AP, was promoted from interior designer to interior design group manager and Alicia Hylton-Daniel was hired as an interior designer.

Susan Rosenthal of Durham, a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, was among the group of financial advisors recognized in Barron’s report profiling the “Top 100 Women Financial Advisers.”

Chrystal Kelly is the new owner of The Down Under Pub on Main Street in Raleigh.

Marianne Crowley opened CrowleyCo Professional Carpet Cleaning and Restoration in Raleigh.

Erica Lockhart, a stylist at Samuel Cole Salon in Raleigh, attended the International Colors Seminar in New York City, which was presented by Wella, a leading beauty supplier.

Silvia Nunes, co-owner of BLO in Raleigh, received the salon industry’s highest business honor at the 2008 Global Salon Business Awards

Rose Waring opened Rosie’s Plate in Raleigh, a fresh food service helping people with food restrictions due to allergies, intolerances or other medical conditions.


Deborah Giles, director of the city of Durham’s Dept. of Equal Opportunity/Equity Assurance, was presented with a Circle of Influence Diversity Award for her business and community involvement.

Johnna Rogers, Wake Country budget and management services director, was named deputy county manager.

Sonal Patel, audit services manager, was named interim director of the city of Durham’s Department of Audit Services.


Anne Wimer from Cary was named one of Nabisco’s 100 Calorie Packs’ 100 Extraordinary Women due to her work with mothers and families dealing with postpartum mood disorders.

Dr. Darcy Ward and Dr. Jennifer Greenfield, doctors of chiropractic at Center for Chiropractic & Wellness in North Raleigh, announced that Dr. Ward earned certification from the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association to treat animals using chiropractic therapy.

Kate Shirah, MPH, was hired as the program director for the John Rex Endowment in Raleigh, which invests in the development and support of activities, programs and organizations that improve the health of underserved people in Wake and surrounding counties.

Dr. Vanosia Faison, of Durham Regional Hospital, will chair the Raleigh-Durham Power To End Stroke Task Force, a group dedicated to increasing awareness of stroke in the African-American community.  Other members of the task force include Addie McCain, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and National Association of University Women; Gladys Lundy, The Minority Women’s Health Project; Amanda McFadden, Radio One; Crystal Herring and Shantell Cheek, American Stroke Association; and Leolia Spaugh, community leader.

Tania Connaughton-Espino joined the N.C. Healthy Start Foundation in Raleigh as the Latino communications coordinator.

Elizabeth Wallace, director of corporate affairs at Rocky Top Hospitality in Raleigh, was named logistics committee chair for the American Heart Association’s 2009 Triangle Heart Ball that will take place in February at the Embassy Suites in Cary.


Melissa Dewey Brumback, partner at Ragsdale Liggett law firm in Raleigh, was named to the board of directors for Housing Works Universal Design Institute. This international nonprofit organization is based in North Carolina and dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of accessible and universal design.

The board of directors for SearStone, a Cary nonprofit organization offering housing options and life care for those 62 and older, will include Melba T. Sparrow as vice president, Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead and Jean Smith.

Anna Haley Zimmerman, tour manager for the Eastern Carolinas office of the American Diabetes Association, announced that the 2008 Tour de Cure in Cary raised more than $150,000 in pledged contributions to support ADA programs and research.

The American Chamber of Commerce Executives chose Jodi Ann LaFreniere, CCE, executive director of the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, as a fellow in its Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development Fellowship program, which provides hands-on training, peer knowledge exchange and research.

Sharon Hill, president of Sharon Hill International, which teaches innovative and dynamic formulas for proper business etiquette, was a panelist at the Triangle Professionals Symposium: Strategic Networking for Fruitful Relationships.
Coastal Pines Girl Scouts announced the recipients of the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest achievement for Girl Scouts ages 11 to 14, including: Anna Averette, Janet Bailey, Sara Barringer, Caitlin Biddell, Kristen Blanton, Megan Broad, Megan Brown, Carolyn Caggia, Alexandra Cunnien, Elizabeth Carey, Hillary Davis, Rita Du, Heather Ewbank, Mollie Fitzgerald, Teresa Frasca, Stacey Gaillard, Stephanie Gaillard, Jane Gates, Leigh Grossfield, Abigail Harward, Kena Hawkins, Julia Heiken, Rachel Helms, Sarah Hesington, Katie Hinton, Cassandra Hynus, Emily Ivey, Lesley Johnson, Stephanie Jordan, Hannah Kim, Kristin Klinc, Pooja Kodavanti, Valerie Kunkel, Dechen Lama, Rebecca Law, Katie LaWall, Kristin Lee, Kaitlin Lewis, Jennifer Marechek, Emily McIntosh, Emily McMillan, Ashley McNamara, Caroline Miller, Rachel Morrison, Jessica Nunez, Tracy Paul, Laura Pederson, Katelyn Pickering, Gabriela Quinlan, Abby Reetz, Kayleigh Remavich, Rhianna Rogers, Abbie Schindo, Emily Schramm, Alicia Setzer, Sara Shockley, Laura Simis, Emma Skirvin, Priya Sreenivasan, Martha Stephenson, Laura Stiegler, Meghan Surra, Kathryn Thomas, Emma Thorpe, Danielle Tyson, Amanda Whisnat, Sasha Winkelstein, Morgan Wittenberg and Kristen Zelnosky.

SAFEchild, a nonprofit child abuse prevention agency in Wake County, added members to its board of directors including Alicia Keisler, financial services manager with First Citizens Bank ; Tamara Barringer, attorney with Barringer Law; Christine Gentry, community volunteer; Jamie Duke, chief operating officer with SciQuest; and Connie Thames, VP/Deposit CDO Paragon Commercial Bank.

Wendy Coulter, CEO of Hummingbird Creative Group, a Cary-based creative services firm, announced:
• Creative director Juli LaDue was named to the Durham Public Schools Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Parent Advocacy Board.
Sandy Andrews joined the firm as an account executive.

Real Estate

Donna San Marco Kemp, MIRM, of Raleigh was named vice president of sales and marketing for the Triangle division of Beazer Homes.

Allen Tate Realtors announced:
• The graduates of the company’s comprehensive training program, Winner’s Edge, include: Jamie Harrison and Susan Bender (Brier Creek), Suzanne Rios and Kathy Power-Uhorchak (Cary-Stonebridge), Tracey McCauley, Julie Dickson, Jenny Barber (Chapel Hill), Allison Sutich (Falls of Neuse) and Debby Duncan (Glenwood).
Phyllis Wolborsky and the Wolborsky Group joined the Falls of Neuse office.
Debbie Lewis and Laura Robins joined the Cary-Stonebridge office.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston announced:
Albeda Murphy and Joisy Jose joined as associates and Martha S. Hay joined the Amy Pomerantz group as a real estate specialist at the Southpoint office.
Gaye Burwell Orr, MIRM, CRS, CRB, joined as partner and vice president.
Marianne Howell Wright, a sales associate, earned the EcoBroker Certified designation, having successfully completed a training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions. 
Carla Bernia joined the firm as a sales associate in the Mebane office.
Mary Ann Norwood, Delphine Dung Nguyen and Cassie Wester joined as new sales associates in the Strickland Road office.

Debbie Houston, president of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services, announced:
Marie Abbe was named builder representative for Bedford at Falls River, The Estates in Raleigh;
Diane Nathan was named builder representative for Banks Pointe in Raleigh; and
Ashley Wilson was chosen as one of REALTOR Magazine’s “30 Under 30” for 2008, who were selected based on their demonstration of business success, professional leadership and community involvement.

ERA Pacesetters Realty announced:
Pat McElroy of Cary completed a certification program to make her especially suited to serve the needs of the age 55+ population.
Gwen Hager completed the REALTOR e-PRO course, designed to teach real estate professionals how to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home.
Pamela D. Bush of Fuquay-Varina was awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.
Mallika Perera, Pat McElroy, Elisabeth Hancock, Connie Brewer, Terri McCall, Gwen Hager, Nikki Belsito and Ami Felner were sales leaders for the month of June.

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:
Dina Griggs received the Real Estate Online Marketing Award of Excellence, which recognizes top agents who consistently provide great marketing services on behalf of their buyers and sellers; and
Jane Draper joined as a full-time associate in the Stonehenge office in Raleigh.