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

By Jaclyn White


Catherine Gilliss is the new dean of the Duke University School of Nursing in Durham.

Attorney Taneisha Brown is the new associate vice president for student affairs at Shaw University. Also, Diane Crawford was named assistant vice president for human resources for the university.

Political journalist Cokie Roberts was the headline speaker for “Election 2004: A Woman’s Perspective Past and Present,” a celebration of women in politics held at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh.

The following local students graduated from the Natural Resources Leadership Institute, a program of North Carolina State University in Raleigh:
• Annette Hiatt (Durham County)
• Kathy Kay (Orange County)
• Laura Bush, Gloria Putnam and Karen Lynch (Wake County)

The following high-school sophomores completed the Junior Leadership Durham program: Connie J. Chu, Catrese Jamia Parks, Ameshia Cooper, Aneshia Cooper, Tiffany Gibson, Vishnupriya Khatri, Kendra Manhertz, Samantha Webb, Avery M. Nelums, Asajah Ross, Sarah Nixon and Casey Overcash.


Ellen Stone was named deputy director of development and membership at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Also, Alexis Vaughn was named deputy director and chief operating officer.

Patricia Long, co-founder and president of Longistics in RTP, is profiled in “Untying the Apron Strings — Women in Transportation,” a yearlong exhibit at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer.

Jennie Barbour is the new director of the Chapel Hill Museum.


Adrienne Kelly Lumpkin, president of Alternate Access in Raleigh, was voted president of the Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Stacey Cox was hired by Smith & Associates, a public relations and marketing firm in Cary, as an administrative assistant.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, is the new public policy chair of the Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Also, Briguglio was inducted into the Women’s Forum of North Carolina.

Danielle Kaspar was elected vice president of small business for the Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Elizabeth Trinkaus, president of Pinnacle View Life Enrichment Consulting in Chapel Hill, is featured in the new book “Conversations on Success,” a collection of interviews with leaders in the field of personal empowerment.

Sherry Essig, of Priority Ventures Group in Raleigh, will teach the “Bring Your Business to Life” workshop at Meredith College next month.

Scheryl McDavid is the new marketing director for Future Graphics, a commercial printing and mail-house company with offices in Wendell and Zebulon.

Nancy Gebarowski joined Peak Automotive in Apex as co-owner.

Kelly West was promoted to financial services manager with First Citizens Bank in Raleigh. Also, Yolanda Lundberg was promoted to financial services representative in Cary.

Michelle Byrd, owner of Fabulous Finishes by Michelle in Raleigh, just returned from San Diego, where she participated in a guild meeting of decorative painters and attended workshops.

Cindy Cox, president of Advanced Technical Support in Morrisville, joined the planning committee for The Big Bad Ball, a fund-raiser benefiting Hospice of Wake County. Also, the firm outfitted three Triangle-area Coldwell Banker offices with equipment and won a contract with the North Carolina General Assembly.

Linda Lee, vice president and mortgage banking manager of Crescent State Bank in Cary, was chosen for the Mortgage Bankers Association of the Carolinas Education Committee.

Mary Cantando, an author and member of the National Speaker’s Association in Raleigh, was a featured speaker onboard a Celebrity Cruises trip to Bermuda.

Yasmeen Abdur-Rahman launched Lifestyle Entrepreneur Coaching Services, under her company, Brownstone Workshop, in Cary.

Jennifer Snyder, president of The Time of Your Life, a personal coaching business in Durham, was invited to facilitate international teleclasses for best-selling author Jennifer Louden.

Hummingbird Creative Group, a creative-services firm in Raleigh, completed a logo and corporate identity design for Physicians for Women, a new ob-gyn practice in Cary. Also, the firm partnered with BizCom Healthcare Solutions in Raleigh. Wendy Coulter is the president of Hummingbird Creative Group.

Christa Wessel, a radio host in Durham, won CurlFriends’ “A New Twist on You” hair makeover contest and will receive a new look from New York City hairstylist Antonio Soddu.

The Fearrington House Country Inn and Restaurant in Pittsboro came in 37th in the nation in Travel & Leisure’s 2004 World’s Best Awards. Also, Wine Spectator gave The Fearrington House Restaurant’s wine list an award of excellence.


Windy Bowen-Horn, RN, BSN, joined the facial plastic-surgery practice of Cynthia M. Gregg, M.D., FACS, in Raleigh, as a patient-care specialist.

Steven B. Andreaus, D.D.S., volunteered for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Give Back a Smile program, which provides free dental treatment to survivors of domestic violence.

Linda Jones joined Elite Electrolysis, a hair-removal practice in Raleigh.

Kile Law, president and owner of Blue Water Spa in Raleigh, is a featured speaker at the 2004 Medical Spa Expo & Conference this month in Miami.

Molly K. O’Neill was named chief strategic planning officer and vice president of business development for the Duke University Health System. Also, O’Neill was appointed vice chancellor for medical center integrated planning.

Dr. Allison Rider joined Howarth Family Dental Center in Raleigh.

Dee Barron recently joined Interactive Fitness Trainers of America, a Raleigh-based fitness certification and continuing-education company.

The UNC Health Care Stroke Treatment and Prevention Program received disease-specific care certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, in the first such nationwide certification program.


Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston announced:

• Billie Redmond was elected to the board of directors for Paragon Commercial Bank.
• Christine Patchen joined Neighborhood Builder Services as the manager of creative design. Also, Sabrina Seagraves is a new agent with the program.
• Sandra Lange joined the South Square office as a sales associate.
• Victoria Riddell, of the Falls of Neuse office in Raleigh, recently earned her broker license.
• Luanne Mulford joined the Falls of Neuse office in Raleigh as a sales associate.
• Recent agents of the month include: Phyllis Wolborsky, Mary McCrery and Mary Jo Ryan (Falls office); Rose Brogli ( Strickland office); Lynda Foster (Neighborhood Builder Services); Sharon Riccobono (Cary Parkway office); Patti McGehee, Margaret Sophie, Amie Simmons and Chris Dresp ( Kildaire office); Kimberly Boylston and Aimee Anderson ( East Wake office); and Kimberly Conroy, Connie Batten and Carolyn Lynch (Crabtree office).
Other agents of the month include: Amy Pomerantz (South Square office); Ashley Trammel, Norra Church, Jeane Bargo, Anna Terry and Cindie Burns (North Durham office); Karen Merrill (Hillsborough office); and Shahla Rezvani, Louise Cole and Laura Grace (Chapel Hill office).

Fonville Morisey announced:

• Devon Broughton, a broker/sales associate with the Kildaire office in Cary, was awarded the Accredited Buyer Representative designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council.
• Mary E. Forbes joined the Six Forks office in Raleigh as a sales associate.

Gretchen Curtice joined the Julie Hopfer Team at Bank of America Mortgage in Raleigh.

Lisa Cline, of York Simpson Underwood Realty in Cary, recently earned the professional designation “Seniors Real Estate Specialist.”

Irina Bennett, an agent with RE/MAX United in Raleigh, conducted a workshop on financial matters at the North Carolina Women and Money conference. Also, Bennett was named to the 100% Club for her volume of sales.

Terry Kenney joined Wells Fargo Mortgage in Chapel Hill as a home-mortgage consultant.


The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, an advocacy organization that helps African-American women gain access to educational, political, civic and business opportunities, established a Raleigh-Durham chapter.

The Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County received the Community TIEs Award from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for its use of technology in serving victims.

Pat Kosak and Lorraine Musselman were elected secretary and treasurer, respectively, of Triangle Reading Service, a non-profit service offering 24-hour radio reading for the visually impaired. Also, Felicia Gressette and Catherleen Thomas were elected board members.

Tiffany Barnas celebrated the first anniversary of People in Pain: Support for Those With Chronic Pain, a Triangle-area support group she founded.

The Orange County Rape Crisis Center needs volunteers to answer its 24-hour crisis line and to assist with educational programs.

SAFE Haven for Cats, a no-kill shelter in Raleigh, received a $2,500 Partners in Caring Grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

HopeLine, a 24-hour crisis and suicide prevention hotline for the Triangle area, is recruiting volunteers.

Sallie Abbas, president of the North Carolina chapter of Partners of the Americas and a member of the organization’s national board, recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she served on the finance and resource committee.

Jennifer S. Andrews joined the board of directors for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, which promotes economic development.

Proceeds from the 10th annual Ross Nelson Golf Tournament were donated to the 16th annual Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope, a fund-raiser to find causes and potential cures for mental illness.

East aWake Toastmasters received the Distinguished Club award from the worldwide organization. Also, the following members were appointed officers:
• Mary Ann Seiple — president
• Lillian Ferrarini — vice president of education
• Shamika Honeyblue — sergeant-at-arms