Dr. Etta Pisano, professor in the departments of radiology and biomedical engineering and vice dean of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, received the Health Breakthrough Award from Ladies’ Home Journal.

Amy Indence and Heather Wiles of Wake County received a 4-H Development Fund Scholarship and a North Carolina Central District 4-H Horse Scholarship.

The North Carolina State University Agricultural Institute ranked number one in the nation among two-year associate degree programs, in an annual report published in Community College Week.


“Madame Heartache,” a single by vocalist Susan Reeves was recently chosen as a radioioJAZZ.com “Hot Pick.”

“Delayed, But Not Denied,” the debut CD by Chapel Hill Gospel singer Jennifer Evans, was recently released.

The North Carolina Presenters Consortium recently launched OnStageinNC.com, an online resource for the state’s performing arts. Louisa Hart is the president of the organization.

Burning Coal Theatre Company breaks ground on the Murphey School auditorium restoration project this month.

“Murder on the ICW,” the fifth novel by Cary author Ellen Elizabeth Hunter, was recently published.

Jamie Anderson, a singer-songwriter from Durham, received the Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music at the National Women’s Music Festival in Illinois.

Sarah Powers is the new executive director of Raleigh-based Visual Art Exchange, and Erika Corey was promoted to full-time assistant director and programs manager.


Dara Lyon Warner joined DiLeone & Associates, a law firm in Raleigh, as a paralegal.

Melissa Dewey Brumback, a partner in the litigation department of Ragsdale Ligett, a law firm in Raleigh, was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division leadership team as assistant newsletter editor.

Jessica Cooper joined The Freelon Group in Research Triangle Park as an intern architect.

Kelly Hortman and Dee Ann D’Agostino joined The Executive Staffing Group in Raleigh as account executives.

Hummingbird Creative Group in Raleigh was named agency of record for CapStone Bank. Wendy Coulter is the president of Hummingbird Creative Group.

Susan Rosenthal, a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in Durham, was selected as one of the “Top 100 Women Financial Advisers” in Barron’s magazine.

Sales Prospecting Solutions, a business-to-business sales and marketing provider in Raleigh, signed a new client, Bowe Bell + Howell, a document-management firm. Kim Hunter is the founder and president of Sales Prospecting Solutions.

C. Renee Hill, owner of Interior Designs by Renee in Raleigh, was certified as a trainer for Redesign and Real Estate Staging by One Day Decorating Alumni Association and the Society of Decorating Professionals. Also, Hill recently received the Rising Star Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Tina Shilling joined Lanier Law Group as a senior case manager in the Raleigh office.

Meredith Harvell joined Place Trade Financial as an executive assistant in the Raleigh office.

Alicia Satterwhite joined MarketSmart Advertising in Raleigh as an assistant account executive.

Kentia McLemore joined The Castleton Group, a Raleigh company specializing in human-resources outsourcing, as a benefits administrator.

Lana Calloway, president of Exhibit Resources in Raleigh, is included in Mary Cantando’s “The Woman’s Advantage,” a book about female entrepreneurs, which debuted last month. Also, her firm was selected by Cendant Car Rental Company to design and produce portable displays for Avis Rent-A-Car System.

Kay Miller, owner of A Going Concern, a Cary-based tour company, is leading a women’s trip to Ireland this month.

Tasseli McKay, a feng shui practitioner in Bynum, now offers consultations to non-profit social and environmental organizations.

VIP Designs, a Raleigh interior-design company, now offers financing. Elizabeth Carrasco is the owner.

Janice Russell, president of Minding Your Matters, a Cary-based organization-consulting firm, received a certificate of study on student clients from the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Hope Holding Connell, executive vice president of First Citizens Bank in Raleigh, was elected president of IronStone Bank, a subsidiary of First Citizens BancShares.

Lauren Sauda joined Sinclair & Co., an advertising, branding and marketing company in Raleigh, as a junior account executive and Shelley L. Bainter joined as interactive services director and project manager.

Barbara Bennett joined HagerSmith Design in Raleigh. She specializes in restaurant and food-service design.

The Fearrington House Country Inn and Restaurant was recognized in Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Theresa Chiettini is the general manager of the inn.

Vicki Umstead, executive administrative assistant at the Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport in Research Triangle Park, received the President Award from the Davidson Hotel Co.


La’Quinta Thornton, an aesthetician, joined the practice of Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg in Cary.

Kneaded Relaxation, a lypossage and massage-therapy practice in Durham, recently launched a website,
www.kneadedrelaxation.com. Ivy Jo Staton is the owner of the practice.

Nancy Davison, a licensed acupuncturist in Raleigh, received certification to use the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture system.

Lynn B. Barclay was promoted to president and CEO of The American Social Health Association in Research Triangle Park.

Carrie Lewis joined Triangle Pediatric Center in Cary as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Sherry Owens, president of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Julie Lowery, president-elect, attended the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists 75th anniversary meeting in Ohio last month.



North Carolina State Representative Julia Howard was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Lorana Price, CEO of Holy Cow Branding in Cary, was named chairwoman of the 2007 Triangle ADDY Awards by the American Advertising Federation. She also recently gave a presentation on the elements of a press release to the Capital City and Cardinal Club Business Alliance of Raleigh.

Cynthia A. O’Neal, an attorney with Taylor, Penny, Rash & Riemann in Raleigh, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of PLM Families Together, an organization that provides housing and support to homeless families.

Pam Perry is the new president of the Apex Toastmasters Club and the area governor for the national organization.

Susan LaBarre of Raleigh and Judy Malone of Clayton launched “Global Warming Is Personal,” a public-awareness campaign.

Billie Redmond, president of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, was appointed to the Wake County Board of Commissioners School Construction Advisory Committee.

Nancy Baughman, president of eBiz Auctions, was the featured speaker at the Cary Red Hat Group’s “Antique Roadshow.”

Dana Guidera founded Wake TESS, a free message board for residents of Wake County to list therapeutic and education supplies for sale.

The Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum has elected the following new officers: Robin Boettcher (president); Linda Conklin (president-elect); Dorothy Ashworth (past-president and nominating chair); Sherry Essig (treasurer); Jennifer Tolle Whiteside (secretary); Jan Karn (membership chair); Shallie Ellinwood (program chair); Karen Sinclair (communications chair); Debbie Hamrick (social committee chair); Angela Bendorf-Jamison (Speaker’s Forum chair); and Kim Brame McGimsey and Esther Jones (directors at large).

Sharon Hill, president of Sharon Hill International, was a presenter at a recent meeting of the Research Triangle Park chapter of the United Professional Sales Association.

Diane Kuehn, president and CEO of VisionPoint Marketing, joined the Raleigh chapter of the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Laura Edgerton, a senior immigration attorney with Bashyam & Spiro in Raleigh, was elected chair of the Carolinas chapter of The American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Whitney Wilkerson, principal and creative director of Stop Studios in Durham, was named to the George School Young Alumni Board.

Cherie Berry, North Carolina commissioner of labor, was the featured speaker at a Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce meet-and-greet.

Jodi Springer is the new executive director of Haven House, a Raleigh organization that serves the needs of young people in difficult situations.

SAFE Haven for Cats, a no-kill animal shelter in Raleigh, seeks volunteers. Pam Eader is the founder of the organization.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh has expanded its volunteer schedule to include a Thursday evening shift.

The Mental Health Association in North Carolina seeks volunteers for the Children’s Mental Health Educational Programs for the 2006-2007 school year.

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.