Elaine Dibner received the Northwestern Mutual Foundation Community Service Award for her volunteer work with the Kramden Institute, a local nonprofit dedicated to restoring and donating used computers to deserving kids in North Carolina public schools. Dibner and the Kramden Institute will be presented with a $10,000 check for the organization at a reception in her honor.

Lou Jurkowski, CEO of architectural design firm BJAC, announced the release of a podcast featuring Jennifer Amster, partner and director of higher education projects, on the collaborative process for designing educational facilities.

Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh announced that Shana Filter was hired as the capital campaign director and Gloria Lesher joined as the director of strategic marketing and public information.

Janice Cutler, president and owner of North Raleigh Florist, was named vice-chair of the Wake County Business Alliance for Mt. Vernon Middle School.

Mary Kay Delaney, head of Meredith College’s department of education, announced the launch of a new Master of Arts in Teaching degree program.


Hope Hills, Ph.D., president of Circle Consulting Group, was elected board president of the Durham Symphony Orchestra.

Shannon Vickery was appointed as UNC-TV’s new director of production.

Carol Owen of Pittsboro joined the Masterworks program for the annual Carolina Designer Craftsmen Show during Thanksgiving weekend. She created a wall-hung mixed-media assemblage of foam board, rice paper and acrylic paint, with vintage photographs and found object memorabilia inspired by the hill villages in Tuscany.

Lucy Daniels and Susan Newberry were recipients of the 24th annual Raleigh Medal of Arts award, presented by the Raleigh Arts Commission to individuals who have made an extraordinary achievement in the field.

The Carolina Theatre of Durham, a nonprofit arts center dedicated to bringing quality film and live performances to the Triangle, announced that its new board of trustees includes Nahale Freeland Kalfas, chair; Kathy Silbiger, secretary; and Maureen D. Cullins, Saundra M. Freeman and Debbie Kulowitch.


Susan Thompson was hired as the new director for the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, which promotes the growth and sustainability of local businesses.

Katie Page and Kc Coolbaugh of Cary’s Minding Your Matters Organizing traveled to Haiti for 10 days on a company-sponsored trip to organize the Hope for Haiti orphanage.

Suzi Paugh Tripp was hired as the account manager for the King Partnership, a full-service marketing, advertising and public relations agency in Raleigh.

Amy Baker and Becky Minervino were named vice presidents of Durham advertising agency McKinney.

Mary Cantando, a Raleigh-based expert on women business owners, unveiled the Woman’s Advantage 2009 Page-A-Day calendar, featuring 365 innovative ideas on strategy, teambuilding, marketing and finance. Diane Kuehn, president and CEO of VisionPoint Marketing in Raleigh, was among those selected for the calendar.

Allison Laney Harris was hired as an intern architect at Raleigh-based JDavis Architects, a landscape architecture and interior design firm.

Elizabeth Romero was promoted to account supervisor of public relations and Hispanic marketing and Kristi Burns joined the account management department of Howard, Merrell & Partners, a strategic branding and advertising firm in Raleigh.

Sharon Hill, president of Sharon Hill International, which provides services such as etiquette training, motivational speaking and diversity training, announced that she:
• Was elected for the lieutenant governor-marketing position by N.C. Toastmasters International, a worldwide, nonprofit organization that encourages and helps members become more experienced and comfortable in front of an audience.
• Spoke at Rowan Vocation Opportunities in Salisbury, where she discussed generational differences and how to appreciate them.
• Presented her “Pump Up Your Professionalism” seminar at the Health Affairs Round Table to help professionals who focus on eldercare and senior-specific healthcare issues improve their networking skills.  

Patty Briguglio, president of Raleigh-based public relations firm MMI Associates, announced that Kerryn House was hired as office manager.

Kathryn Byrd, former director of continuing education and outreach at N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Mollie Rasor, former executive director of the N.C. Veterinary Medical Association, have established Meetings Plus More!, a full-service meeting management company in Raleigh and Cary.

Linda Rogers, a sales consultant for d’essense perfurme, announced the addition of a store at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham.

Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, announced the release of her podcast, which addresses technology infusion and explains what steps companies should take before searching for potential partners.

Jennifer Wagner, a site designer at ColeJenest & Stone, became an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to offer standards for environmentally sustainable construction. ColeJenest & Stone is a 75-person firm in Raleigh providing comprehensive land development services.

Laura St. Onge, a media buyer at Raleigh marketing communication firm Cross + Associates, will deliver her “Media 101” presentation, which focus on the connection between an effective media strategy and a successful marketing plan, to the N.C. Cooperative Extension


Barbara Umstead, the Woman’s Club of Raleigh president, presented a $30,000 donation to Hospice of Wake County, which was the net proceeds from the club’s ASID Designer Showhouse earlier this year.

Rachel Grady announced the opening of Hold Your Head Up, a Durham-based nonprofit organization that provides career attire, interview training, office etiquette and makeup application to low-income women transitioning into the workforce.

Dana Jennings, CEO of the N.C. Center for Women in Public Service, announced the completion of its fifth annual Summer Institute, an intensive leadership program that prepares women to seek elected or appointed office. The nonprofit organization is housed at Peace College in Raleigh.

Trudy Smith, executive director of Executive Service Corps, which provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations in the Triangle, announced the addition of volunteer consultants, including Mary Alexion (Chapel Hill), president of Chatham County Literacy Council; Karin Douglas (Durham), an associate director at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business; Dorothea Gaulden (Raleigh), adjunct professor for an online university and author of “Right Makes Might: Reviving Ethics to Improve Your Business”; and Beth Maxwell (Durham), former executive director of the Volunteer Center of Durham.

Melissa Dewey Brumback, partner at Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh, was named co-chair of the N.C. Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Newsletter Committee, which engages in projects and services benefiting members of the legal profession, the public at large and students at all levels.

Leigh Eckle
, coordinator for the Downtown Raleigh Food Tour, announced the addition of Saturday afternoon tours to the schedule. The growing interest in the Triangle’s only walking tour of this kind, which began last June, necessitated the addition of the weekend date.

Hope L. Murdock of Raleigh was elected director of continuing education for the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust gave a three-year, $275,000 grant to Interact, a nonprofit agency in Wake County that provides sexual safety, support and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. The grant will fund mental health and substance abuse services for victims and will ultimately allow the agency to help clients reduce the long-term risks associated with these issues.

Real Estate

Kimberly A. Parsons of Raleigh was appointed vice president of operations at Talis Management Group, which oversees condominiums, townhomes and homeowners associations in Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill and Sanford.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston announced:
Mary Lou Dingman and Anette Corprew joined as sales associates at the Falls of Neuse Road office; and
Maria C. Ottman joined as a sales associate at the Cary Parkway office.

Allen Tate Realtors announced the graduates of the company’s Winner’s Edge training program, including: Leah Kruger (Brier Creek); Janet Ferris, Monica Fering, Debbie L. Lewis (Cary-Stonebridge); Melissa Arnold (Falls Lake); and Betsie Huben, Tammie Jones, Janis Marsh, Kathleen Remini (Garner).

ERA Pacesetters Realty announced the sales leaders for July, including Tammy Hahn, Renee Molina, Gwen Hager, Lynette Scott-Palmer, Judy Esser, Elisabeth Hancock, Pat McElroy, Terri McCall and Nikki Belsito.

Linda Craft and Team, REALTORS of Raleigh announced the addition of Jo Smith as buyer and relocation specialist. 

Jeanne Moyer, one of the first EcoBroker Certified realtors in the Triangle, joined Doro Taylor Realty on Glenwood South in Raleigh.

Fonville Morisey Realty Team announced:
Jennifer Wheeler joined as a full-time associate in the Six Forks office in Raleigh.
Ebony Onwordi joined as a full-time sales associate at the Lochmere Office in Cary.
Harriette Doggett, assistant manager of Fonville Morisey Realty’s Falls of Neuse Road Office in Raleigh, earned the Certified Real Estate Brokerage manager designation presented by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers.
Amelia Pleasant of Pleasant Realty in Garner merged her firm with Fonville Morisey Realty. Her company now operates as Team Pleasant, specializing in new construction, re-sales, foreclosures, land and short sales.  

Debbie Houston, president of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services in Raleigh, announced that Carrie Plymale was named builder representative for The Glen on Spring Forest in Raleigh and Lydia De Maria was named builder representative for the Fuquay-Varina neighborhood of Southern Oaks.


Dr. Lisa Roberts, co-chair of Speaking of Women’s Health and president and CEO of Gynecology & Laparoscopic Surgeons in Raleigh, announced the organization’s 2008 executive committee members: Angela Baylis (Triangle Wellness & Sports Center); Adrian Bond (DuPree & Webb Insurance); Tobi Bowen, Gerry Massey, Kimberly Pate (Resources for Seniors); Patty Briguglio (MMI Associates); Brenda Dobrick (Ameriprise Financial); Leslie Douglas (Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston); Lisa Feierstein (Active Health Care); Anya Gordon (Irregardless Café); Terry Haggerty, Shawna Hale (First Citizens Bank); Michele Jonczak (WakeMed Health & Hospitals); Diane Kuehn (VisionPoint Marketing); Judy Little (Ameriprise Financial); Erika Mangrum (Iatria Spa, co-chair); Keri Medlin (Campbell University, School of Pharmacy); Megan Muzychka (Wake County Human Services); Rebecca Smith (Brookdale Senior Living); and Brooke VonHoene (National Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation).

Lori K. Lee, executive director of the Me Fine Foundation, which provides resources and financial assistance to parents and caregivers with children being treated at Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals, announced the steering committee for the third annual Purse Gala: Jameka Autry (Jameka Autry Photography); Kathy Berberian (N.C. School of Science and Mathematics); Valonda Calloway (WRAL-TV); Jullie Campbell (Embassy Suites); Ashley Carmichael (The Sarah P. Duke Gardens); Kate Catlin, Jill Mastrangelo (MMI Associates); Allison Davis (Sandfoot Photography); Amy Greene (Giorgios Hospitality Restaurant Group); Tiffany Husack (Better Carolina Homes); Kim Love (The Umstead Hotel and Spa); Chelsea Stahr (Cato Research); Jenna Tennace (UNC-Chapel Hill); Jennifer Terry (Paragon Commercial Bank); Lisa Valentino (Me Fine Foundation); event chair Whitney Wilkerson (Stop Studios); Ellen Williamson (Schenkel Shultz Architecture); and Paige Zinn (Jennings).

Angie Trull, office manager at Dr. Steven Andreaus, DDS, PA in Raleigh, announced that the practice is assisting in the launch of Teen Invisalign, a new dental product that ensures aligners are being worn properly and working effectively without causing discomfort to users.

Elizabeth Laurino, co-owner of Hands on Health Massage Therapy and Wellness, announced that the company was selected for the 2008 Best of Cary Award in the Massage Therapists category by the U.S. Local Business Association’s “Best of Local Business” Award Program, which recognized its marketing success within the local community.

Dana Mortensen, interior designer and owner of Eco Interiors in Durham, was featured in the June issue of Healthcare Design for her work on developing an innovative, environmentally sustainable wellness facility for people affected by cancer.

Caroline Jones Hodges of Tom Jones Drug, Compounding, Home Medical and Nutrition Center announced the company’s move to a new state-of-the-art building at the corner of Timber Drive and Vandora Springs Road in Garner.