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

By Amelia Rasmus


Laura Dean was named vice president for student development and dean of students for Peace College in Raleigh.

Erika Galluppi, a student at Peace College in Raleigh, and Katie Spell, a graduate of Hillsborough-Orange High School and a student at Elon University, received North Carolina 4-H scholarships.


Burning Coal Theatre Company of Raleigh received a $2,500 grant from the Margo Meyer Richter Endowment Fund and the Margo M. Richter Fund to stage the 2004-2005 season of plays. The company will use the money to hire Durham-based director Jody McAuliffe and Raleigh-based director Carnessa Ottelin.

The North Carolina Arts Council in Raleigh seeks artists in the state to apply for fellowships. Composers, playwrights, screenwriters, songwriters and other writers are eligible. Applications are due Nov. 1.


Dana Hathcote, who recently received the certified bookkeeper designation from the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, opened DH Accounting Services in Raleigh.

Sheila Forte-Trammell, a learning consultant with IBM in Research Triangle Park, was the winner of the National Educational Leadership Award at the Women of Color in Technology Conference held this month in Atlanta.

Leigh Correll recently opened Wrapped Up, a gift boutique, in downtown Raleigh.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Michelle Scouten, marketing associate and print and Web designer for BIP Marketing in Raleigh, created a care/awareness package for distribution at Wake County mammogram centers.

Tamara Short Weightman recently opened SnapHappy, a family-friendly portrait studio in Raleigh. Tara Clifton Mochan is the head photographer and studio manager.

Shannon Powell, president of Active Ergonomics in Raleigh, was named the 2004 representative of the year by Executive Women International, a networking and leadership organization. Also, the firm was certified as a woman-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Montgomery’s Florist of Raleigh was an exhibitor and sponsor of last month’s Southern Bridal Show and Expo. Karen Ross is the president of the firm.

Dawn Ronco, Karen McMaster and Jennifer Varron were elected vice presidents of First Citizens Bank in Raleigh.

Geralin Thomas, a professional organizing consultant and owner of Metropolitan Organizing, was named vice president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers.

Linda Millar, artistic director of Haircolorxperts in Raleigh, has been a top performer five times during the salon’s first six months.

Lorana Price and Sabrina Frasier, both of Hummingbird Creative Group in Raleigh, joined the board of directors for the Ad Club of the Triangle. Price is serving as the education chairwoman and Frasier as the second vice president.

Janice Russell, overseer of order at Minding Your Matters Organizing Consultants in Cary, recently facilitated an international teleclass on organizing for personality type for the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Eileen Stevie, president of Stevie Organizing Services in Cary, was a guest panelist on “Charlotte Talks,” a National Public Radio show in Charlotte.

Linda Leake, president of CHANGE by Leake, a consulting firm in Raleigh, was a speaker at a Triangle Sales and Marketing Council of Home Builders meeting.

Noel McLaughlin recently opened her own public relations firm in Raleigh.

Laser Image Corporate Printing, a Triangle-based company, now offers mailing services and tours of its facility. Kelly Clark is the vice president of the firm.

Linda Mizell joined Crescent State Bank in Pinehurst as a customer service representative. Also, Linda Lee, vice president and mortgage banking manager for the Cary branch, was named to the Mortgage Bankers Association of the Carolinas Education Committee.

Laura St. Onge joined Cross & Associates, an advertising and marketing agency in Raleigh, as an interactive account manager.

Deborah L. Hildebran-Bachofen, a shareholder at Manning Fulton & Skinner Attorneys in Raleigh, was elected a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Sarah Stone was appointed beautification director for Kane Realty Corporation’s North Hills development in Raleigh.

Alternate Access, a communications consulting firm in Raleigh, recently designed systems for Fred Anderson Toyota, Venture Capital Firm, Bradway Enterprises, The Castleton Group, Karin’s Florist, Guidestar, Bashyam and Spiro, Tele-Works, First Data Corp., Alexandria Real Estate and the Oral Health and Wellness Center. Kelly Lumpkin is the CEO of the firm.

Mulkey Engineers & Consultants of Raleigh was one of eight companies in the nation selected by the Families and Work Institute to participate in an audio conference highlighting flexible workplaces. Mary-Ann Baldwin is the owner of the firm.


Eileen Slutsky, R.N., B.S.N., joined VeinCare of Raleigh as a nurse aesthetician.

Melissa Smith, owner of Elite Electrolysis, was accepted into the Society of Clinical and Medical Hair Removal.

Amy Desjardins is a new certified personal trainer for Designing Bodies, a fitness-training center in Raleigh. Also, general manager Jane Riley has her own meditation CD, “Independently Healthy.”

Lori Schweickert, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of child and adolescent disorders, joined 3-C Family Services in Cary.

Tricia Spriggs, Delores Wells and Rhonda Williamson joined Physicians for Women, an ob-gyn practice in Cary.

UNC Hospitals’ Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was named one of America’s top infertility clinics in Town & Country magazine.

Blue Water Spa announced:

• Dana Bailey was hired as managing director.
• Elizabeth Hope joined the spa as the assistant director of community relations.
• Patient coordinator Debbie Penny presented Wakefield Elementary with a $2500 donation to support its annual golf tournament.
• Lisa Chrysanthou, director of aesthetic training, donated $2,800 in packages and $88,000 in certificates to those attending the Annual Poe Center Luncheon to benefit the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education.
• Laser specialist Lynne Dubuque presented $2,800 in packages and $37,500 in certificates to participants in the Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk to benefit the Gyn Oncology program at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.
• Licensed massage therapist Thearadise Beaver presented $3,400 in services to the Radio-thon to End Child Abuse, which benefited the Duke Children’s Cancer Center.
• Medical aesthetician Christina Burkett represented the spa at “Great Chefs of the Triangle,” a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, and offered more than $2,800 in services.
• Concierge coordinator Jane Tarry presented spa packages to the Fred Fletcher Golf Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society.
• President Kile Law was a featured speaker at the International Spa Conference in Orlando.
• Medical aesthetician MariBeth Hedeman presented $1,000 in spa packages and $7,500 in certificates to the Big Bad Ball to benefit the Hospice of Wake County.

• Kristi Langemo, director of client relations, presented $2,800 in spa packages and $18,000 in certificates to the Rex Classic to benefit the Rex Breast and Prostate Cancer Program.
• Medical aesthetician Marie Mantle presented $1,000 in spa services to the Children’s Flight for Hope fundraiser auction.

Real Estate

Recent top agents of the month for ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary were: Nikki Besito, Terri McCall, Pat McElroy and Ann Allen.

Mary Kromenhoek, Linda K. Swann, Amy Gair Gower and Virginia Vazquez are new agents with the Prudential Carolinas Realty Kildaire Farm Road office in Cary.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry And Walston announced:

• Susan Abshire and Kimberly Conroy were promoted to training managers for the Crabtree office.
• Judith Jordan and Debbie Clifton joined the Garner office sales team.
• Ashley Mays is a new sales-team member at the Strickland Road office in Raleigh.
• Margaret Sophie, an agent with the Kildaire office in Cary, attended the Coldwell Banker Elite Retreat in Salt Lake City.
• Christina Barron, Su Chen, Carrie Papp and Linda Phillips have affiliated with the Crabtree office.
• Lynn Greer is the new vice president of the corporate Real Estate Services division of the firm.
• Jenny M. Kelton, a sales agent for the Crabtree office, was awarded the accredited buyer representative designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.
• Pansy Jones joined the Strickland Road office sales team.

Fonville Morisey announced:

• Kelly Cobb, a sales associate with the Lochmere office in Cary, recently attended “Star Power,” an annual, educational, real-estate conference in San Antonio.
• Stephanie Wilson and Devon Broughton, sales associates with the Kildaire office in Cary, received e-PRO certificates from the National Association of Realtors.
• Pat Daley, a broker associate with the Falls office, participated in a leadership academy sponsored by the Women’s Council of REALTORS.


Diane Rupprecht joined the Durham Chamber of Commerce as the government relations vice president.

The following recently were elected to the board of directors for The League of Women Voters of Wake County: Annemarie Evans (president); Louise Romanow (first vice president); Brenda Rogers (second vice president); Marian Lewin (secretary); and Linda Lahre (treasurer).

The Women’s Center of Wake County is collecting used cell phones as a fundraiser. Proceeds from the collection will support the center’s programs and services. Drop boxes can be found at the following Raleigh locations: OGGI Girl (6675 Falls of Neuse Rd.); R.O.I Salon (617 Oberlin Rd.); Abbeygail’s Closet (5205 Hillsborough St.); and the Women’s Center (128 E. Hargett St., Suite 10).

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, in Raleigh, was one of five members of the Women President’s Organization selected to represent the group in Washington, D.C., at President Bush’s speech on economic security.

Billie Redmond, president of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, was appointed to the board of directors for Communities in Schools of Wake County.

The First Book — Triangle is accepting grant applications from community-based literacy programs until Oct. 15.