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

By Lauren Shuping


Lana Calloway, president of Exhibit Resources in Raleigh, received the Dorothy B. Brothers Executive Scholarship from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She received $4,500 in tuition for executive-management education.

Great Harvest Bread Co. sponsored its sixth-annual back-to-school fund-raising competition for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school system. Joan Krueger is co-owner of the bakery.

Apex resident Jackie Walker, a graduate of the American School of Protocol, now offers “Beyond Please and Thank You,” an etiquette program for students in first through fifth grades.

Jennifer Neilson, owner of Simple Elegance in Raleigh, offers classes in etiquette and manners at the historic Hillsborough House this month.


Sandy Heard, president of Heard & Associates, a marketing consulting firm in Durham, won QVC’s “Decade of Discoveries Product Search” for her Shining Star Plate & Memory Book. She presented the line of gifts that celebrate family traditions on a live broadcast last month. The product sold out within seven minutes.

Karen Epp Mortimer was promoted to executive director of The Sales and Service Training Center located in Durham.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, a marketing and public-relations firm in Raleigh, was named to nFocus Software’s board of directors. The firm also launched a newly designed Web log.

Mary Marcantonio joined Media Research Planning and Placement, an advertising agency in Raleigh, as media director. Also, the firm was selected media-placement agency of record for Cancer Centers of North Carolina. Sheila Ogle is CEO of the agency.

Olalah Njenga, CEO of the YellowWood Group, a marketing consulting firm in Raleigh, is a new member of the board of Wake Technical Community College Business & Industry Center.

Stacy Hannay recently opened The Copywriting Company, a writing, editing and consultation firm in Raleigh.

Life coach Jennifer Snyder’s book, “The Time of Your Life: A Creative Sourcebook for Women,” recently was published.

Kate Look put together an online resource guide at CHillKids.com, featuring local festival and event listings, ideas for family outings, links to sporting events and more.

Linda Millar was named master colorist/designer for R.O.I. Salon in Raleigh.

Janice Russell, owner of Minding Your Matters Organizing in Cary, was appointed Task Team Manager for The National Association of Professional Organizers.


Blue Water Spa, of Raleigh, announced:
• The spa will donate all its revenue for services and products received on Oct. 4, as well as the first Sunday of every month during 2005, to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
• During the month of October, the spa is offering complimentary Microdermabrasion to anyone who donates blood to support survivors of hurricane Katrina.
• Lisa Chrysanthou, Maribeth Hedeman, Thearadise Beaver, Marie Mantle, Judy Jones and Lilliana Guarino are donating time and gratuities the first Sunday of every month to help raise funds for hurricane survivors.

Dr. Bobbie Stanley, of Apex, recently received a Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry.

Debbie Penny and Lynne Dubuque of Michael Law, M.D., Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Laser Center in Raleigh will donate their time on Sundays to provide laser hair removal and laser facials to individuals who wish to support survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Also, all proceeds from procedures performed Oct. 4, and the first Sunday of every month during 2005, will be donated to hurricane survivors.


Scheryl McDavid, marketing director for Future Graphics, was appointed to the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

The Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties announced:
• The organization received the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s 2005 Outstanding Community Service Award for North Carolina.
• The following comprise the league’s new board of directors: Laura Dickerson, Ana Miller, Wendy Woodall, Betsy Collie, Meg Alverson, Jane DeGiacomo, Courtney Grannan and Kate McAllister
• Other board members include: Kelly Clements, Eleanor Boyd, Carolyn Rhode, Page Fleming, Betsy Lovell, Elizabeth Hopkins and Jackie Taylor.

Ilene Britt and Dr. Deborah Pitman are new officers for Durham’s Partnership for Children. New members of the board include: Cheryl Brown, Deborah Horvitz, Diane Rupprecht, Carolyn Titus and Brenda Williamson.

The following are new officers of the Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction: Tracy Brantley (president), Kristine Blanke (chapter president-elect), Amy Edwards (chapter parliamentarian), Terri Piasecki (vice president), Amy Simmons (treasurer), Gwen Vass (recording secretary) and Suzy Bryant (corresponding secretary). New members of the board of directors are: Kendra Church, Kristen Morales, Laurin Cooke, Cynthia O’Neal, Paula Hooven and Tonja Fisher.

Lynne Townsend Albert, an attorney in Chapel Hill, was elected president of the National Foundation for Women’s Bar Associations.

Susanna K. Gibbons, of Poyner & Spruill LLP in Raleigh, was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2006. The listings are based on a year-long survey in which attorneys nationwide are asked to rate the top practitioners in their areas of practice.

The Women’s Center in Chapel Hill is seeking entries from North Carolina artists for “Through Women’s Eyes, By Women’s Hands,” the 22nd annual juried art show and sale. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 15.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Orange County has opportunities available for adults of all ages, Spanish translators and registered nurses.

The Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce seeks volunteers for two upcoming holiday events: the Hillsborough Christmas Parade and the 22nd Annual Historic Hillsborough Candlelight Tour.

Applications are available for Leadership Durham 2006, a training program by the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.


Real Estate

Muriel Bijeau and Jo Ann Gardner, buyer specialists with RE/MAX One Realty, recently attended the annual Star Power Convention for real-estate professionals in San Francisco.

Barbara Bull, of Raleigh, joined Realty World First as broker in charge.

Kristine Gibson joined Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, of Raleigh, as vice president of corporate services.

The following were recent sales leaders of the month at ERA Pacesetters Realty: Gwen Hager, Connie Brewer, Terro McCall, Ann Allen, Debbie Eaddy and Terri McCall.

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:
• FM Lending Services and Fonville Morisey’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament raised $18,500 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
• Kelly Cobb of Cary co-authored her first book, “Get the Best Deal When Selling Your Home,” published by Gabriel Publications. Kelly is an agent and realtor.
• Lisa Plourde, a sales associate with the Durham office, recently attended the Star Power Convention in San Francisco.
• Sharon Pelt, vice president for the firm’s Real Estate School, hosted Laurie Moore-Moore, president of the Dallas-based Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, who presented a course on luxury homes.