Jennie Bireline is this year’s signature artist for Works of Heart, a fundraiser for the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina in Raleigh.

Beth Williamson, a romance novelist from Zebulon, announced the release of her book “The Reward.”

Janet Morgan recently opened KidzArt in Raleigh.

“Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle Age,” the debut book by Beverly Mahone, a radio and TV journalist from Durham, was recently released.

The Fearrington Writers Group published its first set of selected poems, “Beautiful Spirit.” Kathryn Armstrong designed the cover, which was based on a calligraphic painting by Joan Sommers.

"Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs," by Lori Verni, certified master dog trainer in Holly Springs, recently became one of the top 100 books published by Morrisville's Lulu Press.


Archiver’s, a scrapbooking-supply store, opened at Triangle Town Commons in Raleigh. Frances Hunter is the store manager.

Lori Wathen is a new designer for DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of the Triangle in Raleigh.

Jennifer Porter was hired as media assistant for MarketSmart Advertising in Raleigh.
Danielle Beagley joined Crescent State Bank in Cary as marketing coordinator.

Monica Dagenhart joined Exhibit Resources in Raleigh as sales coordinator.

Chiquisha Arrington is the new office manager of Cranky Signs in Durham.
Rachel Minihan, a business performance coach in Holly Springs, was selected by the moderators of Business Owners’ Idea Café to appear on the organization’s Web site.

Ashley Scott joined The Executive Staffing Group in Raleigh as account manager. Tiffany Camia joined as an account executive, and Jennifer Hilliard joined as a recruitment manager.

Kat Mateichik, owner of Rosehips Beauty Skincare, now offers Pacifica natural candles, soaps and body butters at her boutique, Clear Horizons, in Raleigh.

Sharon Hill, a Chapel Hill-based etiquette trainer, launched a Web site,

Kate Catlin and Elizabeth Stephens joined MMI Associates, a Raleigh-based marketing and public-relations firm, as account executives.

Rehab Ibrahim joined Place Trade Financial in Raleigh as client services manager.
Sepi Asefnia, president of the SEPI Engineering Group in Raleigh, was the keynote speaker for the Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Management Association’s Small Business Conference.

Mary Cantando, Raleigh author of “Nine Lives: Stories of Women Business Owners Landing on Their Feet,” participated in a one-hour video interview for the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Carrasco, owner of VIP Designs in Raleigh, donated a one-hour, in-home design consultation for Kirkland Home’s anniversary celebration.

Erin Clarey is a new divorce attorney with Rosen Law Firm in Raleigh.

Caroline Barbee joined the Ragsdale Liggett law firm in Raleigh as an associate attorney in the litigation department.

Lisa Rondina is the new sales manager for Fairway Outdoor Advertising in Raleigh.

Susan Corbett is the new director of Library and Information Services for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park.

Janice Russell, owner of Minding Your Matters Organizing in Raleigh, received a Certificate of Study in Basic Hoarding from the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Jennifer Neal and Melody Pearce opened Southern Veranda, an interior-design firm in the Triangle.



Grace Graham of Durham is one of 64 female heart patients selected to attend WomenHeart’s annual Science and Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota this month.

Ingrid Yang recently opened Blue Point Yoga Center in Durham.

Anita Fraley attended last month’s Women’s Sexual Health State of the Art Series, sponsored by Northwestern University and the Berman Center for Sexual Health in Chicago.

Kile Law, president of Blue Water Spa in Raleigh, recently presented laser and anti-aging techniques to a group of professionals in Chicago. Also, the spa received the “Best Place to Work in the Triangle” award. Amy Bruen, Kimberly Bagley, Liliana Guarino, Mari Beth Hedeman, Marie Mantle, Rana Jallad, Theardise Beaver, Debbie Penny, Amaris Balkus and Lauren Weiss accepted the award.

Staci Wallace, reigning Mrs. North Carolina, was the honorary guest and speaker at the BodyLase Skin Spa client luncheon at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh.

Cassandra Moore, M.D., joined Cancer Centers of North Carolina, which has locations in Raleigh and Cary, as a medical oncologist.

Elaine Estes joined USOncology in Raleigh as state manager, Managed Care and Marketing.

Nicole Hill, senior health educator for the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh, received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the National Association of Health Education Centers. Also, the center received an endowment grant for its Educational Partnership Project with Duke Health. Sheila Ryba is the CEO of the Poe Center.

The Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation in Raleigh announced the following new executive committee members: Cindy Anderson, Sepi Asefnia, Angela Baylis, Tobi Bowen, Patty Briguglio, Lana Calloway, Terri Chancellor, Diane Dennis, Brooke Etter, Emily Graban, Crystal Hendley, Lisa Hilker, Amy Hutchinson, Michele Jonczak, Susan Kilgore, Debbie Laughery, Katie Lewis, Erika Mangrum, Sheila Hale Ogle, Virginia Parker, Kimberly Pate, Lisa Roberts, Bebe Snyder, Jennifer Terry, Erica Wehner and Whitney Wilkerson.



Sandra Cavalieri of Durham and Kim Nimmer of Raleigh graduated from the Natural Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University.

Judy Smith, president of Smith Seal of NC in Raleigh, was named Woman Business Owner of the Year by the Greater Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Collette Meador joined Durham’s Partnership for Children as program coordinator.

Libby Barnes was elected vice chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives in Washington, D.C. Barnes is president and CEO of the Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Becky Christian, vice president of Strategic and Community Services for WakeMed in Cary, received the 2006 Watt Huntley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Raleigh Public Relations Society.

Lynne Albert, an attorney from Chapel Hill, was elected president of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.
The Interior Design Society-Triangle East Chapter is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Whitney Wilkerson was named to the board of directors of ACTUS, a charitable organization focused on education and the arts, in Raleigh.

The board of directors of the Raleigh Hall of Fame announced its 2006 inductees, including Miriam Preston, Vallie Henderson and The League of Women Voters.

Mary Conyers, founder of Protect Every Child, a Knightdale-based organization promoting Internet safety, was recently featured as one of NBC-17’s “Triangle Wishes.”

Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston announced:

Joyce Cooke and Beatrice May joined as sales associates.
Meredith Morgan joined as senior marketing manager.
Devon Perry was named a new sales agent for the Heritage Wake Forest community.

ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary announced the following recent sales leaders of the month: Pat McElroy, Terri McCall, Gwen Hager, Connie Brewer, Margaret Smith, Nikki Belsito, Kay Earp and Debbi Bell.

Cynthia Daniel joined New Legacy Realty in Raleigh as a broker associate.

Linda Craft, Muriel Bijeau, Diane Shayya and Jo Ann Gardner, all members of the Linda Craft Team, attended the Star Power Annual Conference in New York City.

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:

Lori Ransom received the e-PRO certification from the National Association of Realtors.
Sharon Kowitz received the Accredited Buyer Representative designation and her e-PRO certification from the National Association of Realtors.
• The following are new associates: Shanda Overbay (Crabtree office); Debra Bulkowski (Falls Office); Gilda Anderson (Chapel Hill office); Aurea Gagliardotto and Brooke Wehde (Croasdaile office); Leslie Linzel (Stonehenge office); and Nita Scott (Lochmere office).