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

By Lauren Shuping


Janet Seiz was named executive director of ChathamArts in Pittsboro. ChathamArts presents educational programs, gallery sales, and cultural programming.

Gail Chesson, an English teacher at Wake Technical Community College, received first place for nonfiction books in the National Federation of Press Women’s annual communications contest for “I Went Looking,” a collection of meditative poems.

Mary Cantando, of Raleigh, signed a contract with Dearborn Trade Publishing to write “The Woman’s Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What it Takes to Grow Your Business.” The book is scheduled for release May 2006. Cantando is searching for successful businesswomen across the nation to feature in the book.


Holy Cow, an advertising, graphic-design and marketing agency, opened in Cary. Lorana Price is CEO and creative director of the agency.

Beth Lewis joined the Cary office of Chas H. Sells as senior planner of the Land Development Division-Land Planning Group.

Cindy Sheats, owner of A Sweet Reminder, a gourmet cookie company in Raleigh, partnered with Larry’s Beans to create a private blend of coffee.

Peak Automotive, in Apex, received a Blue Seal of Excellence award from The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Kim Walker is co-owner of the shop.

Kimberly White joined The Castleton Group in Raleigh as workers’ compensation administrator.

Lori Paschall joined Sew Fine II Custom Draperies and Interiors in Durham as studio manager. Also, Pam Borsden joined the staff as assistant studio manager.

Terry Espy, president of Momentum Group, a commercial-development and design firm in Raleigh, was chosen to coordinate the renovation and expansion of BodyLase’s Creedmoor location.

Peek-a-Do!, a children’s hair salon and toy boutique, recently opened in Durham. Jan Sedway and Jill Simpson are owners of the salon.

MySecretSale.com, an online marketing service for Raleigh-area shoppers, is now operational. Aurelia Lewis is co-founder of the service.

Adrienne Lumpkin, president of Alternate Access, a communications firm, relocated her company to Duraleigh Office Park in Raleigh. Also, Lumpkin was elected to the nominating committee of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Nacole Jones recently started Metro Mothers, a Raleigh-based mom-and-baby group that organizes historical and cultural arts events for busy mothers.

The Garden Hut in Fuquay-Varina has relocated to Old Honeycutt Road. Nelsa Cox is owner of the store.



Jinmei Xu recently opened a new practice, Acupuncture Associates of Raleigh.

Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg, of Cary, recently spoke at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Los Angeles.

Nina Mrakuzic, owner of La Therapie Day Spa in Cary, provided free services to breast-cancer patients and survivors last month in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Also, Cynthia B. Currin was promoted to assistant spa director.

Empower Personal Training, an exercise and personal-training studio, recently opened in Durham. Jessica Bottesch and Ronda Michaels are principals in the company.

Michele Smith-Anderson opened Rejuv’e DaySpa in Raleigh.

Raleigh Radiology’s Blue Ridge facility now offers digital mammography.

Dr. Etta Pisano, director of the University of North Carolina’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center and Kenan professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, will speak at the university’s December commencement ceremony.


The National Organization for Diversity in Sales & Marketing held its first National Executive Leadership Summit last month in Raleigh. Shelley Willingham-Hinton is founder and president of the organization.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, a marketing and public-relations firm in Raleigh, received the Old North State Award from the N.C. Governor’s Office. Also, Candy Pitcher joined the firm as a writer, and Nicole Bucalo joined as an account executive.

The Corporate Directors Institute of the National Association of Corporate Directors approved Genevia Gee Fulbright, a Durham-based author and certified public accountant, to receive a Certificate of Director Education.

The Triangle chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators announced its executive board for 2005-2006: Ellen Bradley (president), Jane Albright (vice president of professional development), Leslie Hart (vice president of marketing), Laura Bowser-Sever (vice president of membership), Jill Miller Denning (vice president of chapter operations) and Dianne Kogut (vice president of finance).

Libby Barnes is the new president/CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Ursula C. Mannix, owner of Mannix & Associates in Raleigh, was named to the board of the Triangle Jazz Society.

Judy Harmon, a landscape architect in Raleigh, received a merit award for residential design from the N.C. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Creative Gifting, in Apex, was named one of the “Top 100 Gift Basket Businesses in America” by Gift Basket Review. Debra Simonette is president of the company.

The Women Business Owners Network’s silent auction, held in Cary, raised $7,000 in scholarship money for female entrepreneurs.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Orange and Chatham Counties seeks adults to train as tax-preparers.


Real Estate

Ruth Karchner of the RE/MAX UNITED-North Ridge office was named transaction broker. Also, Kim Edwards was named on-site sales agent at Willow Crest in Raleigh.

Marianne Curran, president of Realty World First in Raleigh, was named to the Membership Services and Small Business Committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. She also was named vice president of corporate relations for the Greater Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Also, Linda Reasor, of Raleigh, joined Realty World as a new agent.

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:
• Lyndia Bender joined the Crabtree office in Raleigh as a full-time associate.
• Dina Griggs, sales associate with the Durham office, is a new member of the Luxury Homes Marketing Institute.
• Carol Sims, sales associate with the Garner office, completed a training course on luxury-home marketing.
• Julianne Stout, sales associate with the Preston office in Cary, earned her broker’s license.
• Katherine Korzekwinski joined the Falls office in Raleigh as a full-time associate.
• Lisa Plourde, broker with the Hwy. 54 office in Durham, earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation.
• Recent associates of the month include: Joann Austin (Crabtree office); Jeanette Hussey, Pam Riggsbee and Janet Breedlove (Croasdaile office); The Betty Bargoil team (Falls office); Anne Bondurant and Judy McCreery (Garner office); Beth Rettig, (Hwy. 54 office); Peggy Dixon and Barbara Phillips (Kildaire office); Joyce Jolly and Patt McCann (Lochmere office); Linda Hoyne (Preston office); Lynn Stellings and Heather Tracy (Six Forks office); and Sharyn Fuller, Susan Honeycutt and Linda Wells (Stonehenge office).