Leslie Parise, professor and vice chairwoman of pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was appointed chairwoman of the department of biochemistry and biophysics.

The following are part of the new class at Leadership North Carolina: Lynette Aytch, Christine Craig, Libby Smith, Carolyn Snell and Michelle Witherspoon of Raleigh; Jean Heatherington and Laurie Robbins of Chapel Hill; Jodi Tucker and Erin Schuettpelz of Durham; Melanie Jones of Garner; and Linda Weiner of Cary.

The Robert and Hattie Bridges Scholarship, which was established to benefit teachers from Wake County, reached the $25,000 endowment level at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. The scholarship was named after the late Hattie Bridges, who taught physical education in the Wake County Public School System and was department chair and head basketball coach at Enloe High School in Raleigh.

Sarah Place, president and CEO of Place Trade Financial in Raleigh, is teaching classes at Meredith College this fall.

Emily Schneider of Garner received a scholarship from the National Association of Women in Construction.

Smart Start received the 2005 State Treasurer’s Award for excellence in accounting and financial management. Karen Ponder is the president of Smart Start in Raleigh.


“The Reward,” the third book by Zebulon romance novelist Beth Williamson, was recently released.

Lesley Landis, art director of Lesley Landis Designs, joined the board of the Chatham County Arts Council in Pittsboro.

Author Jill McCorkle was the featured speaker at The Women’s Center’s “Tea with Lee” last month in Chapel Hill. Author Lee Smith hosted the event.

Cara Galati, a partner in f8 photo studios in Raleigh, donated two photographs to the “Katrina: One Year Later” benefit.

“Cherokee Lightning,” the second book by Bonnie Weatherford of Clayton, was recently released.

Cary Visual Art recently hosted a Wishing Well Young Artists Reception and the 3rd annual Art Crawl. Laura Coats is the executive director of the organization.


Lisa McNeill joined Brogan & Partners Convergence Marketing in Raleigh as an account coordinator.

The Batson Group, an online gift shop, now offers a new line of gift albums. Eileen Batson is the owner of the company.

Brenda Galaski, owner of Always Bloom’n Design Studio in Holly Springs, now offers a line of seasonal silk botanicals.

Wendy Coulter, president of Hummingbird Creative Group, was a featured speaker at a Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce workshop in Cary.

Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex, recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of her business.

Crescent State Bank announced:
Lucky Beam joined the Raleigh office as vice president and business banking relationships officer.
Sally Neuman was named vice president for the Falls of Neuse office.
Julie Clark, assistant vice president of the Garner office, was elected to the Garner Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Tamara Stappert joined The Freelon Group, an architectural firm in Research Triangle Park, as the project administrator for the Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s Terminal C expansion and renovation.

Rosemary Abell is a new design consultant for DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of the Triangle as design consultant.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates in Raleigh, joined the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Membership Services and Small Business Department Board. Also, Allison Davis rejoined the firm as an account executive.

Sleep Inn Wake Forest received the Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International. Brenda Raley is the senior director for the Sleep Inn brand.

Theresa Salihu recently opened Inspire, a personal- and business-coaching firm in Raleigh.

Rock On, a Raleigh-based manufacturer and distributor of motivational greeting cards, now produces a collection of Notre Dame products for the university’s online store. Carol Sanders is CEO of Rock On.

MixedBlessing Interfaith Holiday Cards now offers a line of “Chrismakkuh” greetings for families who celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. Elise Okrend of Raleigh is the creator and owner.

Whitner Kane joined ColeJenest & Stone, a land-development firm in Raleigh, as a site designer.

Serenity Spa & Tan opened last month in Raleigh. Stacy DiDonato and Elizabeth Esteves are the owners.

The Orange Ladybug in Raleigh is now offering a line of handbags, totes, jewelry and gifts for fall. Christine Krieman is the owner.



Eileen M. Slutsky, clinical director of Aesthetic Medispa in Raleigh, recently gave a presentation, "Non-Surgical Aesthetic Procedures from A to Z," at a Wakefield Women's Club meeting.

Susanne Gaddis of Raleigh was the featured speaker for the North Carolina Association of Access Managers conference in Asheville.

Lori A. Stevens, a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist, joined Personalized Nutrition in Apex. Also, the office has relocated to Salem Street. Cathie Ostrowski is president of the company.

Tobi Bowen was named the event director for the Speaking of Women’s Health conference in Raleigh.

PJ Leary of Raleigh was recognized as the National Psoriasis Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year.

N.C. Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, chairwoman of the NC Health and Wellness Trust Fund, recently kicked off an initiative in Durham to reduce disparities in health among minority and underserved populations.

Six nurses from the Duke University Health System were named to the 2006 list of the Great 100 Nurses: Mary Ann Fuchs, Kerry Harwood and Jane Mericle of Duke University Hospital; Debra Hernandez of Durham Regional Hospital; Nancy Shortof Duke University School of Nursing; and Joanna Smothers of Duke Health Raleigh Hospital.

Joanne Harrell, a professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the principal investigator for the state in the nationwide HEALTHY study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The study will help gather data on the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in school children.

Sheila Hale Ogle, CEO of Media Research Planning and Placement and owner of The Matthews House, both in Cary, was named to the N.C. Coalition for Healthy Solutions Advisory Board.



Suzanne King was named vice president of the Association for Information and Image Management-First in Flight Chapter in Morrisville.

Jennifer Gray and Trish Jacobs are new assistant district attorneys for Wake County.

Pamela Cardozo, director of business development for the Castleton Group, was chosen to serve on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society’s research fundraiser event. She also has been named vice president for the United Professional Sales Association-RTP.

Judy Smith, president of Smith Seal of NC in Raleigh, was appointed to the 2006-2007 Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Cynthia Anderson, CEO of CD Anderson in Raleigh, is chairing the honoree-selection committee for next month’s “Speaking of Women’s Health” event. She was also named chairwoman of “Women Working Together Win,” a group sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Lou Mitchell was named the 2006 Wake County Volunteer of the Year by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

Ashley Campbell, associate attorney at Ragsdale Liggett, was named to the board of directors for the Women’s Center of Wake County. Also, Sandra Mitterling was appointed to the North Carolina Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Committee.

Linda Leake, president of execUchange, was a featured speaker at an Executive Women International-RTP meeting.

N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall was the keynote speaker for the annual Professional Women’s Network Success Luncheon in Durham.

Karen Ross, president of Montgomery’s Florist, was named to the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Services and Small Business Department Board.

Suzanne Clifton, president of The Castleton Group in Raleigh, was appointed to the North Carolina Professional Employer Organization Advisory Council.

Breanna and Anita Taylor of Raleigh were selected to participate in the 2006 Miss Teen Raleigh pageant this month.

The Body Shop of Cary hosted a makeover fundraiser to benefit Interact, a domestic violence and sexual-assault agency in Raleigh.

Real Estate

Pamela Smith was named property management accountant for Kane Realty Corp. in Raleigh.

Tedi Vail and Pat Eckel joined Voller Realty in Pittsboro.

The Carolina Hurricanes named Linda Craft & Team in Raleigh the team’s “Preferred Real Estate Partner.”

Debbie Eaddy, Pat McElroy, Nikki Belsito, Gwen Hager and Ann Allen were recent sales leaders of the month for ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston announced:
Audra Wade, Joyce Miles and Michele Dorsey joined the Knightdale office.
Paula Hamilton is a new sales associate with Coldwell Banker Advantage in Cary.
Stephanie Leonard joined the Kildaire office in Cary.
Lisa Thomas joined Commercial TradeMark Properties as a real estate broker on the corporate services team in Raleigh.
Kamona Herring and Robin Santos joined the Crabtree office in Raleigh.

Fonville Morisey announced:
Cayce Gardner joined the Crabtree office in Raleigh.
Kelly Griffin joined the Lochmere office in Cary.
Kelly Yeung joined the Stonehenge office in Raleigh.
Tracy Santrock, an associate with the Preston office in Cary, received the Seniors Real Estate Specialist professional designation.
P.J. Gentry, an associate with the Croasdaile office in Durham, received the Certified Residential Specialist designation.
Linda Garner, an associate with the Kildaire office in Cary, recently led a team in the latest Triangle Home Works project.
Carolyn Kasdorf, manager of the Lochmere office, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity as part of the “Build-In-A-Box” project for families in the Gulf Region.