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News about women in the Triangle


Jennifer Ross, a specialist for Cary-based HumanCentric, an integrated product design and development company, presented a part of her doctoral dissertation on the effects of automation reliability at the 52nd annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in New York City.

Sandee Washington, director of student services at the Achievement Academy of Durham, an organization that helps at-risk students obtain a diploma and post-secondary education, announced the completion of its inaugural fundraiser breakfast.

Kayee Au, student at Enloe High School in Cary, was named a top 20 finalist of the Sister Cities International 2008 Young Artist Showcase entitled “A Reflection of Your Community.”


“Emanatio,” a painting by Suzy Andron, a Raleigh artist, was accepted into the 18th Annual Works of Heart Charity Auction.

Valarie Jean Bailey received the 2008-2009 N.C. Arts Council Fellowship Award, which recognizes creativity in the areas of choreography, craft, film and video, and visual arts.

Marina Bosetti, a tile artist from Raleigh, was featured as a craftworker in the Village of Yesteryear at the N.C. State Fair.

Seton McGlennon, owner of Cary-based Seton’s Specialties, an art and gift store, will be featured in the annual Celebrity Art Auction Doodle for Hunger in New York City.

Tracy Needham, founder of Compelling Communications in Raleigh, is one of the 47 contributing authors to “Conscious Entrepreneurs: A Radical New Approach to Purpose, Passion and Profit,” a compilation of personal stories, strategies and success tips for finding a more conscious way of doing business.

Alice J. Wisler, a Durham author and public speaker, announced the release of her debut novel, “Rain Song.”


Nicole Hendren, CPA at Raleigh-based Capital Associates Industries, the largest employers’ association in North Carolina, received the annual Outstanding Member in Business and Industry award from the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Amy Boaz joined Media Research Planning and Placement in Cary as interactive media supervisor.

Kimberly Caroselli was hired as an account executive at Holy Cow Branding, a marketing firm in Cary.

KC Coolbaugh, consultant at Minding Your Matters Organizing in Cary, became a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization.

Wendy Coulter
, CEO of Hummingbird Creative Group, a Raleigh-based creative services firm, was selected as a finalist for Make Mine A Million Business event.

Lois Cozart, owner of Apex-based My Girlfriend’s Closet, a consignment boutique, received the 2008 Apex Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award.

Whitney Green, a licensed esthetician and previous owner of Whitney’s Skin Essentials in Wake Forest, joined Dr. Carol Trakimas at The Dermatology Center in Raleigh.

Communications Doctor in Chapel Hill announced:
• Founder Susanne Gaddis earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association and the International Federation of Professional Speakers.
Carolyn Moore and Jessica Anderson joined as communications strategists.

Jill Wells Heath, president of Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women, announced that the organization hosted a “Women at the Helm” event, which addressed the challenges that businesswomen face.

Sharon Hill, president of Sharon Hill International in Chapel Hill, which provides etiquette training, completed an interview about her college experience with Marilyn’s Café Society on Chicago’s AM radio station 1340 WJOL.

Jenny Martin, real estate/retail new business director at the King Partnership, a Raleigh-based full service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, was chosen to serve as chair of the 2009-2010 Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence Awards gala. It honors Triangle-area builders and sales and marketing professionals.

Television journalists Sharon Delaney McCloud and Kim Dean launched Raleigh-based Triangle Media Trainers, a media coaching firm.

Alison Kim McLaurin, owner of Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique, which specializes in invitations, stationary and gifts, announced the opening of a store on Chatham Street in Cary.

Kelly McSwain was hired as a graphic designer at Cross + Associates, a marketing communications firm in Raleigh.

ML Mueller of Landquest Development in Raleigh was promoted to assistant vice president of land acquisition. 

Jill Sheets of the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham was promoted to sales manager.

Christina Joannou Wight, president of RainyDay BridalWear in Pittsboro, created the “WetKnot,” a raincoat to wear over a bridal gown.


Betty Crump, community banker for Crescent State Bank in Apex, was named Ambassador of the Year by the Apex Chamber of Commerce.

Dawn A. Gum, managing partner of Interior Architecture & Design in Raleigh, was named to the board of directors for the Women’s Center of Wake County, which provides homeless women and children with support, basic needs and affordable housing. 

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce announced:
Diane Kuehn, president and CEO of VisionPoint Marketing in Raleigh, was appointed to serve on the executive committee as vice chair of communications.
Lorraine Stephens, president of Lorraine Speaks in Raleigh, recently presented “Professional Speaking Through Story Telling” to its members.
Sheila H. Ogle, CEO of Media Research Planning and Placement in Cary, was named the first female chair of the Capital City Club board of governors.

Real Estate

Becklee Debnam Niemchak, owner of Becklee Real Estate, which recently relocated to Five Points in Raleigh, announced the addition of Rachel Davis as leasing assistant.

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston announced:
Margaret Ann Coker joined as marketing coordinator in the Raleigh office.
Sheila Davis and Andrea Maness joined as sales associates in the Mebane office.
Jenn Nowalk and Ashley Wilson joined as sales associates in the Falls of Neuse office.
Lisa Coleman, an agent-associate at the Falls of Neuse office, and Betsy Simmons, a managing broker at the Cary Parkway office, received the platinum award from the Quality Service Certification program.
Janet L. Allen, Lynda Brookwell and Heidi Frincke joined the Coldwell Banker Advantage Cary office.

Allen Tate Realtors announced:
Maria Luisa Wilson, an agent in the Brier Creek office, became a U.S. citizen.
Terri Aves joined the Cary-Stonebridge office.
Eileen Walsh joined the Falls of Neuse office as branch manager.


Karen Albright, owner of BodyLase Skin Spa in Raleigh and Cary, announced that Dr. Lisa Hogan joined the Cary office as a specialist in sclerotherapy, botox, and filler treatments.

Dr. Amy Abernethy was named acting director of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Prevention, Detection and Control Research Program in Durham.

Nancy Baughman, president of eBizAuctions, launched a two-week charity auction benefiting the Triangle-based Family Health International, which focuses on improving lives worldwide through research and programs in public health.

Elika Emerick, Mary Clay and Kelly Satterly joined Finesse Salon & Spa in Raleigh.

Dr. Jennifer Garst joined Durham-based Regional Cancer Care, an outpatient cancer treatment center offering chemotherapy, laboratory services, a pharmacy, and financial and insurance counseling.

Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg, a facial cosmetic surgeon in Cary, was elected to a six-year term on the board of directors of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Lisa Roberts, co-chair of Raleigh’s Speaking of Women’s Health Conference and president and CEO of Gynecology & Laparoscopic Surgeons in Raleigh, announced that Ann Farmer, marketing manager for Duke HomeCare and Hospice, was recognized as the organization’s Everyday Super Hero Honoree at the 2008 conference.

Ann Rollins, board of directors president of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh, and Pam Highsmith, CEO of the Poe Center, were presented with $1,000 from the Raleigh District Dietetic Association. The amount was collected during the Less Fork, More Foot 5K Race and Fun Run, which raise awareness and funding for childhood obesity.

Lori K. Lee, executive director of Princeton, N.C.-based Me Fine Foundation, a nonprofit that gives financial assistance to parents and caregivers who provide medical treatment for their children, was honored with the Friend for Life award at the 2008 Speaking of Women’s Health conference.