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

By Amelia Rasmus


Keslie Crichton opened a franchise of American Male, a salon for men, in North Raleigh.

Lynne Fennell joined Hummingbird Creative Group, an advertising and design agency in Raleigh, as a graphic designer, and Courtney Lewis joined as an account /production coordinator.

Janice Russell, overseer of order at Minding Your Matters Organizing Consultants, received her certificate of study in “Learning Styles and Modalities” from the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

Donna Boyette, a technical writer in Cary and founder of WriterPeople.com, seeks manuscripts to be included in one of three anthologies she plans to publish next year.

Rosen & Associates, a Chapel-Hill-based publisher, now offers two books in its financial line: “Cash Management for Couples” and a large print version of “Mycash.” Maureen Dolan Rosen is the president of the company.

Barb Knipper of Raleigh is a new groomer for Aussie Pet Mobile.

Time of Your Life in Durham now offers divorce coaching for women. Jennifer Synder is president of the company.

Morning Indigo, Fuquay-Varina-based creator of natural beauty products, is donating its “Hope” and “Faith” lines of soap to women’s shelters. Taylor Sparks is the founder of the company.


Paula Jordan, a women’s-health nurse practitioner, joined Roane Obstetrics & Gynecology in Cary.

Sue Austin, a licensed massage and bodywork therapist and owner of Suething Touch in Cary, received her certification from the International Institute of Reflexology.

Patrician W. Smith, M.D., a Raleigh ophthalmologist, now offers Laser Assisted Subepithelial Keratectomy (LASEK), a refractive eye surgery requiring no incision.

Angela Padgett, owner of Skin Sense day spa, is opening a third location. The new spa is at Brier Creek Commons in Raleigh.

Blue Water Spa in Raleigh announced:

• Kimberly Bagley, a licensed massage and body therapist, recently joined the team, and Cathy Hall is the new director of creative services.
• On behalf of the spa, the following donated funds and services to several recent charity events: Judy Jones, body treatment specialist; Jane Tarry, concierge coordinator; and Christina Burkett, medical aesthetician.
• Dawn Kunkel joined the staff of Michael Law, M.D., Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
• Kile Law, president, and Kristi Langemo, director of client relations, were interviewed as skin- care experts in Luxury SpaFinder.

Real Estate

Rich Commercial Realty in Raleigh, owned by Michelle Rich, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Molly Propst, a broker associate with York Simpson Underwood Realty’s Cameron Village office in Raleigh, received the accredited buyer representative designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors. Also, Cindy Poole, of the North Hills office, completed a specialized real-estate investment course offered by the association.

ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary announced the following recent agents of the month: Pat McElroy, Terri McCall, Theresa Bozdog, Nikki Belsito and Juni Asiyo.

Catherine Chapin and Teresa Gupton joined Fonville Morisey Realty’s Croasdaile office in Durham as full-time associates.

Commercial Real Estate Women, a national professional association, awarded the Triangle chapter the Community Impact Award for 2004.


The following Triangle residents were inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women at its awards ceremony last month: Margaret Poyner Galbraith, Rebecca H. Christian, Rachel Richardson Smith, Joanne Smart Drane, Sue H. Ramsay, Carolyn C. Shannonhouse, Allyson K. Duncan, Anne McLaurin, Rosemary Gill Kenyon, Sepideh Asefnia and Megan Tooley.

Marieke Mauro and Joanna Ng were second- and third-place winners, respectively, of the 2004 Wade Edwards Short Fiction Awards. The foundation seeks entries from the state’s high-school juniors for its 2005 Short Fiction Award. The deadline is March 1, 2005.

Artspace, a nonprofit visual art center in Raleigh, seeks volunteer docents to lead tours of artists’ studios and exhibits.

Rachel Schanberg, director and founder of the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, won the inaugural Inspiration Award from the Professional Women’s Network.

Mary Cantando, president of WomanBusinessOwner.com, a Raleigh-based consulting firm, and author of “Nine Lives: Stories of Women Business Owners Landing on Their Feet,” was selected by the Women’s Forum of North Carolina to be a judge for the Young Adult Leadership Awards. Also, Cantando was named to the steering committee of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council’s Southeast Regional Business Fair and Silent Auction.

Karen Ross, president of Montgomery’s Florist in Raleigh, was last month’s featured speaker for the Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum. Also, Ross was named to the 2004-2005 Business Institute Task Force for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates in Raleigh, was named to the North Carolina Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business.

The Women’s Institute, an organization to empower women to achieve equality in business leadership, joined the Council for Entrepreneurial Development as an alliance partner to help support Triangle business owners. The institute moderated a panel on the record number of female entrepreneurs. Panelists included: Katherine Sliva, president of the institute as well as president and principal consultant of KELS Consulting; Judy Gerard, president and co-founder of Llamawerx; Patti Gillenwater, president and CEO of Elinvar; Karin H. Patrick, practice owner of a Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; and Margaret Rosenfeld, corporate and securities attorney with Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan.

Child Care Services Association in Chapel Hill is holding the “I Don’t Have to Cook for a Month” raffle, in which the winner receives 30 meals from Triangle restaurants. Sue Russell is president of the organization. Raffle tickets may be purchased until Dec. 15.

Cancer Centers of North Carolina in Raleigh, formerly Raleigh Hematology & Oncology Associates, is local presenting sponsor of the ninth annual Komen N.C. Triangle Race for the Cure, which will be held June 11, 2005.