“Year of the Cicada,” a song by Raleigh’s Sarah Bilowus and her family, was nominated for a “Just Plain Folks Music Award.”

Cara Galati of f8 studios in Raleigh donated her services to the Contemporary Art Museum’s annual “Exposure Time.”


Katie Gailes launched SmartMoves International, a marketing firm in Holly Springs.

Barbara Curran opened a new location of Finders Keepers, and Susan LaBarre opened a second location of Sooz Gallery and Gifts at V’s Teas and Treasures in Raleigh.

Pam Herndon of Chapel Hill was among the 130 top-performing female State Farm agents who attended the Mid-Atlantic Zone Women’s Symposium in Virginia.

Lana Calloway, president of Exhibit Resources in Raleigh, hosted a celebration for their new facility in Brier Creek.

Tammy Coolidge joined Carpenter, Cammack & Associates in Raleigh as an account manager.

Grammy and Pops Country Store, owned by Sharon Litwak and her husband, is a new vendor at The Cotton Company in Wake Forest. Kelley Yun is the general manager of The Cotton Company.

Terri McClernon recently celebrated the 10th anniversary as the owner of The Food Fairy in Pittsboro.

Cindy Sink of Cary is a new network affiliate with Shoestring Creative Group.

Linda Weiner was appointed to the advisory board of the Business and Technology Development Center in Raleigh.

Synergy Spa in Raleigh announced the promotions of: Shamber Haitt, nail department manager; Morgan Jones, massage therapy department manager; and Samara Bauer, esthetics department manager.

KC Coolbaugh, an organizing consultant for Minding your Matters Organizing in Raleigh received a Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization from the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.

M Squared Builders & Designers was named a “2006 Sustainable Business of the Year” finalist by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. Michele Myers is the president of M Squared.


The office of Michael Law, M.D., in Raleigh, was recognized as the Best Place to Work in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. Staff members Kate Brill, Amy Van Vooren, Debbie Penny, Shelley Davis and Felicia Seligmiller accepted the award.

Blue Water Spa in Raleigh announced:
• The spa was named Best Medical Spa in America by Skin Inc Magazine in its first annual Best of the Best Awards. President Kile Law accepted the award in San Franciso, Calif.
Erica Roher was been hired as a body treatment specialist.
• Aestheticians Erica Harper, Marie Mantle, Mari Hedeman and Patty Myers provided skin care to the wives of the Carolina Hurricanes players for a charity event.
Amaris Hedeman, Stacey Tigner and Kristyn Phillips donated time and services to “A Pair to Remember,” a fund-raising event benefiting Wake Teen.


Sue Ellen Cox, founding medical director of Aesthetic Solutions in Chapel Hill, donated $1,280 in fees from cosmetic consultations to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Jane Richardson, professor of Biochemistry at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Lisbeth Gierman was promoted to senior vice president and administrator of WakeMed Hospital in Cary.

Sepi Asefnia, president of SEPI Engineering Group, is chairperson of the honoree
selection committee for this month’s Speaking of Women’s Health conference in Raleigh. Also, Lana Calloway, president of Exhibit Resources in Raleigh, joined the executive committee for the event.

Alethia Rosario of Raleigh completed WomenHeart’s four-day “Science and Leadership Symposium” at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Maine.

Laura Hanson, clinical coordinator for long-term care at the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence in Cary, received the T. Reginald Harris, M.D., Award.


Deb Zechini of Cary received the “You Go Girl” award for volunteerism and enthusiasm from the National Association of Professional Organizers.

Sheila Ogle, CEO of Media Research Planning and Placement, was appointed to the board of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Services Small Business Department.

The following received Girl Scout Silver Awards from the Pines of Carolina: Sarah Biscoe, Laura Brown, Samantha Chambers, Christine Chang, Erin Clark, Rebecca Gamble, Michelle Hall, Amanda Holser, Allyssa Jeffries, Catherine Jordan, Laura Miller, Andrea Minjkives, Alyssa Ponsolle, Kristen Roumanis, Maura Rouse, Danielle Schelling, Breana Staves, Katie Strickland, Marianne Warrick, Holly Wiggin and Hadiya Wilkins.

Gonzalez Sullivan, director of graduate programs at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, was a featured speaker at the American Association of Women in Community Colleges meeting.

Real Estate

Katrina Fox, Ann Gross and Allison Humphries joined Shea Homes in Morrisville.

Renee Piere received the “Certified Residential Specialist” designation from the Residential Sales Council of the Realtors National Marketing Institute. Piere is a sales associate with Fonville Morisey’s Croasdaile office in Durham.

Coldwell Banker Advantage announced:

Connie Sharma and Jackie Radley joined the Clayton office as sales associates.

Deborah Richards and Susan Smith joined the Wake Forest office.

Susan Leonard, Judy Ferguson, Jessica Hagewood and Ann Hughes joined the Cary office.

Reta Walsh of the Raleigh office completed the Realtor e-PRO course.


Billie Redmond, president of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, received the annual “Opening Doors” award from the Business and Professional Women/USA’s groups of Raleigh and the Triangle.

Laura Whiteside, representative of the Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services in Raleigh, was named builder representative for the Tanager Farms community in Youngsville.