Arvelis Byrd, Shirley Herndon, Giang Le and Jerraé Williams were named to the board of directors of Wake County SmartStart, a nonprofit organization that helps young children prepare for school and life.

Laura Bingham, president of Peace College in Raleigh, announced that Lou Willett Mitchell will serve as co-chair and Susan Barnes Lilly as co-vice-chair of the Promise the Peace Campaign, the largest fundraising initiative in the college’s history.

Linda Harrill, CEO of Raleigh-based Communities in Schools of North Carolina, a nonprofit organization committed to dropout prevention, was an honorary co-chair for the 2008 N.C. Summit on Youth and Families, which focused on strengthening economic opportunities, emphasizing educational excellence and improving health for youth.

Lorana Price, CEO of Holy Cow Branding in Cary, a strategic marketing firm, was a guest speaker for the Wake Technical Community College’s “Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture” course.

Laura A. Schoppe, president of Apex-based Fuentek, a consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology management services, served on the “Commercialization of University Technology: Perspectives of Princeton Participants” panel at Princeton University.


Erin Donoghue Baldwin, of Carrboro, announced the release of her book, “The Big Fun Guide to Tar Heel Country: 135+ Activities for Families in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro and Points in Between.”

Sherri Ferguson, founder of Green Flash Productions, a photography company in Raleigh, announced the launch of her Web site and the expansion of her business to cover preschools and birthdays.

Elise Okrend, designer for and co-founder of Raleigh-based MixedBlessing, a greeting card store, announced the release of the 2008 line of interfaith and multicultural cards.


Eileen Slutsky, Aesthetics Director at Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, was a featured speaker at the American College of Phlebology's 22nd annual congress, and educational forum focusing on venous diseases, where her topic was "Sclerotherapy Complications."

Patty Briguglio, president of Raleigh-based MMI Associates, a public relations firm, announced that Jessica Sherrod joined the firm as traffic coordinator.

Laura Kay House, founder and owner of Silver Connections in Raleigh, which provides socializing and friendship opportunities for those ages 55 plus in the Triangle, celebrated its one year anniversary in November.

Renee Jarvis, vice president office services manager of McKinney, an advertising agency in Durham, chaired the Triangle chapter of the International Facility Management Association, which received the Award of Excellence in Professional Development from the association.

Wanda Markuson was named branch manager and vice president of the new Capital Bank branch in Clayton.

ABC 11 Eyewitness News interviewed Sarah M. Place, CEO of Place Trade Financial, a brokerage firm in Raleigh, for a segment called “Triangle Concerned About Stocks.”

Karen Scaglia announced the launch of her new company in Raleigh, Mine Condoms, which focuses on redesigning condoms so women feel comfortable purchasing and using them.

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


Elizabeth A. Galecke, Linda Brown Douglas, Jill S. Gammon, Barbara Blanchard Allen, Kate Hovis, Jennifer Z. MacDougall, Wanda G. Bryant, Carolyn C. Wiggins, Melinda Burrows, Dorothy Vaden Ashworth, Laura J. Bottomley and Tamela Lynae Wimbush were inducted last month into the YWCA Academy of Women, a nonprofit organization focused on eliminating racism and empowering women.

Rhonda Beatty, Virginia Parker, Carol Wagoner and Pat Wilkins were named co-chairs for the 19th annual Governor’s Inaugural Ball hosted by the Junior League of Raleigh, which honors the newly elected governor, lieutenant governor and the members of the Council of State.

Patty Briguglio, president of MMI Associates, a full-service public relations firm in Raleigh, was appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Greater Raleigh Chamber.

Alissa Bierma joined the Neuse River Foundation in Raleigh as Upper Neuse riverkeeper, where she will help enforce the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting water quality, wildlife, recreation and public health in the watershed.

Terra K. Atkinson, partner at the Charlotte branch of law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman, was elected treasurer of the N.C. Association of Women Attorneys.

Teresa Doman, customer service representative for the Raleigh office of Ready Mixed and Concrete Co., was elected president of the Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Shelly Green, chief operating officer and CEO-elect of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau, announced that E’Vonne Coleman Cook was named vice president of marketing resources support.

Peggy Mackowski, vice president of Quality Design and Construction and current chairperson of the Raleigh-Wake County Home Builders Association’s Remodelers Council, earned the certified green professional designation from the National Association of Home Builders.

Meredith Morgan, president of Raleigh-based HPW Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston that supports local charities, announced that 25 agents from the Chapel Hill office volunteered in the annual Tickled Pink luncheon, a fundraiser for cancer.

Sally Neuman, vice president of the Raleigh office of Crescent State Bank, was named chair of the 2009 Raleigh Business Expo presented by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, president and CEO of the N.C. Community Foundation in Raleigh, announced that Jeanne Newsom Lawson joined as regional associate for the northern Piedmont region.

Real Estate

ERA Pacesetters Realty in Cary announced the sales leaders for September, including Connie Brewer, Betty Holly, Elisabeth Hancock, Nikki Belsito, Gwen Hager, Pat McElroy and Lisa Ligouri.

Fonville Morisey Realty announced:

• The National Association of Realtors awarded Sallie West, a broker associate in the Chapel Hill office, the accredited buyer representative designation, and Leah Flach, a sales associate in the Raleigh office, the certified international property specialist designation.

Sharon Parks joined as sales associate in the Croasdaile office in Durham.

Raleigh-based Commonwealth Land Title, a company that provides title insurance for residential and commercial real estate transactions in the Triangle region, announced that Susan Walker was named branch manager and Brenda Lockamon underwriter for the new Glenwood Avenue office.

Linda Craft and Team Realtors in Raleigh announced that Linda Craft was featured as a speaker for the Star Power Club, an organization that helps real estate professionals grow their businesses by sharing practices.

Linda Trevor, broker associate for RE/MAX United in Cary and national chair for the N.C. chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors, was elected 2009 secretary/treasurer for the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors.

Jill S. Weaver was promoted to sales director for Rosewalk at University Lake, a townhome neighborhood in Carrboro.

Allen Tate Realtors announced:

Ginger Lynn, a realtor in the Falls of Neuse office in Raleigh, earned the company’s master’s designation, which is awarded to associates who have furthered their professional real estate education through a comprehensive program of specialized, in-house coursework.

Maia Williams joined the Cary/Stonebridge office as branch manager.


WakeMed Health and Hospitals announced the recipients of the annual Circle of Excellence award, which honors employees who demonstrate outstanding performance in quality outcomes, unsurpassed service, workforce excellence, market development and fiscal responsibility. These recipients include Avirl Hines, Dianna Knight, Lou Ann McLamb, Jeannie Moore, Debra Petrarca, Jill Whade, Stephanie S. Baker, Dora Carter, Judith Castranio, Michelle Clements, Laurie Cook, Patsy Davis, Sandy Everette, Benjie Fowler, Lynda Greene, Cassandra Hall, Debbie Hillman, Schauren Hinson, Liz Parris, Bonnie Parsons, Jane Simpson, Pauline Stillman, Carol Tarpey, Tina Dennis, Susan Faircloth, Rebecca Bernhagen Jones, Sandy Jowdy, Mandy Joyner, Robin Loughlin, Amy Brantley Mole and Barbara Plunkett.

Patsy F. Daniels, physician at Raleigh-based Family Medicine & Skin Care, was named executive health physician at the American Institute of Healthcare & Fitness in Raleigh.

Kelly Jelic, non-surgical medical esthetic services provider at the Center for Functional and Aesthetic Facial Surgery in Durham, has expanded her services to include laser treatments.

Lori 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 recognized as a Friend for Life Honoree by the Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation.

Brie Pasick, catering manager for Raleigh-based 1705 Catering and Events, was named to the logistics committee for the American Heart Association’s 2009 Triangle Heart Ball, which will recognize the achievements of the association’s Triangle chapter.

Dr. Jean C. Smith, a physician with Wake County Human Services, received the 2008 Hands of Health award by John Rex Endowment for implementing innovative health-related initiatives that benefitd underserved children and youth.