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December Spotlight

Area women making news

Health Care Heroes Awards

The 2018 Health Care Heroes award winners were announced November 16 during a ceremony at the Country Club of Landfall. Several area women were among the category winners in this year’s awards, which is put on by WILMA sister publication, Greater Wilmington Business Journal. They were:

RACHAEL BIRKENHAUER, certified lactation counselor with Lactation Counseling Services, earned the top award in the Health Care Professional category.

JORDYN APPEL, community food access coordinator for Feast Down East, won in the Community Outreach category.

FRAN SALONE-PELLETIER, a volunteer chaplain with Novant Health, took home the Volunteer category award.

ASHLEY MILLER, director of development for the American Heart Association’s Cape Fear chapter, was named the Health Care Executive winner.

And, EVALENA LEONARD, with Cape Fear Community College, earned the Nurse category honor.


CFCC Foundation Hires Executive Director

Cape Fear Community College announced a new executive director for the college’s foundation.

VERONICA GODWIN was selected to lead CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION INC., a nonprofit that supports the college and its students, faculty, staff, programs, scholarships, and specific capital projects, according to officials.

Godwin’s first day at CFCC was Oct. 8.

Godwin joined the college after serving as development manager for Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

A Wilmington native, Godwin graduated from Hoggard High School and went to the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to help students pursue their educational goals through scholarship funding,” Godwin says. “I also want to help the college continue to expand its reach with area businesses. CFCC has a major impact on economic development in our region, so it’s important to me to help nurture relationships that will be beneficial to both the college and our community partners.”


Isela Martinez Wins Pettigrew Scholarship

A member of the LS3P team was awarded the 2018 Architects Foundation Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship.

ISELA MARTINEZ received the scholarship, which is awarded to emerging professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of architecture at early stages in their careers, officials say.

The scholarship is administered by the Architects Foundation and developed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Associates Committee.

The scholarship funds will help defray the cost of registration and study materials for the Architect Registration Examination, a rigorous six-part exam required for architectural licensure.

Martinez has a degree in architecture from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego.

She joined LS3P’s Wilmington office in 2015.

Her portfolio of work includes designs for higher education, K-12, health care, and residential clients. Martinez’s notable recent work includes the NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital in Wilmington.


WIN Awards Grants to Local Groups

Four educational programs in New Hanover County received grants from WOMEN’S IMPACT NETWORK OF NEW HANOVER COUNTY.

WIN, a collective philanthropy organization, committed $58,500 in grant funds to the BELLAMY MANSION MUSEUM, CAPE FEAR LITERACY COUNCIL, TEAM FIRST BOOK OF NEW HANOVER COUNTY, and VANTAGE POINTE.

Bellamy Mansion received a $24,000 grant to help the facility revise and update the museum’s educational materials specific to the enslaved workers who lived on the Bellamy site before and during the Civil War.

Cape Fear Literacy Council (above) was awarded $24,000 for its project called “Digital Literacy: Bridging the Divide.” Vantage Pointe received $5,250 for its Teen Court program. And, Team First Book of New Hanover County will use its $5,250 grant to fund an expansion of its book distribution program in New Hanover County schools.

“Our grant focus in 2019 will be health and wellness, and we look forward to seeing grant applications that support creative solutions to health-related needs in our county,” WIN Chair LINDA BROWN says.


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