BOARD OF DIRECTORS BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Previous positions include PNC Business Banking Sales Manager, Commercial Relationship Manager at SunTrust Bank, Financial Center Leader at BB&TBank. In Greenville, SC. Beth was one of the founding members of the ATHENA of the Triangle organization and currently she serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for the organization. Additionally, Beth believes in the power of the ATHENA PowerLink® program and has served as an ATHENA PowerLink® advisor and panelists for local participants in the program. Beth holds a BS, Business Administration from Lyon College.
LISA SMALLWOOD HOWELL
Cathy’s former corporate law experience including the formation of business entities and subsequent representation on corporate matters, provides her with the expertise necessary to understanding complex equitable distribution cases, especially those involving business valuation issues. Cathy’s practice also includes in-depth financial analysis in alimony and child support cases.
Cathy received her J.D. degree from the University of Memphis where she was a member of the Law Review. Cathy received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, graduating first in her class. She is licensed to practice in North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Cathy has been recognized by her peers as a member of North Carolina’s Legal Elite in Family Law as published in Business North Carolina Magazine
She has also been named as one of North Carolina’s Top Lawyers in the area of Family Law by Business Leader magazine.
She earned an undergraduate degree in Trust Management, holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst and and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® practitioner. She is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Supplemental Retirement Plans. The board governs the 401(k), 403(b), and 457 retirement plans for the active and retired North Carolina state, local and municipal employees. Lorraine has also been quoted and the subject of articles in InvestmentNews Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
As former ATHENA PowerLink®of the Triangle’s beneficiary, Lorraine isnow happy to give back by mentoring current candidates and serving on the board. She is an avid supporter of Triangle Family Services, a local organization providing assistance to individuals and families in crisis.She is a Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network, member FINRA/SIPC, and is registered for securities and licensed for insurance.
An Amazon number 1 Best Selling Author and a John Maxwell certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer; she has mastered the art of strategic leadership and developed a unique series of “Blueprint Leadership” Workshops for College Students, Women in Transition, Entrepreneurs and Religious Leaders & Institutions.
Engaging audiences with a strategic sense of purpose, humor and a full dose of reality, Me’chelle provides tips, tools and techniques to deliver a “Blueprint of Clarity and Connection to the Future”.
People leave prepared and armed with knowledge that will springboard them into their vision and goals with confidence!
Through my career across organizations large and small, global and local, publicly traded and non-profit, I have led global teams with budgets that total in the multi-millions and partnered with cross-functional leaders delivering a history of success launching new companies, products and brands and building effective interventions to drive behavior change. I’ve established value propositions, business operations, revenue streams, and strategic plans specifying clear and measurable objectives with executable actions. My experience leading organizations through periods of integration and growth by analyzing existing practices and market insights and designing progressive strategies that creatively solve complex challenges has improved operational efficiency and productivity.
As a continuous learner and thought leader, I have a firm grasp on the dynamics and complexities of the evolving health and education landscape and maintain constant awareness of disruptive opportunities, market conditions, industry requirements, and competitive differentiators. My formal education includes a Masters of Public Health in health behavior and social marketing from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in health education from the University of Florida.
Carrie Peele took a startup luxury transportation company from an idea to an internationally recognized power player. During that time Carrie was one of a few women elected by peers to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Limousine Association. Under her leadership she found a way to drive business revenue, cut costs, maximize profitability, improve productivity & streamline operations. Fundraising and organization development are some of Carrie’s key strengths. After successfully selling Blue Diamond Limosines in 2014, it was not long before Carrie’s entrepreneurial spirit started another company. She is now the president of The File Depot, a company that helps companies of all sizes manage their documents.
Life is not about competitions won, it’s about connections made. Carrie launched and facilitated the largest female networking luncheon in the Triangle. Over 5000 women and men have come to the luncheons. Keynote speakers have included North Carolina Secretary, Congresswoman, State Auditor, NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow, and many talented, successful women entrepreneurs. The net proceeds of each luncheon went to support women & men battling breast cancer.
Since leaving LORD Corporation she launched REALM Leadership, an executive coaching practice. She also serves as a Director of ISBM (The Institute of the Study of Business Marketing) with a focus on curriculum development and as a board member of Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina. She is a lifelong learner and passionate about STEM, leadership development and the challenges of creating change. Becky has an MBA with a focus in marketing and a BS in Chemical Engineering, both from Case Western Reserve University.