Appia appoints chief product officer
DURHAM – The Durham-based technology company Appia announced the appointment of Jamie Fellows as chief product officer.
Fellows will be responsible for leading the company’s product roadmap through product management, development, design and strategy, according to a news release. Fellows is the former senior vice president of product at the independent mobile ad network Millennial Media. He also served as the vice president of product management at AOL and before that, was director of product management at Advertising.com, where he helped lead the product team through the acquisition by AOL for $435 million.
Fellows holds a bachelor’s degree in math and physics from Kenyon College and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.
Appia, founded in 2008, powers online app stores for wireless service providers such as Mexico City-based América Móvil, and Vodafone India. It makes most of its money through a sponsored app service in which payment is a factor in the placement of developers’ apps within the mobile store.
Little Panda Mandarin Preschool hires director
DURHAM -- Little Panda Mandardin Preschool has hired Zhan Feng as director of its preschool program.
Feng, a native Mandarin Chinese speaker, has nearly six years of teaching experience and a master’s of science degree in curriculum and instruction of early childhood education from Shaw University.
She will be responsible for the curriculum and instruction of the Mandarin Chinese language to preschool-aged children. Feng will also teach elementary school-aged children at the school’s after-school Mandarin Chinese program.
Little Panda Mandarin Preschool is a Mandarin immersion preschool that has been serving the greater Triangle area communities since 2003.
Architecture firm announces award
DURHAM -- O’Brien/Atkins Associates announced that Kevin G. Montgomery, the firm’s director of architecture, was awarded the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.
According to a news release, the award was presented at the council’s annual meeting in June. It is the highest honor bestowed upon architectural professionals by the council, whose mission is to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of standards for architectural licensure and credentialing.
Montgomery was recognized specifically for contributions to continuing education and an intern development program.
O’Brien/Atkins Associates is an architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning firm that also provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing and engineering services to science and technology, corporate and public clients.
Former NIEHS STEP student gets MD
DURHAM – A Durham native and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences researcher has received a medical degree, according to a news release from the Research Triangle Park-based institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.
Brian Rogers started at the institute as a Short-Term Education Program student in 2007 doing research a few days a week, according to information from NIEHS. In May, he graduated with a medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and this fall will begin a residency in anesthesiology at Duke University Medical Center.
As he’s done each year since entering medical school, he’s back at NIEHS doing research for the summer, according to information from the institute.
Before he came to NIEHS, the Durham native pursued studies of business at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, but he dropped out.
He came back home and got a job loading bags at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He later applied to N.C. Central University in Durham, and was offered a conditional acceptance.
He completed his bachelor’s degree in 2006 with honors, and stayed at the school for his master’s degree in biology, specializing in bioinformatics. It was during this period that Rogers split his time between his master’s thesis at NCCU and STEP research at NIEHS. He finished his master’s degree in 2009, and entered medical school.
United Way of the Greater Triangle expands board
MORRISVILLE – The United Way of the Greater Triangle announced recently that the addition of board members Matt Czajkowski, Nancy Pekarek, and Bryson Powell.
Czajkowski is a member of the Chapel Hill Town Council since 2007 and has served on several town boards and advisory committees. He currently is part of the Governor’s Education Cabinet.
His career has spanned from investment banker in Tokyo as part of the startup of Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific Mergers Advisory businesses to senior positions and advisory roles at area entrepreneurial companies, including Aldagen and Pozen.
Pekarek is vice president of communications for GlaxoSmithKline. She has held that position for five years. Prior to her tenure at the company, she worked in the administration of former Gov. James G. Martin.
Powell is a partner and director of residential development for East West Partners Management Co., a real estate firm based in Chapel Hill. A long-standing volunteer with United Way, in the last 11 years he has served as chair of the Young Leader’s Society and is now the new chair of the Triangle Community Impact Cabinet.