Career briefs

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 12:44 PM

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau announces staff

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau has two new staff members, according to a news release from the organization.

Allison Phillips has joined the visitors bureau as a sales associate. As a contracted sales associate, Phillips will work with both the association and corporate markets.

She previously worked as a sales coordinator at the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau in Northwest Florida, selling a variety of hotels and properties and working with a full-time sales director to accomplish the bureau's sales goals.

Andrea T. Riley of Efland has joined the bureau as receptionist for its Saturday Visitors Center at 501 W. Franklin Street. Her role includes answering questions and giving directions and recommendations to, or for, Orange County venues. 

The mission of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau is to develop and coordinate visitor services in Orange County and to implement marketing programs that will enhance the economic activity and quality of life in the community.

Naturopathic doctor opening clinic

CHAPEL HILL -- A naturopathy clinic is launching in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough called Carolina Whole Health, according to a news release.

Maureen Dunn is a graduate of the natural health arts and sciences school Bastyr University in Seattle, Wash. She also has a master’s of public affairs.

She focuses on preventative health care for children, adolescents  and adults. Her specialties include helping couples with infertility and the recovery from chronic and recurring disease.

She aims to use safe and effective alternatives to pharmaceutical prescriptions, often starting with diet and lifestyle modifications.

She is practicing out of locations at 55 Vilcom Center Drive, Boyd Hall, Suite 100, in Chapel Hill, and at Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts at 1812 Beckett’s Ridge Drive.

Appointment to Orange County Advisory Board of Aging named

HILLSBOROUGH -- The Orange County Board of Commissioners has appointed Lorenzo Mejia to the Orange County Advisory Board on Aging, according to a news release.

Mejia is co-founder of Acorn Home Care Services Inc. He is a qualified dementia care specialist. In his daily responsibilities operating Acorn Home Care, he works closely with senior citizens and their families.

The advisory board suggests policy and makes recommendations to the county commissioners while acting as the liaison between the older citizens of the county and the county government.  It is charged with promoting needed services, programs and funding that impact older citizens.

One activity of the board is the execution of the Orange County Master Aging Plan. The five-year plan attempts to identify and address the needs of Orange County’s growing senior population across the spectrum of county services.

More information on the Orange County Advisory Board on Aging is available at:  http://www.orangecountync.gov/aging/agingboard.asp. 

Contractor receives honor

CHARLOTTE -- Carolinas AGC, a construction trade association in the Carolinas, has awarded Raleigh-Durham Roadbuilders a 2012 “Best Highway Project” Pinnacle Award for its work on the Western Wake Freeway project, according to a news release from the association.

The Raleigh-Durham Roadbuilders is a joint effort of Archer Western Contractors and Granite Construction Co. The Western Wake Freeway is one of the two phases of the Triangle Expressway, the state’s first modern toll road.

Carolinas AGC represents contractors and construction-related firms in North Carolina and South Carolina, and serves as a chapter of AGC of America and ARTBA.

Durham lawyer receives recognition

DURHAM -- The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers has extended membership to Durham attorney William J. Thomas II, according to a news release.

The recognition is based on peer voting for Thomas’ representation of clients in the category of criminal defense.

Thomas has practiced law in Durham County since 1979 and has experience litigating serious criminal and complex civil cases in federal and state courts. 

The National Trial Lawyers’ mission is to promote excellence in the legal profession through advocacy training, networking and education of trial lawyers. It also works to keep its members current on business and professional matters of interest through frequent conferences and publications.