Career briefs

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

Chamber gets new officers, board members
CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors has elected its officers and new board members for 2014. 
Chris Barnes, vice president at PNC Bank, was elected chair; Bob Saunders, a partner at Brooks Pierce, was elected vice-chair; Joel Levy, Joel I Levy CPA, PLLC, was elected treasurer; Aaron Nelson, president and CEO at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber, was elected secretary.
The new board members are: Creighton Blackwell, the vice president, branch networks and community engagement at Coastal Federal Credit Union; Antwine Jackson, president at Enitech; Nitin Khanna, general manager at Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel; Michael Parker, managing partner at BioAsset Advisors; Anthony Pugliese, senior vice president and chief operating officer at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Jeremy Salemson, chief executive officer at Corporate Investors Mortgage Group Inc.; and Wendy Smith, co-owner at Cameron’s.
Additionally, Jim Dean, executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joined the board as an ex-officio board member. 

Dignify Therapeutics announces board additions
DURHAM  –Dignify Therapeutics announced that Dr. Michael Kennelly and Dr. Marcalee Alexander have joined the company’s scientific advisory board. 
Kennelly is director of urology at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte. Alexander is a clinical professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Ala. 
They are leaders in the treatment and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury. Both are former presidents of the American Spinal Injury Association.
“Dr. Alexander and Dr. Kennelly’s advice provides us with the clinical perspective that is so important in producing a target product profile that guides our clinical development programs to produce a safe, effective, and convenient therapy,” said Dr. Eboo Versi, chief medical officer at Dignify Therapeutics.
Dignify Therapeutics' mission is to provide safe and effective, practical and convenient, on-demand pharmaceutical agents to treat bladder and bowel voiding dysfunctions.

Consulting firm adds consultant coordinator
DURHAM -- Hill, Chesson & Woody, the Durham-based health and welfare benefits brokerage and consulting firm that designs, manages and implements employee benefit programs, announced that Ashley Muench has been named a consultant coordinator for the firm.
In the position, Muench is responsible for working with the firm’s health and welfare consultants to develop the best available benefit plans and packages for clients. Prior to her position with HCW, she served as an office administrator for Gaskell Media in Guilford, Conn.
Additionally, she has more than three years of experience in customer service.
Muench graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. A native of Norwich, Conn., she resides in Raleigh.