Apr. 07, 2013 @ 02:34 PM

Consulting firm announces hire
DURHAM – Hill, Chesson & Woody, a health and welfare benefits brokerage and consulting firm, has announced that the firm has hired Nathaniel Banks as a business development associate.
In this position, Banks works closely with the marketing and sales teams to implement business development initiatives by identifying and building relationships with potential clients.
Prior to joining HCW, Banks worked as a legal assistant at Nodell, Glass, & Haskell, LLC in Raleigh. He received his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in Spanish from N.C. State University in May 2010. Originally from Greenville, he lives in Raleigh.
Advanced Energy adds business development manager
RALEIGH – Jane R. Brasier has joined Advanced Energy as business development manager with the Transportation Initiatives Division. 
Brasier brings more than 20 years of experience working in the Research Triangle area with high-profile engineering and architectural firms. 
In addition to a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Duke University. Brasier is a native of Durham and currently resides there.
Advanced Energy is a Raleigh nonprofit with a mission to provide economic, environmental and societal benefits through innovative and market-based approaches to energy issues.
RTI researchers get recognition
WASHINGTON – Two RTI International researchers were recognized at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s innovation awards program, HHSinnovates, according to a news release.
Kate Gordon, a research health policy analyst, received a People’s Choice Award and Secretary’s Choice award for her work on the Administration for Community Living and National Institute on Aging’s “Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s” project. The award was presented by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on March 19.
In addition, Stephen Beaulieu, director of RTI’s Center for Health and Environmental Modeling, was recognized as a nominee for a People’s Choice Award for his contributions to “FDA-iRISK.”
The HHSinnovates program is aimed at building a culture of innovation at HHS through facilitating the exchange of innovative ideas.
Gordon was one of four project members recognized for Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s, which focuses on enhancing Alzheimer’s research and supportive services collaborations.
Beaulieu was part of the team nominated for FDA-iRISK, a system developed to assess and rank risks from food contamination and predict best solutions.