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Jan. 13, 2013 @ 03:08 PM

Leadership transition announced at A Helping Hand
DURHAM – After founding and guiding A Helping Hand for 17 years, Cathy Ahrendsen is stepping down so that she can spend more time with her family, according to a news release. 
After conducting a comprehensive search, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Marcia Nelson Wilson, who served as A Helping Hand’s associate director, was to become the agency’s executive director on Jan. 1. 
Her skills and passion for the nonprofit’s mission made her the ideal candidate, according to a news release.
She has been involved with A Helping Hand since 2006, having served as director of human resources, associate director, and interim director. 
She has served as executive director of two other nonprofits and worked with many organizations as a grants administrator. In addition to a law degree, Marcia has completed programs at Duke in nonprofit management and human resources management.
An open house will be held at A Helping Hand’s office from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday.
RTI fellow promoted to senior fellow
DURHAM – Jeremy Bray, a health economist at RTI International, has been promoted from RTI fellow to senior fellow by President Wayne Holden.
Bray joined RTI in 1992 and was named an RTI fellow in 2007. His research focuses on two primary areas: the economics of substance abuse and mental health, and the economic evaluation of behavioral health interventions.
Since joining RTI, Bray has led or co-led research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and private foundations.
Currently, his research focuses on the impact of alcohol use and abuse on educational attainment, wages and labor supply decisions. In his work on the economics of substance abuse and mental health, he has examined the labor market effects of substance use, abuse and dependence.
Bray is also the project director of the national, cross-site evaluation of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment grant program.
Bray holds a doctorate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also earned a master's degree in applied economics and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
New members elected to NISS board
DURHAM – The National Institute of Statistical Sciences has named Mary Batcher of Ernst & Young and Robert Rodriguez of SAS Institute to the Board of Trustees for three-year terms beginning July 1.
Karen Kafadar of Indiana University and Fritz Scheuren of NORC at the University of Chicago were also elected for second three-year terms beginning July 1.
Tim Hesterberg, a senior ads quality statistician at Google, will complete the term of long-time trustee Mary Ellen Bock, who resigned from the board.
The Board of Trustees approved the appointments at its 2012 annual meeting, which was held on Nov. 2-3 in the Research Triangle Park.
During its reception and dinner, the Board also recognized Alan Karr, director of NISS, his twenty-and-counting years at NISS.
During its reception and dinner, the Board also recognized Alan Karr, director of NISS, his twenty-and-counting years at NISS.
The National Institute of Statistical Sciences was established in 1990 by the national statistics societies and the Research Triangle universities and organizations, with the mission to identify, catalyze and foster high-impact, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector research involving the statistical sciences.