Women to Watch

We want to recognize women in our community who are doing phenomenal things! Whether she is dedicated to supporting a non-profit, working her way up the ladder at work, about to achieve a huge personal goal, or any other thing you think she deserves public praise for, she deserves to know that her efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Know someone else who needs to be recognized? Nominate her! 



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Ainee Lynnette Taylor

A grown man, in dirty clothes is asking for food on the side of the road, he sleeps on the steps of public buildings in Downtown Durham. A pre-teen attending…

Daria Mitsos

Daria Mitsos is a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope. She represents…

Kara Collins

Kara Collins is a Mount Airy native and an alumna of NC State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in…

Lauren LaMantia

Mother. Wife. Small Business Owner. Career Counselor. Cancer Survivor. Shoe Addict. A woman to watch, that takes a licking and keeps on ticking, comparing her to…

Tammy Lee

Tammy Lee attended East Carolina University, where she graduated with a BSBA in Business Finance in 1992. After graduation, she started her …

Faith Overton

Faith Overton is not your typical stay-at-home mom. She feels that God gave her a passion to help others. Faith feels lucky to have …

Melissa Holliday

Melissa Holliday is a native of Jamesville, North Carolina. She has always had a strong passion for helping others that is shown through…

Noreen Jaafar

Noreen Jaafar has two full time careers, as a professional and as a single mom, which she balances with poise and grace. Noreen has been in…

Rachel Bridgers

Rachel Bridgers has served as the Career Outreach Specialist at Pitt Community College for almost 4 years. In her current role,…

Trista Reis Porter

Trista Reis Porter became the new Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Greenville Museum of Art (GMA) last year. She holds…

Ashley Salter

Ashley Salter is a Pitt County native. She moved back to Greenville from Raleigh in 2008. Since then, she’s made it her mission to help anyone in need. She followed in the footsteps of her parents, Rick and Judi Miller, and joined

Bishop Rosie S. O’neal

Bishop Rosie S. O’neal was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The product of a “weekend-pass” (or a one-night stand) “Rosemarie” was given up and placed in an orphanage. Sometime later, she was

Kate Ker

Kate has a passion for journalism. She graduated from Pitt Community College with Associate in Arts Degree, and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at ECU. Her concentration is in

Megan Jones

She sprinkles a little bit of sunshine everywhere she goes….
Megan has only been a part of the Greenville community for a short time, but during this time she has come to understand and directly impact the needs right here in her backyard. Megan is very passionate about

Rhonda Cimorelli

Rhonda Cimorelli is a successful NLP Practitioner and Transformational Coach, happily married for over 30 years and a mother of four. She embarked on her business journey in 1990, with a new born, a twenty-four month old and a three and a half year old, as an

Angela Rose Libby

My love for children started when I was very young. I couldn’t wait to be

Chauncey Whitfield-Pelzer

Chauncey is the founder of Defining Destiny Coaching & Consulting LLC, a career development company

Heather Macy

Heather Macy, the all-time winningest coach in the history of East Carolina University women’s basketball

Laura Hardy

Laura Hardy has always had a love of alternative healing modalities. Growing up with parents

Samar Badwan

My name is Samar (pronounced Summer) Badwan! I am a single mother of three children

Anna Nalepka

Anna Nalepka was born in Queens, New York. She grew up in a tough blue

Christina Ruotolo

Christina Ruotolo is the editor of HER Magazine, Hot Dish writer, and an Advertising Executive

Deborah Browder

Deborah Browder is originally from Kinston, NC and moved to Greenville to attend East Carolina

Diane N. Taylor

Diane N. Taylor is a wife, a mother and an entrepreneur. Mrs. Taylor has over

Rebecca Caveness

Rebecca Caveness is a Greenville native raised with strong convictions of “shop local” from her

Ashley Nicole Russell

A small town girl from North Carolina, a child of a dramatic divorce family, a

Dr. Kristin S. Braswell

–Dr. Kristin S. Braswell, originally from Clayton, North Carolina, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree

Jill Twark

As an ECU German professor, as well as co-founder and co-director of the nonprofit organization

Judge Wendy S. Hazelton

Judge Wendy S. Hazelton was raised in the close knit and rural community of Indian

Maurey Verzier

I am the Department Chair for the Building Construction Technology program at Pitt Community College

Caroline Schacht

“If we don’t change the direction we are headed, we will end up where we

Leslie Gibbs Van Der Have

Leslie Gibbs Van Der Have is the owner of Van Der Have Family Law, a

Marion Blackburn

Writer, public policy advocate My public life centers around advocacy for animals, parks, greenways, and

Michelle Moore

I was born and raised here in Greenville, North Carolina. I graduated from the Interpreter

Stephanie D. Smith

Stephanie D. Smith is a wife, mother, grandmother, psalmist, songwriter, preacher and entrepreneur.  As a

Angelia McNeil

I once heard a saying, “Without Art this earth is just Eh”. That statement has

Anna Dixon

When we moved here from Seattle 10 years ago, I had no idea that I

Brittany Gregson

Mrs. Gregson completed her Associate’s Degree in Accounting at Pitt Community College in 2011 and

Huetta Tauheedah Mateen

Huetta relocated to North Carolina in 1986 from Flint, Michigan. She is the mother of

Suellen Biel

Little did I know, 34 years ago, when I walked into a small, one room

Dana Benton Newell

Dana Benton Newell is President and CEO of Benton Newell Communication. A full-service creative agency

Leigh Saner

Leigh Saner, who has lived in Greenville since 2015, is originally from Chestertown; a small

Marcy Regan

Marcy Regan attended ECU and received her BS/MAEd in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She

Maria Satira

Maria Satira is a seasoned multi-media professional with more than a decade of experience in

Shareen Berkowitz

Sometime between starting her first business, co-leading the first Women’s Power Networking (WPN) Chapter in

Ashley Cleland

Ashley Cleland, M.Ed is the founding Associate Director in Intercultural Affairs for the new Women

Demika Cherry

Demika Cherry is the owner of Next Level Cleaning Services, LLC, a residential and commercial

Emily Theys

Emily Theys is originally from Stoughton, Wisconsin. Graduating as an All-ACC and All-American rower from

Jennifer Rivera

Jennifer Rivera is a force to be reckoned with in the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu world and

Shavonne Brumsey

Her heart resides with the things of God.  He gave Shavonne Brumsey a clear vision

Carolyn McGinn

Carolyn is one of the hardest working, most encouraging, uplifting, and genuine human beings a

Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters is a passionate Pirate Career Counselor, Liaison to the College of Allied Health

Jade Kelly

Jade Kelly is a 9-year-old entrepreneur from Greenville, NC. At the age of 6, Jade

Joyner Mines

Joyner, a Virginia native, completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia in 2011

Kathryn Glenn

Greenville native Kathryn Glenn was raised in her family’s business Jefferson’s Florist, where she was

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