The NC Center for Women in Public Service Announces Women in Office Institute Graduates

Raleigh, NC, August 21, 2010 --( Dana Jennings, CEO of The NC Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS), a nonpartisan organization that prepares women for elected and appointed offices statewide, hosted its 7th annual Commencement Ceremony for the graduates of its Women in Office Institute on July 17. The Women in Office Institute is an interactive, skills-and-confidence-building program spread over two extended weekends where North Carolina women hone their leadership skills, prepare for political campaigning, and develop tools for effective and ethical public service.

The 2010 Graduates are:

Holly E. Blackwelder – Blackwelder & Associates, Inc., Cabarrus County
Lori Bush – Cisco Systems, Wake County
Goldie Byrd – Endowed Professor of Biology, Durham County
Kathryn Deiter-Maradai – Teague, Campbell, Dennis & Gorham, LLP, Wake County
Linda Devore – Fayetteville Observer, Cumberland County
Kimberly Duffley – N.C. Department of Justice, Wake County
Ericka Ellis-Stewart – Mecklenburg County
Kalin Nalini Griffin – Forsyth County
Adrienne Lumpkin – Alternate Access, Wake County
Mary U. Musacchia – Corvette & Musacchia, PLLC, Orange County
Violet Rinehart – N.C. House of Representatives, Wake County
Tanya Roberts – Centers for Substance Abuse Prevention, Craven County

“We are proud to see these 12 remarkable women graduate from the Women In Office Institute,” said Jennings. “The Institute provides a valuable backbone for a successful entry into elected and appointed offices statewide. I am excited to watch our graduates use the skills they have learned as they move forward and continue to grow into their new positions.”

- The event was held in the Dinwiddie Chapel at Peace College.

- NCCWPS board member Jess Aylor moderated a panel discussion, which consisted of Jill Dinwiddie, executive director of the N.C. Council for Women, and Gwynn Swinson, former N.C. Secretary of Administration. The certificates were presented by Jennings and NCCWPS research director Dr. David McLennan.

- Following the panel discussion, the 12 graduates were presented with their graduation certificates and a copy of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World by Marie Wilson.

About The NC Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS):
The NC Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS) is a nonpartisan organization that prepares women for elected and appointed offices statewide. As a provider of comprehensive political leadership training programs, NCCWPS teaches women how to enter the political pipeline, building their confidence and developing the practical skills to run successful campaigns and serve as powerful and effective leaders. Its Women on Board Workshops prepare women to serve on appointed boards and commissions. Its Women in Office Institute is an intensive six-day residential program that introduces women to public service work, including appointed and elected office, the rigors of campaigning, the skills needed for successful fundraising, and the effect that campaigning or service in office may have on families and professional lives. Through building the involvement of women at all levels of governance in North Carolina, the NCCWPS helps women channel their passion, find their voice, expand their support network and ultimately get elected or appointed to a position where they can be an influential leader and make a real change through public service. For more information, call (919) 832-9996 or visit

Jill Mastrangelo
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600

Patty Briguglio