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

Fourteen N.C. Women Prepare For Elected and Appointed Offices.

Raleigh, NC, August 10, 2011 --( Annette Taylor, executive director of the NC Center for Women in Public Service (NCCWPS) (, a nonpartisan organization that prepares women for elected and appointed offices statewide, hosted its 8th annual commencement ceremony for the graduates of its Women in Office Institute on July 23 in the Dinwiddie Chapel at Peace College, featuring the Honorable Barbara Jackson, N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice as the keynote speaker. The Women in Office Institute is an intensive political leadership program for women interested in public office that incorporates training from statewide experts in ethics, fundraising and public relations.

The 2011 Graduates are:

Valissia Allen - Charlotte, Mecklenburg County
Jo Ann Beal - Bear Creek, Chatham County
Zoe Fawcett - Manteo, Dare County
Erica Frazier - Charlotte, Mecklenburg County
Irene Godinez - Raleigh, Wake County
Pam Hawe - Siler City, Chatham County
Elaine Hyman - Durham, Durham County
Antoinette Morris - Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Laura Parnell - Hickory, Catawba County
Rhonda Schandevel - Canton, Haywood County
Mindy Smith - Asheville, Buncombe County
Annetta Streater - Chapel Hill, Orange County
Shinica Thomas - Wake Forest, Wake County
Racquel Williams - Raleigh, Wake County

“We are proud to see these 14 outstanding future leaders from across the state graduate from the Women in Office Institute,” said Taylor. “The Institute provides valuable, hands-on experience for successful entry into public office. I am eager to watch this group of highly motivated women run for office and seek appointments in the next few years.”

“Because of my amazing experience at the Women in Office Institute, I am more convinced than ever that women must be included at the helm of leadership,” said Rhonda Schandevel, a graduate of the 2011 class and future public servant for Haywood County. “My involvement with this wonderful program has forever changed my life.”

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 seven-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

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