May/June 2020

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For me, springtime is marked by the start of Fullsteam Ahead! Run Club in Durham in March. This would have been my seventh season participating in the Wednesday night club and post-run beers at Fullsteam Brewery. And by the time May rolls around, Executive Managing Editor Amanda MacLaren and I would have completed a few of the 15 runs we need to earn a free pint glass and T-shirt. 

But with run club canceled for the foreseeable future, I’m missing my usual routine, and I’m not alone. Readers share how they adjust to life at home as we all social distance, starting on page 18. The anecdotes range from milestone anniversaries and spontaneous rooftop weddings to humorous looks at working at home. Some tug on the heartstrings. 

In addition to our weekly runs, I share an office with Amanda, and for six years, she’s been the person I ask for help with a clever headline or a recommendation for a cool spot in the Bull City. I cannot wait to resume our Fullsteam runs (OK, jogs), but for now I have been inspired watching her run our virtual editorial meetings this past month to create a May issue of Chapel Hill Magazine and Durham Magazine.

This collaborative issue was a clear choice since there’s so much crossover in our communities and nowhere more so than our annual Women of Achievement issues. Some women commute from one county to work in hospitals and governments of another county, and others have ties to Chapel Hill or UNC, but now work in Durham. I’m proud to live among these trailblazers, educators and advocates; you can read more about them, starting on page 48. Discovering how 22 women pursued their passions, faced challenges and continue to contribute to their community is the lift I know we could all use this month. – Jessica Stringer


48 Nida Allam
Commissioner Elect, Durham County Board of Commissioners 

50 Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan
Surgeon-in-Chief, UNC Children’s Hospital; Division Chief, Pediatric Surgery, UNC School of Medicine 

52 Aissa Dearing
Co-founder, Durham Youth Climate Justice Initiative 

54 Jenny Levy 
Head Coach, UNC Women’s Lacrosse

56 Angela Lee
Executive Director, Hayti Heritage Center

58 Miriam Slifkin

60 Zena Howard
Principal and Managing Director, Perkins and Will

62 Katie Ziglar
Director, Ackland Art Museum

64 Tracey Hawkins
Founder, Thriving on the Spectrum LLC

66 Ellen Perry
Activist and Educator, Advocacy in Action

67 Jessica M. Bottesch & Ronda Williams
Co-founders, Empower Personalized Fitness

68 Thea Barrett & Mae McLendon
2020 Pauli Murray Award Winners 

70 Peggy Walters
President, Watts College of Nursing

72 Tanya Moore
Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus and Community Communications, UNC 

74 Marla Thurman
Chef de cuisine, Pizzeria Toro

76 Dr. Mandy Ghaffarpour 
Cosmetic and Family Dentist, Studio G Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

78 Ursula Mead
Founder and CEO, InHerSight 

80 Tiffanie Sneed
Police Senior Legal Advisor, Town of Chapel Hill

82 Rev. Heather Rodrigues
Lead Pastor, Duke Memorial United Methodist Church  

83 Mary Patricia Peres-da-Silva 
Compact Math Teacher, McDougle Middle School 


18 How We Live Now 
Our neighbors share personal stories – the good, the bad, the real – of their daily experiences 

86 Closer Together
We checked in with a few families whose homes we’ve featured before to find out how they are using their favorite spaces while social distancing


6 Get Offline, Go Online 
Exhibits, classes and performances to enjoy from home

12 Noted 
What we’ve heard around town

14 Rising Tide
Acme owner and chef Kevin Callaghan shares his perspective on the unity of the Carrboro community 

16 Carolina on Our Mind 
UNC researchers lead the charge against the coronavirus outbreak  

134 Meals to Make at Home 
Moreton Neal’s recipe for cabbage and cucumber salad, roast pork rack recipe from Sam Papanikas of Bleu Olive Bistro and a shakshuka recipe from Jamil Kadoura of Mediterranean Deli  

140 Engagements
Mark Anna & Katie Wintermeier
Roy Hawkins & Chelsea Whitfield  

142 Weddings 
Brooke Archambault & Shane Barclay 
David “Sport” Durst & Renee’ Martin Innes 
James Broughton & Arwen La Dine 


120 Biz Briefs

128 Real Estate’s Response to Stay-at-Home Orders
Residential and commercial real estate brokers share the many changes and challenges to their businesses since the
pandemic began

130 Leadership Development and Training in the Time of COVID-19
When times get tough, people look to the top for guidance. These companies help evolve the skills that businesses need to succeed.


8 University Baptist Pastor’s Retirement Celebration  

9 Orange Chatham Association of Realtors Awards Gala 

9 Orange Literacy’s Writers for Readers 


104 Adopt A Pet
Meet a pup and a cat waiting on their forever homes with the Animal Protection Society of Durham

106 Our Top Dentists

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