February Spotlight

Area women making news

Criswell Moves into CFCC Dean Role

CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE tapped LYNN CRISWELL to serve as the school’s dean of English and social sciences.

Criswell, who has eighteen years of teaching and leadership experience, previously worked as CFCC’s faculty association officer, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and arts and sciences coordinator.

“The college is moving in a great direction to optimize the transfer process for the student body as a whole,” she says. “I look forward to helping students realize the opportunities available to them through a transfer degree from Cape Fear.”

Criswell holds a bachelor’s degree in professional and technical writing/ secondary education and a master’s degree in English and critical literacy from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

In the same announcement, the college said that Brandon Guthrie would serve as the new dean of arts and humanities. At CFCC, Guthrie has served department chair of humanities and fine arts for over four years and as an art instructor for ten.


Gansmann Named Law Firm Partner

KARA GANSMANN was recently named partner at the law firm of CRANFILL SUMNER & HARTZOG LLP (CSH Law).

Gansmann, who is based in firm’s Wilmington office, is an elder law and estate planning attorney.

Before joining CSH Law, Gansmann served as a staff attorney on an appellate court in Houston, where she managed aspects of complex civil and criminal appellate matters and drafted over 200 judicial opinions for court justices in six years, according to the firm.

“She is a dedicated and respected attorney who fully embodies our firm’s values of teamwork, reputation, and client service,” says Marshall Wall, managing partner of CSH Law. “Kara’s hard work and commitment to serving her clients has truly set her apart over the years, and we congratulate her on this achievement.”

Gansmann often presents on elder law issues to community organizations, churches, and neighborhood associations across the region, according to the law firm.


Cape Fear CREW Installs 2019 Board

CONNIE RONNER will serve as chapter president this year for CAPE FEAR CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women).

Ronner, with SunTrust Bank, succeeds ELISE ROCKS, of JC Morgan, in the role.

“Elise was a phenomenal leader for Cape Fear CREW in 2018, bringing her distinctive brand of leadership and energy to our programs and activities and setting the stage for our first annual Awards of Excellence in February 2019,” Ronner says.

CREW is scheduled to hold its inaugural commercial real estate awards event February 28.

Rocks stays on this year as past president/ foundation champion/UCREW.

The other board officers this year are JULIE ANDREWS (Logan Homes) as president-elect/CREW network delegate; MORGAN SCHEIBEL, (Allstate Insurance) as secretary/CREW network delegate; and GALE WALLACE (Clarendon Properties LLC) as treasurer.

DANA PELLIZZARI (Pellizzari Law Firm PLLC) and JENNIFER KRANER (Big Sky Design Inc.) serve as at-large members.

The Cape Fear chapter of CREW includes members representing a range of commercial real estate interests in the area. CREW Network is the affiliated national association, which represents over 10,000 women throughout the United States and Canada.


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