Sylvia Laurence kicked off 2023 with an exciting and well-earned promotion to President of TREVERO, the Leadership & Executive Coaching division of The Resource Co. Inc. in Winston-Salem. Sylvia has been with TREVERO for almost six years, working with every aspect of the business including financial return and marketing, and overseeing a team of 9+ coaches working across the country. She has more than 3,000 hours of coaching experience, and has coached more than 250 leaders and executives. Prior to joining the TREVERO division of The Resource, Sylvia worked in a strategic consulting role at Chick-fil-A and has a diverse background in marketing and customer service for the restaurant industry. People are Sylvia’s top priority, and she has used this focus to launch new businesses across the country and help them set a foundation for their ongoing marketing strategies. Sylvia is a Wake Forest University alum with a degree in French and communications with a concentration in media studies. In her free time, Sylvia loves spending time with her husband and three kids, and organizing everything she can get her hands on!
Annie Grimes Williams is a metalsmith and the owner of CopperTide. Creating her contemporary enameled jewelry in her studio, Annie’s work is inspired by her love of nature, period design movements and color. Since starting her business 18 years ago, Annie exhibits at craft fairs and sells her work in various galleries around the country. She is an exhibiting member of several regional craft guilds, including Piedmont Craftsmen, and serves on multiple boards for local arts organizations. Sharing her love of the craft, she teaches metalsmithing and enameling workshops at Sawtooth School for Visual Art and as a visiting artist in studios around the southeast. More recently, Annie has been a co-founder of the Metal Mavens, a trio of friends and metalsmiths that includes Tavia Brown from Charlottesville, VA and Erica Stankwytch Bailey from Asheville, NC, as they work together to bolster artists and create opportunities. She has also been integral in the conception and establishment of two local art shows, the FUSE Makers Market with the Metal Mavens and the Ardmore Art Walk, partnering with local mixed media artist Emily Clare. Annie’s spirit, creativity and skill shine in her work, as well as in the communities she supports in and out of her field. When she is not in the studio, Annie enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, seven-year-old son, Alder, and dog, Elmwood, exploring the outdoors at local parks and retreating to the beach whenever possible. Her love for nature can be seen in her work which often features nature-inspired forms, colors and textures.
Ashlee Judd is a Florida native and a die-hard Auburn University fan. “I made my way to North Carolina through travel nursing back in 2019,” said Ashlee. “At the beginning of my journey here, I met the love of my life and knew I couldn’t leave. We got married, and I decided to grow roots in this beautiful state. My professional career began as a certified registered nurse but has evolved into being a certified wedding planner. I loved being a nurse and caring for patients, however, over the years, I felt as if God was tugging on my heart to pursue a different path. While still nursing, I planned events and weddings on the side, and my zeal for that calling on my life grew exponentially. I realized that many nursing skills and qualities I acquired were advantageous to event planning; such as having a servant’s heart, being graceful under pressure, mature critical thinking skills and handling situations with a calm disposition. Consequently, I gained my planning certification and established my very own wedding and event-planning company. Through my business, Detail & Design Event Company, I get to live my passion and purpose for planning meaningful events. My motto is ‘Life is Short. Have the Party!’ I genuinely believe that life’s biggest and smallest moments are meant to be celebrated, and I can help with that.”
Chinita Lyons is a mortgage loan officer for Piedmont Federal Savings Bank and also a native of Apex, NC. Chinita earned her Bachelors and Master of Business Administration from Winston-Salem State University. She has more than 13 years of lending experience and is committed in finding a mortgage solution just right for you! In her free time, Chinita enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three daughters. An innovator with a wild imagination, Chinita regularly volunteers and offers her creative insight at a local dance studio. Chinita lives by her favorite scripture and life motto “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. Whether you are buying your first home or refinancing an existing loan, Chinita will be with you every step of the way. Contact Chinita Lyons today, and let her get started making your home ownership dream come true.
Amanda White is a mortgage loan officer with Piedmont Federal Savings Bank specializing in the Triad and Lake Norman/Charlotte market areas. With more than nine years of mortgage lending experience and 16 years of banking experience, Amanda enjoys meeting her clients’ dream of home ownership, ensuring customer satisfaction and building lasting relationships. Amanda is a Davie County native and began her banking career after graduating Cum Laude from Salem College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with specializations in economics and finance. An internship with the Wachovia Wealth Management team, while at Salem, sparked her interest in the banking industry, and she found out she enjoyed helping clients with their financial needs. Amanda stated, “The wealth management team made a positive influence on me and gave me a basic understanding and respect for the financial industry.” During her banking career, Amanda has worked in various retail and mortgage lending roles. She also worked on furthering her education and graduated in 2019 with her Master of Business Administration with a banking and finance specialization from Gardner-Webb University. During her time at Gardner-Webb, she was a Delta Mu Delta member and received the Dr. A. Frank Bonner MBA Academic Excellence Award. When Amanda is not helping clients, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing in her church choir and teaching children’s Sunday School, and watching and attending college basketball and Atlanta Braves’ baseball games.
Lauren Davis-Sawtooth School for Visual Art is delighted to announce the appointment of Lauren Davis as Executive Director. Lauren has extensive experience in nonprofit management, most recently serving as Chief Advancement Officer at Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. She holds a Master of Public Administration focused on Nonprofit Management from North Carolina State University and brings more than 10 years of experience working for various community organizations in the Piedmont Triad, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. “It is truly an honor to join Sawtooth, which has long served as a cornerstone of our local arts community in Winston-Salem and beyond,” said Lauren. “We need the creativity and vibrancy Sawtooth brings now more than ever. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to support its continued growth, sustainability and ability to positively impact lives through arts education.” For more information about Sawtooth School, contact 336.723.7395, or visit sawtooth.org.