Durham Magazine June/July 2022

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noted. ON THE MOVE

Jeanette Collins stepped down from her post

as the director of curation and operations at the Museum of Durham History in April to move on to a nationally focused exhibit company. Kate Senner, former

director of development at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, joined the Museum of Life and Science in March as its new vice president for advancement, in which she is responsible for leading the organization’s fundraising strategy and establishing a culture of philanthropy. One of Kate’s first tasks was to oversee the museum’s 75th anniversary celebration on May 20. Tabitha Blackwell is the

new executive director of Book Harvest. She took over the nonprofit’s Durham operations and programming following founder Ginger Young’s appointment as CEO as the organization expands to serve communities across the state. Tabitha previously served on Book Harvest’s board of directors from 2015 to 2021, and was board chair for four years. Big Spoon Roasters is moving from the space

it’s occupied since 2013 at 4517 Hillsborough Rd., Ste. 103-B to set up shop in a more than 20,000-square-foot warehouse at 500 Meadowlands Dr. in Hillsborough. Big Spoon will occupy about 16,500 square feet by August of this year, with plans to expand into the 18




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remaining space within three years. Big Spoon recently acquired two accolades – its limitededition Fig Walnut Macaroon Almond Butter won the new product award in the Nut, Seed and Confectionary Butters category of the Specialty Food Association’s 2022 sofi Awards; and the brand was named a best DurhamMade Product in our Best of Durham poll.

WHAT AN HONOR The Duke Office of

Durham & Community Affairs presented the

annual 2022 Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award and partial scholarship to rising senior Emily Gitlin, pictured above right, for her involvement in the Hypertension Outreach program with Lincoln

Community Health Center,

among other projects.

Shana Lee McAlexander,

pictured right, who leads grant operations for Duke’s AI for Understanding and Designing Materials Program, received the 2022 Duke Employee Community Service Award. The office donated $200 to The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center, where Shana serves as a Student Action Board advisor. Danny Thomas “Tom” Jaynes, who retired

from his post as executive vice president at Durham Technical Community College last June, was honored for his nearly three decades of service to Durham Tech with an award from The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society. He was given the highest honor N.C.’s governor

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can bestow in March during an opening celebration for the D. Thomas Jaynes Art Gallery, where three of his own artworks are displayed. The award recognizes exemplary contributions to the community. “I could not be more honored than to have my name associated with the acts of artistry in painting, photography, in sculpture, drawing and more,” says Tom, pictured center with Durham Tech President J.B. Buxton, left, and former president William “Bill” G. Ingram. The Raleigh-Durham area ranked No. 6 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Places to Live list among the 150 most populous metro areas in the United States. The rankings were determined based on affordability, desirability and quality of life. The Forest at Duke worked with SAGE

Advocacy & Services for LGBTQ+ Elders, the largest and oldest nonprofit in the U.S. advocating for queer older adults, to provide training to employees. It subsequently earned a SAGECare Certification at the platinum level, signaling the retirement community’s daily commitment to honor diversity and inclusion. Triangle Ecycling received the 2022 Leaders

in Literacy Award from the Durham Literacy Center during a ceremony at Durham Central Park on May 12. The honor is in recognition of its ongoing work to provide tech education

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