Rowan roundup

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sybil Cherry of Kannapolis completes insurance training program

Sybil Cherry of Kannapolis has become a Brooke Business Insurance franchise and recently completed a three-day training program at the Brooke Academy in Overland Park, Kan.

The academy provides an in-depth orientation to new franchisees about Brooke operations and procedures to complement their existing insurance knowledge and experience.

“I’m very excited about becoming a Brooke franchise,” Cherry said. “This training shows the commitment Brooke has to providing the very best in continuing education to its franchisees, allowing us to provide the best possible service to our clients.”

Training focused on cash management, accounts receivable, risk and quality control and marketing plans.

Wellspring grant

Trustees of The Duke Endowment have awarded a grant of $304,567 to Lutheran Wellspring Alliance of the Carolinas, a healthcare collaborative formed by Salisbury-based Lutheran Services for the Aging and partner Lutheran Homes of South Carolina.

This is the final installment of an award totaling $1,080,600 and will fund the third year of “New Pathways,” a healthcare initiative designed to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for nursing home residents.

The New Pathways program blends two existing yet non-traditional approaches to nursing home care, the “Eden Alternative” and “Wellspring.” Both approaches call for significant culture change in the delivery of care and in the organizational structure of nursing homes.

According to LSA President Ted W. Goins Jr., “The generosity of The Duke Endowment is allowing us to improve the lives of elders in nursing homes throughout the Carolinas. Those efforts are being shared with healthcare organizations across the country leading to better lives and better care for elders everywhere.”

Salisbury-based Lutheran Services for the Aging operates the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks, Lutheran Home-Albemarle, Lutheran Home – Winston-Salem, Lutheran Home-Hickory and Lutheran Home-Hickory West in addition to its retirement communities and adult day care centers.

Jockey consultant

Salisbury resident Janet Jarrell has joined Jockey Person to Person as a Comfort Specialist consultant.

“It is very exciting to be a part of a company that provides promising opportunities and has the strength of the Jockey brand,” said Jarrell. “It is a perfect business to start at any point in life.”

Jockey Person to Person is the direct sales division of Jockey International Inc., featuring women’s intimate apparel, sleepwear, activewear and a new collection of “Comfort Extras” in a home party setting sold only by independent Comfort Specialist consultants.

For more information, contact Jarrell at 704-636-2086 or or visit

Officer installation

New officers will be installed at the Rowan County Human Resource Association Holiday Luncheon at noon Dec. 21 at the Salisbury Rowan Utilities Department Waterworks Building.

Nancy Bilson will install Karen Ingram, president; Patti Misenheimer, first vice president; Patti Zenker, second vice president; Jill Rufty, secretary; Susan Giessler, treasurer; and Malea Whitley, Susan Oliver, Tom Rugg, Roger Withers and Pam Cordts, directors.

The association will also present gifts to Rowan Helping Ministries and The Salvation Army. Chris Myers will provide musical entertainment, and members will receive a gift from the association.

For information contact Janice Paestella at or Pam Cordts at pcordts