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Two of Chatham's own refine skills toward service

Posted Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County attorney, Jennifer S. Andrews and Chatham County real estate broker, Chreatha Alston recently graduated from the NC Center for Women in Public Service’s (NCCWPS) 2008 Summer Institute. The Center is a joint initiative of the Women’s Forum of North Carolina and Peace College. NCCWPS is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that prepares women to seek and serve in elected and appointed office.

Ms. Andrews and Ms. Alston prepared for and participated in the interactive, hands-on, high energy workshops over two long weekends this summer to earn her spot at the graduation ceremonies attended by Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson and Senator Ellie Kinnaird, among others.

Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews owns and operates Andrews Law Group, a general practice firm with offices in Pittsboro and Siler City. Ms. Andrews is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in Real Property Law: Residential Transactions and is one of only 60 lawyers statewide to earn this distinction.

Ms. Andrews has served Chatham County as a member of the Planning Board, vice-chair of the Economic Development Corporation, Chatham County’s representative to the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, and Rotary Club President, to name only a few. She attended the institute to gain insight on how she might best further serve both her local community and the state in a leadership role.

Chreatha Alston

Chreatha Alston, a native of Chatham County, operates Real Estate Pros, her minority-owned real estate business in Pittsboro. Ms. Alston is a commissioner-appointed member of the Chatham County Child Fatality Prevention Team, a member of Eastern Star Organization, Mitchell Chapel AME Zion Church, as well as other community organizations. She attended the institute to prepare herself to become more involved in local government.

“We look forward to tracking the successes of our extremely qualified 2008 graduates” says Dana Jennings, CEO for the Center, “Jennifer and Chreatha both have a combination of ability and passion to serve that will be the recipe for their excellence in any public service roles they choose.”
The 12 hand selected candidates from across the state received specific instruction on leadership potential and proper campaigning and fundraising. Additionally, graduates worked to define their personal goals, prepare for interactions with the media and refine their communication skills through public speaking exercises.

“I can’t say enough about the enriching quality of the program” graduate Andrews said, “I left feeling empowered, knowledgeable and ready to serve.” As a single mother, Ms. Alston was grateful to receive a scholarship from NCCWPS to attend this “phenomenal” program and encourages other women seeking leadership opportunities to attend as well. For more information about Jennifer Andrews visit For more information about Chreatha Alston visit For more information on the NC Center for Women in Public Service visit

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