April/May 2021

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Someone once said that spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.

I have enjoyed connecting with you, our readers, but I am not a writer. I owe it to you to have someone more qualified to pen the opening letter to our magazine. And so, with this spring issue of Chatham Magazine, we are making a change. We have hired a new managing editor, Anna-Rhesa Versola, who is full of energy and enthusiasm for her community. It has been a privilege to connect with you all, but you will love getting to know Rhesa.

Rhesa was born in the Philippines but grew up in Raleigh. She went to UNC-Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree in journalism and Duke for graduate school. She and her husband, Eddie Kallam, moved to Chatham County in 2002 seeking a more pastoral setting to raise their daughters, CC Kallam and Leah Kallam. She knows and loves these towns. She wants to bring you the best of our communities. Reach out and welcome her with your thoughts and ideas. Her email is rhesa@chathammagazinenc.com.   

In this issue, we honor women in our community recognized for their outstanding achievements as they work to combat food insecurity, to improve access to maternal care, to shape young minds in our schools and more. Meet them and learn more about their stories beginning on page 26.

We also explore all there is to love about living within walking distance of downtown Pittsboro (page 46), pay a visit to the Oldham family at S&T’s Soda Shoppe (page 58), and tour an ornate and lavish home in Governors Club (page 66). Now that grilling season is upon us, let the outdoor oasis featured on page 78 inspire your next cookout! 

This season of change is going to be a good one – I can feel it. – Chris Elkins

THE WOMEN’S ISSUE 

26 Dana Iglesias
of Chatham Hospital Maternity Care Center

28 Moya Hallstein, Danielle McComas, Angelina Koulizakis-Battiste & Sarah Sligh
of Robin Hood’s Kitchen

30 Jayden Sansom
of Chatham School of Science & Engineering and Central Carolina Community College

32 Maria Parker-Lewis
of The Sycamore at Chatham Mills

34 Melinda Fitzgerald
of Country Farm & Home

36 Lindsay Shore-Wright & Jazmin Mendoza Sosa
of Clover Creators 4-H Community Club

40 Valerie Paige Foushee
of North Carolina General Assembly

42 Paula Brown Stafford
of Novan Inc.

HOME & GARDEN

66 Empire State of Mind
Antiquities adorn this couple’s Governors Club abode

78 Backyard Bliss
Scott Galvin created an outdoor oasis for his family, friends and neighbors to enjoy

FEATURES

14 Chatham 250: Acknowledging the Past to Build a Better Future

46 What We Love About Living in Downtown Pittsboro
Three families share a few of their favorite things about their neighborhoods

58 A Legacy Lives On
The late Gene Oldham’s memory is tied to the friendly community space he created in downtown Pittsboro

62 Medical Plans
Learn more about Chatham County’s new health care services

DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS

6 Letter from the Publisher

8 Five Events
Our top events for April and May

16 Noted

91 Dining Guide

94 Engagement
Kelty O’Brien & Drew Shannon  

95 Weddings
Sienna Courie & Casey James
Danny Maddox & Sara Self

PEOPLE & PLACES

10 Goldston church hosts drive-thru vaccination site for area residents
11 Chatham Arts Council launches two new children’s programs

SPONSORED CONTENT

24 The Big Give
Our local nonprofits, how they support the community and how you can get involved. 

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