About Me


My parents Ed and Lois Mendell moved our family to Raleigh in 1964 and built a house in District E on Glen Eden Drive. I attended Wake County Public Schools - Lacy Elementary School, Martin Middle School, and Broughton High School.

I have an MS degree from UNC-CH’s School of Information and Library Science and earned a BA, Phi Beta Kappa and with Honors in Psychology, also from UNC-CH.

My husband Richard Johnson, a Raleigh native, is a retired educator from the Wake County Public Schools System.

Our son Ronnie Johnson lives in downtown Raleigh and works in IT.


Effective communication has been a key theme throughout my professional career.

My career has focused on listening intently to the views of those around me, and on finding common ground among diverse viewpoints to solve problems and achieve strategic goals. Most of all, I’ve focused on communicating, communicating, communicating.

At GlaxoSmithKline, I led teams responsible for providing global communications aligned to strategy, manufacturing, and R&D.

As Executive Director at HopeLine, a United Way agency, I was responsible for all aspects of running a 24/7 telephone crisis hotline that operated with volunteers trained in active listening skills.

I built and managed the Corporate Communications function for MCNC, a high-tech public-private research consortium in RTP.