Celeste graduated as an A. J. Fletcher Scholar from Meredith College in 1988 with a Bachelors Degree in Flute Performance. She has served as Firm Administrator for several Raleigh/Durham law firms, and has directed Human Resource activities for technology startups. Celeste received her national certification from HRCI as a Professional of Human Resources (PHR) in 2013 and actively participates as a board member and treasurer for local nonprofits. She currently serves RWHRMA as the HRCI Certification Director. In addition to her 15+ years in finance and human resources, she is highly skilled in networking, marketing and IT functions. In her free time, Celeste enjoys ballroom dancing and performing with her classical trio. She lives in Raleigh with her rescue dogs, Rudy and Baxter.