Marketing Team

Beth Labuskes

Marketing Director

I grew up just west of the Queen City in Gastonia, but consider myself a native Charlottean (I mean, that counts, right?). I attended UNC-Chapel Hill where I studied Journalism and went to Georgetown for graduate school where I received my Masters in Sports Management. My work background has primarily been in marketing and advertising in a variety of industries. I worked for five+ years at a local ad agency and most recently worked for Crescent Communities, a commercial real estate developer based here in Charlotte.

My husband, Mark, and our two young boys, Max, and Rhett, now live in South Charlotte with our two rescue pups. I’m a big fan of the outdoors, Panthers football, Tarheel basketball, hot yoga, and Juicy Jay.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: I think all real estate is fascinating. I loved learning about commercial real estate in my previous role, but I’m looking forward to working on the residential side of things and helping people find the next place that they will call home.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: Growing up, I remember making the trek to Charlotte every week to visit my grandparents who lived in Myers Park. Even as a child, I noticed the gradual changes to the skyline that started to happen as we inched closer towards the millennium. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, I moved back to Charlotte, and, aside from two years out West and in Washington, D.C., this has been the city I have called home for 12 years. It’s been amazing to watch this city grow into itself, but even more amazing to see the people – Native Charlotteans or not – embrace it.

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I’m a pretty solid basketball player. I played all throughout high school and on AAU teams in the summer. Even though I’m short and not that fast…I was a pretty good point guard back in the day.

Nicole Hannon

Marketing Coordinator

I’m originally from Eastern North Carolina and moved to Charlotte in 2011, as a dancer with Charlotte Ballet. I’ve loved watching our beautiful city evolve throughout my years here. Eager to become a part of the Queen City’s growth, I eventually transitioned into real estate marketing. In 2021, I graduated from the New York Institute of Art & Design as a certified Graphic Designer, and continue to pour my artistic and detail-loving heart into each marketing piece I create.

When I’m not working at Cottingham Chalk or teaching Pilates, you can find me riding bikes with my husband, Bobby. We recently bought our first house–a 60s charmer in South Charlotte–and have loved making it our own.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: Real estate is ever-changing, which makes for a lively work environment!

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: I love that every neighborhood surrounding Uptown feels completely different – each one has a unique look, culture and vibe.

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I trained with the Radio City Rockettes and was an alternate in the 2013 Christmas Spectacular!

Relocation Team

Suzanne Lail

Relocation Director

I’m originally a beach girl from Wilmington who moved to the “big city” of Charlotte after college. Not long afterwards, I met my future husband, got married, raised two wonderful daughters, and now we love being empty nesters!

In 1983, John Chalk introduced me to a local custom home builder who needed an administrative assistant which started my career in real estate. And 20 years later I came to work for John Chalk and Dan Cottingham at Cottingham Chalk & Associates! It’s been exciting to serve in the past as their Marketing Director, Developer Services Administrator and since 2014 as the Relocation Director.

When I’m not connecting buyers and sellers with Cottingham Chalk agents, I enjoy exercising at the Harris YMCA, running, reading on the beach, and spending time with family. I’m active in several professional organizations and volunteer on numerous committees at our church.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: Serving in the relocation industry has been tremendously rewarding as I have daily opportunities to develop corporate and broker-to-broker business for the agency.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: Charlotte is a big city with a small town feel. And being located 3 hours from the beach and 2 hours from the mountains makes it easy to plan a quick getaway!

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: When the Carolina Panthers played the Dallas Cowboys in a playoff game, my then coworkers and I dressed in black and white “jailbird” uniforms at the game and our picture appeared on the sports page of many large newspapers.

Melissa Alatsis

Relocation Coordinator

I grew up in Northeast Georgia and spent my summers swimming and skiing on Lake Rabun at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A third generation Georgia Bulldog, I earned a degree in Marketing Education at The University of Georgia.

With family in the Charlotte area, I would visit often. And in 2009, I made Charlotte my home. My husband and I love living in Dilworth with our daughter, and walking our Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier around the neighborhood.

With my background in marketing and customer service, I have a unique blend of skills to help with all your relocation needs.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: My favorite aspect of working in the real estate industry are the relationships that you form and the personal impact that you can have on someone’s life. It is especially important in relocation to help ease the home buying/selling process and to offer our client’s peace of mind during this life event.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: I love that it is a city, with a small-town feel. I especially love all the greenways, flowers, and trees that are a part of our cityscape.

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I attended cosmetology school and worked in the industry in various roles for over fifteen years.

Administrative Team

Donna Cox

Finance Manager

For the last 34 years I have had the privilege of working at Cottingham Chalk, with the best owners, staff and agents. I started in real estate with John Chalk in 1982 with Moffatt Sherard. When Cottingham Chalk was established, John ask me to join their team.

Charlotte has always been my home, married to my husband, Greg, a mother of a son and daughter and grandma to four energetic grandsons. I love the beach, traveling, biking, reading, cooking, spending time with good friends and playing gin.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: Being a native of Charlotte, it has been fascinating to watch the city grow into the vibrant, diverse and beautiful city it is today.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: I love the trees and foliage in Charlotte, it makes every season so beautiful!

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I have always been a supporter of the Red Cross and Community Blood Center, who’s slogan is, “we all have the power to save lives, it’s in our blood”. Over the years, I have donated over 75+ units of blood and still giving!

Shannon Pile

Transaction Coordinator / Administrative Assistant

I grew up in Southern California and made the move to Charlotte a couple of years ago. It has been a blessing to be closer to extended family as a result! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management as well as an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Professionally I have been a receptionist, administrative assistant, and lead teacher. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Cottingham Chalk family and put my administrative skills to work. I am engaged to my best friend Brad and we are planning a wedding later this year. I enjoy baking, going for walks on the greenways, spoiling my precious nieces, and being an active part of my local church.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: Even though real estate is a new endeavor for me, I am passionate about helping others and working at Cottingham Chalk allows me to do just that as we help make client’s dream of homeownership come to reality.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: Having grown up in Southern California, I love that Charlotte offers a slower pace of life while still being a vibrant city offering lots to do and see. I also enjoy the change in seasons!

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I was a total Beanie Baby fan back in the day and still have a small collection.

Helen Jones

Receptionist

Upon graduating from college in 1964, I moved from Raleigh to Charlotte to teach elementary school. I taught for 5 years and raised 2 wonderful children with my husband in Charlotte. I also worked in a consignment retail shop for 23 years before coming to Cottingham Chalk. I am proud to say that I’ve grown with this family for the last 14 years and consider Cottingham Chalk home and the people who work here part of my family.

When not working, I enjoy reading, baking, playing Bridge, watching sports on TV, working puzzles and helping raise twin grandchildren.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: Working in a real estate office is exciting because there are so many people in and out, and each day is different. Cottingham Chalk has a very supportive management team and it’s like working for a big family.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: Charlotte is an energetic place to live. It offers so much diversity, opportunity and entertainment.

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: It would surprise people to know that I am a frustrated singer and dancer…can’t do either well, but love watching musicals.