Marketing & Creative Team

Amalia Juchnik

Chief Marketing Officer

I have been in the advertising industry for 14 years with the last 7 years in healthcare marketing. Previous to the healthcare industry, I worked for advertising agencies in Charlotte gaining experience with clients in a variety of industries including energy, automobile, home textiles, finance and grocery sectors. My skill level ranges from traditional to digital advertising in addition to brand management and website development.

I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an international diploma for Hispanic Studies and Art from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

Charlotte has been my home since 1999. I live in south Charlotte with my husband, our two sons and our dog. When I’m not thinking about my next Shark Tank invention you can find me cooking, gardening, traveling, crafting or being outside with my family – likely doing yard work!

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: Knowing that I am part of the process that helps our clients find the home of their dreams for their families. I still remember the feeling I got the first night sleeping in our “forever” home knowing we would grow our family in that house together making memories for a lifetime.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: The cultural diversity that continues to grow every year and the passion that Charlotteans have for philanthropy in our community.

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I have a fear of heights, but for an anniversary gift it was my idea to go skydiving with my husband! I’m glad I did it, but wouldn’t do it again. And…I still have a fear of heights. I love music of all kinds (mostly) but am a huge fan of Prince, Fleetwood Mac and the Mama Mia soundtrack by ABBA!

Kristen Piedmont

Marketing Graphic Designer

I was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and have spent the last four years after college in the gorgeous city of Charleston. I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Graphic Communications from Clemson University. Go Tigers!

I recently got married to my husband, Greg, and have relocated to Charlotte. I love going to Clemson football games, traveling, hiking, photography, and shopping at Target.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: Though I’m new to the Charlotte market, I have worked in the marketing department of a real estate firm in Charleston the last four years. I love being able to help agents market themselves through well-designed pieces.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: I absolutely love the neighborhoods the city has and that they’re all distinctly unique. There always seems to be something to do…it’s a very lively city!

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I’ve seen all 37 seasons of Survivor and can quote 99% of The Parent Trap.

Nicole Shank

Marketing & Administrative Assistant

I am from Eastern North Carolina and settled into Charlotte, because of my ballet career, in 2011. I’ve adored watching our beautiful city evolve throughout my years here. Eager to become a part of the Queen City’s growth, I transitioned into real estate.

When I’m not working at Cottingham Chalk or teaching Pilates, you can find me outside on a bike. Although I can’t wait to purchase a house one day, I’ve found a home right here at Cottingham Chalk in the process.

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 different look, culture and vibe.

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I can say the alphabet backwards!

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 all my summers swimming and skiing on Lake Rabun at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I attended the University of Georgia and earned my degree in Marketing Education.

I had family in the Charlotte area who I would visit during my time in Athens, GA. After my first visit, I knew that Charlotte would be the city in which I would make my home. I have now been here for ten years, married here, and bought a home with my husband here. We love living in Dilworth and walking our Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Basil, 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

Mary Lou Johns

Office Manager

I started in my career in real estate in 1982, at Touchberry with Dan Cottingham. In 1987, I followed Dan to join his new agency, Cottingham Chalk as a receptionist. I have had the pleasure of gaining experience in all areas of operations including administration, technology and currently Office Manager. Obviously, there is something that has kept my interest about the real estate industry to stay in it for 36 years!

Born and raised in northern Ohio I am the oldest of five children. Arrived in Charlotte via Pittsburg, PA, then Badin, NC to Albemarle, NC. I have a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-laws, 7 lovely granddaughters and one grandson! I love spending time with my family, going to the beach, reading and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: I was interested in real estate because when we arrived in Charlotte in 1982 we had lived in 8 different houses. Realizing that I was not a sales person, working in a real estate office and helping agents sell homes to families was and is the best for me.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: I love the four seasons in Charlotte but enjoy the summer the most, even with the heat!

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I’m constantly making improvements to my home. I have painted every room at least three times. I’m also a Tar Heel fan thru and thru!

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!

Becky Price

Administrative Assistant

After staying at home with my children for 17 years I have spent the last 2 years working at Cottingham Chalk. Prior to that, I was in the insurance industry on the corporate (claims) side then the brokerage side, specializing in employee benefits.

I moved to Charlotte from Columbia, SC in 1988, then to Jacksonville, FL for 9 years, until we returned to Charlotte in 2011. I have been married for 30 years and have 4 wonderful children. My husband and I met when we were students at the University of South Carolina, and our 4 children have followed in our footsteps with 1 graduating and 3 currently attending. Go Cocks!! I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, gardening, hiking, fixing up our house and attending Gamecock football games in the fall.

Q: Why do you like working in real estate?
A: I have always been interested in real estate as my husband and I have bought, fixed up, and sold many houses over the years. I have really enjoyed working on the operations side of real estate, seeing the whole process of how homes are listed and sold, and all the hard work our agents put into taking care of their clients.

Q: What do you love about Charlotte?
A: Charlotte is a great place to live, work, and raise a family and I love the fact that you can get to the beach or mountains in a few hours.

Q: Something no one would guess about you?
A: I know the whole sound track to the Sound of Music by heart.

Helen Jones


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.