Forum Ambassadors




2016 FORUM Ambassadors program

FEBRUARY 8-9, 2016

Forum Ambassador Overview
Each year, IEI’s annual Emerging Issues Forum is greatly enriched by the participation of a specially selected Forum Ambassadors cohort. Recruited in all one hundred counties, the Forum Ambassadors are individuals whose professional expertise makes them indispensable participants for the Forum topic. Ambassadors offer smart ideas and critical feedback that reflect their deeply informed, real-world perspectives.

Forum Ambassadors: Career Counselors
Given the focus, who better to serve as a 2016 Forum Ambassador than career counseling professionals? Working in high schools, community colleges, universities, NCWorks Career Centers and other locations, counselors provide an essential role to citizens trying to navigate a complex set of educational, advisory, workforce development, and job placement services.

Congratulations to our 2016 Forum Ambassadors:

First Name Last Name Title Institutional Affiliation County
Cathy Alston-Kearney Pastor Oak Chapel AMEC Warren
Andy Anderson Director of Development Community Innovations, Inc. Columbus
Alexandra Arrington Career Development Coordinator/Career Counselor Johnson C. Smith University Mecklenburg
Chris Bailey Career and Technical Education Director Craven County Schools Craven
Catherine Barone Career Development Coordinator Green Hope High School/Wake County Public Schools Wake
Stephen Barrington Business Engagement Director Capital Area Workforce Development Board Wake
Laura Bethea Career Development Manager Wake Technical Community College Wake
Shelby Bireley North Carolina FFA President NC FFA Association Johnston
Linda Brannan Career Development Coordinator Wake STEM Early College High School at NC State University Wake
Lesley Brickhouse STEM/Career Development Coordinator WCPSS East Wake Middle Wake
Hunter Buxton Executive Director Kids Voting NC Wake
Diane Cadavid Career Academy Director Wake County Public Schools – Apex Friendship High School Wake
Shaneeka Cannon Career Counselor Pitt Community College Pitt
Nicky Charles Executive Director School Reform Commission Wake
Willa Clark Career & Technical Education Director Vance County Schools Vance
Donna Cotton Director of Secondary Education / Dean of Wilkes Early College High School Wilkes County Schools Wilkes
Debbie Cromwell Workplace Learning Coordinator Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) Buncombe
Michael Despeaux Career Planning and Placement Counselor Southwestern Community College Jackson
Larry Donley Regional Operations Director (Northeast) NCWorks Pitt
Meghan Doyle
Mark Edmonds Chief Operating Officer Department of Commerce Workforce Solutions Wake
Brian Finch Coordinator Placement Testing, Academic Advisor Alamance Community College Alamance
Adrienne Fornes Career and College Ready Coach NC New Schools / Breakthrough Learning Wake
Carmella George Community Programs Coordinator City of Jacksonville Onslow
Patricia Gould Director, Public Schools Programs Durham Technical Community College Durham
Patrick Graham President / CEO Urban League of Central Carolinas Sampson
Emily Hadley College Adviser College Advising Corps/Hobbton High School Sampson
Eric Hall President / CEO Communities in Schools of NC Wake
Nancy Harris Career Development Counselor & CTE Magnet Coordinator John F. Kennedy High School Forsythe
Cameo Hartz Associate Director, Master’s & PhD Student Services Duke University Career Center Durham
Donna Hembrick Director North Carolina Central University Durham
Deidire Hill Work First Employment Social Worker Pitt County Social Services Pitt
Patricia Hilliard Director, STEM Accelorator NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning Durham
Pamela Howze Director of Work Based Learning NC Dept. of Commerce Wake
Daysi Hurtado Juntos Program Coordinator The Juntos Program Wake
Lenora Jarvis-Mackey YouthBuild Director / President River City Community Development Corp Pasquotank
Rae Johnson Career Development Coordinator Alamance- Burlington School System Alamance
Laureen Jones Career Technical Education Director Franklin County Schools Franklin
Keisha Jones Director, Student Success Center Guilford Technical Community College Guilford
Virlyn Jones Job Counselor Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville
Darrell Kain Director, Industry Partnerships NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning Wake
Susanne Killian Assistant Director Graduate Career Counseling Duke University Durham
Elizabeth Kurzer Planning & Policy Development NC Division of Workforce Solutions Wake
Diane LeBlanc WIOA Program Coordinator/Career Advisor Jones County Schools Jones
Patrick Madsen Director of the University Career Center The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Mecklenburg
Tim Mathis Regional Operations Director, Western Prosperity Zone N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions Wake
Susan McCracken Director of Career Development and Economic Engagement Appalachian State University Watauga
Mary Elizabeth McIntosh Counselor, Career Services James Sprunt Community College Duplin
Frank McKay Director, School Services NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning Wake
Kelli McLean Case Management Placement Specialist EDSI/ Durham NCWorks Career Center Durham
Megan Moeller Career/Transition Counselor Wayne Community College Wayne
Andrea Moore Assistant Director Wake Acceleration Academy (WAA) Wake
Carol Moore K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist/STEM West Director Catawba County Schools/Western Piedmont Council of Governements Catawba
Sandra Murphy Career Development Coordinator Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Orange
Victoria Nneji Consultant Possibility Over Probability (POP) – Duke Univesity Durham
Brenda Nuncio Juntos 4H Program Coordinator The Juntos Program – NCSU Wake
Mary Parker Career Center Coordinator Central Carolina Community College Lee
Arwen Parris Career Services Coordinator Pitt Community College Pitt
Cherie Pearson Executive Director Public Allies North Carolina Durham
Natasha Pender Senior Community Service Employment Program Manager (Title V of the Older Americans Act) Centralina Area Agency on Aging Mecklenburg
Susan Perry Cole President / CEO NC Association of CDCs Nash
Teresa Pierrie Director of Program Wake Education Partnerships Wake
Crystal Pugh Counselor, Student Services Martin Community College Martin
Nathan Ramsey Business Services Manager Mountain Area Workforce Development Board Buncombe
Brigette Rasberry Vice President/COO NC Association of Community Development Corporations Nash
Nikesha Rollack Director of Experiential Learning & Career Development Shaw University Wake
Del Ruff Director and Researcher NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) Wake
Sarah Sawyer Coordinator, Career/Transfer Services, Career & College Promise Craven Community College Craven
Jessica Shimer Career Development and Special Populations Coordinator Lenoir County Public Schools Lenoir
Tara Mei Smith Executive Director Extra Terrestrial Projects Wake
Travis Starkey Director, Alumni & Community Engagement Teach For America – Eastern North Carolina Pitt
Deidra (Dede) Stone Career Development Coordinator/Marketing Teacher Wayne County Schools/Rosewood High School Wayne
Ve’ga Swepson Resource Specialist Durham Technical Community College Durham
Stephanie Swepson – Twitty President / CEO Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation Buncombe
Coolidge Taylor Program Manager Community Partnerships Inc Durham
Susan Tyson Career Development Coordinator Wake Forest HS Wake
William van der Meulen Associate Dean, Instructional Support Nash Community College Nash
Elaine Webb CDC/SPC Franklin County Schools Franklin
Barbara Wiggins Career Development Coordinator Heritage High School Wake
Angie Wills Progam Manager for YouthBuild River City Community Development Corp Pasquotank
Joanie Winterkamp District Work-based Learning Coordinator Iredell-Statesville Schools Iredell
Chris Withrow Executive Director NC Learns, Inc. “The North Carolina Virtual Academy” Orange

The Emerging Issues Forum
Each year, the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) focuses on a specific emerging issue threatening North Carolina’s future competitiveness. An emerging issue is something we haven’t thought about, but need to, or it’s something we already know, but is changing. IEI brings thousands of people together to discover the opportunities in these issues, identify innovative solutions and support leaders and communities seeking to implement those solutions.

IEI will present the 31st annual Emerging Issues Forum, FutureWork, on February 8-9, 2016 at the Raleigh Convention Center (Day 1) and the Hunt Library at NC State University’s Centennial Campus (Day 2). To learn more about FutureWork, click here.

Forum Topic: FutureWork
The topic launches an urgently needed conversation in North Carolina about future job creation.  Automation is rapidly eliminating current jobs and workforce demographics are shifting toward a younger and more racially and ethnically diverse population.  We will look at new strategies to position North Carolina as a leader in the global battle for jobs.

Throughout North Carolina, job seekers rely on career guidance and assistance navigating the world of work.  They receive this assistance from career counselors located through one of many points of entry into the labor market across the state.

For questions or media inquiries, please contact Kendall Hageman, IEI’s Education Policy Manager, at 919-515-9257 or .