2023 Forum Speakers

Chancellor’s Roundtable Discussion Panelists

About Our Speakers


Dr. Sheronda Witter serves as the Senior Advisor of Out-of-School Time Partnerships at STEM Next Opportunity Fund. In this capacity she advises and supports STEM Next on how to advance high-quality out-of-school time for every child. She previously served as the Out-of-School Time Partnerships Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education. In that role, Dr. Witter helped to drive and coordinate the Department’s Engage Every Student Initiative, which is a bold call to action to provide high-quality out-of-school time learning opportunities for every child who wants to participate.

Prior to that role, Dr. Witter served as the Director of the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs. In that capacity, she provided visionary and strategic leadership of North Carolina’s State Afterschool Network to make North Carolina a place where all youth have access to high-quality learning opportunities beyond the school day that prepare them for success in education, career and life.

As a college student, Dr. Witter founded the Ladies of Distinction mentoring program for middle school girls, which ignited a passion within her for positive youth development and the necessity for access to out-of-school time learning opportunities for all youth. Following that trajectory, she dedicated the last 15 years of her career to serving youth in South and North Carolina through an array of roles in out-of-school time programs and youth serving organizations.

Dr. Witter has vast experience in program advocacy, evaluation and management, policy analysis, community and partner engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion and youth development. Furthermore, she brings a wealth of practical experience and education around afterschool and out-of-school time learning opportunities that can be used to advance and support the work of programs across the nation to ensure access for all the nation’s children.

Dr. Witter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Youth Development from Furman University, a Master of Science degree in Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Research and Policy Analysis for K-12 Education at North Carolina State University.


A Triangle native, Kristine Sloan brings a deep commitment to justice, interdependence, and authenticity into all of her work. She’s an entrepreneur, organizational leader, facilitator and strategist.

As the Executive Director of Leadership Triangle, Kristine works to connect local leaders to their values, purpose and vision, in service of greater regional collaboration and impact. Prior to joining Leadership Triangle, Kristine was the CEO of StartingBloc, where she supported 3200+ entrepreneurs, activists, and organizational leaders as they made significant social change.

Earlier in her career, Kristine led a multimillion dollar grant project in Burundi for All Across Africa, designed cross-cultural programming for NC State University, worked on water advocacy rights with indigenous populations in South India and co-founded a social enterprise in West Africa.

She holds three degrees from NC State, including a Masters of International Studies with a specialization in Rural Development. 


A SUNY Cobleskill and NC State CHASS alum, former U.S. Marine, and accomplished C-suite professional, Patrick Imbasciani has been a champion for emerging technologies at public, private, government, and non-governmental organizations for over 20 years.

An inherently resilient and entrepreneurial leader, Patrick presently finds fulfillment helping organizations turn around, grow, and/or scale by improvising, adapting, and overcoming the post-pandemic operational and external market challenges they face.

Among his professional accomplishments, Patrick has fostered academic, enterprise, and government partnerships across five continents, successfully orchestrated hundreds of millions of dollars in business development, and served as COO of an international drone company that held a successful U.S. IPO.

Despite these achievements, he’s most proud of the off-grid tiny house he established on a North Carolina mountaintop, his loyalty to family and enduring friends, and his ever-evolving, profoundly rewarding role as a present and loving dad.

With a passion for innovation, a lighthearted sense of humor, and a “this too shall pass” mentality to life’s obstacles, Patrick strives to inspire others and leave a lasting impact on the organizations and individuals he serves.

Candice Webb

Candice Webb works as a Senior Learning & Development Specialist at SAS in Cary, NC. In her role, she provides professional skills training and coaching to SAS employees and supports SAS’ efforts to put employees at the heart of all it does. Before joining SAS, Candice spent more than 18 years as a higher education professional and has worked in career planning, academic advising, new student programming, and most recently in the development, implementation and assessment of a campus wide strengths-based student success initiative at Meredith College. Over her career, Candice has served and coached hundreds of students, professionals, leaders, and teams in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, including coaching for ministry leaders and people of faith. Candice is a proud Carolina alumna, having
earned a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill. She also has a Master of Education from NC State and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Of all her experiences, her most exciting journey is the one she walks alongside her husband and two sons, with whom she lives in Durham, NC.