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Local professor receives nonprofit certification

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Katrina Sweet

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From Contributed Reports

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Katrina Sweet, an assistant professor of business administration at N.C. Wesleyan College, just completed nonprofit certification at Duke University.

Sweet also serves as the program coordinator of organizational leadership. In addition, she is also the founder and executive director of PATCH Inc. (Parents and Their Children), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and empower parents and their children who are under-represented and forced to suffer in silence. PATCH on social issues such as human trafficking, sexual abuse, incest, and teen pregnancies. PATCH also focuses on educational disparities and health disparities.

In addition, through PATCH, Sweet will train and supervise the next generation of leaders for social impact. She plans to partner with the Eastern North Carolina Center for Business & Entrepreneurship and Gena Messer-Knode in designing and developing a nonprofit curriculum for others who are interested in working in the nonprofit sector.

“We are excited about the future,” she said.

Although teaching is Sweet’s first love, she spends the majority of her time sharing the Good News of the Gospel with her students and advocating for women and youth.

Katrina is a native of North Carolina and a product of the Edgecombe County Public Schools system. She received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at her beloved alma mater, N.C. Wesleyan College. Understanding her call to youth, public service and the community, she pursued a master’s degree in public administration from Keller Graduate School of Management and obtained a doctorate in organizational management from Capella University.

She is also the author of two books, “Silent Screams from Within” and “Culture Shock.” She is currently working on her third book entitled, “In the Secret Place.”

Sweet lives in Rocky Mount and is the proud mother of one daughter and one son. When she is not serving, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her children, reading and writing.