WHM Program to Feature Panelists Sharing Personal Success Stories

PCC's 2024 Women's History Month celebration panelists (from left to right): Kris Carroll, Janeé R. Avent Harris, Shannon Jarvis and Kate Kosolapova.

WINTERVILLE—Four trailblazing women with remarkable stories of success will share them this month, when Pitt Community College holds its annual Women’s History Month celebration.

The program, titled “Courageous Conversations – Sharing the Woman’s Walk,” will take place March 20 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is free and open to the community.

“Throughout March, we’re intentionally celebrating the wonderful women on our campus and around the world for their valuable contributions, sacrifices, wisdom, inspiration and achievements,” said Pitt English Instructor Regina Garcia, who chairs the PCC Multicultural Activities Committee that organizes the women’s history celebration.

Garcia says “Courageous Conversations” will feature a panel comprised of Kris Carroll, Janeé R. Avent Harris, Shannon Jarvis and Kate Kosolapova. Dr. Katrina Arnold, PCC Director of Developmental Education and Academic Support, will serve as the program’s moderator.

“Ultimately, we desire to highlight the importance of knowing the journey of women as they pursue their goals in their chosen professions,” Garcia says. “It’s a ‘tell and inspire event’ that will touch upon not only the challenges, but also the steps made toward the overcoming and success.

Carroll has been president of Greenville’s Grady-White Boats, Inc., since 1993, after starting out as a production control clerk with the company in 1975. After 45 years with the award-winning boat manufacturer, she became the first woman inducted into the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association Hall of Fame in recognition of the substantial contributions she’s made toward the marine industry’s advancement.

Harris is assistant dean for community engagement and wellness with East Carolina University’s College of Education. She is also an associate professor in Counselor Education whose research explores the intersection of faith and mental health, with a special focus on the impact religion and spirituality have on mental health attitudes and help-seeking behaviors in black communities.

A 2004 graduate of PCC’s Paralegal Technology program, Jarvis is an assistant district attorney with North Carolina’s Judicial District 2 District Attorneys’ Office. The Beaufort County native has been practicing law in North Carolina since 2009 and prosecuting criminal cases in district and superior court in her current position since 2018. She received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the PCC Alumni Association in 2023, the same year she became a Board-Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law.

Kosolapova, a Ukraine native who immigrated to America more than a dozen years ago and has since earned U.S. citizenship, is a 2018 PCC graduate. In addition to her work as communications/marketing specialist with Pitt County Schools, she teaches a digital storytelling course through Pitt’s Continuing Education Department and produces videos highlighting members of the community on the “People of Greenville” Facebook page she created.

As part of this month’s women’s history program, PCC will announce the recipient of its 2024 Woman of Substance Award. The honor was established in 2001 to recognize and encourage outstanding women role models on Pitt’s campus.