NC Institute of Political Leadership Graduates 60th Class of Fellows

Pictured: L-R: Patricia Sykes, Emily Antoszyk, Tiffani Teachey, Kyshia Lineberger, and Brittany Carroll.

Missing: Afrique Kilimanjaro

Greensboro, NC – The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership graduated its 60th class of Fellows on Friday, May 3, 2019 in the Old Senate Chambers of the NC Capitol in Raleigh.


The Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit leadership organization founded in 1987 to improve the practice of democracy in North Carolina. Its mission is to educate future political and community leaders in modern campaign strategy, ethical decision making, and governance, such that its participants will have a sound grounding in ethical behavior, consensus building, and cooperative and collaborative leadership. No other program in North Carolina offers such a comprehensive curriculum in strategic non-partisan political leadership development.


Fellow Patricia Sykes delivered the invocation, followed by Fellow Tiffani Teachey who delivered remarks on behalf of the class. The Honorable Erica Smith, current NC Senator representing Senate District 3, gave the commencement speech.


NC IOPL offers two annual Fellows classes in spring and fall. Graduates of the sixtieth class will join an alumni network of more than 1,000 graduates of the NC IOPL Fellows Program, individuals who have served and continue to serve the citizens of North Carolina.

The graduates of the 60th class of Fellows are as follows:


Emily Antoszyk Raleigh

Brittany Carroll Greensboro

Afrique Kilimanjaro Greensboro

Kyshia Lineberger Charlotte

Patricia Sykes Southport

Tiffani Teachey Charlotte