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Passing the Torch Speaker Series

For the 2020-2021 school year, Carroll alumni volunteers are speaking to students about their career in a classroom or virtual setting.  The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to begin looking at life after Carroll High School and learn from those who came before them, giving alumni the ability to pass the torch and share their knowledge on careers and/or educational paths. 

The speaker series will be held on two Tuesdays of each month, beginning in October, during the student's family room lunchtime. 

If a Carroll graduate is interested in participating, please fill out the online form on this page.  The Google Meet platform can be used for any speaker session in which the Carroll graduate lives out of the area, or if a virtual session is mandated for health reasons. 

Details about the speaker series will be distributed to Carroll juniors and seniors on a quarterly basis.  These students are welcome to sign up here for a maximum of three sessions per year.  All sessions will also be recorded and will be available for later playback.

The structure of the speaker sessions will be as follows:

  1. CHS staff member introduces speaker
  2. Speaker explains profession/career type (speaker may incorporate PowerPoint slides or just simply use TED-talk conversational style): 3-5 minutes
  3. Speaker gives overview on history from when he/she graduated from Carroll to present day (career path): 3-5 minutes
  4. Open Forum/questions from students & answers from speaker: Final 20 minutes

The specific career topics and dates are listed below.  We hope to add more career options next school year.    

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tuesday, October 13 Recording

Dr. Mark A. Stibich, PhD

CHS Class of 1991

Chief Scientific Officer/Epidemiologist (Xenex Disinfection Services LLC)
11:55 am until 12:25 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume


Tuesday, October 13 Recording

Dr. Sunny Vu, DMPNA, CRNA

CHS Class of 2012

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (Midwest Anesthesia Associates)
11:55 am until 12:25 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tuesday, October 27 Recording

Dr. Greg Notestine, DDS
CHS Class of 1971

Dentist (Midwest Tongue Tie Care)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300
Speaker Bio Information


Tuesday, October 27 Presentation

Dr. John Slightam, MD
CHS Class of 1973

Private Practice/Psychiatry (Highline Counseling Center)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume

Tuesday, November 17, 2020


Tuesday, November 17 Recording

Juliann (Leny) Raikes
CHS Class of 2011

Chemical Engineer: Improvement Engineer/Process Safety First Focal Point (The Dow Chemical Company)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume


Tuesday, November 17 Recording

Matthew Lehmenkuler, PE
CHS Class of 2010

Civil & Materials Engineer: Project Manager (Terracon Consultants)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


Tuesday, November 24 Recording

Dr. Jeffrey Abell, PhD, FSME, PE
CHS Class of 1980

Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineer: Director, Research & Development (General Motors)
11:55 am until 12:25 pm
Virtual on Zoom
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume


Tuesday, November 24 Presentation

Kyle M. Gooding
CHS Class of 2010

Air Force Civilian Engineer (Wright Patterson Air Force Base)
11:55 am until 12:25 pm
Virtual on Zoom
Speaker Bio Information

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Tuesday, January 12

Adam Fearing
CHS Class of 2008

Director of Development for Athletics/Exec Dir of Seahawk Club (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300Speaker Bio Information


Tuesday, January 12

Dan Willen
CHS Class of 1994

Assistant Head Athletic Trainer (Cincinnati Bengals: National Football League)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313

Speaker Bio Information

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Tuesday, January 26

Dr. Nick Herrin, PT, DPT
CHS Class of 2008

Physical Therapist/Rehab Team Lead for Oncology & Cardiology Teams (Kettering Medical Center)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume


Tuesday, January 26

Dr. Kristi Delaski, DVM, DACZM
CHS Class of 1999

Associate Veterinarian, Department of Conservation Medicine (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Tuesday, February 2

David Gasper
CHS Class of 1974

Former President/Entrepreneur/Developer of ATM Management Software (Gasper Corporation)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300Speaker Bio Information


Tuesday, February 2

Mark DeMeo
CHS Class of 1979

Executive Senior VP/Information Technology Consultant (Svitla Systems: Software Development Company)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume

Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Tuesday, February 23

Ashley (Ruef) Graham
CHS Class of 2001

Division Client Relationship Manager (Midwest Division, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300Speaker Bio Information


Tuesday, February 23

Nicholas Begley
CHS Class of 2004

District Sales Manager (ArcBest)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume

March 9, 2021


Tuesday, March 9

Marilyn (Rupp) Cox
CHS Class of 1998

Vice President of Marketing (Clubessential Holdings)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume


Tuesday, March 9

Jennifer L. Shoup
CHS Class of 1995

Musician Soloist/Owner (The Piano Preparatory School)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313Speaker Bio Information

March 23, 2021


Tuesday, March 23

Kevin Kramer
CHS Class of 1995

Television Writer/Producer; Emmy Nominations for several Animated Series (Los Angeles)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300
Speaker Bio Information


Tuesday, March 23

Steven Bognar
CHS Class of 1981

Academy Award & Primetime Emmy Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker (Southwest Ohio)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313Speaker Bio Information

Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Tuesday, April 13

Bridget (Hinegardner) Cull, JD
CHS Class of 2004

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Special Victims Unit (Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300
Speaker Bio Information


Tuesday, April 13

Erin N. Baldwin, JD
CHS Class of 2010

Associate Attorney (Winston & Strawn LLP)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313Speaker Bio Information

Tuesday, April 27, 2021


Tuesday, April 27

Nicholas J. Derksen
CHS Class of 2006

Director of Legislative Affairs (Ohio Department of Higher Education)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300Speaker Bio Information


Tuesday, April 27

United States Armed Forces
Military Panel of Speakers

Still looking for Carroll Alumni from Various Military Branches of Service (TBD)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Saturday, May 1

10:00 am until 12:00 pm
First Responders Day: Police, Firefighters, Paramedics

Alumni Speakers Sign Up Here

Passing the Torch Speaker Registration