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Passing the Torch Speaker Series

We are looking for Carroll alumni volunteers to speak 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 the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, beginning in October, during 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 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.    

October 13, 2020

Tuesday, October 13

Dr. Mark A. Stibich, PhD
CHS Class of 1991

Chief Scientific Officer/Epidemiologist (Xenex Disinfection Services LLC)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume


Tuesday, October 13

Dr. Sunny Vu, DMPNA, CRNA
CHS Class of 2012

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (Midwest Anesthesia Associates)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313
Speaker Bio InformationCurriculum Vitae/Resume

October 27, 2020


Tuesday, October 27

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

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

November 10, 2020

Tuesday, November 10

11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Engineering Field


Tuesday, November 10

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

November 24, 2020


Tuesday, November 24

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

Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineer: Director, Research & Development (General Motors)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 300
Speaker Bio InformatioN
Curriculum Vitae/Resume


Tuesday, November 24

Kyle M. Gooding
CHS Class of 2010

Air Force Civilian Engineer (Wright Patterson Air Force Base)
11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Virtual/Classroom 313

Speaker Bio Information

January 2021

Tuesday, January 12

11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Veterinary Medicine

Tuesday, January 26

11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Business or Computer Science

February 2021

Tuesday, February 9

11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine

Tuesday, February 23

11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine

March 2021

Tuesday, March 9

11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Graphic Design or Media/Communications

Tuesday, March 23

11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Arts, Music or Theater

April 2021

Tuesday, April 13

11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Military or Public Service

Tuesday, April 27

11:30 am until 12:00 pm
Lawyers or Judges

May 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