Alumni Accomplishments

Our alumni are doing amazing things—living the Pioneer spirit and making news. Read more about their accomplishments. Have a highlight to share? Send it to alumni@carrollu.edu.

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Frank Juárez '97

Carroll alumnus, Frank Juárez (class of 1997) was selected to to be part of a virtual, nationwide Professional Learning Community (PLC) focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Social Emotional Learning, and Teacher leadership in standards-based arts instruction through the National Art Education Association newest program, Connected Arts Network (CAN).
-September 15, 2022

Lindsey (Moore) Whyte M.Ed. '14

Lindsey (Moore) Whyte M.Ed. '14 was appointed as Director of Data Quality + Analytics for the Wauwatosa School District at the recommendation of Dr. Demond Means and approval by the Wauwatosa School District Board of Education. Read more here.
-September 13, 2022

Dennis DeLoye '86

Dennis DeLoye '86, Northeast Wisconsin regional president for Associated Bank, has joined the board of directors of New North Inc., the regional economic development corporation for the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin
-September 8, 2022

Jenn Youngblood '03

Jenn Youngblood '03 was recently named the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service, according to an Aug. 17, 2022 announcement from USDA Forest Service Eastern Regional Forester Gina Owens. Read more here.
-September 7, 2022

Kyle Sykes '15

Kyle Sykes was featured in the Waukesha Freeman for making a name for himself as the Creative Director for Trackhouse Racing, a professional NASCAR team. Sykes graduated from Carroll University in 2015 with a degree in graphic communications and a minor in marketing. Read more here.
-August 24, 2022

Max Schommer '22

North Shore Bank recently named Max Schommer '22 as business relationship specialist. Read more.
-August 19, 2022

Charles Johnson '83

Charles Johnson '83 retired from a 38-year career with the State of Minnesota in July. He spent 33 years at the Department of Human Services (DHS), 17 in senior leadership including a decade as deputy commissioner. Read more here.
-July 2022

Stacey Starke ’04

Oregon Middle School in Oregon, Wisc., has hired Stacey Starke ’04 as an Administrative Intern. Read more.
-July 11, 2022

Ariannah Ritter ’19

Missouri Western hired Ariannah Ritter ’19 as assistant coach for lacrosse program. Read more.
-July 6, 2022

Rex McKanry ’03

Rex McKanry ’03 was named as the Dean for Technical Sciences at St. Charles Community College after nine years as a faculty and department chair in Computer Science.
-July 1, 2022

Melissa Gehring ’08

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) named Melissa Gehring '08 as an assistant director. She will begin her new role on August 1, 2022. Read more.
-June 29, 2022

Sarah Dianich ’05

Wauwatosa School District recently named Sarah Dianich ’05 principal of Whitman Middle School. Read more.
-June 27, 2022

Dyan Yoder ’98

Dyan Yoder ’98, partner and show director at Captus Creative, LLC of Grand Rapids, MI, along with MI Entertainment, received an Emmy Award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at the Sound Board Theater in Detroit, MI. Dyan and her team, who are live event producers, are very proud of winning this TV award that was produced during the pandemic.
-June 18, 2022

Jaelynn Hoehnen '21

Jaelynn Hoehnen '21 will be taking over Sunset Bowl from current owner and her father, Mike Hoehnen. Read more.
-June 15, 2022

Lora Haines '08

Lora Haines '08, Director of Learning and Development for JB Training Solutions, recently presented a mega session at the SHRM Conference - the largest HR conference in the world. Mega sessions are similar to concurrent sessions running throughout the conference but are open to a larger group of people. Lora's presentation was titled "Put Your Oxygen Mask on First: Banishing Burnout in Human Resources."
-June 14, 2022

Kaitlin S. '20

Kaitlin S. '20 is continuing to embody the Carroll University ethos as she provides care to her patients at Advocate Aurora. Congratulations on your recent nomination as the 2021 Advocate Aurora Health Nurse of the Year Award. Read more about her work at Aurora Health Care.
-June 7, 2022

Dr. Michelle M. Braun '95

Dr. Michelle M. Braun '95, one of our 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement recipients, was named Woman of Influence by Success Magazine. This honor recognizes 50 female leaders whose contributions consistently transform lives and transcend boundaries impacting industries, communities and lives across the country. Read more about the award winners here.
-June 7, 2022

Mary Beth (Burns) Brever '81

Mary Beth (Burns) Brever '81 retired from the School District of South Milwaukee in June of 2022 after teaching elementary school for 38 years. In May of 2022, she was recognized at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators (MMABSE) Teacher of the Year Gala and received The Dr. Rogers E. Onick Teacher of Excellence Award.  
-May 2022

Duane Dietze '76

Duane Dietze '76 will be completing 35 years of ministry in Japan with EFCA ReachGlobal in July, returning to Milwaukee, and retiring at the end of 2022.
-May 25, 2022

Erik Gehrke ’00

Erik Gehrke ’00, a Criminal Justice and Politics major while at Carroll, was promoted from Sergeant to Deputy Chief of Police for the Lake Bluff Police Department in Lake Bluff, Ill. Throughout his 21 years of service, Gehrke has worked as a hostage negotiator for northern Illinois; a homicide investigator for Lake County, Ill.; a crash investigator; use of force instructor; and has helped put on bike safety events in the community.
-May 23, 2022

Dr. Adam Dachman ’84

Dr. Adam Dachman ’84 received extensive training in DaVinci Robotic Surgery and has been performing robotic techniques at Watertown Regional Medical Center since the fall of 2021. A 30-year veteran surgeon, Adam continues to innovate procedures designed to return patients back to their lives as soon as possible.  Dr. Dachman has helped to train many Carroll Physician Assistant students and continues to maintain close ties with Carroll University.
-May 22, 2022

Declan Boran-Ragotzy ‘14

Through the efforts of Life Dance Academy, Declan Boran-Ragotzy ‘14 was given a citation of commendation from State Representatives Don Vruwink and State Senator Janis Ringhand for his work in enriching the lives of students, dancers, their families, and the community.
-May 21, 2022

Kale Maupin ’20

Kale Maupin ’20 was named the new girls basketball head coach for Zeeland East in Zeeland, Mich. Read more in the Holland Sentinel.
-May 19, 2022

Barry Sang ’74

Barry Sang ’74 has been given the Trustee Award for Outstanding Contributions to the College, at Catawba College, Salisbury, NC, where he chairs the Religion & Philosophy Department. He also received the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award for excellence of character and service to humanity. 
-May 11, 2022

Christine Steeno '86

World Insurance Associates LLC (World) announced today that human resources and employee benefits leader Christine Steeno '86 has joined the firm as the national operations and client service leader for its employee benefits practice. Learn more at WDRB Media​ website.
-May 6, 2022

Gregory "Greg" Goral ’96

In November, Greg led the NCAA DI Campbell Women's Volleyball team to the first ever conference championship in school history along with Campbell's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament
-November 21, 2021 (Submitted May 9, 2022)

Joshua Dakins ’98

Joshua Dakins ’98 was named the new middle school principal for George Washington Middle School in Lyons, Ill. Read more here.
-May 3, 2022

Jacob Stensberg ’12

Jacob Stensberg ’12 was named the new Artistic Director of San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, following an extensive nationwide search. Read more here.
-April 19, 2022

Francisco "Frank" Juarez '97

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) announced Francisco "Frank" Juarez '97 as one of the recipients of the 2022 Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award (WVAAA). The Achievement Awards are awarded biennially to honor individuals and organizations that are significantly enriching the visual arts of the state. Learn more on the MOWA website or the article featuring Juarez on Sheboygan Press website.
-April 18, 2022

Nolan Heck ’20

Nolan Heck ’20 is a 2L at Marquette University Law School and accepted a Summer Associate position with Godfrey & Kahn, where he plans to explore Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax, and Real Estate.
-April 18, 2022

Tim Hando ’86

Former Trustee Tim Hando ’86 was selected by Forbes/Shook as one of the Best-In-State Wealth Advisors for 2021 and 2022. These advisors have a proven record of guiding their clients through volatile markets.The full list, featuring more than 6,500 advisors managing a collective $10 trillion, is available on the Forbes website and Hando is listed #92 out of the advisors on his profile page.
-April 7, 2022

Ambrosia Wright '06

Ambrosia Wright '06 was recently promoted to the role of Area Manager at Elite Dental Partners.
-April 6, 2022

Ciara Neeb ‘21

Ciara Neeb ‘21 joined Aspirus Riverview Behavioral Health’s other behavioral health professionals to help meet the area’s growing need for mental health and substance abuse services. She takes a special interest in caring for rural populations and in treating depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as mood disorders. Read more on Aspirus's website.
-April 11, 2022

Whitney Updike '11, '18

Whitney Updike '11, '18, a teacher at Washington Elementary in Whitewater, is among 100 statewide winners of the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2022 Teacher Fellowship Award. The Kohl Teacher Fellowship program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in the state of Wisconsin. The 100 Herb Kohl Fellowship recipients and the 100 schools of those teachers will each receive a $6,000 grant. Learn more from the foundation's press release.
-March 30, 2022

Sarah Grooms '01

Sarah Grooms '01 was featured in a MarketScreener and Wintrust article about Women in Innovation. Read more "Inside the curious mind of Sarah Grooms, CTP."

-March 30, 2022

Hannah Lampinen '19

Hannah Lampinen '19 was the top fundraiser for Rock the Bald with Hawthorn Mall, a St. Baldrick’s event, in Vernon Hills. Read more about Lampien's involvement with St. Baldrick's.

-March 26, 2022

Brian Gajeski '10

Brian Gajeski '10 is a Season 4 participant of Temptation Island. Learn more about Brian as a contestant.

-March 14, 2022

George C. Leef '73

Congratulations to alumnus George C. Leef '73 on the publication of his first book, The Awakening of Jennifer Van Arsdale: A Political Fable For Our Time. In this suspenseful narrative, a journalist discovers that her passionately held beliefs are at odds with reality and decides to use her influence for change.

-March 4, 2022

Gabriel Mundo '20

Carroll alumnus Gabriel Mundo '20 has been named a 2022 recipient of the Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Awards. The awards recognize emerging writers who "possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers." He was specifically recognized with the Scotti Merrill Award for poetry. Gabriel received his bachelor of arts degree from Carroll in 2020 in English. Read more about the award and Gabriel's recognition. 

-February 7, 2022

Adam Jacobi '99

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) named Carroll alumnus Adam Jacobi '99 as its 2021 Citation honoree for Outstanding Speech, Debate and Theatre Educator. Adam is executive director of the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA). Out of hundreds of thousands of coach-educator-administrators in speech, debate, and/or theatre, the NFHS honors one each year. Jacobi is the first-ever honoree for this citation from Wisconsin.

-February 7, 2022

Esther Den Herder, PA-C '21

St. Luke’s in Duluth, Mn. welcomed Carroll alumna Esther Den Herder, PA-C, to its obstetrics and gynecology team, announcing her new role in January. Esther earned her master of science degree in physician assistant studies from Carroll University in 2021. She is board certified as a physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

-February 7, 2022

Jim Schneider '74

1847 Goedeker Inc., one of the largest specialty ecommerce players in the U.S. household appliances market, announced in January that it has appointed Carroll alumnus Jim Schneider '74 to its Board of Directors. Company executives noted in the announcement that Jim possesses a vast background in capital allocation, corporate finance and strategic planning. He graduated from Carroll with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Read more about his appointment as well as career background. Jim also serves as a member of Carroll's Board of Trustees.

-February 7, 2022

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