Alumni Accomplishments

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Gabrielle (Lueck) Zastrow ’98

Gabrielle Zastrow ’98, a Dodgeland School District 2nd grade teacher, was selected as one of the 2023 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellows. She was selected from a number of applicants due to her leadership skills and her ability to inspire a love of learning. Her classroom is a positive, safe and loving place to be and her students thrive with her each year. A grant will be awarded to Dodgeland Elementary in her name for this award.
-May 4, 2023

Chelsea Blackburn Cohen ’10

Dr. Chelsea Blackburn Cohen ’10 began a new role in the Office of the President at Carnegie Mellon University as Executive Fellow, Community Engagement. She received her PhD in Higher Education Leadership & Policy from UW-Madison in 2018. Prior to CMU, she worked at New York University, focusing on academic freedom and human rights. She serves on the Advisory Board of Partners for Campus-Community Engagement and is active in the Pittsburgh community, where she resides with her spouse and daughter.
-April 27, 2023

Jack Wells ’13

Jack Wells ’13 was sworn into his third term as Alderman for the City of Waukesha. His service started in 2017, when he was the youngest Alderman to hold the office. Quite the accomplishment!
-April 19, 2023

Brenda (Hughes) Flanigan ’96

"In December 2021, Green Lake resident and filmmaker Brenda (Hughes) Flanigan ’96 reached out to the South Woods Park Association (SWPA) Board with a proposal: Would they give her the go-ahead to produce a documentary film about South Woods Park?"  Read more here.
-April 17, 2023

Jenny (Fellman) Schultz ’04

Jenny (Fellman) Schultz ’04 finished her Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service at Cardinal Stritch University. Her dissertation was titled, "The State of School Principals: A Quantitative Study on Principal Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic."
-April 4, 2023

Kelly Drescher Johnson ’00

Kelly Drescher Johnson ’00 was named one of the vet med professionals "Women to Watch" by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in honor of Women's History Month. Read more here.
-March 29, 2023

Taylor Jannsen ’11

Taylor Jannsen ’11 became the 27th Head Men's Basketball Coach after a national search. Read more here.
-March 28, 2023

Kyle Bedalov ’91

Kyle Bedalov ’91 was elected as the President Elect of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). Bedalov, a highly respected and experienced high school swim coach from Waukesha, WI, will serve in this role for two years before becoming President of NISCA.
-March 28, 2023

Julie (Kottke) Stigler ’06

Julie (Kottke) Stigler ’06 was promoted to assistant vice president of eBanking for National Exchange Bank & Trust where she is based out of the office located on North Main Street in Fond du Lac.
-March 20, 2023

Melissa Pallin ’08

The Wauwatosa School District Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Demond Means’ recommendation to appoint Melissa Pallin ’08 as Principal of Wauwatosa Montessori School. “I am absolutely thrilled about becoming the Principal of Wauwatosa Montessori School and joining the Wauwatosa team,” stated Pallin. Read more here.
-March 13, 2023

Ryan (Albrechtson) Rehak ’16

Ryan (Albrechtson) Rehak ’16 is celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary Season of Outskirts Theatre Co.,  the company he founded. Additionally, he will welcome new artistic leadership. Read more here.
-March 8, 2023

Anthony Pirolo ’09, DPT ’11

Anthony Pirolo ’09, DPT ’11 is a Clinic Director at ATI Physical Therapy and recently earned the Clinical Excellence Award for leading his team to exceed patient expectations while meeting or exceeding the predicted improvement in patient outcomes over the last 12 months. “We’re proud to announce that Anthony was among the winners for outstanding performance in 2022,” said ATI CEO Sharon Vitti. “The Clinical Excellence Awards recognize the top clinic teams who consistently delivered great care in our clinics every day.” Anthony now resides in Waukesha, Wis.
-February 23, 2023

Dr. Gregory Meyer ’71

Dr. Gregory Meyer ’71 was recently named 19th President of Blackburn College. Read more here.
-February 21, 2023

Philip Smith ’85

Philip Smith ’85 will be inducted into the Menomonee Falls Half Fame For The Fine Arts on May 23, 2023.
-February 20, 2023

Daniel Heyen ’11

Daniel Heyen ’11 was promoted to Manager – Field Claims. Daniel started his Acuity career in 2013 as a Claims Representative and was promoted to Field Claims Representative in 2015 and Senior Field Claims Representative in 2018. Daniel holds the Certified Leadership Professional (CLP) and Certified Claims Professional (CCP) designations.
-February 19, 2023

Daniel Schwerin ’03

Daniel Schwerin ’03 has been elected as Bishop of the United Methodist Church. Northern Illinois Conference.Bishop Dan Schwerin, Bishop of The United Methodist Church, is serving as the resident Bishop in the Northern Illinois Conference for 2023. Bishop Schwerin was elected to the episcopacy at the North Central Jurisdiction gathering in November 2022. Read more here.
-February 1, 2023

Joe Splinter ’04

Joe Splinter ’04 will serve as Senator Agard’s District Director. A Carroll University graduate and Stevens Point native, Joe previously worked for Sen. Janet Bewley starting in May 2021. Splinter holds a degree in Psychology and is a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
-January 24, 2023

Kate Peterson ’12

Kate Peterson ’12 was featured on Fox6's Real Milwaukee to teach about simple semi-homemade meals. Watch the feature here
-January 19, 2023

Diego L. Pedroza ’20

Diego L. Pedroza ’20 wrote, produced, and directed the short film The Fools Who Dream. It has played in theaters in Los Angeles, Little Rock, Arkansas, and will premiere in Green Bay in August 2023. A few scenes were filmed on Carroll campus and had collaborations with cinematographer Eddie Curran ’18, still photographers Allison Calteux ’20 and Kelly Curran ’18; and has cameos by Jack Sherman ’18 and Matt Sherman (current student). You can view the trailer here and the film will be released publicly after its festival run around June 2023.
-January 18, 2023

Aubrey Headon ’22

Aubrey Headon ’22 will be recognized through a framed poster installation that recognizes Aubrey’s athletic accomplishments at Flagg Township Historical Society and Museum. Read more here
-January 15, 2023

Lindsay Fuss ’19

Lindsay Fuss ’19, a public health specialist with the Greenfield City Health Department, is involved in a Narcan Vending Machine initiative in Greenfield. This information was highlighted on TMJ4 News.
-January 3, 2023

Dominic Costa ’13

Dominic Costa ’13 recently published two books Through the Light and Darkness and Ancient Memories.
-January 1, 2023

Karin (Nordling) Boylan ’63

Karin (Nordling) Boylan ’63 is completing her second 2-yr term as President of Independent Living Residents at Brookdale/Chambrel Williamsburg. She will also serve a second year on the seven member National Advisory Council for Brookdale Senior Living.
-December 30, 2022

Dr. Howard L. Fuller ’62

Dr. Howard L. Fuller ’62 was recognized as one of BizTimes Media’s Wisconsin 275 Most Influential Business Leaders. Read more here.
-December 21, 2022

Shari Black ’01

Shari Black ’01 was recognized as one of BizTimes Media’s Wisconsin 275 Most Influential Business Leaders. Read more here.
-December 21, 2022

Tim Sullivan ’75

Tim Sullivan ’75, Catholic Memorial High School alumnus, donated $1 million after the school announced the purchase of Infinity Fields Baseball Park in Waukesha.
-November 15, 2022

Kent Gramm ’71

Kent Gramm ’71 has published a new book titled Bitterroot: An American Epic, a fictionalized narrative of the Nez Perce War, a conflict of races, religions, and cultures, ending with Chief Joseph's famous words, "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." Gramm teaches part time at Gettysburg College.

-November 14, 2022

Elliot Ryser ’79

Dr. Elliot Ryser ’79 retired as Professor Emeritus from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University after 24 years as a faculty member. He was recently awarded lifetime member in the International Association for Food Protection after 42 years of service which included 16 years as a Scientific Editor for the Journal of Food Protection. His retirement plans include the completion of three books currently in progress, including the 4th edition of his now seminal book Listeria, Listeriosis and Food Safety, along with continued consulting in microbial food safety.

-November 8, 2022

Lindsey Kreske MBA ’17

Lindsey Kreske MBA ’17 was selected as a 2022 Women of Distinction for Milwaukee Magazine. Read more here.
-November 7, 2022

Alison Rohrbach ’02

Alison Rohrbach ’02 was elected to the Illinois Education Association Executive Committee for the 22-23 Board Year. She is in her first term on the the IEA Board of Directors. She teaches Elementary General Music and Choir in Barrington, IL.
-November 1, 2022

Debi (Grace) Young ’84

Debi (Grace) Young ’84 has been named statewide education editor for the USATODAY NETWORK - Wisconsin. She is based out of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
-November 1, 2022

Angie Campbell ’11

Angie Campbell ’11 recently had a supporting role in the film "Raymond and Ray" featuring Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor. She played the role of "Rose" which included scenes opposite Hawke and McGregor. It was filmed in October 2021 in Richmond, VA and can bee seen in theaters and on Apple Plus.
-November 1, 2022

Derrick Nillissen, DPT ’16

Derrick Nillissen DPT ’16 is now a performance physical therapist for the Phoenix Suns.
-October 31, 2022

Yvonne Ochilo ’05

Yvonne Ochilo ’05 was featured in The Waukesha Freeman, which highlights her book of poetry called “Red Letters: An Anthology.” You can read more here.
-October 26, 2022

Brian Wesselhoff ’98

Waterstone Mortgage Corporation (WMC) announced the promotion of Brian Wesselhoff to CIO. Learn more about Brian and his promotion here.
-October 26, 2022

Tracie Parent ’03

Tracie Parent ’03, COO/CFO for Kahler Slater, was named a 2022 CFO of the Year by the Milwaukee Business Journal. The award recognizes Tracie's leadership and contributions to Kahler Slater and our community.
-October 21, 2022

Charles Barland ’90

Charles Barland, guest organist, performs on Olivet's Ruffatti pipe organ as part of the Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series. Learn more about Charles and this honor here.
-October 17, 2022

Jim Ullrich ’63

Jim (Thumper) Ullrich '63 and his wife, Joy, are missionaries with Missionary Gospel Fellowship in Turlock, CA, whose mission is to send photography with Bible scriptures into prisons. They have sent over 37,000 scripture photographs and are featured in 10 prisons in California, one prison in Mexico, and a church in Illinois is using their photography in their prison ministry.
-October 15, 2022

Darrell Hagman ’72

Darrell was recently Inducted into the Rufus King High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in Basketball and Cross-Country. A banquet and Ceremony will be held on Nov. 6th in Milwaukee.
-October 14, 2022

Chase (Charles) Kostichka ’18

First Business Bank announced that Chase Kostichka '18was promoted to senior vice president-commercial real estate banking. Read more about Chase's promotion here.
-October 12, 2022

Andrea Janey ’05

Andrea Janey ’05 recently completed her Master of Insurance Business Analysis from the CIOP Institute and is an Associate Underwriter with Encova Insurance.
-October 11, 2022

Paul Boening ’00

Paul Boening ’00 was hired by McMahon, a full-service, professional engineering and architectural firm, as public management specialist. Learn more about Paul and McMahon here.
-October 6, 2022

Jeimi Jaramillo ’18 and Liliana Farias Jurado ’18

Jeimi Jaramillo ’18 and Liliana Farias Jurado ’18, owners of Catrina Cafe in Waukesha, WI, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month and nearly one year of business. Learn more about the alumnae and their business here.
-October 5, 2022

Reid Spiering ’09

CORE 4 Engineering, Inc. recently announced the promotion of Reid Spiering, P.E., to the position of Principal. According to CORE 4's website, Reid truly embodies CORE's values with his client-focused approach to engineering, collaborative mindset, creative problem-solving, and exemplary communication skills. Congratulations Reid!
-September 28, 2022

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

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

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

Kyle Sykes ’15

Kyle Sykes ’15 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.
-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

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Alumni Accomplishments from 2021
Alumni Accomplishments from 2020
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