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Career and College Conversations

This Spring, the Central Catholic Alumni Association and College Counseling is launching a series of live conversations between our alumni and our current student body. Career Conversations will focus on engaging our students with alumni who are making a difference in their professional fields. College Conversations will introduce our students to young alumni currently furthering their education on campuses around the country. All on-campus freshmen and sophomores will attend at least four of these amazing conversations, and they will also be available to the rest of the on-campus student body and the Central Catholic Community who are interested in joining us via Zoom.

Each conversation will have co-hosts and there will be interactive sessions where our guests will share pictures and videos, and our audience both on-campus and via Zoom will be able to ask questions. On-campus freshmen and sophomores will be assigned the meeting locations via Sign-Up Genius, and there will be additional spots for other interested students and staff to sign up as well for each session. Look for profiles of each conversation and Zoom links each week to participate in these amazing sessions. 


All conversations will begin at 9:35 a.m. via Zoom.

Tuesday, April 20 College Conversation Elijah Crawford '18 Zoom Link, Passcode: college
Friday, April 23 Career Conversation Calvin Bair '07 Zoom Link, Passcode: career
Friday, May 7 Career Conversation Madeline Martin '10 Zoom Link, Passcode: career
Friday, May 14 College Conversations Sunil Klein '19 Zoom Link, Passcode: college

Past Conversations


Career Conversations

Dani Klupenger '09
Professional Sports Broadcaster
Dani Klupenger ‘09 is a reporter for both professional and college football as well as college basketball and professional tennis. She is a studio host for Tennis Channel covering all major ATP and WTA events. She is a men’s college basketball analyst covering primarily the WCC and Mountain West Conference for Stadium Network. She was previously a host and NFL reporter for FanDuel's nationally televised "More Ways to Win" sports gambling and fantasy football show. Dani recently covered the Seattle Seahawks for NBC Sports Northwest and was previously the team reporter for the Los Angeles Rams, NFL sideline reporter for CBS-LA and co-hosted “What The Hekk” on ESPN Los Angeles radio. A former Division-1 basketball player, Klupenger also has contributed as an analyst and reporter for various other networks such as the SEC Network and ESPN3. Klupenger is also a sneakerhead and has hosted a variety of events and shoe launches for Nike and adidas. She currently resides in Newport Beach, California.

Watch Zoom Recording

Kate Mead '07
Patent Attorney

Kate Mead '07 is an attorney who helps innovative companies and individuals patent their inventions. She was an academic standout in college where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering and a Juris Doctorate at the University of Washington. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington where she can be at the epicenter for worldwide technology and science development. She will be discussing careers in the tech industry and patent law, as well as her career path at the intersection of law and engineering.

College Conversations

Gabby Horne '18,
University of Alabama

Gabby Horne '18 spent four meaningful years at Central Catholic where she was a leader in Student Council, Campus Ministry, Students4Students, Cross Country and more. After graduating, she took her talents to the University of Alabama. In Tuscaloosa, she has been a frequent member of the academic Dean's and President's lists and an officer for her Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She is currently double majoring in Advertising and Graphic Design. She currently works for the University of Alabama in their University Programs department doing graphic design and she is a member of Capstone Agency, the country’s largest student run advertising agency. She has loved her time expanding her horizons in the South with frequent trips to New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis, and Destin. Gabby will be sharing her insight on life at a large university far from home and the value of a Central Catholic education.

Watch Zoom Recording
Sarah Ferroggiaro '20
University of Oregon

Sarah Ferroggiaro ‘20 is a recent graduate from Central Catholic where she spent her years involved in student council, cross country, soccer, campus ministry, constitution team, and more. She is now at the University of Oregon, experiencing her freshman year amidst a pandemic. She is currently double majoring in Political Science and Journalism on a pre-law track. In the fall, she joined her sorority, Chi Omega, and also got involved in club soccer and volunteering for Camp Kesem. She has loved exploring Eugene and meeting new friends from all over the country. She has made the Dean’s list the past two terms and has learned so much and been challenged greatly by college academics. Sarah will be sharing the ways that Central Catholic prepared her for college academics and life and sharing her unique experience of starting college during a pandemic.