Careers in STEM Night


Area students and parents are invited to Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School’s 6th Annual Careers in STEM Night, where guests can find out from current professionals what it takes to launch a successful career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

The event — presented by the school’s Gifted Committee — will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6:30-9 p.m. The evening’s keynote speaker at 6:40 p.m. in South Building Room E1 will be Scot Greenlee, senior vice president of Engineering & Technical Support at Exelon. From 7:05-8:45 p.m., there will be three breakout sessions in classrooms, featuring speakers from other STEM careers. Scheduled speakers currently are:

  • Meena Banasiak — Senior Quality Engineer at General Mills

  • Dr. Ryan Phillips — Associate Professor of Aviation & Transportation at Lewis University

  • Dr. Roberta Portela — Medical Oncologist at Premier Veterinary Group

  • Karen Sebek — Organ Recovery Coordinator for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

  • Dr. Benjamin Van Voorhees — Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine

  • John Voyles — Material Science Engineer at Rubican Technologies

  • Keri Voyles — Veterinary Technician at Premier Veterinary Group

According to Roberto Suarez, H-F school counselor and event organizer, at this year’s event students will learn first-hand about the exciting fields of engineering, aviation, drone technology, and pediatric and veterinary medicine. Attending families will also receive a listing of courses and extracurricular activities to begin exploring STEM interests while at H-F.

“It’s an electrifying evening not to miss,” says Suarez. “Students will leave knowing more about careers in STEM and how to think like a proton and stay positive about their futures.”