When I Grow Up...Career Day at Holmdel's Indian Hill School Brings Professionals and Students Together

Career Day Committee: Vanessa Merhi, Tammy Stanziale, Anissa Quirk, Lauren Teevan Credits: Courtesy of Career Day Committee
Career Day Presenters: Holmdel Township Fire & Rescue Credits: CDC
Hospitality Volunteers Credits: CDC
Career Day Presenters Credits: CDC
Career Day Presenter: Jason Dulow Credits: CDC
Career Day Presenter: Ellen Flaherty Credits: CDC
Career Day Presenter: Tricia Hall Credits: CDC
Career Day Presenter Keith Purcell, son Colin and Maggie Purcell, Hospitality Chairperson Credits: CDC
Career Day Presenter: Gloria Vanderham Credits: CDC
Teachers and Guest Speakers at the Career Day Luncheon Credits: CDC
Career Day Community Presenter Jospeh Van Pelt Credits: CDC

HOLMDEL, N.J. - Wednesday, May 24th was an exciting day at The Indian Hill School in Holmdel. It was Career Day, a right of passage in many ways for children at Indian Hill and a joy for the lucky adults who present. Considered an honor, the presenters for Career Day have an opportunity to share their professional lives with youngsters and experience the excitement their presence and knowledge brings to the classroom. Hosted by the Parent Liaison Group (“PLG”) over 50 professionals from a wide variety of occupations presented.  In addition to attorneys, health professionals, and engineers, there was a wide range of new occupations: a DJ, FBI agents, a microbiologist, a real estate developer, and a yoga instructor.

It is primarily, but not exclusively, the parents of Indian Hill students who present at Career Day. As always, community leaders such as the Holmdel Police Department, Holmdel Fire and Rescue, and the Holmdel First Aid Squad were also invited to join to share their career knowledge.  There are many hours that go into making this unique and eagerly anticipated event a success and at the helm is an amazing group of parent volunteers.  It is a very challenging event to coordinate, but according to many, it is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Anissa Quirk, Co Chair of Indian Hill Career Day comments, "It's always a pleasure to hear positive feedback from students, teachers, and presenters. Of course, the best part is when a student discovers an exciting new career that he or she was not even aware existed. The Indian Hill PLG thanks all who presented at and supported Career Day this year!" 

Quirk continues, "There are so many moving parts to this event. Along with my Co-Chair Vanessa Merhi and our committee members Tammi Stanziale and Lauren Teevan, we shared countless hours making sure every detail was in order. Our team is also very fortunate to have Maggie Purcell who led our Hospitality Committee, our photographers; Tonya Romano, Shilpa Iyer, and Jean Berardi. This year, we also had a special student photographer, Miss Fiona Flaherty. Thanks, Fiona! Heidi O’Rourke, Mary Satterfield and Dawn D’Amato from the Indian Hill Office were always on-hand when we needed them, as was our Custodial Staff, led by Ron Errickson, who worked overtime to prepare the building.  Our Technical Support Team, led by Jerry Finneran and Anthony Gattini, was critical in ensuring each classroom was properly outfitted. Finally, we thank Lisa Marino and Mike Ferrarese, our principal and assistant principal, for their support and assistance during the last several months. The day was a success because of the great team in place, our wonderful presenters, and our engaging students."

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The Career Day Committee coordinates everything – which includes recruiting presenters, assigning rooms, setting up the presenter to work with teacher schedules, creating professional looking booklets and name badges for all, collaborating with the PLG Hospitality Committee and providing a list to the team of photographers so they can take a picture of presenters and children that becomes a nice keepsake of the day. The Committee also communicates all technical needs to the IT Department to ensure that each classroom is outfitted with the proper audio visual equipment.

Holmdel parent and Indian Hill volunteer, Debbie Brew comments, "With Anissa Quirk and Venessa Merhi at the helm, the event is a total success. Along with their team they have gone above and beyond for this event for years, and every year I am in awe. The entire day runs so professionally and so smoothly and it is obvious that the students, presenters and teachers are all truly having a great and memorable experience. Anissa works harder than anyone I know and has organizational skills like no one else I have ever worked with, and her attention to detail is unparalleled."

The volunteer team with all of their great organizational skills, time, energy, patience, care and attention to detail created a great day for everyone to enjoy !

All photos were used with permission. If you have any Career Day photos you would like to include in this article please email captioned photos to



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