Shawn Carroll Inducted into the Florence Rotary Club Heritage Hall of Fame

by Pat Moynahan on June 21, 2016

L-R, Dennis McAvoy, Dr. Herbert Booth, State Senator John Schickel, Shawn and Liesa Carroll.

L-R, Dennis McAvoy, Dr. Herbert Booth, State Senator John Schickel, Shawn and Liesa Carroll.

FLORENCE – Shawn Carroll has been named to the Florence Rotary Club Heritage Hall of Fame.

Carroll, executive director of New Perceptions in Edgewood, is a native of Boone County who is well-known for his involvement in church activities, charitable events and youth sports.

Shawn-Carroll-HHoFA-s1-draft“He is a man of faith, a man of integrity and a man of service,” noted Shea Carroll, during the tribute to his father at the induction ceremony on Monday, June 13.

The Heritage Hall of Fame honors Florence Rotary members who exemplify the civic organization’s motto, “Service Above Self.” He joined the Florence Rotary Club in 1992 and was selected as president for 1995-96. He since has served as sergeant at arms and resident wit for many years.

Carroll also organizes and directs the Rotary Club Golf Outing, which has raised more than $100,000 for college scholarships for graduates of Boone County high school graduates during his 19 years as chairperson.

“The golf outing is like life itself. You don’t do anything alone,” Carroll said. “All kinds of people are out there every year working behind the scenes.”

A graduate of Boone County High School and Thomas More College, Carroll has devoted his professional career to working with individuals with disabilities. He spent six years at Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Covington, assisting children diagnosed with behavioral disorders. He served as director of Human Resources for Comprehensive Care Centers of Northern Kentucky (NorthKey) for 19 years before accepting the leadership position at New Perceptions.

Carroll credited his parents with instilling in him a commitment to service. He said his father worked three jobs to support a large family, but taught him at an early age to volunteer and help people who were needier.

“This honor is a result of my upbringing,” Carroll told the Rotarians. “My parents created a service model for me, so Rotary is the place for me to be. It’s an honor to be in a room with so many people invested in service to the community.”

Caroll’s investment includes two terms on the Boone County Board of Education and two tenures as chairperson. He is a longtime volunteer for the Bean Bash, which raises funds for BAWAC, New Perceptions, Redwood and Special Olympics. He also has been involved with Boone County Knothole Baseball, Boone County Youth Soccer and Boone County Youth Basketball.

Carroll and his wife, Liesa, have been married for 32 years. They have two sons, Shea and Brennan. The Carrolls are members of St. Paul’s Church in Florence, where Shawn is a lay minister.