Trinity Lutheran College is proud to have played a role in the lives of many remarkable men and women who have gone on, with confidence, courage and character, to contribute to a better world. They have made a positive impact in all walks of life – innovative architects, committed doctors, dedicated parents, passionate teachers, exceptional engineers, incredible artists, brilliant businessmen and businesswomen, and amazing athletes. Our Alumni community provides these remarkable men and women with a collective support group that extends to all corners of the globe.

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Graduating from Trinity. Just the first of your many wonderful future achievements. Read about how Trinity Lutheran College alumni are pursuing rewarding careers, redefining their fields, and living their dreams.

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Ellie Whittaker

2002

Ellie Whittaker is an inspiring Trinity alumnus who has successfully created her own unique and compelling brand, and effectively developed and grown her own textile design business. Ellie is a textiles designer whose work is highly sought after amongst the indie-children’s clothing market. She designs fabrics and collections for labels such as Alfie’s Children’s Apparel, Minoche, Kapow Kids, Goosebumps Boutique Bedding and Kippins along with Cotton On Kids and Target Australia. Her exquisite Ellie Whittaker Fabric Designs range was acquired by Spotlight Stores nationwide and went on sale in October 2018.

Ellie graduated from QCA in 2009 and shortly after gave birth to her eldest son. She then discovered the world of the WAHM (Work At Home Mum!) and began to see the need for unique Australian fabrics among the WAHM craft community. She grew up in a very crafty environment and was always strong in illustration, so when she discovered a site that would print her designs on-demand she developed a burning desire to figure out how to design fabric. She taught herself, through many, many hours of online learning and practice and then connected with these fellow ‘Mumpreneurs’, offering her designs and working together to create custom designs for their businesses. Her business has grown immensely from its humble beginnings and she now creates artwork for fabrics that are licensed and commissioned by companies like Cotton On Kids, Target and Spotlight.

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Rhys Thomas

2008

Dr Rhys Thomas is currently working as a doctor at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, he is also an Associate Lecturer at UQ and simultaneously completing his training in psychiatry.

Rhys completed a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (BSc/MBBS) at the University of Queensland in 2014. He was elected President of University of Queensland Medical Society in his final year giving him the opportunity to get involved in advocacy. He started his training in Emergency Medicine and also worked in three rural communities - Mitchell, Kingaroy and Roma. He even got to work with the Flying Doctor Service, who provide specialist support to rural towns in Queensland, during his time in Roma. He has begun training as a psychiatrist and currently works in a service that specialises in adolescent mental health. He has additional interests in addictions medicine and medical education and training that he would like to pursue in the future.

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John Zakos

1994

John is currently Program Director, Virtual Agents at IBM and an Honorary Professor at University of Technology Sydney. He is a highly creative Greek-Australian computer scientist with an entrepreneurial drive. His career contributions range from research through to strategic business development, leading the commercialization of emerging technologies in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.

He created his first artificial intelligence chat robot when he was only 14 years old as a student in his Year 9 computer studies assignment whilst at Trinity. Since then he went on to establish a fresh vision for interactive, humanized computing that resulted in world-leading innovation. He co-founded AI company Cognea in 2005 and it went on to became recognised as a world leader in delivering virtual human solutions, before being acquired by IBM in 2014. Holding a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, he has published his work internationally including holding multiple patents. Having worked in Tokyo and New York at IBM Research labs, Professor Zakos now continues to work on leading cognitive computing projects from back home in Australia.

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Eduard Wittig

1998

Eduard is currently Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm.

Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world providing a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. The firm had an annual revenue of US$37.71 billion in 2016. Eduard has worked for the firm since 2001, in London, in Australia (where he was made Managing Director in 2011) and now as Managing Director in the USA. Managing director is one of the top titles at the Wall Street firm. Eduard graduated from Trinity and went on to achieve a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance and Economics in two years at Bond University.

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