Class of 1993 Fall Letter

Fall 2012

Dear Friend:

In the “Class Agent Handbook,” a tool provided by Luther’s Development Office that gives helpful guidelines and hints for writing these letters to you, one suggestion is I make a gift to Luther before writing this letter.  A good reminder, since I had not yet done so.  It also made me pause for a moment to reflect on why I make an annual donation.  Is it just so that I can write these letters with a “clear conscience”?  Is it because Joellyn and I need all the help we can get to move our class giving percentages in the right direction? The tax deduction?  Quite honestly, I had to read and reflect a little more to be sure.

That’s when I found the Q&A with President Torgerson - “College Costs, and Why It Matters That Alumni Give Back” in the most recent Luther Alumni Magazine.  If you have a few minutes, I would urge you to read this Q&A in which President Torgerson answers questions related to the challenges that residential liberal arts colleges face and how alumni giving plays into it.  What I gathered from the article was what I already knew, but needed to be reminded – that an investment in Luther brings an enhanced value to my degree through greater visibility, respect, rankings, foundation, and corporate support.  I was also reminded that it’s not the amount of the gift that counts, it’s the fact that you give something.  So, Joellyn and I say thank you for your contribution to Luther’s Annual Fund this year – you do make a difference.  If you haven’t contributed before, a gift of $5 today would be a fantastic start!

On a lighter note, don’t forget to make reservations for our 20-year class reunion the weekend of October 4-6.  I know that many hotels are full already, but you can always get on a waiting list or check availability at a hotel in a nearby community.  Check out the options at or email Judy Riha for private housing.  Joellyn and I are both sincerely looking forward to connecting with you and will do our best to help put on a reunion well worth the trip!  Thank you for your time.

Leif Stoa
1993 Class Agent
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Joellyn (Kilburn) Veninga
1993 Class Agent
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Don’t forget your Annual Fund giving!

Each year nearly 9,500 alumni, parents, and friends support the Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $50,000.  Strong support from alumni helps Luther secure additional funds from foundations and corporations, and your gift each year helps us to reach our goal of 27% alumni giving to the Annual Fund.  Here’s how your class is doing so far this year:


Have you made your 2012 gift to Luther?  Only 86 more gifts are needed to reach 27% for your class.  Please visit to make a difference for Luther students.  Thank you!

Please note: Your Spring 2013 class agent letter will include a listing of your classmates who gave to Luther during 2012.  Be sure to make your gift before December 31 to be included.

*as of October 18, 2012

Class Notes
GWEN (STEINBACH) BADGER is a pharmacist at Walgreens in Waunakee, Wis.

JENNIFER (ROLANDS) BAUSCH works in human resources at Riverfront, Inc., in La Crosse, Wis.

KRISTIN ALWIN BEGAY is a school psychologist for the State of Hawaii Department of Education in Kailua-Kona.

KARI BOSTROM is the ELCA Region 3/Luther Seminary Archives administrative assistant and fine arts coordinator in St. Paul, Minn.

KIMBERLY (RANDALL) and JOEL BOULANGER ’92 live in New Prague, Minn.

SARA (PETERSON) CONNELLY is CFO at Stevens Wealth Management in Deerfield, Ill.

DIANE (LARSON) CARLSON is human resources manager at Universal Industries, LLC, in Tomahawk, Wis.

JENNY (TANGEN) CLEMENTSON graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is an American Association of Drugless Practitioners certified holistic health coach. She has a health coaching business, Healthy Balance for Women, in Lake City, Minn. 

KALEN (LYNDAHL) CRANE of Parker, Colo., teaches in the Cherry Creek School District.

JOHN HELBERG is a chief underwriter at Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Company in St. Paul.

SONJA (HEELER) and ANDREW HIGHUM live in Waterville, Minn. Sonja is a school nurse at Waldorf-Pemberton (Minn.) High School. Andrew is a board certified foot and ankle surgeon in Owatonna.

STEVE MATTSON is clinic manager in physical therapy for the Institute for Athletic Medicine in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

PAUL MELIN of Edina, Minn., is owner of Chantrey Solutions, Inc.

KRIS MOE is a licensed school counselor at Park High School in Cottage Grove, Minn. He served as the 2010-2011 president of the Minnesota School Counselor’s Association and is the secondary vice president of the American School Counselor Association.

LONNIE MORKEN is a physical education teacher and coach in the Mabel-Canton (Minn.) School District. In 18 years at the school, Morken has amassed an overall record of 459-96, with 14 conference championships and 7 Section Coach of the Year honors. He was inducted into the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame last November in Minneapolis.

KIRK OLSON of Longmont, Colo., is western regional sales manager for AMETEK Power Instruments.

SCOT SCHWARK teaches middle-school band at Lincoln K-8 Choice School in Rochester, Minn.

JOHN STORLIE is a genetic genealogist, videographer, web developer, and acting director at Giants of the Earth Heritage Center in Spring Grove, Minn.

MITCHELL THOMPSON is a senior project manager at Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis.

SUSAN (HALVORSON) ZELLER earned a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Minnesota. She was a keynote speaker for International Nurses Day at the University of Salford (England). Susan is a critical care nurse practitioner in cardiovascular surgery and heart/lung transplant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Tanya and FAUST GERTZ welcomed a son, Eli, in December 2011.     

Mari and PAUL MELIN welcomed a son, Oscar, in August 2010.  Oscar joins sister Britta.

STEPHANIE (NORSTAD) and Daniel Scheffler welcomed a daughter, Rachel, in May 2011.  Rachel joins brother Noah.

JILL (KUHLMANN) and Royal Schladetzky welcomed a daughter, Stella, in September 2011.  

Karen and MARK SHERMAN welcomed a son, Nathan, in November 2011.     

Patty and JOHN STORLIE welcomed a daughter, Francelia, in April 2011.  Francelia joins sister Elyse and brother Ole.

Leif Stoa