Class of 2000 Fall Letter

Fall 2012         

Dear Classmate,

This fall has been a whirlwind for my family, and I’ll bet yours too!  I am tardy in writing this letter, and it is hard to believe that we just celebrated Halloween at our house.  Our Snow White had a wonderful evening trick-or-treating, as did Mom and Dad!  As the wonders of fall come to a close, I hope you were able to enjoy the goodness of the season.

I did not get a chance to make it back to Luther for this year's homecoming festivities, but I heard it was another fantastic event.  Beautiful weather and many memories shared.  Perhaps you were like me and found yourself deep in thought during homecoming weekend.  Some of my best memories are from my time at Luther.  I am sure you feel the same way!

By this time, many of you may have received your Phonathon call or Annual Fund appeal letter  Ever wonder how your Annual Fund dollar is put to work?  Here is a breakdown:

$0.36 for Scholarships

$0.34 for Teaching and Learning

$0.30 for Living at Luther

I hope you will join me in giving to the Annual Fund this year.  I thank you in advance for your generous gift.  Remember, gifts of all sizes make a difference and have an important impact on Luther.

Enjoy reading about our classmates’ many life events and accomplishments!  We have much to be proud of and to celebrate!  Have a wonderful holiday season!


Jenn (Potter) Walker
2000 Class Agent
[email protected]     

Megan (Helling) Wildemuth
2000 Class Agent
[email protected]

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 77 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
KELLI (PUNT) BACON earned a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a preservation archivist for the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln.

ERIN (MEYER) BOCKOVEN is client accountant at Bergan, Paulsen & Co. in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

NORAH BRINGER and DAVID WAKE live in Washington, D.C. David is an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr law firm.

MELANIE (NEES) ’01 and FRANK CAIN live in Madison, Wis. They are co-founders of the Fresco Opera Theatre, where Frank serves as executive director.

KELLY (STENSON) ’02 and SIMON ESCORCIA live in Centennial, Colo. Simon is owner of Colorado Race Timing.

SARAH (KODET) GOEBEL is a special education teacher at Horizon Elementary School in Pewaukee, Wis.

LUKAS HOFFLAND is an on-air personality, webmaster, and director of listener engagement at Maverick Media/I-94 Radio in Altoona, Wis.

KYLE HOLZHUETER earned a Ph.D. in bio-resource science from Nihon University in Japan.

BEN JOHNSON of Shakopee, Minn., earned an MBA degree from the University of St. Thomas. He is a financial representative for Thrivent.

SARAH (REISINGER) JOHNSON is an ESL teacher in the Omaha (Neb.) Public Schools.

LESLEY (DRESSEN) KOCHEL is assistant vice president of Sedgwick CMS in Eden Prairie, Minn.

ANDREA (WORKMAN) and ADAM MATZ live in Lake Zurich, Ill. Andrea is a stay-at-home mom;

DOUG SUMMERFIELD was among the Mayo Clinic researchers who joined an expedition to Mount Everest in Nepal, along with National Geographic, the North Face, and Montana State University. The Mayo Clinic group monitored climbers at high altitudes. The Mount Everest expedition is the latest field study focusing on the body's function under extreme conditions.

CHRIS WEBER is a seminarian in the Diocese of Davenport (Iowa).

KRISTY (OKERLUND) WHALEN is program assistant in the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools.

RICHARD WINKELS is associate conductor of the United States Army Band, Pershing’s Own, in Washington, D.C.

LAURA (LINDEMAN) and Josh Barnard welcomed a son, Jesse, in September 2010.  Jesse joins sister Ashley.

MANDY (HERRICK) '02 and KYLE BARTELT welcomed a son, October, in October 2010.     

JENNIFER (BRADEN) and James Dunne welcomed a son, Thomas, in May 2011.        

SARA (DONHOWE) and Josh Goldberg welcomed a son, Micah, in June 2012.  Micah joins sisters Charlotte and Amelia.

SARAH (KODET) and Corey Goebel welcomed a daughter, Piper, in February 2011.  Piper joins brother Wyatt.

BETH (HUINKER) '02 and CHRIS HODEN welcomed a daughter, Ivy, in November 2011.  Ivy joins brother Maxwell and sister Mya.

Liz and BEN JOHNSON welcomed a son, Landon, in January 2012.     

Meredith and BEN KESELEY welcomed a daughter, Julia, in September 2011.   

Laura and JARROD LEDER welcomed a daughter, Claudia, in October 2011.  Claudia joins sister Gretchen.

KAISA (ULLSVIK) and JED MILLER '98 welcomed a daughter, Maibritt, in November 2010.  Maibritt joins sister Sulia.

JODI (WENNER) and David Nixon welcomed a son, Kolby, in April 2011.          

JENNIFER (TESMER) and Colin Pickett welcomed a son, Harper, in November 2011.  Harper joins brother Cooper and sisters Morgan and Kathryn.

ELIZABETH (KEPHART) and Eric Reisinger welcomed a daughter, Ann, in March 2011.  Ann joins brother William.

LORI (ABELS) and Lucas Scharenbroich welcomed a son, Liam, in January 2012.  Liam joins sister Cara.

ANDY HAASE and Jennifer O'Connor, Aug. 13, 2011
AMY FLECK and Chris McCoy, Feb. 18, 2012

COREY C. MALLOCH of East Lansing, Mich., died March 3, 2012, at age 34, at his residence at Michigan State University. He was born in Manistique, the son of William and Beth (Hull) Malloch, and attended Manistique area schools, where he was active in the athletic and band programs. Corey graduated from Manistique High School in 1996. He continued his education at Luther, participating in football and track for the Norse. After graduation from Luther, Corey furthered his studies and received a master's degree from Saginaw Valley State University. He taught middle school in Manitowoc, Wis., for two years and was an active member of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble, playing tuba. Corey moved from Wisconsin to the country of Dubai, where he taught high school and coached athletics. After two years in Dubai, Corey moved back to Michigan, where he served as residence hall director at Saginaw Valley State University for three years, and then at Michigan State University for the past five years. Corey was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Manistique. He was an avid Michigan State sports fan and hosted many tailgate parties at the university. Corey was fortunate to have traveled throughout the world, to locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. His niece and nephew, whom he dearly loved, were very special to him. Corey is survived by his parents, Bill and Beth Malloch; sister, Allison (MALLOCH) LeCLOUX ’98, and her husband, Mike; niece and nephew, Norah and Owen LeCloux; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.


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