Class of 2000 Fall 2017 Letter

Fall 2017

Dear Class of 2000 Classmate,

Every fall as I sit down to write this letter, I am amazed at how time really does seem to fly by. Perhaps you too feel the same way. While the hustle and bustle of daily life permeates my thoughts, lately I find myself daydreaming about the fall season on Luther’s gorgeous campus, in particular the beauty and splendor of the Oneota Valley. The amazing new blue turf of Legacy Field in Carlson Stadium adds a new sense of awe and pride to an already beautiful scene. I am looking forward to seeing this incredible sight in person!

I hope you have been able to keep up with the happenings at Luther through various social media sites, alumni events in your community, or visiting campus. One fantastic new initiative is the Alumni Ambassador Program. I hope that many of you referred students to this program and are as excited as I am about the potential to make a monetary difference in the lives of Luther students. The Luther Annual Fund has been renamed the Luther Fund. Like the Annual Fund, donations to the Luther Fund support current Luther students.

As you go about your day-to-day obligations, I hope you can take a moment to reflect on your favorite Luther memories. Some of mine include-lazy walks around campus (or sprinting to class due to oversleeping), meal transfer in Marty’s, card games on laundry hamper “tables,” learning from incredible professors, attending basketball games in the fieldhouse, singing with friends, and just laughing and learning with some of the best people in the world!

Enjoy reminiscing,

Jenn (Potter) Walker

2000 Class Agents:

Andrew Haase
[email protected]

Jenn (Potter) Walker
[email protected]



Tonya (Wegner) Adams is flute authority repair manager at West Music in Coralville, Iowa. 

Katie (Aarestad) Fergus is the owner and president of Medical Billing Services Iowa in Des Moines. She’s also a board member for Lutheran Services in Iowa, partnering with children, youth and families, people with disabilities, the elderly, and people of refugee status to aid in times of need.

Katie Green is senior director of advancement operations at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Melissa (Ahlstrom) Gregg is a self-employed realtor in Rochester, Minn.

Mark Haddinger is senior admissions counselor at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lukas Hoffland is program director for WISM-FM (Greatest Hits 98.1) and music director for WEAQ-AM/FM (95.9 jamz) with Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Altoona, Wis. He was co-emcee for the inaugural “Light Up Eau Claire” New Year’s Eve celebration throughout downtown Eau Claire, Wis., and serves on its organizing committee.

Corey Kline is vice president of IT for Noodles & Company in Broomfield, Colo.

Becki (Mensing) LeGrant teaches high school science and is department chair at Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano, Calif.

Nicole (Ryerson) Lemke is the first-time homebuyer program manager for Investor Community Bank in Appleton, Wis.

Chingwell Mutombu is an independent philanthropic consultant for High Impact Services in San Francisco.

Heidi Nelson is a business information security officer at Thomson Reuters, Inc., in Eagan, Minn. 

Abigail Shuppy-Baboor is a music teacher at Stephen Gaynor School in New York City.

Jason Soland is an associate financial advisor with Echelon Wealth Partners, a Private Wealth Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., in Decorah.

Karrie (Hines) Theoharis is prenatal genetic counselor at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis and clinical coordinator for the Kate Cares Stillbirth Assessment. 

Lindsey (Anderson) andRyan Thompson live in Woodbury, Minn. Lindsey is owner and CEO of Woodbury Kids; Ryan is manufacturing technology engineer at 3M.

Heidi Torgerson-Martinez is director for global service with ELCA Global Mission in Chicago.


ABBY SHUPPY and Chet Baboor, March 25, 2017

TONYA WEGNER and B.J. Adams, Sept. 3, 2016


Stacy and STEVE HESTON welcomed a son, Daxon Michael, in June 2016.

BECKY (HAYWARD) and CLAY PETERSON '99 welcomed a daughter, Marit Corah, in April 2017.

KARRIE (HINES) and Nathaniel Theoharis welcomed a daughter, Clara, in July 2015.