Trip Leaders

Karl Badger

Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

    Year: Junior
    Major: Economics and Political Science
    Passions and Interests: Baseball and being active outside
    Outdoor Moments: Grew up in northern Minnesota and spent many summers in the Boundary Waters and in Ely, MN.
    Something Notable: " If you do not know where you are going, you might just wind up someplace else."-Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra
    Fun Facts: Master Pterodactyl caller and loves bratwursts
    Strengths: Restorative, Ideation, Futuristic, Individualization and Relator

    Grant Bliss

    Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

      Year: Sophomore
      Major: History and Education
      Passions and Interests: Baseball, Listening to music, eating at the caf
      Outdoor Moments: I've been camping a couple times, like to hiking and biking, been on an immersion trip.
      Something Notable: "If ya ain't first, you're last" - Ricky Bobby
      Fun Facts: I prefer to do my farming on an Xbox, I play Baseball, I can drive a fork truck
      Strengths: Competition, Context, Adaptability, Deliberative, Maximize

      Kristen Carlson

      Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

        Year: Senior
        Major: Communication Studies, Philosophy, Music
        Passions and Interests: Organ, reading for fun, and traveling!
        Outdoor Moments: I am the daughter of a true outdoors-man that has taught me to enjoy fishing, biking, hiking, and canoeing. I have spent two summers being a certified backpack guide for the National Forest Service at Christikon Lutheran camp located in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in southcentral Montana. My favorite places are being "up North at the Lake" in Minnesota and I love trips to the BWCA.
        Something Notable: "Harbor curiosity for what you do not know, humility in what you do, and live having a joy for life."
        Fun Facts: I went to Tanzania with 3 other Immersion guides last J-term and am the youngest child in my family by 9+ years
        Strengths: Input, Learner, Connectedness, Context, and Intellection

        Laura Christensen

        Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

          Year: Senior
          Major: Environmental Studies minoring in Anthropology and German
          Passions and Interests: Exploring the surrounding Driftless Region of Decorah
          Outdoor Moments: Countless camping escapades from her backyard to the West Coast
          Fun Facts: One of her favorite things about Luther College is the professors here, she could live off strawberries for the rest of her life and she is a guinea pig and sock enthusiast
          Strengths: Adaptability, Developer, Empathy, Positivity and Input 

          Samantha Clements

          Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

            Year: Junior
            Major: Political Science
            Passions and Interests: Girl Scouts, Camp, singing in Cathedral, playing trombone, FOCUS, and knitting
            Outdoor Moments: Background in working at Girl Scout camps for 12 years as a camper, staff member and volunteer
            Something Notable: Words of Dead Poets Society's Professor Keating:"Carpe Diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary."
            Fun Facts: Level 1 Archery Certified, working for Sustainability on campus
            Strengths: Input, Learner, Woo, Belief, Learner and Positivity

            Pilar Dritz

            Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

              Year: Senior
              Major: Biology (Pre-Physical Therapy)
              Passions and Interests: Member of Luther's Swim Team, loves any kind of water recreation, traveling
              Outdoor Moments: I am a total National Park geek! Many of my favorite childhood memories are from trips that have occurred in the beautiful scenery of our country's National Park System.
              Something Notable: "Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness." -Frank Tyger Immersion allows for both freedom and happiness to be accomplished!
              Fun Facts: My birthday is in April and if you rearrange April it spells my name. Just a crazy coincidence! 
              Strengths: Learner, Responsibility, Discipline, Analytical, and Relator

              Eliza Edlund

              Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                Year: Sophomore
                Major: Biology and Anthropology
                Passions and Interests: Art stuff, Marvel, and of course the Great Outdoors. Canoeing, hiking, photography, vista-peeing. Really anything involving coniferous trees, fresh air, and friends
                Outdoor moments: I work at a canoe base in Grand Marais, Minnesota during the summer. The coolest moments of this past summer were staying up to watch the Aurora Borealis and the Milky Way over the lake.
                Something notable: “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” –Henry David Thoreau
                Fun Facts: Tree hugger, neature pun master, and sticker addict
                Strengths: Intellection, Learner, Connectedness, Input, Developer

                Cora Egherman

                Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                  Year: Sophomore
                  Major: International Studies, minor in Women and Gender Studies
                  Passions and Interests: Social justice, politics, skiing, getting outside!
                  Outdoor Moments: Spent lots of time in northern Minnesota, several trips to the Boundary Waters, love going to the mountains to camp in the summer or ski in the winter. I will never turn down a chance to stargaze.
                  Something Notable: Fake it ‘till ya make it!
                  Fun Facts: I’ve been to 36 states and 5 countries besides the US.
                  Strengths: Adaptability, Includer, Positivity, Restorative, Analytical

                  Maxwell Eness

                  Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                    Year: Sophomore
                    Major: Philosophy and Environmental Science
                    Passions and Interests: Learning about the true nature of the world around us.
                    Outdoor Moments: Once made a shack out of sticks in Mom's garden. Occasional mountain climber & cave explorer.
                    Something Notable: "I'm competitive, and I love to create challenges for myself. Maybe that's not always a good thing. It can make life complicated."- Donald J. Trump
                    Fun Facts: Feet are different sizes and once interviewed Cornel West outside of a sandwich shop.
                    Strengths: Restorative, Learner, Focus, Context, Significance.

                    Kristina Johnson

                    Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                      Year: Senior
                      Major: Environmental Policy
                      Passions and Interests: I love hiking, biking, skiing, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and anything that will allow me to adventure and explore! I am also very passionate about inspiring others to believe in themselves and their abilities! Other interests include Tuesday Night Discipleship (a bible study), baking, singing, and bell ringing!
                      Outdoor Moments: I grew up attending nature camps at Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester Minnesota and I was hooked! Since then I have been on many adventures throughout the United States including the Appalachain Trail, the Boundary Waters, and the Cascade Mountains in Washington to name a few. I also am currently doing a semester abroad in New Zealand and I am having many "outdoor moments" here!
                      Something Notable: "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." -John Muir
                      Fun Facts: I have two fake teeth! Who knew?!
                      Strengths: Belief, Includer, Maximizer, Ideation, Positivity

                      Iris Johnson

                      Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                        Year: Sophomore
                        Major: Art
                        Passions and Interests: Art stuff, Marvel, and of course the Great Outdoors
                        Outdoor moments: Grew up camping/hiking often. Kayaking, canoeing, caving, you name it; if it's outdoors I probably love it.
                        Something notable: "To live will be an awfully big adventure." -Peter Pan
                        Fun Facts: I met the lead Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips and talked to him about rainbows for 30 seconds.
                        Strengths: Adaptability, Ideation, Input, Intellection, Command

                        Claire Hamilton

                        Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                          Year: Junior
                          Major: Envionmental Studies
                          Passions and Interests: Running, reading, and laughing
                          Outdoor Moments: Hunting and fishing with my dad in the woods and at a lake near our house. Camping in rural Tanzania where the sky is clear and the stars shine brightly
                          Something Notable: “Today, give all the you have, for what you keep inside, you lose forever.” Owen Marecic
                          Fun Facts: Marathon runner, cooking fanatic, and lover of laughs
                          Strengths: Positivity, Adaptibility, Intellectual, Input, Responsibility

                          Ethan Harris

                          Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                            Year: Senior
                            Major: Music Education
                            Passions and Interests: Ultimate Frisbee, long-boarding, downhill skiing, and electronic music
                            Outdoor Moments: Hiking through the Red Woods of Northern California during a month long road trip with friends.
                            Something Notable: "Only a person who risks is free" - William Arthur Ward
                            Fun Facts: I failed gym at the college level.
                            Strengths: Relator, Responsibility, Developer, Restorative, Ideation

                            Winter Hawley

                            Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                              Year: Sophomore
                              Major: International Studies
                              Passions and Interests: Mountain Biking and Frisbee
                              Outdoor Moments: Going to the BWCA for Immersion 2016!!!!
                              Something Notable: I love getting to know new people and hearing what they have to say about controversial topics!
                              Fun Facts: I love a good challenge and you will have to ask me in person about all the things I've experienced! Oh, I am on the LUFDA frisbee team too..
                              Strengths: Analytical, Discipline, Individualization, Learner, and Connectedness

                              Erik Mandsager

                              Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                                Year: Sophomore
                                Major: English and Special Ed
                                Outdoor Moments: Hiked and camped in the Chimanimani Mountains in Zimbabwe and Mozambique last year
                                Something Notable: "Life is too important to be taken seriously" - Oscar Wilde
                                Fun Facts: I like bluegrass music and am mediocre at harmonica
                                Strengths: Achiever, Command, Competition, Empathy, Intellect

                                Jana Mueller

                                Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                                  Year: Junior
                                  Major: Social Work and Nordic Studies
                                  Passions and Interests: Going on outdoor adventures with friends and having dance parties with my roommate!
                                  Outdoor Moments: Falling asleep in my hammock while watching the stars.
                                  Something Notable: People will stop asking you questions if you answer them back in interpretive dance. (It works. Try it sometime).
                                  Fun Facts: I used to go "cat hunting" by trapping my cats under laundry baskets. (It's the only way to get them to love you!) I also love mini pies from the caf!
                                  Strengths: Developer, Empathy, Input, Connectedness, Responsibility

                                  David Pontius

                                  Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                                    Year: Sophomore
                                    Major: Biology
                                    Passions and Interests: Playing saxophone and being outside
                                    Outdoor Moments: Zip-lining on the Gunflint trail and across Royal Gorge, canoeing in the Boundary Waters with my family.
                                    Something Notable: I went on the Driftless trip before my first year. Immersion is a great way to make friends at Luther before classes start.
                                    Fun Facts: I have enjoyed going rock climbing in the Legends Center on campus ever since going on the Driftless trip.
                                    Strengths: Developer, Individualization, Learner, Achiever, and Responsibility

                                     

                                     

                                    Tatiana (Tania) Proksch

                                    Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                                      Year: Junior

                                      Major: Physics, and potentially math

                                      Passions and Interests: Food, photography, coffee, puns

                                      Outdoor Moments: Grew up in southern California with crazy parents. Spent my childhood paragliding, backpacking. My favorite outdoor moment was flying out from California to spend my 14th birthday with my dad, on his 70th trip to the boundary waters, and eating cake made out of a frying pan.

                                      Something Notable: pen and paper

                                      Fun Facts: I always eat the whole apple, core and all

                                      Strengths: Strategic, Ideation, Activator, Command, Intellection

                                      Marri Saunders

                                      Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                                        Year: Sophomore
                                        Major: Elementary Education and Spanish
                                        Passions and Interests: Reading, hiking, biking, canoeing, and tree climbing
                                        Outdoor Moments: Spent the past few summers working at a canoe base in the Boundary Waters
                                        Something Notable: "Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe stirred, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely, utterly, wildly, terrified? Good. Keep going."
                                        Fun Facts: Has a sizable flannel collections, and favorite book is The Alchemist
                                        Strengths: Connectedness, harmony, intellection, input, and learner

                                        April Yelich

                                        Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                                          Year: Sophomore
                                          Major: Undecided
                                          Passions and Interests: Running, biking, playing piano and spending time with family
                                          Outdoor Moments: Grew up going on canoeing and backpacking trips with family and friends in the Boundary Waters, Superior Hiking Trail and Wyoming
                                          Something Notable: "Teamwork makes the dream work" -Anonymous
                                          Fun Facts: I was not born in April
                                          Strengths: Responsibility, Learner, Adaptability, Harmony, Arranger

                                          Natalie Wade

                                          Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                                            Year: Senior
                                            Major: Biology
                                            Passions and Interests: I enjoy card games, hiking, spending quality time with friends and singing in the car.
                                            Outdoor Moments: I grew up in Southeast Alaska and spent much of my free time hiking to glaciers, fishing for halibut and camping under the summer midnight sun.
                                            Something Notable: "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." -John Muir
                                            Fun Facts: I ballroom dance competitively and my grandmother's chiropractor is a Luther grad.
                                            Strengths: Positivity, Learner, Woo!, Includer, Responsibility

                                            Seth Warner

                                            Fall 2017 Immersion Leader

                                              Year: Senior
                                              Major: Social Work
                                              Passions/Interests: Ultimate frisbee, being outside, frisbee golf
                                              Outdoor Moments: Grew up in rural Wisconsin and spent a lot of time outside. Traveled to and hiked in Alaska, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon.
                                              Something Notable: "Without risks and failures the can be no rewards and successes so cherish every moment"
                                              Fun Facts: Big Booty King and needs (likes) coffee
                                              Strengths: Empathy, Belief, Relator, Responsibility, and Developer