World of Commerce

Many of our students gravitate to the world of commerce, broadly defined.

William Barth moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating in 1986 with majors in Communications and Political Science. In the 27 years since he began as a document runner he has moved to the top of the industry. He also served as Vice President of Fraud & Investigations within Thomson Reuters' Corporate Counsel business and has expanded his expertise into the areas of Due Diligence and Risk Management. Barth is currently the Vice President of Dockets and Document Retreival at Thomson Reuters.

Wendy (Jaycox) Davidson graduated in 1992 with a Sociology/Political Science major. After spending 18 years in various sales, marketing, and operations roles with Tyson Foods she became a Vice President and General Manager at McCormick & Co. in 2010. Davidson’s public service includes membership on Luther’s Board of Regents.

Zachary Kulzer graduated in 2010 with majors in Political Science and Philosophy. He currently works in the Office of Communications at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. In addition to managing livestream events on the internet and helping edit the collection of multimedia resources from around the world, he interacts on a daily basis with  prominent journalists, politicians, and scholars who influence policy debates in the U.S. and abroad.

Scott Meyer graduated in 2005 with a major in Political Science. Scott then went to Tromso, Norway where he earned an M.A. funded by the Rotary Foundation, taught at the University, and traveled around Norway (the basis for his book, The Travel Hacking Guide to Norway). He is the founder and chief outreach officer for 9 Clouds in 2009, an international digital education firm that educates and assists businesses in connecting with customers.

Elizabeth Kephart Reisinger graduated with a Political Science major in 2000 and immediately went to St. Petersburg, Florida as a summer writing fellow at the Poynter Institute of Media Studies. After a stint of feature writing in New York, she moved to Minneapolis where she eventually joined the editorial staff at Greenspring Media Group, writing about food, dining and the meeting, and event industry. She currently works from her house as a freelance writer.

Brian Rude graduated from Luther in 1977 with majors in Political Science and History and an avid interest in politics. Brian served both in the Wisconsin House and Senate where he served as its president. He is currently Vice-President in charge of external and member relations at Dairyland Power. Brian has served as the President of the Luther Alumni Council, has received Luther’s Distinguished Service Award, and has taught a course on practical politics twice for the Department.

Lee Ann Shay Tegtmeier graduated in 1990 with majors in English and Political Science. Her interest in journalism—she was a CHIPS editor at Luther—led her to continue writing and to pursue an M.A. at Johns Hopkins. She has become knowledgeable about the world of aviation while seeing much of the world in her capacity as Chief Editor MRO for Aviation Week, The McGraw-Hill Companies.