Lynn Ingvalson

Program Assistant, Career Center

Lynn has been the Career Center's Program Assistant since 2004, starting at Luther in 2001. Lynn provides general receptionist duties and oversees the daily assignments of the center's student Career Assistants. Lynn also manages the postings of full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities in CareerConnection (Luther’s on-line career services job site) and updates opportunities in the weekly News and Notes (an electronic news article sent to current students), as well as submits information to faculty via the on-campus DeaNotes. In addition, Lynn serves as the primary contact for the CareerConnection management tool, sends marketing emails to students for upcoming workshops and seminars, updates the Career Center website as needed, and oversees the creation and maintenance of all counseling record information. Lynn facilitates collection of data for the annual post-graduate survey and provides administrative support to the director and other Career Center staff. Lynn also works in collaboration with the Education Department and Publications Office to produce the annual Teacher Candidate Brochure for Luther College. Lynn received an Associates Degree from the institution now called Northeast Iowa Area Community College and has over 39 years of office experience.   

Carol Johnston

Assistant Director of the Career Center

Carol joined the Career Center staff in 1998 after working for 12 years with Luther's Student Support Services program. In her position, Carol oversees the career exploration programming coordinated in the Career Center. Furthermore, she works one-on-one with students who are undecided about their career direction, or are uncertain as to what career possibilities exist given their interests, skills, values, and priorities. She is a certified administrator of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory (SII). Carol holds a bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a master's degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Carol works closely with undecided majors and students from the following majors: Anthropology, Art, Biblical Languages, Dance, Education, Modern Languages, Music,  Religion, Russian Studies, Social Work, Scandinavian Studies, Sociology, and Theatre. 

Dan Marlow

Assistant Director of the Career Center

Dan Marlow began his duties as Assistant Director of Experiential Learning in the Career Center in 2013. Dan has over 20 years of experience working with students in higher education at Northern Illinois University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Oregon State University, and Luther College.

His departmental assignments at Luther College include Africana Studies, Communications Studies, Economics and Business, English, Environmental Studies, Health and Physical Education, History, Museum Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science.

Brenda Ranum

Director of the Career Center

Brenda joined the Career Center in 2013 as the Director. She brings over 25 years of experience working with employers from many sectors including non-profits, government, education, medicine, and business. Brenda provides overall leadership for the Career Center, including strategic planning, budget management, program development, and developing partnerships with internal and external constituents. Brenda works with a talented team of Career Center staff, faculty and staff to advise Luther College students and alumni as they become self-sufficient in the career planning process, going on to lead meaningful lives.

Brenda is a certified administrator of the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) and StrengthsFinder. Brenda holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Iowa State University.

Brenda works closely with the following majors: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, International Studies, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, Psychology, and Physics. Also assists  students with the search, application process, personal statement/curriculum vitae and other information or questions you may have regarding graduate/professional school.   

Joni Rollinger

Employer Relations Coordinator

As the Employer Relations Coordinator, Joni has developed and maintained relationships with many employers and alumni since joining the Career Center in 1984. She is the primary point of contact for all organizations wishing to recruit Luther students. In addition to working one-on-one with both large and small corporations, non-profits, summer camps and universities, Joni oversees the On-Campus Recruiting Program, Career Fairs, Mock Interview Program and the Shadow Program. She serves as member-liaison to the Career Consortium—Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICoRN).

A native Iowan, Joni is originally from Fairfield but lived in Iowa City prior to her move to Decorah.

Miriam Skrade

Strengths Program Coordinator

Miriam took over the Luther College Strengths Program Endowment in 2017. She assists students, faculty, and staff in the discovery and application of individual and group talents. When people identify their talents and develop them into strengths, they are more productive, perform better, and are more engaged. Miriam holds a bachelor's degree from Luther College and master's degree from Iowa State University. She also serves as Luther's Associate Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach.