Class of 1995 Fall 2016 Letter

Fall 2016

Dear Classmates,

My dad came to visit me last week and, per usual, we ended up reminiscing about my time at Luther.  He asked about several of you, and I thought it was nice that he still remembers (he just celebrated his 76th birthday). I sure hope I have his memory at that age. Frankly, I would like his memory now!

One memorable event I doubt I will forget happened during the end of my senior year. My dad lived in Marion, Iowa, at that time and I would visit him frequently on the weekends. I would spend a majority of time working on my senior paper. It was quiet and there were few distractions. I saved my work on a hard disk and worked on it in the computer lab at school during the week and on my dad’s computer on the weekends. The night before the paper was due, I went to the computer lab to print it and I couldn’t get the document to open! I tried several different computers in the lab to no avail. I even tried a friend’s computer, but that didn’t work either (Thanks, Bob)! So, what did I do? I called my dad…

My dad had a job that night playing his saxophone so he didn’t pick up the phone. I’m pretty sure I left him a frantic message about my dilemma, wondering if I should drive to Marion in the middle of the night to try HIS computer! But, I didn’t have a key to get into his place and thought it was foolish to drive there when I wasn’t sure if or when he would be home. 

When he did get home, he called me right away and offered to bring his computer to me! The poor guy had just gotten off a music gig and packed up his desktop and printer and drove it two hours to Farwell Hall! I think he arrived close to 4:00 am. He tried to get some sleep in my one bedroom, while I worked on getting the document finalized and printed. Thankfully, it worked!

Ironically, this memory didn’t come up in conversation while my dad was visiting me recently. But I will be sure to let him know it made it into the fall letter! Here are some reminders before the spring letter arrives in 2017:

•   Would you be interested in helping plan our next reunion? Let me know! PLEASE! :)

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•   Would you like to help current students succeed? Search for Luther's Career Network on LinkedIn. Go to for more information.

•   Would you like to make a tax-deductible gift to our alma mater? Make an online donation at 


Joanna Foy
1995 Class Agent
[email protected]

Your gift. Every year. Put to work, right away, where it is needed most. 

Each year more than 10,000 alumni, parents, and friends support the Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $100,000.  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.  Here’s how your class is doing so far this year:

CLASS OF 1995 TOTAL GIVING: $15,546.78 FROM 17.76% OF THE CLASS*

Have you made your 2016 gift to Luther?  Only 45 more gifts are needed to reach 27% for your class.  Please visit to make your gift today.  Thank you!

Please note: Your Spring 2017 class agent letter will include a listing of your classmates who gave to Luther during 2016.  Be sure to make your gift before December 31 to be included. 

*as of October 19, 2016 

Class Notes

Shannon (Miller) Duval is president and chief development officer of the National Catholic Health Initiatives Foundation in Denver.

Doug Grimm is vice president and general manager at Collabrance LLC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Andrew Olson is global project manager for Mercury Marine/Brunswick Corporation in Oshkosh, Wis.

Amy Raddatz is emergency services dispatch supervisor for Fort Collins (Colo.) 9-1-1.

Jodi Schlender Dabrowski is the director of special programs for the YMCA at Pabst Farms, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Clint Schnekloth is pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Ark. He serves on the board of Augsburg Fortress, the publishing house of the ELCA. Clint teaches as adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., and was recently honored as the 2016 Faithful Leader by the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center for his support and empowerment of workers.

Dawn (Schlatter) Spies is interim pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wis.

Carol (Ihde) Vande Velden is an accountant for Patrick A. Kvitek CPA Accounting and Tax Services in Denmark, Wis.

Rebecca (Williams) Welch of Summerville, S.C., earned a master of science degree in health informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a registered nurse and clinical analyst at the Medical University of South Carolina.


SARAH (SADOWSKI) and ELI HILL welcomed a son, Abram, in Feb. 2009. Abram joins brothers, Simon and Maxwell, and sister, Lucy.

Lizbet and KRISTIAN RONNING welcomed a son, Espen Magnus Martin, in Dec. 2015. Espen joins brother, Tor, and sisters, Julia and Linnea.

CHRISTA (GUTENBERGER) and Wayne Tollefson welcomed a daughter, Adalyn Mira, in Sept. 2015.


Lisa Humble Lea of La Crosse, Wis., and formerly of Rushford, Minn., died Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at age 43. Born in Portsmouth, Va., she graduated from Rushford-Peterson High School in 1991. Lisa majored in political science and sociology at Luther, and she earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. In 2001 she married Todd Lea, and they later divorced. Lisa was a member of Rushford Lutheran Church. She is survived by her parents, Leroy and Janet Humble; two children, Peyton and Soren; three brothers: James (Vicky) Humble, Mark Humble, and Eric (Kandyce) Humble; two sisters, Julie (Ryan) Gatzlaff and Andrea (Tim) Swagger; and ten nieces and nephews. Lisa was preceded in death by her grandparents.

1995 Class Agent Joanna Foy