Class of 2005 Fall 2017 Letter

Fall 2017

Dear Classmate of 2005,

We hope you are well. It always seems as if the seasons move so quickly, especially nearer the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas! We intend to update you on some of the more recent news from our alma mater and provide a continued connection between all of us as we go about our busy lives!

In case you weren’t aware, during the summer of 2017 Carlson Stadium received an upgraded playing surface. The field is now the only blue turf field at an NCAA Division III school. This will be a distinguishing feature of Luther athletics for years to come! To stay up-to-date on all Luther news and activities, remember the plethora of resources available to you! The Luther Alumni Magazine is a wonderful way to stay connected with recent information about what is going on at Luther. In addition to this, there are so many easy ways to connect with Luther on social media at Remember to keep your alumni profile updated at As we get farther from our time at Luther, finding ways to stay connected can be more difficult, but you can find information about alumni events at

Finally, we would like to remind you about the importance of your continued support to Luther College. Visit to donate to the Luther Fund (formerly Luther’s Annual Fund) and other areas. While this is an important way to help Luther continue to provide educational opportunities to all future students, there are other ways to help as well! In addition to financial support to the college, alumni can act as ambassadors for Luther College ( By referring high school students to Luther College by the deadline each year, they become eligible for a scholarship in your name!

With warm regards,

Jon Trullinger
[email protected]

Brian & Sarah (Rouse) Clark
[email protected]
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Justin Albers is principal of Decorah (Iowa) Middle School.

Aric Asplund is president of International Enviroguard in Mesquite, Texas.

Brent Barness opened the Wellness Center in Decorah, where he practices advanced internal medicine, herbal pharmacy, acupuncture, and medical pulse diagnosis. 

Lindsay Bernhagen is director of the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Terry Blessing III of Lamoni, Iowa, is director, revenue cycle operations, for nThrive.

Kristen (Snyder) Bockenstedt is information governance program manager at MidAmerican Energy Company in Urbandale, Iowa.

Erin (Stokes) Boerschel is a special needs trust advisory specialist at Wells Fargo Bank  in Minneapolis.

Ashley (Reiman) Doddridge was awarded two Champions for Learning grants for Collier Country School District in Naples, Fla.

Lindsay (Neal) Dudley teaches kindergarten at Aspirations School of Learning in Carlsbad, Calif.

Ana (Meyer) Eliason of Minneapolis is a career and internship professional at the University of Minnesota (College of Liberal Arts), assisting college students with their transition from student to chosen career.

Thomas Getchius is publications manager of clinical documents for the Heart Rhythm Society in Washington, D.C., and serves as chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Group of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies.

Susanne Graf is a registered nurse and fertility care practitioner at St. Gianna Clinic in Green Bay, Wis.

Aaron Grey is manager of accreditation and quality and performance improvement for Allina Health Group in Minneapolis.

Maren (Hadley) Kioga is a master coach for Minnesota Reading Corps in St. Paul, Minn.

Andrew Haugen is an attorney for Haugen Law Group in Chaska, Minn.

Ragnhild Hjeltnes is a consular officer with the Royal Norwegian Consulate General office in Minneapolis.

Karl Hoeschen teaches English at Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Lindsey Hoodjer earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Northern Iowa; she is a social worker for the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools.

Elliot Jordan is an IT client engineer for Snap in Venice, Calif.

Nick Leslein is a physician and a fellow in abdominal imaging within the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. His presentation, titled “Overnight Subspecialty Teleradiology Support in a Radiology Resident Program,” received a Gold Merit Abstract Award in the informatics and innovations category at the American College of Radiology annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2016.

Stacey Marlow Fisher was named a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is an emergency medicine physician at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

Megan (Hillesland) and Paul Mackie ’06 live in Chicago. She is a licensed massage therapist at Community Chiropractic. He is a business consultant for John Galt Solutions.

Alison Meier is a senior UX researcher at YouTube in San Francisco.

Meghan Myron-Karels is director of GALS Futures at Girls Athletic Leadership School in Denver.

Ryan Nilsestuen is chief legal counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in Madison.

Anna Osterbur Peterson is a teacher at Chase elementary School in Cincinnati.

Salma Alibhai earned a medical doctorate and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona Medical School. She is completing a sleep medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Bret Powell is medical director of hospice and palliative medicine at VA Central Iowa Health Care Systems in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jarrod Quinlivan is manager of patient care services, behavioral health, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C.

Hillary (Foster) Ramaker was named the first executive director of TRAIL of Johnson County, a new nonprofit organization in Iowa City, Iowa, devoted to helping older residents remain in their own homes as they age.

Andy Rump earned an M.B.A. degree with emphasis in finance from Washington State University; he is a naval flight officer on the aircraft carrier CVN-71 USS Theodore Roosevelt in San Diego.

Angie Stille is a reference librarian at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill.

Cara Stone is coordinator of information literacy instruction and user experience librarian at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

David Zelinskas of Virginia Beach, Va., is a family physician with the U.S. Navy. He was recently promoted to lieutenant commander and department head at Branch Health Clinic Naval Station Norfolk, the largest branch clinic within the Navy providing medical care to more than 20,000 beneficiaries.


LINDSAY BERNHAGEN and Peter Niswander, Jan. 31, 2017

AARON GRAESER  and Jacob Grey, Sept. 4, 2016

Katherine Minor and KARL HOESCHEN July 3, 2010

KRISTEN SNYDER and Tony Bockenstedt, Sept. 3, 2016


Jennifer and ARIC ASPLUND welcomed a son, Brooks, in June 2017.

JESSICA (SCHWAB) '07 and DEREK BALSLEY welcomed a daughter, Cosette, in March 2016.

ERIN (STOKES) and BOB BOERSCHEL ’04 welcomed a son, Caleb, in May 2011, and a son, Derek, in December 2013.

BRENT BARNESS and MICHELLE (HARRIED) ’01 welcomed a son, Emmett, in August 2013, and  a daughter, Norah, in April 2015.

LARA (GILBERTSON) and Jeremiah Bauer welcomed a daughter, Sadie Alice, in January 2014, and a son, Henry Samuel, in February 2016.

REBEKAH GILBERTSON and Calvin Crissinger welcomed a son, Ethan, in April 2012.

JOLENE (HERMES) '04 and MATHIAS DAGUE welcomed a daughter, Evelyn, in August 2015, and a son, Elliot, in March 2017

LINDSAY (NEAL) and Kyle Dudley welcomed a daughter, Emerson Mae, in August  2016.

ASHLEY (REIMAN) and Chris Doddridge welcomed a son, Owen, in May 2016.

BRIT (JOHNSON) and MICHAEL EISELE welcomed a son, Anders Martin, in July 2013 and a son, Soren Paul, in December 2016.

STACEY (MARLOW) and Jed Fisher welcomed a daughter, Laila Marie, in April 2017.

AMANDA (OELRICH) '06 and NEIL HELLER welcomed a daughter, Emily, in February 2016.

ANNA (TIMMERMAN) and Braham Ketcham welcomed a son, Elliot Oliver, in April 2016.

KATIE (BUTLER) and LEVI LIVINGOOD '04 welcomed a son, Owen Patrick, in February 2017.

CAT (KOMORNICK) and TRISTAN LUBINSKI '02 welcomed a son, Calvin Joseph, in June 2016.

Taylor and SCOTT MEYER welcomed a daughter, Ingrid Juel, in August 2015.

KIM (WILLIAMS) and Matthew Michlin welcomed a daughter, Annika Esther, in September 2016.

MELISSA (GARBRECHT) and JUSTIN PIEPER '04 welcomed a son, Isaac Luke, in April 2016.

Jen and JARROD QUINLIVAN welcomed a son, Rowan Chet, in April 2017.

BETHANY SEEDORFF and Sarah Roepke welcomed a son, Griffin, in June 2016.

MANDY HENDERSON '04 and DAVE ROWLEY welcomed a daughter, Mary Sigrid, in February 2017.