Class of 2007 Spring 2018 Letter

Spring 2018

Dear Luther Class of 2007,

We hope that this letter finds you well!  As our lives are continually filled with family, work, children, and life in general, it is always good to take care of yourself. We all have different preferences for our self-care, but we, your class agents, would like to throw out different options through this letter.

If you are lucky enough to live close to Luther or be in the region the sports teams travel, you may find attending a game, match, or visiting campus for a sporting event as your way to treat yourself. Or, if you want to take in a concert, that may also be an option to reconnect with yourself through something you loved participating in while at Luther. 

It is also possible to take a trip for the weekend or possibly longer, if you have the time.  Upcoming activities can reconnect you with Luther and the Decorah area include the Oneota Film Festival, April 19-21 ( or the always fun Nordic Fest, July 26-28 ( There are now two breweries in Decorah – consider meeting your friends or favorite professors for a beer at Toppling Goliath or Pulpit Rock Brewing Companies! 

If beer is not your flavor, you may be more inclined to take an international trip this year.  Consider joining an alumni tour with Nordic Choir to Germany and Czechia (May/June 2018) or join the Sicily and Malta trip. (October 2018). 

Maybe none of that is on your list, but talking about Luther and referring students is. The Alumni Ambassador program ( is designed to connect us with prospective students. A scholarship for students referred by us is included!  Check it out to learn more and get involved.

And finally, your contributions to the Luther community are always appreciated whether that is by attending events, hosting students or providing monetary gifts. The community greatly appreciates it! You can make a gift today by using the attached form and the reusable envelope or by visiting

Be sure to stay up to date on all that happens at Luther via Luther News (

We hope you have a wonderful spring and look forward to our shared contributions to this great community!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt
2007 Class Agent
[email protected]

Megan (St. Clair) Nelson
2007 Class Agent
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Sarah (Quick) Olejniczak
2007 Class Agent
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Kristin (Maiers) Eide, is an assistant professor in the department of family medicine and community at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Elena Geiger-Simpson earned a doctor of nursing practice degree with a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specialty from the University of Minnesota, and a certificate in integrative therapies and healing practices from the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in Minneapolis.

Matthew Hagen is vice president of Finance Operations at Monster in Weston, Mass.

Kimmie Hall is a registered respiratory therapist at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Zach Klobnak earned a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt is executive assistant to the associate vice chancellor of human resources at West Valley-Mission Community College District in Saratoga, Calif.

Tom Lindsley is a senior interaction designer at Workiva in Ames, Iowa.

Amanda (Schmall) Lorentz is a shareholder of Fredrikson and Byron, P.A., in Minneapolis.

Adam Loy is an assistant professor of statistics at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

Amanda (Ellson) and Leif Madsen ’08 live in Bloomington, Ind. Amanda is an assistant athletic trainer for Indiana University, working with the volleyball team. Leif earned a Ph.D. in human performance at Indiana University in Aug. 2017. He is a clinical assistant professor and the clinical coordinator of the athletic training program at Indiana University.

Kelsey (Cochrane) Martinez of Phoenix, Ariz., earned a master’s degree in literacy curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University.

Beth Pfotenhauer is the head virologist at the Milwaukee Public Health Department and founder of Traveling Microbiologist and Friends, a nonprofit that provides developing community water quality testing and training.

Jason Rude was selected to be a part of the Fords Theater National Oratory Fellowship, which focuses on bringing oratory to classroom. Fellows work with teaching artists throughout the year and attend workshops in Washington, D.C., twice a year to plan and share work. Jason teaches seventh and eighth grade social studies at New Hampton (Iowa) Middle School.

Amy (May) Teigland earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She teaches pre-kindergarten at MSUM Early Education Center in Moorhead, Minn.



ANNA BINGHAM and Michael Yearous, Aug. 12, 2017

JOHANNA CROCK and Tyler Warner, Sept. 9, 2017

CARLY GREENWOOD and Cory Bauer, Sept. 3, 2017

DENISE KIRCHHOFF and Kevin McCarty, July 15, 2017

AMY MAY and James Teigland, Aug. 19, 2017

EMILY QUEALY and Ryan Heath, Aug. 22, 2015


CHRISTINA (GAARD) and Jamie Baumgart welcomed a son, Andrew James, in June 2017.

MEGAN (ANDERSON) and JOSEPH BEATTY welcomed a daughter, Hannah Marie, in July 2017.

LISA (SAVRE) '08 and MATTHEW BUSCHE welcomed a son, Micah Savre, in October 2017.

AMANDA (POHLMAN) and Michael Janke welcomed a daughter, Hallie Jane, in May 2016.

AMANDA (SCHMALL) and Brian Lorentz welcomed a son, Luke, in June 2017.

CAROL (REECE) '08 and MIKE LUDEKING welcomed a daughter, Emily Louise, in February 2017.

Rachel and MATT PYLE welcomed a son, Finnigan, in November 2016.

KATIE (KRUSE) and John Rather welcomed a son, Jack, in May 2017.

Anne and BRETT SCHEETZ welcomed a daughter, Luka Rose, in October 2017.

RACHEL (LITTLE) and Sam Schmidt welcomed a daughter, Abigail Gladys, in July 2017.