Class of 2010 Fall 2017 Letter

Fall 2017

Greetings, class of 2010!  Is the end of another summer making you feel blue?  Maybe you’ve just been staring at the new football field too long. This is our terrible joke to make sure you’ve heard about Luther’s new football field. In case you missed it, Luther dedicated both its brand new blue turf football field and its newly reconstructed tennis courts this fall. The completion of these projects brings two new state-of-the-art surfaces to Luther’s athletic facilities.

Luther’s ability to continue to provide top-tier facilities is due in large part to alumni donors and their continued support. Both projects were made possible by generous contributions by alumni, just like you, who found and pursued their passion at Luther and wanted to help current Luther students continue to enjoy their college experience. We hope you think back to your own passion at Luther and give to whatever program or sport is close to your heart. As always, we encourage you to consider giving a general gift to the Luther Fund to ensure future generations enjoy all of Luther’s opportunities. Giving to the Luther Fund is the best way to make an immediate impact. Visit to get started, or simply return your gift in the reusable envelope.

Monetary giving is important but not the only way you can help Luther. Think back for a moment to how you first heard about Luther.  Was it through the referral of a friend, parent, teacher, or alumnus?  One of the best ways we can promote Luther is by discussing our experience with potential students. Luther recently announced its Alumni Ambassador Program, which focuses on five key ways to participate. It is worth noting that if you refer a prospective student who eventually enrolls, he or she will qualify for a $1,000 scholarship each year, for four years.  We encourage you to read more about the program by visiting By participating in the Alumni Ambassador Program, we can ensure Luther is able to continue to enroll exceptional students.

We hope you get a chance to make it down to Luther this year to check out the new facilities, experience Christmas at Luther, or just hang out around campus.  As always – GO NORSE!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Mark and Kelsie Mateski


2010 Class Agents:

Mark & Kelsie (Allen) Mateski
2284 Travelers Trail
Eagan, MN 55122
563-343-1394; 651-249-6532
[email protected]; [email protected]
Bobby Anderson
150 N. Park Ridge Road
North Liberty, IA 52317-2317
[email protected]


Megan (Hallberg) Bang of Forest City, Iowa, is a software engineer for Huron Consulting Group in Chicago.

Jacob Bohlken is a developer at CATS Software, Inc., in Minneapolis.

Anna Bullard teaches English as a second language at Universal Academy Charter School in St. Paul, Minn.

Abraham Campos completed the emergency medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is an emergency medical services fellow at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Susannah Clark is digital marketing manager for VISION EASE in Ramsey, Minn.

Ana Cristina (Avelar-Cabrera) Diaz earned an MSW degree from California State University-San Bernardino. She is a medical social worker for Charter Hospice of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.

Stephanie (Sutton) Fromm is director of Winneshiek County Development in Decorah.

Lars-Erik Larson plays drums with the band Dead Man Winter. On March 30, 2017, they performed on the TBS late-night show CONAN.

Jason Mott is the high school instrumental music director at the American School of Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

Laurel (Whitis) Mueller earned the D.O. degree from Des Moines University. She is an internal medicine resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Nora Shaffer is a freelance clarinetist and private instructor in Chicago and recently appeared with the Illinois Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra, among others. She is a Vandoren artist and maintains an active concert and clinic schedule as principal clarinet/Eb clarinet with the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet (LECQ). The quartet appeared as artists at the Chicago Clarinet Symposium in May and the International Clarinet Association’s “Clarinet Fest” in August. LECQ was also awarded an August residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute with composer Jonathan Hannau. Nora maintains studios at Marian Catholic High School, Lake Central High School, and Puzon’s Musical Instruments.

Diane (Balfany) Sitkowski is a crisis responder for Veterans Crisis Line-Department of Veteran Affairs in Atlanta.

Sarah (Palm) Spencer is a client service manager at Gruen Digital Marketing Agency in Minneapolis.

Sarah Sprecher is CNA at Humboldt (Iowa) County Memorial Hospital.

Megan (Harding) Thorsen is a Title 1 reading teacher at Urbandale (Iowa) Community Schools.

Brittany (Buczek) and Nathan Todd ’09 purchased the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Company in Decorah from Luther alumnus Craig Running ’68. Brittany is also owner and photographer for Photography by Brittany in downtown Decorah.

Alicia (Hale) Zaccaro is a medical social worker for Hospice of Dubuque (Iowa).

Robert Zacek is a line cook for Hy-Vee in Ankeny, Iowa.

Aaron Zander is assistant director of development for the College of the University of Chicago.


DIANE BALFANY and Matt Sitkowski, June 11, 2016

MEGAN HALLBERG and Dakota Bang, May 25, 2017

ANA CRISTINA (MOLINA) and Dorian Diaz, Oct. 20, 2014

Angela Staron  and JASON MOTT, July 16, 2016

LAUREL WHITIS and Matthew Mueller, June 17, 2017


SAM (REISER) and Ryan Collins welcomed a daughter, Rayna Ann, in December 2016.

ANA (MOLINA) and Dorian Diaz welcomed a son, Damon, in November 2015.

RACHEL (BARKEL) and ANDREW DYRDAL welcomed a daughter, Lucie Geneva, in November 2016.

JULIA (SCHIEFELBEIN) '11 and RYAN EGAN welcomed a son, Soren, in August 2016.

EMILY (WORKMAN) '08 and J. P. MCGINNIS welcomed a daughter, Ella Jane, in January 2017.

JULIA (JENKINS) '09 and JOE OLYNYK welcomed a son, Leo, in April 2016.

KELSEY (VAALER) '11 and JAKE VAITH welcomed a son, Anders, in November 2016.

ALICIA (HALE) and DAN ZACCARO '09 welcomed a daughter, Aria, in February 2016.