Class of 2010 Fall 2018 Letter

Fall 2018

Dear Classmates of 2010!

At certain moments, it feels like we just graduated, but other days Luther feels a world away.  For Mark and I, this time of year reminds me of welcoming our first Luther baby last year - Will Mateski - class of 2039!  It seems to be that time where several other of our classmates are having Luther babies of their own. In the last few years (Jake and Melanie Reitz (Massnick), Andrew and Rachel Dyrdal (Barkel), Clara Kienitz (Bailey-Hugill), and Stephanie Lantry (Lundby), all welcomed future Norse, just to name a few.  It seems I could fill the letter with baby announcements, but thankfully for you, Mark and Bobby won’t let me.  It’s hard to believe someday, these babies will be headed off to school - hopefully Luther!  Babies, marriages, homes, new jobs, or travels, it’s so crazy to step back and think how far we’ve all come since our first trip to Luther. 

Despite the fact we’re not returning to Luther as students this fall, we can still participate in Luther’s Homecoming Weekend, October 26–28. At Homecoming this year, there are a few fun milestones. First, the Black Student Union (BSU) commemorates its 50th anniversary this fall. There are several events planned during Homecoming and throughout the year to celebrate the founding of the organization—including forums, lectures, a brunch, and a BSU reunion—so mark your calendars. Luther’s Nursing Department also observes a birthday—its 40th—this fall. Homecoming Weekend, Kris Dreifuerst ’85 will lead a workshop for nursing educators and deliver the Ironside Distinguished (Alumni) Lecture in Nursing, which will be followed by an open house at Luther’s simulation lab.

There’s much excitement on campus as the Class of 2022 enters the first-year halls and begin the adventure of a lifetime! Take a moment to relish in some of the awesome happenings on campus – I know I say frequently, if only I could go back! For example, summer research in the fields of microbiology and neuroscience are starting to take stabs at a real health problem of our day, antibiotic resistance! How about Luther continuing to make positive strides in reducing their carbon footprint on the days when every new student is carrying more boxes than sweaty parents and siblings can bear to carry! And, now, students will have new opportunities of study in the fields of Visual Communication and Musical Theater coming this fall! What great advancements and excitement awaits students this year!

If you can’t make it down to Homecoming, we encourage you to grab a friend, a spouse, or even a stranger J and plan a trip to relive some of those awesome Luther memories!  Please let us know what’s new in your life too! Until then, best wishes for a beautiful and fun filled fall.

As always, GO NORSE

Soli Deo Gloria.



2010 class agents:

Mark & Kelsie Mateski
2284 Travelers Trail
Eagan, MN 55122
563-343-1394; 651-249-6532
[email protected]; [email protected]

Bobby Anderson
1019 Canterbury Lane NW
Rochester, MN 55901-3406
[email protected]


Kate (Haller) Ailabouni is a development assistant for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in St. Paul, Minn.

Joseph Amerman is temporary administrative assistant for alumni relations at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

Tyler Bass is CEO at Recruited Athletes and owner of TBASS at Home Fitness in Plymouth, Minn. 

Tyler Best is program officer for new vaccine introduction at the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. 

Yassie (Mesbah) Blackmon is assistant registrar at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee. 

Bonnie (Garvens) Brown is a fellow at Swedish Family Medicine, First Hill, in Seattle. 

Anna Bullard is a multilingual language learner teacher for the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools. 

Mark Burris earned a master’s degree in business administration strategy from HEC Paris and is a consultant for Tagattitude in Rocquencourt, France.

Stephanie Conant teaches science and STEM at Maury Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Makara Fairman is care specialist and team leader at CIGNA Behavioral Health in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Laura (Dietmeyer) Ferree is engagement director at YMCA at Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc, Wis.

Nate Gendron is Steel County administrative director at Fernbrook Family Center in Owatonna, Minn. He is also the head girls’ soccer coach and assistant girls’ lacrosse coach at Owatonna High School.

Linnea Graffunder-Bartels is senior community development specialist for The City of Oakdale, Minn.

Jill (Bohle) Grauman earned a Ph.D. in English, rhetoric and professional communication from Iowa State University. She is assistant professor of English composition at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Nicole (Gesch) Grochowski earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction for mathematics from Concordia University-Portland. She is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual in Germantown, Wis.

Julie Hanson is a pediatrician at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn.

Rachel Haug Root is flute gallery manager at Schmitt Music in Minneapolis.

Amanda Kloser earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa. She teaches at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa.

Benjamin Kratchmer is a fine furniture designer and maker at The Perseverance Works in Decorah.

Marie Maguina Heller is a DREAMzone management intern at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

Maritza Navarro is care coordinator at HealthFinders Collaborative in Northfield, Minn.

Ally Nilsen is performing arts department chair and teaches music at The Prairie School in Racine, Wis.

Dan Offerdahl earned a master’s degree from Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and is a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall, Minn.

Andrew Peterson is the career readiness coordinator with AchieveMpls at Edison High School in Minneapolis.

Joshua Qualley is senior business analyst at Allina Health in Minneapolis.

Nora Shaffer is a freelance clarinetist and private instructor in Chicago. She recently published a comprehensive intermediate scale study, Scales and Harmonic Studies for the Intermediate Clarinetist, available in many music stores or on

Gregory Shirbroun is program manager at IT Career Lab in Minneapolis.

Cari (Clabough) Thorvig of Blaine, Minn., is account executive at Thomson Reuters.

Jacob Vaith of Lake City, Minn., is senior manager, systems vulnerability and configuration management at U.S. Bank.

Ben Zamora-Weiss is a digital media librarian at Aldis Systems in Minneapolis.


BONNIE GARVENS and Anthony Brown, June 3, 2017

NICOLE GESCH and Matthew Grochowski, Aug. 5, 2017

SARAH LULOFF and KYLE LILLY '09, July 8, 2017

ANDREW PETERSON and Kirsten Bock, Nov. 3, 2017


Rachel and AARON ZANDER welcomed a son, Henry Aaron, in February 2018.