Class of 2013 Fall 2017 Letter

Fall 2017

Dear Classmate, 

Happy Fall! I always look forward to fall, because I know it means I get to return to Decorah soon for Christmas at Luther! From what I’ve seen on Facebook, it looks like Decorah is booming with several new businesses downtown. I can’t wait to go back! 

A few new things to keep in mind: Luther has an updated website! Of interest, you can access all Luther-related social media by visiting or see the latest campus news at 

I hope many of you have heard about the new Alumni Ambassador Program. This is basically a series of recruitment efforts. Referring prospective students to Luther gets them a $1,000 scholarship per year, upon enrollment, for all four years! Other efforts include hosting admissions student meetings, representing Luther at college fairs, contacting prospective students, and distributing literature about Luther to local schools or communities. If you’re interested, you can visit to find out more information. 

As you know, gifts are important to Luther College. The Annual Fund now has a new name – the Luther Fund. Although the name has changed, the importance and recipients of these gifts are the same. Donations to the Luther Fund help with scholarships and financial aid, field study trips, music tours, student organizations, volunteer opportunities, college ministries, research, and all of the buildings and maintenance on campus, to name a few. Remember that when you make a gift to the Luther Fund, you are personally supporting students and their experiences at Luther. Visit to donate today!

Happy Fall!

Jessica Zenchak


2013 Class Agents:

Clara Bergan
1301 Locust Street, Apt. 202
Des Moines, IA 50309-2927
[email protected]
Jessica Zenchak
1425 East Bellows Street
Apt. G10
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858-3660
[email protected]


Joel Barkel is a Peace Corps volunteer in Ruhango, Rwanda.

Clara Bergan is donor relations manager for Greater Des Moines (Iowa) Habitat for Humanity.

Jordan Burkhart earned a master’s degree in student affairs from Iowa State University; he is residence life coordinator for Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

Sam DePagter is senior research analyst at Ipsos in Chicago.

Anna DiCecco is the corporate social responsibility coordinator for the Miami (Fla.) Football Club in Miami.

Jessica Edblom is proposal coordinator for IMEG Corp. in Rock Island, Ill.

Abbie Gould teaches seventh-grade English and ninth- through twelfth-grade psychology at Regina High School in Iowa City, Iowa.

Brittany Hansen earned a doctorate in physical therapy from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa; she is a traveling physical therapist for Delta Healthcare Providers in Golden Valley, Minn.

Emily Hansen earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University. She is a resident physician at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

Laura Harney teaches high school biology at the Girls Athletic Leadership School in Denver.

Meredith Hoyland earned a master’s degree in psychology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is a doctoral student at the university.

Hannah Kosgard is a travel advisor at Latin America For Less in Lima, Peru.

Cassandra (Chalhoub) Kotek is the marketing director at McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Micah Kust is a physical therapist at Force Physical Therapy in Miami.

Drew Mick is Knightcaller program manager for Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Annie (Klepper) Neubauer is a pharmacist for Hartig Drug in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tyler Reece earned a doctorate of music arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was named the 2015 Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist of the Year by NATS-LA, and is a teaching assistant to the voice department and conductor of Women’s Chorus at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Anndi Russell is a regional admissions counselor in Denver for Luther College.

Jena Schwake is a technology productivity consultant at Northwestern Mutual in Minneapolis.

Annika (Ellison) Scott is a social worker for the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.

Anthony Smith is a sales representative for Midwest Mattress in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hannah Strack graduated from the University of Iowa’s CIMBA Italy program and is an admissions counselor for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco.

Ashley Wright is ticket office staff manager for Des Moines (Iowa) Performing Arts.


KELSEY BROWN and Ben Legore, July 16, 2016

CASSANDRA CHALHOUB and Kevin Kotek, Oct. 8, 2016

SARAH CORFMAN and Paul Hibbing, May 30, 2016

Christina Espegren and JOEL BARKEL, Dec. 31, 2015

OLIVIA HAHN and Jonny Diercks, Sept. 19, 2015

April Hieb and DANNY ROBB, Oct. 7, 2017



LUCY VENS '14 and LOUIS MAZZETTA, Sept. 10, 2016

SHANNON WILSON and JEFF KNUTSON '12, Aug. 20, 2016


LESLIE PALMER and Ryan Hackman welcomed a daughter, Sage Elizabeth, in March 2017.

SARAH (CORFMAN) and Paul Hibbing welcomed a son, Holden Bravery, in February 2017.

ANNIKA (ELLISON) and ROBBY SCOTT welcomed a daughter, Lucy Lorraine, in December 2016.