Class of 2016 Fall 2018 Letter

Fall 2018

Hello Class of 2016,

It’s the start of a new school year at Luther, and we can’t believe that six years ago we were stepping on campus as freshmen (we’re getting old, people).

This year Luther will celebrate two important milestones during Luther’s Homecoming Weekend, October 26–28. 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. Luther’s Nursing Department also observes a birthday—its 40th—this fall! There are also numerous other speakers coming to campus so if you find yourself in the Oneota Valley, swing by for some good ‘ol Luther life motivation!

Finally, most have heard that President Paula Carlson will retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year. During her time at Luther, President Carlson added several academic programs to the college, renewed outdoor facilities, expanded Luther’s Career Center services, developed and launched the “Next Steps for Sophomores” program, added a dean of institutional equity and inclusion to Luther’s staff, and achieved Luther’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 50 percent by the end of 2015, among other things. Luther’s Board of Regents is taking the necessary steps in the presidential search process with the hope of transitioning leadership over the course of next summer and having a new president in place for the 2019–20 academic year.

While changes are happening on campus there are also many 2016 grads who have committed to big life changes as well! Congratulations to our fellow Norse who got married this year!

We hope you’re doing well and that you find your way back to Luther sometime soon to reminisce and enjoy a drink at TG, Pulpit, or just eat a lot of Mabe’s.

‘Til next time, Norse!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Hailey Johnson
2016 Class Agent
6219 E. Long Circle S
Centennial, CO 80112
[email protected]

Jacy Mahoney
2016 Class Agent
13075 Bacardi Avenue
Rosemount, MN 55068-3002
[email protected]

Laura Vestle
2016 Class Agent
110 W. Grant Street, Apt. 32A
Minneapolis, MN 55403
[email protected]


Laurie (Dahlstrom) Adrian teaches third grade for the Postville (Iowa) Community Schools. - Kelsey Agather is marketing communications officer assistant as Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in Minneapolis.- Jack Alger is an accountant for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. - Rachel Amerman is a member of AmeriCorps in Minneapolis. - Kristin Anderson is a graphic designer at Holden Village in Chelan, Wash. - Betsy Austin is an upper elementary music specialist at the Universal American School in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. - Zoe Bachman is VISTA volunteer coordinator at Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. - Ellen Badger is a field research assistant at Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Eco-System Association in Douglas, Wyo. - Erika Balk of St. Paul, Minn., is a project manager and business process analyst at Optum. - Allison Bansen is volunteer coordinator at Oregon Food Bank in Portland, Ore. - Cody Berger is a financial advisor at Meridian, formerly called Minneapolis Financial Group, in Minneapolis. - Jordan Blank is a K3 scholar coach for Minnesota Reading Corps in St. Paul, Minn. - Nathan Bloechl is the sports and news director and play-by-play broadcaster for KHBT Radio 97.7 in Humboldt, Iowa. - Samantha (Pisney) Bohr is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. - Rebecca Boyken is assistant manager at Hy-Vee in Mason City, Iowa. - Erin Bradley is a software developer at Travelers Insurance in Minneapolis. - Alex Brandt is case coordinator at Nokomis Health, Inc. in Minneapolis. - Clare Brandt is audit coordinator at Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Iowa City, Iowa. - Brady Brinkmeyer is director of concierge services at NFC Amenity Management in Asbury Park, N.J. - Emma Brown is research project coordinator at Compendium Partners in Des Moines, Iowa. - Kylie (Kruse) Brown is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. - Michael Bruins is a CollegePoint coach for College Possible in St. Paul, Minn. - Hannah Butler is a freelance production assistant in Chicago. - Sandra Cardenas is a registered nurse at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. - Alexander Catena teaches English at CEIP Rosalía de Castro in Madrid, Spain. - Matthew Christopherson is operations assistant at Graham Automotive in Sioux Falls, S.D.  - Jonathan Cochrane is senior research analyst of technology deployment at UnitedHealth Medicare & Retirement, and senior business analyst for Optum, UnitedHealth Group in Eden Prairie, Minn. - Hannah Dailey is a tutor with Educational Resource Associates, Inc. in West Des Moines, Iowa. - Anna DeHerder is a specialist teacher at STEP Academy in St. Paul, Minn. - Carly Densmore is staff accountant at Ernst & Young in Minneapolis. - Bailey Devine is senior demand forecast analyst for home automation at Best Buy in Richfield, Minn. - Dorjee Dhondup is a software developer at Fastenal Company in Winona, Minn.  - Audry Dontje Lindell is youth and family coordinator at Concordia Lutheran Church in Superior, Wis., and is assistant director at Camp Amnicon. - Coriann Dorgay earned a master’s degree in clinical lab science from Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, and is a medical technologist and clinical lab scientist at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Milwaukee. - Emily Dufford is a service member with FoodCorps in Waterville, Maine. - Alyssa Dutkanych is an intern at The Annoyance Theatre and Bar in Chicago. - Samantha Ea volunteers at Young Adults in Global Mission in Beit Sahour, Palestine. - Lydia Eager is relationship manager at JetClosing, Inc. in Scottsdale, Ariz. - Gabriel Eide works at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce in Decorah. - Maxfield Elliot is a customer retention specialist at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis. - Elyssa Eull is a restoration technician at Landbridge Ecological in St. Paul, Minn. - Aaron Fargo is a tax consultant at Deloitte in Minneapolis.  - Megan Feltes is an account manager at BeneUSA, LLC in Chanhassen, Minn. - James Foster teaches English at Hangzhou New Oriental School in Zhejiang, China. - Eddie Freier is an accountant at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP in Minneapolis. - Wesley Frye is a collaborative pianist at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and tenor II section leader at the Church of Saint Louis, King of France in St. Paul, Minn. - Rachel Fyfe teaches fourth grade at Beattie Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb. - Kalla Galyon is office manager for Garrett Larson at State Farm Insurance in Minneapolis. - Meredith Gantner is a mental health practitioner at Therapy Connections in Edina, Minn. - Emily Gehlsen is HR assistant at CLUES in St. Paul, Minn. - Web Gehring is ministry associate at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Grand Forks, N.D. - Adam Graf is program support specialist at Wisconsin Youth Company in Madison, Wis. - Sean Guerra is account services senior associate and ASO banking analyst at Cigna in Greenwood Village, Colo. - Paul Gustafson is a loan document specialist at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis. - Spencer Hackler is an ASD paraprofessional at Century High School in Rochester, Minn. - Sydney (Gehrt) Hain is an educational specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. - Erik Hahn is a pharmacokineticist at Array BioPharma in Boulder, Colo. - Kelsey Hansen is a physical therapy student at the Mayo School of Health Sciences and a physical therapy technician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. -Philip Hanson is activities coordinator at Foothills Gateway in Fort Collins, Colo. - Josh Harper is a group leader at Wisconsin Youth Company in in Madison, Wis. - Miriam Harries earned a master’s degree in entertainment technology from Carnegie Mellon University and is a game designer at Schell Games in Pittsburgh. - Ben Harrison is sports editor and community manager at Playbuzz in Nashville, Tenn. - Andrew Hartmann is a team lead at Mill Havel Foods in New Lisbon, Wis. - Kayla Harwick graduated from the addiction counseling certificate program at Winona State University in Rochester, Minn. She is an eating disorder technician at The Emily Program. She also is secretary for Sing Out Loud, and a placement nanny for College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors. - Jesslyn Hendrickson is a medical scribe at Emergency Care Consultants in Minneapolis. - Margaret Hill is an orthopedic registered nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. - Connor Hoff is graduate student at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and a student worker para professional at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and research intern for the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minn. - Landi Huang earned a master of business and science degree in analytics from Rutgers University, and is a digital marketing analytics intern at Philips Lighting in Somerset, N.J. - Kavindra Illanco is a management trainee at John Keells Holdings in Sri Lanka. - Carli (Radil) Jentz is an advisory services consultant at Optum and senior research analyst at UnitedHealth Group in Eden Prairie, Minn. - Kathryn Johnson is a bank teller at Earlham Savings Bank in West Des Moines, Iowa, and wellness center staff at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. - Natalee Johnson is a global mobility specialist at Plus Relocation Services in Minneapolis. - Zoe Johnson is a registered nurse at the Mother Baby Center in Excelsior, Minn. - Kajsa Jones is managing director at Merrill Community Arts Center in Woodbury, Minn. - Lily Jorgensen is cybersecurity awareness lead at Adient in Milwaukee. - Nicole Kahugu is reproductive health program assistant at Population Services International in Nairobi, Kenya. - Erin Kammer is an on premise recruiter at Aerotek in Rochester, Minn. - Anna Karnitz is emergency department health unit coordinator at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn. - Max Kemp is a customer service representative at Sysmex America, Inc. in Mundelein, Ill. - Ehren Kluge is an application support engineer at Merrill Corporation in St. Paul, Minn. - Kyle Knudson is field energy specialist for Tesla in Bloomington, Minn. - Brandi Knupp is an accounting associate at Elire, Inc. in Minneapolis. - David Kort is manager of the floorcoverings department at Menards in Green Bay, Wis. - Katherine Kovacovich is senior program associate at Brainfood for Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Washington, D.C. - Emily Lange is an administrative assistant at FourPoint Energy in Denver.  - Katie Larson is a counseling associate at Thurgood Marshall Academy for Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Washington, D.C. - Logan Larson earned a master of music degree in composition from the University of Kansas and is a doctoral student in music composition at the University of Miami. - Emilie Lenz is program instructor for HomeBase for the Wayzata (Minn.) Public Schools. - Peter Lillibridge is facilities manager at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas. - Mike Loher is an analytical chemist with Lutonix in New Hope, Minn. - Zachary Louwagie is an assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis. - David Lowe is a land acquisition financial analyst at Lennar in San Antonio, Texas. - Katie Lower is director of economic development for the City of Elkader, Iowa. - Nicole (Larsen) Lucas is a pediatric and prenatal genetic counselor at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. - Matthew Lunning is territory manager for Hormel Foods in Bethlehem, Pa. - Jeremy Maas earned a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.  - Tonderai Mabvure is a quality control lab analyst at 3M in St. Paul, Minn. - Ian Macpherson is a staff athletic trainer with Memorial Health at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. - Eyala Manga teaches French at Mes Amis French School in Anoka, Minn. - Robert Manges is a research assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. - Marfiano Manuel is volunteer support assistant for the Peace Corps in Timor-Leste. - Tricia (Glotfelty) Martin is an accounts clerk at Lee Enterprises in Davenport, Iowa. - Sarah McKay is a registered nurse with Allina Health in St. Paul, Minn. - Nathan Meyer is audit senior assistant at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Minneapolis. - Sylvester Mhlanga is financial aid administrator at Capella University in Minneapolis. - Lindsay (Lovaas) Millea is a case manager at Bethany for Children and Families in Moline, Ill. - Jacob Miller is a technical sourcing recruiter for Amazon in Seattle. - Sarah (Eckhert) Moen is a talent development and training specialist at TriTech Software Systems in Decorah. - Tyler Moon is food service manager for Aramark in Rosemount, Minn. - Jenna Myers is a medical scribe with Elite Medical Scribes in Bloomington, Minn. - Bjrn Myhre is a creative producer at Novartis in Basel, Switzerland. - Genevieve Myran is the weddings and events assistant at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in Chanhassen, Minn. - Jenna Nelson is marketing assistant at The Quarto Group in Minneapolis. - Robbie Nesmith is a software development engineer for Amazon in Seattle. - Josh Olson is choir director at Merrill (Wis.) High School. - Brian Paulsrud is a pharmaceutical supply chain coordinator at the University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City, Iowa. - Blake Peterson is assistant baseball coach at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn. - Breanne Pierce is a loan servicing specialist at Wells Fargo in West Des Moines, Iowa.  - Lexie Polk is real estate services administrator at CBRE in Bannockburn, Ill. - Laura Post is a clinical lab technologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. - Anneliese Preus is a registered nurse at Allina Health in St. Paul, Minn. - Laura Proescholdt is development and policy associate at Minnesota Housing Partnership in St. Paul, Minn. - Erik Queoff earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, and is assistant track and field coach at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wis. - Michael Rahman of Eagan, Minn., is vice president at College Works Painting. - Rachel Rem is a behavioral therapist at the Rochester Center for Autism in Rochester, Minn. - Sarah Rickertsen is an administrative assistant at A La Carte Creative Group in Spring Park, Minn. - Jessica Ries-Wandrey is a cardiac care unit nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. - Karyn Saathoff is an EdVenture program mentor at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo. - Gabe Saemisch is a senior business analyst with UnitedHealth Group in Minneapolis. - Fred Scaife teaches music for the Wapsie Valley Community Schools in Fairbank, Iowa. - Sara Schloesser is an online coach at Beach Body and assistant manager at Maurices in Decorah. - Isabel Scoblic is a registered nurse at UCHealth Cancer Center in Fort Collins, Colo. - Bethany Seavers Templeton teaches for the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston. - Dylan Smallwood is a commercial loan officer at First Farmers and Merchants Bank in Stewartville, Minn.  - Jessica Speicher is the athletic trainer at Cresco (Iowa) High School and a master’s student in sports administration at Upper Iowa University. - Cierra Stafford is order coordinator at JM Swank in North Liberty, Iowa. - Ellie Strube teaches kindergarten for the Rutherford County Schools in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  - Isak Swanson is research intern at Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. - Ethan Taylor is a native English teacher at EPIK in Busan, South Korea. - Koffi Tchalla is a sales consultant at Enterprise Car Sales in Burnsville, Minn. - Emma Tebben teaches elementary music and band at The American School Foundation in Mexico City, Mexico. - Kassondra (Johnson) Thompson is an HR assistant at Manko Window Systems in Des Moines, Iowa. - Ashley Tobias is a social worker for Wright County (Minn.) Human Services Agency. - Ivy Truong is assurance staff at Ernst & Young in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - Adam Turner is account administrator at Lockton Companies in Chicago. - Melissa VanBenthuysen is a pharmacy technician at CVS Pharmacy in Lakeville, Minn. - Kaleb Van Gerpen is an application programmer analyst at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis. - Emilee Velander teaches Spanish at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colo. - Ryan Vijums is a product developer at Post Consumer Brands in Lakeville, Minn. - Katherine Vorderbruggen is a global affairs policy officer at the 1989 Generation Initiative in London, England. - Mary Claire Vuckovich is program and events coordinator for the Old Masters Society of the Art Institute of Chicago. - Tyler Walls of Kansas City earned an MBA degree in organizational development from Upper Iowa University and is director of business development for the University. - Janele (Holt) Waterman is the university advancement data assistant at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn. - Jayse Weaver is a research technologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. - William Weeks of Minneapolis is a flight attendant for SkyWest Airlines. - Molly (Brown) Wright works in sales and marketing at Brown-Wilbert, Inc. in Roseville, Minn. - Evan Woodard is a software engineer at TSI Incorporated in Shoreview, Minn. - Jackson Woolems is sales service representative at Cintas in Minneapolis.



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