Class of 1992 Fall 2019 Letter

Fall 2019

Dear Class of 1992 Alumni,

It promises to be an exciting year for Luther. In November, the college inaugurated its eleventh president, Dr. Jenifer K. Ward. President Ward joins the Luther community with more than three decades of experience as an educator, scholar, and academic leader after serving, most recently, as provost and dean of the college at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Prior to joining Centenary, President Ward served in several leadership roles at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, including dean of the college, interim provost, and associate provost. She was also a faculty member at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she taught German.     

In a message to the Luther community, President Ward said, “Our work together must be strategic, collaborative, creative, and—most importantly—must articulate what it means to be both grounded in Decorah, Iowa with a face to the world, and set goals for how we can adapt Luther’s past and present for a sustainable future.”

A self-described extrovert and lover of art, film, and literature, President Ward started her duties at Luther July 1, and her official inauguration took place November 1–3.

Learn more about President Ward—including her thoughts on food, art, Twitter, Decorah, and higher ed—on Luther’s YouTube channel (, then search “Luther College President Ward”) or in the fall issue of the Luther Magazine:

Also, while you’re at it, use this checklist to up your Luther social media game:

❏    Follow Luther College on Twitter: @LutherCollege

❏    Follow Luther College on Instagram: @LutherCollege

❏    Follow the Luther College Alumni Facebook page:

And, finally, keep in mind that Christmas at Luther takes place December 5–8. This year’s theme is Whom Angels Greet with Anthems Sweet. Luther would be happy to see you there!

Craig Rabe
1992 Class Agent
450 Hickory Court
Robins, IA 52328
[email protected]


Stephanie Agresta is SVP of client service and business development at DiGennaro Communications in New York City. 

Dave Anderson is a sales and marketing consultant at Goerend Transmission, Inc. in St. Lucas, Iowa.

Eric Anderson is an insurance underwriter for Prudential Financial in St. Paul, Minn.

Todd Baxter is director of clinical services for AmerisourceBergen’s Lash Group in the Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas) area. 

Matt Beatty of Eden Prairie, Minn., is a self-employed travel industry executive.

Greg Irving earned a master’s degree in conservation ecology from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand. He is program coordinator with Lutheran World Federation in Yangon, Myanmar.

Pete Johnson is information technologist at CentraCare Health in St. Cloud, Minn.

Kate (Spencer) Klimesh was named administrator at the Riceville Family Care and Therapy

Center in Riceville, Iowa.

Shari (Julson) Seidl is accounts payable manager at Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Green Bay, Wis.