Class of 2005 Fall 2019 Letter

Fall 2019

Dear Class of 2005 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!

Kind regards,

Brian & Sarah (Rouse) Clark
2005 Class Agents
2354 Chilcombe Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108-1626
[email protected]
[email protected]

Jon Trullinger
2005 Class Agent
200 Lynnfield Lane
Garner, NC 27529
[email protected]


Kathryn Armstrong is operations business manager at Conagra Brands in Chicago.

Kweku Bankah is director of risk consulting at KPMG in Minneapolis.

Curtis Bartlett is district STEM coordinator at Neenah Joint School District in Neenah, Wis.

Raul Braganza is sales head - west, north, and east at BTVI in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Kari (Lippert) Chapman is manager of metrology at Integrated DNA Technologies in Coralville, Iowa.

Kalyn Cody is field specialist- family finance at ISU Extension and Outreach in Altoona, Iowa.

Jenn Collins is lead pastor at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wis.

Becky (Gilbertson) Crissinger teaches orchestra for the Albert Lea (Minn.) School District.

Jessica (Kruse) Cummings is a special education teacher at Howard-Winneshiek (Iowa) Community Schools.

Brian Deegan is radiation oncologist at Cancer Specialists of Northern Florida in Fleming Island, Fla.

Tim Elgin is neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Lesley (Hiebing) Friedhoff of Palm Harbor, Fla., is military program director at Windmoor Healthcare of Clearwater.

Jackie (Denison) andTom Getchius live in Eden Prairie, Minn. Jackie is a licensed professional clinical counselor. She opened her own private practice, Wellspring Women’s Counseling, which provides mental health therapy services to women in Minnesota and specializes in perinatal mental health and women’s issues across the lifespan. Tom is a director at the American Heart Association.

Irene (ErkenBrack) Green is managing director at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vt.

Ivan Grgic is owner and manager at AG Systems Duo doo in Pancevo, Serbia.

Mark Guy was accepted into the partnership of Eide Bailly, LLP in Minneapolis, a regionally certified public accounting and business advisory firm.

Aaron Hagenson is a software engineer at C.H. Robinson in Eden Prairie, Minn. 

Kirstyn Hedahl Fulton is a physical therapist at Summit Orthopedics in St. Paul, Minn.

Clare Holland is an app systems engineer at Wells Fargo in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Lindsay Kimball is assistant program director at The Current and interim director of membership for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, Minn. 

Ginny King is a substance abuse counselor at Preferred Family Healthcare in Hannibal, Mo

Benjamin Laws is advisor and owner at Evexia Wealth in Appleton, Wis.

T.C. Mack is interim director of counseling and wellness at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.

Scott Meyer is executive director of entrepreneurship initiatives at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.

Joshua Minnes is production planner at Tate & Lyle in Heyworth, Ill.

Ryan Nilsestuen of Madison, Wis., is Governor Tony Evers’ chief legal counsel and co-chair on the Governor’s Judicial Selection Advisory Committee.

Salma (Alibhai) Patel is assistant professor and sleep medicine specialist at the University of Arizona Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. She recently won a $100,000 Career Development Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for her project, “Cardiorespiratory Interactions during Noninvasive Ventilation”, which will analyze the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute- funded Sleep Heart Health Study and Banner Health databases to understand the relationship between obtrusive sleep apnea and death.

Ryan Person earned a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from Texas Tech University. He is director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. In Jan. he was the guest director at the Northwest Iowa Choral Directors Association annual 9-12th Grade Honor Choir.

Katie (Bolin) and Adam Ranes ‘04 work in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. She is an attorney, mediator, and owner at Ranes Law Firm. He is a client advisor and client executive at ReSource Pro.

Julie (Kruse) Summer is senior human resources generalist at Mediture in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Becca Tumm is development director for Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry in Minneapolis.

Lisl (Lewis) Zamora is a staff-attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid in Minneapolis.

Lindsay (McMahill) Zamzow is lab support tech at UnityPoint Health- Des Moines, in Des Moines, Iowa.






STEPH (BOHMER) and JOHN FRETHAM '06 welcomed a daughter, Lucia, in Dec. 2018.

Ana and IVAN GRGIC welcomed a daughter, Marta, in December 2018.

ANN (LUND) and Tim Martin welcomed twin sons, Anders John and Arlo Dale, in July 2018.

JOELLE (SCHUMAN) and JARED NIELSEN welcomed twins, a daughter Mia and a son Kai, in October 2017.

ELLIE (VALETA) and Nick Wiltgen welcomed a son, Parker Allen, in October 2018.