Class of 2010 Spring 2019 Letter

Spring 2019

Happy “Historically Cold Winter” to the Luther Class of 2010!

As a much needed thaw descends upon the Midwest and most of the United States, we hope that you all are well and have found a way to find some joy in knowing that you’ve just lived through these “historic low temperatures!” We hope that you each found joy in holiday traditions and spending time with family and friends reminiscing, remembering, and celebrating each other. For those of you who were fortunate enough to attend Christmas at Luther 2018, “Every Voice in Concert Ring,” I hope that this got your holidays off to a great start! For those of you who weren’t able to be there in person – we can all use a little Christmas cheer at any time of year… grab a cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanket and enjoy a little respite (

The Class of 2010 has been quite busy recently! Alexandra (Larson) Groten is working to get us to eat healthier, earning a masters in nutrition as a registered dietician, Sky Macklay is continuing to shower our lives with beautiful music, earning a doctorate in musical arts and now on faculty at Valparaiso University, while Aaron Shatzer is keeping us financially honest as an actuary for PacificSource Health Plans. Finally, if you might ever need to have a surgical procedure at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, don’t worry because Tiffany (Malanaphy) Zweibohmer will be there as your Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist to keep you comfortable – and she’ll do a great job!

Luther campus life continues to strive! This year, Luther hosted a number of events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary ( of the college’s Black Student Union ( The yearlong celebration of the BSU kicked off at Homecoming and will culminate in an alumni reunion April 26–28. In addition to Luther’s traditional summer programming including Dorian Music Camps as well as nature and sports camps, if you enjoy singing in fellowship, mark your calendars for the college’s second annual Dorian Choral Retreat for Adults (, June 28–30.

While we all have our own reasons we are thankful for our time at Luther, I believe the one thing we can all agree upon is that Luther instilled a culture of inclusion and community. As is clearly evident by the local, national, and international events in our world today, this culture is being challenged. What would our world look like if we all stopped for one moment, took a collective deep breath, and realized that we’re all on this crazy merry-go-round called “life” together and that together we are stronger than alone. Take this opportunity to practice a little bit of “Luther” in your daily life today – greet a stranger, say “thank you!”, smile as you walk down the street, have a glass half full perspective on life. Luther’s teaching has created a beautiful oasis in Northeastern Iowa, imagine the impact similar practices could have on our world at large.

Lastly, the Class of 2010 would like to extend our sincere thanks to President Paula Carlson as she plans to retire at the end of this academic year. We thank her for her service!

All the best to all of you! Go Norse! Soli Deo Gloria!

Bobby Anderson
2010 class agent
1019 Canterbury Lane NW
Rochester, MN 55901-3406
[email protected]

Mark & Kelsie Mateski
2010 class agents
6320 151st Street
Savage MN 55378-4442
563-343-1394; 651-249-6532
[email protected]; [email protected]


Bonnie (Garvens) Brown joined the faculty at the University of Montana Family Medicine Residency in Missoula, Mont.

Alexandra (Larson) Groten earned a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She is a registered dietitian for the Dakota County Public Health Department in St. Paul, Minn.

Nana Kwapong is an inbound marketing consultant at Avidly Agency in Oslo, Norway.

Sky Macklay earned a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from Columbia University; she is assistant professor of music at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind.

Efe (Mensah-Brown) Sellu teaches seventh grade math at St. Louis Park (Minn.) Middle School.

Aaron Shatzer is lead associate actuary at PacificSource Health Plans in Springfield, Ore.

Tiffany (Malanaphy) Zweibohmer is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.


SARAH KNOPLOH and Ted Horan, June 17, 2017

KRISTIN MATTES and Brian Dahl, Aug. 4, 2018


EMILY (BOLAND) and ADAM BOGH '12 welcomed twins, a daughter, Molly, and a son, Charles, in January 2018.

SAMANTHA (REISER) and Ryan Collins welcomed a son, Leo Markus, in October 2018.

We are pleased to announce Dr. Jenifer K. Ward as the 11th president of Luther College! For more information about President-elect Ward, visit

As you may remember from your Fall 2018 Class Agent letter, Luther has recently completed an extensive brand strategy research process.


As a result of our research and in collaboration with members of the Luther community, we have developed several statements that will guide future communications.

We know that you, our alumni, are often asked about your alma mater. What you say to prospective students and their families about Luther College can have a huge impact on their decisions to visit campus, apply and, hopefully, enroll.

You know Luther well. You matter to us and we’re interested in hearing from you.

We invite you to take a few minutes to preview some of our new statements and share your thoughts. The example statements, as well as a response survey, are available online:

Many thanks!

If you have any questions please email Catherine Dyer, Brand and Marketing Director at [email protected]