Class of 2010 Fall 2019 Letter

Fall 2019

Dear Class of 2010 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!

2010 Class Agents:

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

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



Bonnie (Garvens) Brown is clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Montana Family Medicine Residency in Missoula, Mont.

Susie Clark is digital marketing manager at Quality Bicycle Products in Bloomington, Minn.

Christin (Mickow) Frey teaches kindergarten at Rochester (Minn.) Central Lutheran School.

Erin Green is a travel advisor with Pique Travel Design in Excelsior, Minn. She was featured in the Travel Market Report’s “Agent to Agent: Sustainable Travel, It’s Not What You Think.” In the article, Erin shares her thoughts on how travel advisors can integrate sustainability into their work. Green is also a judge for Virtuoso’s Sustainable Tourism Leadership Awards.

Sarah (Knoploh) Horan is estate planning attorney at TuckerAllen in Kirkwood, Mo.

Sky Macklay is assistant professor of music at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. She is also a composer, oboist, and installation artist whose music was recently published by C.F. Peters.

Erik Malmquist is artist manager and director of operations at Zemsky Green Artists Management in New York City.

Kirstin Manges earned a PhD from the University of Iowa College of Nursing and is a National Clinician Scholar postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania College of Nursing in Philadelphia.

Hilary (Fasbender) Rubio is a special education teacher for the Austin (Minn.) Public School District.

Ben Schott is a critical care paramedic at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill.

Michael Switzer earned an MBA degree from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He is a financial analyst at 3M in Woodbury, Minn.



KATE (HALLER) and JON AILABOUNI welcomed a son, Simon, in December 2018.

MAGGIE (FONS) and Jason Britton welcomed a son, Ira, in February 2019.

KELSEY (MANS) and MICHAELCRUSINBERRY welcomed a daughter, Mari Elise, in July 2017.

ALLISON (MOEN) ‘11 and WES GREGG welcomed a son, William Luther, in October 2018.

JULIA (JENKINS) '09 and JOE OLYNYK welcomed a daughter, Dottie Rose, in April 2018.

LEAH (JENSEN) '11 and MIKE SWITZER welcomed a daughter, Caroline Rose, in January 2018.