Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes

Class Notes as of November 3. The deadline for Class Notes for the spring 2015 issue is March 13, 2015; [email protected].

1950–1959 / 1960–1969 / 1970–1979 / 1980–1989 / 1990–1999 / 2000–2009 / 2010–2014


MARLYS (WILKENS) LIEN received the 2014 Iowa Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award. She is a retired teacher and owner of Once Upon a Time bookstore in Decorah. 


FRED ARNOLD recently retired in Caledonia, Iowa. After buying a golf membership, he shot a 51 at Ma Cal Grove Country Club.

RICHARD LIND of Green Valley, Ariz., was honored by Luther Seminary for 50 years of ministry.


 TOM HAUGEN of Decorah received the National Federation of State High School Association’s Outstanding Music Educator Award for the State of Iowa at the Iowa All-State Concert in Ames in November 2014.


BRUCE GLASRUD of San Antonio, Texas, received the Liz Carpenter Award for Best Book in Women’s History, given by the Texas State Historical Association. His book, with Merline Pitre, is titled Southern Black Women in the Modern Civil Rights Movement. He, along with Robert Mallouf, also earned the Rupert Richardson Award for Best Book on West Texas History, for the book Big Bend’s Ancient and Modern Past. He is retired dean, School of Arts and Sciences, at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, and professor emeritus of history at California State University–East Bay in Hayward, Calif.


JOHN ENGEBRETSON is facilities manager for Home State Bank in Crystal Lake, Ill.


LOIS V.T. BISHOP is the principal of Bahrain Bayan School in Isa Town, Bahrain.


WARREN LUCKNER is a retired actuary and emeritus professor at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.


DAVID ELLINGSON has published the book Biblical Wisdom for a Digital Age. For the book, he selected 50 biblical “sound bites” (passages) with key Christian themes, wrote short reflections, and developed learning activities for families, teens, and adults. He says the book is useful for personal/family devotions, classes, small groups, and retreats.

CHARLES NEAL received emeritus status after retiring from his 35-year position as political science and international studies professor for McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. As the college’s first tenured African American professor, he was an expert in political theory, American political behavior, and the judicial process. He advised students who participated in the Model UN program held at Harvard and served as the pre-law adviser. Neal was an officer on the board of the National Pre-Law Association, and his close work with students enabled alumni acceptance into the top law schools in the country. He intends to move to Jacksonville, Fla., and develop a Constitution law textbook with friends who are also retired professors.

STAN NELSON of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, retired from Royal Bank of Canada.

MARIE (HAGENE) QUANBECK retired from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Newton, Iowa.


ROBERTA (ROLLAND) ROSHEIM of Maquoketa, Iowa, was inducted into the Jackson County Democrats Hall of Fame for 35 years of hard work for the party.


CARL HOMSTAD was the grand marshal for Decorah’s 48th annual Nordic Fest Parade. 


DEBORA (HILL) ALDRICH earned a doctorate from the Language, Literature, and Culture Program at the University of Iowa. Her dissertation detailed a qualitative multiyear study of three high school writers and their teachers, contextualizing their writing and teaching in contemporary professional discourse. She began her 40th year in education and teaches ninth grade and AP literature at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches secondary reading methods.  

LARRY WELO of Mount Horeb, Wis., displayed some of his etchings and drawings at Luther in the upper level of the Center for Faith and Life last fall.


GERI (GRIMM) DIRTH was recognized by the Minnesota High School Coaches Association for her tireless devotion to the Apple Valley School District.

CHARLES PIETSCHER of Keokuk, Iowa, was awarded the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award in June. He was nominated by the Iowa Child Advocacy Board for his work on the Lee County Foster Care Review Board.


HANS BRATTSKAR is state secretary (deputy minister) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway. Last fall, at the annual Equator Prize in New York’s Lincoln Center, he presented a new Norwegian program of $100 million that will help enable indigenous peoples living in the three rainforest basins of the world to better protect and promote their interests. He also serves as governor of the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and the Inter American Development Bank and as deputy governor of the World Bank.

CHRIS CUDWORTH of Batavia, Ill., published The Right Kind of Pride: A Chronicle of Character, Caregiving, and Community. The book chronicles his and his wife’s journey through her cancer and how family, friends, and faith made miracles happen along the way.

SCOTT JOHNSON is general manager of Skype Enterprise Engineering for Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Wash.

ROBYN SAND ANDERSON was a featured artist in the event “Can These Bones Live?”: Visual and Poetic Meditations on Life, Death, and Resurrection on Oct. 25, 2014, at Luther Seminary’s Olson Campus Center in St. Paul, Minn.

DIANE (BROWN) SOLIE teaches fourth grade at Wilson Elementary School in Owatonna, Minn.

CAROL TOMER was a contributor of the prayers, reflections, and photos contained in the commemorative booklet and CD Tenth Anniversary of Nordic Contemplative Evening Prayer, produced for Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn., where she is lead pastor.


PRISCILLA (MONSON) and MITCH ABRAHAM ’81 live in Mooresville, N.C. She earned North Carolina certification for Teacher of Visually Impaired and teaches the visually impaired for the Mooresville Graded School District. He is construction manager for RL West. 

CAROLE (ENGELHART) SAND teaches middle school talented and gifted for the Decorah School District.


JIM DUNN is commercial business manager for ADM Alliance Nutrition in New Hampton, Iowa.

JEFF NESTA is a physician at Ripon (Wis.) Medical Center and is performing for his second season with Milwaukee’s prestigious Bel Canto Chorus.


JOHN BERKELAND is reader’s advisory librarian for Texas Talking Book Program in Austin.

SCOTT HIBBARD is an emergency room physician’s assistant for Eastside Emergency Physicians in Redmond, Wash.


JON NOWLAND is editor for SAP America in La Crosse, Wis.

JIM NUSSLE was named president and chief operating officer of the Credit Union National Association in Washington, D.C.

KATE (NELSON) RATTENBORG was noted by Publishers Weekly for her promotion of the book My Family and Other Hazards by June Melby of Decorah. The article on stated, “about 25 percent of the sales of a Holt memoir by a debut author have been in Iowa’s bookstores, due to the heroic efforts of Decorah bookseller, Kate


STEVE BERG is a freelance writer in Philadelphia. Two of his articles were published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, one about funerals and green burials, the other about his son’s adoption.

KURT GOMER is director of food and beverage for the Coeur d’ Alene Casino and Resort and Hotel in Worley, Idaho.

DAN KUESTER of Urbandale, Iowa, is a marketing consultant for Atlanta-based Cumulus Media.

KRIS OHM teaches at Katy (Texas) ISD’s Alexander Elementary School.

DAVID PAPRITZ is chief financial officer and senior vice president of corporate development for First Business Financial Services Inc. in Madison, Wis.

KNUTE ROTTO is CEO for ValueOptions Inc. in Rocky Hill, Conn. He is also a senior associate with Open Minds and a national consultant with Rotto Consulting.

AMY (TANK) SMITH is executive director of the Mason G. Smoak Foundation in Lake Placid, Fla.


RONDA ANDERSON SAND is director of the State Theatre for the Zumbrota Area Arts Council. She and others are working to renovate and revitalize the historic Zumbrota State Theatre, which dates back to 1921.

CRAIG DAIKEN NELSON received Dharma Transmission in the Soto and Zen Peacemaker Orders and is now Sensei and authorized teacher in New York, N.Y.

BURTON DAVIS is sales coordinator for Hutchison Lumber in Manchester, Iowa.

SHERRY (SEEGER) RUSSELL earned a nurse practitioner doctorate degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from University of Michigan School of Nursing. She is clinical director and nurse practitioner at NorServ Group in St. Clair, Mich.

JOY SCHROEDER published Deborah’s Daughters: Gender Politics and Biblical Interpretation through Oxford University Press. The book deals with how Christians and Jews have interpreted the story of the biblical prophet Deborah. Schroeder is Bergener Professor of Theology and Religion at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

JULIA WHARFF PIERMONT is senior pastor for Worthington (Ohio) Presbyterian Church, one of the state’s largest Presbyterian churches.


CRAIG ROBLEY is district sales manager for Dex One in Maple Grove, Minn.


LAURIE (NELSON) and JIM BIEDERMANN ’85 live in Ankeny, Iowa. She is director of music for St. Paul Lutheran Church. He is production manager for ACH Foods.

KRIS FERKIN is senior pastor at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Grayslake, Ill.

SCOTT LIEN developed grandPad, a table computer targeted toward seniors. He and his son developed it after seeing their older relatives struggling with video calls. The device includes Internet, music, and telephone/video calls and is easily operable.

MARK VASSALLO is senior business analyst for Kane in Zebbug, Malta.

LORI (FRETHEIM) YUNKER is a realtor for Roger Fazendin Realtors in Wayzata, Minn.


CALLISTA (BISEK) GINGRICH released From Sea to Shining Sea, the fourth volume in her New York Times best-selling children’s series.

MARCO RANIOLO is managing director CMA CGM Greece for Athens Port Offices. 


TOD BOWMAN of Maquoketa, Iowa, was reelected to serve as a state senator for the 29th District of Iowa.

BETH (KRUEGER) CARPENTER is director of Kimberly–Little Chute (Wis.) Public Library.

ANDREA DOEDEN was ordained by Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and is pastor at Zion’s Lutheran Church in Trinidad, Colo. She is also a gynecologist for Mount San Rafael Hospital.

LIZ (LEE) HEINECKE published a book, Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, that suggests dozens of family-friendly science experiments that kids and parents can do together using everyday ingredients. She also has a blog,, with additional ideas.

TOM KRAABEL is vice president of human resources–Asia Pacific for Pall Corporation in Singapore.

MICHELLE (WEBER) SCHMITT is human resources manager for Wells Fargo in West Des Moines, Iowa.


JEN (BIRGERSON) BOETTGER of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a member of the board of directors for Theatre Cedar Rapids and associate producer for the Cedar Rapids Follies.

CURT HANSEN is senior business analyst at CliftonLarsonAllen in Minneapolis.


JOHN HOLZL is Illinois division sales representative for Ozinga Bros. in Chicago.


KARA (SKATRUD) BAYLOR was formally installed as Carthage College campus pastor in the Siebert Chapel in Kenosha, Wis.

STEVE DIXEN teaches eighth-grade pre-algebra and was named Teacher of the Week at Knox Junior High in The Woodlands, Texas.

KEITH KNAUTZ is director of parks, recreation, and facilities for the Village of Glendale Heights, Ill. 

AMY MITCHELL earned a master’s degree in addiction counseling from Hazelden Graduate School of Addictions and a master life coach certification from Learning Journeys International Center of Coaching. She owns Amy Mitchell Coaching LLC in St. Louis Park, Minn., which helps families and individuals cope during times when change may feel overwhelming. 

AMY (GRAHAM) NEWELL is interim executive director at The Arc of Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle (Ill.) Counties.

SHARI (JULSON) SEIDL is operations manager for the Nielsen Company in Green Bay, Wis.


ERIK BEGUIN is founder, president, and CEO of Austin Capital Bank SSB in Austin, Texas.

STEVEN OLSON is IT network manager for Highland Bank in
St. Michael, Minn.

ANJIE SHUTTS was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 and Great Plains Super Lawyers 2014. She is an attorney and partner at Whitfield and Eddy PLC in Des Moines, Iowa. 


NATHAN BOERSMA is communications leader for Alcoa in Pittsburgh.

HEATHER CLEFISCH is division general counsel–global batteries and appliances, division vice president, and assistant general counsel for Spectrum Brands in Madison, Wis.

ALISA (PRANTNER) PONTARELLI earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Harper College. She is an inpatient registered nurse for Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Des Plaines, Ill. 

SARAH (RUBLE) SLADEK provides advice on how to engage Generation Y in her book Knowing Y: Engage the Next Generation Now. The book offers insight on how this generation will wield tremendous influence on society and why they need to be incorporated into organizations. She is a writer for ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership in Minneapolis.

SARAH TOBIASON is assistant elementary principal for Eddyville-Blakesburg–Fremont (Iowa) Community School District.


JOSH BYRNES of Osage, Iowa, was reelected to serve as a state representative for Iowa House District 51.


BRETT BOSTRACK earned an M.B.A. degree from Concordia University–Wisconsin and is regional vice president for DentaQuest in Milwaukee.

HEIDI (FROSTESTAD) KUEHL is director of the law library and associate professor for Northern Illinois University.

MARK SCHMID is executive pastor for St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minn.


MEGAN (SHELSTAD) DAHL is account executive for Caliber Home Loans in Maple Grove, Minn.

PETER KOWITZ earned a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He is pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Proctor, Minn.

SCOTT KUNCE graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is a third-year psychiatry resident at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  

KATIE SNOW is a behavioral health provider for Women’s Health Associates/Lifeworks Northwest in Hillsboro, Ore.


KATE (STARZ) and NATHAN BOONSTRA live in Urbandale, Iowa. She is parent-educator connection at Heartland Area Education Agency. He is a pediatrician at Blank Children’s Hospital and was awarded the CDC Childhood Immunization Award 2014 for Iowa.

JAKE EASTMAN is an ESL instructor for Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

DANIELLE (ASKELSON) LAYBOURN is an administrative assistant for the Decorah Community Schools. 

ERIN (KRUGER) STEWART is a real estate agent for Iowa Realty in West Des Moines.

MATT WILLIAMS is an associate pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar, Minn., specializing in children, youth, and family ministries.


NORAH BRINGER and DAVE WAKE live in Washington, D.C. She serves as the clearance counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office on temporary assignment from her permanent job at the Department of Justice. He is a senior associate at WilmerHale.

BETH BROGAARD-ALLEN is country director in Burundi for Population Services International in Washington, D.C.

PHILIP BUBB is an attorney and litigator at Fredrickson & Byron in Des Moines, Iowa.

SARA (DONHOWE) GOLDBERG is development officer-major gifts for Handicap International in Takoma Park, Md.

JEN (SHAW) and JASON STEWARD live in Davenport, Iowa. She works in admissions at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He is vice president of finance for HNI Corporation.


BEN BARCLAY earned a master’s degree in English literature from Winona State University. He teaches English at St. Charles (Minn.) High School.

ERICA BREWSTER is director of the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes, Wis.

NICK BURDICK is music director at Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria, Fla.

JENNIFER (LINDEMANN) HOEFER is a learning specialist in organization development and learning at Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul.

LES HOLLINGSWORTH was named assistant dean for the University of Wisconsin–Platteville College of Business, Industry, Life Science, and Agriculture.

CHRIS KNUTSON is staff development scientist for Beckman Coulter in Chaska, Minn.

MARCUSON earned a Certified Business Analysis Professional designation from the International Institute of Business Analysis. She is business analysis practice lead at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa in West Des Moines. 

office manager for Nanocopoeia in St. Paul, Minn.

ANDREA PRESTON is assistant women’s basketball coach, SAAC adviser, and assistant director of compliance for Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

LOGAN RUNYAN of Minneapolis is account manager for Teradata in Dayton, Ohio. 

LANE SCHWARTZ is assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. 

SHARRAN SRIVATSAA is president and chief operating officer of the Teles Group of Companies in Beverly Hills, Calif.

JENNIFER (BOYD) STEPHENS is director of choirs at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont.

TRICIA (LANE) STOLZ is co-owner and manager of Golden Eagle Travel and Tours in Excelsior, Minn.

REBEKAH (RUSCH) VOGELSBERG teaches high school instrumental music at Lancaster (Wis.) Senior High School.


JAKE HILDEBRAND is operations assistant for Hawkeye Stages in Decorah.

JON PETERSON teaches upper-level American history for St. Paul (Minn.) Academy and Summit School. 

ANDY WAGNER is vice president–compliance consultant for Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.


NATE JENSEN earned a Ph.D. from the Dyson School of Applied Economics at Cornell University. His dissertation was titled “Basis Risk, Uptake, and Impacts of Index-Based Livestock Insurance in Northern Kenya.”

JESSICA (STOCKMYER) POPPLEWELL is financial analyst for Republic Financial Corporation in Greenwood Village, Colo.

JOSHUA SHANK is a music composer and assistant instructor and doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin.

KIM STIETZ is a law clerk for the U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn. 

MAAME AFON YELBERT-OBENG has released a new album, Ekome (One), which, she says, “is a result of my work in social justice, international development, women’s leadership, and philanthropy.” The story behind the music can be found at


TESSA BENSON-WEILAND received the Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is given to one teacher in each school district in the St. Louis area. Tessa teaches seventh-grade mathematics in the Northwest R-I School District in High Ridge, Mo.

SARA (GOUDSCHAAL) BLESSING is director of choral and vocal activities at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

BARRY BOSACKER is assistant principal for Clark County School District in Las Vegas.

LINDSAY BUCK is landscape studio director for Los Angeles–based Marmol Radziner + Associates in Switzerland. 

STEF DICKENS is managing director of Capital City Theatre in Madison, Wis.

ERIN (BRIDGES) DOW teaches vocal music for Linden McKinley STEM Academy in Columbus, Ohio.

KELLY (ARNESON) EGAN teaches social studies at Waverly—Shell Rock (Iowa) High School.

HEIDI (BERG) GRIMM teaches Spanish and high school physical education for the Nevada (Iowa) Community School District.

LINDSEY GRUENHAGEN is a sales consultant for Mintahoe Catering & Events in Minneapolis.

LEAH KNOEPFEL teaches second grade at Brasilia International School in Asa Sul, Brazil.

RACHEL MILLER-BLEICH is board of directors and committee administrator for the American Nurses Association in Silver Spring, Md.

ANDREA (AMIDON) NODOLF of New Auburn, Wis., was appointed Dunn County District Attorney by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.

KAIA (NORDAL) SHERBURNE earned a master’s degree in leadership in student affairs from the University of St. Thomas. She is assistant director of admission at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

JEN (MASON) SWOBODA is project manager for UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa.


LINDY BUCK is an obstetrician and gynecologist for Associates in Women’s Health in Minneapolis.

ANDREA CHRISTENSEN ZDENEK is an IB English guide for Great River School in St. Paul, Minn.

GREG DAVIS is operations administrator for Albert Lea (Minn.) Medical Center–Mayo Health System.

ANDREA DEAN earned her medical doctorate from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. While in South Africa for a yearlong Doris Duke Fellowship, she investigated the use of text messaging to establish a support group for HIV-positive mothers. She is a pediatrician resident at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

CLARISSA (RINK) EINCK teaches early childhood special education for the Decorah Community Schools.

BETH (GROSS) LIPKA teaches special education for the Omaha (Neb.) Public School District.

T. C. MACK earned a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and is a staff psychologist for Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa.

MARK MCCLURG earned a bachelor of education degree from York University. He is founder and principal of Translation on the Mark in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

ANNA (OSTERBUR) PETERSEN earned a master’s degree in teaching from the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago. She teaches middle school math for the Chicago Public Schools.

KIRSTEN RUSSELL is head women’s soccer coach for Grinnell (Iowa) College.

MIKHAL (HAGSTROM) SZABO is a certified public accountant in Lancaster, Pa.

MISCHA TURSICH is a licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mankato (Minn.) Clinic.


CHRIS BELLINDER serves as the chair of marketing/development committee for the board of directors at the Therapy Place Inc. in Columbia, S.C.

ELISABETH (ZANT) DANIELS is campus pastor for St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, Mont.

KARA (DONAHUE) FIRSTBROOK earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction (STEM) from Adams State University. She teaches for the Department of Defense Education Activity in Iwakuni, Japan.

SOLOMON GOULD is an optometrist and owns Gould Eye Care in Waterloo, Iowa.

MARITA HERKERT-OAKLAND is program manager of Scribe for Program TruScribe in Fitchburg, Wis.

AMY MOREY received the 2014 Monsanto Research Grant Award. The research grant provides funding to outstanding Entomological Society of America student members undertaking research projects. She is a Ph.D. candidate in entomology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

RACHEL (MILLER) PALERMO is a neonatal intensive care unit nurse for Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn.

LAURA SCHNACK is associate dean of students at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

JOHN SILL is business/systems analyst and academic support resources for the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

MATT STENSRUD earned a master’s degree in education from Hamline University. He teaches language arts, and is the head speech coach and NHS advisor for New Prague (Minn.) School District.

HEATHER (BUCKNER) WILENSKY is executive director of alumni relations for McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.


RACHEL BARNESS is a board-certified orthotist for Prosthetic Laboratories in Baxter, Minn. 

RACHEL (MORLEY) BARNES earned a bachelor of veterinary science degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London, England.

MEGAN (ANDERSON) and JOE BEATTY live in Rochester, Minn. She earned a master’s degree in ESL from Hamline University and was a finalist for the Capstone Award. She is an ESL teacher for Rochester Public Schools. He earned a DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a dentist at Apollo Dental.

CODY DANNEN is field event manager/event operations for Flash Results Inc. in Mooresville, N.C.

CHRIS GRAVERSON teaches high school science and is a football coach for the Pecatonica School District in Blanchardville, Wis.

ADAM LOY is assistant professor of statistics at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

KARIN MAXEY earned a Ph.D. in German and applied linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the German Studies Department of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

PAUL MEIRICK earned a medical doctorate from the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. He is an internal medicine resident at the University of California San Diego Health System.

CHANTEL OLUFSEN-LEPA is director of the annual fund and alumni relations at the AWTY International School in Houston.

TREVOR ROCKWELL is county youth coordinator at Winneshiek County Extension in Decorah.

MELISSA (SCHNEIDER) STUEVE is assistant athletic trainer for the University of Northern Iowa in
Cedar Falls.

JONATHAN THOMPSON is a podiatrist for Luther-Midelfort-Mayo Health System in Eau Claire, Wis.


STEVE BAILEY is account supervisor for Exponent PR/Colle+McVoy in Minneapolis.

RYAN FORDICE is program director for the Center for Interfaith Engagement at the Niagara Foundation in Chicago.

HEATHER (ELWOOD) GIERUT is comanager of ULTA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

ERIKA KAMBS is head of school at Northeast Iowa Montessori in Decorah.

SPENCER KNAPP is select accounts program manager at Hewlett-Packard Company in Dallas.

AARON NYQUIST is assistant corporate counsel for Minneapolis Grain Exchange Inc.

MIKE TANGEN teaches high school physical education for the Decorah Community Schools.


EMILY EWING is pastor and mission developer for Christ the King Lutheran Church in South Jordan, Utah.

JESSICA HAZELTON is catering sales manager at McCormick & Schmick’s in Minneapolis.

MAGGIE HIBBS is an associate attorney for the BrownWinick Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa.

KIRSTEN HOYME is a general dentist for HealthPartners in Sartell, Minn.

EMILY IRONSIDE is a judicial law clerk to Hon. Lisa Curcio in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago.

GABBY MCNALLY earned an M.F.A. degree in film and video production from the University of Iowa. She also completed certification in gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. She is an assistant professor of digital cinema at the School of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

STEPHANIE (BORGEN) MEYER is an IT consultant for Solution Design Group in Golden Valley, Minn.

JOHN NELSON is general manager for Trinity Logistics in St. Paul, Minn.

STEVE ROSAS earned a master’s degree in literacy from St. Mary’s University. He is a reading interventionist for Columbia Heights (Minn.) Schools and was a Teacher of the Year nominee for 2014. 

CARRIE (HARRIS) SCHMITZ teaches English for the Albany (Minn.) Area Secondary School.

BRITTANY SCHWEFEL earned a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is senior research statistician for AbbVie in Abbott Park, Ill.

ANTHONY SNITKER is operations manager for the Los Angeles Organ Company of Pasadena, Calif.

EMILY (STINSON) STONEKING is a clinical registered nurse for Family Healthcare of Siouxland in Sioux City, Iowa.

KRISTIN SWEDLUND is program assistant for Gathering Waters Conservancy in Madison, Wis.

DANA (HARNEY) TESKE teaches high school Spanish for the Evansville (Wis.) School District.

JAKE WADDLE is assistant baseball coach at Concordia University in Seward, Neb.

CAMERON WEBB is iOS magician for Sqwiggle in Des Moines, Iowa.

BRENNAN (HARVEY) WILDER is executive director of BEAT: Bloomington (Minn.) Expressive Arts Training. She is also the choreographer for Syncopation show choir, which was invited to perform at Walt Disney World.

KRISTIN YOUNGMEYER is sponsorship coordinator at Ohio Roller Girls and wellness coordinator at Children’s Hunger Alliance in Columbus, Ohio.


TOM BLATTNER is finance manager for International Rescue Committee in Wichita, Kan.

ELIN ERICKSON works in technical services at Epic in Verona, Wis.

MAKARA FAIRMAN is care senior associate at CIGNA Behavioral Health in Eden Prairie, Minn.

DOUG JUNIUS teaches for the Berwyn (Ill.) South District 100.

ANDY KUST is an instructor in the Music Department at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.

KIM LAMBERT earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from the Mayo School of Health Sciences. She is a physical therapist at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.

JON LOBECK is catering manager for Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Minneapolis Airport.

LISA (TORGERSON) PERTZ is sales and product planner for ShopHQ in Eden Prairie, Minn.

LAUREN RAUCHWARTER is human resources service advisor for UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka, Minn.

TIFFANY (KRUSE) RAVE is sports and marketing director for Eastern Iowa Sports Facility and head softball coach for Monticello (Iowa) High School.

BEN SCHORI earned a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary. He is pastor at First Lutheran Church in Hibbing, Minn.

BECKY (ECKERMAN) SUMMERFIELD is academic programs manager at the Cleveland (Ohio) Botanical Garden. 

ALYSSA TELANDER received a full-ride scholarship to Northeastern Law School in Boston.

KRISTOPHER ULRICH is choral director at Oshkosh (Wis.) North High School and executive director of the Fox Valley choir newVoices.

AARON ZANDER teaches fifth grade for the Verona (Wis.) Area School District.


BRYAN CAYABYAB of San Francisco earned a master’s degree in industrial organization psychology from Springfield College.

EMILY ELLSON teaches first grade at Gage Elementary School in Rochester, Minn.

JAMES FEINSTEIN is a research assistant for the U.S Senate in Washington, D.C.

KARL GILBERTSON is associate scientist-chemical production at SurModics Inc. in Eden Prairie, Minn.

ANDERS HANSON is a naturalist at Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park, Minn.

AMIE HELLER is outdoor and education reporter for the Charles City (Iowa) Press.

MARI HENDERSON is a marketer for Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minn.

ELOISE HOEGH is recruiting coordinator for RealFoundation in New York, N.Y.

KATE (PATTERSON) MASON is digital marketing associate for HealthPartners in Bloomington, Minn.

ALLISON MOEN works in administration for Northern Arizona Healthcare in Flagstaff.

JOSH PATTERSON is business attraction coordinator for the Rockford (Ill.) Area Economic Development Council.

RACHEL RUDEEN is telecounseling coordinator and senior admissions counselor at Iowa State University in Ames.

SARAH STADIE is administrative assistant/communications at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

SWITZER ’10 live in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a year-one teacher at Braeburn School. He is general manager of Karibu Loo.

KATIE TERHUNE teaches second grade at Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

KIFLU TESFAYE is assistant director of finance and accounting at Marriott International in Coronado Island, Calif.

COLLIN THOMPSON is farm manager and program instructor for Michigan State University’s Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham.

WHITNEY (KELTNER) WESSELS earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of
St. Thomas and St. Catherine University. She is pediatric hematology/oncology social worker for the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.


STEPHANIE ADIX earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University. She is a mental health practitioner for the ISD 197 TEA Program in Apple Valley, Minn.

BRANDON BOLES is a sports reporter for the Fort Morgan (Colo.) Times. He is also sports blogger/MMA correspondent for Full Scale Sports.

NICK DEVINE is billing analyst for SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

DALEN DIRTH teaches health and physical education at Apple Valley (Minn.) High School.

SETH DUIN is external relations associate for College Possible in St. Paul, Minn.

JEFF EMERSON is laboratory technician for Eurofins Scientific in Des Moines, Iowa.

NICK FISHER is agriculture extensionist for the Peace Corps in Asuncion, Paraguay. 

BEN GARDNER is director for the Oneota Film Festival in Decorah. 

CARAH (CLAFLIN) and MICHAEL HART ’11 live in Edina, Minn. She teaches elementary music for Hopkins School District. He is vice president of Northland Securities Inc. 

MEREDITH (MACDONALD) HIGHMARK teaches fourth grade for the Geneva (Ill.) Community Unit School District.

JASPER KANGE is a graphic designer for Greenspring Media in Minneapolis.

MOLLY KLINE is scholarships program assistant for Think Small in St. Paul, Minn.

DAVID KORT is building materials sales representative for Menards Inc. in Eau Claire, Wis.

KRISTA (CANOY) KRUEGER is office support specialist for Fox River Mills in Osage, Iowa.

ANDREW LINDERMAN teaches high school chemistry at Carmen Middle/High School of Science in Milwaukee.

MICHELLE MCCOY earned a master’s degree in school counseling from Winona State University. She is a school counselor at Faribault (Minn.) Senior High School. 

MIKE MORAN owns Jolly Woofers in Boulder, Colo.

MELISSA SCHLARMANN is a teacher associate for the Decorah School District.

INGRID SCOTT  is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (music honor society) as well as Golden Key International Honour Society. She received a master of music degree in flute performance from Florida State University, where she performed in the University Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2013, the orchestra recorded Dohnanyi’s Symphony no.2 in E Major, op. 40, for Naxos Music Library. Scott has been invited to play a recital and teach a masterclass in her hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, this year. In November 2014 she performed Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major RV 428 for Flute and Orchestra with the Camerata Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra in the Aaron Davis Hall-Theater B at City College of New York in New York.

EMMA SPOON is a Winona State University teacher preparation collaborative intern at Century High School in Rochester, Minn.

ALICIA (WOOCK) STEELE is service coordinator for the Kohler Company in Kohler, Wis.

ALICIA VERMEER earned a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Iowa. She is office manager for Heartland Community Church in North Liberty, Iowa.

BENELL WEATHERSPOON is a registered nurse at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

KRISTI WIETECHA teaches eighth-grade English for the Pine Island (Minn.) Public Schools.

DALLAS WULF earned a master’s degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is a graduate research assistant. 


NICK ANDRESEN received an award for first place at the University of Iowa and third place in the National 2014 Lasker Foundation Essay Contest: Supporting Medical Research for his essay “Crowdsourcing a Medical Research Donation Database.” The contest was open to medical school students and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; and graduate students in other health professions programs. The foundation received 167 essays. Nick is a second-year medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City.

SAMI BECHTEL is a registered nurse in colorectal and general surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

SAM DEPAGTER is sourcing specialist for Target Corporation in Minneapolis.

KATIE DRINKALL is a staff nurse and charge nurse in the rehab unit at Bethany St. Joseph in La Crosse, Wis. She also works on the colorectal/general surgical floor at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

KIRSTEN HASH was selected by the Austrian-American Educational Commission to serve as a U.S. teaching assistant for the 2014–15 academic year. Hash, daughter of LEE ’84 and LINDA (ROSHOLT) HASH ’85 of Appleton, Wis., was inducted into Delta Phi Alpha, the national German honorary society, as a senior at Luther. She majored in English with a minor in German. Hash will serve as an English teaching assistant in Austrian secondary schools. Her duties in the classroom setting include teaching lessons, leading small-group book discussions, and engaging in one-on-one conversations with students. As part of the program’s goals, it will be her duty to make learning English a lively, cross-cultural experience.

ALLISON KANE teaches English language at Wall Street English in Lima, Peru.

MARIA KEMPF is a registered nurse on the short stay unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

HEIDI KISTENMACHER is a health care assistant at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

TARA LAUGHLIN is shift supervisor for Starbucks in Duluth, Minn.

TREVOR MALONEY is music director for Youth for Christ in Willmar, Minn.

MARIO MARTINUCCI is human resources generalist for Cargill Inc. in Fresno, Calif.

RACHEL MIESSLER is a literacy tutor for Minnesota Reading Corps at Roosevelt Elementary School in Faribault.

MOLINARI is an ER registered nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital in
Kansas City, Mo.

GINNY MORRELL is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

NICK MOZENA is ERS consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Minneapolis.

TRINDA PHELON is a research associate for Biothera in Eagan, Minn.

ZACH RAZO is a lumberyard assistant for Menards in Golden Valley, Minn.

AMANDA RUDNICKAS teaches elementary music for the Wagoner (Okla.) Public Schools.

KATIE SCHWARTZ is a financial counselor for Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

NICOLE SHATECK is a registered nurse in the bone marrow transplant unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

CODY TUCKER is head band director for West High School in Sioux City, Iowa.


CLAIRE ANDERSON is a registered nurse for the adult leukemia and bone marrow transplant floor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

ALEX BANDY is a registered nurse in vascular PCU at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

ALE CASTELLANOS is human service technician for ProAct Inc. in Eagan, Minn.

AMY FREITAG is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

BECCA GIRVAN is an actuarial analyst for Securian Retirement in St. Paul, Minn. 

KELSEY GUNDERSON is interactive account coordinator for cj Advertising in Nashville, Tenn.

BETH (MARTENS) and KIRK HANSEN ’12 live in Norwalk, Iowa. She teaches general music at Emerson Elementary in Indianola. He is a computer developer for ColorFx.

LIZ HAWKINS is a neurosurgery registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

MATT HOFFMAN is a registered nurse on the short stay unit at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

BROOKE JOHNSON is a registered nurse in the colorectal/GI unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

TORI LaCROIX teaches high school vocal music at St. Edmond Catholic School in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

CLARA LIND of Kansas City, Mo., is assistant campaign director for Grassroots Campaigns in Boston.

LAUREN MEINTSMA is communications specialist at the Goodman Group in Chaska, Minn.

MARIAH MIERAU is a registered nurse in the colorectal and general surgery floor at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

KATHERINE MOHR works in implementation services for Epic in Verona, Wis.

JO MUELLER is a nurse in surgical specialty services at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

SARAH NICLA is project manager for Epic in Verona, Wis.

SARA NIKOLAI is a registered nurse in cardiac ICU/PCU at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston, Wis.

JACQUELINE OTT is a software developer for Epic in Verona, Wis.

KEATON PALO is a registered nurse on the general medical floor of the St. Mary’s campus of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

GRETCHEN PETERSON is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

LILLIANNA PETSCH-HORVATH works in fundraising and media for South African Education and Environment Project in Western Cape, South Africa.

TRISTAN PETSCH-HORVATH is marketing/field assistant for Roofing Consultants in Waukesha, Wis.

JAIMIE RASMUSSEN is studio manager for Studio J Inc. in Stillwater, Minn.

ANDREA SHAFFER is a registered nurse in the ortho/neuro unit at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa.

BEN STOFFERAHN is accounting specialist for Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis.

AMANDA TAKE teaches sixth-grade science at Forest City (Iowa) Middle School.