Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 1956–1999

Class Notes as of March 13. The deadline for Class Notes for the fall 2015 issue is July 27, 2015; [email protected].

1950–1959 / 1960–1969 / 1970–1979 / 1980–1989 / 1990–1999


JIM LIMBURG is guest pastor for Living Waters Lutheran Church in North Port, Fla. His position, which he has held four times previously, is for the months of February through August.


CHERI (WENTZ) WUBBELS retired as CEO of Media Consultants Inc. and is president of USE (Useful Services Exchange) of Reston, Va., a volunteer time bank with more than 200 members.


DAVE NUESSE is a disaster services volunteer for the American Red Cross in Altoona, Wis.


JOHN HEFTE of McFarland, Wis., was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame as a Friend of Basketball. In addition to many years working as a coach, referee, and volunteer, he worked at the scoring table for the Wisconsin Boys State Basketball Tournament for 32 years and at the scoring table for the University of Wisconsin men’s games from 1974 to 2006.

DAVE ROXIN of Balaton, Minn., retired after 50 years of teaching and directing band.


SHARON (HILSTROM) and TERRY JOHNSON live in Midland, Texas. She is a retired bookkeeper; he is a retired pastor and chaplain.

CONNIE KRONLOKKEN of San Rafael, Calif., is author of The Pastor’s Kids, a family-oriented novel set in a small town in the Midwest, told from the point of view of three siblings growing up in a Scandinavian Lutheran family in the 1950s.

DAVID ROSHEIM is owner of Timber City Books, Used and Rare, and the Andromeda Press in Maquoketa, Iowa. He was featured in the article “There’s a Book for That,” by reporter Douglas Melvold of the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, detailing Rosheim’s half century of publishing. “From poetry to biography to social commentary to history to fiction, the multifaceted Rosheim has a book covering that genre,” Melvold says. He began his writing career at Luther as literary editor for Chips and as a coeditor and contributor to the Oneota Review. He published his first booklet of poetry as a Luther student in 1964 at Anundson’s Publishing House in Decorah. Since then, Rosheim has written a number of freelance stories, commentary pieces for the Des Moines Register, and published a number of other books of poems and fiction, as well as historical works including: The Other Minneapolis (1978), A Literary History of Jackson County (1994), and a more visual work, A Pictorial Bibliography of the Histories of the Cities and Towns of the State of Iowa (2011), which included 503 photos of Iowa towns. “Rosheim’s 50 years of publishing came full circle, in a sense, last year when he published Collected Poems, 1962–2014, a volume of poems he had written during that span,” Melvold says. Rosheim’s current project is a history of Iowa’s psychiatric hospitals, including those at Cherokee, Independence, Mount Pleasant, and Clarinda. 


PAUL HANSON of Moorpark, Calif., received the Distinguished Service Award from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The award recognizes an individual who has promoted collegiate athletics and the concept of the student-athlete. Hanson is a professor of history at California Lutheran University and served as the CLU faculty representative to the conference for nearly 20 years. 


BENJAMIN AUNE is executive director of Raphael House of San Francisco. Founded in 1971, Raphael House is the oldest and only privately funded shelter and services program of its kind dedicated to providing short-term housing, rental assistance, and ongoing supportive services to Bay Area families experiencing or at risk for homelessness.


DAVID ELLINGSON paddled his kayak the length of the Mississippi River, from source to sea, in summer 2012. He described what he calls his spiritual pilgrimage in his book Paddle Pilgrim: An Adventure of Spirit and Learning: Kayaking the Mississippi River. He also created a video that features an excerpt from the book, “Letter to the River,” which can be viewed at

SHARI (KIELY) NELSON teaches special education for the Durham District School Board in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.


BILL TOMHAVE of Moorhead, Minn., was named to the Minnesota All State School Board for 2015 by the Minnesota School Boards Association, one of seven people recognized from more than 2,300 school board members in the state. Tomhave has served on the Moorhead School Board since 2001.


JANET PREUS is senior editor at Industrial Fabrics Association International in Roseville, Minn. 


MARK HENGESH received the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award for 2014 from the Quinlan and Fabish Music Company. Hengesh has directed bands for 39 years in Illinois, 35 of which were at Glenbard West and North high schools. He currently teaches fifth-grade beginners at Keenyville ESD 20 and directs the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band.

APRIL ULRING LARSON is interim pastor at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Decorah.

RICHARD ROLLEFSON is author of Thinking with Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein. He is pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Palm Desert, Calif. 


BIRGITTE (POVELSEN) CHRISTIANSON and her husband, John Christianson, Luther professor emeritus of history, were featured in the MPR News story “Searching for Hygge: Danes Create Winter Warmth through Food, Talk.” Read the article at

BRENDA (HELM) and RICK THOMPSON live in Broomfield, Colo. She is a clinician for Neuroscience Associates; he is senior pastor at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church. 


RUSS BRUEMMER of Arlington, Va., retired from his partnership at the WilmerHale law firm and became senior counsel. He serves on the boards of several emerging companies in the alternative financial services and financial tech and renewable energy sectors and is active in corporate governance issues and compliance/risk/audit reviews. He also serves on Luther’s Board of Regents and is board member for Blue Legacy International, a 501 (c)(3) founded and run by Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau.

KITTY CHADIMA is lodge director for Western Fraternal Life Association in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 


ANN (CHRISTENSEN) BEATTY is advancement consultant for Good Earth Village in Spring Valley, Minn.

MARK MAGNUSON received a national leadership award for the Beta Cell Biology Consortium (BCBC), a major team science initiative along with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health. As director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Stem Cell Biology, Magnuson created “a structured environment of trust and common purpose” between BCBC investigators that accelerated the exchange of data and reagents between laboratories, facilitated constant interactions, and led to “many fruitful scientific collaborations,” said NIDDK director Griffin Rodgers, M.D. Magnuson is the Louise B. McGavock Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

CHUCK STORLA of Marietta, Ga., is retired. He enjoys posting on his satirical websites: (where he is Chairman of the Bored) and 


TOM COON retired from the faculty at Michigan State University last June and is vice president, dean, and director of Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in Stillwater.

TERRY (PETERSEN) PEDERSEN is year-four teacher and library coordinator at Esbjerg International School in Denmark.

JOAN PEDERSON retired after 24 years with Nystrom in Chicago, where she had been director of product development since 2005. 


BRIAN RUDE concluded a four-year term as president of the Norwegian-American Historical Association and continues to serve on the board. He is also president-elect of the Board of Curators of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Rude is vice president of external and member relations for Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse, Wis. 


MARILYN (WANGBERG) BRATTSKAR was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for her contributions to their global campaign to end polio by 2018. She is a cantor for the 14,000-member parish Holmen Church in Asker, Norway.

KEVIN WOOD of Chicago is touring the country, sharing his cabaret show, Sentimental Journeys: A Cabaret Travelogue, based on his lifelong love of travel. Wood is committed to bringing the art of cabaret to audiences of all ages and interests. 


JUDEE (DEYOUNG) BLOYD is enrolled agent for R and J Salina Tax Service Inc. in Salina, Kan.

MARY (BUNGE) DOCKEN is vice president of association partnerships for Hobsons Inc. in St. Paul, Minn.

ALISON (NORDBERG) HUSAK is a registered nurse, critical care registered nurse, and peri-op clinical lead at Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minn.

DAN NELSON is director, human research, for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chapel Hill, N.C.

DAVE OLSON is associate professor of arts management and director for the MFA program in arts management at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

JAMES SCHATTAUER is a self-employed musician in St. Paul, Minn.

DALE SHATZER is finance manager for DB Schenker in Shippensburg, Pa.

DEB (NESHEIM) STOLL is assistant director of special education for Southwest West Central Educational Cooperative in Worthington, Minn.

JAYNE THOMPSON is campus pastor and professor of religion at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., and a guest blogger about campus ministry for The Lutheran online magazine. 


MARY LYLE ANDERSON is a real estate broker in Billings, Mont.

SUSAN (HANSEN) FOGELSON retired from teaching at Kenyon–Wanamingo (Minn.) Schools.

TRUDEE (PETERSEN) GREEN is a secondary school music teacher at Chevalier College in New South Wales, Australia.

MARY (CHRISTIANSON) HANSEN was honored by Finance and Commerce newspaper as a Top Woman in Finance. She has served as CEO/president of the Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union in Rochester, Minn., since 2001 and is board director for the Minnesota Credit Union Network and a director for the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. Hansen is also a director and officer of Brighter Tomorrows Inc., a charitable organization that assists and supports families that are facing pediatric cancer diagnoses.

TOM MAAKESTAD is a landscape painter from Marine on St. Croix, Minn. He was featured in a column “Museum quality; the honor is all Tom Maakestad’s” by Jane Dierberger in the Stillwater (Minn.) Gazette in February. His work Above the Farm was purchased by and is on display at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minn. Above the Farm is part of a series of works by Maakestad, covered in PleinAir Magazine, that engage the Minnesota landscape from above, as seen from a prop plane. Viewing from the air allowed him to observe unique spatial relationships between linear and natural forms. Four of Maakestad’s paintings were recently purchased by the U.S. State Department for the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Oslo, Norway. 


LAIRD EDMAN was selected to participate in a series of research seminars in Oxford, England. The 2015–16 summer seminar, Bridging the Two Cultures, focuses on bridging the academic and cultural divide around the cross-discipline collaboration of science and religion. Edman is a professor of psychology at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

CAROL (GUSTAFSON) HETRICK is a volunteer and performer for the community theater Windham Theatre Guild in Coventry, Conn., and has recently been involved in a number of stage productions. She was a soundboard operator, puppet maker, and puppet operator for Shrek The Musical. She ran sound for No Sex Please, We’re British and ran music and one “live” sound effect for A Nice Family Gathering.

ROBERT PAUL is a realtor with Bartikoski Group of RE/MAX Results in Wayzata, Minn.

PAUL PETERSON is executive vice president for Cambria in Eden Prairie, Minn.

PAM (NORRIS) PHILLIPS of Davidsonville, Md., completed the 200-hour Yin Yang Yoga Teacher Training Program.

SUE ROTHMEYER and her father, Linus Rothmeyer, were inducted into the Legacy Society by Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). They were honored for their leadership in the NICC Campaign for Excellence and providing a lasting legacy for the future of the college. Sue is executive for the Office of the Secretary Administration at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Chicago.

LORI (MERCIL) SLESAR is a hematologist for ProHealth Care in Waukesha, Wis. 


CONNIE (CARSTENSEN) CONINE of Belgium, Wis., is senior analyst at United Fire Group.

DAVID CROWE is the author of Cosmic Defiance: Updike’s Kierkegaard and the Maples Stories, a novel about how author John Updike was influenced by the writings of philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Crowe is professor of English at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

SUSAN (HENGESH) EARL is inpatient care adviser and utilization management nurse at Evolenthealth in Arlington, Va.

THOMAS FLODEN of Mason City, Iowa, retired after 29 years of general dentistry.

CAROL HAGEN is a clinical social worker at Lighthouse Professional Counseling LLC in Decorah.

DIANN (HOSTERT) KIRBY completed a one-year term as district governor for Rotary/District 5950 (Minn.) of Rotary International. She is community services director for Bloomington, Minn.

DAVE MOEN is principal of MoenMD Consulting in Mahtomedi, Minn.

JENNIFER (WESTLAND) THIMMESCH is director of CBRE University, Learning and Development, in Dallas.

SCOTT WEBER is a family practice physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Clinic in Mount Vernon, Wash. 


MERLIN BARTZ of Grafton, Iowa, was elected as a Worth County (Iowa) supervisor.

NANCY (NIELSEN) HUNSICKER is manager-supply chain, customer service, and PMO for Brunk Industries in Lake Geneva, Wis.

MARTY (PETERSON) PARRY is a registered nurse at Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa.

DELL STAGGERS of Mansfield, Texas, is the author of devotionals Through the Storm: Adults, 30-Day Devotional and Through the Storm: Overcome Teen Challenges, 30-Day Devotional.

CAROL (RUNDAHL) TILLMAN is senior total rewards human resource analyst at Harley-Davidson Motor Company in Wauwatosa, Wis. 


JOHN BARTH earned a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Kathy, volunteer at their local church by teaching baptismal preparation courses for new/expecting parents. He is vice president, operational risk manager in the technology group at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis. He has also resumed his (very part-time) painting career, he says. A sample of his work can be found at (search with his name).

SUE (OXLEY) BIGLER is accounting coordinator for Opportunity Homes Inc. in Decorah.

CRAIG IBSEN was appointed to the VIDA Diagnostics Inc. board of directors. He is founder of Next Level Ventures, a late-stage venture capital firm in Des Moines, Iowa.

DAN KUESTER works in public affairs for U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

STEVE NICHOLS BERG is a writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

JAY SIEMS is senior diabetes specialty sales and senior hospital account specialist–cardiovascular and diabetes for Eli Lilly and Company in Coralville, Iowa.

BETH (HARVEY) SOHOLT is executive director of Wind on the Wires in St. Paul, Minn.

KERSTIN STENSON is an M.D., Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and professor of otolaryngology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

TODD VANDENBARK earned a master of library science degree from Indiana University at Indianapolis. He is research and instruction librarian and assistant professor at McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. 


JUAN BORG MANDUCA is head of Government and Corporate Programmes for the Malta Information Technology Agency in Blata I-Bajda, Malta.

GREG GERBER is director of recruiting at Software Technology Group and talent acquisition manager at Cardon Healthcare Network in Salt Lake City.

DIANE (BIERBAUM) GROEBNER is eligibility worker for Brown County in New Ulm, Minn.

JULIE (GANGSTAD) GROTNES is human resources business partner at Wells Fargo in Des Moines, Iowa.

BARBARA (SELTZER) TAKO published her second book, Cancer Survivorship Tools—We’ll Get You Through This. As a two-time cancer survivor, she wrote the book she wished someone could have handed her after her first diagnosis. The book offers tools to cope with the emotional trauma from hearing the life-changing words, “You have cancer.” 


KRISTIN REINGER is senior examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

VALERIE (PENO) SIMAYS graduated from the U.S. Army’s Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker and was awarded the Class Leadership Award from her peers. She also graduated from the Warrant Office Basic Course at the U.S. Army School of Music. She currently serves as the executive officer of the 484th Army Band in Milwaukee. 


CHRIS JOHNSON was named president of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah.

LOUANN (TIESKOETTER) LANGRECK is a retired college teacher in Ossian, Iowa.

RACHEL REITAN received a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Emmy in the On-Camera Talent-Reporter-Medical category for her “Dr. Rachel” segments, which air on New Orleans’ WGNO TV (ABC). She educates viewers about how to can find help to improve their health and at the same time alerts them to treatments that may even be harmful. She is an OB/GYN at LSU Network in New Orleans. This is her second Emmy.

RICH “LUNCH” SMITH is area sales manager Midwest/Western U.S. for Zuidberg North America Inc. in Cedar Falls, Iowa. 


NATHAN BRAMMER is an investment adviser for Marrs Wealth Management in Ames, Iowa.

PAUL HANSTEDT was named 2014 Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He was selected from nearly 400 top professors in the United States. The award recognizes the most outstanding instructors across the country who excel in teaching and positively influence the lives and careers of students. It is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Hanstedt is professor of English at Roanoke College in Roanoke, Va., where he has been teaching since 1996.

JANE (FLOY) NICHOLSON is pastor at First Lutheran Church in Chambersburg, Pa. 


BRENDA (GUETZKE) BRAYKO teaches humanities at the Hong Kong International School’s secondary school.

AMY CHICOS is a psychology instructor at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar.

AMY (SCHROEDER) FISHER teaches biology at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas, where she also is the assistant athletic director and volleyball coach. She was named Nevada State Coach of the Year for the past three years. Her volleyball teams have qualified for the state tournament three years in a row and won back-to-back state championships the last two seasons. The team also won three straight conference and regional titles, with their record the last three years of 85-37 and 34-0 in conference play. 


MISSY (OLDS) DUNN is a teacher in parent and family education and special education for the Waseca (Minn.) School District.  

RACHEL (KINTZINGER) HARPHAM of Redding, Calif., graduated from her second year at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry.

STACY JAYCOX is director of master data management and governance for Tyson Foods Inc. in Fayetteville, Ark.

MARGIE SINEX is compliance program coordinator at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minn. She belongs to the Society of Clinical Research Associates and is a certified clinical research professional. She is also a breeder, owner, and handler of Charizma Airedales and secretary for the Twin Cities Airedale Terrier Club board of directors, and works in hospitality and as historian for the Airedale Terrier Club of America. She was a founding member of Upper Midwest Terrier Association, where she is secretary and AKC liaison.

JOHN STORSVED II is associate professor/coordinator of clinical education at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

RHIA (FRY) STROHM earned a master of divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary and is assistant pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, S.D. 


SUSIE (MCKLVEEN) ANDERSON works in a 16-bed adult inpatient oncology/hematology unit as an oncology-certified registered nurse at the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.

SHERRY (ATIENZA) JOSEPH of Plymouth, Wis., earned certification as a massage therapist from the East West Healing Arts Institute and is a massage therapist at Jade Healing Massage Eastern Therapeutics LLC. She is also a dentist at Joseph & Joseph Dental LLC.

ANGIE (SHARP) MORGAN earned a master of physician assistant studies degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a physician’s assistant in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

KATIE NELSEN was named 2013 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is chief advancement officer for Opportunity Partners in Minnetonka, Minn.

LAURIE (NESS) PARKER teaches second grade at George W. Gibbs Elementary School in Rochester, Minn. 


TODD FISHER is president of Fisher Mortgage, which was acquired by North Shore Trust and Savings in Lindenhurst, Ill. The company can now lend in 50 states.

ANDREW GRAY is wealth adviser for Thrivent Financial in Northfield, Minn.

ANDREW MANGION of St. Julians, Malta, is owner and executive chairman of EC English Language Centres. The company opened two new schools—one in Washington, D.C., and the second on the campus of the University of New York in Oswego. The company operates schools in 21 locations worldwide.

AMY (GRAHAM) NEWELL is executive director of The Arc of Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle counties in Rockford, Ill.

AMIE (BARSCH) ODAHL is associate pastor of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Forest Lake, Minn.

DAVE SCHNEIDER is senior director and head of global marketing for Red Wing Shoe Company in Red Wing, Minn. 


JENNY (STIGERS) BOSKING is manager of the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

CHRIS ENGELHARDT is vice president, channel management for Vantiv in Tinley Park, Ill.

COLLEEN (FITZGERALD) HENNESY is IRIS consultant for the Management Group in Walworth, Wis.

KRISTIN HILTON was named the 2015 Counselor That Changes Lives by Colleges That Change Lives. She is a counselor for the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools Central Academy.

ANJELA SHUTTS was admitted as a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). She is one of eight attorneys in Iowa who have been admitted to the AAML. Shutts practices in family law in a variety of issues including prenuptial agreements, divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and modifications. She is trained and certified by the Iowa Supreme Court, trained to practice in collaborative law, and mediates family law cases. She is a partner/attorney with Whitfield & Eddy PLC and was recently recognized for 20 years of service to the Des Moines, Iowa, law firm.

BRIDGET (UFFELMAN) SKALESKI is associate director, regulatory affairs for UnitedHealth Group in Green Bay, Wis.

JOELLYN (KILBURN) VENINGA is vice president, global compensation and benefits of Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, Minn.

MARK ZOBEL is coordinator of alumni relations for Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill. 


ANGIE (GRECIAN) DAOUD teaches grades 6–12 vocal music for Newman Catholic Schools in Mason City, Iowa.

NICOLE ENGDAHL is vice president of planned giving for the National Park Foundation in Washington, D.C.

MATT REBRO is general manager, business development for ASI in Chicago.

MITRA SADEGHPOUR is assistant professor of opera at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

JENI SHEETZ works in the environmental area of  BNSF Railway in Irving, Texas.

LANI WILLIS is marketing and communications director for the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. 


HEATHER (MANGLER) and DREW CURTIS are running for the offices of lieutenant governor and governor of Kentucky as “Citizen Candidates for Kentucky.”

BRENDA (JANS) DARLING earned a master’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Eastern Illinois University, where she was recognized as the outstanding graduate student in the program. She teaches high school mathematics at Jakarta International School in Indonesia.

BRIAN HAASE is imaging services manager for Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

DARYL HANSMEIER owns Allamakee Realty LLC in Waukon, Iowa.

JODY JACKSON teaches alternative special education at Cooperative Educational Service Agency 1 Learning Center—West in Pewaukee, Wis.

JULIE JENSEN is senior health systems engineer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

MELISSA (SCHINDLER) MIROSLAVICH was named a silver medalist during the Professional Photographers of America 2014 International Photographic Competition. Her work was displayed at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn. She is owner of Miroslavich Photography in Woodbury, Minn.

SCOTT PANKOW is solution consultant at Wausau Financial Systems in Wausau, Wis.

RACHAEL PETERSON earned a master of science degree in clinical mental health counseling from Walden University and is a dual-licensed therapist in mental health and chemical dependency. She is a mental health therapist and chemical dependency counselor at River Ridge Treatment Center, Minnetonka, Minn.

KARL RIST is a registered nurse on the inpatient float staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

TANYA ROSENKRANZ MALLOY was selected to direct an honor choir for the Iowa Opus Honor Choir 2014. She is an elementary music specialist at Indian Creek Elementary in Marion, Iowa.

REBECCA (BORKE) RUTTER earned a master of divinity degree from United Theological Seminary. She is pastor at New Hope Methodist Church in De Pere, Wis.

JILL (LINDEMAN) SEIDELMANN is an occupational therapist at Fairview Home Care and Hospice in Minneapolis. 


DEE BROWN is head cross country coach at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His men’s cross country team won a national title and the women’s team finished third in the nation last fall. Brown was named the National Junior College Athletic Association  National Men’s Coach of the Year.

CHUCK DETTLOFF directs marketing, planning, and analytics for Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Minneapolis.

DEBBY (BENDER) GUTIERREZ is bilingual associate at Hoffman School in Glenview, Ill.

LISELLE (LEHMAN) JOHNSON earned a master’s degree in nursing from Graceland University in Independence, Mo. She is a nurse practitioner for Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, Minn.

ANNA (WHITE) LOVELY is marketing and communications director, risk management for Cargill in Hopkins, Minn.

BRAD LUND is an attorney at Aron & Hennig in Laramie, Wyo.

PATRICK NEEDHAM is a registered nurse at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

BRETT ROBISON is director of choral activities for Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa.

CHRISTY (PALMER) RUSDAL is a physical therapist at Orthopedic Rehab Inc. in Libby, Mont. 


JEFF BERTHIAUME is senior loan officer at Group Mortgage LLC in Fort Collins, Colo.

AMY (OSTRANDER) CROLL is cofounder and executive director of Community Youth Concepts in Des Moines, Iowa, which serves more than 3,000 youths. CYC introduces them to volunteer services and how they can influence area nonprofits.

MATTHEW DOLLINGER is a technology consultant and founder of Gearbox Consulting in Chicago.

ANGELA (GRAZZINI) FERGUSON is chief financial officer and owner of WTG Terrazzo and Tile Inc. in Burnsville, Minn.

KATHY (LINDSTROM) KNOLL is a registered nurse certified at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver. She was named a finalist in the second annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Heroes Award presented by Mead Johnson and Hand to Hold. The award recognizes outstanding NICU health care professionals each year for their compassion, courage, and perseverance in improving outcomes for medically fragile babies and their entire families.

ROSS LUND is president and CEO of Hughes Equipment Company LLC in Columbus, Wis.

KIMBERLY SWENSON is pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Berkeley, Calif.

TODD VELNOSKY is chief operating officer for Microgrid Energy in St. Louis.

BECKY (HINRICHS) VIANDEN is assistant to the dean in the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. 


JENNELL (PRIBYL) DUEY was recognized in the 2015 “Billings 40 Under 40” list by the Billings (Mont.) Gazette. She is a family practice physician at Billings Clinic West.

TROY KNOX of Decorah is senior business analyst for Acxiom Corporation in Little Rock, Ark.

MEGAN (KNUTSEN) ROWEKAMP is director financial reporting at Life Time Fitness in Eden Prairie, Minn.

GABRIEL SCHEER is senior strategist for frog in Seattle.

ANN (BOSSARD) SMITH is elementary building facilitator for the College Community School District in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

LARA WALTER WEST is a lecturer at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., where she directs the Liturgical Choir and teaches music appreciation, world music, functional keyboard, and organ. She also serves as music director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lawrence. 


JULIE ADAMS of Washington, D.C., was appointed secretary of the U.S. Senate by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. She has worked in McConnell’s Senate office since 2003, except for a three-year stretch in which she was spokeswoman for then First Lady Laura Bush. As secretary of the Senate, Adams will be the chamber’s chief legislative and financial officer, responsible for its logistical and administrative operations. She will also oversee a new technological initiative under way in the Senate.

MOTHUSI CHILUME is a family physician at Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, Mass.

DREW DIXON is lead NOC engineer for Loffler Companies in Bloomington, Minn. He is also a member of the Board of Education for Independent School District 508.

ROBIN (ROSS) GOSAI is a registered nurse/triage nurse for Marshfield Clinic in Arbor Vitae, Wis.

DAN KOBLER is partner at SMO Pros in Denver.

AMIE (SIEBENALER) LARKIN earned a master’s degree in reading from National Louis University. She is a stay-at-home mom in Evanston, Ill.

JESSICA MASSIE is an independent consultant in Kigali, Rwanda.

MACKENZIE (ROUTH) MCNAUGHTON is tax law specialist, LB&I International Coordination for the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.

ADAM NELSON is general manager at Jake the Plumber in St. Paul, Minn.

PAT QUAID is pastor for Lutheran Church of Hope’s new campus in Waukee, Iowa.

AARON SWENSON is division manager, thrift compliance and state licensing for John Deere Financial in Madison, Wis.