Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2015

2000–2009 / 2010–2015


RYAN BIES is a shareholder at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. in Apple Valley, Minn.

MATTHEW ERPELDING is the director of choral activities for Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa.

COLIN FARBOTKO passed away in 2012 after a long battle with ALS. Colin’s wife, MARNEY OLSON ’99, and his classmates KEVIN FRANTZ ’00, KIM (TURNER) FRANTZ ’00, PETE SCHONEBAUM ’00, TIMOTHY BAARDSETH ’00, and many other Luther friends are planning a memorial golf tournament called the iColin Classic at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville, Minn., on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, to raise funds in his name. The group has secured 501(c)3 nonprofit status, created social media pages, and set up a website——for donations, sponsorships, and registration. Funds raised will be distributed to the ALS Association to support families living with the disease and to the Colin Y. Farbotko Memorial Scholarship at Luther College.

SARAH (KODET) GOEBEL is an ESE teacher for Poinciana High School in Kissimmee, Fla.

LUKAS HOFFLAND acted as Dr. Emmett Brown in the inaugural Chippewa Valley LogJam in the summer of 2015. He also cohosts the Luc & The Captain sports talk show on 790 WAYY as part of his radio work at Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Altoona, Wis.

ELISABETH (MARVIN) SANDERSFELD is assistant vice president and controller of GuideOne Insurance in West Des Moines, Iowa.


AMANDA HAMP is assistant professor of dance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

TORY HEGRENES is a lieutenant commander for the U.S. Navy in Newport, R.I.

MELODY JORDAHL-IAFRATO is assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and program director at South Campus Family Medicine Residency in Tucson.

JOE KISSNER teaches biology, anatomy, and physiology at Eagan (Minn.) High School. He was invited to testify at the Minnesota House and Senate Joint Higher Education Committees’ hearing on issues related to the Higher Learning Commission’s adopted clarification to its assumed practices regarding faculty qualifications.

ANGELA (SWEENY) LOWERY is a psychologist in home-based primary care for Roseburg VA Healthcare System and the Eugene (Ore.) Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

HEATHER (SVOBODA) MORRIS is public relations manager for Entrust Datacard in Shakopee, Minn.

HEATHER (CIERNIA) NELSON is choral director at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton, Minn. She is also an independent music instructor and performer with Heather Nelson Music and a soprano with Magnum Chorum.

JOHANNA OLSON is changing lives two years after passing away from cancer. The 2015 Tour des Chutes at High Lakes Elementary School in Bend, Ore., expected more than 1,750 participants to ride, run, or walk during the 12th annual fundraiser for cancer survivors and their families. In Olson’s honor, the Tour des Chutes offered a 5K run/walk along with five ride options for cyclists.

BEN SHOCKEY is a paramedic for Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

KATIE SOPOCI DRAKE is a visiting assistant professor of dance at the University of Maryland–College Park.

JULIE (SATRE) SHOCKEY TRYTTEN is director of media relations at Luther College.

REBEKAH (RUSCH) VOGELSBERG is director of bands at Lancaster (Wis.) Senior High School.

ARIANA (ANDERSON) WRIGHT is elementary principal for the Kasson–Mantorville (Minn.) School District.


BRAD ALBERS is a pediatric anesthesiologist for Northwest Suburban Anesthesiologists Ltd. at Arlington Heights, Ill.

ERIN APPEL is a licensed professional clinical counselor at Mental Health Systems PC in Woodbury, Minn.

TRISTAN LUBINSKI earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees in biology from Boston University. He is an associate scientist of next generation sequencing informatics for AstraZeneca in Waltham, Mass.

NICK NELSON is an attorney and owner of Law Offices of Nicolas R. Nelson in Villa Park, Ill.

KATYA OUCHAKOF is a pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church in Madison, Wis. She is also a contributor to the book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.

HEATHER (GUTEL) TORRES is director of children’s ministry for St. Andrew’s UMC in Omaha, Neb.

ALLISON (PRUNTY) WALLACE is special counsel in the business division for Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa.

JANE (MCDERMOTT) and KENNY WHEELER II ’00 are co-head coaches of girls’ high school track and field for the Pleasant Valley (Iowa) Community School District. The team won conference and regional meets and the school’s first state team title since 1991. They were named Iowa Track and Field and Cross-Country Association Coaches of the Year for the 2014 and 2015 seasons and State Coaches of the Year by United States Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association. Jane is a physical education and health teacher at Pleasant Valley High School. Kenny is an academic adviser for Western Illinois University in Moline.

RYAN ELIZABETH (MEYER) WUERTZ is a development associate for the Mayo Clinic Department of Development in Rochester, Minn.


JEN (RUST) ANDERSON is a compliance officer for Group Health Cooperative in Altoona, Wis.

RACHEL (HILDEBRAND) and DAN CORRON live in Waukee, Iowa. Rachel is lead IT systems analyst for Principal Financial Group. Dan is a sales and leasing associate at Denny Elwell Company Commercial Real Estate and Development.

KRISTIN DOROW is an emergency room RN for Memorial Hermann Healthcare Systems in Houston.

ABBY FROST is the director of choirs for Hamilton–Wenham (Mass.) Public Schools and the director of choirs at First Church. She conducted regional honor choruses in 2011, 2013, and 2014; is a national board certified teacher; and is the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association Middle School Repertoire and Standards chair.

ANN (DEHNING) HINTZ is director of academic advisement for St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.

AMBER INGALSBE is associate pastor at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minn.

ANDREJ KOSTRESEVIC is the CEO of Nomads in Miami, Fla. He is also a curator for Miami Startup Digest, an organizer for Miami Lean Startup Circle, and an organizer for South Florida Android Developers. Nomads, whose clients include the NFL, DirecTV, and Cerner, was named one of the 25 fastest-growing technology companies in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal.

CONRAD KWAYU is regional manager for Hartford Healthcare Organization in Meriden, Conn.

KRISTINE (HOLLEQUE) LOWER is an MSR valuation and reporting analyst for U.S. Bancorp in Bloomington, Minn.

JOY (GRUETTNER) and NEIL MICK live in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Neil is a senior business analyst for Rockwell Collins.

NATHAN VOIGHT is a controller for Rockwell Collins in Tustin, Calif.

NICOLE (VERMETT) and NICK WOLF live in Walworth, Wis. Nicole is an accountant at Mecum Auctions. Nick is supply project leader for Pentair Inc. in Golden Valley, Minn.


AARON COFFEEN is a business development director for Engineered Tax Services in Peoria, Ill.

HEIDI (JOHNSON) FELTZ of Des Moines, Iowa, is the social media manager for Casey’s General Stores Inc.

NATHAN GOSS is a tour guide for Fat Tire Bicycle Tours in Paris, France.

RACHEL (FRIEDRICH) HARKEN is a compensation and benefits generalist for NCMIC/Professional Solutions Insurance in Clive, Iowa.

MANDY HENDERSON is director of the counseling program at Temple Grandin School in Boulder, Colo.

MATT JANSSEN is senior software engineer at the Nerdery in Bloomington, Minn.

JESSICA KATH works in development and alumni research for Brunel University, London.

RYAN LUHRS earned a Ph.D. in choral conducting and music education from Florida State University. He is assistant professor of music and director of choral programs at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Ga.

CARRIE (MORRIS) MILLER is senior academic adviser at the University of Iowa.

MIRIAM (BLOM) and PAUL SKRADE live in Decorah. Miriam is assistant tennis coach at Luther. Paul is assistant professor of biology at Upper Iowa University in Fayette.

JIM STELLMACHER is praise service director for Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Ill.

CODY TIGGES is a pediatric intensivist at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

ERIK ULNESS is operations manager for Ulness Health Insurance and Wellness in Minneapolis.

AARON WARD of Des Moines, Iowa, produced a series of humorous tourism television commercials for Travel Iowa featuring “Napoleon’s Folly.”


HASSAN ASGHAR is director of IT risk and controls for OptumInsight in Eden Prairie, Minn.

LINDSAY BERNHAGEN is senior instructional consultant at the Ohio State University in Columbus.

CHRIS DAHL is program coordinator at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa.

JENN (SHIMAK) DELAROSA is a collaborative teacher at Carrie Lee Elementary School in Decorah.

CLARISSA (RINK) EINCK is a transitional kindergarten teacher for the Decorah Community Schools.

RACHEL FAUST is a student services assistant for the Mounds View (Minn.) School District.

RACHEL (STRANDT) and CHRIS GILMORE live in Lawrence, Kan. Rachel earned a master’s degree in elementary instruction and curriculum from Emporia University and is a member of Te Deum Chamber Choir and Theater Lawrence. She teaches second grade at Woodlawn Elementary School. Chris is the Kansas City area manager for Noodles and Company.

KIM HENRIKSEN earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Argosy University. She is a research assistant for Carl T. Hayden Medical Research Foundation in Phoenix, Ariz.

KATE INGBER is an associate recruiter for Alliance Life Financial Services in Minneapolis.

KATIE (CHAMBERS) KADUCE is the accounting manager for John Deere Commercial Products in Grovetown, Ga.

GINNY KING is suspension coordinator and basketball coach for the Hannibal (Mo.) Public Schools.

JULIE KNAPP teaches third grade for Northland Community Schools in Remer, Minn.

THADDAEUS MORELOCK is product manager for the Wedge Community Coop Inc. in Minneapolis.

TINA MUELL earned a master’s degree in special education from Simpson College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University. She is a school support data specialist for Connections Education in Baltimore.

RYAN PERSON is graduate choral teaching assistant and doctoral student in choral conducting at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

PETE RUGGIERO is a general dentist at Dental Health Partners in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

MELISSA SERRES earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

DAIN TEPOEL is a graduate teaching instructor and writing consultant at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.


HELISSA BELL STEVENS is a K–5 music specialist for the Chippewa Falls (Wis.) School District.

MEGAN (MURPHY) and TIM BEY live in Waverly, Minn. Megan teaches music at Dassel Elementary School. Tim is a customer service representative for Proto Labs.

KRISTIN (STROM) CARMODY is a registered nurse at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

JONATHAN CURRY earned a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University School of Business and is the division supervisor at Industrial Fabrics Association International in Roseville, Minn.

SARAH (OLSON) CUTCLIFFE of Chicago Heights, Ill., is an epic analyst at LinkEHR.

NATE EVANS is a graphic designer for Winter Company in Savage, Minn.

MEGAN (SANTJER) and MATT GEERTS live in Omaha, Neb. Megan is a leadership and learning facilitator, and Matt is an international baccalaureate psychology and theory of knowledge instructor for the Millard Public Schools.

DANIEL HERMAN is a special agent for Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in Des Moines.

ALEXANDER LASS earned a master of business administration degree in finance, with distinction, from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago.

AARON MURPHY is the owner of Spruced Up Staging in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He also serves on the Theatre Cedar Rapids board of directors. In December, Aaron participated in a Christmas cabaret show with LYNNE ROTHROCK ’85.

JUSTIN PAPKA is a contracts administrator, post-award, for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute in Washington, D.C.

TONY VANDEN HEUVAL is a sales representative for Teleflex Medical Inc. in Minneapolis and a licensed real estate agent with Terra Companies.

LAURA (TONKIN) VAN VERTLOO is assistant professor of small animal internal medicine at Iowa State University’s Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center in Ames.

TRISH YOUNG is a certified nurse-midwife at Midwifery and Women’s Health Care in Anchorage, Alaska.


CHRIS ANGELICA is senior business intelligence analyst for Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, Ill.

CHRISTINA (GAARD) BAUMGART is director of pharmacy for Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

KYLE BINVERSIE of Richfield, Wis., is a territory sales manager for JELD-WEN Inc.

HEMIE COLLIER is assistant football coach and academic resource center assistant at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University.

LAURA (MCNAMARA) FILIPOSKI earned a master of social work degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

RACHEL (APPELT) HANSELL teaches elementary music for Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minn.

KIMBERLY (REICHERT) and MATTHEW HOEGH live in Denver. She is a registered nurse for Sky Ridge Medical Center. He is an academic hospitalist and assistant professor for VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System.

KATIE HOLMBERG of Knoxville, Tenn., is a full-time analyst for STEELE CIS.

CRAIG MYRUM is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes on Aging Biomedical Research Center in Baltimore.

SARAH (QUICK) OLEJNICZAK is dean for student affairs at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.

EMILY PANKOW is assistant professor of sports science at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

SARAH PUTNAM is controller for Eclipse Automation in Charlotte, N.C.

BRITT (LINDQUIST) SIMONSON earned a master’s degree in education from Northeastern University.

PAUL STELLMACHER is a hospice palliative medicine fellow at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.

ANNIE (PERSHALL) STEVENSON teaches biology for the Mount Angel (Ore.) School District.

ERIC THORSEN is technology manager for Wells Fargo in West Des Moines, Iowa.

ALISSA (VANDERPOOL) VERMILLION lives in Vienna, Va., and is the author of Beyond Farewell.


GREG COCHRANE earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a dentist at River Town Dental in La Crosse and Holmen, Wis.

JOEY CORBIN is senior executive officer at the University of Oslo International Summer School.

KATIE (DANIELSON) ERLANDSEN earned a master of business administration degree and certificate in human resources from the University of Kansas. She is director of nursing at Olathe (Kan.) Medical Center.

RYAN FORDICE earned a master of divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is development assistant at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

CHANDRA (SKINNER) JENNINGS is director of the Nena Amundson Lifetime Wellness Program at Luther.

DANIEL LEE is associate development officer for the Minnesota Medical Foundation in Minneapolis.

LANA (WICKS) MCDERMOTT is a dentist at Westside Dental in Decorah and is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She is working on Project SEALED in northeast Iowa.

ERIC MOHLIS earned a master’s degree in music with an emphasis in choral conducting from Western Illinois University. He is director of choral activities at Dallas Center–Grimes (Iowa) High School and artistic director of the Iowa Youth Chorus.

NORA (HAUPT) ROBINSON is tutoring partnership director for the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools Foundation.

JOEL SCHROCK earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is a manager for Pfizer Consulting and Execution in New York City.

MICHAEL TANGEN is the 10th-grade football coach and the strength and conditioning coordinator for Decorah Community Schools.

ZACH WALROD is assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

DAVE WILLIAMS is a clinical staff pharmacist at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.


CLAIRE ADDIS is an ecologist for the United States Forest Service in Bend, Ore.

JESSI COOPER is an industrial channel specialist for 3M in St. Paul, Minn.

LAURA DELIKOWSKI is an adviser and transfer recruiter for the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.

ASHLEY (BEEK) FARLEY is an associate technical analyst for Tritech Software Systems in Decorah.

MISCHA FLEISHMAN is a VISTA volunteer coordinator for LAF in Chicago.

JESSE HALWEG teaches sixth-grade mathematics for Decorah Community Schools.

KIRSTEN HANSEN teaches elementary music for Greenfield Elementary School in Baldwin, Wis.

MEGAN (HELDERMAN) and BLAKE HUMPAL live in Charlotte, N.C. Megan is a physical therapist for Lifestyle Physical Therapy LLC. Blake is global sourcing manager for JELD-WEN Inc.

LIESL KOEHNEN is a project manager at Olson in Minneapolis. She also serves on the Luther College Alumni Council.

ANNIE (DALY) and NATHAN LESCH ’07 live in Austin, Texas. Annie is an educator for the Austin Independent School District. Nate earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a family nurse practitioner for Carlos Campos, MD, PA.

ERIN MAKELA earned a master of fine arts degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.

DARIN MONROE is head coach for the Rock Valley College softball team in Rockford, Ill. The Rock Valley Golden Eagles went 52-5 for the season and won their second straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Championship game last spring. Monroe and his assistant coaches were named 2015 NFCA NJCAA DIII National Coaching Staff of the Year.

CHAD NELSON is assistant project manager for Schwob Building Company Ltd. in Dallas.

KATE ROE is a forensic interviewer for Blank Children’s Hospital Regional Child Protection Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

MELISSA (CONIBEAR) and ROSS SCHULTZ ’10 live in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Melissa is a registered nurse for Mahaska Health Partnership. Ross earned a master’s degree in health administration from Suffolk University and is director of business development for Mahaska Health Partnership.

JULIA SCHUMACHER earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota. She teaches middle school ESL for the Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District.

CHRISTA (HOSKEY) SLAGLE earned a doctor of nursing practice degree from Creighton University. She is a D.N.P. at MercyCare in Tama, Iowa.


LIZ (JORGENSON) ALVARADO is assistant principal of instruction for IDEA Public Schools in Edinburg, Texas.

ROBERT ANDERSON is a registered nurse in the medical intensive care unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He and the members of Iowa Medical and Innovations Group (IMIG) developed a “segmented stabilization system for IV catheter insertion” and secured an exclusive license with China-based Hangzhou Fushan Medical Appliances Co. Ltd. to bring the technology to the marketplace. The device uses a flexible guide wire to direct a catheter into a blood vessel in a way that protects the vessel’s interior wall from being broken. The team hopes this will limit unsuccessful IV placement attempts and decrease the number of pokes for patients. Anderson says the concept for the device arose out of his own difficulty inserting IV catheters, a difficulty shared by other nurses, both experienced and novice. Looking for a solution, he went to the IMIG, a campus-wide program that pairs UI students with medical professionals who have identified a need for a medical device. IMIG is cosponsored by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Carver College of Medicine, the College of Law, and the College of Engineering. To further develop this technology and bring it to market, Anderson launched BloodWorks LLC, a small medical device development company aimed at developing real-world solutions for problems observed in practice. BloodWorks, which is currently working on the development of additional technologies, includes members of past IMIG groups, health care professionals, biomedical engineers, and attorneys.

STEPHANIE CONANT earned a master’s degree in elementary education from American University. She is a teacher for Daniels Run Elementary School in Fairfax, Va.

ANDREW DYRDAL is a training solution specialist for Entrada in Nashville, Tenn.

LUIS ENRIQUEZ NAVAS is president of Anderlen Partners Inc. in Alexandria, Va.

TAYLOR HAMMRICH earned a master’s degree in education, curriculum, and instruction from the University of Denver. He is a teacher resident in the Denver Public Schools.

SARA HANSSEN is a midwife’s assistant at Mamatoto Midwifery in Decorah.

JEANINE LINK is a seventh- and eighth-grade choir director and fifth- through eighth-grade music teacher at Grinnell (Iowa) Middle School.

ERIN LUNDE KEENAN is director of development and communications for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle.

KIRSTIN MANGES is a pediatric oncology nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and a doctoral student in the College of Nursing at the university. She is president of Students for Interprofessional Education and a member of the University of Iowa Interprofessional Education Steering Committee, the Association of Graduate Nursing Students, and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter. Kirstin is also in the VA National Quality Scholars Predoctoral Nurse Fellowship Program at the Iowa City VA Medical Center. Her research interests include safety, team cognition, interdisciplinary teams, and patient transitions. Last August, Kirstin attended the Swiss Ph.D. Platform in Nursing Science Education Summer Symposium in Switzerland.

JENNA NESS, Loras College head volleyball coach, was named Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year.

BETHANY NICOLL is interim head swimming coach at Luther College.

PAUL SCHOLTZ is a tenor in the Cantus Vocal Ensemble in Minneapolis.

AARON STENHAUG is an audit manager for Eide Bailly LLP in Minneapolis.

GABE TWEDT teaches first grade for the Decorah Community Schools.


MOLLY ANDERSEN is the communications coordinator for Affiance Financial in St. Louis Park, Minn.

HANNAH (WILES) ANDERSON earned a doctorate in chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. She is a chiropractor at Back In Line Family Chiropractic and Wellness in Hiawatha, Iowa, and an adjunct professor of human anatomy and physiology at Kirkwood Community College. Anderson is a board member for Feed Iowa First and is certified in Webster Prenatal Adjusting Technique by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

SEAN ANDERSON is an analyst for Kroll Associates in Washington, D.C.

KELLY BANDMAN is AmeriCorps construction crew leader for Habitat for Humanity in Chicago.

LEXY DETERMAN was named Softball Coach of the Year by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) during the SLIAC’s conference softball tournament, following a two-year stint as the head coach in Jacksonville, Ill., for the MacMurray College Highlanders. The Highlanders reversed their 6-12 record in 2014 to 12-6 in 2015 and earned a berth in the conference tournament for the first time since 1999. In July, Lexy was named head softball coach at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa.

SONJA ECKLUND is a health coach for RedBrick Health in Minneapolis.

ALEX (JOHNSON) and JASON ENGELKEN ’12 live in Decorah. Alex earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, and Jason earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from the university last May. In 2014, Jason worked with NFL, MLB, and MLS players during an internship in Dallas with EXOS, a performance training and physical therapy center for elite athletes. Alex and Jason are both physical therapists for Winneshiek Medical Center.

MAURA GOODIN earned a master’s degree in humanities with an emphasis in music theory from the University of Chicago. She is an administrative assistant for the Santa Fe (N.M.) Symphony.

ALLISON (MOEN) and WES GREGG live in Flagstaff, Ariz. Allison works in human resources for Northern Arizona Healthcare. Wes is a doctor of chiropractic at Hypo2 Chiropractic High Performance Sports Center.

JASON HAGEMEIER is a farm technician for Urban Organics in St. Paul, Minn.

ERIK HALVORSON is an academic adviser for Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn.

REUBEN HOLLAND is an acquisition planner for Chapman Cubine Adams and Hussey in San Francisco.

AMY HOOPER is a registered nurse for Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn.

KIRSTEN INDRELIE earned a medical doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She is a resident physician at Tulane University in New Orleans.

MERITT (SUCHOMEL) KALLAUS is a registered nurse for Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colo.

KATHLEEN KORNDOERFER earned a master’s degree in counseling from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is a mental health therapist at Mountain Vista Psychology PLLC in Englewood, Colo.

LUKE KRYSTOSEK earned a medical doctorate from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he is a resident physician in radiology.

WILL LAYTON is a graduate student in divinity at Wartburg Theological Seminary and is serving as ELCA Horizon intern and vicar for Atonement Lutheran Church in Syracuse, N.Y.

BETHANY LEHMAN is director of visitor services at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.

RACHEL LOEFFLER-KEMP earned a master’s degree in advocacy and political leadership from the University of Minnesota–Duluth and is the AFL-CIO community services director with the Head of the Lakes United Way in Duluth.

AAIDHA MAJDHY is assistant sales and marketing manager and assistant project manager of Malahini Holdings Pvt. Ltd. in Malé, Maldives.

TYLER MCCUBBIN teaches social studies and special education for Sequel Youth Services at Woodward Academy in Woodward, Iowa.

JENNY ROBERTS teaches English at Hongo Student Center in Tokyo, Japan.

KATIE ROBERTS earned a medical doctorate from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She is an OB-GYN resident at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.

HANNAH (BRANDVOLD) and JOE ROSHOLT live in Owatonna, Minn. Hannah is director of communications for St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Joe is assistant Olmsted County attorney.

ERIN (DANIELS) RUBACH is a dentist at Eric. J. Wisdom D.D.S., P.A., in Manhattan, Kan.

WYATT SANDBERG of Minneapolis was elected to the board of directors of the Ampersand Club, which fosters appreciation for the arts essential to book production, such as typography, fine printing, binding, paper making, and book design.

JULIA WALK earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

JACOB WESSELS earned a medical doctorate from the University of Minnesota and is a resident at United Family Medicine in St. Paul, Minn.

BEN WILBUR is an IT programmer analyst for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.


AARON BURRESON earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is the professional learning program coordinator for WIDA Consortium at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

KAT (BLOCK) DENLINGER earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She is a physical therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

MIKAELA (BELLAND) DEVINE earned a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School. She is a postgraduation law clerk for Wilson Law Group in Minneapolis.

MELISSA ERICKSON is a business reporter for the Daily Times in Maryville, Tenn.

ASHLEY (MATTHYS) and EAN GIBSON live in Madison, Wis. Ashley is a project manager for Epic. Ean is a business analyst for Accenture.

DANIEL GRAINGER is the community engagement leader for Thrivent Financial in Decorah.

SPENCER GREEN is a staff accountant for Dana F. Cole and Company in Marshall, Minn.

MATTHEW IMHOFF earned a master of fine arts degree in production design from Michigan State University. He is a set designer and technical director for College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, Mass. Matthew was a national finalist in the 2013 Rose Brand Scenic Design Competition and won the 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s regional design award.

BEN KOFOED earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota. He is a public health planner for Aitkin-Itasca-Koochiching Health Services Board in Grand Rapids, Minn.

DAVID KORT of Green Bay, Wis., is first assistant plumbing manager for Menards.

EMILY LARSON of Decorah was the featured artist in the July issue from Driftward Press. Driftward Press provides subscribers with wall-ready art prints in the mail featuring a new and vibrant artist and writer each month.

COLLIN MEYER is a senior advisory consultant for Deloitte & Touche LLP in Minneapolis.

CARRIE NIEHAUS earned a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Iowa. She is a counselor for the Eagle Grove (Iowa) Community School District.

KAELA (STUART) PARRIGON earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a doctoral student at Kent (Ohio) State University.

ALEXA PLASS earned an associate’s degree in diagnostic sonography from St. Catherine University. She is a diagnostic sonographer for Essentia Health Clinic in Park Rapids, Minn.

ERIN RUTHERFORD teaches fourth grade at Ghana International School in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

AIMEE SCHREIBER earned a master’s degree in library and information science from St. Catherine University. She is youth services librarian at the Sparta (Wis.) Free Library.

KALI SHAROT is a registered nurse for Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

MANDIE (MICKELSON) SIEMS is a communications associate for the Hormel Institute in Austin, Minn.

TAYLOR SKOGLUND earned a master’s degree in Old Testament from Luther Seminary. She is director of youth and family ministries for Abiding Grace Lutheran Church in Southlake, Texas.

ERIN VOELSCHOW is an osteopathic student physician at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo.

AMY WILSON earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing, with honors, from Duke University. She is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System in Lake City, Minn.

CASSANDRA (MOLSKI) WOLFGRAM teaches music at World of Life Lutheran School in
St. Louis.


EMILY BANITT earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a primary counselor at House of Mercy in Newton, Iowa.

CHARLES BANTA is corporate operations engineer for Google in Mountain View, Calif.

MICHELLE BOIKE earned a master’s degree in student affairs with a certificate in social justice from Iowa State University. She is the coordinator of multicultural programs in the Diversity Center at Luther College.

ALEXANDER BYOM is a loan officer at State Bank of Arcadia in Whitehall, Wis.

SAM DEPAGTER is a recruiter for Experis in Chicago.

SARAH EDWARDS is a policy services technician for Barkley Risk Administrators in Minneapolis.

BECCA EVANS is an aquatic rehab tech for CHI Health in Omaha, Neb.

SARAH FREHNER is a recovery chaplain at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in Minneapolis.

TYLER HAGY earned a master of music degree in choral studies from Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge in England.

KIMBERLY (CAVANAGH) KEENEY earned a master of music degree focusing on theory and composition from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a creative arts academy facilitator in the Davenport (Iowa) School District.

HANNAH KRYSTOSEK is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

ALYSSA LANDIN is a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

KIRK LEHMANN earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa. He is a planner I for Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council in Sioux City, Iowa.

ANDREW MELAND is a graduate student in religious studies and a teaching assistant at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

KATRINA (HANSON) and SETH RUMAGE live in Philadelphia. Katrina is an activities assistant in the recreational therapy department of Spring Mill Presbyterian Village and a youth minister for Glenside United Church of Christ. Seth is a hospital chaplain resident at Christiana Hospital in Wilmington-Newark, Del.

EMILY SCHNEIDER earned an associate’s degree in radiology and became AART certified at Northeast Iowa Community College. She is a radiographer at Southwest Health Center in Platteville, Wis.

JENA SCHWAKE earned a master’s degree in communication studies from Colorado State University. She is a part of the sales execution team for Northwestern Mutual in Fort Collins, Colo.

ANNIKA (ELLISON) SCOTT is an IHH care coordinator for Abbe Center for Community Mental Health in Iowa City, Iowa.

HANNAH SHATZER earned a master’s degree in psychology from the Ohio State University. She is a graduate research associate in psychology at the university in Columbus.

KATELYN SPINDLER teaches elementary art for the Rochester (Minn.) Public Schools.

ANDREW TJOSSEM is a correctional services specialist for Larimer County Community Corrections in Fort Collins, Colo.

CHRISTINA (STORLIE) WECKWERTH earned a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Minnesota. She is a quality engineer for 3M in Maplewood, Minn.

CHELSEA WYMAN earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is an instruction and reference librarian at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.


JAYNE COLE is a marketing assistant at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

GRACE COLETTA is executive assistant to the president and cofounder at ContextMedia Inc., a Chicago-based health information services company building digital media technologies to deliver lifestyle education to patients to improve health outcomes.

KAREN DAVISON is garden science coordinator for John Burroughs Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

SIBUSISO DLAMINI is an accountant for Waverly (Iowa) Utilities.

ALEXIS DORSCHNER teaches elementary special education for the Alexandria (Minn.) School District.

KRISTA (HERRLING) and STUART DYBDAHL live in Middleton, Wis. Krista is an associate at Crack Filling Service and Stuart is an investment specialist for Madison Investment Advisors.

MARIA ELLINGSON is a digital media coordinator for Arvig in Perham, Minn.

JAMES GARCIA-PRATS is the assistant men’s soccer coach at Luther and the head boys’ soccer coach at Decorah High School. He has been selected to participate in the prestigious National Soccer Coaches Association of America 30-Under-30 program, a yearlong education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. This program was created to support fledgling coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their vocation. Garcia-Prats was one of 15 men and 15 women who were selected from 500 applicants from every level of the game, from the youth game through the professional ranks.

KATHERINE (OLLMAN) GISLESON teaches kindergarten through eighth-grade music at
De Sales Catholic School in Ossian, Iowa.

KELSEY GUNDERSON is a project coordinator for CJ Advertising in Nashville, Tenn.

ASHLEY KENT is a registered nurse for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

MARITA MAY is a fiddler in the musical show Celtic Fyre for Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.

ERIC PITTMAN is account manager for CoBank in Minneapolis and the defensive back football coach at Northfield (Minn.) High School.

JAIMIE RASMUSSEN is assistant account executive for the Zimmerman Group in Excelsior, Minn.

NAOMI SANDGREN teaches second grade for New Prague (Minn.) Area Schools.

ELIZABETH SANKEY teaches kindergarten for the Clarksville (Tenn.) Montgomery County School System.

JACOB SCHNABEL is group sales and assistant box office manager for Signature Theater in Arlington, Va.

MARY (MUELLER) SCHULTZ is office manager for the Salvation Army in Minneapolis.

PETER STORVICK is an actuarial analyst for Thrivent Financial in Minneapolis.

KIERSTEN SWENSON teaches second grade at Jefferson Elementary School in New Ulm, Minn.

KATHERINE TANGEN is publicity and promotions coordinator for Allied Integrated Marketing in Minneapolis.

EMILY VANDER STEL is an accountant for John Deere Product Engineering Center in Waterloo, Iowa.

RACHEL WOOLSEY is marketing director for Early Music Guild in Seattle.


CAITLIN ALMER teaches fourth grade for Lois Lenski Elementary in Littleton, Colo.

ELISABETH ATHAS is an actor, teaching artist, and props designer for Saint Croix Festival Theatre in
St. Croix Falls, Wis.

SARAH BRANDT won the “Singing with the Broadway Stars” competition, part of Luther’s Center Stage Series performance of Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway. The competition, sponsored and judged by the cast of the show, invited Luther students and local residents to audition to sing with the cast during the Sept. 18 show in Luther’s Center for Faith and Life. One winner and 12 runners-up were chosen from a pool of 30 applicants. Brandt and the runners-up joined the cast to perform “Seasons of Love” from the musical RENT. Brandt sang the lead solo parts, accompanied by the runners-up and the Broadway stars singing the chorus. She is a production director and an afternoon radio announcer at KDEC FM 100.5 in Decorah.

MALLORY BRODERICK is a physical therapist at Aegis Therapies in Austin, Minn.

CLAUDIA CALDERON is a global health policy intern with the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. She is also a research and knowledge management consultant with Ashoka, an associate consultant for i-intelligence, and a contributing editor for Southern Pulse-Networked Intelligence.

RIGZIN DOLMA is an account associate for Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

ERIK DOTSETH is an implementation consultant for Fast Enterprises in Olympia, Wash.

SAMI EILERS is a vocal music instructor at Peet Junior High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

CARLY ELLEFSEN is a production artist at Design Center Inc. in St. Paul, Minn.

EMILY ENGLAND is a collections assistant for Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah.

MEGAN GELSINGER is a cafe server at Barnes and Noble in Ithaca, N.Y.

KATIE HALE is an editing intern for Familius Publishing in Sanger, Calif.

HOLLY HARRIS is a report writing specialist for Al Nasher in Amman, Jordan.

MARLON HENRIQUEZ teaches kindergarten Spanish immersion at Gage Elementary School in Rochester, Minn.

KAYLA HERMAN is a management trainee for Evergreen Bank Group in Oak Brook, Ill.

DARREN HILL is a district sales manager for the Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin.

AIME KARAM is an account executive for Minnesota Premier Publications in Minneapolis.

JACQUELINE KAYEBA is on the audit staff for Ernst & Young in Minneapolis.

HANS KITTLESON works in technical services for Epic in Verona, Wis.

CODY KLIETHERMES is a pension fund accountant for Northern Trust in Chicago.

ELI KLOSTERBOER is the student coordinator of international programs for CEDEI School in Cuenca, Ecuador.

LIBBY LOGSDEN is an auditor for Deloitte & Touche LLP in Minneapolis.

CONNOR MATTISON is a junior content strategist for Media Junction in St. Paul, Minn.

HANNAH (ROWSE) and ERIC OAKLEY live in Decorah. She is a seed preservation technician for Seed Savers Exchange. He is a broadband specialist I for Mediacom Communications.

ELLEN PRITCHARD is a finance assistant for Carousel Motor Group in Minnetonka, Minn.

KELSEY ROSE is an accounting auditor for Deloitte & Touche LLP in Davenport, Iowa.

AUBREY ROSS is a vocal music instructor for MACCRAY Public Schools in Clara City, Minn.

KAIA SAND is an elementary literacy tutor at Pine Island (Minn.) Elementary School.

ALDON SEVERSON is a business development associate at Baker Tilly in Minneapolis.

PROMETHEU TYAGI was selected to be one of 100 Youth for India Fellows from an applicant pool of 15,000. The fellowship is a 13-month experience funded by the State Bank of India. Tyagi is assigned to carry out a development project in a rural area of India.

VELVET WARNE is a program coordinator for REM Iowa Community Services in Hiawatha, Iowa.

ELLE (KROGH) and ANDREW WITHERS live in West Des Moines, Iowa. Elle is an IT application analyst. Andrew teaches fifth grade for Waukee Community Schools.