Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2016

2000–2009 / 2010–2016


Erin (Meyer) Bockoven-Troll of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is an intermediate accountant for Transamerica Life Insurance.

Norah Bringer and Dave Wake live in Washington, D.C. She is an appellate attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. He is an attorney adviser at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Tyler Christiansen earned a doctor of ministry degree from Garret Seminary. He is executive pastor at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover, Ala.

John Smedstad earned a master of music degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University. He is upper school choral director at St. Paul’s Independent Day School in Lutherville, Md.

Karen (Knutson) Wain is assistant professor at Geisinger Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute in Lewisburg, Pa.

Richard Winkels of Red Wing, Minn., relinquished command of the 1st Armored Division Band in March. He is spending nine months in the Middle East, where he will serve as the theater music liaison officer for Forward U.S. Army Central and Coalition Forces Land Component Command. After his deployment, he will become deputy commander for the U.S. Military Academy Band in West Point, N.Y.


Dan Bellrichard of Decorah is Grass Run Farms brand manager for Jack Link’s Protein Snacks.

Katie Marske is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Matt Mills is an IT program manager for USAID in Arlington, Va.

Heather (Ciernia) Nelson is choral director at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton, Minn., and vocal director for the Mounds View Community Theatre.


Tucker Hansen is abstractor for Lake County Abstract in Madison, S.D.

Jenn (Smith) and Peter Hoesing ’03 live in Sioux Falls, S.D. She earned a master’s degree in arts administration at Florida State University and is executive director of Stockyards Ag Experience. He is visiting assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Grinnell College and recently received the 2016 United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education and Ministry Exemplary Teacher Award, as well as the 2015–16 UNCF Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship.

Arijit Mazumdar of Roseville, Minn., is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas.

Peter Oyloe of Chicago is an actor, singer, and songwriter. He recently released an EP of original material, When the Wide World Roars.

Erica (Dencer) Weisgram of Plover, Wis., was invited to the White House to participate in the Conference on Helping Children Explore, Learn, and Dream without Limits: Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Media and Toys.

Jane (McDermott) and Kenny Wheeler II ’00 live in Bettendorf, Iowa. She teaches physical education and is the girls’ track and cross country coach at Pleasant Valley Community High School. Her cross country team earned state runner-up in 2015. He is an academic adviser at Western Illinois University and co–head coach, with Jane, of Pleasant Valley Community High School girls’ track and field. Their track team earned state runner-up in 2016.


Julie Bauch is a nursing supervisor for Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Peter Hoyem of Stillwater, Minn., completed the fall 2015 New York Marathon with a time of 2:44:46. He placed 164 out of 29,999 male entrants, 182 out of 50,000 entrants overall.

Ryan Kling-Punt is community outreach manager for Rochester (Minn.) Area Habitat for Humanity.

Andrew Nelson is pastor for the children, youth, and family ministry at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Sioux City, Iowa, and serves as president of the Mary J. Treglia House Board of Directors.

Katie (Hendrickson) Thompson teaches middle school math at Ave Maria Catholic School in Parker, Colo.

Arvid von Taube is an associate attorney with Ropes and Gray LLP in Boston. He was elected chairman of the Wellesley Historical Commission, which is in charge of preserving the architectural, political, and social history of Wellesley, Mass.


Bradley Carlton is business manager for School Management Services in Austin, Minn.

Sara (Johnson) D’Abreo is an attorney for the Law Office of Sara D’Abreo PLLC in Lewisville, Texas.

Janelle (Feine) and Charlie Dahl ’03 are traveling the country in a fifth-wheel camper. She works as a travel nurse, and he cares for their children.

Ben Druffel earned a doctorate from Rutgers University and is assistant director of bands for Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Sarah (Braun) Ekenberg is public relations manager at Proto Labs in Maple Plain, Minn.

Amy Frye is owner and operator of Boldly Grown Farm in Skagit Valley, Wash.

Jerry Koering is an owner of Group Benefit Partners in Fort Madison, Iowa, and recently became co-owner of Midwest Group Benefits in Decorah.

Katie Konrath is an inbound marketing and sales strategist at Media Junction in St. Paul, Minn.

Ryan Luhrs is assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.

Leann McDowell earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of California–San Francisco and received the Bowl of Hygeia Award, which is the highest honor given to a graduating student in the School of Pharmacy at UCSF. She was also awarded the Best Student Pharmacist Poster Award at the AMCP Managed Care and Specialty Pharmacy annual meeting. Leann is a PGY-1 pharmacy resident for HealthPartners in Bloomington, Minn.

Karen (Elliot) Thompson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was the recipient of the 2015 University of Iowa D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Award in Biological and Life Sciences.

Bergen (Papka) and Jake Torgerson ’05 live in St. Paul, Minn. She is a communications consultant at HealthEast Care System. He is director of real estate portfolio at Target Corporation.

Zach Wigle was named the 2016 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa. Zach was principal of Keokuk High School last year and was recently named activities director for the Solon Community School District for 2016–17.


Laura Chaney is director of international student and scholar services at the University of San Francisco.

Anna Cigrand earned a master of health administration degree from Saint Louis University. She is administrative fellow at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Ashley (Reiman) Doddridge teaches seventh-grade language arts and coaches girls’ cross country in the Collier County School District in Naples, Fla.

Shannon (Johnson) Gravelle earned a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Iowa. She is director of choral activities at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.

Kate Ingber is a certified professional with the Society for Human Resource Management and is a talent acquisition partner for Starkey Hearing Technologies in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Jason Ketelsen earned a juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, from the Villanova University School of Law. He is an associate for DrinkerBiddle’s Litigation Practice Group in Philadelphia.

Lindsey Koele-Schmidt is a neonatologist at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lauren Mayfield is senior associate relations specialist for Edward Jones in Tempe, Ariz.

Erik Olson is principal at Hamline Elementary School in Chicago.

Brad Paulsrud of Hutchinson, Kan., is director of USA product sales for Les Mills.

Susie Pettinger of Burnsville, Minn., earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Upper Iowa University.

Melissa (Garbrecht) and Justin Pieper ’04 live in Fort Madison, Iowa. She is a homemaker. He is an owner of Group Benefit Partners in Fort Madison, Iowa, and recently became co-owner of Midwest Group Benefits in Decorah.

Aaron Richards is producer relations project manager at Cigna Behavioral Health in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Jen Stoa is a registered nurse at Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Mo.


Erik Bies earned a physical therapy doctorate from the University of Washington. He is a doctor of physical therapy at Movement Systems Physical Therapy in Seattle.

Tara (Huinker) Brown of Murrieta, Calif., is a stay-at-home mom.

Heather Carlson earned a master’s degree in differentiated instruction from Concordia College. She teaches seventh-grade special education for the Waconia (Minn.) School District.

Laura Chapin earned a Ph.D. in oncological sciences from the University of Utah. She is a research assistant at Covenant Clinic in Waterloo, Iowa.

Sonja Chi is sales operations specialist at Proto Labs Inc. in Maple Plain, Minn.

Lyn Curry is choir director at Regis Middle School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Abbey Dibble is procurement coordinator and liaison to the Holden Mine Remediation Project for Holden Village in Chelan, Wash.

Anna (Sill) Engelhart is a clinical development specialist at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn.

Laura Fristad is a speech language pathologist for the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Kristi (Millmann) Garcia earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from St. Catherine University. She is a registered nurse at Summit Orthopedics in St. Paul, Minn.

Jill (Knutson) Gierok of Prior Lake, Minn., is a registered nurse in peri-operative services at University Hospital of Minneapolis Fairview.

Eric Hahn teaches social studies and is athletic director at Pinnacle High School in Thornton, Colo.

Kathryn Hobson is assistant professor of communication studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. She received the honor of top dissertation from the National Communication Association GLBTQ Division.

Andy Hoegh earned a Ph.D. in statistics from Virginia Tech. He is assistant professor of statistics at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.

Kara (Kulzer) Jordahl is a mental health therapist for Lifeworks Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sheil Kee earned a Ph.D. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and a postdoctoral degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University. She is a scientist with Theranos Inc. in Palo Alto, Calif.

Nick Kelley is assistant public health administrator for the city of Bloomington, Minn.

Rachel Kibler is a software test analyst for Zions Bancorporation in Salt Lake City.

Bethany (Peterson) Kracl earned a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Nebraska–Omaha. She is a school counselor for the Omaha (Neb.) Public Schools.

Rachel (Swenson) Miller is a quality improvement specialist with Gundersen Health System Inc. in La Crosse, Wis.

Al Onkka earned a master’s degree in evaluation studies from the University of Minnesota. He is a senior consultant at Aurora Consulting in Minneapolis.

Lynnea Pfohl earned a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School. She is a policy program organizer for the Land Stewardship Project in Lewiston, Minn., until the conclusion of the Frac Sand Ban Campaign in Winona County.

Nicole (Bontrager) Rediger is a registered nurse of pediatric intensive care for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul. She and her husband, Ryan, have also started a business, 4TK Consulting.

Emily (Anderson) Shockley is a communications specialist at Mesa County Valley School District 51 in Grand Junction, Colo.

Andrew Steward is dean of students and teaches at Kansai Christian School in Heguri Cho, Japan.


Hemie Collier is assistant director of intercultural life at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Liz (Rasmus) Drayton is elementary music specialist for the Altoona (Wis.) School District.

Megan (Manthey) Ellingson is a certified nurse practitioner at St. Paul (Minn.) Radiology.

Adam Frye is head coach for the cross country and track and field programs at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

Matthew Hagen earned a master’s degree in psychology from Harvard University. He is a senior product line manager and IBM thought leader: strategy with IBM Commerce in Bedford, N.H.

Mindi (Scott) and Josh Johnson live in Frisco, Texas. She is a registered nurse. He is a specialty market account executive at MetLife Insurance.

Leah Kinnaird of Des Moines, Iowa, received the Early Achievement in Outreach Award from the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University. She is a human services specialist III and domestic violence response coordinator for the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Morgan (Sterzel) Lentino is a music teacher at School District U-46 in Elgin, Ill.

Troy Peterson is controller at Prime West Companies in Denver.

Mark Strohbehn earned a master’s degree in international security studies from Georgetown University. He is program manager at Development Transformations in Washington, D.C.

Stacy (Myhre) Twite is legislative director of continuing care administration for the Minnesota Department of Human Services in St. Paul.

Morgan (Waterstraat) Woods is associate doctor of chiropractic at Brennan Family Chiropractic and Nutrition Center in Rochester, Minn.

Danny Young of Nashville, Tenn., is a drummer, background singer, and music director for the Church Sisters, who were recently signed by Big Machine Label Group. He also drums and sings full time with Mary Sarah from the last season of The Voice.


Katie Benedix is constituent manager at Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Nina Catterall earned a master’s degree in sustainability leadership from Edgewood College. She is a human resources specialist with Nordic Consulting in Madison, Wis.

Stefanie (Tow) Cooper is a nurse at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Eric Crawford of Decorah is head coach of Decorah Swim Club. He was named head coach for Team Iowa at the 2016 Mega Zone Championship meet in Indianapolis last summer.

Haley Douglass is staff attorney for Professional Contract Services Inc. in Austin, Texas.

Jake Hunerdosse works at Hormel Foods in Austin, Minn.

Josh Leinen is a sound engineer in Ames, Iowa.

Laurie Meinholz is a doctor of chiropractic at Nordic Chiropractic LLC in Decorah. She received an Iowa Chiropractic Society District Star Award for her dedication and leadership in the Northeast Iowa District of the ICS.

Aaron Nyquist is an attorney at DLA Piper LLP (US) in Minneapolis.

Tim Peterson earned his paramedic certificate at Ridgewater College/Hennepin County Medical Center. He is a paramedic for North Memorial Ambulance Service as well as an on-call firefighter for the city of Maple Grove, Minn.

Kaycee (Green) Rogers earned a master’s degree in education–professional development at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. She is director of teacher education programs at the Rochester (Minn.) campus of Augsburg College.

Allison (Bouslog) Seeley is a business negotiations consultant in the Shareholder Services Department at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Amber (Holzl) Sorenson teaches fifth grade at Woodland Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Godson Sowah is advisory senior manager and CPA for Ernst & Young in Minneapolis.

Kaitlyn Vaske-Wright is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood of Illinois in Chicago.


Kate (Westby) and Abe Campos ’10 live in Bellevue, Neb. She is a stay-at-home mom and reviews books for Booklist magazine. He is an emergency medicine resident at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Mischa Fleishman is a grants administrator for the Legal Assistance Foundation in Chicago.

Kelly Gaul of Davenport, Iowa, earned the adult CCRN certification and attended the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in New Orleans last spring. She is a nurse at Trinity Medical Center.

Melissa (Munks) and Andy Gisleson ’08 live in Glenwood Springs, Colo. She is an associate veterinarian at Alpine Animal Hospital. He is a family medicine physician for Roaring Fork Family Practice.

Sara (Walters) Graverson is a registered nurse in orthopedics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She received the 2016 UW Health Nursing Excellence Award.

Brie (Kunkel) Iverson of Chussell, Mich., is a part-time director of youth and education at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where her husband, Joseph, serves as pastor.

Justin Madsen is senior manager of negotiations finance and lead accountant of corporate financial reporting for Target Corporation in Minneapolis.

Nelao Nengola Alexander is a certified personal trainer at Virgin Active in Windhoek, Namibia. She is also a corporate wellness consultant for Power Poise Wellness.

Jenna Pulkowski Huntsberger earned a master’s degree in divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She is pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D.

Cody Ryberg earned a higher education administration degree from St. Cloud State (Minn.) University.

Dan Summerfield earned a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a doctor of medicine and a master of science in applied anatomy dual degree from Case Western Reserve University. He is a pathology resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Kathie (Palmersheim) Whitt completed three years of residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, and has joined Family Foot Health Care PLC in Waterloo, Iowa, as a foot and ankle specialist.


Tom Blattner is accountant II at InfoSync Services in Wichita, Kan.

Anna Bullard earned a master’s degree in teacher preparation K–12: English as a second language from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

Mike Byrd earned a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law. He is an associate at White & Case in London, United Kingdom.

Phuong Dau of Westminster, Calif., is a scientist at Avrio Biopharmaceuticals LLC.

Alysa Davis earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an emergency medicine resident physician at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Sarah Frana is a technical recruiter at NextGen Global Resources in San Diego.

Vickie Harper-Halverson is an administrative assistant at Des Moines (Iowa) University.

Bob Kemp is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual and a broker for Aflac in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Amanda Kloser earned a master’s degree in teaching secondary English from the University of Iowa and received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to teach English at Kastamonu University in Turkey.

Nana Kwapong earned a master of business administration degree with a focus in digital marketing from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. She is a marketing researcher and consultant at the university.

Marie Maguina Heller is an immigration case specialist at BI Incorporated, a GEO Group company in Phoenix, Ariz.

Dustin Meriwether earned a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Katie Prichard earned a master’s degree in museum and artifact studies from Durham University in Durham, England. She is assistant registrar at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor.

Victoria (Blanco) Tapia of New York City earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Columbia University.

Reid Wilson is founder and chief pursuit officer of Second Shot, a 501(c)(3) company creating adaptive outdoor opportunities in Iowa City, Iowa.


Alex Anderson is assistant city attorney for the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sabrina (Hawkinson) Arredondo teaches fourth grade at Greenleaf Elementary in Apple Valley, Minn.

Camille (Welter) and Peter Burleson ’11 live in Plymouth, Minn. She is a training technician at Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty. He is an aquatics and kids’ activities manager at Lifetime Fitness.

Kate (Schaefer) Gerhardinger is a sustainable process solutions consultant for U.S. Bank in Minneapolis.

J. Scott Harrison is director of operations for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Edina, Minn.

Ryan Nord Kitchen of Johns Island, S.C., was featured in the New York Times in a review of his solo painting debut at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York City. Art critic Roberta Smith wrote: “Now the field has a brilliant newcomer: Ryan Nord Kitchen, 28, born in Minnesota; educated in Iowa and Baltimore; and making his New York solo debut at Nicelle Beauchene with ‘Winter Paintings,’ a show of 25 works measuring either 15 inches by 12 inches or 24 inches by 21 inches. As I’ve said before: Art you can take home in a taxi dissents from the big scale and site specificity that, regardless of medium, are so highly favored if not fetishized by the current system of huge spaces, museum commissions and sprawling international exhibitions. . . . The works in this quietly stunning show have a kind of perfection that can make you wonder where Mr. Kitchen will go next.”

Jordan Lang is territory sales manager for Deere and Company in Miami.

Charlie Rasmussen is cello and Suzuki faculty for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee.

Liz (Cox) and Jeff Rose Jr. live in Moline, Ill. She is marketing manager of Vibrant Credit Union. He is strength and conditioning coach for Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

Rachel Rudeen is admissions coordinator at University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Kirsten Strandjord and Jay Dewitt live in Boulder, Colo. She earned a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University and is a doctoral student in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado–Boulder. He earned a juris doctor degree from Washington University and is a law clerk for the Colorado Court of Appeals in Denver.

Jenny (St. Clair) Tomesch of Iowa City, Iowa, earned a master of business administration degree from the University of Iowa. She is a project manager for Modern Woodmen of America.


Peter Beierwaltes of Burnsville, Minn., earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is a policy specialist for the Minnesota Department of Human Services and serves on the board of directors for the Arc Greater Twin Cities.

Bailey Cahlander is communications coordinator at Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis.

Kelly Dotseth of Boulder, Colo., is founder and chief experience officer of Brandzooka, a video marketing platform that makes it possible for anyone to execute video ad campaigns online.

Caroline Feeney is associate editor for Inman News and a freelance writer for Influence and Co. in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Erin (McWilliams) Hart earned a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from St. Cloud University. She is a speech language pathologist for Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 in Anoka, Minn., and a Zumba instructor in the Minneapolis area.

Kelly Hyland is historical researcher and digitization specialist at Musco Lighting in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Danielle Koch is program specialist for Disaster Services and Camp Noah at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Jenn (Winder) and Benj Kost live in Bettendorf, Iowa. She teaches Spanish in the Eddyville-Blakesburg Fremont Community School District. He is completing Summer Vocology Institute training through the University of Utah.

Joanna Lee is a paraprofessional at Mammoth Lakes (Calif.) Elementary School.

Thato Masire of Little Rock, Ark., earned a dual master’s degree in business administration and public service from the University of Arkansas. He was also named the 2016 Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace, which enabled him to participate in the Summer Intensive Language Program at Middlebury College, learning a year’s worth of French in six weeks.

Meghan McCall earned a master’s degree in nonproliferation and terrorism studies with an emphasis in Russian at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif. She is a legal assistant at Google.

Teresa Procter is an active artist in the Da Camera Young Artist Program in Houston, Texas, where she performs for underrepresented communities and presents music to children in the greater Houston community school district. She works in a musical residency at the Monarch School, a therapeutic day school for children with neurological disorders, and serves as the Singer-Songwriter Fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital. Its Purple Songs Can Fly is a music studio that positively impacts pediatric cancer patients and their families through the writing, recording, and sharing of original songs. As an artist with Houston Grand Opera’s community and collaboration initiative, HGOco, she recently performed as the mezzo-soprano in Opera to Go!’s performance of The Velveteen Rabbit, and she sang in the world premiere of the chamber opera O Columbia.

Maren Quanbeck earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas. She is music production coordinator for the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival and School.

Inga Rohde is community coordinator at L’Arche Tahoma Hope in Tacoma, Wash.

Cassie Seebart is a senior sea turtle biologist for Clearwater (Fla.) Marine Aquarium.

Katie (Etter) Sheets earned a doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College. She is opening Sheets Chiropractic and Wellness Inc. in Sigourney, Iowa.

Marcus Turen is accounting control and brokerage escheatment operations manager for U.S. Bancorp Investments Inc. in St. Paul, Minn.

Andrew Weckwerth earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Oregon State University. He is a business analyst consultant at Genesis10 in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Kristi Wietecha earned a master’s degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University. She teaches eighth-grade English for the Pine Island (Minn.) School District.

Dan Wilcox is an activist with the Green Party in St. Paul, Minn., and candidate for the juris doctor degree at Vermont Law School.

Lisa Yahr teaches social studies at the Lionsgate Academy in Minnetonka, Minn.


Anna DiCecco is Play Ball liaison for the Miami Marlins in Miami. Play Ball is an initiative designed to boost youth participation in baseball and softball.

Kelsey (Krall) Dralle is absence management team lead for Sedgwick CMS in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Dan Fernelius is individual giving manager at Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis.

Mary Ferrian is environmental health and safety technician at the Institute for Environmental Assessment Inc. in Minneapolis.

Tyler Hagy is a graduate assistant at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College–Conservatory of Music.

Kayla Hatting is head softball coach at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

Kaylee Helgemoe is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Phoebe Jan-McMahon is a graduate student in painting and a teaching assistant at the University of

Rachel Jungwirth was awarded the David LeClair Award for her active volunteering on the Professional Development Committee of Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters and continued professional representation of the health insurance industry. She is a sales representative with the Principal Financial Group in Minnetonka, Minn.

Matt Key performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the opening of the Battle of Midway remembrance ceremony in June. RADM John Alexander, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet; Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer; and IS2 class Matt Key from Oshkosh, Wis., pose for a photo during a Battle of Midway remembrance ceremony in the ship’s aft mess decks.

Shannon Koenders is a doctoral student in optometry at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas. She won one of 21 national tuition grants for her submission of an original case report.

Kelsey Moler earned a master of social work degree from Colorado State University. She is a behavioral health clinician for SummitStone Health Partners in Fort Collins, Colo.

Emily Ramos is a visitor services associate at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio.

Amy Shishilla is assistant cheese maker at the Lone Grazer Creamery in Minneapolis.

Kelsey (Rohs) Spohn is a veterinary technician for Twin Cities Animal Rehabilitation in Burnsville, Minn.

Sarah Thell earned a master’s degree in library and information science at St. Catherine University. She is marketing coordinator at KeyStone Search in Minneapolis.

Niki Tryggestad is administrative assistant of legal and outside sales for Marvin Windows and Doors in Eagan, Minn.

Isaac van Bruggen earned a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University. He is a tenant services coordinator for Zeller Realty Group in Minneapolis.

Nick Vondrashek is an IT analyst and programmer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Ashley Wright earned an MFA degree in theatre management from Florida State University in Tallahassee.


Benjamin Anderson is a teaching assistant at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

Ingrid Baudler is a law student and legal research assistant at the University of Colorado Law School. She works as a law clerk at Grease Monkey International in Denver.

Eve Christensen is IELTS administrator at ELS Educational Services Inc. in St. Paul, Minn.

Michael Crocker is a freelance videographer in Half Moon Bay, Calif. He tells people’s entrepreneurial and personal brand stories through video.

Madeline Davidson earned a master’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is an acoustician at HDR in Minneapolis.

Becca Dugdale is a certified public accountant at Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Paul Esker of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a press assistant for Hillary for America.

Daniel Gallagher earned a master’s degree in flute performance from Illinois State University. He is a doctoral student at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Allison Gieswein teaches fourth grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Washington, Iowa.

Luke Hanson is a development officer at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.

Dane Huinker is a land-management district technician at the Jackson Soil and Water Conversation District in Lakefield, Minn.

Charles Martin-Stanley II earned a master’s degree in student affairs administration from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. He is a doctoral student in higher education student affairs at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Sam Matheson is relationship manager at Alliance Benefit Group in Albert Lea, Minn.

Lauren Maze earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Iowa State University. She is a graduate student in physical therapy at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Scott Mittman is a graduate student and teaching assistant in mathematics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

Cody Orr is a purchasing engineer co-op at True Manufacturing in O’Fallon, Mo.

Michelle Schieber is a material planner at Trane Company in Memphis, Tenn.

Marissa Schuh earned a master’s degree in entomology from Michigan State University. She is an extension educator specializing in assisting commercial vegetable producers at MSU Extension in Adrian, Mich.

Rachel Selvig is a funded programs coordinator for Girl Scouts River Valleys in St. Paul, Minn.

Sam Wettach is a natural resource specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
in Madison.


Tyler Anderson is communication assistant for Data Communication Solutions in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Emily Betts is project manager at Polaris Industries Inc. in Plymouth, Minn.

Claudia Calderon Machicado is a consultant at World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Kyrie Dailey is a professional research assistant at the University of Colorado–Denver.

Carly Ellefsen is associate designer at Design Center Inc. in St. Paul, Minn.

Michona Johns is an English lecturer at Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France.

Amanda Johnson teaches special education at Gage Elementary School in Rochester, Minn.

Julia Joseph is a page designer at Lee Enterprises in Madison, Wis.

Connor Mattison is a sales associate for DSW in Bloomington, Minn.

Thandokazi May is a research assistant in molecular biology and human genetics at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.

Corey Miller is an account executive at Robert Half Technology in Oklahoma City.

Ben Nordquist is a DJ for Instant Request and is also on-call retreat staff and a communications intern at Youth Frontiers in Minneapolis.

Alex Odette is accounts payable specialist at Entrust Datacard in Shakopee, Minn.

Meghan Owens is clinical interventionist I at Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix, Ariz.

Lydia Petersen teaches elementary music for the Hood River Valley School District in Hood River, Ore.

Hannah Scholbrock is a billing specialist for LSM Chiropractic Clinics in Oregon, Wis.

Andrew Sharot is an analytics consultant for Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Alli (Kephart) Tjossem teaches elementary music at Riffenburgh IB World Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colo.

Andrew Withers teaches sixth-grade math at South Middle School in Waukee, Iowa.

Luke Wright is territory underwriter for Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa.


Blake Moen is a business development representative at Infor in St. Paul, Minn.

Christine Morrow is a registered nurse at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa.