Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2016

2000–2009 / 2010–2016


Ben Johnson is a financial consultant for Stonebridge Group at Thrivent Financial in Bloomington, Minn.

Nicole (Ryerson) Lemke is the first-time homebuyer program manager for the Appleton (Wis.) Housing Authority.


Grant Applehans is a senior pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Minn.

Rachael Hall of Laveen, Ariz., is director of operations at Crater Group.

Sue (Buckheister) Hanson was promoted to distinguished lecturer in the Department of Health and Medicine at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. She is also the course coordinator for all undergraduate anatomy and physiology courses.

Melody Jordahl-Iafrato is assistant professor of family and community medicine in the clinical scholar track and program director of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Emily (Bradbury) Knutson is a stay-at-home mom in Minot, S.D.

Sara (Radke) O’Connor is band director at Woodbury (Minn.) Middle School. The Woodbury Middle School band program was awarded a $2,000 St. Croix Valley Foundation Music Education Grant that provided the opportunity for students to work with composer-in-residence Erik Sherburne ’01. Through the grant, the Woodbury Middle School band program commissioned Sherburne to compose two pieces of music, one for the jazz band and one for the eighth-grade band. “The collaboration was a great experience for students because they got to meet and work with an actual composer who used their ideas in the new pieces,” O’Connor says. “They then saw and heard their ideas come alive through music in the new compositions.” O’Connor and Sherburne played in Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra together while at Luther.

Feliz Tovar is a financial services representative at MassMutual in Chesterfield, Mo.


Monica (Mansholt) Benolkin is orchestra director at Rockford (Ill.) Lutheran School.

Brad Blackman of Wauwatosa, Wis., is a senior global supplier operations manager at Logitech Inc.

Sara (Rink) Buis is intake specialist at Centralized Intake for the Iowa Department of Human Services in Newton.

Jenn (Smith) and Peter Hoesing ’03 live in Sioux Falls, S.D. Jenn is the executive director of the Stockyards Ag Experience at Stockyards Plaza Inc. Peter is assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Grinnell College.

Lindsay Read Feinberg is a human services research analyst at Mathematica Policy Research in Chicago.

Ron Robinson is chief clinical director of Premier Wellness Chiropractic in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Aimee Sandy is a financial manager at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties in St. Paul, Minn.

Carrie (Schafhauser) Wittenberg is a Philips lighting specialist for Werner Electric in Cottage Grove, Minn.


Jessica Aguilar is senior executive director of Women’s, Children’s, Cancer, and the Edith Sanford Breast Center Initiative at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Nisse Christopherson is an account director at Unite Private Networks in Clive, Iowa.

Karen (Meyer) Goble is vice president operations manager at American AgCredit in Greeley, Colo.

Emily (Wenzel) Gutierrez works in strategic sourcing at Boston Scientific in St. Paul, Minn.

Bronson Power is an operations administrator in the Surgical Services Department of Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn.

Colleen Schmitt of Iowa City, Iowa, is an ELL coordinator and instructor at Kirkwood Community College.

Kurt Seamans teaches physical education at Knik Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska.

Josh Shank of Austin, Texas, received a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas.

Jason Trost is a senior facilitator at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in West Des Moines, Iowa. He is also a certified safety judge with the U.S. All Star Federation for Cheer and Dance Teams and judges national competitive events around the country.


Brenda (Rengstorf) Bauch is a nursing professor at Oklahoma City (Okla.) University.

Sara (Goudschaal) and Terry Blessing ’05 live in Lamoni, Iowa. Sara is an instructor in music at Graceland University, and she received the Graceland University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching for the 2015–16 academic year. Terry is a revenue cycle consultant at Prism Healthcare Partners Inc.

Melissa Christopherson is a faculty associate in the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She was invited to the White House last spring for the announcement of the National Microbiome Initiative because of her work with undergraduates at the university.

Jen (Weier) Gipp is an optometrist with Gundersen Lutheran Clinic of Decorah. She earned a master of business administration degree in healthcare administration from Western Governors University.

Mandy Henderson is dean of students at Temple Grandin School in Boulder, Colo.

Katie Konrath of St. Paul, Minn., competed for the U.S. team at the 2016 Underwater Hockey World Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The U.S. team was awarded sixth place.

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

Erick Weeg is director of investments at Ascent Private Capital in Minneapolis.

Zach Wigle is activities director at Solon (Iowa) High School.


Keith Becker of Williamsburg, Iowa, is the manager of University of Iowa Employment Services.

Libby (Nussdorfer) Chmielewski teaches at Middleton Plains Area Schools in Cross Plains, Wis.

John Drilling is an electrical apprentice at Interstates Companies in Cresco, Iowa.

Nicole (Warnke) and Kevin Fultz live in Winona, Minn. Nicole is a clinical manager at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis. Kevin is a web developer at Fastenal.

Mike Gucwa is senior manager for field operations at Premium Retail Services in Ogden, Utah.

Kate Ingber is a recruiting specialist at Ucare in Minneapolis.

Katie (Knutson) Jacques earned a master of education degree from Hamline University. She teaches third-grade dual language for the Richfield (Minn.) Public Schools.

Ashley (Sauke) Kincaid is an executive staff assistant at People’s Energy Cooperative in Oronoco, Minn.

Elise (Bieri) Patzke is supervisor of cellular and molecular immunology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Becca Tumm of Minneapolis is project manager for U.S. programs (disaster response) at International Orthodox Christian Charities.


Ryan Hulshizer is a financial adviser at Farm Bureau Financial Services in Northwood, Iowa.

Courtney Kupfer is programming and student affairs director at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic in Minneapolis.

Alex Lass is a controller at Service Payment Plan Inc. in Chicago.

Ashley (Meyer) Sires of Parkersburg, Iowa, is a special education consultant at AEA 267.

Veronica (Alzalde) Wells is associate professor, coordinator of library academic support services, and music librarian at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

Amy (Dunkle) Zafarani earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University and completed residency training at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Michigan. She has joined the staff as an obstetrician and gynecologist at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton, Wis., and ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah, Wis.


Jenny (Silseth) Binversie is an assurance senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Milwaukee.

Matthew Busche has retired from the pro-cycling peloton after a seven-year career. A winner of two U.S. titles (2011, 2015), Busche rode to second at the 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and fifth at the 2014 USA Pro Challenge.

Sam Kemp Carlin and Paul Carlin ’12 live in Des Moines, Iowa. Sam earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Walden University and is a national certified counselor. She is a family-based services counselor for Youth and Shelter Services Inc. and a member of Chi Sigma Iota. Paul is a claims adjuster with Nationwide Insurance.

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

Matthew Hagen of Bedford, N.H., earned a master of psychology degree from Harvard University last May.

Emily Holley is director of communications and marketing for the Iowa Environmental Council in Des Moines.

Ben Knutson is senior manager at Ernst and Young in Minneapolis.

Emily (Brueggen) Lilly is a registered nurse at UCHealth Cancer Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

Sarah Schlee is a supervising resource coordinator at Youth Guidance in Chicago.

Melissa (Biermann) Schulz is a substitute teacher for the Waseca and Waterville/Elysian/Morristown (Minn.) school districts. She also maintains a private voice and piano studio in her home. She is a pianist and singer with the Waseca Chorale and a pianist for North Waseca Lutheran Church and Faith Lutheran Church, and she teaches a dance cardio exercise class twice a week.

Paul Stellmacher is assistant professor in the Department of Medicine in the Divisions of Hematology and Oncology and General Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He specializes in hospice and palliative medicine as well as hospitalist medicine.

Staci Sudenga is assistant professor of medicine in the Epidemiology Division at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Joe Svendsen earned a doctorate of musical arts in choral conducting from Texas Tech University. He is assistant professor of music and assistant director of choral studies at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Tom Swenson is an executive resolution analyst at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Joe Timmer is band director at Faribault (Minn.) Senior High School.

Emily (Lillegard) and Soren Tryggestad ’05 live in Minneapolis. Emily teaches music at Arete Academy and provides in-home music therapy services. Soren is a lab supervisor for Cargill Inc.

Andrew Wannigman of Norman, Okla., was the third-place winner of the 2016 men in opera and operetta American Prize in Vocal Performance—Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award.

Laura (Johnson) Young is lead registered nurse at the Spring Valley (Minn.) Olmsted Medical Center branch clinic.


Alyssa Cheadle is assistant professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Mich.

Kacie (Clement) Garver is a medical, surgical, and pediatric registered nurse at Boone County (Iowa) Hospital.

Tyler Hendrickson of Iowa City, Iowa, was selected to present “Enabling Community: Creating Pianists with Great Ensemble Skills” at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Hannah (Huinker) Schroeher is a licensed independent social worker at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Katelin Wangberg is a news producer at KIRO 7, Cox Media Group in Seattle.

Jared Wiklund is public relations manager for Pheasants Forever, an upland conservation group based in St. Paul, Minn.


Hannah Armstrong Stanke teaches choir at Southwest High School in Minneapolis.

Melissa Berg is an elementary school counselor at Shanghai Community International School in China. 

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

David Keller earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Denver School of Nursing. He is a nurse in the Cardiac-Thoracic ICU Department at Colorado University Hospital.

Meg KenKnight Burman is a public health nurse and nurse-family partner at Public Health Madison and Dane County in Madison, Wis.

Megan (Reutlinger) Lyon is a physical therapist at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. She received certification in orthopedic clinical specialty.

Laura (Johnson) Mallers of San Francisco is an audit manager at Deloitte.

Kassandra (Malek) and Curtis Miller live in Savage, Minn. Kassandra is a stay-at-home mom. Curtis is a quality manager at PepsiCo in Burnsville, Minn.

Tom Miller-Bishoff is an occupational therapist at Communications Innovations in Fitchburg, Wis. He earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Matt Myers is conductor and musical director of Master Chorale of Flagstaff in Arizona.

Siri (Dove) Mytty of Basalt, Colo., is a reception manager at Snowmass Club.

Matt Orth is a level 3 engineer at SundogIT in DeKalb, Ill.

Cody Ryberg is a study-abroad adviser at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.

Andrea Schiefelbein is a graduate student in public health at the London (England) School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Andrew Stoneking is director of choral activities at North High School in Sioux City, Iowa.

Kate Thomson is a digital cloud librarian at Bibliotecha in Oakdale, Minn.

Jeff Weston is on the music faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kathie Whitt is a foot and ankle specialist at Family Foot Healthcare PLC in Waterloo, Iowa.


Kelsey (Mans) Crusinberry is youth director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn.

Sarah (Bousselot) Dopson earned a master’s degree in nursing from San Francisco State University and a family nurse practitioner certification. She is a nurse practitioner at VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wis.

Taylor Hammrich earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver. She teaches science, technology, engineering, and math for the Denver Public Schools.

Jocelyn (Winter) McDonnell earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from Grand Canyon University. She teaches in the Inver Grove Heights (Minn.) School District.

Aaron Stenhaug is accounting manager at Perforce Software Inc. in Minneapolis.


Dustin Balsley is cofounder and COO of Performance Livestock Analytics. The company moved from Osage, Iowa, and has established itself at the Iowa State University Research Park in Ames as part of the Ag Startup Engine and ISU Startup Factory. The business helps livestock producers become more sustainable and profitable through a precision agricultural application. By combining cloud-based technology with on-farm information, the company’s software helps livestock producers efficiently measure and manage activities and inventories. Balsley and his business partner, Dane Kuper, were named one of the semifinalist teams in the American Farm Bureau’s 2017 Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. They were also awarded the top prize of $25,000 in the 2016 Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition and the $25,000 Proof of Commercial Relevance grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Ryan Bouslog is a physical therapist at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Alyse Carlson earned a medical doctorate from the University of Iowa. She is a pediatric resident at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

Kate (Trigger) Duffert is a graduate student in the master of divinity program at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She was elected as a student representative to the board of trustees and the seminary council.

James Feinstein of Washington, D.C., is a presidential appointee in the Obama administration serving at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government’s Development Finance Institution.

Rebekka (Willis) Harkins is camp director at the Greenway Foundation in Denver.

Courtney (Grutz) Konetski is a product-costing analyst at Cargill Inc. in Wayzata, Minn.

Kelsey Leppert is associate attorney at Grefe and Sidney PLC in Pella, Iowa.

Aidha Majdhy is sales coordinator at St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.

Tyler McCubbin teaches 11th-grade history at Colegio Americana de Torreon in Torreon Coahuila, Mexico.

Sarah (Allyn) Mobley is a registered nurse at Allina in St. Paul, Minn.

Nicole (Olson) Payne is an English language and phonics teachers at Engage Minds Learning Center in Brunei Darussalam.

Winda (Rompas) Roets works at Thrivent Financial in Minneapolis.

Emily Sharp earned a nurse practitioner’s degree from Allen College. She is a nurse practitioner at Valley View Health Center in Chehalis, Wash.

Mari (Henderson) and Josh Sharpe live in Minneapolis. Mari is a senior marketer at Thomson Reuters Inc. Josh is a claims representative at Western National Insurance.

Vaughn Tackmann earned a graduate certificate in environmental education from Hamline University. He is assistant track and field coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Tobin Thomas of Tacoma, Wash., is a behavioral researcher for the U.S. Army.

Alex Ulfers is an obstetrics and gynecology resident at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Julia Walk earned a Ph.D. degree in mathematical and computational sciences from the University of Iowa. She is assistant professor of mathematics at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

Allison Wathen is service coordinator for early intervention at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Greg Woodin teaches at Westside High School in Omaha, Neb.


Hannah (Bygd) Bearinger is senior innovation fellow at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Bailey Cahlander is the lead communications coordinator for public art and placemaking initiatives for the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Among other activities, she manages marketing and digital content for the Made Here initiative and the WeDo Cultural District. She also led the implementation of video production at the trust and designed a mosaic mural installed on Hennepin Theatre Trust’s new building in Minneapolis.

Seth Duin is senior external relations manager for College Possible in St. Paul, Minn. He also produces audio and video, records soundtracks, and edits video for short-form documentaries. He coproduced Saving Creativity, a short-length film documentary on the importance of arts programs in public schools. It won first place among student films at the Oneota Film Festival and was nominated for a 2013 Midwest Emmy Award. He also performs regularly with the Minneapolis band General B and the Wiz.

Melissa Erickson is a multiplatform producer at WBIR TV-10 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Brett Finch is a software engineer at Workiva in Ames, Iowa.

Daniel Flucke is pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa.

Molly (Ternus) Hackman earned a master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of Iowa. She is a speech language pathologist at Heartland AEA in Johnston, Iowa.

Aaron Hoffland is a DevOps programmer at IBM Corporation in Rochester, Minn.

William Hoffman is operations analyst at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Elias Johnson is an academic adviser at DREAM Technical Academy in Willmar, Minn.

Dione Miller was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA last May and is associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca, Wis. She is also a graduate student, concentrating on global Christianity and mission studies, in the master of divinity program at the Lutheran School of Theology–Chicago.

Meghan Pedersen is a research analyst at Delta Air Lines in Minneapolis.

Amy Sandager is a goldsmith at Zoe Chicco Fine Jewelry in Los Angeles.

Amy Wilson is a registered nurse in the neonatal ICU of Children’s Hospital of Georgia in Augusta.

Jake Wittman is an adviser at DREAM Technical Academy in Waldorf, Minn.

Cassie (Molski) Wolfgram is a preschool aftercare teacher at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City, Iowa.


Devan Benjamin teaches fourth grade at Willard Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Stephanie Branchaud and three friends who met as summer guides at Wilderness Canoe Base (WCB) completed a summer-long canoe trip in support of WCB, a camp in the Boundary Waters. Stephanie was first introduced to WCB while at Luther when taking Winter Biology, a January Term course. Their canoe trip, which the women dubbed “Journey 4 Renewal,” began at WCB on Seagull Lake in the Boundary Waters and finished 1,239 miles (and 66 days) later at York Factory at Hudson Bay in Manitoba. Upon their return the women found that they had raised $40,000, nearly reaching their $50,000 goal, which will be matched by a generous donor. More information and photos from the trip can be found at 

Clara Byom of Albuquerque, N.M., earned two master’s degrees from the University of New Mexico, one in clarinet performance and the other in musicology. She performs klezmer, English country, contra dance, Scottish dance, and classical music on clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, and accordion. She is a founding member of Di Kavene Kapelye, Rusty Tap, and Duo Mozzafiato and cofounder/codirector of the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble. She also performs frequently with the Rebbe’s Orkestra, the Thrifters, and New Music New Mexico.

Stephen Dahle is the choir director at New Richmond (Wis.) Middle School and assistant marching band director at Hudson (Wis.) High School.

Benjamin Feldkamp is a paramedic at Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis.

Amanda (Wiger) Leisinger earned a master’s degree in teaching and learning from St. Mary’s University. She teaches kindergarten for the Rochester (Minn.) Public Schools.

Mario Martinucci is consulting analyst at Cerner Corportation in Kansas City, Mo.

Quinn Meyer is a school psychologist at Intermediate District 287 in Plymouth, Minn.

Kelsey Moler is a child and family therapist at SummitStone Health Partners in Loveland, Colo.

David Pedrick is program manager for Earthcraft Communities in Atlanta.

Regina Preston is a financial assistant for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Katie Schwartz of Stillwater, Minn., is a bank examiner for the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Emily Streeper is a brand specialist at Amazon in Seattle.

Erin Underdahl of Bloomington, Minn., is a registered nurse at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Ashley Wright is a marketing and patron services manager at Civic Music Association in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jessie Zenchak is a graduate research assistant at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

Elise (Allen) and Tyler Zinnecker ’12 live in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Elise is a senior accountant at Ernst and Young. Tyler earned a master’s degree from Des Moines University and is a podiatrist at Truman Medical Center.


Jessa Anderson-Reitz is a financial coach and referral administrator for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in St. Paul, Minn.

David Baxter is choir director at Newton (Iowa) High School.

Erik Bay of Salt Lake City, Utah, is a volunteer for the ELCA.

Dan Blattner of Oakdale, Minn., is a corporate auditor at 3M.

Katie Gaudian earned a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Iowa. She is an administrative fellow at Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Ill.

Stephanie Lake is office manager for Behavior Care Specialists in Mitchell, S.D.

Jessica Larson earned a master’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and passed the national exam to become a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. She is the program director at Joy Ranch in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Taylor (Johnson) Ledvina is wellness coordinator at Mathy Construction Company in Onalaska, Wis.

Brita Moore of Rochester, Minn., is a reporter for Rochester Post-Bulletin’s weekly farm publication, Agri News.

Chris Norton presented “Inspiring Others to Overcome Adversity” last October at the Cedar Valley Iowa Realty Auction House in Decorah.

Lillianna Petsch-Horvath is the registrar at Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy.

Christina Scharmer is a teaching assistant for health psychology at the University at Albany in N.Y.

Marissa Schuh of Adrian, Mich., is a vegetable educator in agriculture and agribusiness for Michigan State University Extension.


Tiya Abdalla is a drug diversion case manager at Operation de Novo in Minneapolis.

Ryan Barrett is staff auditor at Media Audits International in Greenwood Village, Colo.

Christine (O’Brien) Deignan is an admissions counselor in Luther’s Des Moines Regional Office.

Jessica Dorsey is a development specialist at Presence Health in Chicago.

Sarah Fox is shift manager at Sencha Tea Bar in Minneapolis.

Andrew Herder teaches math at Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, Wis.

Kaley Herman is a research coordinator at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth.

Michona Johns is academic navigator of Minnesota Opportunity Corps in Minneapolis.

Nils Johnson is a legal intern for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender in Centennial.

Mitchell Kennedy teaches middle school special education at Decatur (Mich.) Public Schools.

Ryley Kramka teaches physical education for the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Hannah Parker is a milieu treatment counselor at Orchard Place in Des Moines, Iowa.

Victoria Peters is a teaching assistant in music history at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts.

Laura Peterson teaches fifth grade at Altoona (Iowa) Elementary School.

Blaire Shaffer is a communications assistant for the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks in Chicago.

Steven Sorenson is an interface engineer for Epic Systems Inc. in Verona, Wis.


Krista Anderson is a cardiothoracic surgical/transplant registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Grant Barnes is a software engineer at IBM in Rochester, Minn.

Ben Beaupre is choir director at Independent School District 15 in St. Francis, Minn.

Ryan Bennett is an IT engineer at Optiver in Chicago.

Jordan Blank is a reading tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps in St. Paul, Minn.

Taryn Bolea teaches math at Northeast Metro 916 Schools in Little Canada, Minn.

Shelby (Oelschlager) Bowman is a registered nurse at UnityPoint Health in Waterloo, Iowa.

McKenzie Brace is a medical/surgical unit registered nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Katie Brandt is manager of social media for Target Corporation in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Takudzwa Chawota is a project coordinator for IBM in Minneapolis.

Bailey Devine is demand forecast analyst for Best Buy in Richfield, Minn.

Cecilia Douma is a scientific applications associate at Integrated DNA Technologies Inc.

Emily Dufford is food justice organizer at Cross Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

Lisel Edberg Caldwell is an auditor at Ernst and Young in Minneapolis.

Hannah Fredrickson is a caseworker at Lutheran Services in Iowa in Ames.

Tayler Jenks is assistant women's basketball coach and hall director at Luther.

Anna Johnson is a visitor experience associate and event liaison at the Rochester (Minn.) Art Center.

Carter Johnson was selected to participate in the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission Program in summer 2017. Carter will be in Jerusalem/West Bank assisting with English classes in an early elementary setting.

Madi Johnson is a grant writer and resume writer for Ministry of Caring Inc. in Wilmington, Del.

Bamwesiga Kabete is an accounts payable specialist at General Cable in Highland Heights, Ky.

Paige Lobdell is a producer at WMTV-NBC 15 in Madison, Wis.

Bongani Maseko is a sales coordinator at Fastenal in Winona, Minn.

Hannah Mick is the afterschool program coordinator for the School District of La Crosse (Wis.).

Blake Moen is director for the South Winneshiek Recreation Department in Calmar, Iowa.

Katelynn Pankratz teaches Spanish at Fairbault (Minn.) Senior High School.

Isabela Rosales is an activity aide in Decorah.

Blaise Schaeffer is a Watson Health software and development engineer at IBM Corporation in Durham, N.C. After graduation, he spent 10 weeks biking across the U.S.

Tricia Serres of Platteville, Wis., was awarded a 2016 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a one-time, nonrenewable educational grant of $7,500 for high-achieving student athletes.

Raleigh Sims is a fellow in the Trinity Fellows Program in Charlottesville, Va.

Clare Slagel of Dubuque, Iowa, received the 2016 NCAA Women of the Year Award, honoring her excellence in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.

Saydi Stewart teaches K-4 music in the Medford (Wis.) Area Public School District.

Laura (Boran) Storlie is head boys swimming coach at Decorah High School.

Maggie Sulentic is an actor in the National Theatre for Children in Minneapolis.

Casey Tecklenburg teaches vocal music for the Hudson (Iowa) Community School District.

Lenny Ulloa Silva teaches Spanish at Lakes International Language Academy in Forest Lake, Minn.

Shayla (De Jong) Van Hal is an organist and pianist at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kan.

Ryan Vijums is a quality analysis lab technician at Dakota Growers Pasta Company in Minneapolis.

Janele (Holt) Waterman is a university advancement services assistant at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn.

Andrew Welch is an accountant at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Anne Wermedal is consulting analyst at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.

Rachel Wiebke is a clinical lab technologist for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.