Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2016

2000–2009 / 2010–2016


Tonya (Wegner) Adams is flute authority repair manager at West Music in Coralville, Iowa.

Katie Fergus of Cumming, Iowa, is founder and CFO-strategist for FinanSynergy

Mark Haddinger is senior admissions counselor at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lukas Hoffland was co-emcee for the inaugural “Light Up Eau Claire” New Year’s Eve celebration throughout downtown Eau Claire, Wis., and serves on its organizing committee.

Corey Kline is vice president of IT for Noodles & Company in Broomfield, Colo.

Nicole (Ryerson) Lemke is the first-time homebuyer program manager for Investor Community Bank in Appleton, Wis.

Chingwell Mutombu is an independent philanthropic consultant for High Impact Services in San Francisco.

Heidi Nelson is a business information security officer at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minn.

Jason Soland is an associate financial adviser with Echelon Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services in Decorah.


Theresa (Wencl) Castaneda teaches special education for the Tahoma School District in Maple Valley, Wash.

Alison (Blumer) Kaster is vice president and director of the project management office of United Fire Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sara Leisso earned a master’s degree in translation studies from the University of Portsmouth in England and is a freelance translator in Milwaukee.

Britt (Winter) Moore of St. Paul, Minn., is a behavior analyst and family support coordinator at Behavioral Dimension.

Matt Titus is portfolio manager for Invesco in Houston.


Libby Caulum is director of communications and media relations for the Minnesota Department of Revenue in St. Paul.

Allan Huls is regional purchase clearing specialist for Wells Fargo Mortgage in Minneapolis.

Tristan Lubinski of Wellesley, Mass., is a bioinformatics scientist with AstraZeneca.

Jennifer Putzier is director of Batavia (Ill.) Depot Museum.

Andy Wagner is vice president, compliance consultant, corporate human resources risk and compliance for Wells Fargo Bank in Minneapolis.

Sarah (Belz) Zumbahlen is an associate legal counsel for Illinois Casualty Company in Rock Island. She was a presenter at the 2016 Property and Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) regional and national conferences as well as the 2017 PLRB National Claims Conference.


Jodie Jansen Campbell is owner and principal consultant for JansenCampbell Limited in Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand.

Krisanne (Linde) Forsman is ECSE evaluator and IFSP facilitator at Sherburne N. Wright Special Ed. Co-op in Monticello, Minn. She and her husband, Josh, launched a new business last August called Ultimate Home Outlet, a discount home improvement store.

Riley (McNurlin) Huebsch is owner and doula at The Doulas in Monona, Wis.

Kelsey Knutti is regional director of clinical operations for Presence Health in Aurora and Elgin, Ill.

Erin Kube of La Crosse, Wis., is a senior real estate specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Amber (Kobler) Lynch is senior city planner with the Neighborhood Development Division for the city of Des Moines, Iowa.

Janelle (Kime) Olson of St. Paul, Minn., is senior immunogenetic specialist for National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match.

Leah Schumann is loan documentation team lead at Bell Bank in Minneapolis.


Sara Bradley teaches health and physical education for grades 7–12 for the Campbellsport (Wis.) School District.

Jon Butler is broker of record and managing director at Teles Properties in Pasadena, Calif.

Leah Campbell of South Bend, Ind., is a senior research scientist at the University of Notre Dame.

Ryan Goessl of Seoul, South Korea, is executive and artistic director of Camarata Music, which features four choirs, one orchestra, and one jazz band and has 75 countries represented. He was given an award from the Itaewon News for dedication to choral music and was also recognized by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for his commitment to the choral arts.

Berit Griffin is senior public relations specialist at Travel Leaders Group in the greater Minneapolis–St. Paul area.

Josh Larson is a general surgeon at St. Luke’s Surgical Associates in Duluth, Minn.

Andy Meyer teaches humanities at the Northwest School in Seattle.

Krissy (Kelly) Moore is community program director at the YMCA in Prior Lake, Minn.

Mary Neff is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinic director at North Shore Psychotherapy Associates and an associate faculty member at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in Milwaukee.

Chris Nelson is director of development and operations at Traust Consulting in Bloomington, Minn.

Matthew “Frank” Paulson and Brent Grover ’05 are owners of Oak 19 Fare and Refreshment at the Chaska (Minn.) Town Course.

Emily (Knuth) Stork is vice president, general counsel, at Bankers Trust Company in Des Moines, Iowa.


Brent Barness opened the Wellness Center in Decorah, where he practices advanced internal medicine, herbal pharmacy, acupuncture, and medical pulse diagnosis.

Lindsay Bernhagen is director of the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

Kristen (Snyder) Bockenstedt is information governance program manager at MidAmerican Energy Company in Urbandale, Iowa.

Lindsay (Neal) Dudley teaches kindergarten at Aspirations School of Learning in Carlsbad, Calif.

Thomas Getchius is publications manager of clinical documents for the Heart Rhythm Society in Washington, D.C., and serves as chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Group of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies.

Susanne Graf is a registered nurse and fertility care practitioner at St. Gianna Clinic in Green Bay, Wis.

Aaron Grey is manager of accreditation and quality and performance improvement for Allina Health Group in Minneapolis.

Elliot Jordan is an IT client engineer for Snap in Venice, Calif.

Megan (Hillesland) and Paul Mackie ’06 live in Chicago. She is a licensed massage therapist at Community Chiropractic. He is a business consultant for John Galt Solutions.

Alison Meier is a senior UX researcher at YouTube in San Francisco.

Bret Powell is medical director of hospice and palliative medicine at VA Central Iowa Health Care Systems in Des Moines.

Hillary Ramaker was named the first executive director of TRAIL of Johnson County, a new nonprofit organization in Iowa City, Iowa, that helps older residents remain in their own homes as they age.

Angie Stille is a reference librarian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Ill.

Cara Stone is coordinator of information literacy instruction and user experience librarian at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

David Zelinskas of Virginia Beach, Va., is a family physician with the U.S. Navy. He was recently promoted to lieutenant commander and department head at Branch Health Clinic Naval Station Norfolk, the largest branch clinic within the navy, providing medical care to more than 20,000 beneficiaries.


Tyler Forsythe of St. Paul, Minn., teaches choir at Robbinsdale Cooper High School.

Lauren (Kraus) and David Keller ’09 live in Westminster, Colo. She is an admissions counselor at 2U in Denver. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Denver School of Nursing and is a cardiac ICU registered nurse at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Tyler Mattison is outsourcing manager for Eagle Technology Management in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Marte Pohlmann earned a master’s degree in public service (nonprofit sector) from Marquette University in Milwaukee.


Jessica (Schwab) and Derek Balsley ’05 live in Osage, Iowa. She is founder and president, and he is founder and CEO, of the Art of Education, an online school promoting professional development and lifelong learning for members in the field of art education.

Amanda (Valo) Berndt is a unit financial counselor at John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny, Iowa.

Matthew Busche is a professional cycling coach at Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) in Brevard, N.C.

Mike Eckberg was named head women’s soccer coach for the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Eric Fitzgerald of Sudbury, Mass., is account manager for 84 Lumber and CEO of i2Imagine.

Sarah (Chwaszczewski) Guzman of Green Bay, Wis., is a self-employed musician.

Corey Hlavacek of Richardson, Texas, is information security administrator at Texas Instruments.

Jenna (Swan) Jones is an account manager at Novus Media in Plymouth, Minn.

Katie (Merrifield) Jones is software development supervisor for EMC Insurance Companies in Des Moines, Iowa.

Carmen (Cline) Rangel is director of operations at Galliard Capital Management in Minneapolis.

Susan Valo is a financial analyst, worldwide parts, for Deere & Company in Milan, Ill.


Karl Amlie is owner/business developer for Express Employment Professionals in Forest Lake, Minn. He was named the 2015 New Business of the Year and 2016 Volunteer of the Year by the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Molly (Schumann) Bauman of St. Paul, Minn., is an academic adviser at the University of Minnesota.

Julia Blackmore of Houston earned a Ph.D. degree in molecular and cellular biology from Baylor College of Medicine.

Dawndra (Thompson) Broge teaches fourth- and fifth-grade literacy for the White Bear Lake (Minn.) School District.

Tess Cody earned a master’s degree in community development and a certificate in public management from Iowa State University. She is violence prevention coordinator at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Matt Field of Cordova, Tenn., is a surgery resident at Memphis Veterinary Specialists.

Kacie (Clement) Garver is nursing house supervisor at Boone (Iowa) County Hospital.

Drew Haefner is senior staff accountant at Central Bancshares in Muscatine, Iowa.

Katie Hallman is executive director for Theatre Cedar Rapids in Iowa.

Katy (Fiedler) Hammel earned a master’s degree in education from Concordia University. She teaches second grade at Countryside Elementary School in Edina, Minn.

Marcus Hendrickson of Blanchardville, Wis., was named director of player personnel for Minnesota Gophers Football at the University of Minnesota by head coach P.J. Fleck.

Mary Ites is administrative and operations manager at Ampersand Families in St. Paul, Minn.

Lindsay (Norland) Johnson teaches fifth and sixth grade for the Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District.

Amanda (Van Wechel) Long is music tour coordinator for Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

Aaron Lurth of Decorah is director of visual media and staff instructor at Luther. He worked on the color in the documentary film Ironhead, by Luther assistant professor of communication studies Thomas C. Johnson and Neal Abbott ’15. The film was one of 13 independent short films selected by Iowa Public Television and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for The Film Lounge. The film has been an official selection of 15 film festivals worldwide and is currently on the film-festival circuit.

Kjersten Mathsen is job developer and employment program manager at Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Refugee and Asylee Programs in Albuquerque, N.M.

Cale Nelson of St. Paul, Minn., was awarded the fellow designation by the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Becky (Stiger) Williams of Fort Worth, Texas, is a consultant at EMIT Strategies and Solutions.


Laura Delikowski is an academic adviser at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.

Emily (Walk) Harris is a retail credit supervisor for Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, Minn.

Julia Mann is senior promo signing producer for Target in Minneapolis.

Kristin Skaar is development and communications director for Habitat for Humanity Minnesota. She is also a board member and programming committee volunteer for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities.


Diane Balfany is a crisis responder for Veterans Crisis Line, Department of Veteran Affairs, in Atlanta.

Jacob Bohlken is a developer at CATS Software in Minneapolis.

Ana Cristina (Avelar-Cabrera) Diaz earned the MSW degree from California State University–San Bernardino. She is a medical social worker for Charter Hospice of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif.

Stephanie (Sutton) Fromm is director of Winneshiek County Development in Decorah.

Lars-Erik Larson plays drums with the band Dead Man Winter. On March 30, 2017, they performed on the TBS late-night show Conan.

Sarah Sprecher is CNA at Humboldt County (Iowa) Memorial Hospital.

Megan (Harding) Thorsen is a Title 1 reading teacher at Urbandale (Iowa) Community Schools.

Alicia (Hale) Zaccaro is a medical social worker for Hospice of Dubuque in Iowa.

Robert Zacek is a line cook for Hy-Vee in Ankeny, Iowa.

Aaron Zander is assistant director of development for the College of the University of Chicago.


Jeni Arbuckle of Denver is senior account executive for Under Armour Connected Fitness.

Natalie Baudler is an account supervisor for Carmichael Lynch Relate in the greater Minneapolis–
St. Paul area.

Alicia (Rangel) Brown is a patient safety specialist for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Alicia (Woodhouse) DeFrance is a support services specialist for University of Iowa Health Care.

James Feinstein is an analyst with M Powered Strategies in Washington, D.C. He also serves as a board member for the Fulbright Association, National Capital Area Chapter.

Nicole (Wilson) Goetzl is senior financial analyst for Ardent Mills in Denver.

Kelsey (Balk) Grimm earned the P.A. degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and is a physician assistant at Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

Jocelyn Hare is chief business development officer at Restoration Tools in Rockford, Ill. She was a Rockford 2016 “40 Leaders under 40” honoree, is an active board and committee member for many nonprofit organizations in the Rockford region, and is the site leader for Rockford’s annual Stroll on State.

Kelly (Roth) Haug is an independent birth doula in St. Paul, Minn.

Erik Johnson teaches science for the River Valley School District in Spring Green, Wis.

Emily Kittleson is national fundraising manager for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul.

Aidha Majdhy of Hulhumale, Maldives, is a sales specialist at the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.

Anna Morris is director of student ministries for Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church in Sammamish, Wash.

Michael Olson is an MTSP for Power Home Remodeling in Denver.

Stephanie Picha is an accounting quality assurance specialist at Plus Relocation Services in Minneapolis.

Jennifer Roberts is youth director at Faith Lutheran Church in O’Fallon, Ill.

Hannah (Brandvold) and Joe Rosholt live in Austin, Minn. She is director of communications at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin and owner/photographer of Hannah Rosholt Photography. He is an assistant county attorney for Olmsted County in Rochester.

Melissa (Larson) and Benjamin Schori ’10 live in Hibbing, Minn. Melissa is a stay-at-home parent; Benjamin is pastor at First Lutheran Church.

Liz Smith earned a master’s degree in urban studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and is a communications and events associate at College Possible in Milwaukee.

Karl Streufert is a member of the finance and accounting staff at St. Francis Center in Denver.

Kelsey (Anderson) Wilson is account manager with Dartlet in Iowa City, Iowa.


Bailey Aaland (formerly Cahlander) is marketing communications coordinator for the American Craft Council in Minneapolis.

Aaron Burk is the founder of Foldid and a senior consultant for Object Partners in Minneapolis.

Jeff Emerson is supervisor/associate scientist at Eurofins Scientific in Des Moines, Iowa.

Caitlin (Durnin) Fjerstad is staffing manager for Robert Half in Burnsville, Minn.

Karl Gesch earned a master’s degree in soil science from Iowa State University and is watershed coordinator for the Iowa Soybean Association in Ankeny, Iowa.

Amanda (Dietel) and Nate Giannettino live in Royal Oak, Mich. She teaches third grade at Royal Oak Schools. He is a customer experience manager for General Motors Corporation.
Josh Hoffman of Des Moines, Iowa, is a sales representative for U.S. Water Services.

Jeff Knutson is choir director at Iowa City (Iowa) West High School.

Danielle Koch is a tutor for Chegg and communications and program coordinator for GIGS: Gaining Insight Growing Self in the greater Minneapolis–St. Paul area.

Lindsey (Getchell) Kraabel is a registered nurse in the postpartum unit at Maple Grove (Minn.) Hospital.

Krista (Canoy) Kreuger is a family advocate for North Iowa Community Action Organization in Mason City.

Annie Kuttler is an ER nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

Daniel Ridenour is assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Emma Spoon teaches science, health, and physical education at Sawtooth Elementary School and Cook County Middle School in Grand Marais, Minn.

Shane Steele is a tours and rentals coordinator for Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply and a paraprofessional at Sawtooth Elementary School in Grand Marais, Minn.


Clara Bergan is donor relations manager for Greater Des Moines (Iowa) Habitat for Humanity in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sam DePagter is senior research analyst at Ipsos in Chicago.

Abbie Gould teaches seventh-grade English and ninth- through twelfth-grade psychology at Regina High School in Iowa City, Iowa.

Brittany Hansen earned a doctorate in physical therapy from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She is a traveling physical therapist for Delta Healthcare Providers in Golden Valley, Minn.

Hannah Kosgard is a travel adviser at Latin America for Less in Lima, Peru.

Tyler Reece earned a doctorate of musical arts from the University of California–Santa Barbara. He was named the 2015 Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist of the Year by NATS-LA and is a teaching assistant in the Voice Department and conductor of the Women’s Chorus at the University of California–Santa Barbara.

Anndi Russell is a regional admissions counselor in Denver for Luther.

Jena Schwake is a technology productivity consultant at Northwestern Mutual in Minneapolis.
Anthony Smith is a sales representative for Midwest Mattress in Des Moines, Iowa.


Sarah Christopherson and Matt Hoffman live in Rochester, Minn. Sarah is a full-time student at the University of South Dakota School of Law (juris doctor) and Vermont School of Law (master of environmental law and policy). She is also a graduate assistant at the USD School of Law. In May 2017 she begins work as law clerk for chief justice Mike McGrath of the Montana Supreme Court. Matt is a staff nurse in the Medical/Surgical/Transplant ICU at Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Hannah Glesne of Oshkosh, Wis., works for Lane Bryant.

Nick Krasky is an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York City.

Megan Kresse is account executive at Otto Design and Marketing in Norfolk, Va.

Sarah Loberg teaches seventh-grade math and coaches boys’ and girls’ basketball for Trail Ridge Middle School in Longmont, Colo.

Callie Mabry is communications director for Faith in Place in Chicago.

Samuel Matheson is the North American language and culture assistant for the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport in Logroño, Spain.

Aubrey McElmeel is a policy owner service representative for National Guardian Life Insurance in Madison, Wis.

Blake Potthoff is executive director at the Fairmont (Minn.) Opera House.

Erik Sand is youth director at UCC of Missoula in Mont.

Alex Sievers is a tax senior at Deloitte Tax in Minneapolis.

Lora (Arens) and Isaac Skelton live in Austin, Minn. Lora is owner and photographer at Not Your Mama’s Photography; Isaac is a digital analyst for Mayo Clinic.   

Leah (Loesel) Toppen teaches instrumental music for the Eastern Carver School District in Chaska, Minn.


Alex Barker is an inside sales associate for the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

Anna Dieter teaches seventh- and ninth-grade mathematics for the Hopkins (Minn.) Public School District.

Quinn Foley is customer account manager for Epicor Software in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Emma Hartmann teaches music at Traylor Fundamental Academy in Denver.

Laura Hayes is a reporter and photographer for the Winona (Minn.) Post.

Marlon Henriquez teaches second-grade and kindergarten Spanish immersion for the Rochester (Minn.) Public Schools.

Kaley Herman is data manager for the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus.

Ashley (Sweet) Kaiser is social work care coordinator for Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa.

Sarah King is an analyst at Rabbit LIVE Intelligence in Minneapolis.

Alex Kokkinen of Bloomington, Minn., is account coordinator at CH Robinson.

Maryanne McNutt is museum staff at Port Huron (Mich.) Museum.

Heather (Marking) Moechnig of Theilman, Minn., is an auditor for CliftonLarsonAllen.

Meghan Owens is a teaching assistant at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Children’s Institute.

Nicole Schmidt is an administrative assistant at the Princeton Review in Minneapolis.

Emily Stumpf is volunteer and program coordinator for the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.

Nikki Thompson is assistant registrar at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Anna (Burke) and Aaron Weckwerth are graduate students at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Anna took a photo of Aaron representing Luther well in the Scottish Highlands.


Matt Boelter of Eau Claire, Wis., is planning a 3,000-mile bicycle tour across the country from May 1 to Aug. 31, 2017. With his tour, “Thought for Food,” he hopes to raise $10,000 for the international aid foundation Save the Children.

Sarah Eckhert is associate technical analyst at TriTech Software Systems in Decorah.

Ryan Eppen is a paraprofessional at Chatfield (Minn.) High School.

Shannon Gallagher of Lakewood, Colo., teaches English at Overland High School in the Cherry Creek School District.

Anna Jeide is a caseworker with Lutheran Volunteer Corps at La Clinica del Pueblo in Washington, D.C.

Hailey Johnson is a substitute teacher for the Littleton (Colo.) Public Schools and assistant varsity girls’ tennis coach for Heritage High School.

Moran Lonning is an assistant women’s basketball coach at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

Nicole Lussier is a development specialist at Minnesota Life College in Richfield.

Ian Macpherson is a certified athletic trainer at Savannah (Ga.) State University.

Lexie Polk is real estate services coordinator for CBRE in Chicago.

Clare Slagel of Dubuque, Iowa, was one of three finalists for the Johanna Olson IIAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

Megan (Sisson) Thiele of Hoyt Lakes, Minn., works for Natural Harvest Food Co-Op.