Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2017

2000–2009 / 2010–2017


Katie (Aarestad) Fergus is the owner and president of Medical Billing Services Iowa in Des Moines. She’s also a board member for Lutheran Services in Iowa, partnering with children, youth, and families, people with disabilities, the elderly, and people of refugee status, to aid in times of need.

Katie Green is senior director of advancement operations at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Melissa (Ahlstrom) Gregg is a self-employed realtor in Rochester, Minn.

Lukas Hoffland is program director for WISM-FM (Greatest Hits 98.1) and music director for WEAQ-AM/FM (95.9 jamz) with Mid-West Family Broadcasting in Altoona, Wis.

Becki (Mensing) LeGrant teaches high school science and is department chair at Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano, Calif.

Abigail Shuppy-Baboor is a music teacher at Stephen Gaynor School in New York City.

Karrie (Hines) Theoharis is prenatal genetic counselor at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis and clinical coordinator for the Kate Cares Stillbirth Assessment.

Lindsey (Anderson) and Ryan Thompson live in Woodbury, Minn. Lindsey is owner and CEO of Woodbury Kids; Ryan is manufacturing technology engineer at 3M.

Heidi Torgerson is director for global service with ELCA Global Mission in Chicago.


Derek Altorfer was elected president of Altorfer Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, succeeding his father, Bruce Altorfer ’68, who served as president since 1998 and is now chairman of the board.

Amanda (Jack) Alwy of St. Louis Park, Minn., is vice president of technology and engineering for SmarteCarte.

Brett Bever is senior pastor at New Vision Bretheren Christ Church in Pewaukee, Wis.

Katie Marske is assistant professor of biology at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Heather (Svoboda) Morris is senior manager of global communications and social media at Entrust Datacard in Shakopee, Minn.

Laura (Naslund) Ready of Sioux Falls, S.D., received the Sanford Women’s Health Employee of the Year Award. The award recognizes Sanford USD Medical Center OB/GYN department employees who display exceptional work performance and have excellent relationships with patients, their families, and physicians.

Angie (Johnson) Richards is director of sales and catering for Downtown Rochester (Minn.) Hilton Hotels (Hilton, Doubletree, Hilton Garden Inn). She and her team were named the 2016 Sales Team of the Year for the Doubletree by Hilton brand. She also serves as Leadership Greater Rochester program chair for the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of directors for the Rochester Downtown Alliance.


Sarah (KcKlveen) Beerends is a medical technologist in microbiology at the Iowa City (Iowa) VA Medical Center.

Jessica (Nievinksi) Berent is the senior business training specialist at CBRE in Minneapolis.

Dawn Borcherding is internal control auditor at Modern Woodmen of America in Rock Island, Ill.

Dan Christenson is senior director of government affairs for PepsiCo in Washington, D.C.

Kyle Hustedt owns a cabaret and craft cocktail lounge in St. Louis, known as the Monocle. He lives in Chicago and continues to operate the Chicago Cabaret Project and produce shows and tours. He produced his first international tour to Mexico last March.

Breanne (Johnson) Kinnunen is pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.

Erica Lamm is assistant professor of communications at Concordia University in Seward, Neb.

Jen (Strum) Schuller is a broker associate for Iowa Realty in Ankeny.

Devon Whitehead is a psychologist and DBT therapist at Associated Clinic of Psychology in Minneapolis.

Eli Williamson of Chicago was named to the Mighty 25: Veterans to Watch in 2017 by We Are the Mighty. Williamson is the cofounder and president of Leave No Veteran Behind and was previously the director of the Veterans Program for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. He was also recently named a member of the Obama Foundation’s Inclusion Council.


Bjorn Berg is national sales trainer at TASC in Madison, Wis.

Matt Birkenholz of Chanhassen, Minn., is senior vice president of sales-carrier markets at AddOn.

Andrej Kostresevic of Miami is CEO of Nomads and Expack, an engineering company specializing in rapid development of custom, direct-to-consumer, Internet delivery products for mobile, web, and connected devices. Expack delivers custom food packages from an individual’s home country.

Amber Wilson is advanced care planning social worker for the VA Central Iowa Health System in Des Moines.


Sabrina (Johnson) Hemmerling is a pharmacy technician instructor at Saint Paul College in St. Paul, Minn.

Emily (Lukasek) Strong is the supervisor for the Business Relationships Team for the state of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Thomas Velishek is the human resources manager for Certified Restoration in Huron, Ohio.

Trenton Williams earned a specialist in education degree from Drake University. He is dean of students at Jackson Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa.


Justin Albers is principal of Decorah Middle School.

Aric Asplund is president of International Enviroguard in Mesquite, Texas.

Terry Blessing III of Lamoni, Iowa, is director of revenue cycle operations for nThrive.

Erin (Stokes) Boerschel is a special needs trust advisory specialist at Wells Fargo Bank in Minneapolis.

Ashley (Reiman) Doddridge was awarded two Champions for Learning grants for Collier Country School District in Naples, Fla.

Ana (Meyer) Eliason of Minneapolis is a career and internship professional at the University of Minnesota (College of Liberal Arts), assisting college students with their transition from student to chosen career.

Aaron (Graeser) Grey earned a postgraduate certi cate in healthcare administration from Cornell University and is a manager for Allina Health in Minneapolis.

Maren Hadley is a master coach for Minnesota Reading Corps in St. Paul.

Andrew Haugen is an attorney for Haugen Law Group in Chaska, Minn.

Ragnhild Hjeltnes is a consular officer with the Royal Norwegian Consulate General Office in Minneapolis.

Karl Hoeschen teaches English at Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Lindsey Hoodjer earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a social worker for the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools.

Nick Leslein is a physician and a fellow in abdominal imaging within the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. His presentation “Overnight Subspecialty Teleradiology Support in a Radiology Resident Program” received a Gold Merit Abstract Award in the “Informatics and Innovations” category at the American College of Radiology annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2016.

Stacey Marlow Fisher was named a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is an emergency medicine physician at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

Meghan (Karels) Myron-Karels is director of GALS Futures at Girls Athletic Leadership School in Denver.

Ryan Nilsestuen is chief legal counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in Madison.

Anna Osterbur Peterson is a teacher at Chase Elementary School in Cincinnati.

Salma (Alibhai) Patel earned a medical doctorate and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Arizona Medical School. She is completing a sleep medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Jarrod Quinlivan is manager of patient care services, behavioral health, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C.

Andy Rump earned an MBA with emphasis in finance from Washington State University. He is a naval flight officer on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in San Diego.


Chris Bellinder is a sales professional with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Southern Coast Real Estate in Charleston, S.C.

Jonathan Curry is managing director at Geosynthetic Materials Association in Roseville, Minn.

Claire (Brenton) Haedike is a psychologist on the behavioral health practice staff at Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic.

Laura (Schuurman) Rasmussen teaches fourth grade at Cap Cana Heritage School, a project-based school for age one through high school in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.


Christopher Angelica is the lead management consultant at Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, Ill.

Rachel (Morley) Barnes is a veterinarian in Burnsville, Minn.

Scott Boyken of Seattle is a biochemist and researcher at the University of Washington. He is the first author of the science paper “De Novo Design of Protein Homo-oligomers with Modular Hydrogen-Bond Network Mediated Specificity.”

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

Emily Holley of Des Moines, Iowa, was presented the C. Kenneth Meyer Rising Star Award at Drake University, recognizing a recent master of public administration degree recipient who has made a significant impact in his or her community or profession. Holley received the award as recognition for her work with the Iowa Environmental Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, and as an advocate for those living with chronic pain.

Tom Lindsley is senior interaction designer at Workiva in Ames, Iowa.

Brittany (Gregoire) Rosas is a cytotechnologist for Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minn.

Kendra Swanson is a scientist in residence for the Cedarburg School District at the Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville, Wis.

Leah (Kinnaird) Vejzovic is employed at Iowa State University’s Child Welfare Research and Training Project as the domestic violence response coordinator for the Iowa Department of Human Services in Des Moines.

Katie Woodzick is a graduate student in the MFA program in theatre at Naropa University in Boulder,
Colo. Her graduate thesis focuses on depictions of gender nonconforming characters in modern plays as well as how to make the theatre industry more inclusive for gender nonconforming artists.


Kadra Abdi is a communications and program associate at Legal Rights Center in South Minneapolis, Minn.

Jordan Anderson is the personnel security team lead for U.S Customs and Border Protection in Phoenix, Ariz.

Alexandra Burrows is a hospital social worker at Johnston Willis Hospital in Richmond, Va.

Tess Cody is campus outreach coordinator for Crisis Intervention Services at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kathleen (Lunsford) Durbin earned a master’s degree in linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University and an executive coaching certi cate from the University of St. Thomas. She is senior human resources consultant for Allstate Insurance Company in St. Paul, Minn.

Anne (Karlin) and Ryan Gibbs live in St. Louis. Anne is the school social worker at Webster Groves High School and an adjunct faculty member at Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Ryan earned a master’s degree in teaching middle school education (mathematics) at Webster University and teaches eighth-grade mathematics at Hancock Place Middle School.

Katie (Curran) Hallman is executive director of Theatre Cedar Rapids in Iowa.

Tyler Hendrickson was awarded an Iowa Performance Assistantship with the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa and is a doctoral student in music at the university.

Emily (Workman) and J.P. McGinnis ’10 live in Overland Park, Kan. Emily earned an interdisciplinary PhD in music education and teacher education/curriculum studies from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and is adjunct professor of music education of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program at UMKC. She also conducts her band, New Horizons, and supervises student teachers in the Kansas City metro area. J.P. completed a PhD degree in molecular and integrative physiology and is in medical school at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Danielle (Chinander) Reitsma is professor of neuroscience at Azusa (Calif.) Pacific University. Her research focuses on disease/disorders of the nervous system.

Godson Sowah is a senior manager in the advisory services practice of Ernst & Young in Minneapolis. He was appointed by Minnesota governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Board of Accountancy for his mentorship and support for the community to help build a culture of diversity and inclusivity. His recent recognitions include a 2016 St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year Award and being named a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Titans of Technology honoree.

Genevieve (Mussman) Van Osdel is project engineer for Union Paci c Railroad in Omaha, Neb.

Benjamin Yates earned a doctor of musical arts degree in trombone performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He is assistant professor of music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

Nathanial Youngquist earned a master’s degree in special education—academic behavioral strategist from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.


Allyson Czechowicz is a landscape architect at West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture in New York City.

Dana Franzen-Klein is a veterinary medicine resident and master’s student at the Gabbert Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul.

Lindsey Johnson is associate registrar at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore.

Kyle Lilly earned certification as a professional soil scientist and is a product manager and soil scientist for Timac Agro, a France-based sustainable agriculture company in Minneapolis.

Colton Long is the managing associate attorney specializing in labor and employment advising and litigation at Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago and is a board member for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. He’s also a baritone in the Chicago Chorale.

Kimberly (Hess) and Paul Meirick ’07 live in Nashville. Kim works in nursing informatics at the University of California–San Diego. Paul is primary care sports medicine fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Aaron Peterson is assistant professor of instruction at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

David Seiffert is a genetic counselor at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Laura Thompson is a juris doctor candidate at Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, Calif.

Joy Waughtal earned a master’s degree in public health from the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora.


Megan (Hallberg) Bang of Forest City, Iowa, is a software engineer for Huron Consulting Group in Chicago.

Anna Bullard teaches English as a second language at Universal Academy Charter School in St. Paul, Minn.

Abraham Campos completed the emergency medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is an emergency medical services fellow at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Susannah Clark is digital marketing manager for VISION EASE in Ramsey, Minn.

Jason Mott is the high school instrumental music director at the American School of Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

Laurel (Whitis) Mueller earned a DO degree from Des Moines University. She is an internal medicine resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Nora Shaffer is a freelance clarinetist and private instructor in Chicago. She has appeared with the Illinois Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony, and Illinois Symphony Orchestra, among others. She is a Vandoren artist and maintains an active concert and clinic schedule as principal clarinet/e- at clarinet with the Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet (LECQ). The quartet appeared at the Chicago Clarinet Symposium in May and the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinet Fest in August. LECQ was also awarded an August residency at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute with composer Jonathan Hannau. Shaffer maintains studios at Marian Catholic High School, Lake Central High School, and at Puzon’s Musical Instruments.

Sarah (Palm) Spencer is a client service manager at Gruen Digital Marketing Agency in Minneapolis.

Brittany (Buczek) and Nathan Todd ’09 purchased the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Company in Decorah from Luther alumnus Craig Running ’68. Brittany is also owner and photographer for Photography by Brittany in downtown Decorah.


Samriddh Burman and Rewant Lokesh work for Aarbur Jute Products in Calcutta, India. Burman is director of marketing for Aarbur and founder of the Burlap People, an environmentally conscious brand that creates travel bags, purses, and backpacks that honor the tradition of jute making. Lokesh takes care of daily operations at the Burlap People.

Katie Deaver earned a PhD in theological studies/feminist theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She is director of music ministry at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenview, Ill.

Courtney (Gill) Geradin teaches fifth grade at Heritage Christian School in North Liberty, Iowa.

Kirsten Jacobson earned a master’s degree in international public affairs from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was awarded the Director’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She is an associate-global public sector at Grant Thornton in Washington, D.C.

Ryan Kuhn is vice president of Internet marketing for Scorpion in Valencia, Calif.

Kara (Schrapp) Linskey is category marketing lead—TVs at a Best Buy in Minneapolis.

Kate McDonald teaches fifth-grade language arts at High Point Academy in Aurora, Colo.

Camille (Stenhaug) McVenes is senior accountant, corporate financial reporting, at Target Corporation in Minneapolis.

William Morris is associate editor and reporter for Owatonna (Minn.) People’s Press.

Aliyah Richling of Stoddard, Wis., is a vocalist for the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band.

Mari (Henderson) Sharpe is marketing manager at 1517 Media in Minneapolis.


Kelsey (Klimesh) Allendes teaches pre-K to second grade music at Stewart Elementary School in Washington, Iowa.

Alex Anderson-Kahl is an account executive at Agency 212 in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Stephanie (Adix) Engebretson is a social worker at Southwest Middle School in the Albert Lea (Minn.) School District. 

Sam Felt is a staffer for Representative Jeff Holdings in Madison, Wis.

Andrew Finanger is solar energy professional project coordinator for Independent Power Systems in Boulder, Colo.

Carah (Clafflin) Hart is a vocal music specialist for Hopkins Public Schools in Minnetonka, Minn.

Josh Hoffman of Des Moines, Iowa, is area manager for US Water Services.

Lindsey (Getchell) and Andrew Kraabel ’11 live in Champlin, Minn. Lindsey is a registered nurse on
the postpartum unit at Maple Grove Hospital; Andrew is a technician at Network Medics Inc. in Minneapolis.

Paige Lenoch is a business analyst associate for Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America in Minneapolis.

Erin Mykleby is assistant athletic director—marketing, promotions, and fundraising for Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Fla.

Brittinae (Dralle) Nelson earned a master’s degree in early childhood uni ed emphasis from Upper Iowa University. She teaches special education for the North Fayette Valley Community School District in Elgin, Iowa.

Mitchel Obey is an orthopedic surgery resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital Consortium in St. Louis.

Andrew Papke-Larson earned a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University
of Minnesota and is a landscape architect with HKGi in Minneapolis.

Aaron Schmaltz is a specialty team member at Whole Foods Market in Minneapolis.

Mikki Sodergren was named artistic director of the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Ga., where she is crafting and implementing an education outreach program to expose students to different styles of music. Based in New York, Sodergren travels throughout the year, often performing with the Savannah Philharmonic and the Savannah Voice Festival.

Xiao Xie is a quantitative management associate for Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C.


Joel Barkel is a Peace Corps volunteer in Ruhango, Rwanda.

Jordan Burkhart earned a master’s degree in student affairs from Iowa State University. He is residence life coordinator for Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

Anna DiCecco is the corporate social responsibility coordinator for the Miami (Fla.) Football Club.

Jessica Edblom is proposal coordinator for IMEG Corp. in Rock Island, Ill.

Emily Hansen earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University. She is a resident physician at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

Laura Harney teaches high school biology at the Girls Athletic Leadership School in Denver.

Meredith Hoyland earned a master’s degree in psychology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She is a doctoral student at the university.

Cassandra (Chalhoub) Kotek is marketing director at McKee, Voorhees & Sease in Des Moines, Iowa.

Micah Kust is a physical therapist at Force Physical Therapy in Miami.

Drew Mick is Knightcaller program manager for Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Annie (Klepper) Neubauer is a pharmacist for Hartig Drug in Dubuque, Iowa.

Annika (Ellison) Scott is a social worker for the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.

Hannah Strack graduated from the University of Iowa’s CIMBA Italy program and is an admissions counselor for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco.

Ashley Wright is ticket office staff manager for Des Moines Performing Arts in Iowa.


Jessa Anderson-Reitz is a programs and services intake coordinator at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in Minneapolis.

Caitlin Auer is a training coordinator/professional dog trainer for Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Grimes, Iowa.

Hannah Axt of Arlington, Va., earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois.

James Ayer is an assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach for Colby– Sawyer College in New London, N.H.

Hans Becklin is a seminarian at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He won the 2016 A.R. Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History from the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic.

Tallie Berkvam teaches kindergarten in the Lakeville (Minn.) Public Schools.

Katie Berner is store manager at Birds & Words—a Home Boutique in Tyler, Texas.

Dylan Essing is an engineer for Target Corporation in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Aaron Ford is customer account manager at Epicor Software in Minneapolis.

Ashley (Urspringer) Guillou is a farmer and cheesemaker at the Ferme d’Enez Raden in Saint-Evarzec, France.

Kaitlin Heikkinen is a client technology specialist at Securian Financial Group in St. Paul, Minn.

Carolyn Juergens is the communications coordinator at Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative in Portland.

Alexander Kalal of South St. Paul, Minn., is a reliability analyst for Compass Airlines.

Tobias Kohl of Minneapolis is a financial services office—assurance senior at EY in Chicago.

Hannah (Wilson) Loewen teaches third grade at TEAM Academy in Waseca, Minn.

Katherine (Tangen) Mumm of Burnsville, Minn., is account manager for Life Time Fitness.

Chris Norton and his father, Terry Norton, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., published a book, The Power of Faith When Tragedy Strikes: A Father-Son Memoir.

Mitch Patrikus is a branch manager for Enterprise Rent-a-Car at the Owatonna and North eld, Minn., locations.

Andrew Peter of Decorah won the New Ulm Invitational Golf Tournament at the New Ulm Country Club last summer. He is a development officer at Luther College.

Jaimie Rasmussen is account executive at Catapult Marketing in Minneapolis.

Sara (Pecinovsky) Richert is the grades 5–12 band director for the Cochrane–Fountain City (Wis.) School District.

Alexandra Robinson earned a master’s degree in music at the University of Oklahoma. She is orchestra manager at the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival.

Kelsey Smith earned an MM degree in cello performance from the University of North Texas. She teaches orchestra for the Lamar and Downing Middle Schools and Lewisville Independent School District in Flower Mound, Texas.

Michelle Strafelda earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas. She also completed a nine-month practicum working as a therapist at Park Avenue Center, a drug treatment center in south Minneapolis.

Melissa Tholen is a proxy analyst at Columbia Threadneedle Investments in Minneapolis.


Neal Abbott is director of K–8 faith formation and youth ministry at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester, Minn.

Alex Barker is account executive of membership sales for the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

Paige Harne is the framing manager at Michael’s in Rochester, Minn.

Marlon Henriquez teaches kindergarten at Pilsen Community Academy in Chicago.

Andrew Herder teaches math at Parkers Prairie (Minn.) High School.

Kayla Herman is an HR generalist for Evergreen Bank Group in Oak Brook, Ill.

Dietrich Jessen is admissions manager for the Lutheran Music Program in Minneapolis.

Bailey Kampa is senior assistant at Securian Financial Group in St. Paul, Minn.

Cody Kliethermes is senior nancial analyst at Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago.

Britta Nyberg is manager in training at Anthropologie in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

Nana Ama Odame is an individual master data management business analyst at Optum—UnitedHealth Group in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Jennifer Schmidt is farm manager at Hale Akua Garden Farm in Haiku, Hawaii.

Aldon Severson is territory sales coordinator at Korn Ferry Hay Group in Minneapolis.

Robert Starr teaches eighth-grade science for the Douglas County Schools in Castle Rock, Colo.

Kolin Walker is a lab technician for Trecora Chemical in Pasadena, Texas.

Charles Weathers is an advertiser account representative at CJ Affiliate in San Francisco.


Krista Anderson is a cardiothoracic transplant/ cardiovascular surgery progressive care nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Greta Anetsberger is a trauma and surgical nurse at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

Erika Balk is the senior business analyst at Optum—UnitedHealth Group in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Tom Breen is an internal wholesaler at Voya Financial in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lydia Eager is a business development representative for Groupon in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Wesley Frye has been an actively performing tenor in the Young Artists Program at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Opera Theatre. His stage credits include having sung in the choruses for both Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, as well as soloing in his most recent opera, Speed Dating. Frye is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota this fall in the studio of internationally acclaimed tenor John De Haan.

Philip Hanson is activities coordinator for Foothills Gateway in Fort Collins, Colo.

Maggie Helms is educational assistant at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy in Bloomington, Minn.

Lindsey Pielage is a physical therapy patient services representative at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis.

Julia Reimann is an intern with Resettlement Case Aide for Refugee Services as part of the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Blaise Schaeffer is a health software and development engineer with IBM Watson in Durham, N.C.

Paul Schafer is an IT regulatory analyst at Pace Analytical Services in Minneapolis.

Jacob Smith is studio coordinator at Judith B Salon & Academy in Elmhurst, Ill.


Cody Arndtson is a professional ballroom dancer, instructor, and marketing coordinator for Dancers Studios in St. Paul, Minn.

Matthew Chlebek is an account executive with Midwest Insurance Group in Milwaukee.

Madeline Geier is a teaching assistant at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

Emily Holm is assistant product marketer at Fortress Press in Minneapolis.

Amelia Scarbrough was selected by the Austrian-American Educational Commission to serve as a US teaching assistant for the 2017–18 academic year to teach English in secondary schools in Austria.