Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2017

2000–2009 / 2010–2017

2000

Elizabeth (Kephart) Reisinger is communications and marketing manager for Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. A recent episode of the CBS news program 60 Minutes featured HMML and its global preservation work.

2001

Heather (Svoboda) Morris is director of global communications and brand at Entrust Datacard in Shakopee, Minn.

Sharran Srivatsaa is president of brokerage, Western region, for Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Newport Beach, Calif.

2002

Heidi (Helling) Barr of Lindstrom, Minn., is a wellness coach with Noom Inc. She recently published Prairie Grown: Stories and Recipes from a South Dakota Hillside (Avenida Books), available on Amazon.

Tina (Christiansen) and William Mabuce live in West Des Moines, Iowa. Tina is a substitute teacher and music librarian for the Arrow Academy of Music. William is a licensed professional engineer and a certified water distribution and water treatment operator. He was elected associate director of the Iowa Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Bryan Rieck is developer at LightEdge Solutions in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jennifer (McAllister) Rose is pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hartland, Wis.

Alexander Schwarzhoff is a project engineer at Interstate Engineering in Fergus Falls, Minn.

Robb Sellmeyer is a portfolio underwriter at Western National Insurance in Minneapolis.

Ryan Elizabeth (Meyer) Wuertz is operation specialist for education at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

2003

Erin (Clark) Benedict is a foster parent and staff training specialist at Lutheran Social Services in Peoria, Ill.

Bronson Power is tax manager at Morken Eckberg Steiner in Mankato, Minn.

Brooke Sanders of Clive, Iowa, is a career and college consultant with FutureU.

Nate Veldman of Apple Valley, Minn., is account executive at Reynolds and Reynolds.

Aaron Weiss teaches history and is department chair at Walter Payton College Prep, a Chicago public school. He was named the Illinois History Teacher of the Year in 2017 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History.

2004

Sarah (Bowman) Andrus earned a doctorate in K–12 education from Edgewood College. She is superintendent of Sharon (Wis.) Joint School District 11.

Jon Butler is vice president and broker of record at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Pasadena, Calif.

Erik Fern is member-manager at Putnam, Fern, and Thompson in Decorah.

Jacob Johnson is CEO and founder of Innovosource, an innovation tech scouting and investment consulting firm in Minnetonka, Minn.

Jeff Miller Jr. earned a master of legal studies degree from West Virginia University and is senior manager at Wipfli in Minneapolis.

Steffanie Purucker teaches fifth grade in the Pasadena (Texas) Independent School District. She is also curriculum instructional materials manager and on the campus leadership team. In 2015 and 2017 she was named Teacher of the Year.

Erica (Wanless) Rheinschmidt coaches winter cheer at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Chris Walline is co-owner of 4 Seasons Restaurant in Mahtomedi, Minn.

Tiffany (Jones) Wogsland is director of youth and family ministries for Ezra Church in Stoughton, Wis.

2005

Erin (Radke) Flaherty is a development communications manager at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

James Meyer is senior systems sales engineer at MMCI Automation in St. Louis.

Tina Muell is a training specialist at Pearson Professional Center in Baltimore.

Dain TePoel is instructor of sport administration at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

2006

Megan (Murphy) Bey earned a master’s degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

Jill (Dinkla) Borrall is family medicine department administrator at University of Iowa Healthcare in Iowa City.

Todd Brown is a guidance and control engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Over the last few years, he has been part of the team that flew the Cassini spacecraft toward Saturn. He led the guidance, navigation, and control team for the launch of the spacecraft in 2015. He is currently helping design the Europa Clipper spacecraft, which is a mission to study Jupiter’s moon Europa and search for life there, planned to launch in 2022.

Ian Cawley is account manager at VWR International in Iowa City, Iowa.

Dan Herman is a special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice in Las Cruces, N.M.

Hoda Hersi is a project manager for the British Broadcasting Corporation in Gaborone, Botswana.

Rachel (Bails) Jeffrey is a broadcasting teacher and technology specialist at Skyview Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mike Schmalfeldt is cofounder and owner of Prostart Sports in Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Angela (Grunder) Ventris is a development officer at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

Heather (Buckner) Wilensky is executive director of alumni engagement at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement in Iowa City.

2007

Duffey Ainsworth Jr. is scrum master at LKQ Corporation in Nashville, Tenn.

Christina (Gaard) Baumgart is a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care with Veterans Affairs River Valley Outpatient Clinic in La Crosse, Wis.

Susie (Bissen) and Zach Esker live in Kansas City, Mo. Susie is a physical science technician at GIPSA-USDA, and Zach is an actuary at Swiss Re.

Amy (Schmeidel) Klein is a palliative care physician at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

Garrett McAllister is a planner for the city of The Dalles, Ore.

Tyler Strand is writer and editor at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement in Iowa City. He wrote the cover feature on legendary Hawkeye coach Hayden Fry for the September 2017 issue of the Iowa Alumni Magazine.

Mark Strohbehn earned a master’s degree in international security studies from Georgetown University. He is senior program manager at Development Transformations in Washington, D.C., where he manages a portfolio of humanitarian relief, economic development, and analytical programs implemented in Syria on behalf of the U.S., U.K., and German governments.

Jud Taylor is clinical research associate at Abbott in Plymouth, Minn.

Whitney Welsh is complex coordinator for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2008

Paige (Richards) Albjerg of Decorah is assistant attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General of Iowa.

Britta Anderson is senior scientist at Millipore Sigma in St. Louis.

Jesse Angelo is a master of philosophy graduate student in education of the arts and creativity at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, England.

Katie Benedix is development manager at Brucemore National Trust in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Lindsey (Bulger) Bina is pastoral associate at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, Minn.

Zach Booz is an education consultant for several nonprofit organizations in Denver.

Katie (Shaw) Brandt teaches fourth grade for the Bemidji (Minn.) Area Schools.

Nina Catterall is senior student support advisor and internship lead at Madison College in Reedsburg, Wis.

Amy Christenson of Windsor, Victoria, Australia, is founder of the Dharana Lab.

Jake Christopherson is independent rental accounts manager at Ford Motor Company in Atlanta.

Erin Claussen is an orthotist at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Laura (Anderson) Cochrane is a physician assistant at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Student Health Center.

Allison (Gray) Cory of Quantico, Va., is a family nurse practitioner with Benefis Health System.

Taryn (Kloster) Cramer is information technology consultant at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Sigrid (Espe) Dabelstein teaches fifth-grade mathematics at Marcy Open Elementary School in Minneapolis.

Sarah Denkinger is training and development coordinator at American Engineering Testing in Chanhassen, Minn.

Lindsey (Voth) Dutchak is a math center tutor at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minn. She also coaches Termite hockey with the Hastings Hockey Association.

Christa (Fiedler) Engquist is owner of Hoppy Trails Child Care in Minneapolis.

Matt Field is a veterinary surgeon at Arkansas Veterinary Emergency & Specialists in Little Rock.

Pete Freeberg is software quality principal engineer at Dell Technologies in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Amy (Larson) Freeman is a nurse practitioner at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Pain Associates.

Chris Froisland is account manager at U.S. Bank in Minneapolis.

Seth Fulton is investment advisor representative at Signator Investors in Boston.

Emily Gaustad is all-school visual arts teacher at Shanghai High School International Division in China.

Erin (Davis) Gibbons is resource developer at Sparkhouse in Minneapolis.

Malory (Hendrickson) Giraldo is psychotherapist intern at CLUES in Minneapolis.

Amelia (Larson) Harless is owner of Anthem Archery in Decorah.

Steve Hogan is studying full-stack software and web development at Prime Academy in Minneapolis.

Mary Ites is senior consultant at CliftonLarsonAllen in Minneapolis.

Jordan Jensen is Midwest sales manager for Steeltech in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Nicolette (DeHaan) Kelley is a pediatric ICU registered nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

Kris Klein is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Elizabeth Koenig is professional development director at National Youth Leadership Council in Minneapolis.

Melanie Loso is a teacher at Noble Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Kyle Nelson is director of coaching for Decorah United Soccer Club in Decorah.

Anna (Knaeble) Quirk earned a master’s degree in educational literacy from Hamline University and is a literacy specialist for the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Jana (Kemp) Tucker is customer care manager at Stryker in San Jose, Calif.

Sara Wenzel Edstrom is an associate attorney, commercial real estate with Briggs and Morgan in St. Paul, Minn.

Brianna (Helland) and Sam Weyers live in Crystal Lake, Ill. Brianna teaches kindergarten for the Crystal Lake Public School District. Sam is an attorney with Kelleher & Buckley.

2009

Laura Dickson is a certified pharmacy and compounding technician at Sterling Drug in Northfield, Minn.

Emily (Dyess) Klepperich is the 6–12 choral music director at Central Public Schools in Norwood Young America, Minn.

Spencer Knapp of Farmers Branch, Texas, is cloud enterprise account manager at IBM Global Services in London.

Cory Lee is senior auditor at Athene USA in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Megan Selvig is program director at Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center in Portland, Ore.

Emily Shriver earned a master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University. She teaches English at Cotter High School in Winona, Minn.

Kristin Swedlund is philanthropic research manager at Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, Wis.

2010

Kate (Haller) Ailabouni is a development assistant for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in St. Paul, Minn.

Linnea Graffunder-Bartels is senior community development specialist for Oakdale, Minn.

Nicole (Gesch) Grochowski earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction for mathematics from Concordia University–Portland. She is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual in Germantown, Wis.

Rachel Haug Root is flute gallery manager at Schmitt Music in Minneapolis.

Maritza Navarro is care coordinator at HealthFinders Collaborative in Northfield, Minn.

Andrew Peterson is career readiness coordinator with AchieveMpls at Edison High School in Minneapolis.

Ally (Nilsen) Smalley teaches music and is performing arts department chair at the Prairie School in Racine, Wis.

2011

Brett Epperson earned a master of music degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University. He is artistic director and conductor of Lincoln Lutheran Choir in Lincoln, Neb., and a vocal music director at Lincoln East High School. He received the Lincoln Public Schools Inspire Educator Award in 2016.

Nicole (Wilson) Goetzl is senior consultant at Comcast Cable in Englewood, Colo.

Will Layton earned a master of divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary and became an ordained ELCA pastor in 2017. He is pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in St. Donatus, Iowa, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in La Motte, Iowa.

Camille (Stenhaug) McVenes of Shoreview, Minn., is a stay-at-home mom.

Nick Nienhaus is a residential estimator and contract sales representative at Superior Building Center in Monona, Iowa.

2012

Samantha Anderson is an animal caretaker at Williamson County Animal Shelter in Franklin, Tenn.

Elisabeth Archer is associate attorney at Weinhardt Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa.

Allyson Batis and Aaron Schmaltz live in Minneapolis. Allyson works at Esker Grove, a restaurant at the Walker Art Center, and Aaron is director of operations at Bortel & Co.

Hannah (Swanson) Booth is an occupational therapist at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago.

Michelle Boursier earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a postdoctoral research fellow at Promega Corporation in Fitchburg, Wis.

Jonathan Grieder earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska–Omaha. He teaches social studies for the Waterloo (Iowa) Community School District.

Courtney Guntly earned the master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a coordinated entry network specialist for the Institute for Community Alliances in Des Moines, Iowa.

Taylor (Froehle) Schmahl is operations coordinator at Pratt, Kutzke & Associates in North Mankato, Minn.

Greg Siems is assistant director for the Institute for Freedom and Community at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

Alyse (Eggebrecht) Simondet is director of annual giving at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minn.

Scott Sundstrom is a teacher, summer school coordinator, and tennis coach for the Mounds View School District in Shoreview, Minn.

Andrew Weckwerth is a business analyst at Optum in Eden Prairie, Minn.

2013

Kayli Bullard earned a degree of applied science in radiography from St. Catherine University. She is a radiologic technologist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minn.

Laura Christensen teaches mathematics at Muscatine (Iowa) High School.

Shannon Koenders is serving as a volunteer optometric services to humanity intern during her final year of graduate school at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas. She was awarded the Mission Award and Scholarship for the UIW Rosenberg School’s class of 2018.

Evan Neubauer is a casualty claims representative at Cottingham & Butler in West Liberty, Iowa.

Clara Olson teaches math at Open World Learning Community in St. Paul, Minn.

Regina Preston is membership services coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Peter Sandstedt earned a master’s degree in communication from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Caitlin Stensrud-Smith is psychotherapy intern at Metro Family Therapy in Norman, Okla.

Sarah Thell is a technical writer for Ameriprise Financial Services in Minneapolis.

Berta Antonieta Tilman Pereira is a political and economic research analyst for the Australian Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste.

2014

Anna (Derdzinski) Banks is an accountant at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Des Moines, Iowa.

Katherine Blocker earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Iowa. She is a physical therapist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Hannah (Delzer) Christenson is a STEM teacher for the Proctor (Minn.) Public Schools and K–6 general music teacher for the Stillwater (Minn.) Area Public Schools.

Laura Davis teaches third grade at Larson Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska.

Pat Fagan is choir director at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Holly Fusco teaches middle school music for the Waukegan (Ill.) School District.

Sarah Guhl teaches orchestra at Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine, Minn.

Bridget Keenan teaches vocal music for Shakopee (Minn.) Public Schools.

Kiersten (Swenson) Kralovetz teaches third grade at the Brevig Mission (Alaska) School.

Tanya Maas teaches general music and is the choral instructor at Marrs Middle School in Omaha, Neb.

Sarah Nolte is a sexual abuse specialist at Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center in Winterset, Iowa.

Megan (Gress) Park is a client success agent at LeadCrunch in San Diego.

Tessa Romanski is youth education coordinator at Matthew 25 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Katie Scherr is church relations and development assistant at Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains in Denver.

Erin Schmidt is a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Orange, Calif.

Connor Stanton is an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

Rachel (Roe) Stevens teaches music at Hamilton Elementary School in Coon Rapids, Minn. She is also a private music teacher at TakeLessons.

Katie (Switzer) and Zach Tubbs live in Minneapolis. Katie is product owner at BrightPeak Financial in Minneapolis. Zach is an education and community outreach specialist at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance in St. Paul, Minn.

Rebecca (Girvan) and Matt Zellmer ’13 live in St. Paul, Minn. Rebecca is senior actuarial associate at Securian Financial Group, and Matt is a physical therapist at Fitness Focus.

2015

Erik Anderson of Iowa City, Iowa, earned a master’s degree in medical sciences from Loyola University in Chicago.

Paige Clark earned a master of social work degree from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a transplant social worker at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Carly Ellefsen is communication specialist at Self Esteem Brands in Woodbury, Minn.

Celia Garner-Prouty is orchestra director for the Storm Lake (Iowa) Community School District.

Laura Hayes is a reporter for the Press & Journal newspaper in Middletown, Pa.

Sarah King is senior analyst at Rabbit Relevance in Minneapolis.

Adrienne Kulzer is an assistant and medical scribe at the Foot and Ankle Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Jennifer (Schmidt) Lundell is a registered nurse at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minn.

Chloe Meyer is health unit coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Andrew Nelson is database administrator for Temple Israel in Minneapolis.

Joshua Nelson is HPAI animal health technician for the USDA: APHIS Veterinary Services in Des Plaines, Ill.

Lauren Nelson is a care team assistant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Shelby Nelson is executive assistant to the CEO at COCO Coworking and Collaborative Space in Minneapolis.

Linh Nguyen is communications consultant for the World Wildlife Fund in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Travis Nietert is a licensed massage therapist and sole proprietor at Thixo Therapeutics in Woodbury, Minn.

Kirsten Norderhaug is customer success manager at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

Benjamin Nordquist is lead retreat facilitator at Youth Frontiers in Minneapolis.

Caity Nowosatka-Sander and Caleb Sander live in Sioux City, Iowa. Caity is work study/student financial coordinator at Morningside College. Caleb is a tuner, servicer, and builder with Darrow Pipe Organ.

Britta Nyberg is department sales manager at Anthropologie in Bloomington, Minn.

Evan Obert is a police officer in Davenport, Iowa.

Braun Oldenkamp earned a master’s degree in music, voice performance, from the University of North Texas. He is adjunct professor of voice at Adrian (Mich.) College.

Sam Raiche is praise team director for First Presbyterian Church in Marion, Iowa.

Lauren Rauch is a laboratory technician at Red Star Yeast Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ryan Readinger is assurance associate at RSM US in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cole Reedy is health plan accountant at Centene Corporation in St. Louis.

Tara Rehovsky is a mental health practitioner for the Associated Clinic of Psychology in Minneapolis.

Collin Richman is senior application developer at US Foods in Chicago.

Kat Richman is a phlebotomist at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Kalyn Roisum of Stoughton, Wis., is a site horticulture technician with American Family Insurance.

Cadence Sawyer of Madison, Wis., is a technical services analyst at Epic Systems.

Matt Scheidle is program therapist at Catholic Health Initiatives in Glenwood, Iowa.

J.J. Sirios is a technology consultant at Arthrex and account manager at Aflac in Denver.

Luke Stennes is senior editor and team leader at Hudson Legal Group in Chicago.

Imsouchivy Suos is a government official of the ASEAN office at the Ministry of Commerce, General Department of International Trade, Department of Asia and Pacific, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Joshua Swanson is psychiatric associate at Fairview Health Services in St. Paul, Minn.

Justin Velzke is food and beverage manager for the Aparium Hotel Group in Chicago.

Rachel (Ruonan) Zheng earned a master’s degree in marketing from Baruch College, City University of New York, and is a contributing writer at Jing Daily in New York City.

2016

Hannah Dailey is a tutor with Educational Resource Associates in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Tricia (Glotfelty) Martin is an accounts clerk for Lee Enterprises in Waterloo, Iowa.

2017

Madison Brace is an intake patient care coordinator for the VGM Group in Waterloo, Iowa.

Mic Farrin is a support broker with Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan in La Crosse, Wis.

Connor Fitzpatrick is a mobile developer with Stryd in Boulder, Colo.

Kyla Grau interned at two nongovernmental organizations in Togo, West Africa, after graduating from Luther. He teaches elementary students through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) in Orléans, France.

Marlene Jones teaches English grammar and conversational lab classes at Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France.

Sidney Larsen is a language assistant through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), where she works with middle school and high school students on their English and conversation skills at Lycée Robert de Mortain in Mortain, France.

Allison Meier is a sexual abuse advocate with Family Resources in Davenport, Iowa.

Sara Nelson is a senior research analyst at Optum in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Shari-Ann Pan-Oy is director of marketing and membership at the Spencer (Iowa) Family YMCA.