Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2019

2000–2009 / 2010–2019


Laura (Handrahan) Ramlow is a deacon and synod minister for the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin in Chetek.


Julie Shockey Trytten is co-owner of Your Place in Decorah.


Mary (Wilgenbusch) Yamoah is principal at Carondelet Catholic School in Minneapolis.


Amber (Kobler) Lynch is executive director of Invest DSM, a nonprofit designed to make investments in Des Moines neighborhoods to improve housing conditions and attract businesses. Amber was chosen as one of the Des Moines Register’s People to Watch in 2020 and was recently featured in an article about her work with Invest DSM.


Mandy Henderson and David Rowley ’05 live in Lafayette, Colo. Mandy is a mental health practitioner at the Open Door Autism Project. David is head of experience at in Boulder.

Kate (Miller) Stobbe of Livermore, Calif., is a corporate social responsibility expert for the United Way Worldwide Digital Services team and sales professional for Philanthropy Cloud, a new employee engagement platform.


Chris Dahl is executive director at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa.

Dustin Ross is director of development at Planned Parenthood North Central States in Des Moines, Iowa.

Stephanie (Girton) Radke is a medical doctor, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and assistant medical clerkship director for University of Iowa Healthcare and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa.


Alissa (Jacobson) Gambrel is director of operations at Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention–Midwest in Minneapolis.

Brad White is founder of Link Public Schools in Minneapolis.


Sarah (Warner) Warbuck is owner and chief marketing strategist at Warbuck Consulting in Saint Louis Park, Minn.

Johanna (Crock) Warner is a nurse practitioner at Multispecialty Physician Partners in Lakewood, Colo.


Ashley Holland completed medical school at Des Moines University, a general psychiatry residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, and fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, and cognitive neurology at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. A psychiatrist, she recently joined Mayo Health System’s Behavioral Health Care Program in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Dane Jensen is a real estate advisor at Engel and Völkers in Minneapolis.

Janelle (Ackerman) Novak is terminal bulk supervisor at Ecolab in St. Paul, Minn.


Lee Meirick is quality assurance test lead at Energy Corporation in Kansas City.

Anthony Snitker is marketing coordinator at the Pasadena (Calif.) Playhouse. In August, he finished his second 100-mile race at the Angeles Crest 100-Mile Endurance Race, finishing in the top 10 with a time of 22:46:26.

Joy Waughtal is a professional research assistant at the University of Colorado in Denver.


Liz (Jorgenson) Alvarado is director of operations, leadership development, at IDEA Public Schools in Edinburg, Texas.

Megan (Hallberg) Bang of Forest City, Iowa, is a software engineer for HashiCorp in San Francisco.

Sonja Birthisel earned a PhD degree in ecology and environmental sciences from University of Maine in Orono, where she is a postdoctoral research associate and instructor.

Krista (Morris) Blessing is a structural engineer at Short Elliott Hendrickson in Rochester, Minn.

Erin Bostrom is a paralegal at the Medina (Ohio) County Prosecutor’s Office.

Levi Bridges is a registered nurse at Waverly (Iowa) Health Center.

Meghan (Mathison) Byrnes is a law school student at the University of St. Thomas and works as a law clerk at Anderson and Anderson Law in Minneapolis.

Joseph Coffield is a communications technician at Comcast in Salt Lake City.

Ryan Deignan earned a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of North Texas and is assistant professor of choral music at the University of Minnesota–Duluth.

Zachary Dieterman of Zumbrota, Minn., works for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Ashley Dissmore is business manager at Dahl Automotive in La Crosse, Wis.

Makara Fairman is a behavioral health proposal consultant at Cigna in Minneapolis.

Brad Foresman is a research scientist at Corteva Agriscience in Olivia, Minn.

Allison (Kirchoff) Gans teaches in the Hibbing (Minn.) Independent School District.

Katie (Dolan) Gerber is a school psychologist at Eastern Carver County Schools in Chaska, Minn.

Megan (Petersen) Gibson is LTC supervisor and an occupational therapist at Big Stone Therapies in Marshall, Minn.

Kristina Golling is an employee relations consultant at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Linnea and Christopher Graffunder-Bartels ’11 live in Minneapolis. Linnea is senior community development specialist for the city of Oakdale. Christopher is an ethics analyst at US Bank.

Laura Grangaard Johnson is senior research analyst at Stratis Health in Bloomington, Minn.

Mesha Hall is a family services specialist for the city of Alexandria (Minn.) Department of Community and Human Services.

Mallory (Marlatt) Hanson is director for Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism at Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development in Postville, Iowa.

Sara Hanssen is the administrative assistant at Decorah United Church of Christ and also works as a midwife’s assistant.

Becky Haug is a forestry technician for the US Forest Service in Ontonagon, Mich.

Rachel Haug Root and Keith Root ’09 live in Eden Prairie, Minn. Rachel is a flute instructor at Winona State University and director of flute sales at Schmitt Music. Keith is a call coach for

Landon Jacobsen is commercial and marketing lead at Extraction Oil and Gas in Denver.

Cassandra Jensen is a marketing specialist at Kaplan Professional in St. Paul, Minn.

Jacob Johnson is a UX/UI designer at Media Services in Los Angeles.

Kristen Johnson earned a master’s degree in education from St. Thomas University and teaches fourth grade at Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn.

Gina Klennert earned a master’s degree in DAPE from Minnesota State University. Gina teaches health, physical education, and DAPE at Albert Lea (Minn.) High School.

Becca Lange is a certified medical assistant (AAMA) at Hall-Perrine Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sara Leahy is a social worker at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Blair (Hercules) and Derek Leigh live in Chaska, Minn. Blair earned a master’s degree in education from Concordia University and teaches fourth and fifth grades at Eastern Carver County School District. Derek is a collegiate sales rep with Nike, Blue 84, and Legacy.

Sarah (Luloff) Lilly teaches elementary music at Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan.

Sarah May is a graduate student in music/instrumental conducting at Butler University and an accompanist for the Indianapolis (Ind.) Children’s Choir.

Jaymie McGrath is talent development director for McGrath Family of Dealerships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Gina (Lewis) Njugunah is a licensed independent social worker and inpatient mental health discharge planner at Fairview Health Services in St. Paul, Minn.

Jamie Ottman is facilities coordinator at Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation in Madison, Wis.

Darren Oxton is a buyer at BevSource in St. Paul, Minn.

Lisa (Torgerson) Pertz is a market research analyst at ACPI Sales in Waconia, Minn.

Kristin (Porter) and Neal Petersen live in Waterloo, Iowa. Kristin is operations specialist at Ameriprise Financial Services. Neal earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Upper Iowa University and is a therapist at New Directions Counseling Services.

Melysa Rogen is senior director of marketing and communications for the Austin (Texas) Opera.

Anna (Simonson) Saul earned the doctor of physical therapy degree from St. Catherine University and is a physical therapist at Summit Orthopedics in Woodbury, Minn.

Michelle Sawyer is a social worker at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Anna (Quick) and Trey Scheetz live in Eden Prairie, Minn. Anna is vice president of asset management at Wildamere Capital Management. Trey is senior account coordinator at CH Robinson.

David Schmitt teaches K–6 music for the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Schools in Waterville, Minn.

Kirsten (Jensson) and Taylor Scholz work at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Kirsten is a medical administrative assistant. Taylor is an athletic trainer.

Nora Shaffer of Chicago is a freelance clarinetist and private instructor and a member of the chamber ensemble Lake Effect Clarinet Quartet, which released its debut album, Nielsen, Grainger, and Strauss, in Oct. 2019.

Diana Springer-Doescher is a certified optician at Gundersen Health System in Onalaska, Wis.

Aaron Stenhaug is assistant corporate controller at Digi International in Hopkins, Minn.

Kristopher Ulrich earned a master’s degree in business administration. He serves as the president of the Neenah (Wis.) Rotary Club.

Tessa Winterton and Tom Blattner live in Misawa, Japan, while Tessa completes her commitment to the United States Air Force as an OBGYN. Tom is working as a substitute teacher at the high school on base while working toward a master’s degree.

Zara Zanussi earned a master’s degree in comparative international development education and a minor in program evaluation from the University of Minnesota. She is founder and executive director for ComMUSICation in St. Paul, Minn.


Claire (Philpott) Utecht is associate producer at Minnesota Public Radio in Minneapolis.


Heidi (Darrington) and Bryce Muenchow ’15 live in Horicon, Wis. Heidi is youth and family leader at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Bryce teaches grades 6–12 music for the Dodgeland School District.

Erin Mykleby earned a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Iowa. She is assistant athletics director for development at New Mexico State University in Carlsbad.


Megan Hatfield is a clinical nurse III at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. She was featured in Duke University’s promotional video “You’re Why: Patients Matter Most at Duke Health.”

Zach Jipp is a chiropractor at Colorado Occupational Medical Partners in Denver.

Annie (Klepper) Neubauer earned the doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa and is a pharmacist at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Danny Robb is patient appointment service specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Eric Schoer is a physical therapist at San Luis Valley Health in Alamosa, Colo.

Caitlin Stensrud is a licensed professional counselor at Advanced Therapy Associates and owner/therapist at Stensrud Counseling in Norman, Okla.

Rose Weselmann of Northfield, Minn., had work on display Feb.–March in the 2020 Emerging Artist Exhibition at Lanesboro Arts.


Becca (Dugdale) and Jim Cochrane live in Chicago. Becca is a consultant at SALO. Jim is a student at McCormick Seminary.

Jayne Cole earned a master’s degree in art history from the University of St. Thomas and is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Alex Kalal is a payment operations analyst at DailyPay in Minneapolis.

Clara Lind is manager of donor experience at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative in St. Paul, Minn.


Karly Karst earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing and is a registered nurse at Southside Community Health Services in Minneapolis.

Kat Marlow is a supervisor at Estep and Company in Columbus, Ind.

Alli (Kephart) and Andrew Tjossem ’13 live in Fort Collins, Colo. Alli teaches K–5 music for the Poudre School District. Andrew is a software engineer at Keysight Technologies.


Sarah Ea is a medical support assistant for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Paul, Minn.

Spencer Hackler is a school psychologist intern at South Central Educational Cooperative in Tyndall, S.D.

Peter Lillibridge is an account analyst at Kinect Energy Group in Plymouth, Minn.

Nicole Lussier is event manager at Auction Harmony in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Lauren Mordini is summer camp coordinator for the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, Wis.

Windom Shields is senior energy specialist at Kinect Energy Group in Plymouth, Minn.

Josue Silva is a Catalyze program advisor at College Possible in St. Paul, Minn.

Peter Swanson earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Maryland and is a doctoral student and graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

Laura Turco graduated in 2019 from the Courtauld Institute of Art with a postgraduate diploma in the conservation of easel paintings. She is the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in painting conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in New York City.


Makeda Barkley is assistant director at Moab Arts and Recreation Center in Moab, Utah.

Sean Dempsey is a press secretary for the US House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Grant Holsinger is an administrative assistant for Stillman Valley (Ill.) High School.

Jorge Loyo Lopez is a certified clinical research coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Paige Mangan is program director at Outlaw Ranch in Custer, S.D.

Rachel Reimann earned a master’s degree in athletic training from A.T. Still University and is an athletic training resident at University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City.

Nicholas Thorp is an account executive at Zubie in Minneapolis.


Megan Broadbent teaches English for the Monticello (Iowa) Community School District.

Mariahna Jorgenson-Rathke teaches grades 6–8 orchestra at the Eastern Carver County School District in Chaska, Minn.

Luke Lumbar is service coordinator and a certified support planner at Partners in Community Supports in St. Paul, Minn.

Abby Mark is a research fellow at Boston University.

Linnea Peterson is marketing coordinator at 1517 Media in Minneapolis.

Evan Scheck teaches social studies at Spencer (Iowa) High School.

Peter Scott teaches science at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, Iowa.


Ananda Easley of Dubuque, Iowa, is a parent educator at Stein Counseling and Consulting Services and a part-time personal trainer at Anytime Fitness.

Jonah Gehrt is a licensed realtor at RE/MAX Results in Rochester, Minn.

Michaela Gyure teaches elementary music for the Waukee (Iowa) Community School District.

Erin Halverson is the events and social media coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University in Ames.

Claire Hess is a staff accountant at Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, Minn.

Janet Irankunda is an area coordinator at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Ty Kloft is a personal assistant III at Hills and Dales in Dubuque, Iowa.

Jana Mueller is a fast track specialist and independent living advocate at RAMP in Rockford, Ill.

Ally Peters is a Minnesota Greencorps member focusing on air pollutant reduction with the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools. She is also a freelance photographer and photo editor.

Anna Phearman is front-end manager at Mobility4All in Hopkins, Minn.

Grant Sparstad is a cognitive skills trainer at Learning Rx and a Promise Fellow for the Minnesota Alliance with Youth in Lino Lakes, Minn.

Elizabeth Wiebke is a staff assistant for the office of congresswoman Betty McCollum at the US House of Representatives in St. Paul, Minn.