Class of 2003 Spring 2016 Letter

Spring 2016                                                                                         

Dear Members of the Class of 2003,

Greetings! Spring semester is well underway, putting us more than halfway through the 2015-16 academic year, and, as usual, there’s a lot going on at our Alma Mater.

We think you’ll enjoy reading about students’ January experiences. You can find J-term course blogs at and regular Luther student blogs at You may have noticed already that Luther’s homepage on the web has a new look—it’s been redesigned to interest and inform prospective students, and those who advise them. But you can still easily find web content that interests you by clicking the search button next to the “info for” drop-down box at the top right of the page.  Type in the word “news,” click on the search button, and you’ll get all of the Luther news, for your reading pleasure.

President Carlson recently began a new tradition with faculty and staff, providing a mid-year in-person report. At this year’s gathering, she outlined a new strategic planning process focused on greater integration in students’ educational experience, curriculum innovation, staffing and budget priorities, and physical plant renovation. She also reported that the search for a new vice president for development is well along toward completion. So things are moving ahead at the college on multiple fronts.

And more good news: at the spring semester opening convocation, professor emeritus of music David Judisch was awarded the St. Olav’s Medal by the government of Norway for his distinguished work in strengthening ties between Norway and Norwegian Americans, as the long-time director of the Luren Singers, Decorah’s men’s chorus.

Be sure to keep in touch and let us know what you’re up to. Thank you to all who made gifts to Luther in 2015; we are grateful for this support. Best wishes for a great spring season!

Jess (Romens) Schouten
2003 Class Agent
9717 Vincent Avenue N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
[email protected] 

Joel Sommers
2003 Class Agent
5931 Holiday Road
Minnetonka, MN 55345
[email protected]

Your gift. Every year. Put to work, right away, where it is needed most.   

Each year over 9,000 alumni, parents, and friends support the Annual Fund with gifts from $5 to $75,000. Strong support from alumni helps Luther secure additional funds from foundations and corporations, and your gift each year helps us reach our goal of 27% alumni giving. Here’s how your class—and surrounding classes—did in 2015:

Class of 2002 total giving in 2015:  $39,264 from 16.06% of the class
Class of 2003 total giving in 2015:  $22,115 from 18.99% of the class
Class of 2004 total giving in 2015:  $19,010 from 19.16% of the class

Your gift can boost the impact your class has on current students! Please use the enclosed envelope or visit to show your support. Thank you!


This list includes all gifts received January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015. Making a gift each and every year is an investment in the lives of Luther students and a show of support for the Luther College community. Thank you for your support of Luther College through your giving.

Jesse Abing
Jessica Aguilar
Brett Alberty
Evan Almelien
Mark Anderson
Tanya (Leake) Anderson
Ryan Beeman Wieland
Bjorn Berg
Matthew Birkenholz
Kimberly Bohr
Susan (Gilbertson) Boxrud
Jennifer Bruns
Jason Burgart
Daniel Burris
Peter Calhoun
Ryan Conway
Charles Dahl
Peter Eliason
Gina (Allen) Erickson
Emily (Larson) Forssberg
Brandon Fraseur
Marie (Zach) Fry
Karen (Meyer) Goble
Mary (Kvitrud) Gosse
Elizabeth Graham
Erik Guffy
Esie (Klein) Guither
Emily (Wenzel) Gutierrez
William Hanson
Jason Hartfield
Miranda Hilk Bohmbach
Ryan Hollenbeck
Kelly (Have) Jansen
Gregory Jeneary
Dan Johnson
Jill Johnson
Andrew Jolivette
Erika (Hegland) Jones
Jana (Chmelar) Klauke
Jessica (Wrobel) Koenig
James Kowitz
Eliott Kranz
Kimberly (Huff) Kranz
Lisa (Highum) Kush
Matthew Landers
Rebecca Larsen
Andrea Leibold
Amanda Lindberg-Aganga
Amber (Kobler) Lynch
Randal Mack
Caleb Mattoon
Stacey McKim
Joy (Gruettner) Mick
Neil Mick
Lindsay (Moss) Millard
Nigel Millard
Alicia Mohn
Monica Morey
Ellen (Robertson) Morris
Allan Nartey
Carrie (Walling) Nimrod
Amanda (Benedict) Obenauer
Janelle (Kime) Olson
Kristie (Lund) Palovcsik
Kelsey (Ress) Pappano
Anthony Pizer
Alissa (Brown) Plumley
Bronson Power
Bryan Pratt
William Reece
Kersten (Cook) Reich
Lindsay (Lehmann) Reiten
Daniel Riebe
Jacquelyn Ruen
Bethany (Kinseth) Runge
Amanda Rutherford-Smith
Brooke Sanders
Heather Scheumann Landers
Jessica (Romens) Schouten
Jill (Waterman) Schultz
Joseph Sievers
Alexander Smith
Laura (Amundson) Smith
Elayne (Brommelsiek) Sommers
Joel Sommers
Guinevere (Lykken) Strand
Melissa Stull
Erin (Indrelie) Swoboda
Lisa Thimjon
Claire (Martin) Thompson
Ryan Thompson
Nathan Voight
Karianne (Moucka) Wardell
Elizabeth Westcott
Megan (Robinson) Witt
Heather (Lehmann) Witts
Kelly Woods Birkenholz

Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list.  If an error has been made, please accept our apology and contact the Luther Development Office at 800-225-8664, or email [email protected].

Class Notes

JEN (RUST) ANDERSON is a compliance officer for Group Health Cooperative in Altoona, Wis.

RACHEL (HILDEBRAND) and DAN CORRON live in Waukee, Iowa. Rachel is lead IT systems analyst for Principal Financial Group. Dan is a sales and leasing associate at Denny Elwell Company Commercial Real Estate and Development.

KRISTIN DOROW is an emergency room RN for Memorial Hermann Healthcare Systems in Houston.

ABBY FROST is the director of choirs for Hamilton-Wenham (Mass.) Public Schools, and the director of choirs at First Church. She conducted regional honor choruses in 2011, 2013, and 2014; is a national board certified teacher; and is the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association Middle School Repertoire and Standards Chair.

ANN (DEHNING) HINTZ is director of academic advisement for St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.

AMBER INGALSBE is associate pastor at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minn.

ANDREJ KOSTRESEVIC is the CEO of Nomads in Miami, Fla. He is also a curator for Miami Startup Digest, an organizer for Miami Lean Startup Circle, and an organizer for South Florida Android Developers. Nomads, whose clients include the NFL, DirecTV, and Cerner, was named one of the 25 fastest-growing technology companies in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal.

CONRAD KWAYU is regional manager for Hartford Healthcare Organization in Meriden, Conn.

KRISTINE (HOLLEQUE) LOWER is an MSR valuation and reporting analyst for U.S. Bancorp in Bloomington, Minn.

JOY (GRUETTNER) and NEIL MICK live in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Neil is a senior business analyst for Rockwell Collins.

NATHAN VOIGHT is a controller for Rockwell Collins in Tustin, Calif.

NICOLE (VERMETT) and NICK WOLF live in Walworth, Wis. Nicole is an accountant at Mecum Auctions. Nick is supply project leader for Pentair, Inc., in Golden Valley, Minn.