Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2017

2000–2009 / 2010–2017


Katie (Aarestad) Fergus is owner and president of Medical Billing Services Iowa in Des Moines.

Kim (Turner) and Kevin Frantz own Twin Cities Escape Rooms in Burnsville, Minn. Kevin is co-owner of Gulliford Sales.

Elisabeth (Marvin) Sandersfeld is senior vice president and chief financial officer of GuideOne Insurance in West Des Moines, Iowa.


Shelly (Harried) Barness is regional planner for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in Decorah.

Kim Eversman is an instructional coach at Rochester (Minn.) Public Schools.

Rebekah Gilmore is director of the Cathedral Choir School in Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.

Jenny (Lindemann) Hoefer is senior organization development and learning consultant at Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Tara Kuckkan is payroll coordinator at Staffco in Minneapolis.

Meghann Ovre-Kriesel is a senior contract analyst for Medtronic in St. Paul, Minn.

Heather (Mills) Palermo of Zimmerman, Minn., is a case management assistant for Hennepin County Child Protection.

Mark Potvin is visiting instructor of music at Luther. He is conductor of Norsemen and Cathedral choirs.

Sara Scholtes is chair of Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis.

Matt Titus is a portfolio manager for Invesco in Houston.


Heidi (Helling) Barr has published a book, Woodland Manitou: To Be on Earth, a collection of essays rooted in the natural world. The book is available through Homebound Publications and on

Lynn Dalhed is associate director of training at Optum in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Molly Goodwin of Davenport, Iowa, is touring Singapore, the Philippines, China, Japan, and South Korea as the production stage manager on the international tour of Sister Act: The Musical.

Becky (Wedekind) Hanson is principal clinical quality and compliance specialist at Medtronic in St. Paul, Minn. She is also a breastfeeding counselor through Breastfeeding USA, serving the north metro area of the Twin Cities.

Jenn (Smith) and Pete Hoesing live in Sioux Falls, S.D. Jenn works with Stockyards Ag Experience and opened a museum at the Falls Park horse barn in February 2017. Peter is director of sponsored programs for Dakota State University and maintains an active scholarly profile in ethnomusicology and African studies. He has two articles forthcoming in two journals, Nova Religio and History of Africa, as well as a book due out soon with the University of Illinois Press.

Ross Larson is a software developer for WTS Paradigm in Middleton, Wis. He was an invited speaker at That Conference 2017 on the topic of imposter syndrome.

Molly (Krol) Sandgren is an advanced practice nurse practitioner in family medicine at Gundersen Health System in Prairie Du Chien, Wis.

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

Jonathon Struve earned a PhD in music with an emphasis in vocal literature from the University of Iowa in May 2017. He is an adjunct voice instructor and Paideia professor at Luther College.

Esther Washington of Rochester, Minn., earned a master’s degree in holistic health from St. Catherine’s University.

Courtney Wooge is president of FCIS Insurance in Forest City, Iowa.


Amber (Rislow) Harder is a communications specialist at enCompass Church in St. Paul, Minn.

Angie (Demmer) Hietala is an instructional support coordinator with the Department of Instruction for Learning for the Kodiak (Alaska) Island Borough School District.

Lena Johnson is a social worker at CHI Franciscan in Tacoma, Wash.

Ed Martin of Denver completed the level 4 WSET diploma through the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust. It is among the most sought-after qualifications in the global wine trade and is universally accepted as the prerequisite to the master of wine designation.

Carrie (Walling) and Jake Nimrod ’01 live in Decorah. Carrie is an associate at West Side Early Childhood Center, and Jake is associate principal and activities director at Decorah Middle School.

Lindsay (Lehmann) Reiten earned a PhD in curriculum and instruction (math education) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is an assistant professor of math education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Andrea (Dunker) Tiwari is an applications engineer at TSI in Shoreview, Minn.

Jason Trost is an educational facilitator at Blueprint Software Systems in Chicago.


Meredith (Eilertson) Azeem is a pharmacist at Mayo Clinic St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

Lauren Christel is an elementary school principal for the International School of the Peninsula in Palo Alto, Calif.

Kendra (McGill) Evans teaches preschool for Riceville (Iowa) Community Schools.

Joel Hollenbeck is project manager of Specpro Environmental Services in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Carrie (Morris) Miller is associate director of the Academic Advising Center at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Aubrey (Connolly) Nelson is youth and family programs coordinator for Bloomington (Minn.) Public Schools.

Susan Olson of Ames, Iowa, was named a member of the 2017 class of the AARP Iowa Executive Council, a team of volunteers from across Iowa who provide leadership to support accomplishments of AARP state and national priorities.

Amy (Hoodjer) Updegraff earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instructional technology from Iowa State University in Ames and is a graduate assistant and PhD student in curriculum and instructional technology at the university.


Ross Kurth is general manager of ARCH Motorcycle in Los Angeles.

Megan (Hillesland) and Paul Mackie ’06 live in Chicago. Megan is author of The Finder of the Lucky Devil, and Paul is a senior business consultant at John Galt Solutions.

Danielle Schmidt is a recovery resolution consultant at Optum in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Cara Stone is an instruction librarian at Iowa State University in Ames.


Chris Bellinder is a sales professional at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Charleston, S.C.

Sarah (Olson) Cutcliffe is a business systems analyst and specialist for University of Chicago Medicine in Darien, Ill.

Kristen (Strandell) Kesslar is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

Courtney Kupfer is education director of CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic in Minneapolis. She is pursuing a master of arts degree in Adlerian counseling and psychotherapy with an emphasis in clinical mental health counseling at Adler Graduate School in Richfield, Minn.

Mike Lopez is a senior financial accountant at Manitou America in West Bend, Wis.

Aaron Murphy is the owner and principal designer of Aaron Murphy Interiors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He specializes in residential and commercial interior design consulting.

Erika Strandjord is a lecturer at the University of California, Davis.

Lyndsey (Ludwig) Wedll is an accounting specialist at Twin Cities and Western Railroad in Glencoe, Minn.


Kristin (Maiers) Eide is an assistant professor in the department of family medicine and community at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Elena Geiger-Simpson earned a doctor of nursing practice degree with a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specialty from the University of Minnesota and a certificate in integrative therapies and healing practices from the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in Minneapolis.

Matthew Hagen is vice president of finance operations at Monster in Weston, Mass.

Kimmie Hall is a registered respiratory therapist at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Zach Klobnak earned a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Daniel Le Guen-Schmidt is executive assistant to the associate vice chancellor of human resources at West Valley–Mission Community College District in Saratoga, Calif.

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

Amanda (Schmall) Lorentz is a shareholder of Fredrikson and Byron in Minneapolis.

Adam Loy is an assistant professor of statistics at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

Amanda (Ellson) and Leif Madsen ’08 live in Bloomington, Ind. Amanda is an assistant athletic trainer for Indiana University, working with the volleyball team. Leif earned a PhD in human performance at Indiana University in August 2017. He is a clinical assistant professor and the clinical coordinator of the athletic training program at Indiana University.

Kelsey (Cochrane) Martinez of Phoenix, Ariz., earned a master’s degree in literacy curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University.

Beth Pfotenhauer is the head virologist at the Milwaukee Public Health Department and founder of Traveling Microbiologist and Friends, a nonprofit that provides developing community water quality testing and training.

Jason Rude was selected to be a part of the Fords Theater National Oratory Fellowship, which focuses on bringing oratory to the classroom. Fellows work with teaching artists throughout the year and attend workshops in Washington, D.C., twice a year to plan and share work. Jason teaches seventh- and eighth-grade social studies at New Hampton (Iowa) Middle School.

Amy (May) Teigland earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She teaches pre-kindergarten at MSUM Early Education Center in Moorhead, Minn.


Nicole (Egan) Aloia is director of urgent care and general pediatrics at University of Wisconsin Health in Madison.

Denise Clark is development director for Two Rivers YMCA in Moline, Ill.

Ryan Fordice is campaign and engagement manager for the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

Katherine (Kennon) Gales instructs English and Latin at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Heather (Elwood) Gierut is communications director of Lepic-Kroeger Realtors in Iowa City, Iowa.

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

Scott Jennings is a patrol officer for the City of Decorah Police Department.

Danny Lee is the major gifts director at Be The Match in Minneapolis.

David Quam is operations manager of Wells Fargo Bank in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kelly (Wood) Robertson earned a master’s degree in literacy education from Graceland University. She teaches third grade at Lisbon (Iowa) Elementary School.

Jennifer (Lambrecht) Silverman is a senior R&D scientist at MilliporeSigma in St. Louis.

Jordan Stracke is associate research scientist at DOW Chemical Company in Collegeville, Pa.


Natalie (Schultz) Barria is director of human services and payroll for G.O. Fresh in Minneapolis.

Erin (Torkelson) and Jesse Bunge ’11 live in Gypsum, Colo. Erin teaches K–5 music at Gypsum Elementary School. Jesse earned a master’s degree in music education from the University of Kansas and is the 9–12 vocal director at Eagle Valley High School.

Ashlee (Wicks) Carpenedo earned a master’s degree in ESL from Hamline University. She teaches ESL at South Washington County Schools in Cottage Grove, Minn.

Andrea (Schenk) Dye teaches fifth grade for the Minneapolis (Minn.) Public Schools.

Kyle Lilly of Minneapolis received certification as a professional soil scientist by the Soil Science Society of America Soils Certification Board.

Andrea (Johnson) Mierau is the lead physical therapist at the National Dizzy and Balance Center in Blaine, Minn.

Matt Myers earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University. He is a doctoral student in choral conducting at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Danielle (Armbruster) Walters is the accounts manager at Maxim Healthcare Services in Madison, Wis.

Mandy (Wubben) Weister is a career counselor in the Career Development Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Kristin Youngmeyer is a city manager fellow for Hamilton, Ohio, and a program compliance intern at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency in Columbus.


Meghan (Matthison) Byrnes is an immigrant paralegal at Anderson and Anderson Law in Minneapolis.

Sky Macklay of Chicago composed “Dissolving Bands,” an orchestral piece that won the Leo Kaplan Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Her string quartet piece “Many Many Cadences” also received an ASCAP award.

Ben Schori is pastor at Nativity Lutheran Church in St. Anthony, Minn.

Meg (McCormick) Slindee is business development manager at LinkUp Job Search Engine in Minneapolis.

Robbie (Kjelland) Wanderman is resident physician of anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Liz Winter is grant accountant and executive assistant to the CFO at Upper Iowa University in Fayette. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in organizational development at the university.


Aleesa Baako is the Allamakee County victim-witness coordinator in Waukon, Iowa.

Katie Deaver earned a PhD in systematic theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). She is associate director of admissions at LSTC.

Emily Ellson teaches first and second grade at Riverside Central Elementary School in Rochester, Minn.

Sylvie Hall earned a master of public health degree from the University of Iowa College of Public Health and a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She is a clinical pharmacy resident at the Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic Health System.

Ellie (Neubauer) Kuennen is a registered labor delivery nurse at Northfield (Minn.) Hospital.

Tyler McCubbin was appointed the Social Studies Department head at Colegio Americano de Torreon (Mexico) for the 2017–18 school year. He is also the United States history teacher, and the Social Studies Department head, and teaches an online sociology class through a program called the Virtual High School.

Paul Meyer earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and is in the second year of his orthodontic residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Ufra Mir is a peace psychologist in the Kashmir region of India and works with women and children through her nongovernmental organization, Paigaam: A Message for Peace, and as a counselor at a private school.

Jaclyn Ohnemus is the vocal music director at Linn-Mar Community Schools in Marion, Iowa.

Kelly (Schneider) Sheldon is an elementary teacher in Frankfort, Ind.

Vaughn Tackmann is a track and field coach graduate assistant at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.

Marybeth (Cannon) Wheeler is a nurse practitioner at Yakima (Wash.) Neighborhood Health.

Kelsey (Anderson) Wilson of North Liberty, Iowa, is an account manager at Dartlet.


Allison Alpers is a speech-language pathologist and voice specialist at Fairview Rehabilitation Services in Edina and Maple Grove, Minn.

Nick Barkve is a data reporting analyst at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

Amy Behrman is pricing and receiving coordinator at Walt Churchill’s Market in Maumee, Ohio.

Joe Berg earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in physics from the University of California–Los Angeles. He works in R&D and S&E computer science at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.

Erin Brown is a school social worker in the Osseo School District in Maple Grove, Minn.

Rachel Conway is a clinical psychology postdoctoral resident and fellow at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Maggie (Michenfelder) Erikson is a senior associate consultant at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City.

Nicholas Fisher of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won the International Business for a Better World Case Competition (held alongside the World Economic Forum) in Davos, Switzerland, with his team of three other Middlebury Institute MBA students, taking home $6,000 and a crystal trophy. Nicholas earned a master of business administration degree from Middlebury College in 2017.

Jonathan Grieder earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas. He teaches social studies at Waterloo (Iowa) West High School.

Kelsey Hunerdosse earned a master of arts degree in education and an education specialist graduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a school psychologist at Heartland AEA in Johnston, Iowa.

Trevor Ketterling is a certified personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness in Fort Washington, Pa.

Meghan McCall is executive assistant to the president and policy advocate at Ploughshare Fun in Washington, D.C.

Kaitlin (Maas) and Sam Meyers live in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Kaitlin teaches special education in the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools. Sam earned a master’s degree in education—school counseling from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, and is a school counselor at Robbinsdale (Minn.) Middle School.

Therese (Thompson) Nelson is an abstracter at Home Title in Andover, Minn.

Andrew Ratekin is in the Third Battalion Fourth Marines in the U.S. Military in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Ryan Vinzant is football coach at La Crescent (Minn.) High School.

Jaci Wilkinson is an assistant professor and web services librarian at the University of Montana in Missoula.


Emily Banitt is a psychometrist at Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology.

Tyler Hagy earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. He teaches vocal music at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa.

Leah Hanson earned a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and is a doctoral trainee in clinical psychology at the university.

Bridget (Rouse) Johnson of Decorah is a registered nurse for Mayo Clinic Hospitals.

Kaylee (Helgemoe) and Trent Kerrigan live in Rochester, Minn., Kaylee is an RN at Mayo Clinic Hospitals. Trent is a prosthetic and orthotic practitioner at Limb Lab.

Evin Lantz is a financial planner at Renovo Financial Partners in Rochester, Minn.

Kelsey (Brown) Legore is codirector of choirs at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Prairie High School.

Jevita Poer is new business developer at Philips Research in the Netherlands.

Hannah Ranum is a customer relationship manager at Forte Research Systems in Madison, Wis.

Denise Richter earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa. She is an internal auditor for Deere and Company in Moline, Ill.

Rachel (Jungwirth) Rigdon is account executive of Holmes Murphy and Associates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Peter Sandstedt earned a master’s degree in communication from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and is a vendor project specialist at the university.

Katie (Schwartz) Vogel of Maplewood, Minn., is a staff accountant at Northern Tool and Equipment.

Isaac (Van Bruggen) Warner is an assistant property manager at Zeller Realty Group in Minneapolis.


David Baxter is associate vocal music director at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Kelsey Bies teaches fourth grade for the Waverly–Shell Rock (Iowa) Community School District.

Skylar (Carney) Bohr is a reading resource teacher for grades 4–6 at Notre Dame Elementary in Cresco, Iowa.

Lauren (Meintsma) Dosland is a communications associate at Jones Lang LaSalle in Minneapolis.

Marisa (Johnson) Faas teaches K–3 special education at Westside Elementary School in the Reedsburg (Wis.) School District.

William Foley is a substitute teacher in the Dallas–Center Grimes School District and Johnston School District in the Des Moines, Iowa, area. He also works at the Waukee YMCA and is an assistant site supervisor at After School Care.

Logan Hjerleid teaches kindergarten for the Solon (Iowa) Community School District.

Jordan Jensen is director of retreat ministries at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Bible Camp in Hillside, Colo.

Jess Landgraf is assistant service manager at Erik’s Bike Shop in Roseville, Minn.

Brittney Leemon earned a master’s degree in arts management and nonprofit management at the University of Oregon and is marketing and development manager of the National Lutheran Choir in Minneapolis.

John Melzarek is senior accountant at CliftonLarsonAllen in Minneapolis.

Aaron Mertzenich is a web user experience designer and developer at Promega in Madison, Wis.

Laura Mesadieu is agile scrum master at Fastenal Company in Winona, Minn.

Samuel Molzahn earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is an adult reference librarian at the North Shore Public Library in Glendale, Wis.

Brita Moore is public relations director of Minnesota Farmers Union in St. Paul, Minn.

Kayla Nelson teaches multi-categorical special education at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ty Pharaoh earned a master’s degree in K–12 special education and teaching from the University of St. Thomas and is a student teacher and SUTR resident at SPPS in Minneapolis.

Chase Racek teaches first grade at the American School of Kuwait in Hawalli.

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

Becca Rudquist teaches high school English for the Dover–Eyota (Minn.) Public Schools.

Seth Rumage is an intern pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Spokane, Wash.

Anna Showers teaches second grade for the Faribault (Minn.) Public School District.

Cydney (Roelandt) Weitzel is employed by Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island, Ill.

Emily Wilson teaches fourth grade for the Muskego–Norway (Wis.) School District.


Caitlin Almer teaches fifth grade for the Littleton (Colo.) Public Schools.

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

Emily Betts is a project manager at Anytime Fitness in Woodbury, Minn.

Brianna Blum teaches first grade at Archibald Alexander Elementary School in Iowa City, Iowa.

Leah Broderick of Brighton, Mass., is a regional admissions recruiter for the University of Alabama.

Tyler Crowe of Davenport, Iowa, earned a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Iowa State University.

Jessica Dobson teaches eighth-grade physical science at Freeport (Ill.) Middle School.

Gabriel Dorn is a research assistant at Washington University in St. Louis.

Connor Goetz teaches eighth-grade global studies at Minnetonka (Minn.) Middle School.

Alex Hain teaches English at Stewartville (Minn.) Middle School.

Marlon Henriquez teaches kindergarten at Pilsen Community Academy in Chicago.

Madison (Norell) Jaeger is an academic interventionist at CAL Community Schools in Latimer, Iowa.

Amanda Johnson teaches K–2 special education for the Byron (Minn.) Public Schools.

Michael Kaiser is a financial analyst at HNI Corporation in Muscatine, Iowa.

Karly Karst is staffing coordinator for Park Nicollet Health Services at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn., and is a nursing student at Herzing University. She received the Nurse Corps Scholarship.

Krista (Konrad) Liveringhouse teaches fourth grade in Hillsborough County (Fla.) School District in Tampa.

Abby Lobdell teaches fifth grade at Merrill School in Rock Falls, Ill.

Ann (Okoneski) Lund is executive consultant at Rodan and Fields Dermatologists in Edina, Minn.

Ellie Magner teaches sixth grade at Robert J. Elkington Middle School in Grand Rapids, Minn.

Hayley (Pirsig) Maher earned a master’s degree in business administration from American Military University and is administrative assistant for Freeborn County in Albert Lea, Minn. She also owns a small business, the Hayley Anne.

Jessica Mara is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Katharyn Marlow is a client service manager at Reising Radio Partners in Columbus, Ind.

Sara Maronde is clinical assistant and medical scribe at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Burnsville, Minn.

Nicolle Martin is a communications assistant at CaptionCall in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Connor Mattison is a relocation specialist at Plus Relocation in Minneapolis.

Michaleen Melby is a substitute teacher for the Portage (Wis.) Community School District.

Morgan Melton is a telecommunicator at Williamson County Department of Emergency Communication in Franklin, Tenn.

Alise Miller is senior demand forecast analyst at Best Buy in Minneapolis.

Derek Mueller is an ecological restoration technician at Stantec Consulting Services in Cottage Grove, Wis.

Bailey Mulholland is publications specialist at the Kent (Ohio) Historical Society.

Elsie Muronzie is assurance staff at Ernst and Young in Minneapolis.

Kayla Naber teaches first grade at Ekstrand Elementary in Dewitt, Iowa.

Jessica O’Brien is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Sam Olson is associate account executive of SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

Hannah Parker is case manager at Easter Seals of Iowa in Des Moines.

Kara Pedersen is a registered nurse at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Hiliary Pennington is a teacher assistant at Van Meter (Iowa) Elementary School.

Katie Peterson earned a master’s degree in addiction prevention and treatment from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She is a youth services master of social work intern at Alexandra House in Anoka, Minn.

Mavis Phiri is a financial services representative at University of Iowa Credit Union in Cedar Rapids.

Hunter Pleschourt is a planner at Sleep Number by Sleep Comfort in Plymouth, Minn.

Shelby Pofahl is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Ellen Pritchard is executive manager at Butte Toyota in Butte, Mont.

Maia Pugh is program coordinator at Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

Jake Putnam is a fine art consultant at Iowa Artisans Gallery in Iowa City.

Megan Richason earned a master of science degree in athletic training from Ohio University. She is an athletic trainer for Gundersen Lutheran Clinic in Hillsboro, Wis.

Allison Richman is a neighborhood services coordinator at Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity in Waterloo.

Annika Ring teaches English, literature, and writing at Hutchinson (Minn.) High School.

Kaia Sand is an oboe graduate teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma School of Music in Edmond.

Mary Schmidt is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Sarah Schutz is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Greg Scott is project manager at UnitedHealth Group in Plymouth, Minn.

Emily Sena is a business and legal associate at Khalifeh and Partners Lawyers in Amman, Jordan.

Andrew Sharot is data analytics senior consultant at Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Joe Simonelli is an artist at Spectrum Screenprinting and Embroidery in Plymouth, Minn.

Aime (Karam) Smith is account executive of iHeartMedia in Minneapolis.

Martin Stalberger is sales associate at M and M Lawn and Leisure in Rushford, Minn.

Kasey Thorson teaches seventh- and eighth-grade social studies and language arts in the Austin (Minn.) Public School District.

Emily Tope is a world language production editor at EMC Publishing in St. Paul. Two of her short documentaries have been official selections in 11 film festivals since 2015. One documentary won the Best Student Film Award at the World Arts Film Festival in May 2017.

Danielle Uhlenhake teaches first grade at St. John’s Elementary School in Independence, Iowa.

Ellie Van Der Griend teaches kindergarten at John F. Kennedy Community School in Berlin, Germany.

Blake Wragge teaches fourth grade at Bayview Elementary in Waconia, Minn.

Kari Ylvisaker teaches kindergarten for the Grundy Center (Iowa) Community Schools.


Kai Hedstrom is executive director of the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center in Decorah.

Hailey Johnson teaches social studies and coaches girls tennis at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo.

Jenna Johnson is an MD/PhD graduate student the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Peter Lillibridge is a footwear sales leader at Dick’s Sporting Goods in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Ervin Liz Andela is the founder of Colombian Coffee Connection in Hutchinson, Minn.

Jake Martin played in the Midwest Basketball League for the Twin Cities Elite and in the Australian semipro BigV League for the Bulleen Boomers. He has been signed by the Goldfield Giants and will join them in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, in January for their preseason campaign.

Alayna Nelson teaches eighth grade at Lower Kuskokwim School District in Bethel, Alaska.

Hannah Sackett is a Young Adult in Global Mission volunteer serving on behalf of the ELCA in Kibungo, Rwanda.

Clare Slagel is a doctoral student at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames.

Alanna Spencer teaches middle and high school math at Lower Kuskokwim School District in Bethel, Alaska.


Janna Akkerman teaches English as a second language for the Austin (Minn.) Public School District.

Emily Alcock is a member services specialist for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago.

Hannah Bernatz is a merchandiser at Breakthru Beverage Group in Hartland, Wis.

Matthew Chlebek is account executive of Midwest Insurance Group in Delafield, Wis.

Cody Duncan is a payroll customer care advocate at Gusto! in Denver. He is also a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University.

Erin Ellefsen is a teaching fellow and master’s degree student in mathematics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Laura Johnson is a community engagement coordinator at the Greater Milwaukee (Wis.) Foundation.

Justin Kreiter is a doctoral student in physical therapy at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

Jennifer Martin is a graduate student in the coordinated master of library and information science and master of music in music history and literature degree program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She works in the music library at the university’s Golda Meir Library.

Gabi Meirick is a senior research analyst at Optum Health in Minneapolis.

Eshetie Tarekegn is a data analyst at Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls, S.D.