Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2018

2000–2010 / 2010–2018


Kelli (Punt) Bacon is a certified local government coordinator at Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln.

Kwadwo Bekoe is a realtor sales associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Washington Township, N.J., and a staff pharmacist at Rite Aid Pharmacy.

Brandon Dean is the artistic director and conductor of the Gustavus Choir at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

Chris Hoden is operations manager of forestry for John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tom Lutz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is inventor and founder of Repour, an oxygen-absorbing bottle stopper that preserves wine by reducing oxygen levels in an open bottle to less than 0.05 percent.

Scott Vial is lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. He is assigned duty at the University of Minnesota, where he is a doctoral student in environmental health.


Erin Alberty of Salt Lake City is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist for the Salt Lake Tribune. Last October, she spoke at Luther College about sexual assault on college campuses.

Ben Barclay is a staff writer at Exhibitor magazine in Rochester, Minn.

Kerstin Hokanson earned a master’s degree in medical device quality from St. Cloud State University. She is a quality engineer at Greatbatch Medical (Integer) in Plymouth, Minn.

Emily (Bradbury) Knutson is principal second violin of the Minot (N.D.) Symphony Orchestra.

Sherri Lyons was honored for 15 years of service with Allamakee Community Schools at the district’s annual employee recognition event in May.

Angie (Johnson) Richards is area director of sales for Avra Hospitality in Rochester, Minn.

Peter Schletty is publishing technology project manager at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City, Minn.

Sharran Srivatsaa is CEO at Kingston Lane in Marina Del Rey, Calif.


Molly Goodwin is production stage manager of Oklahoma! for Gulf Coast Symphony in Fort Myers, Fla.

Anne-Marie Hanson is assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Springfield.

Joan Hernandez Lindeman is a reading specialist for the Rochester (Minn.) Public Schools and an adjunct instructor for the St. Mary’s University K–12 Reading Teacher Program and Culturally Responsive Teaching Program.

Kyle Hustedt is corporate design specialist at Flowers for Dreams in Chicago.

Carrie (Schafhauser) Wittenberg is a lighting designer at Werner Electric in Cottage Grove, Minn.


Narren Brown earned a PhD in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Iowa and is associate vice president of research and institutional effectiveness at South Central College in Faribault, Minn.

Katherine (Swenson) Cinnamo is executive director at Nexstar Legacy Foundation in St. Paul, Minn.

Kristin Dorow is an emergency room registered nurse at Seton Medical Center–Williamson in Round Rock, Texas.

Heidi (Gericke) Eickstadt earned a master of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and is pastor for discipleship at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Burke, Va.

Jamie (Thoelke) Hay is a staff division order analyst for Marathon Oil Corporation in Houston.

Andrea Leibold is a process engineer at TEL FSI in Hillsboro, Ore.

Megan (Larsen) Lovinguth is national education manager at Big Green in Boulder, Colo.

Andrew Nelson is director of campus ministry and community service at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Terra (Schwerin) and Jim Rowe live and work in Denton, Texas. Terra is assistant professor of religion and ecology at the University of North Texas, and Jim is chaplain at the Good Samaritan Society.

Joshua Shank is a lecturer of music at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Lisa Thimjon is legislative liaison for the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul.


Lynn (Bowman) Andrews is adjunct professor of dance at Alma (Mich.) College in Alma.

Amy (Colony) Black of Fort Mill, S.C., is a nurse practitioner for Carolinas HealthCare System.

Nicole (Oliver) Daeger is vice president and senior fiduciary relationship specialist at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Ann (Jacobs) Gruenig is nursing supervisor at Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota and clinical adjunct at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sarah Henning is owner and lead consultant at Shiftive in Nashville, Tenn.

Carissa Thomas completed residency training in otolaryngology head and neck surgery at the University of Colorado in Denver and is a head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction fellow at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Zach Wigle is principal of Solon (Iowa) Intermediate School.

Samuel Yamoah Jr. of Chicago is a consultant at McKinsey and Company.

Elissa Zoerb is senior marketing specialist at 1517 Media in Minneapolis.


Brian Clark is a partner at Lockridge, Grindal, and Nauen in Minneapolis. He was named one of the firm’s 2018 Rising Stars.

Sarah Corbisier teaches music and is the student support coordinator at Kongsberg (Germany) International School.

Adam Hart earned a master’s degree in secondary school administration from the University of Northern Iowa.

John Jaeger earned a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from the University of Concordia–Irvine. He is a physical education teacher and head baseball coach at Ottumwa (Iowa) High School.

Sohaib Khan of Lahore, Pakistan, earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Surrey.

Danelle Larson is senior paralegal at General Mills in Minneapolis.

Anna (Haug) Pena is service coordinator and interim director of first-year experience at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

Angie Stille is a genealogy librarian at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.

Jen Stoa is a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Madison, Wis.

Nick Torgerson is a hematology/oncology fellow at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.


Andrew Foltz-Lynch is a driver technician at Martin Health Services in Johnston, Iowa.

Angela (Reichert) Griffin is a registered nurse at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, Mich.

Karen Kaluza is associate scientific director at Articulate Science in New York City.

Megan (Finnegan) Kelly is an account manager at SS&C Technologies in Edina, Minn.

Andrew McNamara is a clinical fellow in hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Meghan (Gesing) and John Palmer ’03 are dairy farmers near Waukon, Iowa. They received a 2017 Silver Quality Award for Milk Quality from Organic Valley at the CROPP Cooperative annual meeting.

Cassidy (Sill) Reinken earned a master’s degree in education from Morningside College, a National Board Certification in art education, and a second master’s degree in educational leadership from Drake University. She is currently the magnet coordinator at Johnson STEAM Academy and recently received the I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award from the Iowa governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Kemin Industries.

Jordan Smith is a logistics specialist at Amazon Logistics in Eagan, Minn.

Dana (Strandjord) Talsness is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.


Nathaniel Anderson is rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Mass.

Mindi (Scott) Johnson is a registered nurse at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

Joseph Koenig earned a doctor of nurse anesthesia practice degree from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, in Rochester, Minn.

Carly (Elmgren) Kragthorpe teaches Spanish immersion at Eastern Carver County Schools in Chaska, Minn.

Scott Marx is senior clinical trial manager at Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, Tenn.

Tyler Schwaller earned a doctor of theology degree in New Testament and early Christianity from Harvard University and is assistant professor of religious studies at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga.

Carissa Sojka earned a master’s degree in women’s studies and a PhD in sociology from SUNY Albany.

Jonathan Stavast is a territory sales representative at Acelity in Green Bay, Wis.

Katelyn (Zuck) Turnis is pediatric nurse manager at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

Brian (Meyer) Waismeyer earned a master’s degree in information management from the University of Washington and is a UX researcher at Facebook in Seattle.

Rebecca Westphal and Chris Sorenson live in Madison, Wis. Rebecca is a technical business analyst at SSM Health, and Chris is a software developer at TDS Telecom.


Jordan Anderson is personnel security specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Lisa (Savre) Busche is assistant professor of psychology at Brevard (N.C.) College.

Sarah Carnes is chief executive officer at 9 Clouds in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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

Tess (Putnam) Cody is executive director at Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) in Ames, Iowa.

Meagan Esterby is director of youth and family ministry at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia, Minn.

Jackson Felde is sous chef at Monello Cucina in Minneapolis.

Michelle Finlon is a business analyst at GovDocs in St. Paul, Minn.

Malory (Hendrickson) Giraldo is a psychotherapist at Ellie Family Services in St. Paul, Minn.

Drew Haefner is assistant controller at Central Bancshares in Muscatine, Iowa.

Melissa Hunter earned a certificate of bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin and is the implementation director for Helse Midt-Norge Laboratories at Epic in Verona, Wis.

Sophia (Johnson) Jones is physician liaison at Doctor on Demand in St. Paul, Minn.

Lauren (Langley) Langworthy is program director at Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service in Spring Valley, Wis.

Nick Larson is territory manager at Mohawk Industries in Mendota Heights, Minn.

Carol (Reece) Ludeking is a nurse practitioner at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Joe McAndrew III is director of transportation policy at Greater Washington Partnership in Washington, D.C.

Laurie (Hockley) McKain teaches English at Laramie (Wyo.) High School.

Dave Milne is cofounder and integrator of Digital 1 and partner at CircaVista in Minneapolis.

Cale Nelson is associate actuary at Travelers Inc. in St. Paul, Minn.

Erin Odland is internal audit manager at the Toro Company in Bloomington, Minn.

Ben Parman is assistant women’s soccer coach at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Leah (Sikora) and Justin Patnode ’05 live in Eagan, Minn. Leah is a customer engagement consultant at Securian Financial Group. Justin is a real estate advisor with Engel and Völkers.

Eli Pollock teaches elementary and middle school music at Saint Thomas More Catholic School in St. Paul, Minn.

Tony Rangel earned a master’s degree in vocal music education from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn.

Jenessa (Bonikowske) Reid is a school counselor for the Stevens Point (Wis.) School District.

Christina Root is subject leader, house leader, and sixth-grade teacher at Seoul Foreign School in South Korea.

Joel Schrock is senior manager of portfolio and decision analysis at Pfizer in New York.

Amber (Holzl) Sorenson is a media specialist for the Stillwater (Minn.) Area Public Schools and a graduate student in information media at St. Cloud State University.

Elaine (Hanson) Sparrow works on the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah.

Ross Stedman is director of claims at Securian Financial Group in St. Paul, Minn.

Kristen (Learman) Stengl is the Aurora portrait photography assistant for Sean Kurdziolek Portraits and Gallery in North Pole, Alaska.

Andrew Stenson of Rochester, Minn., is a freelance opera singer. He recently passed the introductory sommelier course through the Guild of Master Sommeliers.

Joe Taylor teaches special education at the Village Community in West Branch, Iowa.

Gavin Tugana is vice president of sales and marketing at Mint Roofing in Long Lake, Minn.

Laura (Monson) Vanden Heuvel is an innovation leader at Optum Health in Bloomington, Minn.

Amanda Weber was featured in the July 27 edition of the Minneapolis StarTribune for her work with the Voices of Hope choir at the women’s state prison in Shakopee, Minn.

Seth Worthington is a veterinarian at Pepperhill Veterinary Services in Adams, Neb.


Christina Arceo of Iowa City works for University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Ashley Beek is a technical upgrade analyst at TriTech Software Systems in Decorah.

Rachel Billstein is graphic and email content specialist at Plasco ID in Miami.

Flannery Cerbin-Bohach and Adam Bohach ’06 of Decorah were both victorious in the Festival of Foods Grandad Half Marathon in La Crosse, Wis. Flannery won the 5K female division with a time of 17:46, while Adam ran the half marathon in 1:12:19, taking first place in the men’s division for the second year in a row.

Jessi Cooper works in global marketing communications for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing in St. Paul.

Laura (McCarty) Cooper earned a master of music degree in cello performance from the University of South Dakota. She teaches fourth- and fifth-grade orchestra for the Sioux Falls (S.D.) School District and is in demand as an orchestral player, chamber musician, adjudicator, and clinician.

Kristin (Flessland) Duesterhoeft earned a master’s degree in applied anthropology from the University of North Texas and is marketing product strategist at Midcontinent in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Mischa Fleishman is director of foundation and government grants at the Legal Assistance Foundation in Chicago.

Alyson Gangstee is senior financial analyst at the Toro Company in Bloomington, Minn.

Ashley Johnson is a fiduciary advisory specialist at Wells Fargo Wealth Management in Minneapolis.

Christina (Soward) Krouse-Gagne is an occupational therapist at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Kyle Lilly is senior product manager at Compass Minerals in Overland Park, Kan.

Jake Madrinich is COO at Enterprise Lighting in Waukesha, Wis.

Robert Morris is an IT support consultant at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Andrea Schiefelbein earned a PG certificate in public health with distinction and is continuing with the master’s in public health program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in England. She is lab manager and research specialist at the Skala Lab at the Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, Wis.

Jacob Waddle is head baseball coach at Illinois College in Jacksonville.

Cody Webb is an EHS manager at Stanley Engineered Fastening in Decorah.

Maia (Elgin) Wegmann earned a master of fine art degree in poetry from Louisiana State University and is an assistant professor at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

Jeff Weston earned a PhD certificate in cultural studies with an emphasis in sound studies and is a doctoral candidate in music composition and theory at the University of Pittsburgh.

Kristin Youngmeyer earned a master’s degree in public administration from Ohio State University and is a management analyst at Management Partners in Cincinnati.


Joseph Amerman is temporary administrative assistant for alumni relations at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

Tyler Bass is CEO at Recruited Athletes and owner of TBASS At Home Fitness in Plymouth, Minn.

Tyler Best is program officer for new vaccine introduction at the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

Yassie (Mesbah) Blackmon is assistant registrar at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.

Bonnie (Garvens) Brown is a fellow at Swedish Family Medicine, First Hill, in Seattle.

Anna Bullard is a multilingual language learner teacher for the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools.

Mark Burris earned a master’s degree in business administration strategy from HEC Paris and is a consultant for Tagattitude in Rocquencourt, France.

Stephanie Conant teaches science and STEM at Maury Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Makara Fairman is care specialist and team leader at CIGNA Behavioral Health in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Laura (Dietmeyer) Ferree is engagement director at YMCA at Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc, Wis.

Nate Gendron is Steel County administrative director at Fernbrook Family Center in Owatonna, Minn. He is also the head girls’ soccer coach and assistant girls’ lacrosse coach at Owatonna High School.

Jill (Bohle) Grauman earned a PhD in English, rhetoric, and professional communication, from Iowa State University. She is assistant professor of English composition at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Julie Hanson is a pediatrician at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn.

Amanda Kloser earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa. She teaches at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa.

Benjamin Kratchmer is a fine furniture designer and maker at the Perseverance Works in Decorah.

Marie Maguina Heller is a DREAMzone management intern at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Dan Offerdahl earned a master’s degree from Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and is a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall, Minn.

Joshua Qualley is senior business analyst at Allina Health in Minneapolis.

Nora Shaffer is a freelance clarinetist and private instructor in Chicago. She recently published a comprehensive intermediate scale study, Scales and Harmonic Studies for the Intermediate Clarinetist, available in many music stores or on

Gregory Shirbroun is program manager at IT Career Lab in Minneapolis.

Cari (Clabough) Thorvig of Blaine, Minn., is account executive at Thomson Reuters.

Jacob Vaith of Lake City, Minn., is senior manager, systems vulnerability and configuration management, at U.S. Bank.

Ben Zamora-Weiss is a digital media librarian at Aldis Systems in Minneapolis.


Jeni Arbuckle is director of sales at Backpacker, Climbing, and Ski magazines for Active Interest Media in Boulder, Colo.

Rachel Barclay is advancement associate at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Bhagyam earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Minnesota and is an oral and maxillofacial surgery resident at UTHealth in Houston.

Eric Boyken is a regional information security officer at Catholic Health Initiatives in Omaha, Neb.

Jesse Bunge earned a master’s degree in music education from the University of Kansas, was a guest lecturer at Wartburg College, and is a former board member for the Iowa Choral Directors Association. Jesse is director of vocal music at Eagle Valley Schools in Gypsum, Colo., and is also director of honor choir and an active clinician.

Peter Burleson is an account technician at Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty in Minneapolis.

Felecia DeJong earned a master’s degree in education/culturally responsive leadership and instruction from Drake University and teaches special education for the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools.

Michaela Hill is the program coordinator for Teach in Spain with the Council on International Educational Exchange in Andalucía.

Abigail Igo is a service automation business analyst for the Americas at 3M in Maplewood, Minn.

Christine Kennedy is an ESL teacher for the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Grant Klacan is a chemist at Pace Analytical in Oakdale, Minn.

Adam Kobler is CEO and lead consultant at Protagonist in Minneapolis.

Ryan Monroe earned a master’s degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and a master’s degree in business administration and management from Chadron State College. He is manager of corporate and community health and wellness at Vernon Memorial Healthcare in Viroqua, Wis., and Illinois state coordinator for Action for Healthy Kids.

Erik Mortens completed family medicine residency and is a physician with Unity Point Clinics in Des Moines, Iowa.

Katie Nichols is a physician assistant at Denver Health in Colorado.

Bethany (Van Sloten) and Dustin Noble live in Decorah. Bethany is a reading support teacher at Allamakee Community School District in Waukon, Iowa. Dustin is an attorney at Anderson, Wilmarth, Van Der Maaten, Belay, Fretheim, Gipp, and Zahasky Law Office.

Joshua Patterson of Rockford, Ill., is cofounder of Wabongo Leadership Council and was selected as one of the Register Star newspaper’s “People to Watch” in 2018.

Erin (Daniels) Rubach of Bettendorf, Iowa, is co-owner of R&R Family Dentistry.

Rachel Rudeen is events coordinator for the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Ellyn (Phearman) Schaupp earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis.

Kelsey (Leppert) Sjoblom is associate attorney at Duncan, Green, Brown & Langeness in Des Moines, Iowa.

Steven Yang is an actuary at New York Life in New York City.

Rachel (Albert) Yim is a visiting research specialist at the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois in Chicago.


Jenna Dosch is an accompanist at McLeod Summer Playhouse in Carbondale, Ill.

Melissa Erickson is creative marketing producer at KING 5 Television in Seattle.

Andrew Finanger is a commercial solar consultant at Independent Power Systems in Boulder, Colo.

Hannah Grundhoefer earned a master of fine arts degree in media design from Full Sail University. She is a flight attendant and inflight instructor with Endeavor Air in Minneapolis.

Meghan McCall is the policy associate and special assistant to the president at Ploughshares Fund in Washington, D.C.

Collin Meyer is advisory manager at Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Meghan Pedersen is associate manager of cause marketing and community partnerships at KARE TV 11 in Minneapolis.

Teresa Procter was one of eight ensemble members who performed for the Houston Symphony’s production of Wozzeck, which won a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

Anne Proescholdt is program associate for member services at the Wisconsin School Music Association in Madison.

Laura Reutlinger earned a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology from Minnesota State Mankato. She is employee wellness specialist at Winona (Minn.) Health. She was also the lead writer of the chapter “Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: Expanding Your Competence Zone” in the book The Peer Guide to Applied Sport Psychology for Consultants in Training.

Jessica Samuelson is visitor services specialist at the Pahranagat and Moapa National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo, Nev.

Kelsey Simpkins earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Chad Sonka is a lecturer in voice and the opera studio director at Iowa State University’s Department of Music and Theatre in Ames.

Alaina Stegehuis-Wilfer and Matthew Wilfer ’10 live in Westminster, Colo. Alaina is a registered nurse at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Matthew is a grounds and nursery worker at the University of Colorado–Boulder.

Tyler Stevenson earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and is an attorney at Koeck Kirk & Graves in Prairie Du Sac, Wis.


Nick Andresen earned a medical doctorate from the University of Iowa and is a resident physician in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. 

Alicia Findley is a child advocate at Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tyler Hagy is director of choral activities at Iowa City (Iowa) High School.

Brittany Hansen is a physical therapist at Highline Physical Therapy in Seattle.

Cooper Jacks is data records specialist in the Registrar’s Office at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Matt Key is an intelligence specialist for the U.S. Navy in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan.

Shannon Koenders earned a doctor of optometry degree from UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry. She was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa optometry academic honor society and the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society for leadership/service, was awarded AAO and VOSH student fellowships, and served as a VOSH intern and SVOSH chapter president. She was recently presented with the Good-Lite Pediatrics Award, the OWA/Luxottica Scholarship, and the UIWRSO Mission Award/Scholarship. Shannon is a resident optometrist in pediatrics, vision therapy, and neuro-optometric rehabilitation in Minneapolis.

Hannah (Buehler) and Donald Lee-Brown live in Arlington, Va. Hannah earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Kansas and is an executive fellow at Pharmacy Quality Alliance. Donald earned a PhD in physics and observational astronomy from the University of Kansas and is a data science fellow at Insight Data Science.

Kirk Lehmann is community development planner for Iowa City, Iowa.

Nicole (Hayden) McDevitt earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Iowa and is a physical therapist at Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons in Ankeny, Iowa.

Chris Paulson is ensemble services coordinator for Manhattan Concert Productions in New York City.

David Pedrick is senior technical project manager at Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta.

Erin Persick earned a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. She is an adjunct professor at Montclair (N.J.) State University.

Valerie (Krych) Peterson teaches elementary music in Rogers, Minn.

Jevita Poer is business development manager at Philips Research in the Netherlands.

Sam Simataa is a software test engineer at Preventice Technologies in Rochester, Minn.

Austen Smith is a data science consultant with Accenture in Denver.

Caitlin Stensrud-Smith of Norman, Okla., earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Mid-America Christian University.

Seth Streeter graduated from Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a family medicine resident physician at Iowa Lutheran in Des Moines.

Erik Streufert is the central materials planner at Eaton Hydraulics in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Jordan (Mortensen) Thompson is a registered nurse at Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee.

Cody Tucker is music director at Collegiate Preparatory Academy in Denver.

Katy (Lindstrom) and Tyler Van Heest ’12 live in Minneapolis. Katy earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Minnesota. Tyler earned a medical doctorate from the University of Minnesota and is an otolaryngology head and neck surgery resident physician at the university.

Devan (Benjamin) Weinberg earned a master’s degree in literacy education from Drake University. She is an instructional coach for the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools.

Chelsea Weiss is a team lead and integration architect at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.

Andrew Wilbur is a risk advisory services consultant at RSM US in Davenport, Iowa.

Emily Wonder is an occupational therapy assistant at Sensory Therapeutic Occupational Therapy Clinic in Roscoe, Ill.


Anna Arbisi is a registered nurse at Allina Health in St. Paul, Minn.

Talia Barber is a data analyst at INVO PEO in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Ellen Behrens is the training and standards administrator for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Food and Feed Safety Division in St. Paul.

Laura Davis and Matthew Jaronik live in Wasilla, Alaska. Laura teaches third grade at Larson Elementary School, and Matthew teaches high school for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.

Lauren (Meintsma) Dosland is senior communications specialist at UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka, Minn.

Cate (Anderson) Duin is a teaching assistant at McGill University in Montreal, Québec, Canada.

Brooke (Johnson) Eppen is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Kristen Flak teaches grades 6–8 orchestra for the Middleton–Cross Plains (Wis.) Area School District.

David Geist sings for Cantus Vocal Ensemble, an eight-member men’s a cappella group, in Minneapolis.

Chloe Gumpert earned a medical doctorate from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and is a resident physician in pediatric medicine at the University of Washington–Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Rich Holton of San Francisco played the role of Ethan in the Lake Forest, Illinois, Citadel Theatre’s production of Sex with Strangers during the 2017–18 season. He also appeared in a recent television episode of Chicago PD.

Carrie Juergens is PR coordinator at Cura Cannabis Solutions in Portland, Ore.

Eric Klein is director of youth and family ministry at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Iowa City, Iowa.

Jess Landgraf is service manager at Erik’s Bike, Board, and Ski Store in Roseville, Minn.

David Mendez was the choreographer for New Minowa Players’ summer production of The Drowsy Chaperone, shown in Decorah.

Mariah (Mierau) and Andrew Nelson ’13 live and work in Rochester, Minn. Mariah is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic, and Andrew is a prosthetist/orthotist at Limb Lab.

Colleen Oster of Minneapolis earned a master’s degree in creative practice from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England.

Regina Preston is a business administrator at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Michelle Schieber is material planner scheduler at Ingersoll Rand in Memphis, Tenn.

Rebekah Schulz is office manager at Champion Naturopathic Health in Minnetonka, Minn.

Angela Stancato is the digital content strategist at Omnivore in Milwaukee.

Emily Vander Stel is an international accountant for John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa.


Anna Avila earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Andrew Burgmeier is account manager at Proto Labs in Maple Plain, Minn.

Tyler Carpenter is a process technician at Plastipak Packaging in Medina, Ohio.

Lucas Chase is ticket services supervisor at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minn., and box office manager at Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona, Minn. He also serves on the member board of directors for Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie, Wis.

Nichole Clemens is a reading tutor with AmeriCorps in Duluth, Minn., and a site facilitator for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines. 

Tyler Crowe is a research assistant in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City.

Samuel Cychosz is project and data coordinator at Century Link in Anoka, Minn.

Katherine Dick earned a juris doctor degree from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Melody Elele is a consulting analyst for UnitedHeath Group in Minneapolis.

Stephanie (Lake) Eliason is an administrative assistant for TRIO Student Support Services at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D.

Stephanie (Riles) Hyland is an accounts receivable specialist for Terex Corporation in Waverly, Iowa.

Timmah Kamoto is cofounder of SowTech in Zambia.

Matt Knutson is vocal music director at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley, Minn.

Alex Kokkinen is a data analyst at Banner Engineering in Minneapolis.

Libby Logsden is a senior accountant at UnitedHealth Group in Minneapolis.

Thomas Lundberg is project coordinator at the HCI Group in Jacksonville, Fla.

Allison (Vollinger) Mortens is customer success manager at Akita Box in Madison, Wis.

Owen Neubauer is committee legislative assistant for the Minnesota Senate in St. Paul.

Jessica Olson is a neurosurgery nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital–Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Nathaniel Plass teaches English language and literature at the American College of Sophia (Bulgaria).

Hailey Prohaska is a third-year veterinary medicine student studying mixed small animal and large animal medicine and a Ko Lab Reproductive Biology research student at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, Ill.

Jordan (Kuchera) Pugleasa is a service member with the Minnesota Reading Corps in St. Paul.

Colton Rasmussen is chief financial officer and director of marketing and advertising at Zimprovements in Rochester, Minn.

Arturo Rico is assistant director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment at the College of Wooster (Ohio).

Nick Scheffert is a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness in Rochester, Minn.

Kayla (Gregg) and Matthew Scheidle live in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Kayla teaches second grade at Edison Elementary School, and Matthew is a behavior specialist for the Council Bluffs Community School District.

Nicole Schmidt is a financial aid advisor at Capella University in Minneapolis.

Aldon Severson is senior project coordinator at Korn Ferry Hay Group in Minneapolis.

Benjamin Warner was selected to receive a Fulbright Award to study in Laos.

Anna Burke Weckwerth collaborated on a paper, “Herbaceous vascular flora of forested seep wetlands in Winneshiek County, Iowa,” published in the Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science.

David Zalk is a senior consultant for cyber risk strategy and governance at Deloitte in Minneapolis.


Laurie (Dahlstrom) Adrian teaches third grade for the Postville (Iowa) Community Schools.

Kelsey Agather is marketing communications officer assistant as Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in Minneapolis.

Jack Alger is an accountant for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

Rachel Amerman is a member of AmeriCorps in Minneapolis.

Kristin Anderson is a graphic designer at Holden Village in Chelan, Wash.

Betsy Austin is an upper elementary music specialist at the Universal American School in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Zoe Bachman is VISTA volunteer coordinator at Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Ellen Badger is a field research assistant at Thunder Basin Grasslands Prairie Eco-System Association in Douglas, Wyo.

Erika Balk of St. Paul, Minn., is a project manager and business process analyst at Optum.

Allison Bansen is volunteer coordinator at Oregon Food Bank in Portland.

Cody Berger is a financial advisor at Meridian, formerly called Minneapolis Financial Group, in Minneapolis.

Jordan Blank is a K3 scholar coach for Minnesota Reading Corps in St. Paul.

Nathan Bloechl is the sports and news director and play-by-play broadcaster for KHBT Radio 97.7 in Humboldt, Iowa.

Samantha (Pisney) Bohr is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Rebecca Boyken is assistant manager at Hy-Vee in Mason City, Iowa.

Erin Bradley is a software developer at Travelers Insurance in Minneapolis.

Alex Brandt is case coordinator at Nokomis Health in Minneapolis.

Clare Brandt is audit coordinator at Green Iowa AmeriCorps in Iowa City.

Brady Brinkmeyer is director of concierge services at NFC Amenity Management in Asbury Park, N.J.

Emma Brown is research project coordinator at Compendium Partners in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kylie (Kruse) Brown is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Michael Bruins is a CollegePoint coach for College Possible in St. Paul, Minn.

Hannah Butler is a freelance production assistant in Chicago.

Sandra Cardenas is a registered nurse at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Alexander Catena teaches English at CEIP Rosalía de Castro in Madrid, Spain.

Matthew Christopherson is operations assistant at Graham Automotive in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Jonathan Cochrane is senior research analyst of technology deployment at UnitedHealth Medicare & Retirement and senior business analyst for Optum, UnitedHealth Group, in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Anna DeHerder is a specialist teacher at STEP Academy in St. Paul, Minn.

Carly Densmore is staff accountant at Ernst & Young in Minneapolis.

Bailey Devine is senior demand forecast analyst for home automation at Best Buy in Richfield, Minn.

Dorjee Dhondup is a software developer at Fastenal Company in Winona, Minn.

Audry Dontje Lindell is youth and family coordinator at Concordia Lutheran Church in Superior, Wis., and assistant director at Camp Amnicon.

Coriann Dorgay earned a master’s degree in clinical lab science from Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, and is a medical technologist and clinical lab scientist at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Milwaukee.

Emily Dufford is a service member with FoodCorps in Waterville, Maine.

Alyssa Dutkanych is an intern at the Annoyance Theatre and Bar in Chicago.

Samantha Ea volunteers at Young Adults in Global Mission in Beit Sahour, Palestine.

Lydia Eager is relationship manager at JetClosing in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Gabriel Eide works at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce in Decorah.

Maxfield Elliot is a customer retention specialist at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

Elyssa Eull is a restoration technician at Landbridge Ecological in St. Paul, Minn.

Aaron Fargo is a tax consultant at Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Megan Feltes is an account manager at BeneUSA in Chanhassen, Minn.

James Foster teaches English at Hangzhou New Oriental School in Zhejiang, China.

Eddie Freier is an accountant at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause in Minneapolis.

Wesley Frye is a collaborative pianist at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and tenor II section leader at the Church of Saint Louis, King of France, in St. Paul, Minn.

Rachel Fyfe teaches fourth grade at Beattie Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb.

Kalla Galyon is office manager for Garrett Larson at State Farm Insurance in Minneapolis.

Meredith Gantner is a mental health practitioner at Therapy Connections in Edina, Minn.

Emily Gehlsen is HR assistant at CLUES in St. Paul, Minn.

Web Gehring is ministry associate at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Grand Forks, N.D.

Adam Graf is program support specialist at Wisconsin Youth Company in Madison.

Sean Guerra is account services senior associate and ASO banking analyst at Cigna in Greenwood Village, Colo.

Paul Gustafson is a loan document specialist at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Spencer Hackler is an ASD paraprofessional at Century High School in Rochester, Minn.

Erik Hahn is a pharmacokineticist at Array BioPharma in Boulder, Colo.

Sydney (Gehrt) Hain is an educational specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Kelsey Hansen is a physical therapy student at the Mayo School of Health Sciences and a physical therapy technician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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

Josh Harper is a group leader at Wisconsin Youth Company in Madison.

Miriam Harries earned a master’s degree in entertainment technology from Carnegie Mellon University and is a game designer at Schell Games in Pittsburgh.

Ben Harrison is sports editor and community manager at Playbuzz in Nashville, Tenn.

Andrew Hartmann is a team lead at Mill Havel Foods in New Lisbon, Wis.

Kayla Harwick graduated from the addiction counseling certificate program at Winona State University in Rochester, Minn. She is an eating disorder technician at the Emily Program. She is also secretary for Sing Out Loud and a placement nanny for College Nannies, Sitters, and Tutors.

Jesslyn Hendrickson is a medical scribe at Emergency Care Consultants in Minneapolis.

Margaret Hill is an orthopedic registered nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Connor Hoff is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, a student worker paraprofessional at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and a research intern for the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul.

Landi Huang earned a master of business and science degree in analytics from Rutgers University and is a digital marketing analytics intern at Philips Lighting in Somerset, N.J.

Kavindra Illanco is a management trainee at John Keells Holdings in Sri Lanka.

Carli (Radil) Jentz is an advisory services consultant at Optum and senior research analyst at UnitedHealth Group in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Kathryn Johnson is a bank teller at Earlham Savings Bank in West Des Moines, Iowa, and wellness center staff at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines.

Natalee Johnson is a global mobility specialist at Plus Relocation Services in Minneapolis.

Zoe Johnson is a registered nurse at the Mother Baby Center in Excelsior, Minn.

Kajsa Jones is managing director at Merrill Community Arts Center in Woodbury, Minn.

Lily Jorgensen is cybersecurity awareness lead at Adient in Milwaukee.

Nicole Kahugu is reproductive health program assistant at Population Services International in Nairobi, Kenya.

Erin Kammer is an on-premise recruiter at Aerotek in Rochester, Minn.

Anna Karnitz is emergency department health unit coordinator at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Max Kemp is a customer service representative at Sysmex America in Mundelein, Ill.

Ehren Kluge is an application support engineer at Merrill Corporation in St. Paul, Minn.

Kyle Knudson is field energy specialist for Tesla in Bloomington, Minn.

Brandi Knupp is an accounting associate at Elire in Minneapolis.

David Kort is manager of the floor-coverings department at Menards in Green Bay, Wis.

Katherine Kovacovich is senior program associate at Brainfood for Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Washington, D.C.

Emily Lange is an administrative assistant at FourPoint Energy in Denver.

Katie Larson is a counseling associate at Thurgood Marshall Academy for Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Washington, D.C.

Logan Larson earned a master of music degree in composition from the University of Kansas and is a doctoral student in music composition at the University of Miami.

Emilie Lenz is program instructor for HomeBase for the Wayzata (Minn.) Public Schools.

Peter Lillibridge is facilities manager at Round Rock (Texas) Multipurpose Complex.

Mike Loher is an analytical chemist with Lutonix in New Hope, Minn.

Zachary Louwagie is an assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis.

David Lowe is a land acquisition financial analyst at Lennar in San Antonio, Texas.

Katie Lower is director of economic development for Elkader, Iowa.

Nicole (Larsen) Lucas is a pediatric and prenatal genetic counselor at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Matthew Lunning is territory manager for Hormel Foods in Bethlehem, Pa.

Jeremy Maas earned a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Tonderai Mabvure is a quality control lab analyst at 3M in St. Paul, Minn.

Ian Macpherson is a staff athletic trainer with Memorial Health at the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design.

Eyala Manga teaches French at Mes Amis French School in Anoka, Minn.

Robert Manges is a research assistant at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Marfiano Manuel is volunteer support assistant for the U.S. Peace Corps in Timor-Leste.

Tricia (Glotfelty) Martin is an accounts clerk at Lee Enterprises in Davenport, Iowa.

Sarah McKay is a registered nurse with Allina Health in St. Paul, Minn.

Nathan Meyer is audit senior assistant at Deloitte & Touche in Minneapolis.

Sylvester Mhlanga is financial aid administrator at Capella University in Minneapolis.

Lindsay (Lovaas) Millea is a case manager at Bethany for Children and Families in Moline, Ill.

Jacob Miller is a technical sourcing recruiter for Amazon in Seattle.

Sarah (Eckhert) Moen is a talent development and training specialist at TriTech Software Systems in Decorah.

Tyler Moon is food service manager for Aramark in Rosemount, Minn.

Jenna Myers is a medical scribe with Elite Medical Scribes in Bloomington, Minn.

Bjorn Myhre is a creative producer at Novartis in Basel, Switzerland.

Genevieve Myran is the weddings and events assistant at Chanhassen (Minn.) Dinner Theatre.

Jenna Nelson is marketing assistant at the Quarto Group in Minneapolis.

Robbie Nesmith is a software development engineer for Amazon in Seattle.

Josh Olson is choir director at Merrill (Wis.) High School.

Brian Paulsrud is a pharmaceutical supply chain coordinator at the University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City.

Blake Peterson is assistant baseball coach at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn.

Breanne Pierce is a loan servicing specialist at Wells Fargo in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Lexie Polk is real estate services administrator at CBRE in Bannockburn, Ill.

Laura Post is a clinical lab technologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Anneliese Preus is a registered nurse at Allina Health in St. Paul, Minn.

Laura Proescholdt is development and policy associate at Minnesota Housing Partnership in St. Paul.

Erik Queoff earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, and is assistant track and field coach at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wis.

Michael Rahman of Eagan, Minn., is vice president at College Works Painting.

Rachel Rem is a behavioral therapist at the Rochester (Minn.) Center for Autism.

Sarah Rickertsen is an administrative assistant at A La Carte Creative Group in Spring Park, Minn.

Jessica Ries-Wandrey is a cardiac care unit nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Karyn Saathoff is an EdVenture program mentor at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gabe Saemisch is a senior business analyst with UnitedHealth Group in Minneapolis.

Fred Scaife teaches music for the Wapsie Valley Community Schools in Fairbank, Iowa.

Sara Schloesser is an online coach at Beach Body and assistant manager at Maurices in Decorah.

Isabel Scoblic is a registered nurse at UCHealth Cancer Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

Bethany Seavers Templeton teaches for the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston.

Dylan Smallwood is a commercial loan officer at First Farmers and Merchants Bank in Stewartville, Minn.

Jessica Speicher is the athletic trainer at Cresco (Iowa) High School and a graduate student in sports administration at Upper Iowa University.

Cierra Stafford is order coordinator at JM Swank in North Liberty, Iowa.

Ellie Strube teaches kindergarten for the Rutherford County Schools in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Isak Swanson is research intern at Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.

Ethan Taylor is a native English teacher at EPIK in Busan, South Korea.

Koffi Tchalla is a sales consultant at Enterprise Car Sales in Burnsville, Minn.

Emma Tebben teaches elementary music and band at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, Mexico.

Kassondra (Johnson) Thompson is an HR assistant at Manko Window Systems in Des Moines, Iowa.

Ashley Tobias is a social worker for Wright County (Minn.) Human Services Agency.

Ivy Truong is assurance staff at Ernst & Young in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Adam Turner is account administrator at Lockton Companies in Chicago.

Melissa VanBenthuysen is a pharmacy technician at CVS Pharmacy in Lakeville, Minn.

Kaleb Van Gerpen is an application programmer analyst at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Emilee Velander teaches Spanish at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colo.

Ryan Vijums is a product developer at Post Consumer Brands in Lakeville, Minn.

Katherine Vorderbruggen is a global affairs policy officer at the 1989 Generation Initiative in London, England.

Mary Claire Vuckovich is program and events coordinator for the Old Masters Society of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tyler Walls of Kansas City, Mo., earned an MBA degree in organizational development from Upper Iowa University and is director of business development for the university.

Janele (Holt) Waterman is the university advancement data assistant at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.

Jayse Weaver is a research technologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

William Weeks of Minneapolis is a flight attendant for SkyWest Airlines.

Evan Woodard is a software engineer at TSI Incorporated in Shoreview, Minn.

Jackson Woolems is sales service representative at Cintas in Minneapolis.

Molly (Brown) Wright works in sales and marketing at Brown-Wilbert in Roseville, Minn.


Hannah Bernatz is merchandiser and on-premise sales representative at Breakthru Beverage Group in Hartland, Wis.

Berit Breed is client service coordinator at Bluetree Network in Madison, Wis.

Erin Danielson is a community partnerships team member at College Possible in St. Paul, Minn.

Betsy Fawcett teaches English language at the London School of English in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Elizabeth Hardy is an adoption worker at Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Kayla Ingvalson teaches sixth grade in the Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District.

Haley Jensen is a registered nurse at Allina Health in Minneapolis.

Kyle Knoke is an associate analyst at Nordic Consulting Partners in Madison, Wis.

Dagny LeMunyon is staff assistant for Congressman Tom Emmer (R-Minn., Sixth District) with the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Allison Martin is an accountant for CiftonLarsonAllen in Minneapolis.

Eva Peterson teaches English as a second language as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa.

Emma Radtke is associate director of the Minnesota Shopping Center Association in Minneapolis.

Rachel Reimann is head athletic trainer at Fountain Hills (Ariz.) High School.

Jack Ross is a graphic designer at Scholarship America in Minneapolis.

Erin Runquist is project coordinator at Abbott in St. Paul, Minn.

Rebecca Rye is office assistant at Bridges of Hope in Brainerd, Minn.

Jacob Sund teaches fourth grade at Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa. During the summer, he works for the Johns Hopkins Center for Gifted and Talented Youth in Bristol, R.I.

Adrianna Vazquez is promise fellow at Minnesota Alliance With Youth in St. Paul.


Geoffrey Dyck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a field organizer for NextGen America.

Olivia Hawkins is an application engineer at Mechdyne Corporation in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Annalise Johnson is a multimedia journalist for KIMT Television in Rochester, Minn.

Shannon Ziebol is a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.