Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2018

2000–2009 / 2010–2018


Ryan Bye is a process and solution advisor at Cargill in Hopkins, Minn.

Katie (Brunner) Ellingson is an instructional aide in the West De Pere (Wis.) School District.

Adam Johnson is a manager at Wipfli in Milwaukee.


Phil Assmus is a senior staff associate at the National Association of Clean Air Agencies in Washington, D.C.

Mollie Busta Lange is the host of Mollie B. Polka Party, a national television show on RFD-TV. New episodes will air this year on the Farm and Ranch network. She was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in September 2018. She also appears (as herself) in Clint Eastwood’s latest movie, The Mule, starring Bradley Cooper.

Les Hollingsworth is director of the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.

Melody Jordahl-Iafrato of Indianapolis is a physician and assistant program director at the Community Health East Family Medicine Residency and chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Continuing Professional Development.

Yuliya Maksimova is lead business system analyst at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Des Moines, Iowa.

Natalie Mindrum is chief of staff to the CEO of United Airlines in Chicago.

Erica (Rach) Winters teaches music at Meadowview Elementary School in Farmington, Minn., and was recently named Teacher of the Year for the Farmington School District.


Kate (Lawrence) Baker is an agent with Moore Creative Talent and co-owner of Bloom Events in Minneapolis.

Brendan Dolan is dealer relations and commercial contracting counsel at Polaris Industries in Medina, Minn.

Rachel (Johnson) Gens earned a specialist in educational leadership degree from Minnesota State University–Mankato and is the curriculum and instruction director for the Bloomington (Minn.) Public Schools.

Jennifer Gulsvig of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., is a freelance music educator specializing in competitive show choir programs.

Marta (Lane) and Mark Leach ’98 live in Shakopee, Minn. She is senior L&D business partner at Schwan’s Company. He is senior supply planner at Cargill.

Stacie Mickens is associate professor of horn at the University of North Texas in Denton.

Jennifer Putzier is director of the Batavia Depot Museum for the Batavia (Ill.) Park District.

Melissa Willenborg is an orthopedic surgeon at ArnotHealth in Elmira, N.Y.

Mary (Wilgenbusch) Yamoah is principal at St. Michael Catholic School in Prior Lake, Minn.

Sarah (Belz) Zumbahlen is claims legal counsel at BITCO in Davenport, Iowa. In 2017 she won the Property and Liability Research Bureau’s Outstanding Presentations Award for her presentation on handling large liability claims. She is also the 2019 Gala Planning Committee chair for Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center in the Quad Cities.


Aaron Barnes is a supervisor in the Special Education Division at the Minnesota Department of Education in Roseville.

Peter Eliason is director of analytics and data science at Revel in Minneapolis.

Josh Klaetsch is a portfolio manager for real estate securities at Securian Asset Management in St. Paul, Minn.

Jim Kowitz is an assistant director in brand, marketing, and communications at Ernst & Young in Minneapolis.

Andrea Leibold is a competence engineer at ASML in Portland, Ore.

Randy Mack is practice area director at Slalom Consulting in Chicago.

Lindsay (Moss) Millard is owner of Lindsay’s Flower Patch in Orange City, Iowa.

John Povolny teaches band at John Glenn Middle School in North St. Paul, Minn.

Justin Sands is director of choirs at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Joshua Westgaard teaches geography and coaches varsity football and baseball for the Bennington (Neb.) Public Schools.

Beth Willer is the founder and leader of the Lorelei Ensemble. The Boston-based vocal ensemble’s mission is to uplift female singers and reimagine medieval, Renaissance, and baroque repertoire. Lorelai performed at Luther last fall as part of the Center Stage Series.

Amber Wilson is a clinical social worker and therapist at Synergy Clinical Services of Central Iowa in Des Moines.


Bridget Boehmer-Campbell is a clinical social worker for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Thomson, Ill.

Henry Cruz is owner of Northland Trucking Enterprises in Los Angeles.

Sarah (Braun) Ekenberg is marketing manager, PR and media for Protolabs in Maple Plain, Minn.

Anna Haugen is a pastor at Naselle Lutheran Church in Chinook, Wash.

Mandy Henderson is a mental health practitioner for the Open Door Autism Project in Lafayette, Colo.

Jen (Rogers) Levisen is communications director for Mortarr, an online inspiration and networking platform for commercial construction and design in Albert Lea, Minn.

Rachel Miller-Bleich is a nonprofit governance consultant at MillerBleich Consulting in Arlington, Va.

Phil Pappano is manager of clinical applications for Epic Learning and Development at HealthPartners in Minneapolis.

Nick Peter is the orchestra hall event and facility sales manager at Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis.

Ryan Sommers is director of clinical services at the Wilshire Group in Sierra Madre, Calif.

Karisa (Jensen) Thompson is an adoption finalization coordinator at Lund Family Center in Burlington, Vt. Last summer, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute gave her the Angel in Adoption Award for her work in the field of adoption and permanency.

Hans Thurmer is a chiropractor at Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis.

Cherise (Olson) Weber is an operations analyst for Wells Fargo in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Rachel Breitenbach-Dirks teaches sixth-grade writing, ninth-grade English, eleventh-grade speech and creative writing, and twelfth-grade American literature and world literature. She is also the extracurricular drama director for one-act and spring plays for the Mabel-Canton (Minn.) Schools.

Sarah (Gibson) Elliott is category manager for North America nutrition at PepsiCo in Chicago.

Rachel Faust is a cardiac transplant social worker at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Tammy (Michels) Folstad is a pharmacy technician and inventory manager at Donlon Snyder Pharmacy in Decorah.

Margaret Gill is assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. This year, she received the school’s Clarence F. Dissinger Award for Junior Faculty. She was selected for her tireless effort to include and engage students in the research process and for supporting students presenting and attending professional meetings and conferences.

Elise (Chesley) Hasche is office administrator and director of youth and family ministry at West Nidaros Lutheran Church in Crooks, S.D.

Elliot Jordan is a senior Mac engineer at Nordstrom in Seattle.

Kim (Williams) Michlin is a learning specialist at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Minn.

Stephanie Mock is manager of the Victim Resource Center for the Wisconsin Department of Justice in Madison.

Dain TePoel earned a PhD in American studies (sport studies) from the University of Iowa and is an assistant professor at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa.

Yasmin Wilkinson is director of strategic relationships and initiatives at BP Oil in Houston.


Celina (Bortz) Alvin earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Viterbo University. She is a technology integration specialist at Fall River School District in Beaver Dam, Wis.

Angela (Reichert) Griffin is an intensive care unit nurse at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, Mich.

Kristen (Thompson) Moon teaches orchestra for the Hastings (Minn.) Public Schools.

Laura (Elliott) Nelson teaches K–2 music at Northeast Elementary School in Glenwood, Iowa.

Justin Papka is senior manager of grants and contracts at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Brie (Corfman) Taralson is director of clinic operations for Allina in New Ulm, Minn.

Veronica (Alzalde) Wells of Stockton, Calif., is coauthor of The Historical Dictionary of the American Music Industry.


Duffey Ainsworth is IT project manager at Cummins in Nashville, Tenn.

Kelsey (Mackereth) Blinn of Mounds View, Minn., is a certified occupational therapy assistant for Encore Rehabilitation Services.

Kurt Gulsvig works for Movement Talent Agency in North Hollywood, Calif.

Katie (Treichel) Hallum
is the lead speech-language pathologist at Adventist Health Bakersfield (Calif.)Medical Center.

Amber Hill is owner and mediator at Hilltop Mediation in Denver.

Mark Jensen is vice president and commercial/agricultural loan office manager at CUSB Bank in Cresco, Iowa. In November, he was reelected as commissioner for the Winneshiek County Soil and Water District.

Amy (Schmeidel) Klein is a palliative care physician and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Nelli (Salwolke) Logan is a project specialist at Midwestern BioAg in Blue Mounds, Wis.

Karin Maxey is a visiting lecturer at the World Languages Center at Northeastern University in Boston.

Carissa Sojka is assistant professor at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

Morgan (Waterstraat) Woods is associate doctor at Erickson Chiropractic in Faribault, Minn.


Jordan Anderson is a security analyst at RAND Corporation in Arlington, Va.

Sadie (Hemmerich) Ash is owner of SE Hemmerich Tax and Accounting Services in Milaca, Minn.

Lindsey (Bulger) Bina is pastor at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minn.

Joey Corbin is head engineer for the Department of Academic Administration at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Kylie (Toomer) Gougler earned a doctorate in music from the University of Iowa and is assistant professor of voice at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa.

Katie (Meyer) Hunerdosse of Austin, Minn., illustrated the children’s book The Monster Dog: A Small Dog with a Big Attitude by Carmen Tribbett.

Kris Klein is assistant professor of planetary sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Rachel (Donahoe) Marquardt is counsel at ACT in Iowa City, Iowa.

Nicole (Johnson) Pachon is a registered nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Kelly Rodger earned a master’s degree in children, youth, and family ministry from Luther Seminary. She is director of elementary ministry at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, Minn.

Kyle Schroeder is assistant baseball coach at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

Margit (Severson) Speckeen is a strings instructor at Leithold Music in La Crosse, Wis.

Amanda Weber earned a doctorate in conducting from the University of Minnesota and is interim director of choral ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.


Liz (Hansen) and Steve Cox ’07 live in Huntersville, N.C. She is a major gifts officer at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He is business development manager at HandCraft Services in Charlotte, N.C.

Thomas Ingram Jr. earned a master’s degree in education from DePaul University. He is lead counselor at Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy in Gary, Ind.

Ashley Johnson is a fiduciary advisory specialist 2 at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

Andrew Paa is enrollment marketing associate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Lauren (Schauer) Ronning is a classified assistant at Lund Food Holdings in Edina, Minn.

Carrie (Harris) Schmitz earned a master’s degree in literacy education from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

Anthony Snitker is a police dispatcher for the San Marino (Calif.) Police Department. Last June, he finished the San Diego 100-Mile Endurance Run in 22:42:42, placing first in his age group and eighth overall.


Bonnie (Garvens) Brown joined the faculty at the University of Montana Family Medicine Residency in Missoula.

Alexandra (Larson) Groten earned a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She is a registered dietitian for the Dakota County Public Health Department in St. Paul, Minn.

Nana Kwapong is an inbound marketing consultant at Avidly Agency in Oslo, Norway.

Sky Macklay earned a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from Columbia University. She is assistant professor of music at Valparaiso (Ind.) University.

Efe (Mensah-Brown) Sellu teaches seventh-grade math at St. Louis Park (Minn.) Middle School.

Aaron Shatzer is lead associate actuary at PacificSource Health Plans in Springfield, Ore.

Tiffany (Malanaphy) Zweibohmer is a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.


Katie Deaver is director of music at Marquette (Mich.) Hope United Methodist Faith Community.

Braulio Dumba earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Minnesota and is a research staff member at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

Lucas Holsten graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and is associate pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jamestown, N.D.

Lisa (Harney) Lansdon earned a PhD in genetics from the University of Iowa. She is a laboratory genetics and genomics fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Rewant Lokesh earned an MBA from Symbiosis International University in India.

Kyle McGivney was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone commander of zone 9, Marion and Ralls counties, for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Alex Pehler teaches at Lincoln School in Heredia, Costa Rica.

Charles Rasmussen is on the cello and Suzuki faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. Centaur Records recently released his solo cello CD, Joseph-Marie-Clément Dall’Abaco: 11 Capricci.

Karl Streufert is director of finance at Saint Francis Center in Denver.

Katie Terhune and Kacey Wyttenhove are co-owners of Cream and Amber, a new and used bookstore serving Minnesota craft beer and coffee in Hopkins, Minn.

Rick Westermann is vice president of marketing and sales at LCS in Des Moines, Iowa.


Katie Carnes and Michael Noltner work in boost services at Epic in Verona, Wis.

Alex Clark earned a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and was ordained at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. He is pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Adam Dane is an academic advisor at the University of Colorado–Boulder.

Jens Erickson is a health and safety consultant at the Institute for Environmental Assessment in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Aaron Hoffland is an IT analyst at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Hannah Janaky of Kettering, Ohio, is the youth services assistant at Washington Centerville Public Library.

Jasper Kange of Baltimore is a graphic designer at 2U.

Paige (Ofstedahl) Knight is a research and policy analyst with New Mexico Voices for Children in Albuquerque.

Dane Larson is senior mortgage consultant at Tradition Mortgage in Lakeville, Minn.

Kim Larson is program manager at Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin in Madison.

Samuel Libra completed coursework for a doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance at the University of Washington and is associate organist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.

Allison Schnier is a general music specialist for the Elmbrook School District in Brookfield, Wis.

Collin Schultz earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from A.T. Sill University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo.

Katie (Johnston) Vick is senior account credit manager at John Deere Financial in Madison, Wis.

Xiao Xie of Charlotte, N.C., is a quantitative finance analyst at Bank of America.


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

Andrew Bentz is a lab technician at DuPont Industrial Biosciences in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Emily (Banitt) Conery is an admissions coordinator and mental health practitioner at People Incorporated in St. Paul, Minn.

Anna DiCecco is community relations specialist for the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers in Sunrise.

Sophia (Brown) Engelman earned a master of science degree in education from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. She received the 2018 CAS Academic Achievement Graduate Student Award and was the 2018 University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Graduate Student of the Year. She is assistant director and academic specialist at the Student Success Center at North Central University in Minneapolis.

Tyler Hagy is director of choral activities at Iowa City (Iowa) High School. He conducts the select concert choir, the 9–12 grade choir, and the 4th Avenue Jazz varsity show choir. He also serves as the artistic lead for the biennial Masterworks concert.

Megan Hatfield of Durham, N.C., was one of 36 Duke University Health System nurses to win a 2018 Friends of Nursing Award, the Norma L. Harris Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Phoebe Jan-McMahon earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is an art instructor at Clinton (Iowa) Community College. In October, her exhibit The Adjacent was on display at Luther’s Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery.

Adam Lapp is a project accountant at M.A. Mortenson Construction in Minneapolis.

Teddy Ortega of Grover Beach., Calif., is senior front-end engineer for in New York City.

Emily (Schneider) Stelken is a computed tomography technologist at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

Katy (Lindstrom) Van Heest is an occupational therapist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Chelsea Wyman is an outreach librarian at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.

Jessica Zenchak earned a master’s degree in neuroscience from Central Michigan University. She is a doctoral student in veterinary medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing.


Benjamin Anderson teaches math and science for the Willmar (Minn.) Public Schools.

Ingrid Baudler earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Colorado Law School. She is an attorney at Redfern, Mason, Larsen, and Moore in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Ellen Behrens is a research technologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Jaimie (Rasmussen) Burk is senior account executive at Catapult Marketing in Minneapolis.

Del Ciucci earned a master’s degree in business administration from Bemidji State University. He is the assistant athletic performance coach at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Becca Dugdale is senior financial reporting analyst at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

Kelsey Gunderson is a digital marketing analyst at cj Advertising in Nashville, Tenn.

Jocelyn (Petersen) Kalal teaches first grade at College Prep Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn.

Hannah Lindblom is a teller at Viking State Bank and Trust in Decorah.

Alexandria (Bandy) Morgan is a registered nurse at Prairie River Home Care in Rochester, Minn.

Naomi Sandgren teaches fourth grade in the New Prague (Minn.) Area Schools.

Anna (Murray) Schwering was elected to the board of directors of Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, a professional performing arts company in Milwaukee.

Amanda Take of Forest City, Iowa, earned a master’s degree in curriculum design and instruction from Buena Vista University.


Mullen (Wacker) Beisker of Waukon, Iowa, earned a master’s degree in professional school counseling from Buena Vista University.

Leah Broderick Niedermann works in admissions and recruiting for Elon (N.C.) University.

Cassie Campbell of West Des Moines, Iowa, is a home preservation specialist at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Becca Chapin is a stitcher for Bethany Joy Costumes in New York City.

Christine (O’Brien) and Jimmy Deignan live in St. Louis Park, Minn. She teaches seventh-grade English at Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School. He teaches vocal music at PiM Arts High School.

Rigzin Dolma earned a master’s degree in data science from the University of St. Thomas. She is a data analyst at Allina Health in St. Paul, Minn.

Michael Ehrecke is an admissions counselor at Midland University in Fremont, Neb.

Megan Gelsinger is a graduate student in statistics at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Maggie (Steinberg) Hagen led a discussion on Luther College’s history and her experiences on campus during a public forum in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall last October. The discussion, “Here We Stand: Reflections on Luther’s Radical History and Legacy,” was part of Luther’s yearlong commemoration of the founding of the Black Student Union 50 years ago. Hagen is program assistant for workplace justice and education at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Kayla Herman is an HR generalist for National Flood Services in Chicago.

Dietrich Jessen is a client development and education specialist at Traust Consulting in Minneapolis.

Hanna Knutson is a product and brand developer for Colored Organics in Minneapolis.

Katherine Kust earned a master of social work degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and works as a mental health practitioner II at Fraser Autism Center in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Aaron Kvale teaches high school Spanish for the Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools in Cresco, Iowa.

Katherine Langston is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Jacob Lembezeder is a business development representative for Sovos Compliance in Minnetonka, Minn.

Tanya Meyer earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minn.

James Odegaard is a sales coordinator at Epic Systems in Verona, Wis.

Laura Peterson teaches fourth grade for Wayzata (Minn.) Public Schools.

Abby Powell is headquarters coordinator at Arlo Hotel Soho in New York City.

Katelynn Richman is a graduate student in the physician assistant program at the University of Dubuque in Iowa.

Kaia Sand earned a master’s degree in music from the University of Oklahoma. She teaches ESL online for VIPKID and is a self-employed freelance oboist and teacher.

Ashley (Brown) Swanson is a psychiatric associate at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (Fairview) in Minneapolis.

Kelli Golinghorst and Seth VanderHorst live in Bettendorf, Iowa. Kelli earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and is an associate attorney at Brooks Law Firm. In March, she published an article in the Iowa Law Review called “Meet Me in the Middle: The Search for the Appropriate Standard of Review for the APA’s Good Cause Standard.” Seth is a regional diagnostic sales associate at Snap-On Tools.

Kaitlyn Wieland is an emotional behavioral disabilities special education teacher at Grant Wood Elementary School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Ben Beaupre teaches vocal music for the Medford (Minn.) Public Schools.

Makayla (Marinack) Dahleen is a pastoral intern at Abiding Hope Church in Littleton, Colo.

Alexander Erickson is a clinician-in-training at the Palo Alto (Calif.) VA Health Care System and a research assistant in the Interpersonal Relationships and Applied Methodologies Lab at Palo Alto University.

William Hatungimana is a teaching assistant at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Margaret (Homeier) May teaches grades 6–8 math at All Saints Catholic Academy in Albany, N.Y.

Riley Samuelson is an education and outreach librarian at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Andy Todd teaches tenth-grade U.S. history and seventh-grade civics in the Fillmore Central School District in Preston, Minn. He also serves as a football, basketball, and golf coach.

Lenny Ulloa Silva is a Spanish teacher and specialists co-lead teacher at DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science in Ham Lake, Minn.

Ellen Widerski is a software engineer for Google in Mountain View, Calif.

Jane Wilson is an environmental educator at Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack, Minn.

Selam Woldemariam is a customer service officer at the British Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Andrea Woodberry earned a master’s degree in museum education from Tufts University and is coeditor of Tufts’ museum studies blog. She is also interim interpretive services coordinator at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.

Noorullah Zafari is a financial advisor at Tangerine Bank in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Penelope Barbour is a consultant at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis.

Kristen Carlson was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and is an English teaching assistant at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy and Riga Teika Secondary School in Riga, Latvia.

Noah Casterton is assistant property manager at Bigos Properties in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Emily Kuhn is a TOPS coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in Madison, Wis.

Mollie Mickelson is an elementary music specialist for the Albert Lea (Minn.) Area Schools.

Greta Schmitt is an attendance and behavioral interventionist at Chaska (Minn.) High School.

Jacob Schwartz is a data analyst for Mortarr, an online inspiration and networking platform for commercial construction and design in Albert Lea, Minn.


Jared Barnes is the senior high youth ministry director at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minn.

Eli Bowe is an AmeriCorps VISTA worker at Montana Campus Compact in Bozeman.

Desiree Bradshaw teaches vocal music for the Prairie Du Chien (Wis.) Area Schools.

Elizabeth Budahn teaches K–5 music and 6–12 vocal music and is codirector of this year’s musical for the Onamia (Minn.) Public Schools.

Sara Byom teaches elementary music and middle school band for the New Richmond (Wis.) School District.

Aaron Herman is a DevOps engineer at IBM in Rochester, Minn.

Hannah Potter is a family reunification specialist at Heartland Alliance in Chicago.

Laila Sahir is an acting apprentice with Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wis. She played the elephant trainer in the summer production of Elephant’s Graveyard.

Frances Stevenson is a reporter for the Daily Journal in Fergus Falls, Minn.

Nicole Weber is a research assistant at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Jenny Woods Benitez is a lab assistant and phlebotomist at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.