Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2020

2000–2009 / 2010–2019 / 2020


Katie (Brunner) Ellingson is a library assistant at the Appleton (Wis.) Public Library.

Todd Gullickson is a partner at the Gullekson Group in Davenport, Iowa.

Julie (Perrault) LaSota is the senior director of Cushman and Wakefield in Minneapolis.

Brian Schult is assistant vice president of internal audit at Fidelity and Guaranty Life in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jason Smith and family
Jason Smith and family

Jason Smith will become the head of school at the International School of Arizona in Scottsdale on July 1, 2021.

Art Trimble is a science teacher and head wrestling coach at Mayo High School in Rochester, Minn.

Scott Vial is deputy director for public health services for the US Army Public Health Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler is head girls track and field coach at Pleasant Valley (Iowa) High School. He was named the 2019–20 Iowa Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year and the National Federation of State High School Associations Central Section Coach of the Year, which includes Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.


Heidi (Helling) Barr coauthored a book, 12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life, a journey through 12 essential areas of life—space, work, spirituality, food, style, nature, communication, home, sensuality, creativity, learning, and community—and an invitation to take one tiny action at a time to open up growth and renewal.

Sarah (Root) Bengtson is supervisor of pediatric rehabilitation therapy at Unity Point Health, St. Luke’s Hospital, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Anika (Lindall) Sellmeyer is a second-grade teacher for the Richfield (Minn.) Public Schools.


Joshua Shank
Joshua Shank

Joshua Shank of Cambridge, Mass., is a composer and lecturer of music at Gonzaga University. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring, he composed a song titled "alleluia (from quarantine)," which was performed by multiple choirs around the country. Joshua gave the proceeds—more than $10,000—to the Sweet Relief Musician Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to professional musicians who are struggling during the pandemic.

Erik Sill is MNCAPS coordinator for the Prior Lake-Savage (Minn.) Area Schools.


Courtney Allensworth Esposito of Minneapolis was appointed Indian probate judge for the United States Department of the Interior by secretary David Bernhardt on Jan. 8, 2021.

Tyler Hesseltine
Tyler Hesseltine

Tyler Hesseltine of Bloomington, Minn., is district manager at the Davey Tree Expert Company’s north Minneapolis residential and commercial services office.

Joel Hollenbeck
Joel Hollenbeck

Joel Hollenbeck was appointed to the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business Advisory Board. Joel is project manager at Specpro Environmental Services and has been a project manager for multiple Department of Defense fuels contracts over the past six years.

Dustin Nash is associate professor of religion studies and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.

Andrew P. J. Olson was awarded the Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator by the American College of Physicians. Andrew is a practitioner and associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is also director of medical education research and innovation at the Medical Education Outcomes Center.

Emily (Knuth) Stork, senior vice president, general counsel, of Bankers Trust Company in Des Moines, Iowa, was named a member of Business Journal’s 2021 Forty under 40 class.

Tiffany (Jones) ’04 and Matt Wogsland ’97 live in Stoughton, Wis. Tiffany is the director of youth and family ministries at Ezra Church. Matt is the assistant vice president of compliance at Wells Fargo Card Services.


Terry Blessing of Lamoni, Iowa, is senior vice president of client development at VisiQuate.

Virginia King earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Walden University and is a CSS supervisor and ITCD team leader at Preferred Family Healthcare in Hannibal, Mo.

Katie (Mindrup) McKean of Silvis, Ill., is youth achievement program leader at Two Rivers YMCA.

Timothy Patton is history department chair at Hebrew Academy RASG in Miami Beach, Fla.

Russ Schouweiler of Decorah is an associate representative with Thrivent.


Eric Hahn earned a master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Colorado–Denver and is assistant principal and athletic director at Alameda International Junior/Senior High School in Lakewood, Colo.

Larissa (Curtis) Iverson is an early childhood and primary school music teacher at the International School of Stavanger, Norway.

Kristen (Thompson) Moon is an orchestra and classroom music teacher for the Minnetonka (Minn.) Public Schools.


Troy Peterson is the chief financial officer at Prime West in Denver.


Amelia (Larson) Harless is an ophthalmic assistant with Gundersen Health System in Decorah.

Ashley Holland is a psychiatrist with Mayo Clinic’s Behavioral Health Care Program in Eau Claire, Wis.

Danny Lee is director of major and planned giving at Be the Match Foundation in Minneapolis.

Niki Mosier is the head of SEO at AgentSync in Denver.

Kyle Nelson is director of coaching at the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Association in Waterloo, Iowa.

Carl Westphal
Carl Westphal

Carl Westphal was named an advisor to the US executive director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.

Seth Worthington is a mixed animal veterinarian at AMCV Veterinary Services in Audubon, Iowa.


Liz (Hansen) Cox is assistant vice president of development at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.

Bethany (Tisthammer) Engen is choir director for the Spring Grove (Minn.) Public Schools.

Jenna Pulkowski is pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Mundelein, Ill.


Jordan Balk is a pastor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Weston, Wis.

Mallory (Marlatt) Hanson
Mallory (Marlatt) Hanson

Mallory (Marlatt) Hanson of West Union, Iowa, is the regional economic development and tourism coordinator for Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development and the director for Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism. Mallory led the Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative, facilitating the development of 17 unique public art installations in small rural Iowa communities. The project and Northeast Iowa RC&D received the 2020 Iowa Governor’s Arts Award. This spring, Mallory was also appointed by Iowa governor Kim Reynolds to serve a six-year term as a commissioner on the Iowa Natural Resource Commission.

Erin (Lunde) and Sean Lunde Keenan live in Missoula, Mont. Erin is the development director at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. Sean earned a BS in nursing from the University of Washington and is a registered nurse at Providence St. Patrick Hospital.

Manaswini Ramkumar earned a master’s degree in international relations from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. She is a doctoral student and an Adel Ait-Ghezala Graduate Research Fellow at the university.

Eli Wallace of Cambridge, Mass., earned a PhD in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a postdoctoral scholar at Tufts University.


Katy (Russell) Baccam of Castle Rock, Colo., is a teacher at Cheyenne Mountain School District 12.

Taylor Bergen is the owner of Punk Ass Flips in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Alicia (Woodhouse) DeFrance is a clinical services coordinator-OBGYN at University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City.

Felecia DeJong earned a master’s degree in education leadership from Drake University and is a sixth-grade teacher in the Postville (Iowa) Community Schools.

Britta Dosland is a pediatric and adult anesthesiologist at Associated Anesthesiologists in St. Paul, Minn.

Douglas Hamilton is the director of supply chain at Deco Products in Decorah.

Elizabeth Harrell is senior associate of new business at Chemonics International in Washington, DC.

Kimberly Horner earned a master’s degree in immigration studies from the University of Oxford and is a PhD student and graduate research assistant at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Kirsten Indrelie is a physician at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn.

Alyssa (Botkin) Kimber is senior category manager at Donaldson Company in Bloomington, Minn.

Natalie (Baudler) Long of Edina, Minn., is a communications manager at Land O’Lakes.

Jonathan Lueck of Eau Claire, Wis., earned a master’s degree in organizational change leadership from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville and is the continuing education administrator at PESI.

William Morris is a reporter for the Des Moines (Iowa) Register.

Elizabeth Nelson of New Hope, Minn., is a product support representative at United Healthcare.

Nicole (Becchetti) Plagge is the youth and family coordinator for the Bloomington (Minn.) Public Schools.

Melissa Record of Crystal, Minn., earned a BS in nursing from Western Governors University and is a labor and delivery registered nurse at Fairview Health Services.

Anna Rick earned a JD from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 2019. Anna is a judicial law clerk at the Fourth Judicial District Court in Minneapolis.

Anthony Rohr of Minneapolis is a software engineer with RBC Wealth Management.

Kelly (Schneider) Sheldon of West Lafayette, Ind., is an elementary teacher with the Tippecanoe School Corporation.

Sarah Stadie is a children’s mental health case manager at Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis.

Jenna (Reishus) Takes earned an MPH from the University of Iowa and is director of client experience at Health Solutions in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Alex Van Dyke is a social studies teacher at Northfield (Minn.) Middle School.

Katie (Trewartha) Weiers is a sixth-grade language arts teacher at the New Prague (Minn.) Area Schools.

Lara (Graves) Zimmerli is an early childhood special education teacher in the Mankato (Minn.) Area Public Schools. Lara is also the co-owner of Cedar Crate Farm with her husband, Dan. They attend the Mankato Farmer’s Market and have a successful 80-person CSA. This year will be their sixth growing season.


Courtney Guntly is the Iowa balance of state continuum of care director at the Institute for Community Alliances in Des Moines.

Hannah Lund
Hannah Lund

Hannah Lund earned a master’s degree in comparative and world literature from Zhejiang University. She is a writer and Chinese-English translator in Shanghai, China. She also cofounded the Hangzhou Writer’s Association International and works for Sixth Tone, a Shanghai-based online magazine.

Alex Mundy works in the research division of clinical pharmacology at Covance in Madison, Wis.

Teresa Procter is a speech-language pathologist at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Miguel Secor is head strength and conditioning coach at Iowa Central Community College and owner of Secor Strength Gym in Fort Dodge, Iowa.


Devan Benjamin and Sam Weinberg ’15 live in Milwaukee. Devan is a first-grade teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Sam is an internal medicine resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Grant Burke of Decorah is a business tools specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Solveig Entwistle is a graduate student in the MBA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ingrid (Baudler) and Nils Johnson ’15 live in Decorah. Nils earned a JD from the University of Iowa. Ingrid earned a JD from the University of Colorado Law School.

Sarah Loberg of Longmont, Colo., is a math teacher at Mead High School.

Brita Moore of Eagan, Minn., is the director of public relations and communications at the Minnesota Farmers Union.

Lillianna Petsch-Horvath of Milwaukee is an IPS employment specialist at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Blake Potthoff
Blake Potthoff

Blake Potthoff of Fairmont, Minn., is executive director of the Fairmont Opera House. Blake was one of four people honored at a 4-under-40 event to recognize young up-and-coming leaders in his community.

Rachel Stenhaug of Hopkins, Minn., is the audit manager–corporate audit at Medtronic.

Donald Wolfgram is human resources manager for Associa, a property management company for homeowners’ associations in Palm Desert, Calif.


Sarah Brandt is sales coordinator at the Westin Minneapolis.

Leah Broderick-Niedermann of Edina, Minn., is associate director of business development at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Timothy Bumpus earned a PhD in chemical biology from Cornell University and is a research associate at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Va.

Trent Harder is a resident physician in the University of Minnesota Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program.

Meghan (McAllister) and Ryan Harrod live in Cresco, Iowa. Meghan is a PK–6 physical education teacher and junior varsity softball coach. Ryan works at Mehmert Tiling and is an assistant varsity football coach at Crestwood High School.

Kathleen Kennedy earned an MS in nursing management and leadership from Western Governors University and is an MSN RN at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Ellie (Magner) Malecha is a K–4 STEAM teacher for the Pine River–Backus (Minn.) Schools.

Kelsey (Sorensen) Motzko is a secondary math teacher for the Cloquet (Minn.) Public School District.

Caitlin Olson earned an MSW from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a school social worker for the Grantsburg (Wis.) School District.

Nicholas Rauch
Nicholas Rauch

Nicholas Rauch of Woodbury, Minn., is a lawyer at Larson King Law. He is also the president of the Legal Leadership Network of Minnesota.

Samantha (Eilers) Ruiz is choir and piano teacher for the Comal Independent School District at Canyon Lake High School in Fischer, Texas.

Sammy (Barron) Russell is a behavioral specialist at Kids of the Kingdom Childcare in Litchfield, Minn.

Sarah Schutz earned an MSN from Capella University, is a nursing education specialist for Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wis., and is an adjunct faculty member in Luther’s Nursing Department.

Sadie Stoiber is the quality assurance manager at Healthcare Alternative Systems in Chicago.

Krista Wahlstrom of Iowa City is a graduate researcher and PhD student studying neuroscience at the University of Iowa, with an NIH National Research Service Award to study the mechanisms of learning and memory.


Rachel Madryga earned three master’s degrees (in architecture, urban design, and construction management) from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an architect with NAVFAC–US Navy in Silverdale, Wash.

Jenna (Dengler) Opdahl of Phoenix, Ariz., earned a DPT from the University of Iowa and is a physical therapist at Spooner Physical Therapy.

Olivia (Mitchell) and Brad Paulsrud live in Caledonia, Minn. Olivia is a dental student at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Brad is regional sales manager for Garmin.

Carly Rusek of Tucson, Ariz., is an occupational therapist at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute.

Nick Shaw of Minneapolis passed the certified specialist of spirits exam through the Society of Wine Educators and is a bar manager for Hodges Bend.

Masha Statkevich is a compliance coordinator at InterExchange in New York City.

Tia Stenson of Milwaukee completed an MLIS with a concentration in archival studies from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and is a contract cataloger for GeerCrest Farm and Historical Society.

Mary Claire Vuckovich is assistant director of engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Annie Waniger earned an MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin and is a resident physician in psychiatry at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Andrew Welch earned an MA in exercise and sport science and sport administration from the University of North Carolina and is the quarantine and isolation housing logistics coordinator at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Kyla Grau is a graduate student in the international policy and development program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif.

Nathaniel Koch is a paraprofessional at Intermediate School District 917 in Minnetonka, Minn., and a graduate student in the teaching program at Augsburg University.

Kylie Kozelka earned a postbaccalaureate degree in all social sciences education from the University of Northern Iowa and is a high school world studies teacher for the Johnston (Iowa) Community School District.

Patrick Larson is a consultant at Optum in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Berit (Breed) Rhody is culture and development coordinator at Tegria in Madison, Wis.

Kirby Stalley
Kirby Stalley

Kirby Stalley is director of music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough, Mass.

Brynne Stellner earned an MA in educational leadership from Concordia University St. Paul and is an English language arts teacher for the Northfield (Minn.) Public Schools.

Allison Swenson is a kindergarten teacher at Black Earth (Wis.) Elementary School.


Nathan Burwell earned an MA in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society. Nathan is a visiting instructor and academic librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

Carrie Cibula is an ASCP certified medical lab scientist at Unity Point Health St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Meredith Diebold is the virtual learning supervisor and director of Xuberance Show Choir at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Annalise Johnson is weekend news anchor for KIMT-TV in Rochester, Minn.

Abigail (Suhr) Schweitzer is a service associate at Kohl’s in Coralville, Iowa.


Shannon Baker has been selected for inclusion in Plain China: A National Anthology of the Best Undergraduate Writing. Shannon wrote the piece selected during professor Amy Weldon’s Advanced Creative Writing course in fall 2019.

Rebecka Green
Rebecka Green

Rebecka Green is communication and media specialist at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, DC.

Megan Johnson is a staff accountant at Johnson Block and Company in Middleton, Wis.

Lily Kime of Sac City, Iowa, is a seventh-grade English language arts teacher at East Sac County Community School District.

Andrew Lindstrom is a case manager at Radias Health in St. Paul, Minn.

Nicole Stier is a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Sarah Webb is a Spanish teacher for the Roseville (Minn.) Area Schools.


Andrew Avila is a special education assistant at Cityview Community School in Minneapolis.

Anila Bano is a lab technician/researcher 1 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Jacey Burns is a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Emma Busch is a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor at Falcon Ridge Elementary School in New Prague, Minn.

Hannah Clark is a medical student at Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith.

Sarah Davidson is a law student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.

Jennifer Hickey is a first-grade teacher at New Century School in St. Paul, Minn.

Kari Hoff is a software developer at IBM in Rochester, Minn.

Riley Lannon is a graduate student in the MDiv program at Princeton Theological Seminary (N.J.).

Derek Lin founded a new journal, The Starter, featuring literary and visual art by, among others, Emma Busch ’20, Gillian Klein ’20, Matthew Lensing ’20, Canon Reece ’21, Mary Rice ’78, and Derek himself.

Anna Seltz of Afton, Minn., is a care coordinator for Entira Family Clinics.

Amber Sorenson of Kent, Ohio, received the Interpersonal and Family Communication Excellence in Qualitative Research Award from the Central States Communication Association for the 2020 scientific research she conducted with Luther professor of communication studies Kim Powell titled “Ambiguous Loss after Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma: Parental Management of Dialectical Contradictions of Grief.”

Hannah Stenoien is a communications specialist at Barr Engineering Company in Minneapolis.