Luther Alumni Magazine

Class Notes, 2000–2021

2000–2009 / 2010–2019 / 2020–2021


Darcy Hendriks is the vocal music director at the East Marshall Schools in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Heidi Nelson of Stillwater, Minn., is a cloud security architect at Securian Financial.

Elisabeth (Marvin) Sandersfeld is chief financial officer of Continental Western Group–Berkley Companies in Urbandale, Iowa.

Sara Usgaard-Stohr of Rosemount, Minn., is senior project manager at Jones Lang LaSalle.


Mollie Busta Lange of Tomah, Wis., will be inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in April 2022.

Erin Flater is a technical solutions engineer at Epic Systems Corporation in Verona, Wis.

Heather (Proper) Fortuine is assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis.

Natalie Mindrum of Evanston, Ill., is director of supply chain and customer operations at Impossible Foods, maker of plant-based meat.

Jason Trott works in sales at La Galera Produce in Chicago.

Amy Wrightsman retired last June after 20 years of working at Luther, most recently as director of risk management and internal controls. She also taught accounting for 15 years in the economics and business department and spent 10 years as advisor for the Luther women’s basketball team.


Tana Field is professor of voice in the Department of Music at Murray (Ky.) State University.

Paul Kartman '02
Paul Kartman '02

Paul Kartman of Lino Lakes, Minn., was selected Outstanding Firefighter of the Year by American Legion Post 566.

William Mabuce was elected president of the American Society of Civil Engineers–Iowa Section. He is the engineering project manager for West Des Moines (Iowa) Water Works.

Aimee Sandy of Lakeville, Minn., is controller for the Minnesota Orchestra.


Andrea (Oliver) Cammilleri of Middleton, Wis., is the strategic initiatives advisor for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Rusty Jones is senior executive vice president and chief financial officer at Grinnell (Iowa) State Bank.

Karianne Moucka of Charlottesville, Va., is the founder and president of Lofti.

Amy Potter is assistant director of admissions at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage.

Joshua Shank '03
Joshua Shank '03

Joshua Shank of Cambridge, Mass., was the 2021 winner of the American Prize in Choral Composition for his work “He Was Singing.” The subject of the piece is the life and death of Lutheran missionary Benjamin Splichal Larson ’06, who died in the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.


Carrie (Christiansen) Binnie earned the graduate certificate in nonprofit administration from Dakota Wesleyan University. She is lead pastor at Minnetonka (Minn.) United Methodist Church.

Emeka Elendu is sales manager at Cummins West Africa LTD in Lagos, Nigeria.

Heidi (Johnson) Felz of Des Moines, Iowa, is digital marketing director at Brokers International.

Ryan Goessl of Seoul, South Korea, was appointed to Interkultur’s World Choir Council.

Meredith Jones is a systems engineer at Maxar Robotics in Pasadena, Calif.

Andrew P.J. Olson '04
Andrew P.J. Olson '04

Andrew P.J. Olson received the Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator by the American College of Physicians. He is associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, where he practices hospital medicine and pediatrics. He’s the head of hospital medicine and director of medical education research and innovation at the Medical Education Outcomes Center. His academic and teaching focus is on diagnostics.


Hassan Asghar '05
Hassan Asghar '05

Hassan Asghar of Minneapolis is chief information security officer at Hinge Health in San Francisco.

Lindy Buck is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Coastal Women’s Health in Scarborough, Maine.

Jenn Collins is associate to the bishop and director for communications and community at East Central Synod of Wisconsin–ELCA in Appleton.

Shannon (Johnson) Gravelle is director of choral activities at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.

Edwin Holmvig-Johnson teaches middle school special education at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy in Richfield, Minn.

T.C. Mack is a licensed psychologist at Rein Center for Emotional Health and Well-Being in Iowa City, Iowa.

Jake Torgerson is regional real estate director for the Target Corporation in Minneapolis.

Nick Torgerson graduated from a Loyola University hematology and oncology fellowship and is an attending physician at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.


Elisabeth (Zant) Daniels is pastor at First Lutheran Church in Gladstone, Mich.

Tania (Connolly) Hultengren earned a master’s degree in special education with an autism spectrum disorders license from Concordia University, St. Paul, and is a special education teacher for the Bloomington (Minn.) Public Schools.

Michelle (Monson) Klisanich is a certified financial planner with Birch Cove Group in Minneapolis.

Nikki (Gaemez) Kuhn is a career development specialist at Upper Iowa University in Fayette.

Laura (Schuurman) Rasmussen is a Montessori guide at the Rochester (Minn.) Montessori School.

Krystal (Broich) Stanford is a school nurse for the Ankeny (Iowa) Community Schools.

Darcie (Hoenig) Woodruff is director of grant development and compliance at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.


Erin (Smock) del Cid is an EL resource teacher at the Cary (Ill.) School District.

Amanda (Pohlman) Janke is an occupational therapist at Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, Wis.

Nathan Moser is the IT director at Audubon (Iowa) County Memorial Hospital and Clinics.

Renee (Skow) Person earned an EdM degree from Graceland University and an advanced studies certificate in educational leadership from the University of Northern Iowa. She is principal at Kirkwood Elementary School in the Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District.

Jeremy Stewart is manager of channel development at John Wiley and Sons in Golden Valley, Minn.


Christopher Arp earned the bachelor of music degree in organ performance from the University of Iowa and teaches Spanish at Mt. Pleasant (Iowa) High School.

Jackson Felde is the St. Paul (Minn.) plant manager of operations at Minnesota Pure and Clear Artisan Ice.

Amy (Larson) Freeman is a family nurse practitioner at Piper Family Medicine in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Valerie (Hoops) Meyer is business manager at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Aaron Nyquist is an associate attorney of mergers and acquisitions at Fredrikson and Byron in Minneapolis.

Cory Wagner is senior systems administrator at Red Wing Shoes in Red Wing, Minn.

Elise (Hoehn) and Clayton Ward live on a hobby farm in Le Claire, Iowa, and are in their third year as a state-licensed foster family. Elise is a visual arts instructor for grades PreK–6 for the North Scott School District and has self-published two children’s books. Clayton is a regional director for Dial Senior Living and a Disney travel agent.

Nathanial Youngquist is a special education classroom teacher for the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools.


Ashley Beek is customer operations manager at Motorola Solutions and consulting director at the Porter House Museum in Decorah.

Nathan Blinn is band director at Chippewa Middle School in North Oaks, Minn.

Siri (Dove) Mytty is the owner and services manager at the Snowmass Club Residences in Snowmass Village, Colo.

Aaron Peterson is associate professor of instruction at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Daniel Summerfield completed his anatomical and clinical pathology residency and transfusion medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic and is a pediatric pathology fellow at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.


Mike Byrd of Orlando, Fla., is co-founder and attorney at Skylight Law in New York City.

Jeanine Link earned an MM degree in music education with a choral conducting concentration from the University of St. Thomas. She is the vocal music director for grades 7–12 for the Durant (Iowa) Community Schools.

Lauren (Wettach) Mansfield is a physical therapist at Olympic Sports and Spine in Tacoma, Wash.

Aaron Stenhaug is corporate controller at MHC Software in Burnsville, Minn.


James Feinstein of Austin, Texas, is a senior policy manager at Arcadia Power.

Alynia (Shilts) Froelich of Chippewa Falls, Wis., is the deputy clerk of courts for Eau Claire County.

Tyler Hansen earned a PhD degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and is a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Denmark.

Kelsey (Olson) Holmberg of Chanhassen, Minn., is a business analyst at United Healthcare.

Jordan Lang is sales analytics manager at Deere and Company in Olathe, Kan.

Rachel Loeffler-Kemp of Duluth, Minn., is regional outreach director for US senator Amy Klobuchar.

Carl Lottman of New Hope, Minn., is a self-employed financial planner.

Aaidha Majdhy of Hulhumale, Maldives, is sales manager at Le Méridien Maldives Resort and Spa.

Liz (Sauter) McLain of Solon, Iowa, is operations manager at King’s Material.

Alexis Meade Burney and Muhammad Yasir Burney ’05 live in Morton Grove, Ill. Alexis is a licensed marriage and family therapist with Hauser Family Therapy. Muhammad is a computer software engineer with JP Morgan Chase.

William Montoya is a human resource professional at CITY Laundering Company in Oelwein, Iowa.

Amanda Olson is the owner of Geek Haven Coffee in Hastings, Minn.

Katelyn (Ronneberg) and Tim Sauerbry live in Savage, Minn. Katelyn is a fourth-grade teacher at Farmington Area Public Schools. Tim is an account manager at C.H. Robinson.


Sydney Bean earned a BSN degree from Allen College and is an oncology infusion registered nurse at the Physician’s Clinic of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

Hannah (Swanson) Booth of Oceanside, Calif., is a hand specialist at Professional Physical Therapy.

Anna (Looft) and Ryan Fett live in Hamilton, N.Y. Anna earned a PhD degree from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and is visiting assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate University. Ryan is a senior tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Anna (Murray) Garner of Evergreen, Colo., is a client success manager at Mursion.

Daniel Grainger earned an MDiv degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary and is pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Quincy, Ill.

Elias Johnson of Maple Grove, Minn., teaches English for the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

David Kort is a shipping and receiving technician at LaForce in Green Bay, Wis.

Amy (Sandager) Lobas is legal finance clerk at Rodenburg Law Firm in Fargo, N.D.

Amy Wilson of Virginia Beach, Va., is a neonatal critical care nurse at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

Cassie (Molski) Wolfgram of Bordentown, N.J., is a self-employed independent consultant and educational representative with Usborne Books and More.


Caley Danielson is marketing coordinator at GainShare Performance Marketing in Chicago.

Kelsey (Reger) '13 and Michael Johnson '13
Kelsey (Reger) '13 and Michael Johnson '13

Kelsey (Reger) and Michael Johnson live in Moorhead, Minn. Kelsey earned an MA degree in counseling and psychological services from Saint Mary’s University and is a licensed professional counselor. Michael earned a DMA degree in choral conducting from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is director of choral activities and vocal music education at Minnesota State University–Moorhead.

Hannah Myott of Vienna, Austria, earned a master’s degree in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna. She was selected for the sowi:docs Fellowship to start her doctorate in social sciences there. Her research will focus on Islamophobia, nationalism, and anti-refugee/migrant attitudes in Minnesota and Austria. She is also the publications project manager at KAICIID Interreligious Dialogue Center.

Mackenzie Pierson of Mason City, Iowa, is a smart behaviors researcher at Piaggio Fast Forward.

Hannah Shatzer earned a PhD degree in psychology from Ohio State University and is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Psychology Department at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Seth Streeter is a family practice physician at the Pella Regional Medical Clinic in Prairie City, Iowa.

Austin Swenson of Des Moines, Iowa, is an IT support specialist at Workiva.

Jenna (Berndt) Tassi earned a DO degree from Midwestern University and is a pediatric resident at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

Kevin Wenger is a research project associate at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Ashley Wright Shannon is ticketing services manager at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.


John Andreone earned a PhD degree in astronomy and is a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton (N.J.) University.

Isaac Dontje Lindell is a software engineer at Better Life Partners in Madison, Wis.

Stephanie (Lake) Eliason is serving as the appointed pastor at Alexandria (S.D.) United Methodist Church and is the children’s coordinator at Fusion United Methodist Church in Mitchell, S.D.

Alexandra (Dallman) and Dylan Essing live in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Alexandra is a senior data analyst at Target. Dylan is a lead engineer at Target.

Willy Leafblad is the band director for grades 7–9 at Lincoln High School in Lake City, Minn.

Holly (Fusco) Mackinnon is K–5 music teacher for the Southeast Polk Community School District in Altoona, Iowa.

David Mendez is an employment specialist at CHOICE Employment Services in Decorah.

Brita Moore-Kutz is communications and outreach specialist at the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization in Farmington, Minn.

Tessa Romanski of Monona, Wis., earned a master’s degree of food and agriculture law and policy from Vermont Law School.


Jessica Dorsey is an engagement and stewardship consultant at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa.

Marlon Henriquez earned a master’s degree in second-language special education from Roosevelt University. He is an English-language program teacher and multi-classroom leader for Pilsen Community Academy in Chicago.

Karly Karst of Hopkins, Minn., is a registered nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Kayla (Herman) Nassiri is an HR business partner at National Flood Services in Chicago.

Owen Neubauer is the committee administrator for the Minnesota State Senate in St. Paul.

James Odegaard is a software support specialist at Collective Data in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Nick Scheffert of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the head coach and retention manager at RoxFire Fitness. He is also the founder and owner of ScheffStrong Fitness.

Imsouchivy Suos received Cambodia’s Gold Medal of Labor in 2020. He earned a master of science degree in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and is deputy director of the Department of Notifications and Legal Compliance (World Trade Organization Affairs) for the Ministry of Commerce in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Charles Weathers is the partnerships marketing manager affiliate at Zip Co. in Chicago.

Katherine (Mathis) Woodhouse is a K–4 art teacher at the Decorah Community School District.


Grant Barnes is senior analyst and programmer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Taryn Bolea is a teacher at Mahtomedi (Minn.) Middle School.

Sarah Bowman of Park Rapids, Minn., is a music teacher at Eagle View Elementary.

Ryan Goos is an international student advisor at the University of Colorado–Boulder.

Maya Hansen is a teacher at Morris Bye Elementary School in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Kassondra Johnson earned an AAS degree in graphic design from Des Moines Area Community College and is an HR assistant and office manager at Manko Window Systems in Des Moines, Iowa.

Allura Lothary is an experience design researcher at Truist Financial in Raleigh, N.C.

Maryanne McNutt is a social studies teacher for the Owensboro (Ky.) Public Schools.

Blaise Schaeffer of Durham, N.C., is senior software engineer at OneTrust.

Lexi Scharmer of Minneapolis earned a PhD degree in social psychology from the University of Minnesota and is a UX researcher for Facebook.

Emma Tebben is choir, orchestra, and general music teacher at Almaty International School in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Andrew Welch is the manager of guest services for the San Francisco 49ers.

Annē Wermedal completed the Master Class for Women in Leadership Program and is senior team lead of consulting services at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.


Brooke Benson of Fort Collins, Colo., is the senior chemist at CordenPharma.

Dante DeGrazia of Winona, Minn., is a professional composer and musician.

Connor Fitzpatrick of Solon, Iowa, is a software engineer III for onX Maps.

Mileah (Gumpert) and Paul Fritzell ’18 live in Hudsonville, Mich. Mileah is a resident physician at the University of Michigan Health–West. Paul is an audit senior at Ernst and Young.

Jennifer Martin is technical services manager of the music library at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

Elizabeth (Tabaka) Stay is digital communications coordinator for the city of Rochester, Minn.


Michelle Brown earned an MS degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and is a speech-language pathologist in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Micah Cabbage is a Spanish teacher and head ninth-grade volleyball coach for the Owatonna (Minn.) Public Schools.

Aaron Herman is a senior software engineer–cybersecurity for the Target Corporation in Minneapolis.

Claire Little is communication and development coordinator at Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis.

Katie Patyk is office manager at WodBottom in Verona, Wis.

Abby (Suhr) Schweitzer of Coralville, Iowa, is an animal caretaker at the University of Iowa.

Nicole Weber is IRB administrator at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.


Chase Gilson is corporate quality control engineer at Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, Minn.

Andrew Kane is the children and household ministry innovator at Christ Lutheran Church in Blaine, Minn.

Claire Marburger is online learning coordinator for grades 6–12 and head girls’ basketball coach for the Perry (Iowa) Community School District.

Elizabeth Morton Badger is a law clerk at the Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul, Minn.

Marri Saunders is a sixth-grade ELA/social studies teacher for the McFarland (Wis.) School District.

Nicole Stier is a cardiac progressive care unit staff nurse for Lee Health in Fort Myers, Fla.


Andrew Avila is a science teacher for grades 4–5 for the Chicago Public Schools.

Jorge Chavez earned an MS degree in microbiology and immunology from Colorado State University and is a CDC and APHL antimicrobial resistance research fellow at the Utah Public Health Laboratory in Taylorsville.

Hannah Gross is a mental health support specialist at People Incorporated Mental Health Services in Eagan, Minn.

Ilsa Knivsland is a registered nurse at UW Health in Madison, Wis.

Jena Lisowski is a first-year law student at the University of Iowa College of Law and a proposal specialist for the Fastenal Company in Winona, Minn.

John Lof is an admissions counselor at Grinnell (Iowa) College.

Abbie Jo Madson of Minneapolis is a marketing operations assistant for the Institute for Functional Medicine in Federal Way, Wash.

Connor McBride is an auditor with Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Cassandra Michel is a third-grade teacher at Aurora (Colo.) Academy Charter School.

Katelin Parkinson is a music teacher for the Beloit (Wis.) Turner School District.

Shianne Reschke of Westby, Wis., is youth director at Westby Coon Prairie and Vang Lutheran Churches.

Rachel Schunder is marketing coordinator for the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine in Rochester, Minn.


Will Allen is a software developer at SAS Institute in Cary, N.C.

Jacob Barsness is a vocal music teacher for grades 6–12 for the Milaca (Minn.) School District.

Kiara Hohn '21
Kiara Hohn '21

Kiara Hohn worked as an administrative assistant/intern last summer for Lanesboro (Minn.) Arts, which began updating an unused area known as Parkway Place to make it more usable and inviting. The organization installed tents for shade and added flowerpots, and local Boy Scouts painted picnic tables. The final touch was the colorful mural that Kiara painted!

Zach Mayer is orchestra teacher for the La Crosse (Wis.) School District.

Huong Giang Nguyen is an associate data scientist at Chainalysis in New York City.

Grace Olson is office administrator and ministry assistant at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Strum, Wis.

Brent Schaeffer of Durham, N.C., is a front-end web developer at OneTrust.

Mackenzie Zenk is a legal research associate at Thomson Reuters Court Express in Eagan, Minn.