Class of 2023 Representatives

LaDonna Corn

Class of 2023 Representative

  • Office: Chandler, Ariz.

LaDonna is the parent of Donovan Corn, a senior at Luther majoring in Political Science. Donovan is one of the 197 lb. wrestlers for Luther and also a member of the Nordic Choir. LaDonna and Donovan were residents of Chicago, Illinois before moving to Chandler, Arizona in 2016.

LaDonna a Senior Vice President at the Northern Trust Company were she works for the Investment Department within the organization. LaDonna holds a MBA in Finance and MPA in not for profit. LaDonna likes to volunteer at the Feeding My Starving Children organization as well as the high school with Donovan's previous wrestling program.

In LaDonna's spare time she enjoys traveling all over with her best friend and watching Donovan wrestle across the Midwest.

Eric '91 and Kim (Latzke) '93 Muller

Class of 2023 Representatives

  • Office: Urbandale, Iowa

Kim and Eric are parents to Josh, a senior double majoring in Math and Physics. Josh is also a member of the Symphonic Band and very active in FOCUS, the on-campus ministry. Kim and Eric are both Luther grads (Classes of 1993 and 1991) with B.A.s in Accounting and have lived in Urbandale, Iowa since 1993. They also have another son, Robert, who graduated from Luther in 2020 and is currently in seminary.

Kim is Controller for HomeServices of Iowa (parent company of Iowa Realty). In her free time, Kim enjoys working on Diamond Dots, reading, going for walks with their two beagles, and is Treasurer on the Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp Board of Directors. Eric is the Senior Vice President / Senior Operational Risk and Compliance Officer for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. In his free time, Eric enjoys watching the Hawkeyes in most every sport and playing golf.

Kim and Eric enjoy traveling (especially to Luther!) and family, friends, and new places and spending time with their kids and beagles (Gus and Gabby).

Mike and Dana Ottesen

Class of 2023 Representatives

  • Office: Eagan, Minn.

Dana and Mike are parents to Jane, a senior Social Work major. Jane is a member of the Social Work Association (SWA), Luther College Democrats, Concert Band, tuba and euphonium ensemble, and low brass ensemble. You can find her working in the music department where she is the low brass area assistant.

Dana received her B.A. in Business in 1992 from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and Mike is a received both his BBA and MBA from the University of Iowa in 1991 and 1994 respectfully. They are also parents to Caroline, who is a junior in high school and Junie, who is their 8 year old mini golden doodle. They have made their home in Eagan, MN since 2003, with a brief temporary move to Warsaw Poland from 2014 - 2016.

While Dana is a stay at home parent, Mike works for 3M where he serves as Senior Vice President of People & Operations. In her free time, Dana enjoys listening to podcasts, taking Junie on walks, and appearing on the Peloton leaderboards. Mike is an avid cook when time permits and he actively follows and cheers for The University of Iowa athletic teams (Go Hawks!). Both Dana and Mike enjoy traveling together, including to Iowa football games and golfing from early spring to late fall.

Dana and Mike thoroughly look forward to opportunities to make the 2+ hour drive to visit Jane, Luther College, and the town of Decorah. They enjoy band concerts, Family Weekend, and Christmas at Luther which is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Decorah is a charming town full of beautiful vistas, plenty of outdoor activities, welcoming people, and great beer. They are looking forward to bringing friends to visit Decorah this spring.

Chad '92 and Melissa (Bonikowske) '93 Thomley

Classes of 2023 and 2025 Representatives

  • Office: Verona, Wis.

Chad and Melissa (Bonikowske) Thomley are the proud parents to Luther students Anna Thomley (Class of 2023) and Allison Thomley (Class of 2025). Anna is majoring in Data Science and minoring in Spanish and Management.  She is a member of the Luther College Swim and Dive team and has been captain her junior and senior years.  She also plays trumpet in the Symphonic Band and Trumpet Studio.  She is a member of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) and is a student worker in the alumni office.  Allison is majoring in Visual Communications and minoring in Art.  She is a member of the Luther College Track and Field Team.

Chad is a Wealth Advisor for Thrivent Financial.  He graduated with a B.A. from Luther College (’92) double majoring in Mathematics and Management.  He has his Master of Science in Financial Services degree from The American College.  Chad is an avid Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Badger fan.  He also sings and plays piano in a praise band at our church, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Madison, Wis.

Melissa was a high school math teacher and instructional math coach.  She graduated with a B.A. from Luther College (’93) majoring in Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and German.  She has a M.A. in Educational Technology from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.  Melissa enjoys crafting, cooking and walking outside.

Both originally from Wisconsin, after graduation from Luther, Chad and Melissa moved to Southern California.  They moved back to Madison in 2003 to raise their daughters.  In their spare time they enjoy traveling and attending their daughters’ swim and track meets.  They have had the opportunity to connect with parent alumni of current students and form new friendships with other parents of athletes on the swim and track teams.  Although they visited Luther while living in Southern California, they appreciate the closer proximity to Decorah allowing them frequent visits for family weekend, homecoming, Christmas at Luther and band concerts. 

Sarah and Loren Wiltgen

Class of 2023 Representatives

  • Office: Decorah, Iowa

Sarah and Loren are parents to Christian Johnson, a senior Health Promotions major. He is a member of the Collegiate Chorale, swims and dives for Luther, and plays Ultimate Frisbee. He enjoys being active and including his friends in the fun.

Sarah is an Account Manager and Leader of the Direct Sales team with GrandPad. In her free time, she likes to listen to podcasts or audiobooks while walking the dog (Milo), do Pilates, swim with the Decorah Masters swim club, and ride horses every chance the Midwest weather permits.

Loren is an Operations Supervisor at Stanley Engineered Fastening. In his free time, he likes to listen to audiobooks, tend to his yard (or move snow), go to the gym, work on projects around the house, and watch TV with Milo on his lap to cuddle.

Sarah and Loren both enjoy spending time on the patio with friends in the summer. Christian sometimes arranges for friends to come enjoy the patio, a game of bags and grilled food for a change from campus life. They also have a daughter at home, Lauren, who will graduate from high  school this year. She is still contemplating college choices but planning a career in the medical field.

Both Sarah and Loren grew up in the northeast Iowa area and, while Sarah moved away for a few years after college, they now live in Decorah. They feel fortunate to live so close to campus and be able to easily partake in the activities like Christmas at Luther, swim meets, choir concerts, and other events. If you need information about the area feel free to ask them!