Meet Your Coaches

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Miriam Skrade

Associate Director of the Career Center | Strengths Program Coordinator

    Class of 2004
    Interdisciplinary Individualized major (IIM) 'Kinesiology,' Psychology minor
    Individualization, Activator, Positivity, Relator, Empathy

    "As your coach, I will strive to uncover the most effective way to treat you the way you want to be treated. You are unique and have innate abilities to offer the world. Together we will dive a little deeper and develop your talents into strengths you can depend on. I hope you'll find my smile and excitement for the process keeps you energized as we unwrap the gifts within you. In short time, you'll be amazed at how you'll be able to set your intentions toward what you hope to achieve."

    Miriam grew up in North Dakota and finished high school in Wisconsin. When she moved to Decorah in 2000 for college, she fell in love with the beauty of this region and the vibrancy of the people. After graduating in 2004, marrying her best friend Paul Skrade ’04, and giving birth to their twins, she moved to Ames, IA. There she obtained a Masters of Science in Exercise Psychology and then moved to Galesburg, IL where she was the Head Tennis Coach at Knox College. Miriam and Paul always intended to return to Decorah to pursue their careers and raise their children, Annalise and Daniel, and did so in 2015. Miriam started out as a tennis coach for Luther, but then took over the Luther College Strengths Program in 2017 and has felt privileged to serve the campus in this capacity.

    Noah Howe

    Strengths Peer Advisor

      Class of 2024
      Psychology major, Counseling and Music minor
      Strategic, Communication, Connectedness, Ideation, Woo

      “As your coach, I will strive to cultivate an atmosphere of encouragement and vulnerability where you are free to express your truest self. As we dive in, I hope together we can connect the dots to see how different aspects of life inform your personality, sources of stress, and decision-making. Moreover, I will help you brainstorm new and creative ways to tackle these realizations, making sure to customize the playbook based on your individual talents and needs. Through the process of collaborative problem-solving, I hope to maximize your school-play-love-work-life balance and reclaim space for the things in life that bring you joy.”

      Noah grew up in Minnetonka, MN, and has been proud to call Luther home since September, 2020. During a completely backward year, Noah realized his passion for personality psychology and jumped headfirst into the CliftonStrengths program. Apart from strengths and psychology, Noah loves music, and was granted the opportunity to be a part of Nordic Choir as well as the a capella group Undeclared. Noah also has a deep love of soccer and would be more than happy to discuss anything related to the beautiful game with you at any time! He is beyond excited to continue his journey with the Career Center and help students uncover their passions, embrace their individuality, and find their home in the Luther community.

      Will Tuchtenhagen

      Strengths Peer Advisor

        Class of 2023
        Political Science and International Studies major, Management minor
        Competition, Significance, Harmony, Self-Assurance, Relator

        “As your coach, I would love to help you take steps to go from an already great person to the absolute best version you can possibly be. Every person is unique and I will enthusiastically work to cultivate your specific set of strengths into something that helps you achieve and be happy. After our meeting you will feel confident, empowered and ready to tackle your next steps!”

        Will was born and raised in River Falls, WI but has enjoyed living in Decorah during his time as a Luther student. He was first exposed to CliftonStrengths in the spring of his first year, and continues to see it at work in every aspect of college and life. Will sees strengths as a great way to learn more about oneself and the people around them so they can effectively achieve their full potential. In addition to his studies, he has been involved in Luther choir and band, KWLC Radio, Student Senate, Model United Nations, and is very passionate about intramural basketball!

        Anna Barbknecht

        Strengths Peer Advisor

          Class of 2025
          Accounting Major, Management Minor
          Harmony, Discipline, Consistency, Responsibility, Restorative

          “As your coach, I will show deep intentionality when partnering with you to see how your strengths integrate throughout your life. My hope is that by deepening your understanding of your innate talents will help you feel comfortable and confident. I will listen and bring encouragement to help you develop your strengths. After working together, I hope you will identify me as a responsible advocate that will support you on your strengths development journey!”

          Anna was born and raised in Eden Prairie, MN where she was exposed to CliftonStrengths in her senior year at Eden Prairie High School. Ever since, she has been passionate about strengths and how they brighten each person's unique talents. Coming to Luther, she has enjoyed applying and sharing the strengths mindset in the classroom and through conversations with peers and faculty. In addition to her studies, she is on the women’s swim team, sings in Cathedral Choir, is a member of the Women's Group, and loves to go on hikes. She would love to help you learn and grow as you understand and apply your strengths!

          Nancy Le

          Strengths Peer Advisor

            Class of 2024
            Visual Communication major
            Strategic, Achiever, Positivity, Woo, Communication

            Nancy grew up in Hue City, Vietnam. She has been happy to call Luther home. In addition to her position at the Career Center, Nancy is also a tutor at the Barry Writing Center, a student ambassador at the Admissions Office, and serves as the social media chair of the Cheerleading team. Nancy can’t wait to get to know you, your strengths!