2010s

Samantha Peters
Class of 2013
Samantha Peters
Class of 2013

Samantha (Dougherty) Peters married Matthew Peters in Salem, Ore., on July 6. Included in the wedding party were Lutes Rebecca Denning, Kimberly Stone and Joanna Kraft.

Doreen Beard-Simpkins
Class of 2011
Doreen Beard-Simpkins
Class of 2011

Doreen Beard-Simpkins was hired as director of Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University.

Jessica Inman
Class of 2010

Jessica Inman is an LAP specialist at North Star Elementary School in Graham, Wash.

2000s

Future Lutes – Adrianne and Ian Jamieson
Class of 2009
Future Lutes – Adrianne and Ian Jamieson
Class of 2009

Adrianne (Cryer) Jamieson and Ian Jamieson ’08 proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Margo Mae Jamieson, born on Dec. 25.

Shannon Schrecengost
Class of 2009
Shannon Schrecengost
Class of 2009

Shannon Schrecengost and Steven Donovan ’06 were married July 13 on Kauai. Lutes in attendance were Amanda Anuraga ’07, Benjamin Monte-Calvo ’07, Kaitlin (Hansen) Linke, Josh Hammerling ’11, Bryan Bakotich ’10, Emily Ewen ’08, David Johnston ’08, Mariesa Bus ’06, Christopher Pearson ’06, Stuart Fuller ’10 and Becca Taylor ’11. If you weren’t there, you don’t get it, bro.

Cory Cumming
Class of 2009
Cory Cumming
Class of 2009

Cory Cumming and Lauren (McNally ’08) Cumming were married on Dec. 21. Lutes in the wedding party were Jared Wigert ’07, Lindsay (May ’08) Willis and Randy Saager ’07, with Allison Bertelson, Erin (Parr ’08) Calata, Jerilynn Harris-Kilgore ’08 and Bethany (Kirstein ’06) Nedelisky performing during the ceremony. There were more than 40 other Lutes in attendance.

Christopher Staudinger
Class of 2008
Christopher Staudinger
Class of 2008

Christopher Staudinger married Tawny (Clark) Staudinger on Sept. 14 in Leavenworth, Wash. Christopher and Tawny are travel writers.

Carl Field
Class of 2008

Carl Field graduated from the University of Washington in August with a master’s degree in health administration. He currently works as senior practice advisor with UW Physicians in Seattle.

Lindsay Gordon
Class of 2008
Lindsay Gordon
Class of 2008

Lindsay (Park) Gordon married Eric Gordon ’09 on Sept. 7 at Washington’s Crystal Mountain. Lutes in attendance included Rebecca Lewis, Heather Dunning, Robbie Lee ’07, Danny Hibbard ’09, Kiki (Themelis ’07) Hibbard, Mycah Uehling ’09, Kimberly (Dixon ’06) Khan and Helena Yan He ’11.

Kara Lattu
Class of 2008
Kara Lattu
Class of 2008

Kara (Reckin) Lattu married Daniel Lattu in Minneapolis on Sept. 1.

Quinn Bartholomew
Class of 2008
Quinn Bartholomew
Class of 2008

Quinn (Urich) Bartholomew married Zwade Bartholomew on Oct. 4 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Brittany Urich ’10 was in the wedding party, and Lutes in attendance included Lisa Lennick, Mia (Wagoner) Johnson, Nissa Iversen ’06, Laura Benage ’06, Michael Perez ’07, Jess Caulkins and Rose Lioy ’12.

Liz Lamb-Ferro LaCroix
Class of 2007

Liz Lamb-Ferro LaCroix recently accepted a position as associate brand manager for Magic: The Gathering at Wizards of the Coast in Renton, Wash.

Kyle Nowadnick
Class of 2007

Kyle Nowadnick passed the Certified Financial Planner (r) exam in November.  He is currently working for Thrivent Financial in Everett, Wash.

Brad Lubken
Class of 2007
Brad Lubken
Class of 2007

Brad Lubken has published his eBook, It’s Just Cancer, on amazon.com. Entering his junior year at PLU in 2004, Brad was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of testicular cancer and underwent four rounds of chemotherapy and four invasive surgeries. His book describes his story, teaches what he has learned via his experience and explains why today he can say, “Cancer is the best thing to have ever happened to me.”

Ryan Stephens
Class of 2007
Ryan Stephens
Class of 2007

Ryan Stephens married Maggie (Morgan) Stephens in Seattle on Oct. 12. The couple met at PLU during their junior year. Lutes in the wedding party were Laura (Hunter) Rose ’03, ’10, Paige (Sthen) Ryan; Sara Cook ’06; Travis Pagel; Sean Harburg ’06; Benjamin Reese ’08; and Matt Burtness. Many more attended as guests. Ryan is a test engineer at Apple, and Maggie owns her own interior-design business. The couple lives in Cupertino, Calif.

Future Lutes - Adrienne and Jonathan Brenner
Class of 2006
Future Lutes - Adrienne and Jonathan Brenner
Class of 2006

Adrienne (Yoder) Brenner and husband Jonathan welcomed son Wesley Yoder Brenner on June 28, 2013.

Future Lutes - Amy and Anthony Nelson
Class of 2006
Future Lutes - Amy and Anthony Nelson
Class of 2006

Amy Nelson and husband Anthony welcomed son Dulé Robert Anderson on May 25, 2013.

Future Lutes - Emily and Daniel Pouley
Class of 2006
Future Lutes - Emily and Daniel Pouley
Class of 2006

Emily (Andrews) Pouley and her husband, Daniel, welcomed son Hudson James Pouley on Aug. 25.

Future Lutes - Desiree and Jesse Warren
Class of 2006
Future Lutes - Desiree and Jesse Warren
Class of 2006

Desiree (Long) Warren and husband Jesse welcomed daughter Raina Jubilee on March 19, 2013.

Future Lutes - Jamie and Andrew Wilson
Class of 2006
Future Lutes - Jamie and Andrew Wilson
Class of 2006

Jamie (Winter) Wilson and Andrew Wilson welcomed daughter Johanna Grace, born April 30, 2013. Johanna joins her very proud big brother, Asher.

Future Lutes - Bjorn and Leigh Ann Myhre
Class of 2006

Bjorn Myhre and his wife, Leigh Ann, welcomed son Hans Hugo Myhre on Nov. 12.

Future Lutes – Ashley and Garret Frei
Class of 2006
Future Lutes – Ashley and Garret Frei
Class of 2006

Ashley (Jamieson) Frei and her husband, Garrett, welcomed daughter Adilena Rita Frei on Nov. 24.

Rase McCray
Class of 2006

Rase McCray has been hired by the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale University as the director of news and external communications.

Emily Barker
Class of 2006
Emily Barker
Class of 2006

Emily (O’Leary) Barker accepted a position as organics and recycling specialist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in September. In 2012, she also became a volunteer master recycler/composter with Hennepin County. Emily continues to reside in St. Louis Park, Minn., with her husband, Joel, and two cats, Evey and Norman.

Future Lutes - Jacqueline and Adam Epperson
Class of 2005
Future Lutes - Jacqueline and Adam Epperson
Class of 2005

Jacqueline (Nuechterlein) Epperson and Adam Epperson ’02 welcomed a second son, Jude Carlisle Epperson, on Sept. 29.

Future Lutes - Erin McLaughlin-Sutterer and Matthew Sutterer
Class of 2005

Erin McLaughlin-Sutterer and husband Matthew Sutterer welcomed a baby boy, James Rohan Sutterer, on Sept. 18.

Future Lutes - Raechelle and Farid Baghirov
Class of 2005
Future Lutes - Raechelle and Farid Baghirov
Class of 2005

Raechelle (Watkins) Baghirov and husband Farid Baghirov welcomed daughter Brook Medina Baghirov on her due date, April 26, 2013.

​Amy Harmegnies
Class of 2005
​Amy Harmegnies
Class of 2005

Amy (Troftgruben) Harmegnies and select Boeing team members received a Technical Replication Award for developing a “One Boeing” effort to eliminate a chemical deemed for retirement by the EPA from all airplane programs. Amy led the project management for the initial effort for the 737 program. Amy is a project manager for Boeing Renton Commercial Programs in Engineering-Technical Integration.

Bridget (Roth) Baeth
Class of 2004
Bridget (Roth) Baeth
Class of 2004

Bridget (Roth) Baeth has joined JayRay Ads and Public Relations in Tacoma. Bridget will advise clients on branding, marketing and communication strategies. Bridget comes to JayRay from the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Future Lutes - Julie and Jeffrey Porter
Class of 2004

Julia (Filla) Porter and husband Jeffrey welcomed daughter Anna Grace Porter into their family on Dec. 16.

Marissa (Taylor) Meyer
Class of 2004

Marissa (Taylor) Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder and Scarlet, recently had a prerelease party at the Karen Hille Philips Center for the Performing Arts at PLU for the third book of her Lunar Chronicles series, Cress.

Future Lutes - Scott and Kimberly Olson
Class of 2003
Future Lutes - Scott and Kimberly Olson
Class of 2003

Scott Olson and his wife, Kimberly, announce the birth of their daughter, Eleanor Anne Olson, born in Ankara, Turkey, on June 15, 2013.  Scott and his wife work at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

Danielle Koenig
Class of 2002
Danielle Koenig
Class of 2002

Danielle Koenig married Matthew Kahler in August in a beautiful small ceremony in Olympia. Kristin (Buzzelli) Kendle was matron of honor.

Future Lutes - Brian and Abbey Riehs
Class of 2002
Future Lutes - Brian and Abbey Riehs
Class of 2002

Brian Riehs and Abbey (Schuetze ’04) Riehs welcomed their third child, Clara Esther, on May 26, 2013. She is a delightful addition to their family.

Future Lutes - Katie and Peter Streit
Class of 2002
Future Lutes - Katie and Peter Streit
Class of 2002

Katie (Gilliam) Streit and husband Peter welcomed son Andrew James Streit on Sept. 2—Labor Day.

Julie (Johnson) White
Class of 2001
Julie (Johnson) White
Class of 2001

Julie (Johnson) White married Michael White at Storybrook Farm in Redmond, Wash., on Sept. 14. Lutes in attendance were mother of the bride Nancy (Larson) Johnson ’73, Kristin (Becklund) Phillips ’01, Brendan Phillips ’02, Brandy (Hedger) Halprin, Kristin Hovenkotter-Greco ’02, Ryan Greco ’03, Heather (Trolia) Mueller, Sharon (Walker) Cockrum, Jeff Cockrum ’02, Todd Davis ’03, Melissa (Rose) Albert ’13 and Ashleigh Rose ’09.

Robyn Rost
Class of 2000

Robyn Rost moved back to her native Minnesota in July and in September began work at Gustavus Adolphus College as assistant director, reunion giving, in the office of Alumni and Parent Engagement.

1990s

Brandon VanDyke
Class of 1998

Brandon VanDyke was installed as worshipful master of Beaverton Masonic Lodge #100, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Oregon, on Dec. 7.  He will serve as master of the lodge until December 2014.

Future Lutes - Jeff and Lisa Burlingame
Class of 1998
Future Lutes - Jeff and Lisa Burlingame
Class of 1998

Lisa (Patterson) Burlingame and husband Jeff welcomed son Grayson Dale Burlingame on Feb. 5, 2012. Grayson joins their daughter, Tierney, who attends University of Washington.

Future Lutes - Brandon and Sara VanDyke
Class of 1998

Brandon VanDyke and wife Sara welcomed twin daughters Sofie Christina and Laurel Eileen on Aug. 1.

Norene Almeida - In Memoriam
Class of 1995

Norene Almeida died August 31, 2013.

Linda Rodriquez
Class of 1994

Linda Rodriquez is a substitute teacher with Tacoma Public Schools.

Karen Thygerson
Class of 1994

Karen Thygerson has written and illustrated a new picture book, Rhyme and Shine: Yoga Sun Salutation for Kids (Beau Fait Media), which presents the classic yoga sequence in easy-to-understand verse and is available at amazon.com.

You can view her website by visiting www.rhymeandshineyoga.com.

Future Lutes - Ellen and Zach Schwarting
Class of 1994
Future Lutes - Ellen and Zach Schwarting
Class of 1994

Ellen (Balstad) Schwarting and husband Zach welcomed daughter Freya Mei Schwarting on Aug. 21.

Shelley Zoller
Class of 1990
Shelley Zoller
Class of 1990

A few Lute friends gathered at Rockaway, Ore., in July 2013. Front row, left to right: Shelley Zoller ’90 and Kathy Pheister ’91. Back row, left to right: Nancy (Bal) Shaffer ’90, Karen (Thorson) Preston ’91 and Jane (Stewart) Bjork ’90.

1980s

Deirdre Reardon-Shaughnessy
Class of 1986

Deirdre Reardon-Shaughnessy was recently hired by the Mount Vernon Police Department as the criminal investigations secretary. After 16 years of medical transcription, she is now transcribing detectives’ notes and interviews. Her 20-year-old and 18-year-old daughters both left for college this fall, and she still has 10-year-old son Conrad at home.

Peter Reese died Aug. 18.
Class of 1985

Peter Reese died August 18, 2013.

Linda Arbaugh
Class of 1984
Linda Arbaugh
Class of 1984

The congregation of Linda (Lust ’84) Arbaugh and Jim Arbaugh ’84, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Granite Bay, Calif., is a PLU partner congregation, and it holds PLU Sunday annually. This year, Karli Taubeneck ’10 of PLU Admissions joined the congregation and gave a short presentation. Pictured, left to right: Melodee (Malm ’74) Mathay, Patty Beers, Linda Arbaugh, Taubeneck and Glenn Arney ’59.

Sandy Soohoo-Refaei
Class of 1983

Sandy Soohoo-Refaei is serving the second year of a three-year term as vice president for member relations for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, a 10,000-member professional organization. It gives her the opportunity to work with colleagues from all over the world and to mentor newer professionals in the field.

Susanne “Susi” (Gray) Becklund - In Memoriam
Class of 1983

Susanne “Susi” (Gray) Becklund died November 29, 2013.

Deborah Erickson
Class of 1982

Deborah Erickson became the dean of the School of Education at Point Loma Nazarene University in August after serving 11 years at California Lutheran University as a faculty member; interim department chair; and, since 2007, assistant dean in the Graduate School of Education.

Candace (Armstrong) Mumm
Class of 1982
Candace (Armstrong) Mumm
Class of 1982

Candace (Armstrong) Mumm was elected to the Spokane City Council in November, serving the Northwest District of Spokane. She was sworn in on Dec. 23 at City Hall in front of a crowd of family and friends by acting chief justice of the Washington State Court of Appeals Div. III, Laurel Siddoway. Candace’s four-year term runs through 2017.

Future Lutes - Scotty and Tammy Kessler
Class of 1981
Future Lutes - Scotty and Tammy Kessler
Class of 1981

Scotty Kessler and wife Tammy Kessler announce the birth of their daughter, Rylee Grace Kessler, born June 3, 2013. Rylee joins brothers Taylor (18) and Reid (15) Roelofs.

Ingrid (Johannessen) Albee
Class of 1980

Ingrid (Johannessen) Albee was named New Hampshire Emergency Nurse of the Year for 2013 by the New Hampshire Emergency Nurses Association, a national education and advocacy organization for emergency-department nurses.

Robert Craig - In Memoriam
Class of 1980

Robert Craig died in November.

1970s

Mike Dunbar - In Memoriam
Class of 1979

Mike Dunbar died September 13, 2013.

Kathryn (Hefty) Enselman - In Memoriam
Class of 1978

Kathryn (Hefty) Enselman died Sept. 9, 2013.

Keith Davis
Class of 1977

Keith Davis was named the national 2014 Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The award honors one outstanding U.S. family physician who provides patients with compassionate and comprehensive care and serves as a role model professionally and personally in his or her community.

Kari (Isaacson) Schlachtenhaufen
Class of 1975

Kari (Isaacson) Schlachtenhaufen was recently hired as executive director of Blue Mountain Community Foundation in Walla Walla, Wash. Previously she was the interim head of the Norwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, Minn.

Craig Huisenga
Class of 1974

Craig Huisenga has been hired as interim managing producer for NOVA Center for Performing Arts in Billings, Mont. A Billings native, Craig returned there four years ago after 12 years in San Diego and 16 years in Seattle working as a professional actor, director, teacher and administrator. Craig is an adjunct teacher at Rocky Mountain College.

Gene Sharratt
Class of 1974

Gene Sharratt was selected by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee as executive director of the Washington Student Achievement Council.

Abdullah El-Kuwaiz
Class of 1973

Abdullah El-Kuwaiz is chairman of the international advisory board of AQWA Power and chairman and fund manager of ICD Food and Agribusiness Fund in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Walter Tushkov - In Memoriam
Class of 1973

Walter Tushkov died September 1, 2013.

William Chris Boerger
Class of 1971

William Chris Boerger was installed in August as ELCA secretary during the closing worship of the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. A member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Snohomish, Wash., Boerger served two six-year terms as bishop of the ELCA Northwest Washington Synod based in Seattle.

Halvar Olstead
Class of 1971

Halvar Olstead attended the 2013 PLU Corporation meeting in September. A group of members had a chance to tour the new Eastvold Auditorium. It brought back many fond memories of Children’s Theater and other productions under the great professor Eric Nordholm.

Rich Leake
Class of 1970

Rich Leake, professor emeritus of management at Luther College, was elected in October to the Iowa Tennis Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his intercollegiate coaching record, state and national player rankings, and volunteer contributions promoting tennis as a lifetime sport. This award is the highest honor conferred by the Iowa Tennis Association.

1960s

Phil Formo
Class of 1968

Phil Formo recently published a fictional memoir, Papa—A Life Remembered, about his grandfather’s immigration from Norway and life as a theologian and professor in the Norwegian Lutheran Free Church. See www.papaaliferemembered.com for more information.

Margaret “Margee” (Christopherson) Stevely - In Memoriam
Class of 1968

Margaret “Margee” (Christopherson) Stevely died December 18, 2013

Julia Durr
Class of 1966

Julia Durr retired after 30-plus years in private practice at Parker Pediatrics and Adolescents, the first pediatric office in Douglas County, Colo. Julia also was a preceptor for Regis University FNP program and the University of Colorado FNP program. She was a clinical instructor in the department of pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Julia has three children, four stepchildren and 14 grandchildren. During retirement she is looking forward to spending time with family, traveling, whale watching and volunteering.

Gary L. Habedank - In Memoriam
Class of 1966

Gary L. Habedank died September 22, 2013

Stanley Hoobing
Class of 1965

Stanley Hoobing is serving as an ELCA interim pastor at First Lutheran Church in Circle, Mont., and American Lutheran Church in Richey, Mont.

Eris Aasland - In Memoriam
Class of 1964

Eris Aasland died October 25, 2013

Faith (Pettis) Reierson - In Memoriam
Class of 1962

Faith (Pettis) Reierson died November 1, 2013.

Roger Hildahl - In Memoriam
Class of 1962

Roger Hildahl died November 6, 2013

Marjean Scheele
Class of 1962
Marjean Scheele
Class of 1962

Class of 1962 roommates Marilyn (Paulson) Hansen and Marjean (Lawhead) Scheele roomed together once again as they traveled around Australia and New Zealand in September 2013.

John Roger Johnson - In Memoriam
Class of 1961

John Roger Johnson was tragically killed in the Navy Yard shootings in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16, 2013.

John Amend
Class of 1960

John Amend received Montana State University’s “Leaders and Legends” Distinguished Faculty Award at the MSU Homecoming in October. He was head of the MSU chemistry and biochemistry department in the 1990s.  He is currently president of MicroLab, a scientific instrument company.

David Dahl
Class of 1960
David Dahl
Class of 1960

David Dahl has a new publication of organ music called “The Organ Sings,” which joins five prior publications from Augsburg-Fortress Press. A new CD of organ music composed by Dahl and performed by Mark Brombaugh on the renowned John Brombaugh organ of Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma was released in December (Raven Records).Music on the recording covers 25 years of David’s compositional work.

1950s

Jan McMillan
Class of 1958

Jan McMillan was married to her partner of 30 years, Mary Ann Haarer, on Dec. 2. Classmate Tom Nelson served as the couple’s witness. Jan and Mary Ann live in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ken Robinson
Class of 1957

Ken Robinson has played the bagpipes for many years. Last summer he participated at the Scottish Games in Tacoma; Whidbey Island; and Enumclaw, Wash. He received third-, fourth- and fifth-place awards.

Vernon R. Hanson - In Memoriam
Class of 1955

Vernon R. Hanson died October 15, 2013.

Barbara (Ellis) Newland - In Memoriam
Class of 1955

Barbara (Ellis) Newland died August 18, 2013.

Clayton Allen Oldaker - In Memoriam
Class of 1953

Clayton Allen Oldaker died November 10, 2013.

1940s

Marv Tommervik
Class of 1942

Marv Tommervik was selected in 2013 for inclusion in the PAC-12 Football Officials Association’s Field of Honor. This was in recognition of his 20 years of service in the PIOB, the PAC-8 and PAC-10. The Field of Honor ceremony was held July 26, 2013, at the Stanford Football Stadium. At Pacific Lutheran University, Tommervik starred in football and became a Professor of Education and Athletic Director (1946-52) and eventually football and baseball coach. He was owner-operator of Parkland Fuel Oil Service from 1952-82. Tommervik officiated two Rose Bowls, in 1971 and 1975, and two East-West games. In 1963, Tommervik was inducted into the Helms National Association of Intercollegiate Football Hall of Fame. He served as president of the Western Washington Football Officials Association and was honored as a distinguished alumni by PLU in 1969 and 1990. He also served as the president of the Tacoma Athletic Commission and the PLU Alumni Association.

Marvin O. Loftness - In Memoriam
Class of 1940

Marvin O. Loftness died October 17, 2013.

1930s

Edna (Dagsland) Haneberg - In Memoriam
Class of 1930

Edna (Dagsland) Haneberg died December 11, 2013.

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