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 was hired as director of Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University.
Adrianne (Cryer) Jamieson and Ian Jamieson ’08 proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Margo Mae Jamieson, born on Dec. 25.
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 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 married Tawny (Clark) Staudinger on Sept. 14 in Leavenworth, Wash. Christopher and Tawny are travel writers.
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 (Reckin) Lattu married Daniel Lattu in Minneapolis on Sept. 1.
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.
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 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.
Adrienne (Yoder) Brenner and husband Jonathan welcomed son Wesley Yoder Brenner on June 28, 2013.
Amy Nelson and husband Anthony welcomed son Dulé Robert Anderson on May 25, 2013.
Emily (Andrews) Pouley and her husband, Daniel, welcomed son Hudson James Pouley on Aug. 25.
Desiree (Long) Warren and husband Jesse welcomed daughter Raina Jubilee on March 19, 2013.
Jamie (Winter) Wilson and Andrew Wilson welcomed daughter Johanna Grace, born April 30, 2013. Johanna joins her very proud big brother, Asher.
Ashley (Jamieson) Frei and her husband, Garrett, welcomed daughter Adilena Rita Frei on Nov. 24.
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.
Jacqueline (Nuechterlein) Epperson and Adam Epperson ’02 welcomed a second son, Jude Carlisle Epperson, on Sept. 29.
Raechelle (Watkins) Baghirov and husband Farid Baghirov welcomed daughter Brook Medina Baghirov on her due date, April 26, 2013.
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 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.
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 married Matthew Kahler in August in a beautiful small ceremony in Olympia. Kristin (Buzzelli) Kendle was matron of honor.
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.
Katie (Gilliam) Streit and husband Peter welcomed son Andrew James Streit on Sept. 2—Labor Day.
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.
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.
Ellen (Balstad) Schwarting and husband Zach welcomed daughter Freya Mei Schwarting on Aug. 21.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.