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1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976,
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990,
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, Memoriam
Hulda (Simonson) Jessen died on April 10. She attended PLC Normal School from
1932-34 and returned to PLC in 1960. She married Peter Jessen in 1935 and they had six
children. Hulda was an elementary school teacher and retired in 1969. She is survived by
three sons, Richard, Ed and John; and three daughters, Alice, Irene and Ruth; four
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death.
Nordis (Arneson) Torvend died on March 17. She was a teacher in Seattle and
Maplewood and also a homemaker. She worked briefly for the central branch of the
Multnomah County Library and for the Oregon Employment Service before retiring. In
1941 she married Palmer Torvend and they had two children, Judy and Paul. Nordis is
survived by her two children. Palmer died in 1997.
Edward Nathaniel Svinth died on Jan. 31, of heart failure. After graduation from PLC,
Ed continued his education at Washington State University, and graduated in 1942 with a
degree in agricultural science education. He married Nita Cole in 1941. He taught
agriculture at Kelso High School in 1944, moving to Chehalis High School in 1948
where he retired in 1976. He was particularly proud of his years at PLU and two children,
Nita Marie (Svinth '65) Maas and Thomas Svinth '90. In retirement, Ed served in lay
ministry and mission service in India, Africa and Denmark. At Ed's funeral in Aberdeen,
Wash., family and friends celebrating his life found him dressed in his PLC letterman's
sweater. His daughter said that Ed especially treasured his football moniker at PLC as
"Iron Man" Svinth, a testimony to his vigor while playing right tackle on the team.
Carl Faulk died on June 8. He was a teacher in Yelm for many years and worked for the
PLU Bookstore and the cities of Milton and Sumner. He was a lifelong member of First
Evangelical Lutheran Church and served the community in many ways including as a
Daffodilian for 31 years, honorary Grand Marshall of the Daffodil Parade and on the
advisory board for Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care. He is survived by his wife,
Margaret; two sons, Bruce and John; and two grandchildren.
Marjorie (Delin) Fallstrom died on May 16. After PLU, Marjorie married Charles
Fallstrom '39, and they resided in Issaquah until 1994 where she taught fifth grade and
was a founding member of the Clark Elementary School PTSA. They had two children,
David and Carole. Marjorie was a volunteer with the Camp Fire Girls which earned her
many awards including the Ernest Thompson Seton National Camp Fire Award in 1961.
She volunteered with the Seattle-King County chapter of the American Red Cross for
more than 20 years and earned the Retired Senior Volunteer Program award in 1988. She
also served on many committees with United Way and was a founding member of St.
Andrew's Lutheran Church in Bellevue. Marjorie is survived by her two children and five
grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death.
Harry Lang retired from the Clover Park School District after 52 years of service, the
final year as president of the school board.
Dorothy (Rasmussen) Sandvig died on June 28. She was born in Ansirabe, Madagascar,
and raised in St. Paul, Minn. After PLU she completed nurses training at Swedish
Hospital in Seattle and married her husband, Edwin, in 1948. Dorothy worked as a
registered nurse for several years before moving to Portland in 1977 where she and
Edwin founded Luke-Dorf Inc. Luke-Dorf is a residential facility for young adults with
serious mental illness. Dorothy managed the facility until her retirement in 1990. She is
survived by her husband; sons, Stephen, Peter and Timothy; daughters, Heidi and Kari;
12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
In June, Wilbert Ericson traveled to Japan to join in the celebration of the 80th
anniversary of the social welfare work of the Japan Lutheran Church. He was a
missionary in Japan for 35 years, which included 2½ years as the director of Powlas
Nursing Home in Kumamoto.
Chauncey and Nellie (Risa '46) Christofferson celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on June 5 in Marysville, Wash. They met and were married while Chauncey
was a student at PLC. Many friends and alumni of PLU attended the open house that was
hosted by their son, Mark '84.
Phil Vorvick '52 died on Feb. 20, 1998. His wife, Bonnie, introduced a videotaped series
of interviews with Phil as he was in the last months of dying from cancer, at the fifth
annual Health Ministry Workshop in Sequim, Wash., on March 13.
Jim Jaeger retired last year after 38 years of chaplaincy and parish ministry in the
ELCA. He retired as a full colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves after having been recalled
during Desert Storm. Jim and his wife, Connie (Hanson '55), live in Federal Way,
Paul Running died in December. He married Marilyn Loucks in 1957. Paul attended
Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., was ordained in 1958 and served at First
Lutheran Church of Manitowoc, Wis., from 1960 to 1962. In 1962 he re-enlisted in the
military and served with the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton. He was one of the
first chaplains ashore with infantry units in Vietnam. His military awards included the
National Defense Medal before retiring with 30 years of service in 1984. Paul is survived
by his wife, four children and six grandchildren.
Otto and Barbara (Johansen) Tollefson spent June and July in Russia, Estonia, Latvia,
Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia with East European Missions Network. They
conducted marriage and family seminars, evangelism workshops and English Bible
David Wold, Bishop of the SW Washington Synod, recently participated in a Habitat for
Humanity project with six congregations from the Olympia area. The entire staff of the
synod office turned out to lend a hand.
Lori Steen recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity project with six congregations
from the Olympia area. Lori attends Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Olympia.
Al Dungan is a part-time counselor in the drug and alcohol program at the Allentown
Rescue Mission in Allentown, Pa. This is a state-licensed drug and alcohol, in-patient,
long-term care program that helps men who are trying to get back on its feet and become
responsible members of society. Al is impressed with the Christian emphasis at the
mission and adds, "They really live what they preach and it's extremely well-run."
Hildred (Hansen) Dungan's Lutheran Brotherhood Agency in Allentown, Pa., was
named the 1998 Agency of the Year. H.L. Dungan and Associates was selected to receive
the award based on its exceptional agency growth, agency culture, fraternal outreach
effectiveness, quality service to members, and the personal development and performance
of all agency representatives. Hildred was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame
in the spring as the recipient of the award. The Hall of Fame is the highest honor that
Lutheran Brotherhood pays to members of its sales force. Hildred received a Bachelor of
Science degree in business administration from Muhlenberg College in May 1998.
Richard Peterson and Muriel Swenson '73 recently developed a new ELCA
congregation, Abundant Life Lutheran Church, in McDonough, Ga. In May, they moved
to Hot Springs Village, Ark., where Muriel is developing a new congregation,
Community of Joy Lutheran Church, and Richard is associate pastor of Christ Lutheran
Annette (Foege) Stixrud, director of Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries in Portland,
Ore., led sessions about "The Art of Wellness," at the fifth annual Health Ministry
Workshop on March 13 in Sequim, Wash.
Anna Israelson died on April 16. Anna was born on Jan. 30, 1907, in Franklin, Minn.
She graduated from Northern State Teachers College in Marquette, Mich., in 1929. She
taught in Michigan before her marriage in 1938 to Silas Israelson. They moved to Randle,
Wash., in 1947. Anna taught second and fourth grade in Randle before retiring in 1971.
While teaching, she returned to school and earned a bachelor of education degree from
PLU in 1961. After her husband died in 1972, she moved to Seattle to live with her
daughter, Cynthia Matson. She is survived by her daughter, grandson, Jon Matson '88;
granddaughter, Liisa Peterson '93 grandson-in-law, Jon Peterson '94; and great-
grandson, Shane Peterson.
Dong Kim owns Continental Sales Co. of Santa Cruz, Calif. It is one of the top optical
labs in the country. After PLU, he joined Continental as an investor with three others in
1967. Eventually Dong quit his job and took over ownership of Continental. With a
sample case of frames, he set out in his Volkswagen Beetle and began selling eyeglass
frames. He traveled 80,000 miles that year going from one doctor's office to another. The
company now employs 300 people, has five optical labs and customers in 31 countries.
Inabelle June (Larson) Otwell and her husband, Wilbur, participated in a church
mission project in the Philippines in November. In April, they traveled to Italy on an art
tour with Edgemont Junior High School in Puyallup.
Ret. Lt. Col. Donald Stegmann died in April at the age of 84. He retired from the U.S.
Army in 1962 after 21 years of service. He enlisted as a private after the Pearl Harbor
attack in World War II. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1943 and served in
combat with the Third Infantry Division during WWII in France, Germany and Austria;
at the Japan Logistical Center during the Korean War; at the United Nations in Palestine
in 1949; and on general staff at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was awarded the Silver Star,
Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, and many other decorations and
service awards. After Donald's service in the Army, he earned degrees in business
administration and education from PLU and taught in Olympia for 10 years, before
retiring in 1975. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Donald is
survived by his wife, Helene, and a sister, Gloria. His parents, a brother and a sister
preceded him in death.
Mary Jane Isensee, retired administrative director of the Oregon Institute of Technology
Student Health Services, received administrator emeritus status from OIT in June. She
worked at OIT for 14 years and was recognized for setting campus health services
standards. She implemented seminars and wellness clinics, coordinated response to
health-related campus emergencies and prepared and distributed educational literature.
Before OIT, she worked as a school nurse, a staff and head hospital nurse and a public
Robert Sanders' daughter, Summer, 1992 Olympic gold medallist, has written a book
titled, "Champions Are Raised Not Born — How my parents made me a success." She is
also the co-host of "NBA's Inside Stuff" and host of Nickelodeon's "Figure It Out."
Brent Olsen's daughter, Sanna Liv '99, graduated from PLU in May, with a bachelor of
arts degree in sociology. Brent is a public information officer for the Washington State
Department of Transportation.
Bill and Carolyn (Malde '66) Kees live in Park Ridge, Ill. Carolyn was certified as a
spiritual director in 1998 and works as a parish nurse. Bill is the director of ELCA Youth
Gathering and is currently focused on the ELCA Gathering June 28-July 2 and July 5-9,
2000, in St. Louis.
Connie Kravas was named Major Gift Laureate by the Institute for Charitable Giving in
March. The award was given for her lifetime achievement in the field. She accepted the
honor in Kansas City. Connie has started a new position as vice chancellor for university
advancement at the University of California, Riverside, where she oversees development,
alumni relations, communications, legislative relations, new initiatives and economic
Jack Kintner was featured in the May 10 edition of People magazine. He is a Lutheran
pastor and for 14 years he has flown his own plane around the San Juan Islands
ministering to Lutheran congregations on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands, about 90
miles north of Seattle. He also transports elderly parishioners to medical appointments in
mainland Bellingham, Wash., site of the closest hospital. The church is planning to
transfer him soon to a parish in British Columbia, where he won't need to fly. Before the
San Juan Islands, he was a pastor at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Lynne Nelson Cleland died on April 18. Lynne earned a master's degree and Ph.D. from
the University of Washington. She was an educational psychologist at ABCD Associates
and a member of Seattle Tashkent Sister City committee. She was also a citizen-diplomat
for Earthstewards Network, visiting Russia several times. She is survived by her husband,
Bob Cleland; her mother and a sister; and Bob's son and daughter.
Miriam Kirkwood and her husband, Don, have been volunteering at Washington tate
parks, most recently, Fort Canby State Park. They lead tours of North Head Lighthouse
but they have also painted restrooms, cleaned up garbage, and worked at the Lewis and
Clark Interpretive Center. Besides their state park involvement, they have also helped
their church organization convert a large storage building in Oakland, Calif., into low-
income housing, painted a child-care home in New Orleans, and helped to build a home
in Florida for a woman whose mobile home was riddled with holes in the floor and roof,
and had no running water.
Jim Girvan was named a 1999 Master Teacher at Idaho State University in Pocatello,
Idaho. He was one of five professors at the university chosen for this award, the oldest of
the three outstanding faculty awards given each spring at ISU. Master Teachers are
chosen for their teaching expertise and are nominated by students, alumni and colleagues.
Jim is the chair of ISU's department of health and nutrition sciences. He has been at ISU
since 1986. He has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, bachelor of arts degree in
art and master of arts degree in science education from PLU. He has a doctorate in health
education from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in public health from the
University of Washington in health services/community health.
Judy (Read) Jeffery received the 1999 British Petroleum Company Teacher of
Excellence Award. She previously received the 1997 Presidential Award for teaching
excellence in secondary mathematics, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Judy teaches math for gifted students at Goldenview Middle School in Anchorage.
Jeanne Landdeck-Sisco is the executive director of Casa de los Ninos Crisis Care
Center for children in Tucson, Ariz. In December she received an honorary doctor of
humanities degree from International Seminary in Plymouth, Fla. Accompanying the
degree was a letter of congratulations from Daniel J. Tyler, president of International
Seminary, which included these comments: "As executive director of Casa de los Ninos
since 1987, you have exemplified the kind of spiritual leadership needed in today's
world." Jeanne holds a master of social work degree from the University of Washington.
Stephen Johnston died on April 11. He served four years in the Navy before attending
PLU. He began his career at the Pierce County Juvenile Court in 1970 and served as the
administrator for 17 years, remaining an advocate for youth. He enjoyed being with his
family, camping, golfing, fishing and bird hunting with friends. He also had a passion for
classical music and history. Stephen is survived by his wife, Betty '69; sons, Chris and
Brian; and mother, Jessie.
Linda Jensen died on Dec. 3. She had lived in Sacramento since 1986 and was an
accounting supervisor at Rayley's/Bel Air Foods. She is survived by her daughter, Erika;
her parents, Clarence and Thelma Jensen; and a sister, Pam Jensen.
Steve Mangelsen continues as executive vice president and chief financial officer at
Raytek Corporation in Santa Cruz, Calif. The corporation has expanded into eight
countries over the past six years with the most successful being in China, where it has
four offices including manufacturing. The company is headquartered in Santa Cruz with
an additional manufacturing facility in Berlin.
Steven Wall was named district president and Puyallup campus president by the Pierce
College Board of Trustees in June. He has held leadership posts at the college for more
than 15 years and most recently was executive dean of the Puyallup campus. He began at
the college in 1978 as associate dean for student development.
Joseph Feth was named chief executive officer by the Provena Health board of directors
effective July 1. Provena Health has 11,000 employees and is part of the nonprofit
Catholic healthcare system. The integrated health care delivery network includes seven
hospitals, 13 long-term and residential facilities and more than 40 clinics in Illinois and
Indiana. Joseph is also a diplomat in the American College of Healthcare Executives and
a past board member of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. He was previously the
president and chief operating officer at Provena.
Karl Nelson has assumed responsibilities as director of research for Aultman Health
Foundation in Canton, Ohio. Aultman Hospital has been recognized by William Mercer,
Inc., and HCIA as one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States.
Alma Schamber Shea is building a new home on Anderson Island, Wash. She retired
from the IRS in February 1995 and is currently waging her second breast cancer battle in
the last four years.
Daniel Tutt and Diane Gormley Tutt '74 announce the graduation of their daughter,
2nd Lt. Danielle M. Tutt, on June 2 from the United States Air Force Academy in
Claudia (Barnes) Pierson earned a master of science degree in education from Western
Oregon University, Fairbanks, Alaska campus, in August. She is a first-grade teacher at
Joy Elementary School in Fairbanks.
Dana Walk died on July 24 after a five-year battle with breast cancer. Dana was an
instructor at the University of Idaho. She earned her master's degree in English as a
Second Language from UI in 1991 where she was pursuing her doctorate degree in
teacher education. She also served as organist and choir director at Grace Lutheran and
Trinity Lutheran churches in Lewiston. She is survived by her daughter, Libby; mother;
and two brothers.
Kristine (Rebholz) Uhlman is writing a publication for the National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children that will provide guidance to parents who find themselves at risk
of abduction or the victim of an abduction. Her son, Hani, who was kidnapped with his
sister at the age of 2, was returned to Kristine at the age of 19.
Gene Sharratt was selected by Washington State University president Samuel Smith as
an example of the successful mentor-student relationship that exists at WSU. He was
honored at the 103rd commencement on May 8 at WSU. His career in education spans 24
years, including the last eight as superintendent of the North Central Educational Service
District in Wenatchee. He and his team of colleagues work with 29 school districts and
serve more than 40,000 students.
Peg Zander is the coordinator at the Harold Oliver Community School for Portland
Parks and Recreation in Portland, Ore. On July 1, she assumed the duties of president-
elect for the Oregon Community Education Association.
David Johnson celebrates 17 years at Cal Poly Pomona in October. He is currently in
judicial affairs, his 12th job assignment, and deals with all areas of student conduct. He
also enjoys serving as the 1974 PLU Class Representative and encourages all Lutes from
the class of '74 to send him their email addresses to join the class listserve at
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrian Kalil returned from the Games in Amsterdam in August 1998 with three bronze
medals in swimming. Two of the medals were for individual events, and one was for a
relay, that came in third by 1/100 of a second. He was one of 1,130 swimmers from 35
countries. Adrian lives in Oregon and swims for San Diego. He is in his 19th year as a
nurse-anesthetist for Kaiser Health Plan of Oregon and lives in a house he built about 20
miles from Portland. This year he will act as interim medical director for the Portland
Marathon and although retired from triathlon competition, he still happily devotes his
time as a finish-line medical volunteer at Ironman events around the world including
Germany, Canada and Hawaii. email@example.com
Robert Hulshouser was confirmed as an officer on the international board of directors of
the American Society for Industrial Security. He was presenter and guest at the fifth
anniversary celebration of the Estonian Security Association in Tallinn.
Debra Miles is in the bachelor of science in nursing, residency program at Evergreen
Hospital in Kirkland, Wash.
Jon Lackey is active in the Washington, D.C., area as a concert artist. He also heads an
artist management company, Black Tie Arts Management, and a record company,
Water's Edge Records. www.erols.com/btam or www.watersedgerecords.com
Doug Ely accepted a position as sales manager for Manna Freight System, based in
Minneapolis. He will be opening a new sales service center at the Los Angeles
Matthew Mattila is a lecturer at Eastern Washington University in the School of Social
Work. He also directs a child welfare training program for the Idaho Bureau of Family
and Children's Services. Matt lives in Hayden, Idaho, with his wife, Rebecca; daughter,
Ellen; and son, Mason. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Neswick was inducted into the 1999 Pasco High School Hall of Fame for his work
as an organist. After PLU, Bruce studied at Yale University, has won international
awards for organ improvisation, is a fellow of the American Guild of Organists and has
studied, performed and taught in Europe. He is currently assistant organist and
choirmaster at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and head
choirmaster at the National Cathedral School for Girls and St. Alban's School for Boys.
School and city officials hope that future graduates will see the inductees as role models.
Nominations for this honor are received from the Pasco High School leadership class,
faculty members and community members.
Roger Reed accepted a new position as a research technician in the institutional research
office at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Jill (Himlie) Barnard is a new board member for the Olde Towne Shelton Association.
She and her husband, Scott, are restoring an old building that will become home to their
1912 Investment Company when it is completed.
Jon Overvold is the new director of pastoral care at Florence Nightingale Health Center
in Manhattan, which is part of The Health-Care Chaplaincy in New York City. He had
been the director of pastoral care at Franklin Hospital Medical Center on Long Island,
N.Y., since 1994.
Becky (Hucko) Fontaine was the recent recipient of the Voice for Children Award by
the Washington State Children's Alliance, for her advocacy for children's issues. She is
executive director of First Place for Children, a therapeutic day care center with five sites
in Tacoma, including one on East Campus at PLU.
Deyonne Lehman and her husband of 16 years, Ted, built their modest dream home on
23 acres west of Yakima, Wash., three years ago. Deyonne has been at Yakima Memorial
Hospital for 19 years and is currently the senior computer analyst. Ted has been an
extrusion operator for 16 years. Fourteen-year-old Brianna and 12-year-old Kyle are the
joy of their lives and keep them on the run with their many sports and activities.
Mary Ann (Faunce) Nielson '80, '87 and Clyde Simmons were married on June 5 in
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Mary Ann retired in June from school administration. She was
also a teacher for 19 years, which included teaching at PLU in the School of Education
and the School of the Arts. Most recently she was the principal at Lutacaga Elementary
School in Othello, Wash. The highlight of Mary Ann's last year of teaching was
Washington Gov. Gary Locke's visit to Lutacaga. In retirement she will be doing contract
work with colleges and school districts. Clyde is an orchardist and wheat farmer. They
will make their home in Wenatchee, Wash.
Joye Redfield is a public information manager for the Washington State Department of
Ecology after working 10 years at the Yakima Herald-Republic.
John Swanson, a Navy lieutenant commander, recently completed a six-month
deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian oceans and Arabian Gulf, while assigned to
the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the ships of the U.S.S. Boxer Amphibious
Ready Group. He was also involved in multiple community relations projects during port
visits in Australia, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Kenya, Singapore and Thailand.
Craig Muller and his wife, Janet, announce the birth of Jenna Lynn on March 2. She
joins 5-year-old Erica.
In May, Mark Pederson performed as a tenor soloist with the Glacier Orchestra and
Chorale in Whitefish and Kalispell, Mont. The season finale featured the music of
Mozart's "Requiem in D Minor" and 20th-century composer Alan Hovhannes.
David Perry was appointed director of ethics programs at the Markkula Center for
Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University in California. Previously he taught ethics at
Seattle University from 1993 to 1999.
Jan Ellertson and her partner, Diane, announce the birth of Kendra Bessmarie on May 3.
Jan is a police officer with the city of Portland, Ore.
Karin Rose and Daniel Bly were married July 10 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in
Marysville, Wash. Karin's nieces, 9-year-old Kiersten Sahlberg and 6-year-old Marja
Ritchie, and nephew, 9-year-old Aidan Ritchie, all of whose parents are PLU alumni,
provided special music. Karin is a teacher in the Monroe School District, and Daniel is a
custody officer with the Snohomish County Department of Corrections.
Peter Schurch and Barbara Buhler were married May 21 in Zurich, Switzerland. Peter is
controller at Kieser Training, and Barbara is a personnel manager.
Bill Trueit recently accepted a position at Cascade High School in Everett, Wash., as a
sophomore English teacher and yearbook advisor. He is also a professor at City
University in Seattle, teaching master's level computer technology to educators.
John and Carissa (Schuetze '87) Lewis announce the birth of Rachel Grace on Nov. 4,
19989. She joins 5-year-old Jonathan and 3-year-old Elizabeth. John is the director of
Tacoma College Ministry, and Carissa is a stay-at-home mom.
Kevin Skogen is the pastor of Reformed Presbyterian Church on Lookout Mountain, Ga.
He and his wife, Dana, have ministered there for the last six years. They enjoy living in
Dixieland with their six children, 14-year-old Jacob, 12-year-old Caleb, 10-year-old Seth,
8-year-old Joey, 6-year-old Annie and 4-year-old Bonnie.
Karen Weathermon and Paul Smith were married Aug. 15, 1998, at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Parkland. Karen completed a Ph.D. in English at Washington State University
in May. She is the assistant editor of "Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies." Paul is
on the music faculty at Washington State University.
Mariko Nishida is a manager for bids and proposals at Lucent Technologies Japan Ltd.
She lives in Tokyo.
David Coltom, a district representative at Lutheran Brotherhood, has earned membership
in the fraternal benefit society's prestigious President's Club. Only nine percent of
representatives nationwide qualify for this club.
Ivan Gruhl and his wife, Kathleen, announce the birth of Ivan II, in March. He joins 6-
year-old Marcus and 2-year-old twins, Jacqueline and John.
Kathleen Sanford was selected by Working Mother magazine and the Kellogg Company
as Busiest Working Mother. Her family was also featured in the magazine in 1998 as a
family that works together. Kathleen is the vice president of nursing and the administrator
of the Silverdale campus for Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, Wash.
Bradley Tilden was named vice president/finance and chief financial officer of Alaska
Airlines and Alaska Air Group by its board of trustees, effective Feb. 12. He is currently
vice president/finance and controller. Bradley joined Alaska in 1991 and has since held a
variety of positions of increasing responsibility in the finance department. Previously he
worked for the public accounting firm of Price Waterhouse in the company's Melbourne,
Australia, and Seattle offices. Besides a bachelor's degree in business administration
from PLU, Bradley has a MBA from the University of Washington.
Ken McElroy is the president and CEO of McElroy Management in Fountain Hills, Ariz.
His wife, Laura Melane, is a registered nurse. They have a 2-year-old son, Kyle.
Joe Breeze recently left his position as assistant sports editor of the Pierce County Herald
newspaper. He will be pursuing his own motorsports magazine.
Marianne (Dubs) Clark and her husband, David, announce the birth of Alexandria on
Feb. 27. She joins 2-year-old Victoria. They recently moved to Mississippi, where David
is a plant manager for a printing company and Marianne is a stay-at-home mom.
Gary Dahl and his wife, Tineke, have moved to Silverdale, Wash., with their two
children, 6-year-old Oliver and 2-year-old Solveig. Gary assumed a new position as vocal
music teacher in the Central Kitsap School District. Both Gary and Tineke are members
of the Bremerton Symphony, and Gary is chorusmaster for Kitsap Opera.
Arild Barrett and his wife, Lora, announce the birth of Amelia on June 10. She joins 5-
year-old Benjamin and 2-year-old Nicholas. Arild is an aerospace engineer at McClellan
Air Force Base.
Douglas Goodart earned a master of science degree in organizational business
management from the University of LaVerne in Los Angeles. He is a lieutenant in the
U.S. Naval Reserves and works as a supply officer.
Kristine (Kvale) Hoskins and her husband, Glenn, announce the birth of Sara Annika in
April. She joins 2-year-old Samantha Kristine.
Robert Stone has been appointed vice president for financial planning and analysis at
The Boeing Co. He was most recently assistant treasurer. His job will be to create "a
company wide framework to set financial targets, measure progress and evaluate strategic
Melissa Ibanez was recently promoted to director of financial aid at Syracuse University
College of Law in Syracuse, N.Y. She was previously the associate director of financial
Kristi Running Chiaravallotti and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of Nelson Paul
on March 30. He joins 7-year-old Adrianne and 3-year-old Nathan. Kristi is a lieutenant
commander in the Navy Reserves as a nurse corps officer. She is also a civilian nurse at
Naval Medical Center San Diego. Joe is the executive officer, second in command, on
board the U.S.S. Jarrett in San Diego. They host an Officer Christian Fellowship group in
Chris Hinds has a new position as elementary principal in the Clover Park School District. She was previously the principal at Chautauqua Elementary in the Vashon Island
Nora (Myhre) Woodward has a new position as competence manager at LM Ericsson
Data AB in Stockholm, Sweden. She oversees 16 people working with application
support, training, implementation support, and marketing in the area of product data management for Ericsson worldwide.
Nancy Wendland Feehrer and her husband, John, announce the birth of twins, Timothy
Reid and Isabelle Ann on May 19. They join 3½-year-old Derek and 1½-year-old Nathan.
Major Jon Tigges assumed command at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls,
Mont., on June 30. He was previously at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas.
Barbara (DenHoed) Kwekel and her husband, Tim, announce the birth of Andrew
James on July 21, 1998. He joins 8-year-old Nicholas, 5-year-old Hannah, and 3-year-old
Ken Swanson and Suzanne Arter '92 were married May 29 at Kennewick First United
Methodist Church in Kennewick, Wash. PLU alumni in the wedding party included
bridesmaid Susan Swanson '92 and groomsmen Chris Swanson '84 and Paul Grigsby '86. Ken is a computer scientist at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in
Richland, Wash., and Suzanne completed a bachelor of science degree in May. (see class
Scott and Kristin (Ball '88) Sears announce the birth of Josiah Stephen on Jan. 18. He
joins 5-year-old Karissa and 3-year-old Jonathan. Scott is a youth pastor at Bethany
Baptist Church in Puyallup, Wash.
Renee-Michelle Charboneau Kirk and her husband, Barry, announce the birth of
Heather-Lynn Faith, on June 30. She joins 15-year-old Daniel, 6-year-old Taylor, and 2-
Eric Anderson is assistant professor of molecular biology, biochemistry, and
microbiology at the University of Maine. He earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Oregon
State University in 1995 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of pathobiology
at the University of Washington from 1995-98. Eric makes vaccines and gives exams
when he's not freezing, remodeling, swatting blackflies, running from mosquitoes or
David and Nancy (Minetti '87) Ericksen announce the birth of Callie Marie on July 22.
She joins Scott, Ryan and Jared.
Elke (Griessmeyer) Major and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of Annika
Robin on July 6. She joins 3-year-old Joya Elisabeth and 18-month-old Alexander
Michael. Elke is a homemaker and Pampered Chef consultant.
Laura (Robinson) Long and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of Timothy on July
29, 1998. Laura has taken a long hiatus from her graphic design business to be a stay-at-
Kevin and Elizabeth (Graham '86) Walczyk live in Monmouth, Ore., where Kevin is
professor of music at Western Oregon State College, and Elizabeth has a piano studio
with 40 students. Kevin's Incantations for Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Piano and MIDI
Tape was presented by colleagues in the Lagerquist Concert Hall at PLU as part of a
Northwest tour in February.
Linda Hagen-Smith, director of the Third North nursing unit at Good Samaritan
Hospital, was named February's Samaritan of the Month.
Shawna McLaughlin is hosting "Around the Sound" on KSTW-TV in Tacoma. Topics
have ranged from ballot measures to health and fitness. A show that first aired in March
featured "ER" star Eriq La Salle, Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant, and members of
the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Shelly Cano '98 is co-producer of the show. "Around the
Sound" is expected to begin airing weekly in September.
Colleen Kelley Heyer and her husband, Karl, announce the birth of Maile (rhymes with
smiley and is the name of the fragrant vine that grows in the mountains of Hawaii) on
May 10. She joins 5-year-old Karl and 3-year-old Kelley.
John Shoup is in his second year as principal of Woodland High School in Woodland,
Wash., and Debbie (Mortensen) Shoup is a pediatric home care registered nurse in
Eric Olson is the new head of Peace Health Medical Clinic in Mossyrock, Wash. He also
works in the on-call rotation for family practitioners at Peace Health's central facility, St.
John Medical Center in Longview, Wash. He looks forward to spending more time with
his wife, Kimberly (Wilson '89), their 4-year-old son, Joshua, and 10-month-old twins,
Matthew and Katrina. Before Peace Health, he was one of only two physicians doing
obstetrics in Quincy, Wash. His three-year internship at Swedish Hospital and Medical
Center in Seattle included a rotation in the emergency and trauma center at Harborview
Charles Bryan Colson started a new job as travel manager at Nextlink in Bellevue,
Wash., on March 29.
Patrick and Jenae (Boyd) Kirby announce the birth of Alea Kari on April 15.
Carol Cubbage and Ben LePage were married April 24 in Gandy's Beach, N.J. Carol is
an associate scientist at SmithKline Beecham and Ben is a senior research scientist in the
State Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Kim McLean Fowler and her husband, Richard, announce the birth of Robert David on
May 10. He joins 3-year-old Jim. Kim is a senior research engineer at Battelle's Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. She also works as an adjunct faculty
member at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, teaching pollution prevention for the
environmental science/engineering department.
Mary Anne Hatch and Donald Van Doornik were married July 11, 1998, at Summit
Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bremerton, Wash. Mary Anne is a teacher and counselor
in the South Kitsap School District and Donald is a fishery biologist.
Michelle (Clark) and Chris '89 Molyneux announce the birth of Sarah Alexandra, on
May 3. She joins 3-year-old Katie. www.worldaccessnet.com/~cmolyneux
Allison Hoffman and Gary Nelson were married March 20. Sandi Vono '88 was the
matron of honor. Allison is a teacher at Mountain View Elementary School and Gary is a
teacher at Shelton High School.
Tim and Lisa (De Bell '89) Spangler announce the birth of Annelise Claire on Dec. 22.
She joins 2-year-old Andrew Timothy. Tim is a store manager for REI, in Spokane,
Judy (Slater) and Greg '91 Oehling announce the birth of Jackson Chase on Feb. 8.
Greg is a superintendent in international shipping at Husky Terminal in Tacoma, and
Judy is taking a break from TV news to enjoy her new baby.
Cheryl (Gadeken) Cuillier and her husband, David, announce the birth of Lauren on
April 15. She joins 2-year-old Paul. Cheryl and David have moved to Everett, Wash.,
where David is an editor at the Everett Herald, and Cheryl is a full-time mom.
Kimberly Andrews and Michael Showalter were married Sept. 11, 1998, at First United
Methodist Church in Olympia. Kimberly is employed by Gemini Corporation, and
Michael is employed by Falls Terrance Restaurant.
Steven Wreggit has a new position as human factors engineer at Daimler Chrysler. He
and his wife, Katrina (Neely '89), have moved to Portland, Ore.
Scott and Jennifer (Witter) Lerch announce the birth of Nicole on March 20. She joins
Robert Ristow transferred from Columbus, Ohio, to Wilmington, Del., to work
exclusively on Dupont Corporation projects.
Nate and Barb (Davis '90) Thoreson announce the birth of Kiana Leigh on Aug. 10.
She joins 5-year-old Luke. They recently moved to Post Falls, Idaho, where Nate is a
physical therapist with fellow Lute David Hillman '89. David started a large physical
therapy and sports medicine outpatient clinic in Post Falls in 1995. He earned a master of
science degree in physical therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 1992. Nate
joined the clinic after earning a master of science degree in physical therapy from the
University of the Pacific in 1998. David and his wife, Cathy (Renz '88,'91), have three
sons, 5-year-old Michael, 3-year-old Matthew, and 1-year-old Zachary. Both families feel
blessed to be together.
Fred Brader and his wife, Shayne, announce the birth of Davis Riley, on May 14. He
joins 5-year-old Chase and 2-year-old twins, Cameron and Devan. Fred is general
manager at Fiber Reclaim, Inc., in Spokane, Wash.
Jon Edmonds earned membership in Lutheran Brotherhood's Million-Dollar Round
Table (MDRT). Membership is attained by meeting or exceeding the annual production
requirement and becoming a member of the local life underwriters association. MDRT is
an international, independent association of leading sales professionals in the life-
insurance-based financial services business.
Lisle (Tonnesen) Slichko and her husband, Matthew, announce the birth of Lance Evan
on June 4. Lisle is a staff nurse in the women and newborn center at Tacoma General
Kristen Carter was promoted to account manager for major strategic accounts at GTE
Corporation in June. She also received the 1998 GTE Circle of Success Silver Award
Susan (Andrews) Spengler and her husband, John, announce the birth of Grant William
on March 2. Grant already loves camping in the Colorado mountains. Sue returned to
teaching sixth grade on a half-time basis in September.
Doug Galloway has a new position as head boy's basketball coach at Kentwood High
School. He was previously the head boy's basketball coach at White River High School
for nine years with a record of 139-72.
Kelly (Barber) Lam and her husband, Danny, announce the birth of Tyler Loren on June
5. Kelly and Danny live in Hong Kong where Kelly is a stay-at-home mom, and Danny is
the director of Censydiam Asia market research and consulting firm.
Jean (Larson) Knight and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of Adam Larson, on
March 3. He joins 3-year-old Michael. Jean is a substitute teacher in the Bethel School
Darice (Bales) McGrath is the new assistant principal at AG Black Hills West High
School in Tumwater, Wash. Her husband, Rick, has a new position as teacher and coach
at Tumwater High School. They have a new home on Scott Lake.
Ken Gibson is the visitor services manager and his wife, Aimee Collins, is a major gifts
coordinator, both at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.
Greg Carter was promoted to respiratory specialist at Harborview Medical Center in
Seattle. He works with several well-known physicians on research projects dealing with
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
David Berg and his wife, Stephanie, announce the birth of Nicholas on March 17. David
is a senior writer and producer at the Cartoon Network in Atlanta, Ga., and Stephanie is a
graphics producer at TBS Superstation.
Arthur Martinez has worked for Microsoft for six years. In April he was promoted from
the Redmond, Wash., headquarters to the Washington, D.C., federal office as the federal
marketing coordinator. In July, Arthur was in Pamplona, Spain, running with the bulls for
the second year in a row.
Greg Barrett-Wilt is a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Virginia in
Charlottesville. He and his wife, Karen, have a son, 1-year-old Elias Alan.
Jeffrey Phillips died on Jan. 1 from injuries suffered in an auto accident in Spokane,
Wash. He worked for the Department of Ecology for more than eight years, most recently
in the hazardous waste and toxic reduction program in Spokane. He enjoyed the outdoors,
athletic competition and gardening. He is survived by his parents, Donald and Kristina
Phillips; a sister, grandfather, and grandmother.
Oystein Hagen married Wenche Bragstad three years ago. They began dating at PLU in
1987 when Wenche was an exchange student. They have two children, 5-year-old Elias
and 3-year-old Eline. Oystein was promoted to purchasing director of Hakon Gruppen
last year after seven years with the company. Hakon Gruppen is Norway's largest food
retailer with a total annual turnover of approximately $3 billion.
Elizabeth Jacobson Kammers announces the birth of Todd on Dec. 11. Elizabeth is the
manager at Garden Botanika at the Tacoma Mall.
April Overstreet earned a Ph.D. in romance languages (Spanish) from the University of
Michigan in April. She is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Iowa.
Robert Vogelsang and his wife, Teresa, are happy to be back in the Northwest after
living in Minneapolis for 11 months, where he worked for U.S. Bank. Robert is now a
treasury management officer and assistant vice president for Western Bank, the
commercial division of Washington Mutual Bank. He is a certified cash manager and
continues to enjoy doing occasional performances with the Portland Opera.
Karen Gadde '90, '95 is a teacher at Nisqually Middle School in Olympia. She is hoping
to contact John Rousselle. email@example.com
Michael and Lisette (Gonter '93) Welk announce the birth of Natalie Elizabeth on June
2. She joins 4-year-old Jacob. Michael is a vice president of Key Trust Company in
Tacoma, and Lisette is a registered nurse at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
Arne Solli and Sarah Gborie '92 were married June 19 in Federal Way, Wash. Sarah is
a geriatric mental health counselor, and Arne is manager of Freight Forwarding and
Customs Brokerage for Norwegian SFOR/NATO, Bosnia.
Elizabeth (Pearson) Helt and her husband, Dale, announce the birth of Lydia on May
14. Elizabeth is a teacher at Brookdale Elementary in the Franklin Pierce School District,
and Dale is a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at PLU.
Knut Olson, a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Tacoma, qualified for
membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Membership is attained by
meeting or exceeding the annual production requirement and becoming a member of the
local life underwriters association.
Daniel Wiersma, a Lutheran Brotherhood district representative in Federal Way, Wash.,
qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). (See previous
Sue Dahl is the community relations coordinator for the Thurston-Mason county Chapter
of the American Red Cross. She spent three months in Albania and Macedonia providing
tracing and family reunification services for the Kosovo refugees while working with the
International Committee of the Red Cross. www.redcross.org
Nikki Poppen-Eagan and Scott Eagan '95 announce the birth of Rowan on Aug. 1.
Mark and Valeri (Simmons '91) Hodson announce the birth of Sarah Alyse on Feb. 12.
She joins 3-year-old Abby. Mark is the new assistant football coach at the University of
Jon Funfar started his new position as producer at ProVideo Productions in Seattle in
January. Julie (Birdsell) Funfar was promoted to assistant director at La Petite Academy
in Redmond, Wash., where she has worked for two years.
Del Lofton is a district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood in Tacoma. He recently
ranked fourth among more than 1,200 Lutheran Brotherhood field force representatives
nationwide in the amount of life insurance, health insurance, annuities and investment
products issued in March.
Harald Buset and his wife, Anne Lise, were married July 25, 1998, in Aalesund,
Norway. Harald is an account manager for international key accounts for Telenor 4tel, a
software company providing software products and services to the telecom industry.
Anne Lise is an interior architect. Harald completed an international MBA at IESE in
Barcelona, Spain. He spent the first six months of 1998 traveling around the world.
David "Beek" Hanson has spent the last two summers apprenticing and working on
organic farms in Oregon and Washington. He entered a master's degree in teaching
program at Seattle University in September.
Jeremy Desel began a new position as a reporter at KHOU-TV in Houston in April.
Before leaving Oregon, Jeremy won 10 1998 Oregon Associated Press Awards including
five first-place awards for investigative reporting, sports reporting, documentary, and
spot news contests.
Anjanette Knapp and Zachary Steer were married Sept. 19, 1998, at Big Lake, Alaska.
Anjanette is an environmental scientist for HDR Alaska and is also completing a master's
degree in environmental science at Alaska Pacific University. Zack is owner and head
guide for Alaska Trail and Sail Adventures.
Robert Rapp and Amy LeFor were married Sept. 27, 1998, at St. Joseph Catholic
Church in Salem, Ore. Robert is self-employed, and Amy works for Richard Lefor.
Wendy (Heavilon) Harman and her husband, Derek, announce the birth of Richie on
Tyler Clements and his wife, Erin, announce the birth of Sydney Shea on March 22. She
joins 4-year-old Jacob and 2-year-old Griffin. Tyler recently accepted a new position as
sales manager for national accounts at Brennan Tours, which operates luxury motorcoach
tours throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and Ireland.
Jana (Town) Ostlund and her husband, Dale, announce the birth of Sonja on Oct. 22.
Susan (Witter) O'Leary and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of Conor James on
Laura (Rush) Arthur and her husband, Jonathan, announce the birth of Ian Stanley on
April 11, 1998.
Michael and Amy (Ledgerwood '92) Kim announce the birth of Naomi Carolyn on Oct.
9, 1998. She joins 3-year-old Noah.
Gary Haslerud joined the law firm of Maire, Mansell & Beasley in Redding, Calif., in
April. He practices business and civil litigation.
Teri Nealis and Christian Loepp were married Sept. 11, 1998. Christian is an e-
commerce developer. They have moved back to Boise, Idaho.
Erika Somm and Peter Davis were married May 29 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in
Volunteer Park. Erika is a technical writing lead at Microsoft, and Peter is a program
manager at Microsoft.
Elizabeth (Appel) Burgess and her husband, John, announce the birth of John Casey on
Christian Gerling recently secured The Seattle Aquarium as the first client of his
company, West Coast Entertainment Marketing. The company provides marketing
campaigns for local entertainment events and attractions. He was the media coordinator
for the Tacoma Dome from 1991-1996, where he created an in-house advertising agency
to assist in promoting such events as Garth Brooks and The Eagles Reunion Tour. In
1996 he went to Olympia Entertainment in Detroit, Mich. Other events that Christian has
promoted include The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Sesame Street Live and the
World Wrestling Federation.
Tim Stein and Jana Schwartz were married in November 1998. In June Tim became a
licensed marriage and family therapist and currently practices in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Suzanne Arter earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and the College of
Sciences Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award from Washington State University
in May. She spent summers doing research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in
Richland, and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant. Suzanne holds a bachelor's
degree in music education from PLU. (see Class of '86)
Joseph Durkee has a new position as an associate at the law offices of Dutli and Wilson,
Llp., in Prineville, Ore. He earned his law degree from Willamette College of Law in
Kevin Engman and Jennifer Lencioni were married on Aug. 1, 1998. Kevin is a field-
marketing manager for 10 West Coast offices of Verio, an Internet provider. Jennifer, a
Montana State University graduate, is the facilities coordinator at the law firm of
Bullivant, Houser and Bailey. Greg Goodman '92 and Shawn Sanford '92 were in the
Kristina (Price) Humphreys regretfully announces her divorce. Her name will be
changing back to her maiden name of Price. She continues to work as a speech-language
pathologist at the San Antonio State School in Texas, where she has been for five years.
Jennifer Swenson completed a master of science degree in 1994 and a Ph.D. in 1999 in
geophysics at the University of Arizona. She is currently a post-doctoral research
seismologist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, working in the geophysics and
global security division on issues related to monitoring the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-
Ban Treaty. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Hallman began a new position as unit manager for Safeco Surety in Redmond,
Wash., on June 1. Jennifer has been with Safeco since March 1996, most recently as a
technical analyst on the Willow Creek S.T.A.R.T. team.
Nelson Hamre has a new position as computer coordinator for the American School of
Barcelona in Spain. The two-year contract includes integrating computers into the
curriculum for grades K-12 and coordinating computers. Prior to working in Barcelona,
Nelson taught summer school in the Swiss Alps. email@example.com
Shane Longmire has a new position as music and band teacher for grades one to eight in
the College Place School District near Walla Walla, Wash.
Brent Anderson and Valerie Nicolet were married Aug. 12 in Valerie's hometown of
Bien, Switzerland. Valerie is a student at Neuchatel Theological Seminary in
Switzerland. Brent earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological
Seminary, Princeton, N.J., on May 17. In July he assumed a new position as director of
youth ministries at First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He served a one-
year internship at Goleta Presbyterian Church in Goleta, Calif.
Brenda Boxx attended physical therapy school in the Netherlands for two years and
graduated in June 1998. She accepted a position at Sebby Physical Therapy in Edmonds,
Wash., in March.
Karen (Stark) Dixon earned a master of theological Studies degree from Duke
University School of Divinity in May.
Brody and Shanelle (Dohner) Loy announce the birth of Sydney Ellen on Jan. 12. She
joins two sisters, 4-year-old Morgan and 2-year-old Hannah.
Melinda (Wilson) Rumage and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of Seth William
on June 26. He joins 2-year-old Sean.
Karen Berndt and John Swenson were married July 31. Karen is an urban planner at
Bucher, Willis and Ratliff, a private consulting firm in Seattle. John is a Web site
manager at Microsoft.
On June 10, Brian Watson and seven other antinuclear activists were acquitted of
disorderly conduct charges stemming from an Aug. 9, 1998, protest at the Bangor Trident
Submarine Base in Bangor, Wash.
Calvin Hermanson recently earned a master's degree in social work from the University
Karin Stangland traveled with Missionary Athletes International to France, Czech
Republic, England and Wales in June. She played soccer with the Charlotte, N.C., Eagles
women's soccer team. The tour gave them the opportunity to play matches, conduct
soccer clinics, and share their faith in Christ with other clubs, spectators, in a women's
prison in England, in a shelter for abused families in Wales and with English students in
Prague, Czech Republic.
Kate (Hoover) Holmes and her husband, Kirk, were married August 1995 in Portland,
Ore. They have two boys, 4-year-old Torin and 1-year-old Aidan. Kirk is the owner of
Kirk's Chop Shop hair salon.
Gregory Houfek and Yu Hyoung-sun were married in April. They moved to the U.S. in
June and live in Portland, Ore. firstname.lastname@example.org
In April, Eric Schuck completed a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Washington State
University in Pullman.
Lt. Cmdr. Debra Pennington recently reported for duty at Naval Hospital, Great Lakes,
Ill. She joined the Navy in 1986
Kevin Bateman and Amy Tollman were married July 3. Kevin is a K-9 handler and
police officer for the city of Kent, Wash., and Amy is a first-grade teacher.
Kari Olson and Christopher Hall were married Oct. 17, 1998, at St. Mary Parish Church
in Wycliffe, County Durham, England. A reception followed at Morritt Arms Hotel Greta
Bridge, County Durham. Kari is a graphic artist at The Leonhardt Group in Seattle, and
Christopher is a communications manager at Apropos Retail Management Systems in
Molly (Benson) Mayes and her husband, Chris, announce the birth of Andrew Spencer
on March 31.
Danelle Holliday and Michael Mathews were married April 17 at the Rainier Club in
Seattle. Tara (Holliday) Balderson '94, Stacey (Brown) Andersen '93, Julie
Dietderich '93 and Laura (Manderscheid) Davis '93 were in the wedding party.
Danelle is the office manager at Cambridge Technology Partners, and Michael is the
chief technology officer at InfoMove.com.
Chad and Carolyn (Garrison '92) Barnett announce the birth of Cody James on Feb.
26. He joins 2-year-old Carson David. Chad is a senior sales representative at Glaxo-
Wellcome Pharmaceutical and was the 1999 Presidents Club winner. They live in
Sam and Teresa Cook celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary on May 30. Sam
has been teaching math and coaching cross country, track, wrestling and the math team at
Washington High School in Tacoma since 1994. Teresa has been teaching second grade
at Evergreen Primary School in University Place since 1994. Sam and Teresa will be
taking a one-year leave of absence to teach fifth grade and second grade in Shanghai,
China, for the 1999-2000 school year.
Suzie Keller Weathermon earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho
College of Law on May 15. She sat for the Idaho bar exam in July.
Paul and Linda (Renz '92) Schroeder announce the birth of Jacob Charles on June 9.
They recently moved back to Gig Harbor, Wash., after Paul earned his Master of Divinity
degree from a seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He is the associate pastor in youth and family
at Peninsula Lutheran Church. Linda, a registered nurse, is taking time off to stay home
Jeff Perry earned a medical doctorate degree from Tulane Medical School and a
master's degree in public health and tropical medicine from Tulane School of Public
Health in June. His wife, Elizabeth, earned a master's degree in health education from
Southeastern Louisiana University in May. In August she presented findings from her
thesis at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga. Jeff is a family practice resident
physician at In His I.M.A.G.E., a Christian family practice. They live in Tulsa, Okla.
Cris and Michele (Dorn) Turner announce the birth of Bailey Cristopher on July 7.
Eric Schuck and Cally Turner '92 announce the birth of Skyler Christian on May 29. In
August, Eric assumed the position of assistant professor of resource economics in the
department of agricultural economics at North Dakota State University. Cally is looking
forward to staying at home with Sky and their dog, Ole.
Jodi Lewison and Scott Swigart were married July 11, 1998, in Portland, Ore. Heidi
Schilling '93 and Bonnie Block '93 were in the wedding.
Dan and Jeanne (Sanford) Blair are sailing the Pacific on "Ocean Magic," a Sparkman
and Stephen-designed 44-foot Swan. They began planning the trip over two years ago
that will include Hawaii, American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand, French Polynesia,
Hawaii again, and the return to the Pacific Northwest in July 2000. They left Seattle on May 15 arriving at their first stop in Hilo, Hawaii, on June 6 after 22 days at sea and more than 2,700 miles. See their trip journal at www.ocean-magic.com or
Gudrun Denton and Todd Oliver were married Oct. 3 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in
Puyallup, Wash., where Todd's father, Terry Oliver '67, officiated. Gudrun is systems
administrator assistant at Pacific Coast Publishing in Tacoma, and Todd is director of
Amy (Jolliff) Murphy and her husband, Brian, recently returned from Dehli, India,
where they spent a week visiting the Taj Mahal as well as the cities of Dehli, Agra and
Jaipur. They were there during the 6.8 earthquake centered in Chamoli, India, 150 miles
north of Dehli. Amy met Brian in Dehli after he took a business trip to Hong Kong and
Matt Hummel and Julie Priest Hummel '92 are both teachers and live with their 1-
year-old son, Dominic, in Lodi, Calif.
Patricia Cyr accepted a position as director of patient care services for Maxim
Healthcare in St. Louis and recently contributed questions for the National Licensure
Nursing Exam. Her husband, Mark, received an award for teaching excellence at
Washington University, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in history.
Blake Boling earned a master's degree in environmental science, with a double major in
water resources and hazardous materials management from Indiana University in
December. He is currently a scientist at Engineering and Testing Services/Professional
Service Industries, Inc., a national engineering, geotechnical and environmental
consulting firm in Indianapolis. Blake plans to return to the Northwest in the future.
Opal Preston is a hemapheresis specialist at Blood Marrow Transplant Group of
Susanna Flodin earned a master of science degree in library and information studies
from the University of British Columbia in April. She is looking for work in the Pacific
Northwest or Alaska.
Mai Yang and her husband, Ger Moua, announce the birth of Maylea Heaven, on May 4.
She joins 4-year-old Yah-Tsheng. Mai earned a master of social work degree and Ger
earned a master of science degree in clinical psychology, both from Eastern Washington
University in June 1998.
Jerilyn Dunlap earned a master of arts degree with emphasis in youth and family
ministry from Luther Seminary on May 23. She serves as co-director of youth and family
ministries at All Saint's Lutheran Church in Minnetonka, Minn.
Ryan Brown and Liesl Floor were married June 12 in Salem, Ore. Derek '92 and
Robyn (Pickett '93) Floor, Kristine Brown '91, Robin Phillips '94, Dave Ophus '94
and Mark Davis '91 were in the wedding. Ryan is a sales representative at Tharco
Container and Liesl works at Anderson Chamberlin, Costco's in-house broker.
Liz Tunnell left Oct. 2 to travel throughout Southeast Asia for six months. Her solo-
backpacking trip will include diving in Indonesia and the Great Barrier Reef; New Year's
in Sydney, Australia; the hill country in Thailand; and hiking through Vietnam,
Cambodia and Laos. email@example.com
Aron and Julie (Buckingham) Watts announce the birth of Caleb Aron on May 28.
Aron continues to teach fifth grade at Life Christian School in Tacoma. Julie is staying at
home with Caleb and will teach piano lessons. They bought a home in Puyallup, Wash.,
Coriander Krause and Alan Hunt were married March 27 in Montgomery Ala.
Coriander is a captain and Alan is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
Theresa Lyso and her husband, Tom, moved to Seattle in June, where Theresa attends
graduate school at the University of Washington.
Lisa Kupka was promoted to national sales manager with Made In Nature Co., and
transferred to the Boston area in February.
Katy McCallum graduated from Luther Seminary in May and was ordained as an ELCA
pastor on June 20. She has accepted a call as associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church
in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Betty Miller is taking a two-year leave of absence from her teaching job in the Evergreen
School District in Vancouver, Wash., to teach at Saipan International School on the
island of Saipan. She'll return to Vancouver for the 2001-02 school year.
Todd Jones and Stephanie Chance were married June 26 in Bellevue, Wash. MaShelle
Atherton '93 was in the wedding. Todd works at Group Health, and Stephanie is an
oracle contractor at Courtlink Inc.
Trent Erickson and Kim Carl '97 were married July 10 at Steel Lake Presbyterian
Church in Federal Way, Wash. Kim is an English teacher at Totem Junior High School in
Federal Way, and is studying for her master's degree in education at the University of
Washington. Trent is a student at the University of Washington, where he is working
toward a juris doctorate at the law school, and completing an MBA. He is employed by
the UW Athletic Department.
Dawn Collins and Phillip Vitale were married July 24 at St. Patrick's Church in Tacoma.
Carol Tobian recently joined Salem Sound 2000, Salem Mass., as its first outreach
coordinator. Carol pursued her graduate studies at Harvard University and prior to joining
Salem Sound 2000 she interned with the Environmental League of Massachusetts where
she worked with the legislative director, lobbying for the Beaches Bill.
Peter Wilburn is the resident stage manager for the Performance Network of Ann Arbor,
Shawna Rowe earned a master's degree in education from Chaminade University in
May. After graduation she traveled to Europe and North Africa. Shawna continues to
teach kindergarten at St. Andrew's Priory School in downtown Honolulu. She
participated in the Honolulu Marathon and plays with the Oahu Civic Orchestra. She is
also a member of the Ski Association of Hawaii and takes ski trips to the mainland and
Europe. Shawna recently applied to teach in the Department of Defense Schools.
Kristin Phillipe and Mark Lodmill were married Dec. 27, 1998, in Evergreen Colo.
Kristin is a certified nurse assistant at Sunrise Bearcreek in Morrison, Colo., and Mark is
a commercial real estate appraiser. They moved from Boston to the Denver area, where
they are building a new home. Kristin plans to attend nursing school this fall.
Matthew DesVoigne earned a master of science degree in computational physics from
Oregon State University in June. He is a web developer at APEX in Bellevue, Wash.,
which develops online course materials for teachers and students.
Michelle Horan and Shawn Wiley were married Jan. 14 in Leavenworth, Wash.
Michelle is a teacher in Tacoma Public Schools, and Shawn is a sergeant in the U.S.
Erik Peterson is a broker services representative at Headlands Mortgage. He lives in
Thomas Brown is the director of corporate relations and special projects for Ufly.net in
Tacoma, a local information provider and meta-search engine. www.ufly.net
Edmond Hrivnak and Jennifer Rakowicz were married May 15 at Gulf Shores Islands
National Park in Ocean Springs, Miss. Edmond is a flight and critical care nurse in the
U.S. Air Force Reserve. Jennifer is an emergency room nurse on active duty at Keesler
Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. They plan to move back to Washington when her tour is
Allyson Werre and Robert Moore were married Aug. 28. Allyson works at Alpacas of
America in Arlington, Wash., and Robert is in the U.S. Navy.
Patrick Reid is an aviator and warrant officer in the U.S. Army. He will begin flying
UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters at Fort Campbell, Ky., at the end of the year. Prece
Fountain-Reid '97 is a research technician in psychology at the U.S. Army Aero
Medical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker, Ala.
John Gumprecht is attending Seattle University School of Law.
Emily Fisher and Thomas Falleur were married Nov. 28, 1998. Emily is employed at Ag
Bag International in Warrenton, Ore., and Thomas is employed at F&B Logging in
Warrenton. Amy Mustain '96 and Kim Leifsen '96 were in the wedding.
Maureen Jones and Corey McDougall were married March 6 in Leavenworth, Wash.
Taj and Andrea (Smedes) Giesbrecht announce the birth of Caleb Theodore on Dec. 1.
Taj is a nuclear engineer at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
Tim O'Dell was promoted to senior account executive at GTE Internetworking in June.
Heather (Kegley '97) O'Dell is teaching second grade at Westlake Montessori School.
Tamara Bushek is a programmer at Telos Federal Systems in Lawton, Okla.
Sonjia Rainsberry began her new position as youth and education director at Northlake
Lutheran Church in Kenmore, Wash., in December. She was previously a development
specialist at Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation in Auburn, Wash.
Brian Walker and Sara Elizabeth Barnes were married Nov. 14 in Boise, Idaho. Brian is
a teacher at Boise High School and Sara is a second-grade teacher.
Claire Fedoruk is completing a master's degree in vocal performance at the Eastman
School. In 1998 she participated in the Oberlin in Italy opera program where she studied
Italian, coached with Ublado Fabbri, and performed. In March, Claire was featured on
"Robert Schuller's Hour of Power" in Garden Grove, Calif., singing Handel's "Rejoice
Greatly." She is also applying to the doctoral program in early music performance at the
University of Southern California.
Heidi Vanderford has a graduate assistantship at Indiana University. Last spring she
played the role of the fortuneteller in Indiana University's opera production of Strauss'
Arabella. She also sang in the Bernstein ("Songfest for 6 solo voices and orchestra") as
part of a two-week tribute to the composer. Heidi was in the St. Louis Opera apprentice
program over the summer.
Betty Hall was selected to coordinate the adult outpatient treatment program at Kitsap
Mental Health Services.
Mary Forsythe and Curtis Fenimore were married Oct. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in
Mount Vernon, Wash. Brenda Morrissey '97, Elizabeth Frans '97, Rachel Krebs '97,
Jeff Meissner '98 and Mario Brown '97 were in the wedding. The couple took a
wedding trip to Disney World and a Caribbean cruise.
Stacy Nyman and Christopher Catterall were married Sept. 26, 1998, in Arlington,
Wash. Stacy works at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma and Christopher
works at Starbucks Coffee Co. in Tacoma. The couple took a wedding trip to Maui,
Gregory Ennis has been accepted to the Creighton University School of Medicine in
Omaha, Neb. He is considering a career in family practice or emergency medicine.
Jeff Thompson and Shannon Robinson '98 were married Aug. 1, 1998, in Steilacoom,
Wash. Tanya (Robinson) Pearson '98, Cambrian Gawaloski '97 and Allyson Weld
'98 were in the wedding. Shannon is teaching in the Lake Washington School District
and is the girls head track coach at Juanita High School in Kirkland, Wash. Jeff is a
business and marketing instructor, and head wrestling coach at Lake Washington High
School in Kirkland. They make their home in Redmond.
Scott Cushing is an assistant producer at ESPN Internet Ventures in Redmond, Wash.
Aron Johnson is a crime analyst with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in
Eric Montague is a contract administrator at Infoseek Corporation in Bellevue, Wash.
Lisa Meierotto has completed one year of service as a VISTA volunteer for the
Corporation for National Service in Seattle. She is moving to New York City for a second
year of service and will be a VISTA leader in community development with the
Enterprise Foundation, providing support to 25 local volunteers.
Heather McDougall has a new position as an admissions counselor at PLU. She was
previously at Faith Homes, a local non-profit organization serving at-risk teenage girls.
She is thrilled to return to the PLU community.
Gretchen Lervold and Aron Beauchamp were married on July 25, 1998, in Monroe,
Wash. Gretchen is an office manager at Belmark Industries, and Aron is a journeyman
Patrick Butler and his wife, Janet, moved to Tyler, Texas, to attend a video and print
production school with Youth with a Mission. Patrick recently received an award of
excellence for the video program "Mission Adventure," as a producer for YWAM TV.
Karen Ray and Rodney Martinson were married Jan. 23 at Holy Names Academy
Chapel in Seattle. Nichelle LaBarge '97 was in the wedding party. Karen is a registered
nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash., and Rodney is a firefighter for
Central Pierce Fire and Rescue.
Casey Feskens has a new position as system administrator/network services consultant at
Willamette University in Salem, Ore.
Hulda (Simonson) Jessen died on April 10.
Nordis (Arneson) Torvend died on March 17.
Edward Svinth died on Jan. 31.
Carl Faulk died on June 8.
Marjorie Fallstrom died on May 16.
Dorothy (Rasmussen) Sandvig died on June 28.
Anna (Ohrstrom) Dunagan died on April 25.
Patti Fin-Gange died on May 24.
Anna Israelson died on April 16.
Russel Tweed died on May 4.
Donald Stegmann died in April.
Milton (Ed) Ruth died on March 26.
Lynne Nelson Cleland died on April 18.
Stephen Johnston died on April 11.
Linda Jensen died on Dec. 3.
Lewis Ryan died on April 23.
Donald Cammack died on Feb. 17.
Alex Constantine died on July 24.
Dana Walk died on July 24.
Susan (Lauritzen) Jondal died on June 4.
Elbert Barnes died on June 15.
Cheryl Fingarson died on June 5.
Mary Rogersv died on June 20.
Jeffrey Phillips died on Jan. 1
Friends and Faculty
Douglas Gonyea died on May 4 at the age of 82. As a prominent businessman,
corporation director and philanthropist, he spent a lifetime helping children. His name
familiarity at PLU and to the Tacoma area can be attributed to the gift of the Gonyea
House, home of PLU's president, by Gonyea and his family after the death of his father.
Douglas also lent his name to the Gonyea Boys and Girls Club in Tacoma's North End;
and the gym at the Eastside Boys and Girls Club. He began his lumberman's career at
Northwest Door while still in high school. He became owner and manager of Service
Tobacco Co. in 1949, president and owner of Eatonville Lumber Co. in 1953, and owner
and president of Northern Studs Ltd., a lumber company out of British Columbia, in
1955; and he developed Canterwood, a residential and golf property in Gig Harbor,
Wash. Douglas gave himself to the community in numerous ways, including serving as
one of only six emeritus trustees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, he was the only
Tacoma-area resident ever to serve on the organization's national board of directors; and
as a past member of the PLU Board of Regents.
Paul Lloyd Porter, PLU employee for more than 25 years, died on Aug. 13. Click here for more information.
Erin Romine and Andrew Arbaugh (former PLU student) were married May 31 at
Puyallup United Methodist Church. Natalie Francois '98, Christian Anderson '98,
Craig Coovert, Brian Powell, Ryan Hanley and Dave Sutherland were in the
Megan Turnock received a fellowship for graduate study in environmental biology at
American University in Washington, D.C. Before graduating, she was one of the winners
in the PLU Student Soloist competition. She went on to play the "Elgar Concerto" with
the USO and last spring she won the American University Concerto Competition. For the
competition she played a Haydn concerto with the American University Symphony.
Shelly Cano is co-producing "Around the Sound," on KSTW-TV in Tacoma. Topics
have ranged from ballot measures to health and fitness. A show that first aired in March
featured "ER" star Eriq La Salle, Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant and members of
the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Shawna McLaughlin '87 is host of the show. "Around the
Sound" is expected to begin airing weekly in September. Shelly is also in charge of
public service announcements, keeping the station compliant with FCC regulations,
station tours, charitable projects and interns.
Jason Breitenbucher has joined the sports staff at the Daily Courier newspaper in
Grants Pass, Ore.
Erin Hungerford and John Swedberg were married Sept. 26, 1998, at Hope Lutheran
Church in Lynden, Wash. Erin is an advertising assistant at the Bellingham Herald
newspaper, and John is employed by Wight Corporation of Bellingham, Wash.
Kim Corbray was recently featured in The News Tribune as one of 10 Amateur Athletes
of the Year for 1998. Kim, the second-team All-America guard, has been working with
the needy since she graduated from PLU. She works at a family advocate clinic in
Tillicum, Wash., and at Our Sister's House, a home for girls in Tacoma.
Jen Tinker received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English as a Second Language in
Seoul, South Korea. She left on July 7 and began her stay with a six-week intensive
language and cultural orientation before being assigned to a secondary school outside of
Seoul. Besides working with a Korean teacher to teach conversational English she is also
serving as a cultural ambassador to Korean students. The Fulbright program was
established in 1946 under congressional legislation introduced by the late Senator J.
William Fulbright of Arkansas with the purpose of facilitating cultural awareness and
increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other
Teal Rainwater and Jason Morse were married Jan. 2 in Marysville, Wash. They are
making their first home in Federal Way, Wash., where they are both teachers.
Dustyn Fuller is a marketing specialist at State Farm Insurance in Dupont, Wash.
Matt Hoffman is attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.
Kelly Smith works in development and public relations for Washington Women's
Employment and Education, a nonprofit organization that works to help give low-income
individuals courage, job training, and work experience to become self-sufficient.
Amy Pardini and Aaron Sonnichsen were married July 10 at the NW Baptist Seminary
in Tacoma. They will be moving to Bellingham, Wash., where Aaron will attend Western
Washington University to pursue a master's degree in secondary education, and Amy will
work and later pursue a master's degree in English writing.
Allison Smith and Jason Lehner were married July 24.
Sarah Whitford began her position as program manager at the Bureau of Education and
Research on Oct. 5.
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