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Charles Fallstrom died on Nov. 9. He began teaching in the Issaquah School District in 1939 and continued until World War II when he entered the Navy and served as a lieutenant commander. After the war he returned to teaching and coaching in Issaquah and earned a master’s degree in education at the University of Washington. Charles also served as a counselor at Issaquah High School, became principal in 1953 and retired in 1977. He was past president of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue and past president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He also served as president of Issaquah Kiwanis Club and as a disaster coordinator for the American Red Cross’ Seattle-King County chapter. Charles is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie ’40; son, David; five grandchildren; and brothers, George Fallstrom ’47 and Harold Fallstrom ’51.

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Gordon Strom Gordon Strom recently left the Navy Medical Corps after 34 years to take a position with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare. He surveys hospitals throughout the U.S. and loves it. His son, Brian, and wife recently had his sixth grandchild. Gordon is still sailing and singing.

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Don Fosso and Peggy Rodin were married on Nov. 28 at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Milwaukie, Ore.

Donna Lewis has a new position as executive vice president of the Sun Cities Area Association of Realtors in Green Valley, Ariz. She was recently the executive officer of the Green Valley Association of Realtors. Donna has lived in Green Valley since 1990 and has served on the board of directors for Green Valley Assistance Services, La Posada, the Green Valley Community Fund and the Fourth of July committee. Before her move to Green Valley, Donna had worked for the YWCA for 33 years and retired as chief executive officer of three different YWCAs in the western United States.

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Ron Ho received the 1998 Washington Art Education Association Public Service Award. He is an active jewelry artist whose work continues to be exhibited and published internationally. He is also a committed teacher who retired after a full career with the Bellevue School District in Bellevue, Wash. Ron continues to be involved in local schools through his work as an artist-in-residence as well as by preparing the next generation of art educators through university-level teaching.

Les Wigen
Les Wigen
Les Wigen was elected to a four-year term as Whitman County Commissioner in November 1994 and re-elected to a second term in November 1998. He and his wife, Rosemary, live in Lacrosse, Wash.

Roger Westberg and Eva Frank were married on Nov. 28 in Sonoma, Calif. Roger is administrative vice president and owner of Westberg Manufacturing Inc. He received the Hall of Fame award from Barbershop Chorus in 1997 and 1998 and recently retired as treasurer after 25 years. Eva is a manufacturers sales representative.

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Margie (Quick) Stenson and her husband, Mike, have 11 children, nine of whom are adopted, and 12 grandchildren. Mike was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives, 31st District, in November.

Jim Snyder accepted an interim position as superintendent and principal in the Grapeview (Wash.) School District. His 35-year educational career has included teaching, counseling, high school principal and vice principal, central office and director of alternative education in the Clover Park and University Place school districts. Jim resides in Grapeview.

Jacquie (Haverberg) Snyder ended her 19-year career in education as the office coordinator at Chambers Primary School in the University Place School District. She is now the school coordinator for Mason County Christian School in Shelton. She also enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren. Jacquie resides in Grapeview, Wash.

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Claudia (Luke) Latham and her husband, Ron, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 8. Their daughter, Kristin ’98, is a graduate student at Oregon State University and their son, Marcus, is a sophomore at Western Washington University. Claudia is a kindergarten teacher at Meadow Ridge Elementary School in Kent, Wash.

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Sharon King is a charge nurse at St. John’s Hospital and Living Center in Jackson, Wyo. She also has her own art business, SHARON, where she carves whistles and ocarinas (small wind instruments) - all animals, each individually made. Some of them are tuned and play an eight-note range. In 1999, Sharon will be the president of her church, Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church.

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Cheryl (Bergen) Koonsman and her husband, Tom, have moved their family to Calgary, Alberta, where Tom is a reservoir engineer advisor for Mobil Oil. Their son, Aaron, attends the University of Illinois and their daughter, Naomi, is in high school. The family plans to participate in the Calgary Stampede this summer.

Kim Reising ’72, ’75, has left Chief Auto Parts of Dallas, Texas, after 13 years and is now at Pep Boys, Inc., in Los Angeles, where he works in the commercial division as a marketing consultant.

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Nancy Richards Peebles earned a master’s degree in education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass. She was also named to the 1998 list of “Who’s Who in Education.” Nancy is a teacher at Komachin Middle School in Lacey, Wash.

Doug Henning ’73, ’78 is the new dean of graduate and adult studies at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. He continues to teach psychology and is also finishing a clinical fellowship in rehabilitation psychology at The Rehabilitation Institute in Kansas City, Mo.

John Nilson John Nilson, attorney general of Saskatchewan; Linda Lee Nilson ’74, a physician in Regina, Saskatchewan; Karen White ’89, the meeting planner for the Conference of Western Attorneys General, from Sacramento, Calif.; and David Frohnmayer, president of the University of Oregon, former attorney general of Oregon and brother to PLU music Professor Mira Frohnmayer, had a small PLU reunion at the National Association of Attorneys General in Durango, Colo. on July 15.

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Scott Iverson was selected to the Region VII National Association of Secondary School Principals committee on smaller secondary schools. Region VII represents nine western states.

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Denise Olsen Miller earned a master’s degree in teaching from The Evergreen State College in June. She is teaching health occupations at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore.

Bryan Gaume started a new job in October. He is a sales representative for the Pacific Northwest in the cardiac assist division at Datascope Corporation based in New Jersey. He and his wife, Dana, live in Lakewood, Wash.

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Jennifer Burkhart ’77, ’79 retired from the family business, Burkhart Dental Supply, and moved to Southern Alaska to start her own business.

Michael Fabert was promoted to assistant chief pilot of Northern Indiana Public Service Company. He now flies jets and helicopters and can be reached at mfabert@hotmail.com.

Erik Rowberg has been in Tanzania since 1977. In 1993 he started running a FIDO email service, an amateur store-and-forward email network. Last year he was able to get a VSAT station, a large earth station to connect to satellites, and become a full Internet service provider. Erik’s home page is www.habari.co.tz, and he can be reached at erowberg@habari.co.tz.

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Regina Braker was promoted to associate professor of German at Eastern Oregon University. She was also given an award for excellence in foreign language instruction in higher education by the Confederation for Language Teaching in Oregon, at its joint conference with the Washington Association of Foreign Language Teachers held in Tacoma in October.

Bruce Neswick recently played organ recitals in Seattle at St. Mark’s Cathedral and in Birmingham, Ala. He also gave the first public recital on the new Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Organ at PLU in October. In the fall he completed two anthems, commissioned by Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City and St. Phillip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, and had choral works published by Paraclete, Augsburg, Hope and Trinitas presses. His Girl Choristers at Washington National Cathedral have made a CD for Church Publishing, Inc., of songs from the Episcopal Church’s new supplemental hymnal, “Wonder, Love and Praise.” The Girl Choristers recently received a second million-dollar gift from the same anonymous donor who gave the original gift that helped establish the choir three years ago.

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Bruce Templin and his wife, Kelly, announce the birth of their daughter, Jenna Noelle, on Oct. 24. She joins 9-year-old Chase Michael and 4-year-old Taylor Scott.

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Greg Hostetter and his wife, Jean, announce the birth of their daughter, Julie Carey, on Oct. 10. They have moved from Honolulu back to the San Francisco Bay area, where Greg started a new job as an accounting manager with Matson Navigation Co.

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Tracy Hein-Silva and her husband, Carlos, announce the birth of their son, Christian Joaquin, in February 1998. He joins 4-year-old Zachary Carlos. Tracy works in community and media relations at Contra Costa County Health Services, and Carlos is an information systems program analyst III for Contra Costa County, Calif.

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Deb Erickson and Ken Bailey were married on Aug. 1, on Camano Island, Wash. Deb earned a doctorate degree from the University of the Pacific in May 1996 and was named director of curriculum and special education for San Carlos School District in July 1997. Ken is associate superintendent of business services.

Patricia Conrad ’82, ’83 and Scott Jeffery were married on Dec. 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas. Patricia was hired as a project architect at Rafael Architects in August. Her most recent accomplishment as project architect was the completion of phase II of the Miami Heat Arena in Miami, Fla. Final completion is scheduled for New Year’s Day 2000. She also recently completed the renovation of the more than 100-year-old Westport Branch Library for the Kansas City Public Library. Scott is stationed in Korea until August. When he returns they will be stationed at Fort Carsen in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Linda Van Beek of Redmond, Wash., died on Jan. 19 after a 23-month battle with cancer. She graduated from Washington High School in 1978 and attended California Lutheran University for two years before transferring to PLU. While living in Southern California, Linda worked for the vice president for finance at the Disney Channel. She returned to the Northwest in 1994 and was administrative assistant to the executive vice president for marketing at Starbucks. In addition, she was an active Lute volunteer in student recruitment and institutional advancement. Linda was extremely fond of animals, especially her dogs Cody, Tyler, Jennie and Katie. Her life will be remembered and celebrated by family and friends as one characterized by strength, courage, joy, independence, enthusiasm, beauty, dependability and a loving and caring presence. She is survived by her parents James ’60, ’69, a 35-year member of the PLU administration, and Charmian ’78, ’86; grandmother Lorraine Van Beek; sisters Lynnette Rohr and Leslie Young ’89; brother Mark Van Beek ’93; fiancé Charles Weaver and his daughter, Jamie; and nieces and nephews. Linda was grateful for the prayers, encouragement and support from the Trinity Lutheran Church family, the PLU community and others during her illness. Remembrances can be made to the Linda Van Beek Memorial Scholarship, PLU Development Office, Tacoma, WA 98447. Linda was concerned by the large quantity of blood needed during her treatment. Please consider giving blood in her memory.

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Hailey Leah Harms
Hailey Leah Harms
Jonathan Harms and his wife, Deirdre, announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Leah, on May 24, 1998.

Susan (Bean) Gaydon and her husband, David, announce the birth of their son, Eric Joseph, on Dec. 8. He joins 4-½-year-old Brian and 2-year-old Delaney. Susan feels fortunate to be able to take time off from her consulting business to spend time with her three wonderful children.

Scott Oslund is an emergency medicine physician at St. Francis Medical Center in the inner city of Los Angeles. St. Francis is a trauma center and is the busiest private emergency department in California. After graduating from PLU, he worked for two years as a youth director in Minnesota. He then attended the University of Calif., Irvine, where he completed pre-medical course work. In 1992, he graduated from UCLA Medical School and completed residency training in emergency medicine at Stanford University in 1995. Scott continues to scuba dive and has served as a medical consultant for Divers Alert Network. As a physician and accomplished underwater photographer, he served as medical advisor to National Geographic during the production of a film on hazardous underwater marine life.

Cheryl (Ensor) Capoocia and her husband, Robert, announce their recent adoption of twins, Isaiah and Tatiana, born on Dec. 3, 1996. They join a 5-year-old brother, Dominic. Cheryl and Robert started LaserQuick, a laser printer supply and service company, in May. They are in partnership with Cheryl’s brother and his wife.

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Michael Bundick is a product marketing segment manager for high performance tires at Michelin Corporation in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Phillip Nelson and his wife, Gabriella, announce the birth of their son, Christian Nicholas, on Sept. 16, 1997. Phillip works for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Gabon, Africa.

David Sperry is a pilot at Chautauqua Airlines/U.S. Airways Express. He is based in Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Lana, continue to live in Kirkland, Wash.

Kent Bassett and his wife, Bonnie, announce the birth of their first child, Samuel Hart, on Oct. 26. Kent is a middle school teacher at Woodbrook Middle School in Lakewood, Wash., and Bonnie is a homemaker and works part-time at an art gallery.

Heidi (Hahn) Behrends and her husband, Bruce, announce the birth of their daughter, Kristin Anne, on March 28, 1998. She joins 5-year-old Alison. Heidi works part-time as a childbirth educator and maternity care coordinator. Bruce is a veterinarian. They reside in Eugene, Ore.

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Barb (Hilken) Bernard and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of their son, Peter Joseph, on June 10. He joins 4-year-old Madelyn.

Doug Schlepp and Susan Radosevich Doug Schlepp and Susan Radosevich were married on July 5 at Issaquah Lodge at Beaver Lake in Issaquah, Wash. Doug is a project manager at RH 2 Engineering, and Susan is a writer.

Elise Lindborg and Kelli Henderson will celebrate eight years of companionship on March 23. Bjorn, the dog, is still alive and as spunky as ever. Elise was recently honored in Seattle by the American Hospital Association for educating pregnant women on the hazards of smoking during pregnancy.

Mark Grambo and his wife, Gillian, announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Marie, on May 9, 1998. She joins 3-year-old Isaiah. Mark is a data architect at the International Society for Optical Engineering.

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Sherry (Wolfe) McKee and her husband, Scott, announce their adoption of a son, Aaron Bradley, in November 1997. He joins 3-year-old Allison. Sherry is an elementary school teacher and Scott is a detective with the city of Eugene, Ore.

Walt and Whitney (Pohl) Miles announce the birth of their son, Matthew Rey, on May 19. He joins 6-year-old Jeff and 3-½-year-old Joe.

Elke (Griessmeyer) Major and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their son, Alexander Michael, on Dec. 26, 1997. He joins 3-year-old Joya Elisabeth.

David Hale was elected as county commissioner in Calvert County Maryland on Nov. 3. He and his wife, Anne Marie, moved to Owings, Md., in 1991, where he started his own management consulting company.

Alice (Bond) Newkirk and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Noelani, on Nov. 3. She joins 2-year-old Rachel Malia.

Robert McCoy suffered a stroke on Feb. 1, 1998 and spent two weeks in the hospital learning to walk and use his left arm and hand again. He returned to full-time ministry at Christ Lutheran Church in Walla Walla, Wash., on Dec. 1, after 10 months of therapy. Rev. John Knapp ’69 has been serving as the part-time pastor.

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Barth Merrill and his wife, Carmen, announce the birth of their son, Rohan, on Aug. 5. He joins 4-year-old Liana and 2-year-old Paola. Barth is a family physician and president of the medical staff at Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico.

Kurt Schira and his wife, Tiffany, announce the birth of their son, Jack, on Feb. 17, 1998. Kurt has been self-employed as a consultant for the last five years. He works with mid-sized manufacturers in the Seattle area.

Steve Danis and Lisa Ann Mikulencak ’89 announce the birth of their son, Lorenzo Joseph, on Aug. 18. He joins a 2-year-old brother, Matteo.

David Rogelstad has a new job as a pilot at United Airlines and is stationed out of San Francisco. He was in the Air Force 10 years with the last five years spent flying U-2s.

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Kathy Hjelmeland recently finished working for Global Net Productions, an independent video production company, on two projects: “Healing America’s Wounds,” a documentary on reconciliation based on the best-selling book by Christian author John Dawson (gnp@whidbey.net) and “Journey Toward Creation,” with Hugh Ross of the ministry “Reasons to Believe” at www.reasons.org. She is working in the sales/marketing department for Hewlett Packard’s Heartstream operation, which manufactures automatic external defibrillators.

Michelle (Payne) Sanders and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Lynn, on July 15. She joins 3-year-old Megan Anne. Michelle recently completed her eighth year as the study abroad program director for the Western region of ASSE Student Exchange Programs.

Annette Olmstead and Adam Plymale were married on Sept. 26 at Kilworth Chapel in Tacoma. Annette earned a juris doctorate from the University of California and is a comptroller. Adam is a buyer for Blockbuster, Inc.

Cynde Laur has a new position in the emergency department at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. She is the new Emergency Medical Systems coordinator for Mary Bridge Base and Trauma Center. She was also elected president of the Washington State Emergency Nurses Association for 1999. In addition to these two roles, Cynde is working on obtaining her private pilot’s license and mastering riding a motorcycle.

Marianne (Morley) Meese and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Noel, on Dec. 13.

Steve Valach and Natasha Edscorn were married on July 11 in Tacoma. Steve is an English teacher and assistant football coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, Wash., and Natasha is a marketing manager at Weyerhaeuser.

Lisa Norris-Lampe and Calvin Lampe ’89 announce the birth of their son, Ethan Davis, on Nov. 19. Lisa is law clerk for the chief justice of the Oregon State Supreme Court and Calvin is a fourth-grade teacher.

Paul Stordahl and Suzanne Jennings Stordahl announce the birth of their son, Isaac William, on July 11. He joins 3-year-old Ethan.

Donald Ericksen recently moved to Kalispell, Mont., and has joined Flathead Valley Orthopedic & Sports Medicine as a physician.

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Sarah Rehfeldt and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their son, Alex Jonathan, on Oct. 15. The family lives in Kent, Wash.

Dana Hinman is a teacher at Riverside High School in Auburn, Wash.

Mary (Walker) DeMuth and her husband, Patrick, announce the birth of their daughter, Julia, in June 1998. She joins 6-year-old Sophie and 3-year-old Aidan.

Tamara (Johnson) Zanavich has a new position as a database-marketing analyst at REI (Recreation Equipment Inc.), in Kent, Wash. She provides decision support through analysis of mail order, retail and online events and member buying.

Sonja Riis and Ken Gunderson were married on Oct. 23, in Renton, Wash. Sonja is a computer programmer at Boeing and Ken is a computing project manager at Boeing.

Hanna Frazier Julie (Didier) Frazier and her husband, John, announce the birth of their daughter, Hanna, on Nov. 28. Julie is taking a six-month leave of absence from REI, where she has been working as a technical communications and training analyst, specializing in Intranet website development. Julie and John can be reached at johnandjulie@earthlink.net.

Keith and Marjorie (Britton ’90) Sippola announce the birth of their daughter, Evaliisa Marjorie, on Dec. 23. Keith is a district representative at Aid Association For Lutherans in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Lisa-Britt Tonning and Rick Davies Nancy Andrew Clark is readers’ advisory librarian at Anchorage Municipal Libraries in Anchorage, Alaska.

Lisa-Britt Tonning and Rick Davies were married on Sept 26 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Mercer Island, Wash. Lisa-Britt is a director at Passage Marketing Inc. and Rick is an attorney at Levinson Friedman.

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Keith Haugen is finishing his third and final year of family practice residency in Boise, Idaho. He spends his free time skiing, fishing and trying to get his car started.

Victoria (Wolkenhauer) Rodriguez and her husband, Ken, announce the birth of their son, Tyson, last June. Victoria is a marketing manager at Casne Engineering and Ken is an IT manager at American Express.

Rob and Amy (Detwiler ’92) Kelly announce the birth of their son, Bryan Robert, on March 17, 1998. Rob is an emergency physician at Salem Hospital in Salem, Ore.

Drew Bongfeldt is the senior technician in the creative center at Chevron Corporation in San Francisco.

Brian Ruud is a senior software engineer at Synopsys in Bellevue, Wash.

Bret Gemlich received the 1998 Tamarack Award for Fiction. His story, “White River,” was published in the Minnesota Monthly Magazine in November.

Valerie (Backlund) and Todd Ellis ’89 announce the birth of their son, Preston James, on Nov. 20. Todd is a sales representative for a computer software company in Portland, Ore., where he has worked for six years. Valerie is finishing her fifth year with Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. She is a compliance coordinator for Government Programs Literature. They live in Keizer, Ore.

John Frederic (Jack) Halsey Carol Rybak Halsey and her husband, Matthew, announce the birth of their son, John Frederic (Jack), on March 25, 1998. Carol is enjoying staying at home with Jack, and Matthew is in his fourth year of orthopedic residency.

Christy Reierson and Matthew Miller were married on March 7, 1998, at St. John Lutheran Church in Seattle. Christy is the leisure travel manager at Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Garmisch-PartenKirchen, Bavaria, Germany, and Matthew is a senior graphics specialist with the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies. This is their fourth year in the small town in the German Alps.

John Skibiel is a dentist and partner at Wildwood Dental in Mill Creek, Wash. He and his wife, Angie (Miller ’91), live in Everett.

Amy Drackert has spent the last eight years enforcing landlord tenant law for the city of Seattle. She is now taking a break and heading for New Zealand for six to eight months to do some backpacking, sightseeing and rugby playing. After that . . . who knows? She can be reached at offwandering@yahoo.com.

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Erika Somm was promoted to a lead writing position and continues to serve on the board of directors for the professional women’s group at Microsoft. She recently bought a house in Kirkland, Wash., with her fiancé, Peter Davis.

David Bern has spent the last eight years working with abused children in juvenile psychiatric hospitals. He is currently pursuing a master of science degree in management at Purdue University in Indiana. He will graduate in May 2000.

Lisa Backlund and Roland Van Doorne were married on July 17. Lisa is the agency relations coordinator at Alaska Children’s Services, and Roland is a middle school teacher at Sonrise Christian School. Their honeymoon was a mission to Albania with a week on a Greek island. Lisa and Roland live in Anchorage.

Kris (Paulson) Rees and her husband, Rich, announce the birth of their daughter, Maggie, in October. Kris is a teacher in the Yakima School District, and Rich is a teacher in the West Valley School District.

Renate DeWees Sorg earned a master’s degree in TESOL from the American University in Washington, D.C., in May. She is an English as a Second Language instructor at Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Md.

Harvey Potts ’91, ’94, returned from a three-year environmental education assignment with the U.S. Peace Corps in March 1998. He worked in Bialowieza National Park’s Nature Education Center in Eastern Poland. In September he began working as the director of community outreach and educational programming for Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic Fund, an environmental non profit organization. Harvey lives in Seattle and can be reached at harveya@gateway.net.

Kathy Pheister recently moved back to Portland, Ore., after living in Tacoma for 11 years. She has a new job as the clinic triage/advice telephone nurse with a group of OB-Gyn physicians.

John Brooks is a high school teacher and athletic director at Portland Lutheran School in Portland, Ore. His wife, Sharilyn, teaches third grade, also at Portland Lutheran School. John expects to earn his master’s degree in education in May from the University of Portland. They have a son, 2-year-old Ryan, and are expecting another child in March.

John and Robyn (Heft ’92) Heller announce the birth of their daughter, Summerlyn Rose, on Sept. 4. She joins 4-year-old Johnna and 2-year-old Ryker. Robyn recently retired from her children’s ministries position at Wenatchee Free Methodist Church to become the full-time children’s director at home.

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Krista Vander Yacht and Charles Miller were married on Aug. 8 at The Inn at Semiahmoo. Krista is a technical recruiter at BEST Consulting, and Charles is an operations manager at BEST Consulting.

Steven Carlson is a program manager at Microsoft.

Lisa (Langsdorf) and Brian ’93 Rybloom are living in Norway. They are planning to return to the United States in August 1999.

Deanna (Weymouth) Rink and her husband, William, announce the birth of their son, Jonah Vincent, in September. Deanna is a program analyst II at Pierce County Human Services and William is a sales representative at Tony’s Pizza Service.

Michael Davis and his wife, Darlene, announce the birth of their daughter, Moriah, in May 1998. Michael is the director of operations at Aqua Care, Inc.

Waleed Al-Mossallam is the manager of capital markets at Qatar National Bank in Qatar.

Karen (Hanson) Scott and her husband, Curtis, announce the birth of their son, Owen Lee, on April 15, 1998.

The Timeneses Kristin (Aasdal) Wallem Timenes and her husband, Adne, announce the birth of their son, Daniel Wallem, on Sept. 23. He joins 2-year-old Johannes. Kristin is a public relations coordinator at Maritime Hydraulics in Norway.

Deirdre Murnane Crebs and her husband, Thomas, announce the birth of their daughter, Kelly Maureen, on Dec. 8. Deirdre is a high school English teacher in Tumwater, Wash., and Thomas is a human resources specialist at Washington Mutual Bank.

Robert and Kristin (Pommerenke ’90) Saathoff announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica, on Dec. 26.

David Strunk and Rochelle Clayton ’94 were married on Nov. 14 at Hallerlake United Methodist Church in Seattle. David is an elementary educator in the Lake Washington School District and is near completion of an educational administration master’s degree from Seattle University. Rochelle is the center manager for Multi Service Centers of North and East King County.

Mark and Karen (Graham ’94) Bain announce the birth of their daughter, Kayla, on Dec. 1.

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Justin Yax and Toni Reid were married on June 27 on the Sea of Cortez near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Justin works at KNCB-Dave in Seattle and Toni works at Amazon.com.

Kari Caldwell received level III coaching certification with the U.S. Ski Team on April 30, 1998. Kari is also district director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Tacoma.

Lynn Mason and his wife, Jane, announce the birth of their son, Colter Rhys, on Nov. 19. He joins a brother, Seth. Lynn teaches geography and government at Corvallis High School in Montana.

John and Katherine (Schultz ’83) Wetherington announce the birth of their daughter, Bontë Elizabeth, in August. John is a band director and Katherine is a GIT teacher at Frontier Junior High.

Raquel Valenzuela works at SEEK Systems in Bothel, Wash.

William and Sarah (Nelson) Walles announce the birth of their son, Payton Nelson, in May 1998. William is associate pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Phoenix and Sarah is a homemaker.

Jennifer Graham and David Hampton were married on July 4 at the Schmidt Mansion in Tumwater, Wash. PLU alumni in the wedding party included matron of honor Julie (Cruikshank) Siepmann ’93; and attendant Sherry (Taylor) Whittaker ’93. Tofa McCormick ’94, Cindy Lathrop ’93 and Carol Hagler ’93 attended the wedding. Dave and Jenn honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico, later that summer. Jennifer is an assistant portfolio manager at Atlanta Capital Management Company in Atlanta. David is an account manager at Herman Miller Office Pavilion. They can be reached at jgh@atlacap.com.

Mark Eastman and Hollie Jantz Eastman have moved back to Washington where Mark is the new director of youth and family at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Spokane.

Jeffrey Young and Kelly Hoeckelberg were married on Sept. 19 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Kennewick, Wash. PLU alums in the wedding party included bridesmaids Jayne (Mcnutt) Leighty ’93 and Jennifer Trimble ’93; groomsmen Troy Helseth ’95, Jeff Johnson ’95, Jim Johnson ’93 and Jason Thompson ’93; usher Adam Sturgill ’92; and gift attendant Trina Sturgill ’91. Jeffrey graduated from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in June. He is now in family medicine residency at East Moreland Hospital in Portland, Ore. Kelly is a product-planning analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. They live in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Jeff Fritz has a new position as a loan officer at Norwest Mortgage in Mount Vernon, Wash.

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Christina Weist received the 1998 Educational Leaders in Math and Science Fellowship Title Co. Award. She has a fellowship at the University of Washington and has been working on developing resources to help math teachers better prepare their students for the new state assessments.

Magnus Lindberg lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and is the chief accountant at Nikon.

Amy Murphy earned her initial teaching certificate from Western Washington University in December.

Allison Marlayne Elliff earned a Teachers in Leadership grant from the Gates Library Foundation. There were 150 teachers chosen for this award in the state of Washington. The grant is a three-year award for advancement of computer technology in the classroom to form a foundation of curriculum and technology in learning. Allison also received the Excellence in Education award from the Fritzgerald Foundation.

Tim McGinty is a registered nurse, desert trailsmith and avid woodworker living in the Canyon Country of Moab, Utah.

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Janet Schilter and Dennis Shimabukuro were married on Sept. 5 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Olympia. Janet works at the Washington State Department of Revenue, and Dennis works at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Nathan Aune is studying jazz performance at Berkley College of Music in Boston. He recently returned from Copenhagen, Denmark, after living there 2-½ years.

Corey Bray earned a master of science degree in exercise and movement science with a concentration in sports psychology from the University of Oregon in June. He recently accepted a position as research assistant with the NCAA at its headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.

Theresa Lyso and Tom Zimmer were married in Portland, Ore., in July. They live in Seoul, Korea, where they teach in an international school. Theresa teaches French and Tom teaches physical education. They can be reached at tlzimmer@crusader.sfs-h.ac.kr.

Eva Frey earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Washington in August 1997. She worked with a consortium of University of Washington-Tacoma and PLU professors this past year to pilot the new Washington State Professional Teaching Certificate and was awarded her professional certificate on Oct. 28 at the Washington State Board of Education meeting. Currently, only 28 teachers in the entire state have professional certificates. Eva is still teaching junior high and loving it!

Troy Ellis entered U.S. Army Special Forces training in April. He will be promoted to captain in June. Friends from psychology and ROTC can reach him at CBR500@aol.com.

Susan Min earned a law degree from Seattle University Law School in December. At 21, she is the youngest graduate in the 25-year history of the school.

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Jason Thompson is in his first year of the MFA poetry program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Sherrie Hofmann is a program assistant at the Washington State Housing and Finance Commission.

Michelle Price and Patrick Hawkins were married on July 4 at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Michelle is director of marketing at Pacific Steel Structures, Inc., in Tacoma, and Patrick is a general contractor and owner of Stephen Patrick Homes of Tacoma. Their wedding reception was an old-fashioned Fourth of July potluck with Tacoma’s fireworks display over Commencement Bay as the finale.

Kelly Davis received third-place for news page design from the South Carolina Press for his work at the Anderson Independent newspaper in Anderson, S.C.

Kelly Crithfield is an intern pastor at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Boise, Idaho. His internship will be completed in August and then he will have one more year at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Desiree (Neary) Sumers and her husband, Keith, announce the birth of their son, Keifer Anthony, on Dec. 17. Desiree is the owner and event planner of Events To Remember in Tacoma.

Christina Heath and Michael Pitzen were married on July 12 at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood, Wash. PLU alumni in the wedding included Lance Keck ’98, Jason Van Galder ’96 and Erin Mortensen ’97. Christina is a communications coordinator at Dental Consultants Inc., in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Michael is in his second year at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Susan (Haniger) Fritz is a social worker for the Department of Social and Health Services.

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Deborah (Doell) Brown and her husband, Richard, announce the birth of their daughter, Alina Mari, on June 7. Deborah is the program director for the Vashon Park District on Vashon Island, Wash.

Arild Lovaas is the treasurer at Kvitsund High School in Kviteseid, Norway.

Kasie Scales and Kelly Pranghofer were married on July 18 in Portland, Ore. Kasie is the department head of special education at Narrows View Intermediate School and Kelly is a business consultant.

Kimberly Schelin and her husband, Todd, announce the birth of their daughter, Taryn Marie, on Oct. 6. Kimberly is a registered nurse at Tacoma General Hospital.

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Jason Stredwick and Kristina Hillesland were married on Aug. 8 at Richland Lutheran Church in Richland, Wash.

Marty Mogk is a substitute teacher in the Palm Beach County School District in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Kristin Latham is a graduate student at Oregon State University in Corvallis. She is in the molecular and cellular biology doctorate program.

Wendy Rygh and Mark Wesemann were married on July 11 in Woodburn, Ore. Wendy is a special education assistant in the Woodburn School District and Mark is an electrician at Tualatin Electric.

Charles Falstrom
died on Nov. 9.

Ruth (Sather) Phillips
died on Nov. 28.

Linda VanBeek
died on Jan. 19.

Authors Bookshelf

Nancy Hanson ’83 is the author of “From Pain to Joy – Inspiring Words for Hope and Healing.” It is written in the voice of God and speaks directly to those who are hurting. Nancy started her own company, Career Discovery, and has worked in Hawaii for 11 years as a career counselor, writer and speaker. She is also a contributing writer for the Honolulu Advertiser’s “At Work in Hawaii” column. Nancy’s first book, “Create Work You Love,” was published in 1995. Excerpts from her new book can be seen at www.career-discovery.com.

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