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This group of alumni is from the '30's to the '50's. They formed their own fraternity (since PLU didn't have one), Phelta Neu Thi, and reunite every year for a picnic. This year the reunion was at the home of Stan '38 and Thelma '40 Willis. Pictured are: back row, Frank Swanberg '51, Stan Willis '38, George Thorleifson '42, Wally Elefson '48, Pete Peterson '49, Eldon Kyllo '48, Art Larson '47, Paul Larson '38, Howard Willis '48, Elizabeth Willis '43, Marv Harshman '42; front row, Millie Swanberg '46, Thelma Willis '40, Edna Thorleifson, Charlotte Elefson, Myrtle Peterson '48, Toppy Kyllo '50, Lorraine Larson '47, Nina Larson '41, Margaret Kvinsland '40, Dorothy Harshman '42.
Howard Cook died on Aug. 23. He taught middle school in Tacoma for 30 years and served as a Boy Scout executive in Hood River, Ore., for two years. Howard is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Kap) '50, three sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John Reay, professor of mathematics at Western Washington University, along with a colleague, received a Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for their "Surprising but Easily Proved Geometric Decompostition Theorem," published in Mathematics Magazine and illustrated on its cover in February 1998. The awards are given annually by the Mathematical Association of America for the best expository papers in mathematics published each year in Mathematics Magazine, a journal of the MAA. John has been a professor at WWU since 1963. He also plays bassoon in the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and the 108 Woodwind Quintet.
Jack Holl was recently appointed head of the department of history in Kansas State University's College of Arts and Sciences.
Patti Bills died on Sept. 22. She directed the Medford, Ore., visitor and convention bureau for 18 years and founded the Medford Jazz Jubilee. She was also involved in many organizations and groups, including two terms on the Jackson County Fair Board, the United Way board of directors and the Boy Scouts of America board. Patti is survived by her husband, Bob '59; a son, Brad; two daughters, Betsy and Brenda; her mother, Erna; and four grandchildren.
Judith (Aus) Allen completed the Landmark Curriculum for Living last spring. She is semi-retired as a massage therapist, specializing in women who are disabled. Judith and her husband, Michael, have four grandchildren.
Ken Hartvigson and Larry Green's '76 Great Northwest Agency, was named the first runner-up for Lutheran Brotherhood's 1998 Agency of the Year award. The honor recognizes exceptional agency growth, agency culture, fraternal outreach effectiveness, quality service to members, and the personal development and performance of all agency representatives. The agency also ranked second among Division One agencies in the amount of life insurance, health insurance, annuities and investment products issued in 1998.
Mikael Leppaluoto and his wife, Shirlee, live in Gwinn, Mich. Mikael retired from the Gwinn School District after 32 years of service. His future plans include traveling, golfing and writing.
Paul Benson received the National Distinguished Humanities Educator Award from the Community College Humanities Association. It was presented at the national convention in Chicago on Oct. 29. Paul is a professor at Mt. View College in Dallas.
Georgia Girvan is directing the Idaho RADAR Network Center at Boise State University for the 1999-2000 school year. The center distributes information and materials on alcohol and drug awareness. She also is teaching health education classes for the Department of Kinesiology.
Conrad Selfors died on Jan. 1, 1998. He was the senior captain of his brother's, Jack Selfors '53, tour boat in Seward, Alaska. He also was a retired teacher from the Bainbridge Island School District. Conrad is survived by two daughters and two brothers, Jack and Edward.
Linda Rehm Duncan and her husband, Dan, announce the graduation of their son, Jason, from Western Washington University in August and of their daughter, Kristine, from the University of Washington in June. Both earned a bachelor of arts degree.
David Paulson, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande, Ore., for the past 11 years, is the new pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Eugene, Ore.
Sandra Glover is a faculty affiliate artist at the University of Puget Sound. She also is a teaching assistant of opera direction and production at the University of Washington. Sandra performs regularly and will be seen in the upcoming Jacobsen Recital Series, UW Recital and Opera, and as a soloist with the Rainier Symphony Orchestra in its spring 2000 performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. She also was heard on KING FM on Oct. 11.
Roger Lipera and his wife, Anita Pomerantz, have moved to Albany, N.Y. Roger is an independent web site designer, www.lipera.com. Anita is an associate professor at SUNY, in Albany.
Stanley Marder is the editor-in-chief of a non-profit, monthly computer publication with a circulation of 5,000.
Larry Walsh will complete his administration internship at Federal Way High School and receive his Washington State K-12 administration certificate in June.
Larry Green and Ken Hartvigson's '65 Great Northwest Agency was named the first runner-up for Lutheran Brotherhood's 1998 Agency of the Year award. The honor recognizes exceptional agency growth, agency culture, fraternal outreach effectiveness, quality service to members, and the personal development and performance of all agency representatives. The agency also ranked second among Division I agencies in the amount of life insurance, health insurance, annuities and investment products issued in 1998.
Alan Spence, formerly executive dean of administration at Pierce College, has been named vice president of administration for Pierce College District 11. He has been an administrator in the district since his arrival as associate dean in May 1981. Alan is pursuing doctoral studies in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington.
Roger Reed is a research analyst in the institutional research office at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Joel Smith is a physician and currently on staff at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, where he lives with his wife, Rose. He has been in Africa since 1997 when he joined World Vision disaster relief in Somalia and Sudan. Joel graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1982 and is board certified in internal medicine. After his four-year residency at a hospital in Harlem, N.Y., he spent six years with the U.S. Health Service in the Southwest Pacific.
Colin Kibler-Melby had an article published in the January/February 1999 issue of Soccer Journal. He and his wife, Janice, have returned to Phoenix after two years in Berlin, Germany. He remains involved in soccer.
Frederick "Fritz" and Diane (Lang '78) Lampe and daughters, Krista, 16, and Stephanie, 14, moved to Central New York in the fall, from their home of nearly 10 years in Anchorage, Alaska. Fritz is the new Lutheran campus pastor at Syracuse University and will continue his studies in cultural anthropology.
Jan (Hauge) DiConti and her husband, Marc, recently moved to Illinois, where Marc reported for duty at Great Lakes Naval Training Center as a chaplain. They moved there on the day of the second-worst storm in the history of the Chicago area. Jan is a substitute teacher in the Zion School District. They have five children, Louis, 16; Karen, 14; Isaac, 11; Noah, 9; and Lucas, 7.
Jana Gedde recently took home six trophies from the United States Powerlifting Federation Deadlift Nationals and Region 8 Bench Press Championships in Tacoma. During the weight lifting competition, she set a personal record of 352.5 pounds in the deadlift and equaled her personal record of 181.75 pounds in the bench press. She earned top prizes in the open competition and the masters, 40 and older, events. Jana was also awarded the Best Lifter trophy for both classifications, based on a formula that takes into consideration body weight and weight lifted, among other things.
Kendall Briggs was the featured composer during a New York concert when the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra presented the world premiere of his "Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra (...a riveder le stelle)" in Merkin Concert Hall on Oct. 17. Kendall is a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School, where he received a master of music degree and a doctorate in musical arts while studying composition with David Diamond. He is also a recipient of the Charles Ives prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Clark McLean continues to serve as a systems analyst for the Government Information Department, General Library, at the University of New Mexico, where he is responsible for microcomputers and Internet activities and is the webmaster for the department. In July he attended the fifth world symposium on choral music in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he saw several choral director friends, including Richard Sparks and Richard Nance from PLU. McLean also continues to be involved with the music program at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, N.M., and cherishes his memories of PLU and his participation in the Choir of the West.
Neal Otto and his wife, Paige, announce the birth of Brynne Nicole on March 3. She joins Nathan Quinn, 3.
Mike Carlson's 10-year-old son, Christopher, recently joined the touring Broadway production of "Les Miserables," traveling to Colorado Springs, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles. email@example.com.
Tony Alvarez De Alicante and his wife, Kathleen, changed their last name to De Alicante in 1995. Their 3-year-old daughter, Hannah, was born in Italy while they were stationed there with the Navy. Tony is an attorney and is working on obtaining an LLM in taxation at Georgetown Law School. They expect to move back to the West Coast in a couple of years.
Bob Bedford is a member of the new men's barbershop harmony chorus, Rainier Valley Harmonizers, in addition to being part of the quartet, Sound Sensations. Both groups will perform in "Sound Celebration," on January 22, in Lagerquist Concert Hall at PLU. The show will include an international medallist, several other quartets, and a group from Washington High School. Joining Bob in the Sound Sensations quartet is fellow Lute Mark Knutson '86. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Buss was installed as pastor of Oak Harbor Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor, Wash., on Aug. 15. His stepdaughter, Courtney Berner, is a freshman at PLU.
Rod and Lisa (Woods '82) Nubgaard have increased their commitment to their local youth soccer program in Poolesville, Md. Rod has been on the board of directors of Seneca Sports Association since 1996, and this year he and Lisa are responsible for the youth soccer program. They are managing and coaching first and second grade, and third and fourth grade teams, in addition to coordinating a soccer clinic for children aged 3 to 5. This is Rod's seventh season coaching youth soccer, and he recently received his "E" level soccer-coaching license. Lisa continues to be involved in Girl Scouts. She is a troop leader for both Brownies and Juniors. Their volunteer efforts have been very rewarding.
Susan Gubsch has played a nun in the Leavenworth (Wash.) Summer Theater production of "The Sound of Music" for the past several years. She also teaches Spanish and drama at Cashmere High School in Cashmere, Wash.
Janna Hamilton and Thomas Hudson were married on June 20 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in San Diego. Janna is a physical therapist and Thomas is a captain with the Dental Corps, U.S. Navy. They live in London.
Patrick Accimus and Carolyn Carlson Accimus '87 announce the birth of Brett Ellis on April 20. He joins 3-year-old Andrew Patrick. Pat is an account manager at Microsoft Corp. and Carolyn is a stay-at-home mom.
Scott Higgins enrolled in the U.S. Naval War College's strategic planning graduate program after completing a tour as the operations officer of a Seabee battalion. He served as the leader of a detachment that rebuilt roads and constructed camps in the Albanian Alps for Kosovar refugees. "It was a rewarding experience to be a part of the NATO humanitarian effort," he says.
Tim Runquist and Heather Jensen were married on Oct. 23 at the Church in the Woods in Ottertail, Minn. Among the guests in attendance were David Tookey '85 and Paul Haugen '86. Tim is an attorney with GE Capital in New Hope, Minn., and Heather is a nurse.
Jean Ladderud Coy and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of Rachel, on April 5. Jean brought Rachel home from Korea on Sept. 8 and adopted her on Oct. 28. She joins Joshua, 2.
Melanie Steen and Terence Billingsley were married on Aug. 29 in San Diego. Terence works at LADD Appraisal Company.
Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly and her husband, Martin, announce the birth of Lucas Martin, on July 27. He joins Jacob, 2.
Pam (Semrau) Simpson and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of Annika Rose on Oct. 5. She joins Craig, 3.
Diana Archibald accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the English department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, teaching 19th century British literature. Diana and her husband, Dane, enjoy living in New England with their son. Her address book was recently stolen, and she is hoping you will contact her if you know her. email@example.com
Jud and Sari (Tollefson '87) Keim announce the birth of Jace Walter on Sept. 12. He was born right after Jud coached in the PLU-CLU football game. Sari, in pre-labor, attended the second half. Jace joins Kalen Jean, 3, future Lutes or Kingsmen?
Denise (Stelling) Bettinger and her husband, Patrick, announce the birth of Sean Keegan on Oct. 13. He joins Scott,7; Eric, 5; and Shannon, 3.
Julie Nelson was the manager of the field crew during game time at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 24 through Aug. 8.
Dave Parkhill is a warehouseman for the Chelan County Public Utilities District in Wenatchee, Wash. He and his wife, Cari, have two children, Kyle, 5, and Britt, 2.
Matt and Kari (Graves) Misterek announce the birth of Noelle on Dec. 18, 1998. She joins Madeleine, 3. Matt is the new assistant metro editor at the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.
Elizabeth Berentson and Charles Slocum were married on Aug. 14 at University Lutheran Church in Seattle. Elizabeth's father, Rev. Jim Berentson '58, performed the ceremony. Chuck is the pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Edmonds, Wash., and Elizabeth is in marketing at Northwest Hospital in Seattle.
David Niehaus is a real estate appraiser at Cascade Appraisal LLC. His son, Zachary, is 8 years old.
Todd and Suzanne (Capelli '89) Kelley announce the birth of Lisa JoAnn on April 8. She joins Sara Joy, 3. Todd has been at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma for 10 years. He works in media relations. Suzanne has been a domestic engineer for four years. They live near Puyallup.
Terry Marks Design is showcased by Photodisc in the Photodisc Resource Book 12. The four-page portfolio section reviews selected works in five languages. Past reviewees include a long list of international firms, TMD being among the first homegrown firms to be profiled.
Eric and Kim (Wilson '89) Olson live in Longview, Wash. Eric is a physician at PeaceHealth Medical Group-Woodland Clinic.
Debbie (Skonord) Hickox and her husband, Alex, announce the birth of Kathryn Elizabeth (Kate) on Sept. 12. Debbie is a senior product manager at Microsoft Corp.
Brenda Ray Scott began a new position as director of community initiatives with the Salvation Army, Cascade Division, in August. She directs and manages corporate and foundation relations, including grant writing. The Cascade Division includes Oregon and Southern Idaho. In July, she was appointed to the board of directors of the Willamette Valley Development Officers organization. And in September, she was elected secretary of the Kenton Action Plan neighborhood association board of directors. Brenda also is the new alto section leader in the Bravo! Vancouver Chorale in Vancouver, Wash.
Elisa (Sullivan) Hays and Steven '93 Hays recently purchased Let's Pretend Circus, a touring children's show. Elisa performed daily at the Puyallup Fair. They have two sons, Zachary, 2, and Alexander, 1.
John Hautala and Sally Whipple '95 were married on July 17 at Chapel of Grace in Olympia, Wash. Sally and John are both employed by Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
Sandra Krause and Thomas Olson were married Aug. 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Dr. S. Erving Severtson '55, vice president of student life emeritus at PLU, officiated. Sandra is a fourth grade teacher at Brookdale Elementary School, and Thomas is a state trooper with the Washington State Patrol.
Erik Moen and his wife, Laura, announce the birth of Etta Violet on Sept. 3. Her older brother, Leo, is coping with this new situation. Erik is the clinic director of Physiotherapy Associates in Lynnwood, Wash., and was the guest lecturer at the Washington State Physical Therapy Association's fall conference. His class was titled "The Bicyclist: Implications for the Physical Therapist."
Kristi (Kessinger) and Peter Isensee '90 announce the birth of Tayla Victoria, on May 18. She joins Alisha, 2.
Brent Grauerholz and his wife, Mary, announce the birth of Mandy on Jan. 14. Brent recently graduated from residency and is a family physician at the Greeley Medical Clinic in Greeley, Colo.
Arne and Ann Marie (Haroldson) Valdez announce the birth of Anika Rose, on May 10. She joins Alec, 4. Arne is a sales representative for Burkhart Dental Supply.
Mark Hein is the new head boys basketball coach at University High School in Spokane, Wash. He was the junior varsity boy's basketball coach at University for six years.
Pam (Meyer) Johnson and her husband, Doug, announce the birth of Cameron on Sept. 26. www.homestead.com/hambug/index.html
Roger Smith and his wife, Paula, announce the birth of Megan Elizabeth on Oct. 5. She joins 18-month-old Spencer Thomas. Roger is the operations manager at Toysmith.
Jan Hokenstad and Ed Stemple were married on Oct. 2 at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Wash. Jan is a clinical nurse specialist in pediatric oncology at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle and Ed is a sponsorship research manager at World Vision.
Kimberly Cawley McFarland and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of Aidan on Sept. 1. Kimberly is a technical trainer at Premera Blue Cross.
Jim and Dana (Graversen '91) Hill moved to Phoenix in December 1998. Jim is a pilot, flying 737s for America West Airlines. Dana stays at home with their 1-year-old son, Caleb.
Laura (Schlup) La Rose and her husband, Rick, announce the birth of Brendan Craig on Aug. 29. Laura is a stay-at-home mom, and Rick is a pipefitter.
Kristin (Miller) Krueger and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of Andrew Miller Krueger on Oct. 12. He joins Paul, 2.
Knut Olson recently earned the Chartered Life Underwriter professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, Penn. Knut is affiliated with the Great Northwest Agency in Seattle.
Elizabeth (Jacobson) Kammers is a manager for Garden Botanika. Her job recently took her from the Tacoma Mall to the Capitol Mall in Olympia.
Michael Standish received the Meritorious Service Medal for accomplishments during command on Aug. 5. He recently completed a successful command of the headquarters and headquarters detachment, 2nd Chemical Battalion, and has moved to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., to take a position in the Directorate of Combat Developments, United States Army Chemical School.
Janice Ward died on Aug. 20. She served in the U.S. Army for three years and later earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from PLU. She was a registered nurse at the Family Neighbor Clinic and also did volunteer work for the Pierce County Health Department. Janice is survived by her husband, James; one daughter, Ashley; one stepson, Victor; and one stepdaughter, Victoria.
Teresa Raden Bowerman and her husband, Jarold, announce the birth of Raden Peter on May 7. Teresa is staying at home with Raden after teaching at Olympia High School for eight years. Jarold co-founded Worldstream Communications, an Internet communications company in Bellevue, Wash.
Wendy (Kirkpatrick) Domain and her husband, Patrick, announce the birth of Bailee McKenzie, on Nov. 9, 1998.
Keith Ferrin founded That You May Know Ministries in 1996. He travels around the United States and Europe, speaking, singing, and presenting a one-man drama. He earned an M.Ed. in counseling and works half-time as an elementary school counselor.
Susan O'Leary has joined Terry Marks '88 Design as a project manager. Susan was formerly employed as an assistant to sales at GAC, The Allied Printers.
Lisa Manning moved to Marin, near San Francisco, in February. She is a studio-marketing manager with Zaruba Photography. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dannae (Gard) Youngard married Tim (Young) Youngard in 1998. They moved to Las Vegas, where Dannae is focusing on theatre and acting once again. Dannae previously ran her own housecleaning business for five years.
Jeff and Margriet (Carlson '92) Current announce the birth of Evan Neil on Aug. 18. Jeff continues to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult immigrants and refugees with the Evenstart program at Spokane Community College in Spokane, Wash. Margriet is taking a one-year leave of absence from her elementary ESL teaching position to stay at home with Evan.
Suzanne Wastier and Andy Podolske '92 announce the birth of Noah Andrew on May 1.
Joel Schreuder and Ruth Preston '87 were married on July 31 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Ore. Joel and Ruth, both Choir of the West alums, met in 1996 as members of Choral Arts Northwest, directed by Richard Sparks. Choral Arts provided music for the wedding and included "O Day Full of Grace" for the PLU alums in attendance. They recently moved to Mesa, Ariz., where Joel is pursuing a DMA in choral conducting at Arizona State University and Ruth is working as a technical writer. Joelts@imap2.asu.edu
Oyvind Steinsvik and his wife, Christine, announce the birth of Oscar on July 6. Oyvind began his position as a marketing manager at Borregaard Synthisis Pharmaceutical Ind., in June. Oyvind.email@example.com
Rebecca (Black) Peterson and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of Ryan Joseph on April 26.
Susan Jacot and Bryce Butler were married April 18, 1998, in Mt. Vernon, Wash. Susan was promoted to the position of business analyst at Safeco Life Insurance in April and was recently accepted to the nursing program at Everett Community College. She plans to become a registered nurse. Bryce graduated from The Citadel, Charleston, S.C., in 1997.
Shawn Kogan is the owner of ADC Staffing, a technical consulting and job placement company. He has been in business for four years.
Stephanie Bullard and Kevin Beares were married on Oct. 2 in Portland, Ore. Stephanie recently left her job as a network administrator at a software company to pursue a master's degree in education. She plans to be a middle school teacher. Kevin, a University of Maryland graduate, handles customer support for Webridge in Portland. Kristin (Ford) Martinson '92, Cyndi (Worden) Johnson '92 and Mike McFarland '92 participated in the wedding.
Stephanie Grauerholz-Lofton is an associate in the corporate practice area of Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz's investment services group in Chicago. Prior to joining Vedder Price in October, she was an associate with Chapman & Cutler, also in Chicago. Stephanie received her J.D. from DePaul University in 1995.
Patty Wales and Noah Bickell were married on June 26 in Evergreen, Colo. Patty is a fifth grade teacher and Noah is a credit manager for the Sherwin Williams Corp.
Cindy Specht and Matt Dapkus were married on May 15 at Applegate Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, Ore. Cindy is a youth minister at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grants Pass, Ore. Matt is a delivery driver with Columbia Distributing Co. and is pursuing an electrical apprenticeship. The honeymoon was in Palm Springs, Calif.
Bill and Sheri (Noah) Feeney announce the birth of Isaac Robert on July 12. He joins Claire Jennifer, 2.
Mia Seppanen and Petteri Maki were married on June 19 in Helsinki, Finland. Mia is a commercial specialist at the American Embassy in Helsinki and Petteri is a segment manager with IBM.
Jennifer Norman and Charles Williamson III were married on Aug. 21 in Missoula, Mont. Jennifer is the assistant manager of operations at the University of Montana and Charles is an accountant.
Eric Yaver is a senior business consultant for Lucent Technologies in New Jersey.
Justin Yax is employed at Weidinger Public Relations in Lake Tahoe, Calif. When he's not skiing, biking or kayaking, he does work for Ski Lake Tahoe and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. Jyaxwpr@sierra.net
Jolyn Larsen Dahlvig is a resident director at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash.
Catherine Ann Johnson and Brian Patrick Mulhall were married on Sept. 25 in Tacoma. They were blessed to have all of their parents present, including Catherine's mother, who is terminally ill with cancer. Catherine is a social worker, and Brian is a physician. They live in Tacoma.
Brian Narramore is an events manager for Ric Hansen Entertainment. He and his wife, Tonya, have a daughter, Jordan, 4.
Kori McNary and Robert Dewing were married on Sept. 19 in Snohomish, Wash. PLU religion professors Dr. Lora Gross and Dr. Robert Stivers officiated. Mitzi Hansen '93 and Kristin (Baldwin) Maland '93 were in the wedding party. (photo)
Brad and Molly (Tvedt) Uhlenhoff announce the birth of Alaina Joy on Sept. 8. She joins Madison, 7. Brad works for Hewlett Packard and Molly stays at home with Madison and Alaina.
Jayne (McNutt) Leighty and her husband, James, were married on May 31, 1997. Jayne is executive assistant at TrizecHahn Development, and James is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Aaron Hubler and Rachel Firman Hubler '95 are middle school teachers in the Meridian School District in Boise, Idaho.
Karie Post and Aaron Cato were married on July 31 in Eugene, Ore. They both work for AT&T Wireless Services in Seattle. Karie is in national marketing and Aaron is a business analyst.
Chris Egan is the new weekend TV news anchor at KTRV in Nampa, Idaho.
Maria Bengtsson returned to Sweden and started her own business after graduating from PLU. She works with project management, development of education material and planning and organizing international seminars in the field of international humanitarian aid, preventive diplomacy and conflict management. She has worked for the U.N., Swedish National Defense College, NATO, various ministries of Foreign Affairs, international aid organizations and universities. Maria has participated in writing two publications; one book on civil-military cooperation in U.N. peacekeeping operations, and one booklet on Swedish companies and investments in Tanzania.
Nancy Noyer Robb and her husband, Cassidy, announce the birth of Abby Lorene on Feb. 5. Nancy is a kindergarten teacher at Central Avenue Elementary School in Tacoma.
Brandon and Tarren (Becker '96) Fix announce the birth of Hannah on March 17. Tarren is a chemistry teacher at Stadium High School in Tacoma and Brandon recently started Donationdepot.com, an Internet company that allows you to give to the charity of your choice, online. One hundred percent of the donation goes to the charity. It will be available in January.
Daniel Mattson is in the U.S. Army graduate program in anesthesia nursing. He is a captain.
Kandace Greco and Eric Lewis were married on June 5 at Little Church on the Prairie in Tacoma. Kandace is a district manager, and Eric is self-employed.
Lonna Roberts and Robert Frans '96 were married on June 13 at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. Lonna is a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, and Robert is a chemist.
Theresa (Lyso) Zimmer is pursuing a master's degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Washington.
Sara Strada has a new position as a sixth-grade language arts and math teacher at Rangier Middle School in the Killeen Independent School District.
Christina (DeAustria) Branson and her husband, Calvin, were married in April 1996. They have two daughters, Kailey, 7, and Mikaila, 2. Christina is a homemaker and Calvin works at Airtouch Communications.
Lauren (Laslie) Marlatt, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, has been the head nurse in the gastroenterology clinic at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga., since July 1997. She and her husband, Bryan, have a daughter, Audrey Elizabeth, 2.
Robin Gillispie is a systems/DBA administrator for the Kent School District in Kent, Wash. Her department was recently inducted into the Smithsonian as a result of its efforts in network infrastructure and bringing technology to students.
Shane Row and Erica Wood '97 were married on April 17 in Tacoma.
Lenore McDonald received a master of social work degree from Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash., in August.
Kristie Giese recently joined Willamette Falls Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse. She previously worked at an OB/GYN clinic.
Rauno Martikainen is self-employed at Veranos Oy in Espoo, Finland.
Jennifer Jensen and Christopher Poppe '97 were married on Sept. 18 in Bellevue, Wash. Alumni in photo: back row, Matt DesVoigne '96, Neil Crist '98, Bobbi Junell '98, Kevin Bartholomae '96, Matt Wrye '97, David Stith '97, Brooke (Kloppenburg) Stith '97, Jason Sommerset '98; middle row, Sami (Berube) MacDonald '96, Marci Voeller '98, Andrea (Conrad) DeLong '98, Jen (Gustafson) Wrye '97, Mark Carnese '97, Emily Blake '96, Jim O'Toole '97; front row, Jennifer (Jensen) Poppe '96, Jami Simmons, Chris Poppe '97, Tayah Rathje '97, Jill (Stearns) Sommerset '98, Rebecca Walter '98.
Britta Gaupp and her husband, Marty, recently moved from Ohio to Washington, D.C., where she is a marketing manager of an architectural firm and Marty is in the U.S. Air Force, working at the Pentagon as a scientific analyst.
Susan (Jacot) Butler began nursing school in September and continues as a business analyst at SAFECO Life Insurance.
Laurie Kurowski recently accepted a position as administrator and recruiter in human resources with ShopNow.com.
Taylor Olson and Richard Rogers '98 were married on Aug. 14.
Erin Fischer and Michael Schaefer were married on Oct. 9. Erin is a youth leader at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland, Ohio, and Michael is the youth director at Good Hope Lutheran Church.
Scott Richardson and Erica Alis Amalia Schoessow were married on May 30 in Valencia, Calif. Scott is the director of youth at Christ Lutheran Church, and he attends Fuller Seminary part time. Erica is an engineer.
Sonjia Rainsberry and Neil Gavin were married on Sept. 18 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Edmonds, Wash. Rocky Downs '97 and Gretchen (Lervold) Beauchamp '97 were attendants. Sonjia is the youth education director at Northlake Lutheran Church and Gavin is a certified public accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP.
Tim Barker and Lindsay Ann Falkenstein-Barker live in Wilsonville, Ore., 15 minutes south of Portland. Tim is the recreation coordinator for the City of Wilsonville and Lindsay Ann is an instructional assistant and volleyball coach.
Andrea Deaver and Koyi Khan Clay were married on Aug. 8, 1998, at the Point Defiance Pagoda in Tacoma. Andrea is the recreation supervisor for Metro Parks in Tacoma and Koyi Khan is a pipefitter.
Alexander Bauer is a financial analyst for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Tacoma.
Amber Davidson has a new position as respite coordinator for Polk County, Ore. As the coordinator she will match respite care providers with families in need of a break from the constant care of a family member.
Brandon VanDyke is the new music director at Surprise Lake Middle School in the Fife School District in Milton, Wash.
Martin Mogk is teaching in a rural African-American community on the east shore of Lake Okeechobee, in the sugar cane fields of Florida. He recently passed the Florida Professional Educators Exam and received state certification to teach biology.
Sarah Straks is pursuing a master in divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Bethany Wolbrecht has been a community development planner for Pierce County in Lakewood, Wash., since May 1998. She plans and implements public services and physical improvement projects. She recently purchased her first home.
Heather Ruud and Dan Casmier '99 were married on June 26 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fircrest, Wash. Lance Thompson '99, Aaron Miller '00, Rachel Spada '99, and Megan Trunock '98 were in the wedding party. Heather works at Immunex Corp. in Seattle, and Dan is a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Washington. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
MaryAnne (Hoppe) Hess and her husband, Bill, announce the birth of Jordan Anne on July 29. MaryAnne worked for the State of Oregon Social Services and Child Protective Services before her daughter was born.
Susan Ragland lives in Spanaway, Wash., with her husband, Ralph, and their two children.
Matt Iseri recently received a second-degree black belt in Kodokan Judo.
Janel Fox is currently teaching in China through a PLU program.
Dom Zook was in the recent Capital Playhouse, Olympia, production of "Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," by Stephen Sondheim. Performances began Oct. 14 and ran through Oct. 30. www.mashell.com/~dizzy
Melinda Dickman entered the dental hygiene program at Oregon Health Sciences University in September.
Alana Dellatan is in the master of music therapy program at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Aaron Swenson entered the University of Washington Dental School in September. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2003.
Kelle Rose entered the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a one-year program, in August. She lives in Detroit with five other volunteers and works at a neighborhood center in a low-income area.
Maureen Francisco recently completed a fellowship at KOMO TV in Seattle. She is now a reporter with KNDO TV in Yakima, Wash.
Allison Smith and Jason Lehner were married on July 24 at Columbia Presbyterian Church. Jessica Baker '99, Julie Stith '99 and Janell Wagenblast '99 were in the wedding party. Allison is a high school teacher and Jason is a hotel administrator.
Salena Goudreault is an account coordinator at Owen Media.
Caroline Sue Wells died on Aug. 30.
Howard Cook died on Aug. 23.
Joyce (Puffert) Mazer died on Oct. 16.
Patti Bills died on Sept. 22
Walter Leininger died on April 10.
Conrad Selfors died on Jan. 1, 1998.
Janice Ward died on Aug. 20.
Jennifer Smith and Christopher Henning were married on Aug. 21 in Puyallup, Wash.
After receiving a bachelor of science in nursing degree, Melissa Holcomb was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. She attended 10 weeks of officer's training in San Antonio, Texas, and is now stationed at the Tripler Medical Center in Honolulu for three years.
Lindee Glandon and Mark Bly were married on Oct. 2 in Hoquiam, Wash. Allison (Zent) Sheneman '98, Andrew Glandon '97, and Daemon Repp '97 were in the wedding party. Lindee is a customer service clerk at Albertson's and Mark is a doctoral candidate in pharmacy at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. They live in Evergreen, Colo.
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