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Class Notes

Class reunions will be held for 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, and 1996 during Homecoming 2001, October 12-14. If you would like to serve on your class reunion committee or would like information about your reunion please contact your reunion class representative(s). See under your class year for more details.

1931, 1934, 1935, 1941, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, In Memoriam

Harold Gray died on Dec. 12. He was a lifelong member of the First Assembly of God Life Center in Tacoma where he served in many roles, including chairman of the committee for the rebuilding of the church following a disastrous fire. After graduating from PLU, he taught at Midland Junior High School before moving to the Clover Park School District, where he later became a principal for 16 years and retired as assistant superintendent. Harold also taught courses at PLU for 26 years. He is survived by his wife, Alma; sons, Gary ’62 and Gordon ’65; daughter, Nora; and grandchildren. His daughter, Marci, preceded him in death.

Ella (Johnson) Fosness died on Dec. 15. After PLU, Ella taught school for five years before she married Elmer Fosness in 1939. They lived in Seattle for eight years before moving to the Cromwell area of Gig Harbor, Wash., in 1947 to live near Elmer’s parents and help with the farm. In 1962, Ella returned to teaching and taught sixth grade until her retirement in 1976. She was an active member of Peninsula Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor and she served as a PLU class representative. Ella was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her son, Leroy; daughters, Joyce Sears ’67 and Joan Mitton ‘67; 5 grandchildren, including Nate Sears ’98; and 4 great-grandchildren.

Jane (Williams) Ramsdell died on Dec. 1. Jane taught school at University Place, Roosevelt and Lowell Elementary Schools in Tacoma. She married her husband, James, in 1937. She was also very involved in community activities. Serving as vice-chairman of the Pierce County and Washington State Republican Parties, she was a delegate to the 1960 National Republican Convention. Jane is preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her sons, James and Steven; four grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

Goodwin ("Goody") Olson died on Dec. 1. He was a public school teacher and principal for nearly 40 years and retired in 1980. Goodwin is survived by his wife, Dorothy ’89; children, George, Dennis ’77, Teresa, Carol Houston ’73, and Janice Treen; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arne and Gloria (Rummer ’42) Pederson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Jan. 24 with a reception at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. They met at PLU and were married in Seattle on Jan. 11, 1941, and have lived in the Parkland area for more than 50 years. Professor Pederson served in the PLU School of Education for 33 years and when the youngest of five sons left home, Gloria opened a Scandinavian gift shop that she operated for 21 years.

Merle Pflueger is enjoying his retirement. He bought a new home and continues to do a lot of traveling. He also does substitute organ playing in churches.

[image] Guttorm Gregersen receiving St. Olav MedalGuttorm Gregersen, BA ’47, MA ’60, recently received the St. Olav Medal in a presentation at the Scandinavian Cultural Center at PLU. Gregersen, a native of Norway, was honored for his distinguished service to his native land, including participation in the Sons of Norway, helping start the local Norwegian children’s choir, serving on the board of the Scandinavian Cultural Center, and being a correspondent for the Western Viking for more than 20 years. The award was presented by Thomas Stang, Consul of Norway, based in Seattle. Guttorm is a retired Tacoma-area educator.

Grant Whitley died on Nov. 12. Grant was a lifelong resident of Tacoma. He served in the Navy during World War II. After PLU, he worked at Hooker Chemical as a chemist until retirement in 1983. Grant was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife, Anne; sister, Janice Deweyert; sons, Chris and Grant; daughters, Barbara Dildine ’75, Sandra Merriman and Karen Stratford; and 13 grandchildren.

Class Reps: LaWanna Ahrendt at 253-537-3075; Marge Kunschak at 253-537-3101; Maria Larson at 253-538-9483

Class Reps: Ginny Haugen at 253-584-0380 or ighaugen@aol.com; Clarene Johnson at 253-588-2377 or clarene735@compuserve.com

Robert Romnes retired from Champion International in 1995. He was the manager of the process-engineering department. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Florida.

Len and Bette Lou (MacDonald) Ericksen are living in Kalispell, Mont., where Len is serving as the interim pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. They are working with congregational president, Jim Kittlesby ’60, and vice president, Wayne Saverud ’66. This summer they will move to Glacier National Park, where Len will supervise the chaplains working with a Christian ministry in the National Parks.

Class Reps: Ron Learch at 509-627-0583 or lerchs@earthlink.net; Karen Flamoe at 253-927-5391 or leflamoe@aol.com

William (Bill) Ostenson died on Nov. 21. After PLU, Bill received a juris doctorate from Willamette University in 1963 and a master of governmental administration from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. Bill worked for transit agencies in Philadelphia and Detroit before he and his family moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., in 1972. He was the first executive director of the Economical Development Council of Puget Sound. He then served as an economic development and public policy consultant. Bill and his wife, Patricia, were married in August 1964. They had two sons, John ’88 and Peter ’90. He is survived by his wife, sons, and three brothers, Harold ’66, Alan ’72, and Richard ’71.

Dennis Howard was appointed chairman of the computer information office systems department at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in August.

Class Rep: Jack Oliver at 916-961-3304 or jack_oliver@hotmail.com

Anders Aadland assumed command of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in October. He is the commanding general.

Marlene Buffington left for the Peace Corps on Nov. 13. She is stationed in Lesotho, a small, mountainous country, with snow in winter, located within the Republic of South Africa. Marlene is a resource teacher, helping to train teachers through in-service classes and demonstrations. She also makes visual aids. Marlene spent three months learning Sesotho, the language of Lesotho.

Robert Krause died on June 16. He was married to Linda (Sherrow) ’70. Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1973. Specializing in pathology, he practiced two years in Minnesota, two years in New Mexico and 16 years in Montana. He was active in the Montana State Pathology Association, the College of American Pathology and the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Bob retired in 1996 due to medical reasons. In 1997, Bob and Linda moved to Las Vegas from Butte, Mont. He is survived by his wife, his mother, and his son, Daniel, a senior at Boston University.

Christine Larson is the new director of professional standards for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. She works directly with states helping to enact new practice act legislation and maintain the national disciplinary database.

Roger Hansen upgraded from technician III to civil engineer I. He works for the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska.

Class Rep: Joe Hustad Jr.
at 503-286-9663(w) or 503-531-0440(h)

Benjamin Keller joined the staff of Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash., in 1987. He is the director of choral activities and the music department coordinator. He conducts 270 students in his five choral groups at Lakes. After he earned his bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in music from PLU, Benjamin attended the University of Arizona and received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting. He has directed choirs and taught music on all levels for over 25 years, including the Gloriana Chamber Singers, and choirs at both PLU and Arizona. His groups consistently receive superior ratings at contests and festivals, and the Lakes choir has performed three times at the National Invitational Choral Festival of Gold, most recently in the spring of 2000. In addition to his duties at Lakes, Benjamin also serves on state and regional boards for M.E.N.C. and A.C.D.A. In June 1999, he was the Certified Employee of the Year for the Clover Park School District and in February 2000, he was named Outstanding Music Educator for the Mountain Region of the Washington Music Educators Association.

John Nilson was re-appointed Attorney General of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Walter Tushkov is a senior systems analyst at the Boeing Company in Philadelphia.

Penny Brainerd moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending 11 years in Southern California, working in quality assurance for a computer company, and four years in Arkansas. She loves Newport, Ore., where she is enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean.

Peter Grewenow died on Dec. 20. After PLU, Peter earned a master’s degree in art history from Case Western Reserve University of Ohio. At the time of his death, he was the curator of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning Slide Library at the University of Washington. Formerly he was the curator of the visual resources collection at Columbia University, curator and cataloguer at Boston University and curator and cataloguer at Cleveland Museum of Art. Peter is survived by his mother, Esther; brother, Ronald ‘69; and two nieces.

Sally (Ingalsbe) Ritchie and her husband, Michael, moved to Fairview, Ore., a suburb of Portland. Sally is a media specialist for the Parkrose School District and Michael is the production manager of the door department for BMC West in Vancouver, Wash. Their daughter, Laura ’00 (former Mooring Mast editor), is the media relations assistant at PLU. Laura is married to Geoff Gifford ’01. Sally and Michael’s youngest daughter, Sara, is a freshman at Western Oregon University.

Bruce Bessler is the new Chelan, Wash., Safeway manager. He has managed three Alaska Safeway stores in the past 12 years. Before going to Alaska, Bruce was the assistant manager at the same Chelan store.

Debra Jenkins recently sold her property and house. She had emergency surgery in May 2000 for a ruptured appendix. She recently ended a 10-year relationship. Debra also recently traded in her Jeep Cherokee (there is a ’90 Dover gray Jeep Cherokee with PLU alumni and Grateful Dead stickers somewhere in this world) for a 2000 Ford Focus ZTS…and loves it! Debra took a long overdue medical R & R vacation to Florida and Georgia in the fall – the Pacific Northwest looks mighty fine. She is searching for a life partner.

Bill King died on Dec. 1. He was a retired major from the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. After retiring from the Army, he worked as a registered nurse in Saudi Arabia, and for the Native American Hospital in Alaska. He came to Tacoma to work at Western State Hospital and then for the Department of Social and Health Services. Bill also graduated from the Kansas City General Hospital School of Nursing, University of Southern California, and did post-graduate work in nursing at the University of Evanston, Illinois. Bill’s interests were travel, languages and the opera. He spoke eight languages including English, French, German, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Arabic, and Farsi. Bill is survived by his sister, Catherine Atkins, and his nephew.

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Clement O’Neill, Lt. Col. (Ret.) U.S. Army, died on Nov. 16. He was also a graduate of the University of Nebraska. His work ethic carried him through his 81st year, as he was still employed by Central Texas University and Pierce College. Clement served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He received many awards during his military career, including the Bronze Star. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1967 after 20 years of service and later retired from the Federal Prison System, as an educator at McNeil Island, Wash. Clement is survived by his four children.

Susan Kerns was elected to the executive council of the Association of Supervision of Curriculum Development, an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of professional educators whose jobs cross all grade levels and subject areas, founded in 1943. Susan assumed office in March, following the ASCD annual conference in Boston.

Phyllis Eide received a Ph.D. in nursing and a student leadership award from the University of Colorado in May. She continues to teach baccalaureate nursing at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, where she has been since 1992.

Matthew Watrous is a firearm instructor. He and his wife, Letitia, a naturopathic physician, live in Spokane with their children, Heather, 13 and Travis, 9.

Michael Mendoza is the director of choral activities at The College of New Jersey. He is also a composer.

Arlene Conde died on Jan. 6 from ovarian cancer. She fulfilled her career ambitions by teaching for the Puyallup and Auburn school districts in the ’80s and ’90s, before illness forced her into early retirement.

Donna Kahre and her husband, Victor, were transferred to Paris, France. Donna works at Honeywell International. She is a contract manager for European Environmental Control Systems, which provides products to Airbus and other European aircraft manufacturers.

Ray Francis retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel. He is now a deputy project director at Resource Consultants, Inc., in Vienna, Va. Ray will begin his Ph.D. in education at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in September.

Class Rep: Drew Nelson at dnelson@littonlaser.com

Steven Kelley is a spiritual facilitator and mentor for the Interfaith Spiritual Center in Portland, Ore. He directs workshops for men seeking faith development and exploration.

[image] Kirsten Anna KindemKari Kindem and her husband, Thomas, announce the birth of Kirsten Anna, on Sept. 12. She joins Lukas, 3. Kari is enjoying her maternity leave from her real estate and mortgage business.


Chris Linquist is a counselor at Prairie High School in Brush Prairie, Wash. She was also the head girls and boys tennis coach from 1983-2000.

Melissa (Majar) Lamoreaux and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of Zoe, on Oct. 30.

Peter Tuff is in his second year at Colorado Bible College. He recently sang the "Messiah" in Vienna’s Musikverein. He also sang "Salute to Vienna" on New Year’s Day in Denver. Peter is looking forward to the Choir of the West reunion during Homecoming 2001.

Craig Groseclose is in his first year in the master of divinity program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. The four-year degree is required for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Deann (Jay) Edgers and her husband, Peter, recently moved to Novato, Calif., where Peter is the new station manager at KTLN-TV. Deann completed her master of science degree as a family nurse practitioner and is preparing to take her board exams. They have three children, Jacob, 9; Michaela, 6; and Christopher Robert, 1.

Rev. Lauren Macan-Wightman and Rev. Greg Wightman ’82 are pastors at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Rochester, Wash. In January, Lauren and their son, Johnny, 10, went to Honduras on a mission trip. Greg and their daughter, Lina-Maria, 6, held down the fort at church and at home.

Kathryn Torvik is enrolled in the master’s program in art therapy at Marylhurst University.

[image] Hayden and Jonah MulcroneLisa (Munson) Mulcrone and her husband, Gary, announce the birth of Jonah Hans, on July 12. He joins Hayden, 4. Diane Gaarder Zimmerman ‘81 helped as a childbirth coach for Lisa, which was greatly appreciated by Gary.



Brian Olson died on Nov. 28. Brian was a devoted father to his sons, Daniel, 10, and Benjamin, 6, and will also be greatly missed by their mother, Mary (Boyd) Olson ‘81. Brian was preceded in death by his brother, Mark. He is also survived by his sons; his mother, Clarene (Osterli) Johnson ’56; his father, Robert ’57; his brothers, David ’83, Paul, and Knut ’90; and sister, Marianne.

Ed Zvirzdys owns Edward Scott Construction Company in Olympia. He and his wife, Lisa, have three sons, Zack, 10, Jared, 8, and Sam, 4.

Vicki (Hamlin) Knickerbocker and her husband, Howard, announce the birth of Andrew Richard, on Nov. 13. He joins Amy, 14, Peter, 13, James and John, 11, Heidi, 7, and Christa, 4. Vicki is self-employed as a piano and voice instructor.

Jeff and Monica (Krueger) Chandler announce the birth of Amy Rose, on April 20, 2000. She joins Kyle, 5 and Corey, 3. Jeff is the head football coach and P.E. teacher at Eastlake High School in Redmond, Wash. Monica is a "retired" principal and stay-at-home mom.

John and Lisa (Kind) Korsmo have two children, Beau, 6 and Kira Emmagrace, 1.

David Mohr died on Feb. 1 from non-tobacco related lung cancer. After graduating from PLU, David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University in New York City and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Delaware. He worked for the DuPont Company for 12 years on the East Coast and in 1997 David and his family relocated to Oregon, where he was a program manager for Intel and received the Intel Achievement Award. David was active in his church. He also enjoyed doing science experiments and watching football with his sons, Geoff, 15 and Trevor, 12. David is also survived by his wife, Julie.

Anne (Kvamme) Lee and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of Brian Patrick, on Nov. 5. He joins Bobby, 12, Becky, 10, Ben, 6, and Billy, 4. Anne is a homemaker.

Scott Ransom was promoted to senior vice president and chief quality officer of Detroit Medical Center, which consists of seven hospitals. He is also the executive vice president of the Institute for Strategic Analysis and Innovation. Scott will continue his academic roles as associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University and adjunct associate professor in health management and policy at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He was named "Young Up-And-Comer/Star In Health Care in 2000" by Modern Healthcare magazine. He had two books published in 2000 titled, "Practical Strategies in Obstetrics and Gynecology" and "Advanced Principles of Medical Management: Enhancing Physician Performance."

Tim Larson and his wife, Karma, announce the birth of Michael Timothy, on Aug. 11. He joins Jacque, 5 and Zachary, 3.

Gayle Hollenbeck Buben is a teacher in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District in Soldotna, Alaska. One of her former fourth grade students is now a student at PLU and living in the same residence hall where Gayle lived as a student.

Heather Hicks is now in full-time ministry with YWAM, an international ministry to disciple the nations. She will be spending January and February in India. Last year she trained in Kona, Hawaii and the Ukraine. She also completed a discipleship and counseling internship in Phoenix, Ariz.

Heidi (Urness) Summers retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving for 15 years as a nurse and an officer. She is looking forward to staying home with her children, Chris, 6, and Katie, 5, and her husband, Bruce. They live in Santa Maria, Calif.

Class Reps: Brian Dohe at 509-527-5251 or dohe@whitman.edu; Kathleen North at 253-265-3337

Paul Elgin and his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Luke, 4, and Sarah, 1, moved to Houston, Texas in May. He has a new position as minister of music at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Steven Keller was granted promotion and tenure at the University of Missouri, where he is an associate professor of chemistry. He graduated his first Ph.D. student in December.

Carla Savalli has a new position as the business editor at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. She joined the Review in 1992 as a copy editor and has been the night assistant city editor since 1997. Before joining The Spokesman-Review, she was a reporter in Tacoma and news editor in Moscow, Idaho and Las Vegas.

Renee-Michelle (Charboneau) Kirk and her husband, Barry, moved to Olympia with their three children. Renee-Michelle works at home with the children and is an educational consultant supervisor with Usborne Books.

Dave Tourtlotte and his wife, Stacey, are living in New York, where Dave is the interactive marketing manager at Mercedes-Benz.

John Arnold and his wife, Francine, announce the birth of Mitchell, on Nov. 6. He joins Tony, 6, Alayna, 3, and Michelle, 2. John is the director of sales, east, at Sargento Foods, Inc., in Plymouth, Wis.

Rick Larsen won his bid for Congress and on Jan. 3, he will be sworn in to represent Washington State’s 2nd congressional district. He and his wife, Tiia Karlen ’87, and their sons, Robert, 4, and Per, 2, moved to Washington, D.C.

Robin (Allerton) Schroeder and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of Ingrid Grace, on Oct. 3. She joins Griffin, 4. Robin is a stay at home mom.

Todd and Sara (Foss) Carmichael announce the birth of their son, Davis, on Feb. 5, 2000.

Lizbeth (Van Slageren) Wentz and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of Beth Ann, on May 12. She joins Adam, 5, and Madeline, 3. (photo)

Minta Norton and Bryan Wulf ’91 were married on July 17. Bryan is a teacher at Spanaway Lake High School and Minta is a physical educator at Cedarcrest Junior High School, both in the Bethel School District.

Carol Braund died on Nov. 10. She enjoyed hosting foreign exchange students and was a volunteer tutor for ESL students. The joys of her life were her children and grandchildren.

Karla Fullner moved to Chicago to take a position as assistant professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University Medical School.

[image] Lydia Ann Mumford (left)Beth (Bevan) Mumford and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of Lydia Ann, on May 10. She joins Steven, 5, and Nathan, 4. Beth is a full time mom, with some graphic design on the side.

June Johnson is a medical missionary in the Ukraine with Christian Missionary Fellowship, based in Indianapolis, Ind. She enjoyed her first two-year term so much that she has signed on permanently. June was previously a registered nurse at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in Springfield, Ore. In the Ukraine, she specializes in difficult wounds and ostomy care.

Erin Kirkpatrick and Keith Randall were married on May 20, 2000 at the Seattle Design Center. Jenae (Boyd ‘88) and Patrick Kirby ‘88, Ann Marie (Stenford) Meiresonne ’88, Laura (Williamson ‘88) and Greg Holmlund ’88, Kathleen Becker ’88, Kathleen (Burke) North ’86, Allison (Keith) Ramsey ’84, ’86, Betty (Riggers ’53) and Don Keith ’54, and Kathy (Hefty) Enselman ’78 attended the wedding. Erin is a loan specialist at NeighborhoodHomeLoans.com and Keith owns KOR Drywall.

Holly Gunby received a master’s of divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., and was ordained on Oct. 22. She is now the associate pastor at First Lutheran Church in Ketchikan, Alaska. She hopes to get reconnected with classmates and friends. flassoc@eagle.ptialaska.net

Don and Sara (Martinson) Ericksen live in Kalispell, Mont., where Don is a partner in the Flathead Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Clinic. Sara recently finished supervising the building of their new home on Spring Mountain. Their third child, Kirsti, was born on Nov. 29. She joins Ingrid, 6, and Leif, 3.

Karen (Bruhn) ArnHoltz is a social worker at the DSHS in Kelso, Wash.

Jacqueline Megow returned to school to complete a master’s degree in literature. She then plans to pursue a Ph.D.

Eric DeWitz and his wife, Karen, announce the birth of Caden James, on Aug. 8. He joins Austin, 4. Eric is a high school teacher in the Oregon City School District.

David Rosdahl and his wife, Stacie, announce the birth of their daughter, Parker Lynn, on Sept. 4. David is a teacher and coach in the Puyallup School District and Stacie is a cosmetologist.

Julia Stockdale is an at-home mom. She is expecting twins in May. Her partner is president of an art distribution and publishing firm.

Cate Milburn is a supply chain management manager at Boeing. She lives with her spouse, Debra, in Portland, Ore.

Sarah Rehfeldt and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of Allison Gail, on Oct. 21. She joins Alex, 2. Sarah is taking time off from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom in Kent, Wash.

Kari Lerum is a visiting professor of sociology at Seattle University. She received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington in June 2000.

Anne Louise Jeffrey is the human resource administrator at Raytheon in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.

JoAnn (Warren) and Pierre ’90 Kirby announce the birth of Max, on Oct. 3. He joins Jack, 4.

Sue (Andrews) Spengler and her husband, John, announce the birth of Bennett, on Nov. 25. He joins Grant, 22 months. Sue is a half-time GED teacher in the Harrison School District and a full-time mother.

Devin Dice is a self-employed contractor in Nampa, Idaho. His wife, Shelli, is a second-grade teacher.

David and Catherine (Renz ’88) Hillman announce the birth of Jonathan, on July 11. He joins Michael, 7, Matthew, 5, and Zachary, 3.

William Merrill is a project manager for Honeywell-POMS.

Mick Cunningham is an assistant professor of sociology at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Mick and his wife, Laurie, have two children, Kate, 2 and Lucas, born on Aug. 15. cunningm@cc.wwu.edu

Holly Love and Arjen van der Loo were married twice, first in a civil ceremony in The Netherlands on May 29, 2000 and then in a traditional ceremony in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 22. They met while working for Holland America Cruise Line, where Holly is a registered nurse and Arjen is the chief navigation officer. They live in Amsterdam.

Carol (Rybak) Halsey and her husband, Matthew, have two children, John Frederic, 3, and Rowan Grace, 1. They live in Portland, Ore., where Matthew has a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics and Carol is a homemaker. They are happy to be back on the West Coast.

Jeanette Vinzant died on Dec. 4. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan. After his passing, Jeanette returned to school and earned a degree in social work so that she could pursue her passion to help others. She is survived by her son, Wayne; daughters, Pat and Audrey; and three grandchildren.

Lori Hilliker and Michael Coulson were married on June 10, 2000 in Seattle. They spent a month in Portugal and Spain for their honeymoon.

Steve Brown started Timberland Homes, Inc., specializing in custom building of residential homes. In December, he was installed as the 2001 president of the Home Builders Association of metro Portland, making him the youngest president of HBA. His wife, Carol, is a sales representative with Fidelity National Title. Their son, Cody, is 2. sabbrown@aol.com

Chandler Haase left TV news after a 10-year career that featured winning an Emmy and the Edward R. Murrow award. He is now in high-tech public relations at Weber Shandwick Worldwide (WSW) in Seattle. As an account executive, he helps drive the Microsoft TV account, as well as spearheading a new broadcast specialty practice for the West Coast offices of WSW. He is enjoying his life and friends in Seattle.

Sally (Nelson) Dominguez announces the birth of Adriana Margarita on Sept 12. She joins Neomi, 7 and Jacob, 5.

Kelli Stein and her partner, Sarah, bought a condominium in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Kelli continues to enjoy her work as coordinator of interpreting services at Deaf-REACH.

David Brown is on the family practice teaching staff at Fort Belvoir, Va. He is also an assistant professor of family medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. This year, he had chapters published in two books, "The Little Black Book of Sports Medicine" and "The Complete Book of Running Medicine." His fellowship training in sports will begin in August.

Class Rep: Roxy Giddings at 253-537-3075 or alumni@plu.edu

Marjean (Lowas) Penny and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of Wyatt Cole, on July 24. Marjean is the communications superintendent for the Snohomish County Public Utilities District. She was employee of the month in September 1999.

Scott Hilderman recently left the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and is now working as an assistant U.S. Attorney assigned to the narcotics section in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.

In November, Harvey Potts ’91, ’94 was named 2000 Kiwanian of the Year by the Kiwanis Club. He recently accepted a position as regional director of development for the National Wildlife Federation in the Northwest field office in Seattle. He oversees and manages membership and corporate contributions in eight states. Harvey previously worked for Washington’s National Park Fund as the director of community relations and development.

David "Beek" Hanson received a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University in July. He teaches Spanish in the Shoreline School District.

David Lechnyr and Michelle Jensen were married on Oct. 7. They live in Eugene, Ore., with her son, Kai, 7. David is a system administrator at the University of Oregon and Michelle is pursuing a Ph.D. in special education. david@lechnyr.com

Martha Riggers and Kip Olson were married on Sept. 9 in Bellevue, Wash. Martha is practicing family medicine and obstetrics in Kent, Wash. Kip leads a software development team at Microsoft. They live in Seattle.

Julie (Birdsell) Funfar has a new position at La Petite Academy as the education resource leader. She was previously the academy director. She trains all new associates and provides continuing education for teachers at six schools in North King and South Snohomish counties.

Lien Dam was named deputy treasurer for the Port of Tacoma. She joined the Port in 1990 as an intern.

Tim Mason is teaching social studies and video production courses at Lynnwood High School in the Edmonds (Wash.) School District. He plans to make the most of his upcoming summer vacation by traveling to North Africa and not talking to a teenager for at least one month. masontim@hotmail.com

Melissa O’Neil Perdue was promoted to the Tri-City Herald marketing department after almost nine years as a reporter at the Kennewick, Wash., newspaper. Her duties will range from planning pro-newspaper ad campaigns to running the booth at the county fair. During the summer of 2000, she raised $42,000 through a reader donation fund for victims of the Hanford, Wash., wildfire. Melissa is a freelance journalist in her spare time. She lives in Kennewick with her husband, Andy, who is editor of the Tri-City Herald’s 10 web sites and editor of Wine Press Northwest magazine. mo’neil@tri-cityherald.com

Philip and Krista (Hallock) Olufson announce the birth of Adam Philip, on Oct. 29. He joins Carsten, 4, and Ian, 2.

Lisa (Backlund) VanDoorne and her husband, Roland, announce the birth of Abigail Elizabeth, on Dec. 10. In order to stay home with Abi, Lisa established Paradigm Publishing, a full-service publication design firm.

Brett and Susan (Remmerden ’90) Bentsen announce the birth of twins, Thomas and Nicholas, on June 12. They join Jack, 5. Brett is a group program manager at Microsoft.

Brian and Heidi (Gifford ’89) Erickson announce the birth of Jenevieve, on March 29. She joins Kyle Tristan, 4. In July they relocated to Philadelphia, where Brian is a senior associate with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Heidi is at home with the children and she started her own business with The Pampered Chef in October.

John and Robyn (Heft ’92) Heller and their four children moved to McAllen, Texas, where John is in the last year of his Ph.D. program and Robyn is a homemaker.

Carol (Olson) Goodwin and her husband, Joseph, announce the birth of James Joseph, on Sept. 22. He joins Mariah Lynn, 3. Carol is a school social worker in the Tacoma School District.

Geoff Jones and Shannon Radke were married in May 2000 in Fort Collins, Colo. They are both family physicians. Geoff works for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska.

Dawn O’Brien and Heather Haynes had a commitment ceremony on Nov. 11 at Wallace Falls Lodge in Gold Bar, Wash. They honeymooned in Whistler, B.C., and make their home in Seattle.

Monica Reisch recently accepted a position with the Starbucks Coffee Company as a senior financial analyst at the Kent, Wash., roasting plant.

Julie Priest Hummel and Matthew Hummel ’94 announce the birth of Shaina Colleen on May 18. She joins Dominic Matthew, 3.

Jody (Buck) Peterson and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of Emma Noelle, on Nov. 26. Jody is taking time off from her job as marketing manager at GreaterGood.com to be with Emma at their home in Seattle.

Wynn Holmes is an intern at a veteran’s hospital in Maine and will receive his doctorate degree in clinical psychology in May. His wife, Debbie (Crane), is teaching high school English and social studies and will finish her master’s degree in school counseling when they return to the Northwest.

Edvind Nygaard and Karolina Regius ‘93 announce the birth of Ingvild Ingeborg, on July 23.

Jeff and April (Frederick) Stepanian moved back to the Seattle area, where Jeff is working in orthopedic surgery in Kirkland after graduating with high honors from Quinnipiac University’s physician assistant master’s program. April is a regional client logistics manager with ADVO, Inc., the nation’s largest direct mail advertising company. She has enjoyed positions across the nation with ADVO and currently manages client logistic advertising teams in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Denver. She was also the 2000 Presidents Club winner.

Nicole (Benedict) Lee and her husband, Wally, announce the birth of twins, Grace Catherine and Evan James, on Nov. 1. Nicole is a systems analyst and Wally is the director of marketing for national accounts, both at Standard Insurance Company.

Julie Kraft and Brad Nock were married on Dec. 29 in Boulder, Colo. Julie Brown ’91 was in the wedding. Greg ’90 and Malinda (Oldham ’91) Carter attended the wedding. Julie is an event planner at GE/Access and Brad is a middle school history teacher.

Kristina Price has a new position as a speech-language pathologist in the San Antonio (Texas) School District. She is providing speech therapy at two elementary schools. Previously, she was with the San Antonio State School, a state mental and retardation facility, for seven years. kristinaprice@netscape.net

Andy and Katie (Davis) Finley announce the birth of Jackson, on Sept. 6. He joins Dawson, 4, and Bailey, 2.

Beth (Phillip) Nguyen and her husband, Dao, moved to Oklahoma City, Okla., where Dao is a pilot at Tinker Air Force Base. He flies AWACS planes.

Sam Capps is a Lutheran Brotherhood representative affiliated with the Great Northwest Agency in Seattle. He recently attended Career II School, a Lutheran Brotherhood training school.

Chris Gant has a new position as a physical therapist at Snoqualmie (Wash.) Physical Therapy.

Brad Chatfield is a public information officer for the Washington State Senate. He is also in Tim Casey and the Bluecats; a Seattle-area band that recently released a new CD titled "Swing Shift."

Sandra Carley and Joseph Nestor were married on Nov. 27, 1999. Sandra is a nurse and Joseph is a helicopter pilot, both in the U.S. Army. They live in Honolulu.

Andrew and Alison (Carl ’94) Corrigan recently relocated to the Portland, Ore., area for Andrew’s job at Arthur Andersen. They love the Rose City and are looking forward to connecting with Lutes in Oregon. portlandcorrigan@aol.com

Jayne (McNutt) Leighty and her husband, James, moved in June to Monterey, Calif., where Jim is enrolled in the master’s program at the Naval Post Graduate School. Jayne is the conference coordinator at Anteon Corporation. They have two black Labrador puppies, Abby and Buddy.

Greg and Sivhong (Go) Hanson announce the birth of James Gieng Leng, on Sept. 9. He weighed 4 pounds and 1 ounce. Greg began working as a financial/office manager at Caruso Produce, Inc., in August. He was previously at Washington Federal Savings.

Jeff Douglass and Kristen Steele were married on Oct. 7 in Tigard, Ore. Jeff is a physician resident in internal medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University and Kristen is a pediatrician.

Magne and Kristine (Thompson) Myrmo announce the birth of Emily Marie, on Nov. 14. Magne continues as a stockbroker in Oslo, Norway and Kristine is taking 12 months of maternity leave from the Oslo International School where she is a teacher.

Rusty Frisch and his wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of Garrison Wyatt, on Oct. 4. Rusty is a teacher and football coach in Plano, Texas.

Bill Walles accepted a call to be the associate pastor at Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha, Neb. He and his wife, Sarah (Nelson ’93), moved from Scottsdale, Ariz., with their two sons, Carter, 8 months, and Payton, 2, in January.

Kristin (Stevens) Koskinen and her husband, Sean, announce the birth of John Christian, on Nov. 16. He joins Will, 2.

Kristen (Harte) Sawin is the governmental affairs director for environmental policy at the Association of Washington Business in Olympia.

[image]  Robyn Prueitt and David ChamblissRobyn Prueitt and David Chambliss were married on Sept. 2 in Tukwila, Wash. Mary (Carr) Cox ’94 was a bridesmaid. Music was provided by Simple Elegance, a string quartet of current and former PLU students: Kristina Conway ’99, Gabrielle Easterby ’01, Annie Mastrodonato ’03, and Justine Jeanotte ’00. Robyn is a graduate student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSMC) in Dallas and David is a lab manager in the Immunology Department at UTSMC. They live in Cedar Hill, Texas. (photo)

Marius and Hilary (Samuelson ’95) Andersen announce the birth of Berit Marjorie, on Oct. 16. She joins Henrik, 2. Marius is a manager at Accenture (formerly Andersen) Consulting.

Kim Kemmerling received a master’s of divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in May and was ordained on Jan. 13. She began serving as pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Magnolia, N.J., in January.

Lisa Springate and Chris Stamatakos were married on Sept. 9 in Eugene, Ore. Lisa is a physician assistant in cardiology clinical research and Chris is a physician assistant in family practice.

Jon and Liisa (Matson ’93) Peterson announce the birth of Ryan Eric, on Aug. 5. He joins Shane Edward, 3. Jon and Liisa moved into their new home on June 30, 2000. Jon is a passport specialist at the U.S. State Department and Liisa is the sales support coordinator at Willis of Seattle, Inc.

Brian Peterson and Justine Kroehl announce the birth of Marcus Roy, on June 6, 2000. Brian is a biology teacher in the Auburn (Wash.) School District.

Christina Weist and Jason Thomsen were married on July 8 in Tacoma. Christina is a teacher in the Renton (Wash.) School District and Jason is an account executive for the Seattle Thunderbirds. They live in Renton.

Brett Laidlaw and his wife, Heather, recently relocated to Oregon with their two dogs.

Todd and Heather (Lanphear) Alexander continue to volunteer as youth pastors at Beavercreek Baptist Church. Heather has time to enjoy six-month-old Carissa now that she is working part-time. She provides public relations support for two local organizations. Todd is the staffing manager at StaffMark.

Kimberly Lusk has been working at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., for two years. She started as a copy editor and is now a page designer. Kimberly loves Spokane and bought her first house in September.

Aron and Julie (Buckingham ’94) Watts moved to Spokane, Wash., in June. Aron is teaching fifth grade in the Central Valley School District and Julie is an at home mom and teaching piano lessons. Their son, Caleb, will be 2 in May and they are expecting another child in July.

Aaron Vance is living in Washington, D.C. and managing the corporate marketing analysis team at America Online.

After PLU, James Marron graduated with honors from Drake University Law School in Iowa. He then moved to Oregon where he and his wife, Sarah, had their first child, Hannah, on Feb. 22, 1999. James passed the bar exam and served as general counsel to a small Portland advertising company. They now live in Pendleton, Ore., where James is an attorney at Mautz, Baum & O’Hanlon and Sarah is a bookkeeper.

Amy Herman-Shoquist and her husband, Devin, announce the birth of Cullen Devin, on Nov. 27. Amy received a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University in December. Amy and Devin, a Navy psychiatrist, look forward to moving back to the Puget Sound area in July.

Lauren Laslie, a captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, graduated from the perioperative nursing course at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma on Dec. 1. She and her daughter, Audrey, recently moved to Tacoma, where Lauren is stationed at Madigan Army Medical Center.

Eric Larsen has a new position as promotions manager at Aptimus, a leader in targeted Internet marketing. He oversees all online and offline promotions.

Heather (Snover) Boren and her husband, Bradley, announce the birth of Gracelyn, on Dec. 10. She joins Brooke, 3. Heather is a stay-at-home mom.

Gavin and Stephanie (Johnston) Stanley announce the birth of Connor Douglas, on Nov. 1.

[image] Sierra Nicole WeberSusan (Wussow) Weber and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of Sierra Nicole, on Nov. 10. Susan is a grant management analyst for the Washington State Military Department.



In May, Daren Benson graduated from California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. He is in his first year of residency at Kaiser in Hayward, Calif.

Esther Chon will graduate from the University of Washington in June with a master’s degree in nursing and begin work as a family nurse practitioner.

Jay Jensen is an x-ray technologist in the U.S. Army. He worked at a hospital in Germany for four months in 2000. In May, he married Kathrynn Abdon and their daughter, Hailey, was born on Jan. 30. She joins Quentin Shaw, 3. In February, Jay was transferred to Egypt, where he will serve for one year and then finish his tour of duty in Missouri.

Class Rep: Steve Leifsen at 253-875-7915 or steveleifsen@aol.com

Katja Pajari and Antti Saloranta were married on Dec. 8 in Helsinki, Finland. Katja is a project manager at Nokia and Antti is the coordinator of quality systems and logistics.

[image] Molly Jean GiesbrechtTaj and Andrea (Smedes) Giesbrecht announce the birth of Molly Jean, on May 4. She joins Caleb, 2.



Tomara (Bryant) Miller and her husband, Joseph, announce the birth of Tahlia Jayne, on April 19, 2000.

Jason Dahlberg and Nancy Ybarra were married on Sept. 9 in Yakima, Wash. Matt Ashworth ’95, Brandon Fix ’96, Erik Peterson ’96, and Rian Rowles ’96 were in the wedding. Jason is a claims supervisor for Farmers Insurance and Nancy is a dental hygienist. After a wedding trip to Nassau, Bahamas, they are at home in Seattle.

Homan Emami and Kylee Acidera ‘97 were married on Aug. 19 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father performed the ceremony at the Clover Estate on Diamond Head. Kylee is a research analyst at Solomon Smith Barney and Homan is a senior finance analyst at Mckesson HBOC, both in San Francisco.

Marney McArthur is in her first year as a student in the master of arts program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. The program is for lay persons not seeking ordination.

Erik Niemi was approved for ordination in the Lutheran Church. He is in his final year in seminary.

Megan (Burchfield) Hampson received the Tiffany Award, the American Red Cross award of excellence. The award is recognized nationwide as the most prestigious award given by the American Red Cross. As the recipient, Megan will go to regionals, with an opportunity to advance to the national level.

Margaret McMahon and Joe Gosnell were married on Oct. 21 in Redmond, Wash. Carrie (Nelson) Caeton ’96 and Rachael Gunn ’95 were bridesmaids. Margaret began working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in January. She takes care of bone marrow transplant patients. Joe is a social worker.

Matt Foreman was listed in Who’s Who of American Teachers 2000, honoring the top 10 percent of America’s teachers. He is an English teacher, head of the English department and track and field coach at Life Christian Academy. Matt also continues to compete in the sport of weightlifting. He is the top ranked lifter in the Northwest and the Washington State record holder. Matt’s wife, Lea, is a website designer and former national women’s weightlifting champion. They live in Tacoma.

Mark Meissner and Holli Jacobs were married on Jan. 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mark is a federal law enforcement special agent and Holli is an occupational therapist.

[image] Leif and Carlie DagmarSara (Zak) and Curtis ’98 Strom announce the birth of Carlie Dagmar, on Oct. 12. She joins Leif Allen, 3. The grandparents are Nancy and John Zak, and Lorraine and Allen Strom. The great-grandparents are Elsie King, Elsie Dagmar Zak, and Martha Strom. Curt is a missile system engineer at Millennium, an engineering and integration company in Arlington, Va., and Sara is a stay-at-home mom.

Mike Jacobs worked for Oracle Software for one year after graduating from PLU. He then moved to Portland, Ore., where he was a waiter and bartender. In 1999, he attended the Army’s Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Ga., and the Armor Officer’s Basic Course in Fort Knox, Ky. He is now in Vilseck, Germany (Bavaria), beginning his three-year tour, which will also take him to the Kosovo region. If you are traveling in the area, he has some room in the "hause" for a few guests. heyladies2@hotmail.com

Shawn Blocker and his wife, Michelle, announce the birth of Carolyn Victoria, on Sept. 23. Shawn is the new vice president and project geologist at Environmental Geoscience Services in Long Beach, Calif.

Mikel and Jesse (Gardner ’98, ’00) Michener announce the birth of Violet Anastasia, on July 14. Jesse is a drama teacher at Spanaway Lake High School and Mikel is an actor.

In May, Tracey Sund will graduate from New England School of Law in Boston. She also accepted a position as a judicial law clerk with the probate and family court in Eastern Massachusetts and will begin in September.

Heath Runyon and his wife, Julie, recently purchased a new home and their son, Kaleb, will soon be a big brother. Heath has a new position as a buyer at The Robbins Company in Kent, Wash.

Anthony Tin is the office manager and treatment consultant for JT Dental in San Francisco.

Stacy Mallicoat is pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Marcy (Shalhope) Pallotta is the fitness center coordinator for GSA in Auburn, Wash.

Douglas Thompson is a process operator at Biogen in Raleigh, N.C.

Joanna (Kreis) Jacobson has a half-time position as director of youth and family ministries at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Salem, Ore.


Harold Gray
died on Dec. 12.

Ella (Johnson) Fosness
died on Dec. 15.

Goodwin Olson
died on Dec. 1.

Grant Whitley
died on Nov. 12.

Dorothy Gahan
died on Nov. 2.

William (Bill) Ostenson
died on Nov. 21.

Margaret Walthall
died on April 6, 2000.

P.K. "Ken" Johansen died on Oct. 3.

Robert Krause died on June 16.

Willie J. White died on Dec. 9.

Bill King died on Dec. 1.

Clement O’Neill, Lt. Col. (Ret.) U.S. Army, died on Nov. 16.

Brian Olson died on Nov. 28.

David Mohr died on Feb. 1.

Carol Braund died on Nov. 10.

Jeanette Vinzant died on Dec. 4.

Kathleen Sugai died on Nov. 27.

Faculty and Friends

Alice Utzinger died on Oct. 19. Alice was the wife of faculty emeritus Vernon Utzinger, who was a professor of speech at PLU from 1950 until his retirement in the late ’60s, under presidents Eastvold and Mortvedt. Alice was also a long-time member of the Q Club, and requested that any memorials be made to that organization.

Sherman Nornes, PLU faculty emeritus, died on Nov. 28. Sherman graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., in 1951, received his master’s degree from the University of North Dakota in 1956 and his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1965. In 1958, he began his 28-year teaching career at PLU and retired as a professor of physics in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughters, Laurie and Paula; four grandchildren; mother, Ida; and two brothers.

Pastor William A. Foege, past PLU Regent, died on Christmas Day at the age of 95, after a long and full life as a minister of the Lutheran Church. After attending Wartburg Normal College in Waverly, Ia., he attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque. He graduated in 1928 and was ordained a minister in the Lutheran Church that same year. His church and family honored him in 1998 at a special celebration recognizing the 70th anniversary of his ordination. He married his schoolmate and childhood sweetheart, Erika Anne Ermisch, in 1928. She preceded him in death in 1987 after 58 years of marriage. Pastor Foege served many congregations, including churches in Minnesota, Iowa, Washington and Oregon. He retired in 1987 but continued to serve as a supply pastor in various parts of the Northwest. He was one of a few pastors who could still conduct a service in German. In addition to serving on the Board of Regents at PLU, he was also a member of the Evangelism and Christian Higher Education committees of the Pacific Northwest District of the American Lutheran Church. In 1998, he received the Distinguished Service Award from PLU. Pastor Foege is survived by his six children, Mildred Toepel ’52, Grace Holmes ’53, William ’57, Richard ’59, Annette Stixrud ’61, and Carolyn Hellberg; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Irene Creso, PLU faculty emeritus, died on Dec. 24. Irene was a professor of biology at PLU, where she retired in 1975 and was awarded a doctorate of humane letters in 1979. She is survived by her husband, Larry; her daughter-in-law, Freddy Mae; one granddaughter, two great-grandchildren and three great great granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Creso, and her son, Chester Lee.

Paul Bondo, past PLU Regent, died on Dec. 21.

Mona Aboel-nil is a biology teacher in the Kent School District.

Lori (Lee) Richardson and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of Kaitlyn Gayel, on Nov. 8. She joins Erik, 12, and Andrew, 9. Lori completed a three-month critical care residency in 1999 and is the new critical care unit staff registered nurse at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash.

Johnathon Kupka and Alyssa Fishback ’98 were married on Oct. 7 in Richland, Wash. Karen (Leikem) Kenmore ’98, Nicole (Carpenter) Douglass ’98, Danielle (Blanchard) Rosendahl ’98, Erin Sanesi ’98, Tyler Boob ’98, Dan Horn ’98, and Joe Paull ’96 were attendants. John is a captain in the U.S. Army and Alyssa is a personal trainer.

Bethany Wolbrecht and Rob Dunn were married on Sept. 24 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore. Bethany’s father, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Wolbrecht, officiated. Christina Wolbrecht ’92, Katherine Graff ’00, and Noreen (McEntee) Hobson ’99 were in the wedding. Bethany is a grant specialist with the City of Shoreline, Wash. Rob is the general manager of the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tacoma. They live in Des Moines, Wash. bwolbre@yahoo.com

[image] Amanda and Casey CrawfordAmanda Richards and Casey Crawford were married on July 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Amanda is a special education teacher in the University Place School District and Casey is the principal at Curtis Bridge Alternative School. (photo)

Martin Mogk is the inventory auditor for Costco Wholesale in Tolleson, Ariz. He took the Arizona Educators Certification exam in November and hopes to return to teaching soon.

Robin (Nance) Shultis is a primary reading specialist at Wilkeson Elementary School in the White River School District. She is also enrolled in the graduate program at PLU where she is focusing on literacy.

Ryan Fletcher is attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif. His wife, Natalie Francois, is teaching first grade at Oakland International School.

Liz Russell and Ryan Sawyer were married on Sept. 16 at Marine View Presbyterian Church in the Browns Point area of Tacoma. The sunset reception was held at the Tacoma Yacht Club. Karyn Miles ’97, Allison (Gray) Grassi ’97, and Wendi Garrison ’97 were in the wedding. They also had the honor of having faculty, staff, and other alums in attendance. After a long building process, they moved into their new home in Northeast Tacoma in October. Ryan works for his family’s car dealerships in Puyallup, and Liz is the Seattle branch manager for TERRA Resource Group, a human resources consulting firm that specializes in recruitment and staffing.

Louise "Robin" Sutton recently received a master of science degree from Central Washington University and was promoted to therapist at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Tacoma.

Karl Lerum is a graduate student in history and assistant cross country and track coach at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

Chris Hippe and Jena Fox ‘99 were married on Sept. 8. Chris is a teacher at Oakbrook Elementary School and Jena works in the outreach ministry at New Song Church.

Jeana (Erb) Crover is attending Oregon Health Sciences University Medical School and will graduate in 2002. She married Joseph Crover in 1998.

Heather Bryant and Matthew Nelson were married on Aug. 19 at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Olympia. Heather is attending graduate school in occupational therapy at the University of Puget Sound and Matthew is employed by The Siemans Corporation.

Heather Woodall is a special education teacher in the Puyallup School District.

Andrea Anderson and Robert Stevens were married on Aug. 5 in Seattle. Andrea is the community marketing specialist at UW Physicians Network and Robert is a web developer.

Wendy Cooley is a special education teacher at Clover Creek Elementary School in the Bethel School District. She volunteers at the Lakewood Playhouse.

Ruth Hagglund and Michael Rouse were married on Aug. 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheridan, Ore. Michael’s father, the Rev. Dr. Richard Rouse ’69 of PLU, officiated.

Collette Broady is attending the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, on a full tuition scholarship. She is pursuing a master of divinity degree.

Kristin Tremoulet is the canvass director at Washington Wilderness Coalition, a non-profit grassroots environmental group in Seattle.

Torey Swanson and Lisa Anderson were married in Glasgow, Mont. Erik Swanson ’00, Kurt Swanson ’04, Jeff Sanford ’97, Mike Thorner ’97, Dani Phillips ’99 and Mandy Wagner ’99 were in the wedding. Torey is a teacher and coach at Mount Vernon (Wash.) High School and Lisa works at Northwest Washington Medical Bureau. Torey and Lisa went to Disneyland for their honeymoon.

Natasha Vantramp and Todd Morrisson were married on Oct. 28 at Northwest Church in Federal Way, Wash. Todd is a firefighter in Glendale, Ariz., and Natasha is pursuing a career in entertainment. They met in the Rieke Science Center and were chemistry lab partners.

Erin Swanson is a Jesuit volunteer at the Deschutes County Health Department in Bend, Ore.

Jillene Lietzau has a new position as a probation officer with Pierce County. She recently returned from a month-long trip exploring Australia.

Camille Mesmer is involved in CKI theatre productions and working at Seattle Country Day School. She is also looking at graduate schools for theatre arts.

Jon Nelis lives in Orange County, Calif., and works for Calstrip Industries, a steel company. In his free time he climbs at some of Southern California’s climbing locations—mainly Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and the High Sierra.

Nicholas Baeth and Katherine Peloza were married on Aug. 12 at Family of Grace Lutheran Church in Auburn, Wash. Both Katherine and Nicholas are students at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Nicholas is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics with a graduate teaching assistantship and summer research fellowship. Katherine is pursuing a master’s degree in music performance with a Regents Tuition Fellowship.

Joy Barber joined the Peace Corps as an education volunteer. She left for Bangladesh on Feb. 15. Her two-year service will include teaching English to primary and secondary school teachers and working on other community projects such as literacy, or women in development. Joy is part of a group of 35 volunteers who will be only the third Peace Corps group to serve in Bangladesh.

Brandon Vrosh is in pilot training in Portland, Ore. He plans to be a commercial pilot.


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