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Class notes by Year: 1935, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953,

1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970,1971,

1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988,

1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,

2005, 2006, Future Lutes


Eldon Anderson died May 22. After graduating from PLC, he began his career as a chemist for ITT Rayonier Pulp and Paper Company, where he held positions in both Port Angeles and Hoquiam, Wash. In 1973, he was transferred to New York, where he was a national quality control expert for the company. He retired after 46 years. Eldon was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, Wash., and loved golf, photography and travel. His benevolent spirit was evident in his generosity to his church and to PLU. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marjory; their three children, Barbara ’68, Jerry ’70, and Timothy ’85; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande

Marie (Johnson) Monson died in April. For most of her career, she taught in the Olympia (Wash.) School District. She belonged to the honorary teaching sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma. Her husband, Don, preceded her in death. Surviving her are her daughters, Carolyn ’64 and Christine ’69, three granddaughters and five great-grandchildren.


Eleanor (Englund) Olson died Nov. 18. She excelled on the debate team at PLC, but due to the Depression, she had to leave after two years. She went to work as executive secretary to the president of the telephone company in Everett, Wash. She married Rodney Olson in 1943 and they moved to a farm south of Mount Vernon, Wash., where they lived for 62 years. In 1963, Eleanor and Rodney started Olson Dairy Equipment, which serviced the farm community for several years. In 1981, they bought some business property and created Valley Farm Center. They also purchased the RV company that was on the site and have operated it as Valley RV since. Eleanor was well known for her business savvy and continued to make smart investments for her business and her family until the end of her life. She loved to travel and was an avid swimmer. She water skied until she was 70!


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


Class Representative – Lorna (Rogers) Greer


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Class Representative – Dick Weathermon

Grace (Rasmussen) Koester died April 10. She attended PLC for two years and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She did postgraduate work at the University of Iowa to become a clinical therapist. After marrying Ralph Koester in 1952, she moved to Spokane, Wash., where she worked for Lutheran Family and Child Services. In 1962, they moved to Skagit County (Wash.), where she worked as a therapist for Luther Child Center in Everett. She retired in 1999 from the Burlington Edison School District, where she counseled parents and students for 22 years. Grace was a church organist for over 30 years, taught high school Bible classes, and was active in other church and community groups. She was president of her Soroptimist club three times and served on the Community Health Board and the Board of Josephine Sunset Home in Stanwood, Wash. She is remembered for her great enthusiasm for life, her easy laugh and her generous spirit. In recognition of her service to others, the Compass Health children services building in Mount Vernon, Wash., was named for her. She is survived by her three children, Bruce, Phillip, and Karen, and five grandchildren.

LeRoy Strenge died March 5. Before coming to PLC, he served in the Navy during World War II. While his ship was in port in Seattle, he met his wife, Dee. He began his career in education in Tacoma in 1950 at Mason Junior High School, where he taught for nine years. While there, he also coached baseball and basketball, winning numerous championships without a losing season. Lee later taught chemistry at Wilson High School and was the science curriculum head in Tacoma for 10 years prior to retirement. During his career, he won numerous fellowships for advanced study in his field. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his family, and following sports and current events. He is survived by Dee, his son Erik ’78 and daughter-in-law, Jodi.


Jack Justice died April 25. Before attending PLC, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy. While at PLC, he played football for Marv Harshman. In the fall of 1947, Jack was the subject of a Tacoma News Tribune article – the freshman tackle with three kids! Upon graduation, he began his teaching career in his hometown Bethel (Wash.) School District, where he also co-founded the football program at the new Bethel High School. When he retired, he turned his attention to a new love, commercial salmon fishing. Jack was also a part-time homebuilder, constructing several homes in Spanaway, Wash. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, June (Bunney ’55), their children, Gary (Molly) Justice, Sharon (Jim) Olson, and Cheryl (Bill Yorek) Dolan; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


Class Representatives – Naomi (Roe) Nothstein and Carol (Schuler) Karwoski


Iver and Ginny (Grahn ’56) Haugen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 14.


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa

Bev (Tranum) and Dick Knutzen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15.


Class Representative – Ginny (Grahn) Haugen and Clarene (Osterli) Johnson


Class Representative – Marilyn (Hefty) Katz

William Foege was awarded the 2006 Sabin Gold Medal by The Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute (SVI) on May 9 in Baltimore, Md. For 30 years, Bill has been a champion of immunization programs for children around the world and was co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta-based Task Force for Child Survival and Development. He was the speaker at PLU’s commencement in May.


Class Representative – Don Cornell

Thomas Reeves’ eighth book, Distinguished Service: The Life of Wisconsin Governor Walter J. Kohler, Jr., was published by Marquette University Press. He retired in 2001.

Gordon Hoffenbacker is the newly elected chair of the Highline Medical Center (formerly Highline Community Hospital) board of trustees. He joined the board in 1990 after two terms on the medical center’s foundation board. As chair of the finance committee for two terms, Gordon helped oversee the hospital’s annual budget. He has 40 years of banking experience in the Highline, Wash., community.

Louis Spry was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball Oldtimers Association Hall of Fame for meritorious service in the summer of 2005. His nephew, Gordon Spry ’01, was also inducted for the same honor.


Class Representative – Todd Penson

Richard and Anita (Hillesland) Londgren in June marked their third

year of leadership at the Scandinavian Center at California Lutheran University, where Richard is director of the center and Anita is program director. They are also both lifetime members of the Scandinavian Cultural Center at PLU, where Richard served on the council for several years, one year as president. They have served on the PLU Alumni Board, are charter members of the Q Club and established, in association with Lutheran Brotherhood, an endowment at PLU for scholarships related to writing. Richard and Anita are very involved in their community, where Richard represents the Conejo Valley Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in a special Thrivent Builds program, and Anita is the president of the American Scandinavian Foundation of Thousand Oaks. Their daughters live in Los Angeles, where Kristin ’84, operates a clothing store featuring her designs, and Karin ’85, works for the independent films division of Paramount Pictures. Their son, Eric, is in the regional advertising department of Macy’s in San Francisco.

James and Nancy (Nelson ’66) Bullock are providing interim ministry at the International Lutheran Church in Seoul, Korea, as the congregation awaits the arrival of a pastor and his wife being transferred from China.


Class Representative – Marilu (Miller) Person


Class Representative – Ron Lerch


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


David Cameron is editor and an author of the acclaimed new book “Snohomish County: An Illustrated History,” the first comprehensive history of the Snohomish County, Wash., area in over 80 years. It is published by Kelcema Books.


Class Representative – David Wytko


Class Representative – Frank Johnson


Class Representative – Michael McKean

Ed Petersen was named to fill the remaining two years of an unexpired term on the Everett (Wash.) school board. He is the executive director of Everett’s Housing Hope, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing and daycare for homeless children.

John Oakley died April 17. In 1972, he graduated from the University of Washington Medical School and did his residency in neurosurgery there. He spent two years at the National Institutes of Health before becoming a professor at the University of Arizona. There he developed an interest in the treatment of pain that continued throughout his career. In 1999, after 18 years of private practice in Seattle, he moved to Billings, Mont., where he became a partner in Yellowstone Neurosurgical Associates and the director of the Rocky Mountain Pain Rehabilitation Center. He was a sought after lecturer in the medical community and published countless articles and chapters in textbooks. John approached every aspect of his life with the same fervor as his career. He climbed mountains, flew airplanes, skied, played the guitar, sang with his wife in church choirs and loved opera. A man of deep faith, he was an active member of the American Lutheran Church. Surviving him are his wife Shirley (Craft ’69); their children, John ’94, Peter, Rebekah ’03; daughter-in-law Kathy Lachata-Oakley ’92; son-in-law Jeff Robinson and two grandchildren.


Class Representative – Rose (Lanes) Steiner


Class Representative – Lois (Wehmann) LaCuran


Class Representative – Joseph Hustad, Jr.


Helen (Huetzenroeder) Melland is the associate dean of undergraduate studies at the University of North Dakota’s College of Nursing for both the nursing and nutrition and dietetics departments.

Pamela (Weeks) Russell retired in 2002 and has become very involved with Rotary International. The San Diego and Imperial Counties District selected her to be district governor for 2008-2009. She would like to know if there are any other PLU Rotarians out there. Contact her at and see what can be accomplished together.


Don Kennedy and his wife, Suzanne, live on Lake Wylie, S.C. Don has been busy this past year creating database and reporting systems for both Bank of America and Wachovia. He has enjoyed following the development of PLU’s computer science resources and encourages any undergraduates desiring mentoring from an old data-warrior to write him at Suzanne has become a celebrated “foodie” and chef. They are empty nesters since their daughter, Amy, married and went to work for a national food distributor and retailer. Their son-in-law, Brandon, is becoming a celebrated regional chef.

Julie Harris became the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Martinsburg, W.V., in February.


Class Representative – David Johnson

Lloyd Johnson is the president and CEO of Mainpine, Inc. of Wilsonville, Ore., an industry innovator in the global intelligent fax hardware arena. He has 25 years of executive experience, 15 of those in the fax industry. In 1990, Lloyd founded CommercePath, Inc., which launched the production fax market and became the leading supplier of production fax servers.


Class Representative – Helen Pohlig

Adrian Kalil has seen his third academic publication reach print. “Unintended Subdural Injection: A Complication of Epidural Anesthesia” can be found in the June 2006 issue of The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Volume 74, No. 3, and begins on page 209. Adrian is in his 26th year as a practicing certified registered nurse anesthetist with Northwest Permanente in Portland, Ore.


Class Representative – Gary Powell


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich


Class Representative – David and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Deborah Barnes was appointed by Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski to the task force examining the importance of professional technical education in Oregon. She recently began her re-election campaign to the Milwaukie City Council and is in her 14th year as an instructor of media communications in the North Clackamus School District.

Frederick Lampe was awarded a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Syracuse University on May 14. In June, he and his wife, Diane (Lang ’78) moved to Lincoln, Neb., where he serves as the Lutheran campus pastor at the Lutheran Student Center at the University of Nebraska and teaches the occasional course in anthropology.

Vickie (Pomeroy) Lackman is the new vice president of human resources at Bates Technical College, the largest technical college in Washington state. She lives in Gig Harbor.


Class Representative – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

David Perry was appointed the General Maxwell Taylor Chair of the Profession of Arms in January. He is a professor of ethics at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Oneida (Battle) Blagg was appointed director of equal opportunity and outreach at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell in January 2005. She retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in November 2005 with the rank of lieutenant colonel after 24 years of service in the guard and reserve. Oneida was the founding program coordinator of the Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA program.


Class Representative – David Olson

Charlie Guildner has been promoted to senior vice president at Peoples Bank. He will continue to manage the bank’s marine lending division and six home loan centers throughout Washington. Charlie is actively involved in his community, serving as a director on the Mount Vernon School Board, a member of the Bellingham Yacht Club and the Mount Vernon School District Facilities Committee, and founder and director of the Skagit Valley Volleyball Club.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Rod Nubgaard graduated from the National Defense University (ICAF) with a master’s degree in national resource strategies with an information resources management certificate. ICAF prepares select military and civilian personnel for strategic leadership. He also played on the school’s successful varsity volleyball and soccer teams. As captain and coach, he led the soccer team to win the President’s Cup Championship and co-championship of the Jim Thorpe Sports Day, a competition against other military service schools. He serves in the United States Coast Guard as an HR/IT resource director.


Class Representatives – Janet (Olden) Regge and Carolyn (Plocharsky) Stelling


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Eric Niewohner manages the new Barnes & Noble bookstore in Fairbanks, Alaska. Last year he hired all of his managers and staff and brought in more than 200,000 different books and 20,000 compact discs before the store’s March 15 opening.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Kristine (Kalivas) Tressler, a full-time online professor for Strayer University, received the Academic Leadership in Online Education Award from that school in May. She lives in Warrenton, Va., with her husband, Brian, who is a school administrator, and their daughters, Bailey Kristie, 8, Jessica Lynn, 6, and Nicola Juliette, 4.

Laurie (Baur) Sands is the managing director of taxes for Alaska Air Group. She oversees federal and state tax matters for Alaska Air Group and its two subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.


Class Representative – Brenda Ray Scott

Matt Misterek, suburban team leader at The News Tribune in Tacoma, took third place in the Society of Professional Journalists West Region contest awards in May for a short feature he wrote from Mosul, Iraq.

Rod Hamlin is the new executive vice president of sales and marketing of LiteScape, Inc., a leading provider of Voice over lP business applications.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

David Rosdahl is the head coach of men’s soccer at Emerald Ridge High School in Bonney Lake, Wash.


Class Representatives – Sean Neely and Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen

Nikki Poppen-Eagan is proud to announce the publication of her debut novel, Dowager’s Wager, the first in a three-book Regency Romance series. She is a speech instructor at Tacoma Community College and lives in Puyallup, Wash., with her husband, Scott ’95, and their three children, Rowan, 6, Catherine, 4, and Bronwyn, 1.


Timothy Stein has established an independent private practice in Santa Rosa, Calif., as a marriage and family therapist. His Web site address is

John Holcomb received the bronze star in January, when he returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq. He is a major in the U.S. Army at Fort Stewart, Georgia.


Class Representative – Darcy (Pattee) Andrews

Lisa McCormick married Colm Delaney on Aug. 19, 2005, in Seattle. Daniel Erlander ’62 officiated the outdoor ceremony. Eighteen PLU alumni attended and were an important part of the joyful day. Brother of the bride, Tofa McCormick ’94, was a reader. Lisa is an instructor of English as a second language, and Colm is a Web site designer (


Theresa (Campbell) Everest moved to Colorado in May 2005, when she was awarded a full scholarship through the Navy to earn her post-master’s degree in the women’s health nurse-practitioner program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is on the Colorado State SANE advisory board to assist healthcare centers fund and develop sexual assault centers and train registered nurses in forensic assault examination throughout Colorado.

Cynthia Thompson, president of Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Tacoma, was re-elected to a third term as secretary of the International Cemetery and Funeral Association. She is also a member of the association’s board of directors and its sales and marketing committee.

Jay Cash serves with the United Nations mission to Ethiopia/Eritrea. His wife, Nori Wendt ’92, and their children, Emma, 2, and Patrick, 10, are stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. For more about Jay’s mission, go to

Michael Thompson is the corporate public relations and speakers bureau manager for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Darren Cowl is the new chief of podiatry at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital, a part of the Mayo Health System in Mankato, Minn.


Class Representatives – Krista Sickert-Bush and Stephanie Page-Lester


Class Representative – Mari (Hoseth) Lysne and Jennifer (Riches) Stegeman

James Lamb and his wife, Lori, sensed God’s prompting last October and took a leap of faith to begin renovating their home. In March, they left their jobs, sold their home in Monrovia, Calif., and returned to the Northwest, where they purchased a home in Federal Way, Wash. James is working as a temp at World Vision, while Lori stays home with their daughter, Rachel. James can be reached at

Vicky Schauer served as an elected delegate at the annual Washington Education Association’s annual regional assembly in Tacoma, representing the (Olympic) Peninsula Education Association. She is finishing her third year as a resource teacher at Key Peninsula Middle School in Lakebay, Wash., and is beginning work toward national board certification this fall. She lives in Gig Harbor.


Class Representatives – Andrew and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Aaron Christian is the new head coach of women’s basketball at Concordia University in Portland, Ore.

Kristin Phelps married Kosmas Kretsos on June 25, 2005 in aMethodist/Protestant ceremony in Thatcher, Ariz. The next day, the couple celebrated with a Greek Orthodox ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz. Both Kristin and Kosmas graduated from State University of New York-Buffalo in 2003, Kristin with a master’s degree in Mediterranean archaeology, and Kosmas with a doctorate in chemical engineering. Kristin works for Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips and Kosmas works for Entelos. They live in San Mateo, Calif.

Brian Walker is the assistant principal at East Junior High School in Boise, Idaho.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Tara Nelson received her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in government management from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Colorado Springs, Colo. She is an executive secretary for the Colorado state court administrator’s office in Denver.

Tina Newman married Christopher Muller June 4 on the beach in Ocean Shores, Wash., with the theme from Dr. Seuss’s book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! They live in New York, but look forward to the many places they will travel together. Fellow classmate Wendy (Wesemann) Rygh was the matron of honor. Tina is the internal communications manager in public relations at the national floral company, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, based in Carle Place, N.Y. Christopher is the director of security at the Co-op City Campus at The College of New Rochelle (N.Y.).

Brandon VanDyke is in his fourth year as the director of bands and orchestra at Tualatin (Ore.) High School. On April 7, his orchestra placed second at the Pac-9 Orchestra Festival and qualified for the Oregon State Orchestra Contest held in May. In December, Brandon will perform with the Oregon Symphonic Band at the 60th Annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Wendy Garrigues lost a lot in Hurricane Katrina, but has gained a new life and ministry, arisen from the debris. She has never been happier in her life. The ministry there is so sweet.

Kathryn Steinle married Danny Fernandez in August 2004 in Irvine, Calif. They are both teachers.

Micah Warren married Carol Grady on June 11, 2005, in Seattle. Micah is a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the University of Washington and Carol is a therapist.

Nathan Swanson is a clinician at Longview (Wash.) Physical and Sports Therapy Services PS. He has a master’s degree in physical therapy from the College of St. Catherine in Minneapolis, Minn., and is working on his doctorate.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer

Garrett Schroeder married Jennifer Lynn Blake on Dec. 17, 2005, in Portland, Ore. In the wedding party were Erik Mortensen, Keith Pranghofer, and Brandon Bishop. Garrett graduated in May from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb. He will complete his training in interventional radiology at OHSU in Portland, where Jennifer plans to study pediatric medicine.

Byung Chul An graduated from the University of Washington on June 9 with a master’s degree in computing and software systems.

Nick Blizzard is a partner in his own business, Fluid Market Strategies, Inc., selling promotions to utility companies to save energy. The company runs an e-commerce Web site dedicated to selling energy-efficient products ( He and his wife, Dana (VanSchepen ’00), live in Portland, Ore.

John Parker was upgraded to international business jet captain/IGT/Challenger Type Rating on Oct. 1, 2005. He lives in Reno, N.V.

Leyna Oshiro married Nathan Okamura on Aug. 7, 2005, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Leyna is a commercial accountant for Castle and Cooke Hawaii, a real estate development company. Nathan is a plumbing apprentice. They live in Mililani, Hawaii.

Gordon Spry was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball Oldtimers Association Hall of Fame for meritorious service in the summer of 2005. His uncle, Louis Spry ’58, was also inducted for the same honor.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Nicholas Lockey completed his master’s degree in musicology at the University of Victoria (British Columbia) in 2004. Since then, he has presented papers at meetings of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society, winning the chapter’s award for best graduate paper in 2006. His article, “New Perspectives on Schubert’s Symphonic Openings,” was published in the 2006 issue of the journal “Musicological Explorations” (University of Victoria); his article “Formal Structure in Vivaldi’s Variation Sets,” will appear in the 2006 issue of the journal “StudiVivaldiani “ (published by the Istituto Italian Antonio Vivaldi in Venice, Italy). This fall he is entering the doctoral program in musicology at Princeton University, having accepted an offer of full financial support for five years.

Anna Buzard graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in June 2005 and passed the Washington state bar exam last fall. She works for Judge Thomas J. Wynne in Snohomish County (Wash.) Superior Court.

Mary Barber is an Episcopalian missionary at Cuttington College in Liberia. She is a nurse in the campus clinic and is a clinical instructor in the nursing program.

Lorien Southworth married Aaron Maples on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2005, in Monroe, Wash. Lorien is a private teacher for a seventh-grade student in California City, Calif. Aaron is a service consultant at an auto dealership in Valencia, Calif. They live in Lancaster, Calif.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Aaron Morrison was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army on June 28 at Fort Riley, Kan. He is in Fort Benning, Ga., until March to complete the captains’ career course.

Sarah Hodgson graduated summa cum laude as class valedictorian from Whittier Law School on May 14. She is a member of the Whittier Law Review, in which she has been published, and has assisted one of her law professors in arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Stephen and Sarah (Smith ’04) Biggerstaff moved back to the Northwest from New York City in October 2005 and in May purchased their first home in Kent, Wash., where they live with their five cats, Sebastian, Mackensie, Riley, Tessa and Adam.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

James Lehman, a graduate student at Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education, traveled to Poland this summer for the Auschwitz Jewish Center’s student scholarship program. This program provides the opportunity to learn about the lives of Polish Jews before, during and after WWII. Students develop projects on behalf of the center and work with Polish and German students, with the goal of dispelling stereotypes and promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Gwyneth Benson married Matthew Lang on Aug. 5, 2005, in Olympia, Wash. The wedding party included Margaret Smith, Jessica Bruce, Kristin (Singer) Tinder ’05, John Wells ’02, and current PLU student Brian Benson ’09. Other Lutes in attendance were Ben and Marianne (Silviera) White, Jeremy Tinder, Jennifer (Shaw) Harris ’03, Daphne Smith ’03, Ben Harwood ’02, and many others, including the PLU admission counseling staff. Gwyneth is an admission counselor at PLU and Matthew is studying to become a youth pastor while working as a customer sales representative at Northwest Door.

Paul and Elizabeth (Morlan ’06) Scott celebrated their first anniversary in August. Paul is the choral director at Enumclaw High School, as well as the two middle schools in the district. Elizabeth is working on her master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Washington.

Sara Comstock received a master of science degree in social work from the University of Texas in Austin on May 20, 2004. She lives in Stratford, Iowa.


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

Michael Doyle, a doctor who also holds a master’s degree in business administration, is bound for Germany, where he will take command of the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Weisbaden, near Frankfurt.

Kathy Fellenstein joined Weyerhaeuser as the manager of transportation and safety compliance in March.

Carrie Thorpe married Jason Andrew ’02 October 15, 2005, at Faith Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Alumni in wedding party included Stephanie Thompson, Jaime Fortescue, Emily (Laine) Thorpe ’01 and Zac Thorpe ’01. They live in Bonney Lake, Wash.

Dan Donohue married Hillary Anderson March 25 at Praise Covenant Church in Tacoma. Lutes in the wedding party included Marie Keyzers, Pat Hearon, Shane Ennis, Matt Olson, Blaire Colbo ’06, Shannon Newman-Linberg ’06, Michelle (Axley) Johnson ’01, Chad Johnson ’00, Adam Walton ’06, and current student Julianna Geddes ’07.

Kara Brevet is the club manager for the Oakbrook Golf and Country Club in Tacoma.

Erin Anderson married Joseph Gwinn in Kennewick, Wash., on May 21, 2005. They live in Oceanside, Calif., where Erin is an office manger at Schoolhouse Dental and Joseph is a colonel in the United States Marine Corps.

Despite the fact that Iver Bätvik grew up close to his future wife, Hanne Ek ’04, in Oslo, Norway, the two did not meet until traveling across the globe to attend PLU. They now make their home in Oslo. Iver’s mother, Gerd Melsæter, taught for a year as an exchange professor from Norway in PLU’s School of Nursing.


Class Representative – Jenna Steffenson


Future Lutes


Lawrence “Pete” and Beth (Gottwald) Peterson announce the birth of their first great-granddaughter, Alexis Marie Bunch, on Dec. 24, 2005.


David Chun and his wife, Heidi, announce the birth of their son, David Marley, on May 3. Marley joins his big sister, Dakota, 9. David teaches fifth-grade math at Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Heidi is a systems analyst at Ceridian Corporation. David and college roommate, Kevin Aoki ’84, can now grow really old together with their baby boys, who could be class of 2030 Lutes! If anyone is visiting Hawaii, give David a call at 808-224-5878, or drop him a note at Go Lutes!


Lisa Wade Rushing and Stephen Rushing ’88 announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah, in May 2005. Lisa took a break in a 14-year teaching career to be a stay-at-home mom. Stephen is a principal in the Bethel School District in Spanaway, Wash. They live in Puyallup.

Karen (Waltar) Faulkner and her husband, Tarn, announce the birth of their son, Ari Benjamin, on April 20. He joins Rowan, who is almost 3. Karen works part time as a speech-language pathologist in long-term care and Tarn is a computer programmer. They live in Seattle.


Karen (Thordarson) Hassen announces the birth of Charles Roy on May 30.

Scott Geibel and his wife, Rena, announce the birth of Anika Rae on Nov. 7, 2005, in Nairobi, Kenya. She joins big sister Amara, 2.


Burley and Winona (Beckner) Kawasaki announce the arrival of Madeleine Elizabeth Winona on Nov. 5. She joins her brother Daniel, 6. They live in Redmond, Wash., where Burley works at Microsoft.


Jeff and Britt (Miller ’95) Scott announce the birth of Finnegan James on April 5. He joins Jackson Paul, 5 and Aidan Jeffrey, 3. They live in Greenacres, Wash.

Julie (Miller) Jackson and her husband, Russ, announce the birth of Luke Quinn on Feb. 13. Julie is a pediatric nurse at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Russ is a pilot for Skywest Airlines.

Mark and Hollie (Jantz ’95) Eastman announce the birth of Liam Daniel on Dec. 1. Liam joins big brother Haden, 3. Mark teaches math and leadership at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane. Hollie is a stay-at-home mom and has a booth at The Farm Chicks Antique Show (as seen in Country Living Magazine) in Fairfield, Wash.

Kristen (Vold) Jaudon and her husband, David, welcomed Benjamin Thomas on March 29, 2005. He joins Emily Lynn, 3. Kristen is a freelance graphic designer and stay-at-home mom. They live in Ballston Spa, N.Y.


Alison Carl White and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of Barrett James on May 7.


Rachael (Gunn) Lord and her husband, George, welcomed their son, Nathaniel on Dec. 9, 2004. They live in Irwin, Penn.

David and Jennifer (Evans) Wallin welcomed Adelyn Faith on Oct. 17, 2004. After eight years with IBM in Washington, D.C., David joined Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., where he works in the Global Trade Compliance Division. Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom looking for a job in environmental consulting. They live in Bellevue, Wash., and are glad to be back in the Northwest!


Sarah (Parker) Lewis and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of Brook Elisabeth on Sept. 17, 2005. She joins her sister, Anna, 3. Sarah and Mike are physical therapists.

Chris and Ileen (Kvale ’98) Marien announce the birth of their son, Andrew, on Dec. 17, 2005. They live in Boise, Idaho, where Chris is a pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Anne (Blackwell) Snieg and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of Nikolas Anthony on Nov. 29. Anne is a librarian at St. Anthony’s School in Milwaukee, Wis., and Tom is a Veteran’s Administration representative. They live in Greenfield, Wis.

Kimberly (Mooneyham) Anderson and her husband, Jerry, announce the birth of their son, Quinn Henrick, on July 23, 2005. Kimberly is a long-term care product manager with Securian Financial Group/Minnesota Life Insurance in St. Paul, Minn.

Robert and Melissa (Davis ’98) Koll are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Alison Violet, on Dec. 4th.

Amy Wigstrom and her husband, Joseph Sonnen, announce the birth of Zachary Wigstrom Sonnen on June 9 at Tacoma General Hospital. They live in Tacoma, where Amy is the executive director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.


Kristina (Hansen) Swenson and her husband, Aaron, announce the birth of their first child, Katherine (Kate) Isabel, on November 8, 2005. They live in Chula Vista, Calif.

Brooke (Kloppenburg) Tuengel and her husband, Dave, announce the birth of Brenna Joy on Dec. 30, 2005. She joins Bradley Jonathon, who is almost 2. They live in Redmond, Wash., where Brooke is a stay-at-home mom.

Mike Luinstra and his wife, Donna, welcomed their daughter, Madison Grace, on Aug. 26, 2005.


Lindsay (Johnson) Williamson and her husband, Troy, announce the birth of Jonathan Dean on Dec. 3. Lindsay is a registered renal dialysis nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. They live in Bonney Lake, Wash.

Teal (Rainwater) Morse and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of Cody Ryker on Dec. 21. Teal is a stay-at-home mom, and Jason is an assistant principal in the Issaquah (Wash.) School District. They live in Covington, Wash.

Ryan and Katie (Tippett ’99) Hoff announce the birth of their daughter Amelia on Sept. 11, 2005. She joins Isabella, 3. They live in Pasco, Wash.

Lindsay (Nelson) Childers and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their son, Drew Michael, on May 8. Lindsay is the compensation and benefits manager for Comcast Cable’s Oregon/Southwest Washington market. Michael is a regional operations manager with FedEx Ground. They live in Tigard, Ore.


Angie (Lucas) Hayes, and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of Eli Gregory on April 13. He joins Owen Matthew, 2. They live in Milwaukie, Ore.

Torey and Lisa (Anderson) Swanson announce the birth of their son, Quinn Anders, on Dec. 12, 2005, in Mount Vernon, Wash.


Wai and Cecily Chan announce the birth of their daughter, Danice, on Dec. 26, 2005, in Hong Kong. She joins Nicole, 5. Cecily is a marriage and family therapist in a counseling center in Kowloon, and Wai is a director of NextOffice, a software company.

Laura (Ritchie) and Geoff ’01 Gifford announce the birth of Meredith Jane on March 27. They live in Newberg, Ore.

Sarah (Goesch) Chandler and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of their second son, Levi James, on Jan. 26. Levi’s brother, Luke William (May 25-26, 2004), watches over him from heaven. Sarah is a full-time mom, while Jeff is a consulting engineer at Kennedy/Jenks. They live in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Bob Meek and his wife, Liza, welcomed Nolan Jacob on Aug. 10, 2005. Bob is a theatre and choral director at Ridgefield (Wash.) High School. After a career in interior design, Liza is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Vancouver, Wash.


Shawn Jennison and his wife, Jodi, announce the birth of Austin Allen on March 10. Shawn is a writer/producer at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash. They live in University Place.


Brian and Jamie (Gabriel ’99) Farman welcomed their daughter, Brynna, on Aug. 22, 2004. The couple married on July 5, 2003, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, Calif. PLU alumni in the wedding included Aimee Sieverkropp-Dubbs ’01 and Melanie Doty ’00. Stacey (Snowden) Ostrin and Susan Andresen were in attendance. Jamie is a seventh-grade reading teacher with Everett (Wash.) Public Schools, and Brian is a police officer with the Kirkland (Wash.) Police Department.

Jordan Hartman and his wife, Crystal (Pollock) Hartman, welcomed Abigail Christine to the family on June 2. Jordan is PLU’s campus photographer, while Crystal is a current PLU student pursuing a degree in math. Abigail joins big brother Carter, 3.

Erik and Christa (Bogue) Dordal announce the birth of their son, Elijah Dallas, on Jan. 3. They live in Spokane.


Nichole (Biesecker) Harris and her husband, Shawn, announce the birth of their son, Kaden, on Nov. 20, 2005. Nichole is a teacher in the Clover Park School District. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Olga (Disko) Kimbrel and her husband, Jack, announce the birth of Preston Lee on Feb. 7. Olga is a registered nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, and Jack is a tile setter. They live in Puyallup, Wash.


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