Class notes by Year:1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, Future Lutes, In Memoriam


Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande


Lois (Morton) Madden died April 29. She began teaching in University Place, Wash., soon after graduating from PLC. In her late 20s, she married Kenneth Cogdill. During and after WWII, they lived on the East Coast and in Germany. Kenneth later served in the Korean War and was killed in action. They had one daughter, Nancy. Lois continued her teaching career at Ft. Lewis in Tacoma and in Richland, Wash. She taught in Edmonds, Wash., from 1961 to 1977. After marrying Frank Madden, she made her home in Shoreline, Wash., where she lived for 45 years. Lois was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Edmonds, Wash., and a lifelong Christian Scientist. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Sunrise Haven Christian Science Nursing Service in Kent, Wash. She also enjoyed playing piano and she played the flute in the Tacoma Philharmonic Orchestra. Surviving her are Nancy, and grandson Army CPT Kelly Sanders, who serves in Iraq, and his wife Brita.


Ruth (Enroth) Siverson died April 13. She served as an elementary school teacher for 33 years in Conway and Big Lake, Wash.; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Shoreline and Seattle, Wash. She loved teaching and influenced the lives of her many students. She was also a long-time member of Bothell First Lutheran Church. Surviving Ruth are her husband, Carroll, and her daughter, Lynne.

Judy (Gerde) Jurgensen died Jan. 3. After graduating from PLC, she taught grade school for two years in McKenna, Wash. She married Erling “Snooky” Jurgensen in 1941 and they made their home on a wheat farm in Wilbur, Wash. Judy was active in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Ladies Aid, the P.T.A., and 4-H. She enjoyed entertaining, square dancing and playing badminton. Judy was also excellent at sewing, baking and cooking. She treasured getting together with PLC friends. They would meet at various restaurants and nearly “close the place down” with all their stories, recipe exchanges, talks and, mostly, laughter. Judy would return from these events thoroughly happy and thoroughly hoarse. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Erling; her two daughters, Nancy Pearson ’67 (Bruce) and Janet Jurgensen ’72; her son, John Jurgensen (Cynthia); and two grandsons.


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Doris (Steiro) Hanson died April 2. She worked for over 40 years at Porro Laboratory. She led a very active life, always striving to help others. Doris positively affected the lives of many people through her work, her activities at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by the Narrows in Tacoma, and her social network of friends that stretched back to her grade school years. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Benjamin ’51; daughters Kristi Abeggian (Walt) and Rebecca Christian; son Gerhard Hanson (Ann); seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Dick Weathermon

Lawrence “Pete” and Beth (Gottwald) Peterson have volunteered at the French Hospital Medical Hospital in San Luis Obispo, Calif., for many years – Pete for 10 years and Beth for 25 years. Beth has also served as co-president of the Guild.


Jack Metcalf died on March 15. He taught math and history in the Everett (Wash.) School District for nearly 30 years. He also had a long political career in Washington state government, serving as a Republican member of the House of Representatives and later the Senate.

He was chairman of the Senate Environmental and Natural Resources Committee and was responsible for the creation of Washington’s recycling program. In 1994, he was elected to the United States Congress, where he served for three terms, retiring in 2001. He was honored to have served the citizens of Washington and loved his years of public service. In 1997, he partnered with Senator Patty Murray to protect the marine waters of Washington state by forming the Murray-Metcalf Northwest Straits Citizens Advisory Commission. The commission led to the creation by Congress of the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative in 1998. In 2000 he received PLU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. A loving family man, he leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Norma; his daughters, Marta Cahill (Rob), Gayle Metcalf, Lea Headley (Dennis), and Ann Bowman (Dave); 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Margaret (Winters) England and her husband, Lee, are doing very well and are enjoying the quiet life on their farm in Elkview, (W.Va.) She retired as manager of their purebred Arabian horse breeding farm, LeMar Arabians. All horses and cattle have been sold since 2002. Lee is a retired accountant and business manager.


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

Ruth (Moe) Hazen died March 19. She taught at Centralia (Wash.) High School and Junior College, Mason Middle School in Tacoma, and PLU. She was active in the P.T.A., receiving the Golden Acorn Award in 1979. Ruth was also a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday school for 27 years. Surviving her are her husband, Thomas; sons, Don (Karen) and Joe (Linda); and five grandchildren.


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa


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


Class Representative – Marilyn (Hefty) Katz


Class Representative – Don Cornell

John Buckner died March 10. He taught math and science at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma for 30 years until his retirement in 1994. He enjoyed woodworking, fixing mechanical equipment, humorous books, silly jokes and really bad puns. Outside his family, his first love was music. John played many instruments, including the piano, pipe organ, accordion, tuba and kazoo. He enjoyed helping neighbors, the elderly and others in need of a handyman. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Norma (Hoines ’59); his son Wayne and his wife, Marcy; and his daughter Jill and her husband, Steve Rubart.


Class Representative – Todd Penson

Jon Wefald, president of Kansas State University, received an honorary degree from Southwest Minnesota State University, recognizing his achievements while serving as SWMSU’s president from 1977-1982. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in political science from PLU, Jon earned a master’s degree in political science from Washington State University and a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan.

Velma (Kjelstad) Boyles died in March. Born in 1907, she received her teaching certificate from Bellingham Normal School. She taught for two years in Marysville, Wash., and then in a one-room school in the Ohop Valley in Washington. After marrying Matteus Kjelstad in 1930, she moved to his family farm in the Ohop Valley, where she made her home for 54 years. Velma began teaching again in 1942 in the Eatonville District. She later was in charge of grade school libraries and taught library usage and remedial reading. She and Matteus were active members of the Ohop Grange and Bethany Lutheran Church. Velma was also a member of the Ohop Ladies Aid, the Order of Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Stella Hagen Orthopedic Guild. Widowed in 1984, she married Fred Boyles the next year and they made their home on his farm in Eatonville, Wash. When Fred died in 1993, she moved back to her home on the farm in the Ohop Valley, where her daughter lived. Surviving Velma are her daughters, Carolyn Burwash (Steve) and Charlotte Sorre (Lucio); five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


Class Representative – Marilu (Miller) Person


Class Representative – Ron Lerch


Class Representatives – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representatives – Merl and Joan (Maier) Overland


Class Representative – David Wytko

Kenneth “Skip” Hartvigson died May 4. He was very successful as a general agent for Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance from 1984 until his retirement in 2002. He held many industry leadership positions and was the winner of countless awards. Skip was consistently recognized by his peers as one of the premier agency builders in the industry. A man of God who walked his faith, his passion was serving others. Recipient of PLU’s 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award, he was known for his positive attitude, integrity, confidence and vision. Surviving Skip are his wife of 42 years, Joyce (Haavik); his sons, Brett ’92 (Jocelyn) and Koll ’93; five granddaughters; his mother, Eleanora; his brother, Larry; and his sister, Judy.


Class Representative – Frank Johnson

Marcia Johnson, president of Binocular Vision Business Development, Berkeley, Calif., works with professionals who need to advise estate and financial planning clients about long-term eldercare for themselves and their parents, and with eldercare businesses that want to expand awareness of their services.


Class Representative – Craig Bjorklund

Jerry Roloson is a longtime competitive sailor, who won the Semiahmoo Regatta in April with his Thunderbird named REV. He was one of two skippers among 60 boats to sweep his division over three races held off Blaine, Wash., and White Rock, B.C. The Semiahmoo Regatta is sponsored by the International Yacht Club of Blaine and White Rock, and, because it is sanctioned by the Vancouver Area Racing Council, is a highly competitive event that area sailors use as a tune-up for longer races such as the annual Swiftsure Classic. The picture taken by Jack Kinter shows Jerry sailing by the committee boat for a high-five after sweeping his division. Jerry and his wife, Judy (Berg), live in Lynden, Wash.


Patty (Petrie) Ridley retired after 26 years in elementary education. She was recognized four times as a distinguished educator in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She and her husband, Campbell, live in Columbia, Tenn.


Class Representative – Rick Nelson


Class Representative – Bill Allen

Marcus Sandver traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, on May 26 to sign a joint degree program with Yeditepe (Seven Hills) University on behalf of Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, where he is a professor of management and human resources.


Class Representative – Joe Hustad, Jr.

David Soderlund, Cornell University professor, received two grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to support his research on the neurotoxic actions of insecticides at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y. Read more about his work at

David Christopherson won his fourth national championship in cross-country skiing in March at Mt. Bachelor, Bend, Ore., sweeping all three of the races in his age group. He was undefeated in all 15 races of last year’s season and was selected the most-winning male skier of all ages in the Minnesota Cross-Country Ski Association and was given an all-expense-paid trip to Iceland to compete in a race. This year he was again selected to the same honor and given another trip to the Iceland race. David was on the PLU varsity ski team from 1967 to 1971.

Carol (Ernstmeyer) Drake is a special education teacher for Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Schools. She has two daughters, Courtney, 28, who is a genetic counselor married to an Air Force officer, and Jennifer, 25, who recently graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and is married to ascientist/engineer. Carol’s husband, Ted, is an engineer with the Veteran’s Administration. They live in Brentwood, Tenn.


Class Representative – Molly Stuen

Mark Scholz is a middle and high school music teacher for Moriarty Public Schools in Albuquerque, N.M. He teaches choral music and the guitar. He also is an associate director for the 64-year-old Albuquerque Boy Choir, leading the nine- to 11-year-old boys with unchanged voices. He and his wife, Sheri (Stein) have two daughters, Jennifer, 26, who received her master’s degree in social work from University of New Mexico in May, and Amy, 30, who is a construction worker and certified OSHA inspector.

Donald Topping died May 11. His first job was with United Airlines, working at SeaTac Airport and in Honolulu. He left the airlines and earned his degree from PLU. Don then went to work for Lewis and Kitsap counties before joining Washington Natural Gas, retiring in 1997. He was an avid sports fan and a natural athlete, who excelled in any sport he played. Surviving him are his aunts, Pauline Erhart and Gloria Hagen; cousins Irene Elter and Pamela Shaw; and a brotherhood of friends, some dating back to his days at Whitman Elementary School in Tacoma.


Class Representative – Karen (Wraalstad) Robbins

E. Marie Miller Fortier died April 4. She was a music educator, mentor and patron of the arts in Tacoma/Pierce County. She participated as a member of orchestras and choirs and was a very accomplished accompanist, playing for hundreds of students in concerts and competitions. In Tacoma, she taught at McCarver Junior High School, in the Clover Park School District, and at Ft. Steilacoom and Tacoma Community Colleges. Marie was a founder of the Tacoma Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity and was chapter advisor to the Epsilon Sigma collegiate chapter at PLU. She was also a member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Society, YWCA, and Tacoma City Club. A member of First United Methodist Church in Tacoma, she was active in many areas of its ministry – especially its music program. As a civic leader, Marie served on the boards for the Tacoma Youth Symphony, Allied Arts, and Tacoma Civic Arts and Pierce County Arts Commissions. In 1991, she was honored with the Pierce County Arts Commission’s Margaret K. Williams Award for service in the arts. She was involved with the 29th District Democrats, Tacoma Democratic Women’s League, Wright Park Neighborhood Association, and Tacoma Council of the Navy League. Surviving Marie are her husband of 63 years, Joseph; her daughters, Cherie Murchie and Judie Fortier; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson


Class Representative – Helen Pohlig

Larry Walsh is one of only eight school administrators in the United States to be selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil. He traveled to Sao Paulo in August to work in schools throughout the world’s third-most populous region. Larry and his wife, Gail, live in Olympia, Wash.

Bill Bash was elected mayor of Cornelius, Ore. (population 10,785), in November 2006.

Constance Johnson finished her Master of Science degree in nursing/health care education at the University of Phoenix in April. She lives in Saipan, an island near Guam, teaching nursing at Northern Marianas College and working as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has two daughters adopted from China: Grace, 6, and Maggie, 7.


Class Representative – Gary Powell

David Lee married Bonnie Coffee at a covered bridge in Stayton, Ore., on June 2. They enjoy living in Corvallis, Ore.

Kristi (Rigall) Manley received her master’s degree in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland in 2003. She works as an addictions counselor in Davenport, Iowa, and works under the professional name of Kristi Weaver Manley. Divorced from Dan Weaver in 1995, she married Paul Manley in November 2005. Kristi has two sons: Karl Weaver, 26, who is supervisor for Starbucks at Pacific Place in Seattle, and Nate Weaver, 27, who works in telecommunications sales in San Antonio, Texas. She also has a new stepdaughter, Melissa Manley Casillas, 26, of Portland, Ore. Kristi and Paul love to travel and are enjoying their second chance at love. She sends all her best to her fellow alums.


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Nancy (Holmes) Milliron is an elementary music specialist for Bend-La Pine (Ore.) Schools.

Hiram Williams is a physician and surgeon, teaching at USC/UCLA Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He also has a second career as an actor, appearing in a number of television and film productions. He lives in Playa del Rey, Calif.


Bruce Neswick, canon for music at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Ga., issued two new CD recordings. The first, “Thou Ever Blessed Morn: Christmas at St. Philip’s,” features his two adult choirs at the cathedral. The second, “Miracles: Music for Flute and Organ,” on the Raven label, is the result of a continuing collaboration with flutist Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, two of Bruce’s anthems, “Alleluia! Christ is risen” and “How dear to me is your dwelling,” have been published by Paraclete Press.

Dave Brauer-Rieke is the new bishop of the Oregon synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He replaces Paul Swanson ’66, who served as bishop of the synod since the inception of the ELCA in 1988.


Class Representative – Dave and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Frederick “Fritz” Lampe is the new assistant professor of community development and witness, and director of the Master of Arts program in theology, development and evangelism at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. The theology, development and evangelism program is the only one of its kind at a graduate seminary level in the United States and one of only two such graduate-level seminary based programs in the world. In this program, students further develop their skills in community organizing, micro-economic and infrastructural development, public health advocacy and more, all from a church-based and more theologically-informed framework. In 2006, Fritz received a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Syracuse University, with his fieldwork in Kenya. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg.

Barbara Fetty-Solders has joined Group Health Cooperative as a manager of care management in East King and Snohomish (Wash.) Counties.

Dennis Hake is chief marketing officer at Inland Imaging Business Associates in Spokane. He was previously director of business development at Advanced Input Systems in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.


Class Representative – Drew Nelson

Mary “Meg” (Fish) Hatlen received the Humanitarian Award 2007, which recognizes a nurse whose dedicated work and exemplary service have benefited society and the practice of nursing. This is one of four 2007 leadership awards from the University of Washington School of Nursing. Meg was honored at a reception and banquet at the Hotel W on May 10 in Seattle. She is a public health nurse supervisor working with Best Beginnings, a program offered by Public Health Seattle/King County that serves low-income first-time mothers.


Class Representative – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

Christine Connerly is turning her love of making jewelry into a second career. She teaches workshops, participates in craft fairs and sells jewelry online. Her Web site is She lives in Forest Ranch, Calif.

Rick Mattson most recently served a six-month tour in Chagcharan, Afganistan, as Commander of Task Force Paladin, Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED), Regional Command-West (RC-W). This was his second Middle East tour attached to the Army, having spent eight months (Sept. 2004 to April 2005) doing similar work in Iraq. He previously had deployed five times as an Air Force aviator. He says it was a good experience and a great cause with the mission of saving U.S./Coalition and local lives and limbs. He returned in May with the intention of taking a few weeks off and then going back to flying A-10 aircraft. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Vanita, and children, Langley, 8, Orlea, 6, and Waverly, 3.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Philip Langham is the new executive director of the Richmond Va. Retirement System, overseeing the fiscal management of more than $500 million in assets and a $4 million monthly pension payroll for approximately 9,500 retirees.

Wayne Keller is chief information officer at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, N.M. His wife, Lynn Tschantre-Keller, is a workers compensation manager.

Sharon (Alacantara) Quigley moved to Korea last summer with her husband, James, and children, Katie, 9, James, 7, and Mikey, 6. Sharon is a family nurse practitioner and James is an army officer.


Class Representative – Dave Olson

Karen Markwith was promoted to director of risk management for Franciscan Health Systems. She lives in Federal Way, Wash.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Bruce Burnside, senior pastor at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisc., was elected bishop of the South Central Wisconsin Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He began his call to that office on July 1.

Trudi Strain Trueit is a children’s author who has signed a three-book deal with Simon & Schuster’s Aladdin books to write a boys’ series for middle grade readers. A former television news reporter, Trudi has published 36 fiction and non-fiction books for children, including the popular Julep O’Toole series (Dutton). The third book in the Julep series, “What I Really Want to Do is Direct” (ages 8 to 12), was published in May. Read more about Trudi and her books at

Linda Salter Sommer died suddenly on Feb. 12 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where she had lived since graduation. She taught for two years in a private Lutheran grade school and for 15 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her interests were many and included music, scrapbooking, hiking, camping, and her home and family. She is survived by her husband, Tom; two young daughters, Tina and Erin; her parents, Ruth and Richard Salter; her brothers, Mark ’73 and Craig; her sister, Jody; four nieces and four nephews.


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

Mike Grambo received national board certification as a social studies teacher. He teaches world history and weight training at Blaine High School and is the head track coach. His wife, Cheryl (Hansen ’84) Grambo, is a registered nurse, who works in the Childbirth Center in Bellingham as an international board certified lactation consultant. They live in Lynden, Wash., where they enjoy camping, walking and fishing and their three awesome teenagers (Amy, 18, Heather, 17, and David, 15) who keep them hopping, laughing and on their knees.

Michael Nelson was named to the board of directors at the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup. He is president and owner of Tab Northwest and Archives Northwest. He and his wife, Janet, have two children, Brenden, 12, and Rylee, 9. They live in Puyallup.


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Annette Kuhls was named the director of care management at Harborview Medical Center in January. She oversees several registered nurse, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant teams within the hospital. Annette has more than 15 years of utilization management and case management experience in the health care industry. She lives in Maple Valley, Wash.

Jeff Cornell, his wife, Maria, and children, Alex, 15, and Tess, 13, recently repatriated to the United States after spending 14 years in Saudi Arabia, where Jeff and Maria taught in the Saudi Aramco Schools. The sun and heat of the Persian Gulf have been replaced with the warm weather and beaches of Jacksonville, Fla. Jeff teaches fourth grade at The Bolles School in Ponte Vedra Beach.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Shannon (Ryan) Mayer was awarded tenure in the physics department at the University of Portland (Ore.). Her husband, Steve, who is the chair of the chemistry department, received tenure last year. They live in Portland with their two daughters, Jordyn, 8, and Haley, 6.


Class Representative – Brenda Ray Scott

Edwin Dierdorff, a recruiting specialist with Excell Data Corporation, received the Director’s Award from the company in January. He also sings lead with the Northwest Sound Men’s Barbershop Chorus and acts as the chapter-development/grant coordinator/fund-raising chair and as the group’s Evergreen District historian and archivist. The Evergreen District hosts the annual Harmony Explosion Camp for young singers throughout the Northwest. He lives in Bellevue, Wash.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Susan Scott is a marketing director for Architects Rasmussen Triebelhorn in Tacoma. She celebrated the marriage of her son, Benjamin Jones, to Jennifer Mills on Sept. 30, 2006 at the Tam O’Shanter Country Club in Redmond, Wash. Ben is an associate architect at Mulvanny G2 in Bellevue, Wash., and Jen is in charge of operations at The Educational.

Zarina Denan is a lecturer at the Mara University of Technology in Malaysia.

Heidi (Wisner) Kaster and her husband, Dave, own two businesses in Kingston, Wash.: Dragonfly Farms and Yardworks Landscaping.

Greg Schieferstein is the managing editor at WIFR-TV, a CBS affiliate in Rockford, Ill. His wife, Barbara Andrews, is an associate director for marketing and public relations at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide offices in Chicago. They live in South Elgin, Ill.


Class Representatives – Sean Neely

Jeremy Soltroff, Master Sergeant (Ret.), was recognized in a public ceremony, at which he was awarded the Atlantic County (N.J.) Veteran’s Service Medal in honor of his long and illustrious military career and for repeated service in hostile combat zones.

Karl Wischnofske is director of marketing for Inventist, an invention development and marketing company, which has numerous innovations in the sporting goods and kitchen gadgets markets. One product, the AquaSkipper, made the finals for the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge and is in the running for Invention of the Year.,


Marcus LeMaster lives in Singapore, where he works for DHL Express-Pacific as a product manager in the product innovation group. He is responsible for the development and implementation of new express service initiatives throughout the 14 major countries in the region. He recently completed his Master of Science degree in logistics and supply chain management from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. When his travel schedule allows, he competes in triathlons, having completed Ironman Canada in 2002 and 2004.


Class Representative – Darcy (Pattee) Andrews

Geir Ostrem is a business manager in the United Kingdom and Ireland for Stokke AS, a Norwegian company specializing in children’s furniture and equipment. He lives with his family in London.


Class Representative – Barbara (Murphy) Hesner

Jay Cash is a commander with the U.S. Army’s 212th military police company in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Christine Flosi has two grandchildren: Neal, 6, and Rilee, 2. She lives in Puyallup, Wash., and keeps busy doing volunteer work in her community.

Elizabeth Hartmann married Mark Hayden Allen on June 25, 2006, in Grapeview, Wash. After graduating from PLU, she served four years in the U.S. Army as a Russian linguist. She now designs and draws the plans for custom homes with Metzdorf Design. She and Mark are building their own home in Rocky Bay, just outside of Gig Harbor, Wash.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Jennifer (Berger) Allison earned a law degree from Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, Calif., in May. She began working as a reference librarian in Pepperdine’s Law Library in August. During law school, she was an exchange student for a semester at the University of Augsburg in Germany. She and her husband, Ali, live in the Los Angeles area, where Ali works as a CPA.

Cheryl Ann Graf, director of emergency services at Mason General Hospital, received an honorable mention in competition for the Anna May Erickson Award, which recognizes excellence in emergency room nursing in Washington.

Sarah (Jones) Donaldson is a business owner and her husband, Jeff, is on the International Triathlon Committee. They live in Lake Stevens, Wash.

Kim Kemmerling was installed as assistant pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sinking Spring, Penn., on Feb. 11. On March 19, she adopted her foster daughter, Sierra, 3.


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

Kirstin Lindeman received her master’s degree in public health from Boston University School of Public Health.

Cyrus Khemalaap is in Kuwait on an eight-month deployment with the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, working jointly with the 595th U.S. Army Transportation Group during the troop surge in Iraq. As a petty officer 2nd class, his duties include convoy security as a shooter, cargo documentation, and working with Halliburton employees. He plans to return to graduate school upon returning from deployment. His home is in downtown Portland, Ore.

Brian Ekberg graduated in 2005 with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies with an emphasis in bioethics from Midwestern University in Phoenix. He is practicing in adult medicine in Las Vegas. He lives in Henderson, Nev.

Christina (DeAustria) Branson received the Bright House Network Star Teacher Award for the greater Bakersfield, Calif., area on June 15. Teachers must propose, prepare, teach and submit a lesson plan and objectives, using cable in the classroom. Her lesson was used with special education students.


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

Ed Hrivnak was part of a medevac crew while serving in Iraq. He wrote of his experiences in a journal kept throughout his deployment. Some of his entries were included in the book “Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families.” His journal entries also appeared in The New Yorker last year and they are now a part of a documentary, “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” which aired nationally on PBS. Ed retired after nearly 20 years at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma and is now a firefighter for Central Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Brandon Fix sold his company Donation Depot to Kintera, Inc., in 2003. After four years at Kintera, he has acquired the corporate facing divisions from Kintera and started WPG Solutions, Inc. WPG clients include Microsoft, EDS, United Health Group, Delphi, Guidant and many more. Brandon and his wife, Tarren (Becker) have three children, Hannah, 8, Solomon, 5, and Camden, 3. They live in Tacoma.

Lisa Balmes partnered with her mother to start their own real estate agency, Chris Balmes Properties, in the Portland, Ore., metropolitan area.

Josh and Alexa (Marsh ’97) Arnold moved to Hong Kong in August. Josh teaches sixth-grade math/science, and Alexa teaches fifth grade.


Class Representatives – Andy and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Michael Chunn is a network performance lifecycle manager with AT&T Mobility. His team is responsible for cell site network performance analysis, as well as data compression and optimization tools for 3G wireless communications. He lives in Renton, Wash.

Mona Aboel-nil teaches eighth-grade science for Seattle Public Schools.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Kathleen (Stevens) Jones graduated from George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., with a master’s degree in teaching on April 28. She teaches fifth grade at a private Christian school. She and her husband, David, recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary.


Class Representative – Julie (Johnston) Von Dennewitz

Tim Simrell graduated in August 2006 from Pacific University with a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies. He is a physician assistant and instructor of medicine in the Center for Hematologic Malignancies at Oregon Health and Science University. The center performs bone marrow and stem cell transplantation as a treatment option in a variety of cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma. Tim and his partner, Roy Watter, purchased their first home in North Portland.

Judie Martin married Dario Jaeger Feb. 26 on Denarau Island in Fiji. Judie is a SAP Consultant with Axon Solutions and Dario is a chief financial officer. They live in Bothell, Wash.

Julie (Johnston) Von Dennewitz has been promoted to residential life coordinator for Beaujolais Village at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Nathan Bankson married Stephanie Gray on Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii. After two years of service at Fort Campbell, Ky., and a year-long tour in Kirkuk, Iraq, with the First Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Nathan was reassigned to serve as a defense appellate attorney in Arlington, Va. Stephanie is studying for the Washington state bar exam and will join Nathan in the Army JAG Corps upon passing the bar. Nathan met Stephanie while assigned to the 101st. They have one dog, Mocha.

Danielle Fisher married Robert Crabtree on Sept. 22, 2006, at the Windmill Gardens in Sumner, Wash. In attendance were Leah Stubbs and Anne Dillon. Danielle and Rob live in Puyallup, where they are real estate agents with John L. Scott.

Nicole Pedersen graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College on May 21. She heads back in July to New York City, where she will work as a product marketing manager for Knoll, a workplace products company. Her responsibilities will include everything from product development to training salespeople on the products. Her office is located in the Meatpacking District of NYC.

Randall Thorn has moved to the sunnier and drier climate of Boise, Idaho, after 25 years at the Centralia (Wash.) Power Plant. He manages the Industrial Efficiency Program for Idaho Power Company. In addition to his mechanical engineering degree, engineering license and Master of Business Administration degree from PLU, he earned his Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification in 2006. He works with the company’s largest customers on energy efficiency projects. Last year the company saved about 19,000,000 kWhrs of energy and paid close to $1.5 million in incentives to its customers.

Vance Ovena has a new position as vice president of call center technology for Merrill Lynch in Beaverton, Ore. He and his wife, Kellie (German ’98), have two children, Quinton, 5, and Natalie, 4.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer

Kristin Olson married Scott Sutton July 22, 2006, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Lake Stevens, Wash. Lutes in the wedding party included Kendra Capozzi, Mairead (McSweeney) Shutt, Julie (Wilson) Kuehn, Lisa Kellogg, and Leah Stubbs ’00. Other Lutes involved were Sarena (Magnussen) Nau and Hilary (Petersen ’00) Lester. Kristin is a third-grade teacher in the Arlington School District and Scott is a meterman with the Snohomish County PUD. They live in Lake Stevens, Wash.

Brandy Hedger married Evan Halprin Aug. 12, 2006, at The Resort at The Mountain in Welches, Ore. Alumni Victoria Shotwell and Joy Barber ’00 were in the wedding party. In attendance were Geoff Gifford, Chrissy Schreier, Julie Johnson ’02, Kristin (Hovenkotter) Greco ’02, Ryan Greco ’03, Kristy Archer ’00, Melissa Montgomery ’00, Laura (Ritchie) Gifford ’00. They live in Hillsboro, Ore., where Brandy works as a medical social worker for Odyssey Hospice, and Evan works as an engineer at Intel.

Angela Meade won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finale last spring. While at PLU, she was a student of Mira Frohmayer and Marcia Baldwin.

Kristen (Russell) Buck completed her Ph.D. in oceanography at the University of California Santa Cruz in November 2006. She is a postdoctoral researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography conducting research on trace metal chemistry in Antarctic and coastal Pacific waters. She lives in San Diego, Calif.

Peter Anderson received a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Matt Vancil graduated from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles on June 6 with a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting. He already has projects lined up over the summer: writing a pilot and episodes for a show in Israel. He lives in Los Angeles.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Alisha Davis married Craig Smith on Jan. 1, 2006, at Tracey Castle in Wilkeson, Wash. Alisha is a kindergarten teacher in the Sumner (Wash.)  School District, and Craig is an IT  technician. They live in Lake Tapps, Wash.

Anna Edgar is an outside sales representative for GM Nameplate in Seattle, Wash.
Chelsea Perry married Trevor Lee Nov. 12, 2005, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Chelsea is a communications and community relations specialist in the Lake Washington School District, and Trevor is a youth pastor at their church in Mill Creek, Wash. They live in Snohomish, Wash.

Sarah Mainard married Christopher Maclachlan Sept. 26, 2006, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Sari is a dispatcher with Valley Communications Center, and Christopher is a contractor for the Department of Defense. They live in Black Diamond, Wash.

Gina Visaya graduated from Gonzaga School of Law in 2006 and married her high school sweetheart, David Storlie, two weeks later. Adam and Lisa (Dahlgren) Atkinson ’01 were in attendance. Gina and David had their first child, Vincent Porter, on March 15. They live in Bellevue, Wash.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Jake Dixon is working on his master’s degree in business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Trevor Roberts, former offensive line coach at PLU and member of the PLU’s 1999 national championship team, is the new football coach at Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Wash.

Sam Dollar is a creative designer for JayRay, a communications consulting firm in Tacoma. He previously worked as both a graphic and production designer at Tom Torrens (former PLU art professor) Sculpture Design in Gig Harbor. In his three years there, he produced and fabricated steel, copper and brass sculptures currently displayed at corporations, parks and residences throughout Western Washington.

Delilah Langer appeared in the independent feature film “The Horrible Flowers,” which has been screened at festivals internationally. For more information, go to Dahli also has been busy doing fashion design. She was a featured designer last spring for the renowned fashion show, Voltage: Fashion Amplified. You can see her designs at


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Katherine (Novak) Toft is a registered nurse at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma. Her husband, Jeremy, is a firefighter for the City of Renton, Wash.


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

Kristina Calvert married Chris Jensen on June 2 in Sumner, Wash. Kristina is a case resource manager for the division of developmental disabilities in Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services. Chris is an employment consultant.


Class Representative – Jenna (Steffenson) Serr

Matt Steiner has joined Colliers International as an associate with the Seattle corporate services team of Peter Truex and John Peterson.


Class Representatives — Maggie Morgan and Kaarin Praxel


Future Lutes

Darin Ringenbach and his wife, Jennifer, announce the birth of their son, DJ Garrett, on May 28. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Christine (Winkel) Grienauer and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of daughter Addison on Nov. 9, 2006. She joins Jackson, 5, and Andrew, 2. They live in Seattle.

Michelle (Williams) Bailey and her husband, Brad, welcomed their son, Jackson, on June 29, 2006. He joins his sister, McKenzie, 8. Michelle is the founder of Memorial Gallery, which specializes in cremation urns and cremation jewelry. Brad works in public relations at the headquarters for Providence Health System.

Christian Lucky and Karinne Kerdel are pleased to announce the baptism of their son Paul at Notre-Dame des Angles in Cabestany, France, on April 15. Christian, Karinne and Paul live in Mercer Island, Wash.

Oyvind and Michelle Lechnyr ’92 Henningsen welcomed Madeleine Elisabeth Grace on Dec. 17, 2005. She joins Kristoffer, 8, and Emilie, 5. Oyvind works for Leitor, Inc., and Michelle is a stay-at-home mom, working one night a week at Edmonds Community College. They live in Bothell.

Angela Vahsholtz-Andersen and her husband, Michael Andersen, welcomed their son, Soren Kai Andersen, on Aug. 4, 2006. They live in Vancouver, Wash., where Angela is a librarian in the Vancouver School District.

Michael “Elmo” and Olivia (Gerth) Wright announce the birth of their third daughter, Harper Douglass, on June 6. She joins sisters Jordan, 6, and Sidney, 3. They live in Edmonds, Wash.

Heather (Hibbert) Rime and her husband, Todd, welcomed daughter Zoe in June 2006. Heather is a registered nurse. They live in Tumwater, Wash.

Karen Koll and her husband, Matthew Williams, are very happy to announce the birth of their son, Alfie Ludvik Koll-Williams, on Jan. 10 in London, England. He weighed 4 pounds, 10 ounces. Karen is on maternity leave from Quarto Publishing, where she is an editor, and Matthew is a data manager for Precise Media Monitoring.

Sam Capps and his wife, Kristin, announce the birth of their son, Branson, on April 10.

Daniel and Suzanne (Tiedt) Tye announce the birth of Luke William on February 28. He joins brother Alexander, 4. Daniel is a finance manager for Rentrak, an information management company, serving clients in the entertainment, media, retail and advertising industries. Suzanne is a stay-at-home mother. They live in West Linn, Ore.

Greg and Tessa (Westby ’95) Wilson welcomed daughter Vanessa on February 2, 2006. She joins her sister, Isabelle, 3. They live in Auburn, Wash.

Juliet Laycoe Hagely and her husband, Thomas Hagley, are proud to announce the birth of Benjamin Bryan Thomas Hagley on April 26. Juliet is a partner in a law firm and Thomas is a public relations and information director for the Vancouver (Wash.) School District. They live in Ridgefield, Wash.

Brett Talbert and Wendy (Howard) Talbert announce the birth of their daughter, Kendall, on March 8. She joins Jessamyn, 5, and Brenna, 3.

Erik and Heather (McDougall ’97) Melver welcomed daughter Saskia on June 22, just in time to join big sister Anika and her parents in their move to Hong Kong, where Erik teaches drama and Heather is a secondary education counselor. More details can be found at

Kevin and Marci (Voeller ’98) Bartholomae announce the birth of their son, Braden Charles, on Feb. 27. He joins big brother Caleb, 3. Kevin, who recently received his master’s degree in business administration from Seattle University, works at Microsoft as a senior product manager. Marci is a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tacoma General Hospital. They live in Sammamish, Wash.

Aaron and Jenny (Gotter ’99) Stewart welcomed their son Peter Samuel on July 7, 2006. He joins his big brother, Luke. Aaron is the executive minister at University Place Presbyterian Church. Jenny is a stay-at-home mom and works part-time as a vocational counselor for Strategic Consulting Services, Inc. They live in University Place, Wash.
Daemon and Kristi (Benson) Repp announce the birth of Mason Leonard on Feb. 14. He joins big brother Cameron, 3. Kristi is a stay-at-home mom and Daemon works at Genesee Investments in Bellevue. They moved from Renton to Kent, Wash., last year.

Amy (Rowley) Roth and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of daughter Piper Lynn on March 2. She joins Gavin, 2. Amy is a stay-at-home mother, and Jason is a cardiologist in the U.S. Army. They live in El Paso, where Jason is stationed at Fort Bliss.

Dee (Baker) Kelln and her husband, Dan, announce the birth of Constantine (Connor), on Jan. 10. A former elementary Montessori teacher, Dee is now a stay-at-home mother. Dan works in landscape construction. They live in Fall City, Wash.

Tami (Spencer) Brester and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed their son, Tristan David, on Oct. 25, 2006. Tami is a teacher in the West Linn-Wilsonville school district. They live in Beaverton, Ore.

Kenneth and Stephanie (Tuck ’96) Frisch announce the birth of Cassandra Mae on March 30. Kenny is establishing the football program with Cale Piland ’97 at the newest high school in Vancouver, Wash. He became a certified strength and conditioning coach and will teach sports development for Union High School. Stephanie started Blue Ocean Events, an event production company, and is launching Portland’s largest sustainable lifestyle show in March. You can learn about the Better Living Show at They live in Camas, Wash.

Kristy (Halverson) Bingham and her husband, Levi, announce the birth of Oscar Vaughn on Feb. 23. Kristy is a stay-at-home mom and Levi is a district manager for Starbucks Coffee.

Gregg Kuhlmann and his wife, Julie, welcomed their son, Benjamin Leonard, on Aug. 11, 2006. Gregg graduated from medical school in June and will begin his residency in family practice/sports medicine at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo.

John and Michelle (Pleny ’01) Eussen welcomed their son, Andrew Michael, on April 5, 2006. John is vice president of marketing for Wilkinson 1031. Michelle taught math and science at Wilson Middle School. She is now a stay-at-home mother and sells Sensaria bath and body products on the side. They live in Yakima.

Ricardo and Lucy (Barker) Char welcomed daughter Kaiya on Dec. 12, 2006. Ricardo is a deputy sheriff in Grant County, Wash., and Lucy is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Moses Lake.

Jennifer (Honigs) Hill and her husband, Thomas, welcomed Karissa Piper on Oct. 17, 2006. She joins brother Kevin Patrick, 3. Jennifer is a mammography care specialist at Inland Imaging in Spokane, and Thomas is a teacher.

Leyna (Oshiro) Okamura and her husband, Nathan, announce the birth of their daughter, Kelsie Sachie, on May 5. They live in Mililani, Hawaii.

Becca (Ehli) Miller and her husband, Rob, announce the birth of twins, Benjamin McKinnon and bigail Joy, on January 20. Becca is a kindergarten teacher at Mann Elementary School in Tacoma.

Gina (Visaya) Storlie and her husband, David, announce the birth of their first child, Vincent Porter, on March 15. Gina graduated from Gonzaga School of Law in 2006 and married David, her high school sweetheart, two weeks later. Adam ’01 and Lisa (Dahlgren ’01) Atkinson were in attendance. Gina and David live in Bellevue, Wash.

Renee (Ross) Watson and her husband, Kyle, announce the birth of Spencer David on Aug. 9, 2006. He joins his brother, Keegan, 2. They live in Auburn, Wash.

Floyd and Laura (Cobb) Bangerter announce the birth of their baby girl, Selena Mae, on March 10. Floyd is a chemistry teacher at Spanaway (Wash.) High School. Laura is a software developer with Visual Health Information in Tacoma.

Theresa (Spaulding) Handy and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their son, Aidan Michael, on July 15, 2006. Theresa is a stay-at-home mother and Michael is a production worker at  Atlas Foundry. They live in Tacoma.

In Memoriam

Lois (Morton) Madden on April 29.

Judi (Gerde) Jurgensen on Jan. 3.

Ruth (Enroth) Siverson on April 13.

Doris (Steiro) Hanson on April 2.

Jack Metcalf on March 15.

Ruth (Moe) Hazen on March 19.

John Buckner on March 10.

Velma (Kjelststad) Boyles in March.

Kenneth “Skip” Hartvigson on May 4.

Donald Topping on May 11.

E. Marie Fortier on April 4.

Linda Salter Sommer on Feb. 12.

Friends and Staff
Gladys Domser died April 26. She joined the food service staff in 1969 and retired in 1991. During her tenure at PLU, she worked primarily in the coffee shop. Anyone who wanted to have their spirits lifted just had to visit Gladys. She had an infectious laugh and a big heart, especially for students. Her hobbies included playing music, camping, fishing and traveling. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Betty Zieg French died June 12. Her education included Doane College in Crete, Neb., and St. Margaret’s House in Berkeley, Calif. In 1958, she married Dick French. Both worked at PLU. Dick was director of career planning and placement, and Betty worked in the library. Betty began her career in the circulation department and later became administrative assistant to the librarian and the library team. She retired in 1994. Surviving her are Dick and their children, Elizabeth French Truesdall (Joel) and Stephen French (Laura).