Class notes by Year: 1931, 1936, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 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, Future Lutes



Mildred Berven Gault taught for two years in Montana, two years in Ilwaco, Wash., one year in Eastern Washington and 30 years in the Clover Park School District in Tacoma. She has spent winters in Yuma, Ariz., and traveled to Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia.


Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


Jane (Overaa) Aveldson died Aug. 27. After receiving her degree in education from PLC, she pursued a career in teaching until starting a family with her husband, Ollie. She later worked for the Department of Social and Health Services, from which she retired. She enjoyed flower gardening and feeding wild birds. Jane was a member of Summit Methodist Church and the Spanaway Historical Society. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Cunningham, son, Dick Aveldson, two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.

Sigurd Sigurdson died Dec. 2. He was a Little All-American football player at PLC, an original Baltimore Colt, a marine during World War II, a bowling instructor, a longshoreman and, most important to him, a family man. Sig is survived by his wife of 65 years, Louise; his daughter, Rena; his grandsons, Keven and Kyle; and his great-grandchildren, Nolan and Addyson.


Class Representative – Lorna (Rogers) Greer


William Petersen died Aug. 8. After graduation from PLC, he served in the U. S. Navy as a radio technician on the minesweeper USS Swift, which was involved in the sweeping of the English Channel for the invasion of Normandy in 1944. When he returned to the states, he began his career with the Boy Scouts of America. He served the organization in Portland, Astoria and Medford, Ore., and in Vancouver, Spokane and Bremerton, Wash. He loved the outdoors and music, especially big band and jazz. During retirement, Bill was a busy volunteer in Medford, serving the Medford Planning Commission, Senior Services and Ascension Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mae, eight children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen


Wilbert Ericson visited all five parishes he had served in Japan in March 2006. At his home church, Wilbert conducts the English part of a monthly English/Spanish bilingual service.

John Korsmo died Nov. 15. Before coming to PLC, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After graduating with a degree in business, he started Korsmo Brothers Construction with his brother, Gordon. At one point, all five Korsmo brothers worked in the business, building many churches and schools along the I-5 corridor in Washington state. The business is still thriving as Korsmo Construction, run by his son John, Jr. He was active in his community and belonged to Lakewood Rotary, the Tacoma Elks, the Masons, and the Shriners for many years. He served on the board of the Tacoma Lutheran Home and was president of the Tacoma chapter of the Association of General Contractors. He and his wife of 54 years, Edna, were also active in the Steilacoom Historical Society. Edna preceded him in death. They had three children, John, Jr. ’84 and Lisa (Kind ’84) Korsmo, Marlene Haines and Avis (Bill) Bailey and ten grandchildren.

Maurice Turnbull died Dec.11. He received his master’s degree in education from Central Washington University and was an admired educator in several school districts, including Union Gap, Yakima and Clover Park in Washington. He retired in 1979 as the principal at Idlewild Elementary School in Lakewood, Wash. Maurice was a member of Lutheran Church of Christ the King in Tacoma and was on the board of King’s Manor, an assisted living community in Tacoma. He was an avid golfer, bowler, sports enthusiast and die-hard Seattle Mariners fan. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Steven. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Catherine; children Roger, Scott (Meg), Nancy (Russ) McCullough, and Laurie (Glenn) Tingkang; and nine grandchildren.


Class Representative – Dick Weathermon

Robert Baird died on July 6. He received his master’s degree from Purdue University in 1957. He served for 37 years in the military as a commander in the naval aviation division and retired in February 2006 from Nielsen Media Research. Bob was also a member of the Chemical Engineering Society, the U.S. Naval Association and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Englewood, Fla. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dolores; sons, Andrew and Robb; daughters, Marcia Schuur and Andrea Powner; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.


Walter and Jeanette (Foss ’54) Braafladt’s 50th wedding anniversary was on Aug. 26, although they celebrated with family and friends in Sedro-Wooley, Wash., on July 2. They met while they were both music majors at PLC and their love of music has continued to be a focal point in their lives. Walter sang in “Sangerfest” at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on June 30.

Robert Meineke died Nov. 14 in Fresno, Calif, with his wife of 54 years, Louise (Stephenson ’52), at his side. He graduated from Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Tacoma and was ordained in 1955. During his 34 years in the ministry, he organized three churches and served congregations in Arizona, Oregon, California, Nevada and Washington. He is survived by his wife, Louise, and their children, Diane, Lynn, Mary and Robert.

Edward Hildebrand died Nov. 14. He worked in various government positions, including clerk and treasurer of the Greater Juneau (Alaska) Borough and the City and Borough of Juneau. He loved outdoor activities, especially shooting and boating. Involved in many civic organizations, Edward was most proud of his 30-year involvement in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, which named him Auxiliarist of the Year in 1988 for Coast Guard Division I. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Venetta; his son, Steve ’77, and daughter-in-law, Christine (Baldwin ’77); his son Mark and daughter-in-law Vanessa; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was buried with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.


Thomas Zurfluh died Oct. 31. A World War II Army veteran, he served in Japan and in General MacArthur’s Honor Guard. After the war, Tom returned to Tacoma and completed his degree in education at PLC. He taught in University Place, Wash., for 17 years. During that time, he served as Curtis High School’s first basketball coach. He then transferred to the Steilacoom (Wash.) School District, where he worked as a teacher, principal and athletic director until his retirement in 1988. Tom was inducted into the Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame for his amateur softball career. He was an avid gardener, a charter member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and a member of the Tacoma Elks Lodge #174. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bonnie; children, Paul (Glenda), Patricia Fife, Thomas (Kelly), Timothy, Marianne (John) Russell, and David; and eight grandchildren. His daughter Sally Hale and granddaughter Sandra preceded him in death.


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


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa

William Finkle and his wife, Helen, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their three children and seven grandchildren.

James Lokken died Sept. 22. He received a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1959 and was ordained the same year. His first call was to a three-point parish in Barrett, Minn., Our Savior’s, Immanuel and Lincoln. In 1964, he moved to South Dakota and served as associate pastor at First Lutheran in Brookings for two years. In New York, he was an assistant editor for Lutheran Forum magazine from 1966-1968. He continued his editing and writing ministry with the Liturgical Conference (Washington, D.C., 1968-1972 and 1976-1978), the information department of the American Bible Society (New York, 1973-1975) and the Lutheran New Yorker (1975-1976). James was called into part-time ministry at St. Francis Lutheran in San Francisco. He retired in 1996. Over the years he was an active supporter of Lutherans Concerned, which he helped establish in 1974.


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

James and Ramona (Lofthus’53) Charlston took a Chuck Swindoll tour of Israel in May 2006. They live in Vancouver, Wash.


Class Representative – Marilyn (Hefty) Katz

Louise (Makay) Tucker lives in Battleground, Wash. She has been working on a third printing of her book of local historical photos and illustrations, originally published in 1984.


Class Representative – Don Cornell


Class Representative – Todd Penson


Class Representative – Marilu (Miller) Person


Class Representative – Ron Lerch

James Kuball died on Aug. 8. After graduating from PLU, he joined the Peace Corps for two years. During different times in his life, he worked for Ford Motor Company and was a teacher and realtor. He and former wife, Clarie (Syverson), had two children, Gregory and David.


Class Representative – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias

Timothy Forester, a consulting psychologist, recently retired from 35 years of clinical practice in Eugene, Ore. He was campus minister at San Francisico State University from 1964-70. He then taught on an Indian reservation in Montana for four years before teaching at the University of Oregon in 1976. He opened his private consulting firm in Eugene in 1977, where he consulted for the Veterans Administration and on European Association for Psychotherapy programs in Russia. He is now a metal sculptor specializing in bronze baptismal fonts, a hobby which began in 1968 with his first commission at University Lutheran, a chapel at Stanford

University. His work can be viewed at, or he can be contacted at He has led a life of political and social activism, involving himself in the Christian peace and justice movement, several non-profit organizations and the Episcopal Church. His wife, Susan, is a registered nurse. Their daughter, Sarah, is pursuing a doctorate in chemistry at the University of California-Davis. He would like to hear from any of his classmates.


Class Representative – Merl and Joan (Maier) Overland

Phyllis (Rhine) Hoover recently retired as professor of English at Glendale (Calif.) Community College. She and her husband, Cameron, enjoy travel and time with their daughter, Shayda, and son, Eric.

Matt Hemming died Oct. 21. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, retiring from the Keyport (Wash.) Naval Torpedo Station. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Agnes; his daughters, Ann (Mike) Hazel and Martha (Morry) Milsten; and four grandchildren. He loved his Lord, his family, his friends, Montana and the Lutes!

Johanna Geving died Aug. 22. She taught at Larchmont Elementary School in Tacoma. An avid gardener, she developed a nature area and kindergarten flower beds at the school, which were named in her honor. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Melvin, daughter C. Jean McCreary and granddaughter Mary McCreary. Surviving her are daughters Joan Merrill and Anita Wells, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – David Wytko


Class Representative – Frank Johnson


Class Representative – Craig Bjorklund


Jeanne Landdeck-Sisco and her husband, William Sisco, moved from Tucson, Ariz., to beautiful Ocean Shores, Wash. They love seeing old PLU friends and attending PLU concerts and KPLU events. Retirement is the best!


Class Representative – Bill Allen


Class Representative – Joe Hustad, Jr.

Margaret (Laursen) Dennis died Nov. 26. She was a compassionate and nurturing teacher, who specialized in K-12 students with learning disabilities. She instituted the Instructional Support Center at Tacoma Baptist Schools in 1999. A woman of strong faith, she enjoyed singing and playing the violin during worship. She also loved gardening, antique shopping for her 1908 farmhouse, vacationing in Hawaii, her family and life. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Patrick ’77, her son Nathaniel and his wife, Christi; her daughter Lydia Erdmann and son-in-law, Stephen; her daughter Hannah; and granddaughter Jillian.


Class Representative – Molly Stuen

Jim Melland is general manager in Grand Forks, N.D., for Sure Foot Corporation, one of the Midwest’s leading manufacturers and marketers of footwear accessories, shoe care and apparel to retailers throughout the United States and worldwide.


Class Representative – Karen (Wraalstad) Robbins

Jim Melland is general manager in Grand Forks, N.D., for Sure Foot Corporation, one of the Midwest’s leading manufacturers and marketers of footwear accessories, shoe care and apparel to retailers throughout the United States and worldwide.


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

Lee Kichen retired from the U.S. Army in 1997. He serves as a veterans’ service officer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Veterans Affairs regional office in St. Petersburg, Fla.


Class Representative – Helen Pohlig

Betty Jorgensen died Nov. 20. After graduating in nursing from PLU, she worked at the University Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. In 1980, she moved to Olympia, Wash., where she worked for Sound Home Care and led the effort to obtain Medicare certification for its hospice program, one of the first in the state to receive that recognition. After moving to Redmond, Wash., she became a certified hospice nurse for Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, where she spent ten wonderful years. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy, and brother, Paul. Betty is survived by her mother, Irene; her brother, Bob Jorgensen and his wife, Karin; her nieces, Allison and Katherine; and nephews Matt and Dan.


Class Representative – Gary Powell


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich


David Fitzpatrick works for Archstone Consulting, a strategy and operations management consulting firm, where he is a principal to the company’s West Coast strategy and operations practice. He is responsible for extending strategic service offerings in aerospace, automotive, defense and other high engineering content industries.


Class Representative – Dave and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Tallis Colberg is Alaska’s new attorney general. He served two terms on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly, and has been a lawyer and active community supporter in Palmer, Alaska.

John Zamberlin is the new head football coach at Idaho State University in Pocatello. John, a former NFL linebacker, was head coach at Central Washington University, where he compiled a 63-41 record and won back-to-back Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles in 2004 and 2005.


Class Representative – Drew Nelson


Class Representative – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

Elsie (Brevik) Bittner is a new funds development manager for Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics. She raises additional funds for the Volunteers’ no-charge primary care medical clinic in Port Angeles, Wash., which serves adults who have no health insurance or no other access to health care. Elsie has more than 20 years experience in social services and elder care.


Class Representative – Paul Collard


Class Representative – Dave Olson

Steve Ellersick finished his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Washington State University in 1983 and has been at Boeing ever since. He also earned a master’s degree in physics from the University of Washington. He has three daughters – Erica, a freshman at PLU, Anna, a high school junior, and Erin, an eighth-grader.


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Sean Parnell is Alaska’s new lieutenant governor. Working with Gov. Sarah Palin, he will work for a safer Alaska by both reducing gang violence in the cities and stemming youth suicide in the villages.

David Sperry has returned to work as a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines after a three-year furlough. During that time, he worked for one year as an Alaskan bush pilot for a small airline out of Fairbanks, Alaska, and for two years as a pilot for America West Airlines in Phoenix. He lives in Renton, Wash., with his wife, Lana, and their son, Tyler, 5, and commutes to Honolulu to fly around the Pacific.


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

Susan (Simpson) Wise is a remote senior pension administrator at Angell Pension Group of Providence, R.I. Her husband, Tim, is in his 21st year with the U.S. Postal Service. They have two children, Sarah and Andrew, who are both in high school. Sarah has been accepted for admission at PLU, joining her parents and grandmother, Lydia Wise ’68, as Lutes. They live in Parkland.


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Barth Merrill is the department head of family practice at the Bremerton (Wash.) Naval Hospital. He served for two years as the senior medical officer aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier, USS John C. Stennis.


Class Representative – Brenda Ray Scott

M.L. Richard Yip is the director of the new High Throughput Screening Program and an associate research scientist in the Division of Molecular Medicine as well as the Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Program at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif. He leads the City of Hope’s efforts in identifying molecules and natural products that have potential to be developed into cancer therapies.

Jai Tuttle is a veterinarian at Alf Animal Hospital in Port Angeles, Wash., working with both small and large animals.


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Beth Stewart is the head coach of the Kamiak High School girls’ soccer team in Mukilteo, Wash.

Diane Kelly married Jay Mayes on Aug. 29, 2005, in Victoria, B.C. Diane is a licensed mental health counselor. They live in Port Townsend, Wash.

Nancy (Andrew) Clark was promoted to adult services coordinator with Anchorage Municipal Libraries. She celebrated 14 years with AML in February. She welcomes e-mails at


Class Representative – Sean Neely

Lesley Pettigrew received a master’s degree in international affairs in June from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California-San Diego. She is the communications coordinator for the Center on Pacific Economies at UCSD. Her husband, Takato Imaizumi, is a biologist. They live in San Diego with their daughter, Elen Pettigrew, 7.

Doug Nelson is a recreation coordinator at The Centre at Norpoint in Tacoma. He has spent the past 12 years organizing fitness and wellness programs at the Northeast Tacoma community center, which is run by the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma.

Kevin Weberg is the principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Ellensburg, Wash.


Vesa Halme MBA ’93 married Karin Rinne-Halme on Aug. 19 in Helsinki, Finland. Vesa is a systems specialist with the National Board of Patents and Registration in Helsinki and Karin is an applications designer.

Eric Cultum is the principal at Lutacaga Elementary School in Othello, Wash.


Class Representative – Darcy (Pattee) Andrews

David Jacobson is an assistant principal at South Albany High School in Albany, Ore.

Steve Sporre released his first worship CD, “I’m Ready,” which is featured on iTunes. He is also a full-time worship pastor at Church! At Bethany in Beaverton, Ore.


Class Representative – Barbara (Murphy) Hesner

Drew Corrigan has been admitted into the partnership of KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm. Drew, a certified public accountant, provides audit services to health care clients in the Portland, Ore., area and is recruiting partner-in-charge for the firm’s Portland office.

David Ericksen, a deposit relationship manager for U.S. Bank in Eugene, Ore., received designation as a certified treasury professional. U.S. Bank honored David in 1998 with a Top Tier Award and in 2005 with an Annual Pinnacle Award as one of the top treasury management professionals in the company.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck


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

Jon Rubey married Jane True on July 1 at Summit View Convenant Church in Beaverton, Ore. Fellow Lutes in the groom’s party were Chris diCugno, Kurtis Bonar, Jeff Douglass ’93, Scott Thompson ’94, and Brad Christiansen ’96. Jon and Jane live in Beaverton, where Jon is a commercial real estate broker for Colliers International (working in the same office as Brad Christiansen) and Jane is the office manager for Mike Silva Evangelism.


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

Rita Wilson is a nurse manager in the intensive care and progressive care departments of Allenmore Hospital in Tacoma.

Christine Ann Haffey was promoted to major in the U.S. Army in November. She is working towards a graduate degree at North Dakota State University. On Aug. 27, she was maid of honor for her PLU friend and classmate, Robin (Meyers) Webster.

Andrew Nierman is a computer science professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.


Class Representatives – Andy and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Christine Nelson is the assistant coach for the Concordia University women’s basketball team in Portland, Ore. She coached the girls’ volleyball squad at Yelm (Wash.) High School for eight years.

Brad Smedley is the principal at Columbia Ridge Elementary School in Ephrata, Wash.

Mary Forslund is enrolled in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a registered nurse at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Her husband, Drew Williams, is a network administrator at Wasau Paper Corp. Oldest son Nick will graduate high school this year and will start at the University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh in the fall.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Lisa Patterson is the editor-in-chief of South Sound Home & Garden magazine.

Heidi Stout received a Rainmaker Award from the Daily Journal of Commerce in April 2006. She is a North American marketing manager for Colliers International. She lives in Happy Valley, Ore.

Mark Mariani is a family medicine physician with fellowship training in sports medicine at Multicare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center in Tacoma.

Alicia (Manley) Lawver is a communications specialist with the City of Tacoma. She recently spent time as the assistant local editor for the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Wash. She also wrote and edited a book of marriage proposal stories titled “Popping the Question, Seattle Style,” published by Emerson Robbins of the Seattle area engagement ring chain, E.E. Robbins. Alicia lives in Tacoma with her husband, Nathaniel, and their children, Abby, Eddie and Annora.


Erika Vestad married Quinten Bowman Dec. 2 in Yakima, Wash. Erika is a fourth grade teacher and Quinten is an intellectual property attorney. They live in Yakima.

Brian Norman has just been named co-director of the women’s studies program at Idaho State University, where he has been an assistant professor of English since 2004. His first scholarly monograph, “Addressing Division: The American Protest Essay and National Belonging,” is forthcoming from the State University of New York Press in fall 2007.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Aubrey Seffernick is an associate in the business department of Miller Nash LLP. Before joining the firm, she served as an extern for the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, U.S. District Court, in Seattle. She also worked as a legal assistant for the King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project. Aubrey earned her law degree summa cum laude from Seattle University.

Brandon and Britta (Hobbs ’01) Vrosh continue to live happily in Vancouver, Wash. Brandon is enjoying his position as sales manager for Shire Pharmaceuticals. Britta teaches choir at Covington Middle School and is director of choral music at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Bianca Lübeck married Wolfgang Gouterney Oct. 7 in Münster, Germany.

Katherine Maloney completed her doctorate in chemistry at Cornell University. She is conducting postdoctoral research in the field of marine natural products chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

Jordan Boley married Danielle Schepman ’04 on Feb. 5, 2005. They live in Tacoma. Jordan is an assistant manager for IKON office solutions, and Danielle is the choir director at Life Christian Academy in Tacoma.


Class Representative – Keith Pranghofer

Ashley Wilson married Jarad Reddekopp on Sept. 16. Ashley is a preschool instructor at Utah School for the Deaf in Salt Lake City and Jarad is a student. They live in Midvale, Utah.

Emily Cook is director of sales and marketing for King Oscar Motels & Convention Centers in Tacoma.

Brianna Mogan married Stephen Payne July 8, 2005, in Tacoma. PLU alumni in the wedding included Matt and Camille (Mesmer ’00) Vancil.

Carter Smithhart married Lisanna Seim ’02 on July 29 in a small, surprise wedding at Gasworks Park in Seattle. PLU alumni in attendance included Alan and Mary (Koch ’02) Davies, Mike Wendt, Brandon Bowman ’02, Desiree Henderson ’02 and Nick Dare ’02. Carter is an embedded software engineer for Boeing.

Katherine Koch married Ryan Knight April 29, 2006, in Fresno, Calif. Among the bridesmaids were Debbie Koch ’99 and Stacie (Lintvedt) Hanson. Katherine is a special education teacher at Washington Colony Elementary School in Fresno.

Teralyn Colbert married Steven Gabriel Aug. 12 on the beach in Lincoln City, Ore. The wedding party included fellow Lute Stacy Coulson. Teralyn received her master’s degree in social work from California State University in May 2006. Steve graduated from Willamette University in 2000 and received his master’s degree in computer science from Indiana University in 2004. Teralyn is a social worker for Vitas Healthcare Corporation and Steven is the lead computer programmer at Sennari in Los Angeles. They live in Long Beach, Calif.

Kristen Roddel married Thomas Steinle Aug. 5 at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, Calif. Julie (Renne) Miller was a bridesmaid and her husband, Gabe Miller, attended. Thomas’ sister, Katy (Steinle) Fernandez ’00, ’01 also attended. Kristen is a counselor in the Garden Grove Unified School District and Thomas is a high school teacher. They live in Santa Ana.

Ann Hogberg married Charles Johnson Oct. 20 in North Mankato, Minn. She is the assistant director for stewardship and donor recognition at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minn. Charles works in social services.


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Tiffany Stone married Timothy Cook on Dec. 17, 2005, in Ketchikan, Alaska. She manages the Wells Fargo Bank in Wrangell, Alaska. In September, she participated in the Young Professional Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska nominated her for this honor.

Branden Durst was elected to the Idaho State House of Representatives on Nov. 7. He married his wife, Jaime, on July 2 at Fair Harbor Marina in Grapeview, Wash., and has two sons, Nicholas, 4, and Broden, 2.

Mike Petorak married Lisa Sims on Aug. 26 at Lakewold Gardens Estate in Lakewood, Wash. They honeymooned in Egypt and Greece. They were included in the book “Popping the Question, Seattle Style” (p. 94, “Magic Fountain”) by Emerson Robbins. Lisa is a management analyst for a local city government and Mike is a team lead on an inpatient electronic medical record project at Multicare in Tacoma. They live in Spanaway, Wash.

G. Mark Griffith married Heather Russell on Aug. 4 in Bellevue, Iowa. Ethan Hulme served as best man and Nick Sontag and Andrew Griffith were groomsmen. Rebecca Summerer, Tiffany Russell, and Stephanie Morrison were bridesmaids. Mark is in his final year at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and is seeking ordination in the ELCA. Heather works in the Wartburg Library.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Judie Martin is an SAP human resource consultant with Axon Global in New York. Axon is a global SAP business transformation consultancy that designs, implements and supports solutions using SAP as their strategic enterprise platform. She lives in Darien, Conn.

Susan Carnine married Robert Hecker on Sept. 2 in Tumwater, Wash. Alumni in the wedding party included Molly (Baugh) Rothlisberger and Aaron Henderson ’02. In attendance were Andy Sternard, Betsy Bichsel, Tim Rothlisberger ’02, Johannes ’02 and Stacy (Marshall ’02) von Alvensleben, Eric Hessler ’04, Emily Brown ’04, and Tammy Lynn Schaps ’04. Susan will complete medical school at the University of Washington this spring and is applying for a residency in internal medicine. Robert is an EMT and emergency room technician and will apply to paramedic school in the fall.

Frances Skeete owns Washington Laundromat LLC. She works at Microsoft as an immigration paralegal.

Kyle Mach completed his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a certificate in business and public policy from the Wharton School. He has since joined the litigation group of the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP. In August he will take a one-year leave to serve as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Ronald Gould, a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Kyle lives in New York City.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

John Dodge teaches and directs bands at a middle school in Florence, Ore.

Jessica Prest married Lawarnce “Eddie” Smiddy on July 31 in Thessaloniki, Greece. In attendance were Promise (Warren) Tachtevrenidou and her husband, Kosta Tachtevrenidis ’02. Jessica is a student and works at Starbucks. Eddie is a radiologic technologist at Group Health Cooperative. They live in Bellevue, Wash.

Aaron Dennis finished an internship for UNESCO (United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization) in Beijing, China, in December. He spent January assisting Greg Guldin with his class in contemporary Chinese cultures and is now an adjunct scholar of an anthropological research center at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Michael Henson is studying in a master’s program in strategic leadership toward sustainability at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. This brand new, one-of-a-kind program brings together sustainability colleagues from all over the world to share tools and visions for a sustainable society. He is completing his thesis on sustainability in higher education and plans to work in that field after completing the program in 2007.

Genevieve O’Keath married Aaron Bekkerus on Sept. 10 in Seattle. Genevieve works for Washington Mutual and Aaron is a project manager. They live in Des Moines, Wash.

Leeju Saechang, an international marketing coordinator for Brown & Haley, was named employee of the month in November.

James McCullough married Ivy Jill Lacadin on Oct. 28 in Bellingham, Wash. James has a sales position with Lyndale Glass in Bellingham.

Shella Biallas has served the Peace Corps in a Mayan village of 300 people in Belize since June, advising small business projects and teaching technology and business at the primary school. She is working in the Masters International Program, which enables her to earn a master’s degree through a combination of classes and her Peace Corps experience. She spent last year working on a master’s in public administration at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington in Seattle. After she completes her commitment to Peace Corps in August 2008, she will return to Seattle to finish work on her degree, which will be based on her experience in Belize.


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

Mary Bartlett is a staff accountant in the general practice group of Peterson Sullivan PLLC in Seattle.

Heather Niemi completed her master’s degree in education with teacher certification in August. She teaches sixth grade at Southworth Elementary School in Yelm, Wash. She lives in Roy.

Andrew Palmquist is a first-year graduate student at the University of Maryland, working towards a doctorate in modern European history.

Jeanine Dryver married Joseph Griek Aug. 6, 2005, at the Cutting Garden in Sequim, Wash. Alumni in the wedding included Jacob Henderson, Garrett Luettgen, Rosie Daniel, Cadie Dornath, Julie Smith, Sean Smith ’04, and Forrest Griek ’00,’02. After the wedding, they moved to the Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik, Alaska, where they were schoolteachers. They now live in Fairbanks where Joe is pursuing a master’s degree in guidance counseling at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Jeanine is teaching sixth grade.


Class Representative – Jenna Steffenson


Future Lutes


Tim Rundquist and his wife, Heather, announce the birth of their daughter Fiona on July 13. She joins Rosemary, 6, and Benjamin, 2. Tim has published his fourth book, “Otter Tail Review, Volume Two,” a collection of regional literature from rural Minnesota. Tim is also the author of two novels, “50,000 Watts of Jazz from Fargo” and “How Heavy Is the Mountain,” as well as the first “Otter Tail Review” anthology. They live in Fergus Falls, Minn., where Tim is an attorney and legal editor, and Heather works for Lake Region Healthcare Corporation.


Kirsten Tonning is proud to announce the birth of her son and future Lute, Per-Christian Tonning Choe, on Feb. 26, 2006. Kirsten was a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines for 18 years and is now a nanny, which allows her to spend a lot of time enjoying motherhood!

Marie Gettel-Gilmartin and her husband, Michael Gettel-Gilmartin, announce the birth of Nicholas David on Sept. 4. He joins Christopher, 10, and Kieran, 3. Marie is the Northwest regional publications manager for CH2M Hill.


Dan Cheek and his wife, Suzanne Razaq, announce the birth of Zara Grace on Aug. 12. Dan is a director with a real estate brokerage firm in Columbia, Md. Suzanne is a stay-at-home mom.


Julie (Zuydhoek) Nicholas and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of their son, Alexander James, on June 2. He joins his brother, Joshua, 2. Julie is a study coordinator and research nurse with the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. Paul is a chief engineer with Clise Properties. They live in Ballard.

Angela (Sayler) Rutherford and her husband, Jace, announce the birth of their son Austin Lee. He joins brothers Jacob, 5, Cole, 3, and Tyson, 2. Angie stays at home with the four boys, and Jace works for Bakers Life and Casualty as a unit sales manager.

Sven Nilsen and his wife, Michelle, announce the birth of Aislinn Grace on Aug. 7. They live in Lynden, Wash.


Jeff and Stephanie (Lund ’95) Miller announce the birth of their son, Jacob, on Nov. 20. Jeff is a vice principal at Northstar Elementary School and Stephanie is an environmental planner for Parametrix. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Nicole (Fernald) Hatch and her husband, Kurt, announce the birth of Faeryn Renee on Sept. 26. She joins big sister Amandari Elizabeth. Nicole is a stay-at-home mom, while Kurt is an elementary school principal in University Place, Wash. They live in Puyallup, Wash.


Bjorn Larsen announces the birth of his son Philip Berdin on Nov. 5. He joins Christian, 3.

Ryan and Leisl (Floor) Brown announce the birth of their fourth child, Quinn Derek, on April 10, 2006. He joins Collin, 5, Annalisa, 3, and Larson, 2. Ryan is a sales manger with Alliance Packaging. Liesl is staying home to take care of the kids. They live in Sammamish, Wash.


Aaron and Julie (Hankel ’96) Christian announce the birth of their son, Evan Atticus, on July 17. Aaron is the head women’s basketball coach at Concordia University in Portland, Ore. Julie is taking the year off from teaching English at Hockinson High School to stay home with Evan.

Valerie (Wawrzycki) McKean and her husband, Kevin, welcomed a beautiful baby girl on Nov. 21, 2005. Her name is Lillian Rose, but they call her Lily. Valerie works part time at Visions Espresso. Kevin is a firefighter with the city of Bellevue. They live in West Seattle.


John and Erika (Hedeen ’99) Aiken welcomed Samuel Joseph on Nov. 8, 2005. John is a biology teacher and head wrestling coach at Auburn High School. Erika is taking the year off from teaching second grade to be home with Sam.


Robert Peebles and his wife, Sarah, announce the birth of Elizabeth Grace on June 8. Robert is a financial consultant with D.A. Davidson & Co. They live in Wenatchee, Wash.

Morten Evensen and his wife, Laura, announce the birth of daughter Sophia on Nov. 18. They live in New York City.

David and Dakota (Iverson ’00) Krueger announce the birth of their daughter, Claire Elizabeth, on Sept. 5. They live in Issaquah, Wash.


Jennifer (Richards) Kerr and her husband, Avery, welcomed their son, Brandon, on Oct. 21, 2005. Jennifer is a registered nurse at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Ore., and Avery is a sergeant in the Oregon National Guard. They live in Cornelius, Ore.

Matt Crouthamel and his wife, Brenda, announce the birth of their son, Josiah, in May 2006. They live in Seattle, where Matt is a surgical resident at the University of Washington.


Nichole (Hammond) and Brian ’98 Berkenhoff announce the birth of Madelyn Grace on Sept. 7. She joins her big sister, Sophia, 2. They live in Snohomish, Wash.

Brad Powell and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of their daughter, Milica, on Feb. 17, 2006. They live in Pueblo, Colo., where Brad is the rector of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church.

Katrina (Richardson) Butler and her husband, Scott, welcomed their daughter, Alexis Joy, on Feb. 17, 2006. She was nine weeks premature and weighed only 2 pounds, 11 ounces, but is now completely healthy. Her godparents are Erika (Richardson) Valdiva ’97 and her husband, Luis.

Monica (Drew) Kubicz and her husband, William, announce the birth of Logan Alexander on Oct. 2. He joins his proud big brother, Will, 3. They live in Germany, where William is a sergeant in the U.S. Army.


Wajiha Mahboob and her husband, Farrukh Nizar, welcomed Nishat Ali Nizar on Jan. 1, 2006.