Class notes by Year:1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 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


Class Representative – Volly (Norby) Grande


Marian (Kohler) Good died May 11. After college, she began her teaching career in Trout Lake, Wash., where she met Ken Good. They were married in 1939. She taught for many years in Oregon schools before retiring in 1977. Marian was an active member of McMinnville First Presbyterian Church and Oregon Retired Educators. She enjoyed oil painting, knitting, writing and traveling with Ken in their RV. Surviving Marian are Ken, her husband of 68 years; her son, Donald; her daughter, Marilyn Enger; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Luella Toso Johnson


Norma (Johnson) Deyton died Aug. 13. After graduation from PLC, she taught school for one year before marrying and taking time to raise her family in Lakewood, Wash. She resumed her career in 1960 and taught kindergarten for 17 years in the Clover Park School District. Over the past 66 years, she enjoyed staying in touch with wonderful PLC friends. Norma was a member of Oberlin Congregational Church in Steilacoom, Wash. Her husband of 50 years, Tom, preceded her in death. Surviving are her daughters, Karen (Deyton ’66) Colleran, Marilyn George, Cheri (Deyton ’70) Arkell, and Debi Cunningham-Viert; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandsons.


Class Representative – Lorna (Rogers) Greer


Class Representative – Annabelle Birkestol

Emma Foss has certainly lived PLU’s mission of service throughout her life. After graduating from high school as valedictorian, she received a full college scholarship from the American Lutheran Church and attended the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. When the depression hit, Lutherans set up new agencies and needed social workers. After receiving her associate’s degree from the University of Washington, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree from PLC. Her first job was at Associated Lutheran Welfare in Seattle, working with adoptions. Later she worked for Lutheran Welfare of Pierce County, bringing refugees from DP (Displaced Persons) camps in Germany and helping them find jobs and housing. Emma also worked for a time at Associated Lutheran Service in Minneapolis. When she later married and had children, she worked for many years as a school social worker for Minneapolis Schools. Her last assignment was working with the mentally retarded and handicapped, which she found to be the most rewarding. Emma has been retired since 1985 and has done volunteer social work. She now lives in a four-generation household. At 85, she is the oldest; the youngest is her great-grandchild, Arieanna. She would love to get in touch with fellow classmates. E-mail her at


Class Representative – Gerald Lider


Class Representative – Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen

Telma (Metzger) Heuchert died April 22. She started her teaching career in Dubuque, Iowa, where her husband, Joseph ’48, was a minister. After living in several Midwestern states, Telma and Joseph moved in 1964 to Portland, Ore., where Telma taught in the David Douglas School District from 1966 to 1982. During this time, she was also very active at St. Paul Lutheran Church as an organist and choir director. In 1969, Telma was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and by 1976 she required a wheelchair for mobility. After retiring in 1982, she continued teaching students as a tutor and was very active in Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, conducting bible study classes. Upon moving into Milwaukie (Ore.) Convalescent Center in 2000, she really began to blossom. At MCC, she started a bible study, organized a group of residents in singing songs of faith, and served as an advocate for the residents. Surviving Telma are Joseph, her husband of almost 60 years; her sons, Joe and Rudy; her daughter, Milcia Helm; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Alice (Stewart) Miller died May 6. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at the University of Washington in 1956. For three months in 1951, she attended the Heatherley School of Art in London, where she received instruction in oil portrait painting. Since 1956, she painted and sold many oil portraits. Alice began her teaching career in 1942 in Windham, Mont., and completed it at Jane Addams Junior High School in Seattle in 1981. She loved helping her students experience the joy of learning. She is survived by her husband of nearly 53 years, Rodman; her sons, Michael (Pamela Torgerson) and Paul (Carol); her daughter, Kathleen (Beverly Ponikvar); and two grandchildren.


Class Representative – Richard Weathermon


Ruth (Holle) Collard died June 25. She attended Pacific Lutheran College, Walla Walla (Wash.) College and Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Before marrying Rev. Ernest Collard ’48 in 1952, she taught elementary school for two years. Ruth and Ernest served the following Lutheran congregations: Good Hope, Gifford, Idaho; Peace, Tacoma, Our Savior, Issaquah, Wash.; St. Paul, Quincy, Wash.; and Zion, Fairfield, Wash. In retirement, they were members of Grace Lutheran in Wenatchee, Wash. Ruth lived her faith her whole life. Preceding her in death was an infant son in 1957. Surviving her are Ernest, her husband of 55 years; two children, Paul Collard ’82 and Julie Thaemert; and four grandchildren: Dan and Erika Collard, and Heidi and Robin Thaemert.


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


Bill Utzinger died July 3. After graduation from PLC, he moved to San Francisco, where he began his long and successful banking career at Wells Fargo before joining Sonoma County Exchange Bank in 1986. Bill had a passion for history, art, a good read, sailboats and wine. He was devoted to his family, and he was generous and committed to helping the larger world community. Surviving him are his wife, Kim, and his brother, John Utzinger. He was a loving uncle to Andrea, Marika, Rowan, Willow and Danian. Bill’s father was former PLU faculty member Vernon Utzinger.

Harry Hobbs died May 29. Before attending PLC, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After college, he taught elementary school in Tacoma and Vancouver, Wash. In 1963, he moved with his family to California, where he continued to teach in the Oakland Unified School District. In 1969, he received his Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Harry retired from a 35-year teaching career in 1988. He and his wife, Eleanor, shared a passion for travel and exploration and spent their retirement driving through the United States and parts of Canada in their 36-foot R.V., logging 9,800 miles. He is remembered as a godly man with a great passion for learning. Surviving him are Eleanor, wife of 58 years; their children, Noreen, Mark and Debra; daughter-in-law Barbara and son-in-law Salvador; and eight grandchildren.


Class Representative – Phyllis (Grahn) Pejsa


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

Kay (Jerstad) Morton died Dec. 9, 2006. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002, and lived at home until August 2006. She had her nurse’s training at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore., and last worked as a public health nurse in Oregon. She leaves her husband, Stew ’56; and two children, Paul and Susan.


Class Representative – Marilyn (Hefty) Katz

Bob and Willy (Anderson ’59) Stuhlmiller celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June at Vinland Lutheran Church in Poulsbo, Wash. For the occasion, their children and in-laws brought together friends and relatives – some they had not seen since their wedding. Bob and Willy live in Kingston, Wash., and are enjoying their 21 grandchildren.

Virginia Prochnow was honored this year by Central Lutheran Church in Yakima, Wash., for her 50 years of service as organist. She also formed the Handbell Choir at the church in 1981. Virginia continues to play at regular worship services.


Class Representative – Don Cornell


Class Representative – Todd Penson


Class Representative – Marilu (Miller) Person


Class Representative – Ron Lerch

Coralyn Brandt Dahl recently completed her term as governor of the Minnesota-Dakotas district of Kiwanis International. She and her husband, Orin ’62, are retired university professors. Coralyn taught at Indiana State University, South Dakota State University, where she was director of the writing center, and St. Cloud State University. She also retired as director of development for the St. Cloud University Foundation. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

Roger Lundblad is still in Chapel Hill, N.C., and works as a writer and consultant in biotechnology. He is also an adjunct professor of pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His most recent book is “Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Compendium,” which was published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, Fla., in June 2007. This follows the publication of “The Evolution of Protein Chemistry to Proteomics” in 2005 and “Chemical Reagents for Modification of Proteins” in 2004. Roger says, “for those with trouble falling asleep at night, these books are in the Mortvedt Library.”


Class Representatives – Leo Eliason and Dixie (Likkel) Matthias


Class Representatives – Merl and Joan (Maier) Overland


Gerald Sundby died July 31. He served in the Air Force during World War II before coming to PLU. He also studied at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. After ordination as a pastor in the American Lutheran Church, he served as a missionary in Brazil for four years. He was a pastor at churches in Seward, Alaska, and Soap Lake, Wash., and a chaplain at Bethany Home in Everett for 15 years. Jerry loved public speaking and was a member of Toastmasters International for over 40 years. He won several humorous speech contests. He also enjoyed classic cars and was an accomplished carpenter. Surviving him are his wife of 53 years, Nancy; his children, Susan (Steve) VanDlac, Rosalie (Rick) Searles, Steven and Robert; and seven grandchildren.


Class Representative – David Wytko

Karen (Mansen) Carlson died April 26. She taught in the Tacoma and Peninsula school districts and directed church choirs at several churches in the Tacoma area. She leaves behind a legacy of service and ministry from which many have benefited. Her son, David, preceded Karen in death. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Larry; her daughter, Ann Marie Carlson; her mother Charl Blackwood; two brothers and a sister.


Class Representative – Frank Johnson

Paul Swanson retired as bishop of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Aug. 1. He was elected in May 1987 and served for 20 years in that position. Previous ministries were as pastor of First Lutheran Church in Anaconda, Mont., (1970-76) and King of Kings Lutheran Church in Milwaukie, Ore., (1976-84). He served as assistant to the bishop for the Pacific Northwest Synod of the Lutheran Church in America from 1984-87. Paul’s wife, Mary (Greene ’67), retired in January from serving as an elementary school secretary for 28 years in the North Clackamas (Ore.) School District. Paul and Mary are parents of two PLU graduates, Kristen Paschall ’94, an elementary school teacher in Milwaukie, Ore., and Karlynn Swanson’96, a physical therapist at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Their son, Jon, is a high school teacher near Omaha, Neb. They enjoy the gift of four grandchildren and live in the Clackamas, Ore., area.


Class Representative – Craig Bjorklund

Becky (Olson) Evans and her husband, Drake, took a world cruise from the Arctic to Antarctica with Norwegian Coastal Voyage, celebrating their 40th anniversary two years early. They visited 17 countries and 44 ports of call and spent three days in Antarctica. They live in Bremerton, Wash.


Class Representative – Rick Nelson


Class Representative – Bill Allen


Class Representative – Joe Hustad, Jr.


Class Representative – Molly Stuen


Class Representative – Karen (Wraalstad) Robbins


Class Representative – Dave Johnson

Ron Carlson has a new job as pastor to men at Cedar Mill Bible Church in Portland, Ore., after 28 years as sports anchor for Portland’s KATU Channel 2.

Lynnette Munson Browder retired in May after 31 years of teaching elementary school. She and her husband, Steve Browder ’72, celebrated with a retirement party that included Linda Nunn Svaren ’72 and Arne Ness ’72 as guests. The Browders then spent two weeks touring Costa Rica. Steve continues to teach biology at Franklin College in Franklin, Ind., where he serves as division chair and also holds an endowed chair. Lynette plans to substitute teach and catch up on many neglected projects. Their daughter, Erin, is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina, and their son, Adam, works at a local bank.

Thomas Heavey retired in November 2006 from the Washington State Employment Security Department after 29 years of service. Having been on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve more than 50 percent of the time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he returned to fulltime Coast Guard service as the administrative chief for a new USCG unit being established at Bangor, Wash. In the immediate unit, he serves with two recent PLU graduates, Marine Science Technician Nels Flesher ’06 and Boatswain’s Mate Aaron Highlands ’06. He also works with Chaplain (Commander) John Swanson ’80 and Captain Dan Neptun ’74.

Albert Goins died July 14. Honorably serving his country as a decorated veteran of three wars, Al enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944. He had served 26 years when he retired from active duty as a chief master sergeant (E-9) at McChord Air Force Base in November 1970. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from PLU, and after three years’ tenure as an adjunct professor at Fort Steilacoom Community College, Al spent the next decade working as a computer systems analyst within various Washington state government agencies. Al retired in 1985, easily shifting into a life of travel and exploration with his wife, Gloria. Besides his family, Al’s lifelong passions included reading, photography and fishing. Later in life he developed a skill in woodworking, which benefited his home church of 40 years, Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Tacoma. Surviving Albert are his wife of 51 years, Gloria; sons Joseph, Nicholas and James; daughters Maria Hilger, Patricia Porter and Michele Goins; and seven grandchildren.


Class Representative – Helen Pohlig

Adrian Kalil retired after more than 30 years in health care. For the last 25 years, he practiced anesthesia with Kaiser Permanente in Oregon. During his career, he also taught clinical and academic anesthesia and published several research papers, as well as authored a hospital-wide policy on Code 99 response. Adrian is now pursuing his passion for art and has two upcoming solo shows of photographs in Portland, Ore.

Robert Hary died May 28. In 1958, Bob became an officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force. His career involved missions flying WB-47’s all over the world, including the North Pole. He also flew AC-130 Spectre gun ships in the Vietnam War, for which he received four distinguished flying crosses and numerous other medals of honor. In 1975, Bob received his master’s degree in human relationships at PLU, and in 1979, he retired from McChord AFB after 20 years in the Air Force. He moved to Marrowstone Island, Wash., where he lived for 29 years, six of which he served as a guard and courier at the nearby Naval Magazine on Indian Island. For the past 17 years, Bob was active in his church, and started the rosary makers group – he alone made 65,000 rosaries, which were sent all over the world. Surviving him are his wife of 42 years, Sarah (Sally); his daughter, Alice (Allie) Marie; and his son-in-law, Michael Miller.


Class Representative – Gary Powell

Ron Speck is the new co-director of elementary education for Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Oregon.


Class Representatives – Leigh Erie and Joan (Nelson) Mattich

Curt and Jan (Coke ’79) Egge celebrated 30 years of marriage on June 26. Jan recently published her first book, Bullets in My Bed – Surviving a Law Enforcement Marriage.


Class Representative – Dave and Teresa (Hausken) Sharkey

Beth (Coughlin) Zier received a master’s degree in counseling from Liberty University in Virginia on May 19. She is opening a private practice to offer individual counseling for women. She also participated in the Breast Cancer Three-Day Walk (60 miles) in September as a way of celebrating five years following her breast cancer diagnosis. Beth is married to Mark Zier, who is on the pastoral staff at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Puyallup, Wash. They have two sons: Brian, who is a sophomore at Eastern Washington University studying computer programming; and Jacob, who is a junior at Cascade Christian High School in Puyallup.


Class Representative – Drew Nelson

Debra (Kristensen) Anderson received an award from the World Health Organization in Geneva for her involvement with the development of vaccine vial monitors. These monitors insure that vaccines are not damaged by heat. This process has saved annually around $5 million worth of vaccines and has facilitated the immunization outreach program. Debra is the senior technical officer of PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health). She received additional recognition in Washington, D.C., in June.

Julie (Rosin) Thorsness has moved to Comprehensive Cancer Planning for the State of Alaska, after eight years as the executive director of Hospice of Anchorage. She will promote collaborative work within the field of cancer (prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, palliative and hospice care).

Dale Hoagland died May 22. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Army, including service in the Korean and Vietnam wars. After retiring from the Army, he was superintendent of the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, Wash., for 10 years. A volunteer with the American Red Cross, he served in 12 disaster relief operations, acting as primary coordinator on several of them. His survivors include his daughters, Christine O’Donnell, Robin Sikes, Judy Sikes and Sandy Malone; his sons, Terry and Steve; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Class Representative – Dean and Susan (Lee) Phillips

Julian Whitley is the senior manager of Enterprise Computing Security for all IDS (intrusion detection systems) government programs within the Boeing Company. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after 30 years in the United States Air Force and has completed one year toward a Ph.D. in Sociology at Ohio State University. He and his wife, Kyla, live in Enumclaw, Wash.

Melissa (Majar) Lamoreaux moved from Los Alamos, N.M., to Guilford, Conn. Her husband, Steve, accepted a professorship in the physics department at Yale University.


Class Representative – Paul Collard

Tom Balerud has spent the last 18 years in a law firm, rising to the level of partner. He is especially pleased to announce that he has recently opened his own practice in Tacoma, focusing on complex personal injury litigation and criminal defense. Tom also coaches his kids’ various sports teams.


Class Representative – Dave Olson


Class Representative – Mark Christofferson

Tom Layson has returned home to Puyallup, Wash., from the New York/New Jersey area. After 22 years in T.V. news, he is launching New Media Solutions and is producing a show on Comcast On Demand. His wife, Shari, works at her brother’s dental practice and the two Layson boys attend Cascade Christian High School.


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

Charles Kastner has written his first book, “The Bunion Derby: The1928 Footrace Across America,” published by the University of New Mexico Press in October. It covers a race that started in Los Angeles on March 4, 1928, and ended 84 days later in New York City. Having faced grueling conditions, only 55 of the 199 runners made it to the finish. Featured on the cover is Eddie “The Sheik” Gardner, an African American runner from Seattle who had the added burden of facing daily death threats and a hail of racial slurs from irate white southerners as he raced across the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, and Missouri on Route 66.


Class Representative – Stacey (Kindred) Hesterly

Diana Archibald was awarded sabbatical leave for the 2007-2008 school year from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. During her sabbatical, she is revising and expanding her grandmother’s memoir: a story that begins in Sweden and Norway and follows the family history until the 1960s. Diana spent last summer retracing her family’s migration within the U.S., and she plans to visit Scandinavia next summer.

Frank Hewins became the new superintendent of the Franklin Pierce School District in Tacoma on July 1. He had been the district’s assistant superintendent since 1988. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Olympia, Wash.


Class Representative – Darren Hamby

Darren Hamby has been promoted to vice president for human resources at Zymogenetics in Seattle.


Class Representative – Brenda Ray Scott


Class Representative – Lisa (Hussey) Ferraro

Whitney Keyes is the executive producer and co-host of a new T.V. show on the Web called “I’m so glad I was in the ComArts Department at PLU,” she says. She attributes the success of her show to three of her communications and journalism professors (Cliff Rowe, Christopher “Kit” Spicer and Kirk Isakson), and her theater professor, Bill Becvar. “In their own ways, they all helped me to develop the necessary technical skills, tap into my creativity and build upon my communication strengths. They also have given me an incredible amount of encouragement and support along the way – in and out of school.”

Tim Parker received the 2007 BP Teacher of the Year award for Fairbanks, Alaska, where he has taught for 10 years. He teaches journalism and English at Lathrop High School.


Class Representatives – Sean Neely

Robyn Wells McDonnell completed a 2007 summer concert tour, which included 21 classical piano performances in eight states. She also recently released her fifth CD recording, “Hymns, Songs, and Spirituals.” Her previous CDs include “A Grand Adventure,” “A Grand Italian Adventure,” “A Grand French Adventure,” and “A Grand American Adventure.” Robyn married Mark McDonnell, an electrical engineer with Hewlett-Packard, in November 2003. She is an adjunct member of the piano faculty at Albertson College in Caldwell, Idaho, and also maintains a private studio of 25 students. She and Mark live in Meridian, Idaho. Visit for more information.

Rita Swanson retired in September and moved to Southern California, where her husband, former PLU faculty member David Swanson, accepted a full professorship in sociology at the University of California, Riverside.

Kristine Crawford is a vice president and private banking officer at Columbia Bank in Tacoma. She is also on the audit committee of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Christine has over 25 years of financial services experience.


Rhonda Haeffele married Timothy Sobie August 19 in Tacoma. They recently renovated a historical building in Tacoma’s Stadium District to create a practice site for Alliant Continuum Care: Physical Therapy, Integral Medicine & Urban Retreat Center. Rhonda has a master’s degree in spirituality from Seattle University, and Tim is a practicing physical therapist, Feldenkrais practioner, and doctoral student in psycho-physiology.

Candace Conte is a U.S. Navy reservist serving in Kuwait.


Class Representative – Darcy (Pattee) Andrews


Class Representative – Barbara (Murphy) Hesner

Kari Anderson is the director of development at The Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver.

Peter McDougal is the assistant principal at Inza Wood Middle School in Wilsonville, Ore. He was an assistant principal at Wilsonville High School for five years before coming to Inza Wood. Peter is also working on a doctorate degree in education from the University of Oregon.


Class Representative – Dan Lysne and Catherine (Overland) Hauck

Marla Brady is the administrator for service excellence and chief medical officer/operations at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Wash. She is also on the board of directors for Leadership Kitsap, a local program for the development of community leaders.


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

Tammy (Huynh) Manilag has been a mask designer for 12 years. Although she finds it difficult work, she enjoys it. She also enjoys attending the Chinese Free Methodist Church in the Portland, Ore., area. Last year, she vacationed with Crystal Donahue ’95 and Tasha Woodward ’97 on the Oregon coast, where she indulged in her favorite hobby, photography.

Marc Ostlie-Olson graduated May 27 with a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn. Marc was awarded the Graduate Preaching Fellowship, funding a year of overseas study related to homiletics. He and his family (wife Kathryn, and sons Dane, 11, and Sigurd , 8) will be in Tanzania, East Africa, until March of 2008, followed by three months in Israel and Palestine. Upon returning to the United States in June, Marc will pursue a call to ordained ministry in the ELCA.

Siri Quigley received her juris doctorate degree from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore., in 2004. She moved back to Washington in late 2005 and passed the Washington State Bar in early 2006. Siri has since opened her own law practice (Law Office of Siri Quigley, P.S.) in Seattle, where she focuses on estate planning and probate.


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

Chuck Inman moved to Waikiki, Hawaii, two years ago and has his own business as a personal trainer. He has been an avid surfer for 18 years and in March 2006, Chuck learned how to tandem surf. He entered the Dukes World championship contest in Waikiki in August 2006, and placed fifth. This past August, he and his surfing partner took second place in the Dukes World championships. They are participating in the tandem surfing world tour in Australia, California and Spain. Find out more at

Farah Hussain married Daniel Ardmore July 1, 2006, in Eatonville, Wash. They live in Spanaway, Wash.

Lisa Balmes is co-owner of Chris Balmes Properties, which was honored by the Portland (Ore.) Business Journal on Aug. 6 as a top real estate firm.


Class Representatives – Andy and Stephanie (Merle) Tomlinson

Mark Brannfors accepted a new position with Cutter Buck in Seattle, Wash., as their senior windows domain administrator. He previously worked at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash., as the IT operations manager. This new position will allow Mark to refocus his energies on his true interests of server/application support, design and implementation. It will also allow him to spend more free time with his wife, Sandra.

Jeremie Lipton is an attorney with Cairncross & Hempelmann in Seattle.


Class Representative – Shannon (Herlocker) Stewart

Alcides de Oliveira received a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles, in June. He was a double major, receiving a degree as a clinical nurse specialist and a nurse practitioner in gerontology.


Class Representative – Julie (Johnston) Bulow von Dennewitz

Sandra Jeppesen and Joel Bowyer were married July 27 on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Hilton Waikoloa. Many family and friends joined them for the event. There was also a Seattle reception in Kirkland, Wash., on Aug. 11, which Shannon (Aamodt) Reynolds, Charity (Campos) Moore and Shannon Finsand ’98 attended. Sandra is a registered nurse in the Harborview Medical Center emergency department. Joel is a merchandiser for sporting goods. They live in North Seattle.

Sanjay Robert is a regional (Northwest) sales manager for Array Networks, Inc., in Seattle. His wife, Linda, cares for their son, Ravi Robert, 3, at home.


Class Representative – Ashley Orr

Lauren Woodside earned a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington in 2004, and taught two years at Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash. In October 2006, she committed to a three-year mission with the Christian development organization, Food for the Hungry International, in Lima, Peru, filling two positions: training health promoters in poor communities, and as FHI disaster coordinator. Her leadership skills were tested during the recent 8.0 earthquake that devastated southern Peru. Lauren led FHI teams to the disaster region, establishing four soup kitchens with local pastors, churches, and government and international organizations. The centers serve 2,000 homeless victims. To follow Lauren’s service, her blog is

Gwen (Paillette) Colwell is annual giving manager at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

Suzanne Sampson returned to her home in Hawaii last summer after a six-month deployment to United States European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

Michael Ober lives in Graham, Wash., with his wife, Karol, and two children, Sierra, 12, and Devin, 10.


Class Representatives – Keith Pranghofer

Jess Nelson is the new football coach at Stadium High School in Tacoma. He also teaches U.S. history and runs the school’s freshman orientation program.

Anna (Hall) Anderson received a Master of Education degree in school counseling from Seattle Pacific University in June. She is a school counselor in the Mercer Island School District and lives in Seattle.

Kelly (Kearsley) Johnson is a business reporter at the Tacoma News Tribune, covering the Port of Tacoma and international trade. She previously worked at The Bulletin in Bend, Ore., and with The Associated Press and the Seattle Times.

Cynthia Riley married William Smith July 22 on Fox Island, Wash. Cynthia is an academic adviser at the University of Washington, and William works in operations and security.

Tarah Demant married Christopher Watson May 19 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Easton, Calif. Lutes in attendance were Sara Wolbrecht, Jason Bendickson ’02, Joshua Dasler ’05, and Jonathan ’99 and Ahna (Lietke ‘99) Strand. Tarah and Christopher live in St. Louis, Mo., where Tarah is a Ph.D. candidate in American literature, and women and gender studies at Washington University. Christopher is a violence prevention educator
and trainer at a batterer intervention


Class Representatives – Nicholas Gorne and Brian Riehs

Tate Mathison works for Wenatachee, Wash., based Stemilt Growers, Inc., a company founded by Tate’s grandfather, Tom Mathison. He is sales manager for Stemilt’s AppleSweets sliced apple business. Tate worked for Dole Food Company of Westlake Village, Calif., for four years, first as a technical service representative and most recently as a tropical sales manager.

Stefon Reid received a master’s degree in education leadership in December 2006 from City University. He is a special education teacher in the Bethel School District and is working on a Ph.D. in special education (autism) at Walden University. He lives in Spanaway, Wash.

Megan O’Brien married Greg Nelson July 14 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Megan is a special education teacher in the Tacoma School District and Greg is a high school English teacher. They live in Tacoma.

Ryan Jones graduated in May from Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. He is an inventory associate with the Washington Inventory Service and has a second job as a sales associate for New Concepts in Marketing, a firm that conducts promotions and product demonstrations at various QFC and Wal-Mart stores in the Seattle area.


Class Representative – Elisabeth Pynn Himmelman

Bjorn Larsen competed in the U.S. lightweight men’s four-oared crew in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last July.

Shannon Fritzke married Ryan Cotton at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore. Fellow classmate Jeannie Koontz was in the wedding party. Shannon is a health fitness teacher at Liberty Middle School in Camas, Wash., and Ryan is a field evaluations manager at Underwriter’s Laboratories. They live in Vancouver, Wash.

Ann Benjamins married Michael Miller July 14 in Raymond, Wash. Anne is a registered nurse with the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe in Tokeland, Wash., and Michael is a service writer. They live in Raymond.

Todd Davis received a medical degree from the University of Washington in June. He is an emergency physician at the University of Cincinnati Health Alliance. His wife, Kristin (Guimond ’04) is a registered nurse in the emergency department. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Chris Anderson recently left PLU after four years in the Office of Admission. He is now pursuing a Master of Arts degree in international studies at the University of Denver in Colorado.

Scott Olson received a master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He serves as a legislative assistant to a member of Congress.

Roseanna Tajalle Camacho received her Master of Business degree with a specialization in human resources management from Walden University in July. She has worked in human resources with various organizations, including the Department of Transportation and the University of Washington. She is married to George Camacho, who is a contract aviation inspector with the Department of Defense. They live in Graham, Wash., and have four beautiful daughters, Chrystal, 14, who is the 2007-08 president of the Associated Student Body of Frontier Junior High School, Gwendalyn, 12, Taylor, 10, and Savannah, 8.


Class Representative – Tammy Lynn Schaps

Melissa “Missy” Govier graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in New York with a master’s degree in social work. She started a doctoral program in clinical psychology in Chicago this fall.

Aaron Dennis recently concluded a nine-month visit to Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen) University, where the department of anthropology hosted him as he researched and worked on various social development initiatives. In August, Aaron began a master’s program at Sweden’s Lund University, at the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies. During his studies, he also continues with his ongoing work for Cross-Cultural Consulting Services – a Tacoma-based company that provides social impact analysis and cultural brokering services.

Noah Frerichs is in his third year at Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in Florida with plans to move back to the Northwest after he graduates in May 2009.

Minerva (Rios) Camp graduated from the University of New Mexico’s school of law in May with a juris doctorate degree. She is an associate with the law firm Butt, Thornten and Baehr.


Class Representative – Micheal Steele

Michelle Rogers-Moore married Clark LaRue on Aug. 18.

Laura Fisher left July 8 to begin training for two years as a Peace Corps youth development volunteer in Honduras. She had spent the previous two years as a research and exercise coordinator at the Memory Wellness Program (UW/VAPSHCS) at the VA in Tacoma.

Kevin McGuiness married Benedicte Witso July 12 in Vancouver, Wash. Kevin is the chief financial officer for the Fulbright Foundation in Oslo, Norway. Benedicte is a material planner for Aker Kværner, Norways’s largest engineering company. They live in Osteras, Norway.

Leslie Dycus married Josh Harris July 7 at the Columbia Winery in Woodinville, Wash. She is a special events coordinator and public information officer for the City of Kenmore, Wash. They live in Renton, Wash.

Sara Stewart married Brendan McDermott April 12 in Waterford, Ireland. Sara is an administrator at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland. Brendan is an engineer. They live in Galway, Ireland.


Class Representative – Jenna (Steffenson) Serr

Noah Bailey married Kimberly Michel Aug. 5 in Sumner, Wash. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Daniel Mooney is an education reporter at the Kent Reporter. He previously worked at the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, Idaho, where he was a features writer.

Heidi Jarnagin is a lead quality control/quality assurance chemist and lab supervisor for Benchmark Research Group. She lives in Green River, Wyo.

Jessica Geisler married Jerod Gillette June 30 in Tacoma. Jessica is a teacher in the Steilacoom (Wash.) School District. Jerod is a project manager. They live Tacoma.


Class Representatives – Maggie Morgan and Kaarin Praxel

Emma Coulson is an internal marketing representative for Longevity Development, a private medical clinic in Kirkland, Wash. She lives in Federal Way, Wash.

Jodie Rouse married Ryan Kibler July 14 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Puyallup, Wash. They live in Jacksonville, Fla.

Stephanie Chestnut lives in Woodinville, Wash., where she is a barista at Starbucks.

Meg Wochnick is The Olympian’s new sports reporter in Olympia, Wash.


Future Lutes

Shan (Emerick) Rayray and her husband, Dick, welcomed daughter Zia Lael on Oct. 22, 2006. Shan is a three-time Masters World Sprint Champion in bicycle racing and is working towards a second bachelor’s degree to pursue work in paleontology. Dick is an ISD Systems Administrator for Group Health.

Sharyl (Bennett) Rapavy and her husband, Brian, announce the arrival of their daughter Kalina Grace Shuangqi, born on Aug. 22, 2002, and adopted on July 2. Kalina is from the Jiangsu province of China. She joins her big brothers Taylor, 16, and Nathan, 13, and her sister Marisa, 6, from Anhui, China. They live in Poulsbo, Wash., where Sharyl is a stay-at-home mom and Brian is a medical sales representative for Synthes Spine. Their website is

Pamela (Drew) Whitney and her husband, Jamie, welcomed their daughter, Milena, on May 13, 2006. They live in Beford, New Hampshire.

Erik Johnson and his wife, Miki Williamson, announce the birth of their twins, Aaron Lewis and Annika Scout, on April 4. They join older brothers Alek, 15, and Lukas, 13. Erik is a teacher at David Douglas High School in Portland, Ore., and Miki is a counselor.

Dana Nasby and her husband, Matthew Wetmore, announce the birth of Sonja Ann Wetmore on July 24. Dana is an educator in the Lake Washington
School District and Matthew is a software designer. They live in Redmond, Wash.

Sharon (Wilson) Jenkins and her husband, Terrance, announce the birth of daughter Tiara Joy on Jan. 23. Sharon is a registered nurse at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. They live in Portsmouth, Va.

Steve and Ilse (Saue) McClary welcomed their son, Dylan Michael, on Feb. 27, 2006. He joins his brother Ian Gregory, 3. Steve is the administrative services manager for the City of Fillmore (Calif.). Ilse is staying at home with the boys. They live in Ventura,

Brenda Lichtenwalter and her partner, Chris Nichols, are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Kate Crosby Nichols, on March 22. She joins Emily Jane Nichols, born on Dec. 31, 2005. Brenda is a project engineer with General Construction Company and has been working on the Hood Canal Bridge replacement project. Chris is a former Bechtel environmental manager, who is now a stay-at-home mom. They live in Seattle.

Malia (Young) Jorgensen and her husband, Neil, announce the birth of daughter Kaia on Jan. 24. She joins her brother, Jonah, 2.

Kori (McNary) Dewing and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of their son, Ciaran Andrew, on July 18.

Magne and Kristine (Thompson ’95) Myrmo welcomed their son, Tyler Kindler, on May 16, 2006. He joins Emily and Max. They live in Gjettum, Norway.

Mason and Kristin (“Bean” Wascher ’95) Phelps welcomed their second son, Charles John, born at home on April 6. He joins big brother George Matthew, 3. Mason works for the Seattle Fire Department, Kristin teaches special education.

Sara (Norrish) Strada and her husband, Ettor, welcomed their son, Owen, on March 17, 2006. He joins his brother John, 16. Sara is a stay-at-home mom, but is also adjunct faculty for Pima Community College, teaching online education classes part time. Ettor is a full-time special education teacher for the Vail, Ariz., School District. They live in Tucson, Ariz.

Farah (Hussain) Ardmore and her husband, Daniel, announce the birth of Aaron Altaf Ardmore on July 10. He joins his brother Gabriel, 5. They live in Spanaway, Wash.

Andy and Lori (Gustafson) Dreyer welcomed Ashley Lauren on June 22. She joins her big brother, Luke, 2. Andy graduated from the U.S. Air Force periodontics residency on June 21 and is assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base. Lori is a physician assistant in the family practice clinic at Barksdale AFB.

Heide (Helgeson) Cassidy and her husband, Mark, proudly announce the birth of their son, Liam George, on June 1. Liam is Heide and Mark’s second child. Their first child, Kathryn “Kate” Evelyn Cassidy was born on April 5, 2006, and passed away November 20, 2006.

Scott and Angie (Davis) Kolbet announce the adoption of their two children, Kevin, 3, and Lilly, 1. They live in Beaverton, Ore.

Michael Hagmann and his wife, Alyssa, announce the birth of their son Trevor on April 20. He joins his brother, Caden, 3. Michael is a science teacher in Puyallup, Wash., and Alyssa is a therapist. They live in Tacoma.

Joe and Allison (Roth ’99) Patterson announce the birth of Faith Evangeline on May 15. She joins Grace, 5, and Samuel, 2. They live in Bellevue, Wash., where Joe works for T-Mobile and Allison stays at home with the kids.

Jill (Janke) and Scott Jensen ’95 were blessed with the birth of their third son, Nathaniel Graham, on Feb. 20. He joins brothers Samuel, 3, and Gabriel, 2. Jill is a full-time mom and Scott is a financial analyst in Phoenix, Ariz.

Jennifer (Smith) Henning and her husband, Chris, welcomed Joy Coventry on Feb. 13, 2006. Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom and Chris is an audio engineer. They live in Ferndale, Calif.

Pete and Heather (Ross) McLean announce the birth of Skyler Anne on May 31. She joins Zachary David, 3. Pastor Jonathan Sansgaard ’92 baptized both Skyler and Zach. They live in Renton, Wash., but work in Bellevue, where Pete is a regional sales manager at Arrow Electronics and Heather is a special education teacher at Interlake High School.

Leif and Emily (Carlson) Lunoe welcomed their twins, Lars and Eva, on Aug. 20, 2006. Leif is chief resident in anesthesiology at the University of Utah. Emily is a graphic designer.

Lisa (Drake) Lovely and her husband, Bryan, announce the birth of their son, Jace Charles, on March 22. Lisa is a teacher in the Tacoma School District. They live in Puyallup, Wash.

Erik Swanson and his wife, Carrie, welcomed their daughter, Kalee, on Nov. 20, 2006. Erik is a teacher in the Puyallup (Wash.) School District.

Ari Mattson and his wife, Kate, welcomed their first child, Aase Johanna, on Oct. 22, 2006. On May 20, Ari graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and serves at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sussex, Wis., as associate pastor. Kate recently completed four years as youth minister at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Woodbury, N.J. They live in Waukesha, Wis.

Paula (Kirby) Franz and her husband, Ben, announce the birth of Abram Jackson (“AJ”) on June 15. He joins sister Mikaela, 2. Paula is an engineering planner at Lockheed Martin. They live in Parkville, Md.

Shalan (Harris) Webb announces the birth of Mary Verena on Sept. 2, 2006. Shalan ran in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28, in memory of her husband, SSG Christopher R. Webb, who was killed by an IED in Iraq on March 7.

Lindsay (Nelson) Hanculak and her husband, Nicholas, announce the birth of their son, Noah Thomas, on March 22.

Sarah (Phillips) Rasmussen and her husband, David, announce the birth of Landon David on Feb. 27. He joins his sister Bailey, 2. Sarah is a teacher in the David Douglas School District. They live in Damascus, Ore.

Tracy (Borgh) Ide and her partner, Pam, announce the birth of their daughter, Jorie Ann Marie, on April 12. She joins her siblings, Nikki and Eric. Tracy is a registered operating room nurse at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. They live in Yelm, Wash.

Chris and Erin (Simons ’01) Tavern announce the birth of Leila Elizabeth on Aug. 20. Chris is a junior high school teacher and Erin is an elementary school teacher, both in the Puyallup (Wash.) School District. They live in Tacoma.

Sarabeth (Schwartz) Butts and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of Jayna Lynn on June 17. She joins Travis, 2. They live in Tacoma, where Sarabeth is a stay-at-home mom.

Kris and Ali (Johnson ’02) Harris welcomed their son, Michael Kristofer, on May 10. Kris is an AV-8B Harrier pilot and a captain in the United States Marine Corps. Ali is a middle school science teacher. They live in Havelock, N.C.

Jaclin (Thurgood) Cummings and her husband, Joel ’04, announce the birth of their daughter, Camryn Ella, on Feb. 8. Jaclin, a teaching assistant with the Boston Children Chorus, and Joel, a graduate student at the New England Conservatory, were married on May 29, 2006.