Arvid Isaksen ’14 and Amy (Lessig) Isaksen ’15 were married June 4 in Kent, Washington. Numerous Lutes were in the wedding party, and more than 20 PLU alumni were in attendance.
Callie Moothart ’13 and Taylor Astel ’13 were married New Year’s Eve 2015, overlooking the fireworks of Seattle. Other Lutes in the wedding party included Julian Reisenthel ’13, Craig Chamberlain ’13, Casey Church ’13, Thaddeus Golbek ’13, Sean Boaglio ’13, Hillary Powell ’13, and Karin Lee ’13. Callie and Taylor live in Seattle, where Callie is pursuing her Master’s of Education degree and Taylor is a financial advisor.
Anthony Kelly-Glasoe and Erinn Halligan were married July 19, 2015, in Snohomish, Washington, surrounded by loved ones. Wedding party Lutes included Skye Bartholomew ’12, Brendan Fitzgerald ’14, Tyler Morse ’12 and Luke Stromberg ’12. Lutes in attendance included Orion Bras ’12, Megan Corbi ’13, Danielle Cryer ’13, Kevin Hale ’10, Kara (Whitton) Hale ’13, Simon Johnson ’12, Amy Jones ’12, McKenzie Kruml ’13, Paige MacPherson ’11, Andrew Mamerto ’10, Kris Morris ’80, Joseph Olson ’12, Hannah Reece ’12, Philip Serino ’11 and Olivia (Hustoft) Taylor ’12.
Rebecca (Richardson) Holland ’11 and her husband Eric welcomed Lazarus John Holland on June 9, 2016, joining brother Leif Eric Holland.
Justin Hoover ’08 and Katie (Hasted) Hoover ’10 welcomed daughter and future Lute, Charlotte, on May 19.
John McClimans ’07 and Christina (Reindl) McClimans ’07 welcomed Kate Marie McClimans on April 30.
Whitney (Wiest) Mielke and her husband, Kyle, welcomed Hemming Silas to their family on March 10. He joins his siblings Ander, Solveig and Lucia. The family resides in Havre, Montana, where Whitney home-schools their kids and is learning and teaching Braille to their oldest. Kyle works at Montana State University–Northern.
Colin Stave received his Master of Music degree in choral conducting and composition from Central Washington University on June 11, alongside his wife, Caitlin, who received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy. This fall, Colin will begin his Doctoral studies at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.
Jason Rubottom became the CEO of Ally Commerce in Atlanta, Georgia.
Julie Johnston was chosen to speak at the NACADA Region 9 Conference at UCLA in March.
Jane Lin entered her fourth year as a K-6 general music specialist with the Northshore School District. She loves making music with her students every day using her voice and percussion skills. After working for the Seattle Seahawks for a decade, she went back to school and completed her teaching degree (K-12) and vocal music degree from the University of Washington in 2011.
Capt. Barth Merrill (U.S. Navy) recently relinquished command of the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy, after two years as the commanding officer. He and his family will be moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he will serve as the command surgeon for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Susan (Pomeroy) Wittenberg received the 2016 Contract Excellence Award in Rome, Italy, on May 10 from the International Association of Contracts and Commercial Management (IACCM) for her work on the emergency operation centers in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan to eradicate polio. She is senior officer, grants and contracts, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Cal Skaugstad retired in June after 36 years as a sport fish biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He and his wife, Gale (Waldkoetter) Skaugstad ’76, look forward to working on their log home in Fairbanks, exploring Alaska via all-terrain vehicle and boat, and fishing.
Several graduates gathered to celebrate the life of fellow Lute, Doug Ely ’76, in Southern California on April 30. Those present included Phil Jerde ’83, Karen (Murray) Nordin ’77, Gretchen (Jerde) Ely ’77, David Emmons ’77, Lynne (Moehring) Emmons ’77, Jim Bridge ’77 and Ron Snyder ’77.
Gary Nordmark retired on March 31 after 19 years as administrator of Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida, and more than 40 years as a hospital administrator.
John Stewart retired June 1 after spending 50 years in academia. He served as a teacher’s assistant at Northwestern University and University of Southern California; instructor at Wisconsin State University-Stout; assistant, associate and full professor at the University of Washington; vice president of academic affairs and special assistant to the president at the University of Dubuque.
Ed Larson ’57, David Steen ’57 and Marilyn Knutson ’59 reunited during the Syttende Mai celebration on campus.
June (Nysteen) Wikner died on June 17.