Katie (Peretti) Bates ’04 ’17, member of the first class of Doctor of Nursing graduates, currently works as a cardiology nurse practitioner in Wenatchee, Washington.
The weekend of 2017 PLU Commencement, the Gettel and Gunnarson families met to celebrate the graduation of David Gunnarson ’17. His family and fellow Lutes gathered for a celebration photo. Pictured from left to right: Shirley (Allen) Gettel ’61, David Gunnarson ’78, Nadine (Gettel) Gunnarson ’88, Chris Gettel-Gilmartin ’19, David Gunnarson, Robert Gettel ’60, Marie Gettel-Gilmartin ’86, Judy (Lovstrom) Gunnarson ’84, Samantha Gunnarson ’10 and Dennis Gunnarson ’83.
Andrea Capere accepted the 2017 Emerging Leader Award. The award recognizes a community media professional, younger than 40, who demonstrates leadership in the field on a local, regional or national level. Capere is the director of community relations at Thurston Community Media in Olympia, Washington, and serves on the Alliance for Community Media – Northwest Region Board.
Nathan and Lindsey Rhoades welcomed Liam Alexander Rhoades on Jan. 19.
Matt Peters accepted a position as a resident physician at Oregon Health and Science University’s Cascades East Family Medicine Residency in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he will continue his training to become a family physician. He graduated with his master’s degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in June 2017. Matt looks forward to adventures in Southern Oregon with his wife, Samantha (Dougherty) Peters, and their new puppy, Sven.
Casey Church ’13 and Hannah (Powell) Church ’16 married on June 17. Lutes in attendance included Tyler Ball ’13, Thaddeus Golbek ’13, Taylor Astel ’13, Ben Cruz ’14, Jared Kavanaugh ’13, Amy Charlston ’16 and Stephanie Martin ’17.
Karyssa (Allbritton) Daigneault ’12 and husband, Ryan, welcomed their first child, Mason Carter, on April 25.
Thomas (Siburg) Francis-Siburg married Orsuré Francis on Sept. 10, 2016 at Poulsbo First Lutheran Church, Thomas’ home church. They celebrated the church’s first same-sex marriage ceremony. Lutes in attendance included Timothy Siburg ’09, Tamara Siburg ’13, Megan Leibold ’13, Idaishe Zhou ’11 and Allison (Parks) Siburg ’09.
Monika Elizabeth (Fischer) Reynolds and husband, Grant, welcomed twin boys on Feb. 24. Bennet Stephen Reynolds was born at 12:31 a.m. and was shortly followed by his brother, Elliot Julius, at 12:33 a.m.
In June 2017, Alexis Stillman obtained her master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in Healthcare Leadership from University of Washington, Tacoma. She continues to works as a nurse in Tacoma Public Schools.
Erin (Raymond) Matter and her husband, Joshua, welcomed their daughter, Cecily June Matter, on Feb. 22.
Erin (Raymond) Matter ’10, Monika (Fischer) Reynolds ’11 and Karyssa (Allbritton) Daigneault ’12 reunited with the newest members of their families on Aug. 2. The former dance buddies reminisced and introduced the four future Lutes (class of 2039). From left to right, oldest to youngest: Cecily Matter (pictured at 5 months old), Bennet and Elliot Reynolds (5 months old) and Mason Daigneault (3 months old).
Terra Vandewiele ’09 married Fletcher O’Brien on Aug. 21, 2016, in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by family, friends and fellow Lutes. Hailey Morgan ’11 was in the wedding party. Lutes in attendance included Lorna Rodriguez ’11, Krista (Sparks) Snow ’11, Emily (Starr) Guildner ’11, Moriah (Zimmerman) Rees ’09 and Scott Rees ’07.
Tamara Power-Drutis accepted a new position as chief of staff at the Amplifier foundation in Seattle. Tamara and Amplifier are reimagining and amplifying the voices of social movements through art and community engagement.
Emma Coulson was recently promoted to program and project management associate manager at Accenture. She visited Accenture’s global delivery center in Chennai, India, where she helped enable higher website accessibility standards across Accenture clients’ digital properties.
Mandy Olson was named the winner of the seventh annual Gutekunst Prize of the Friends of Goethe New York, for her translation of an excerpt from Rasha Khayat’s novel Weil wir längst woanders sind (Because We’re Elsewhere Now). The prize was created to identify outstanding young translators of German literature into English and assist them in establishing contact with the translation and publishing communities.
Melissa (Fenstermacker) McGuire and her husband, Jon, welcomed Penelope “Ellie” Marie McGuire on Feb. 16. She joins big brothers Callen (6) and Caleb (4).
Mallory (Dolbeer) Haynes and husband, Kyle, welcomed their third child, Howard Dean Haynes, on their eldest child’s fifth birthday.
On the Minnesota Alumni Chapter Volunteer Day, alumni from the Twin Cities area rolled up their sleeves to volunteer with the Three Rivers Park District, harvesting invasive species at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony Village, Minnesota. Pictured from left to right: Emily Barker ’06, Ana Russo Pinkstaff ’05, Emma Struss ’12, Hannah Reece ’12, Simon Johnson ’12 and Caroline Olstad ’12.
Tim and Molly (Baugh) Rothlisberger welcomed their first child, Owen Phillip Rothlisberger, on May 19.
Brian and Deann (Merkel) Holliday welcomed their son, Anderson Lynn Holliday, on Jan. 23. Anderson joins his big brother, Lincoln.
Julie Johnston left her position as academic advisor at the University of Washington in January and began working as personnel and human services planner for the City of Covington, Washington.
T.J. Keiter and wife, Jessica, recently welcomed their second daughter, Emily.
In August 2016, PLU alumni gathered at the old post office in Tacoma, Washington, for a reunion of a PLU band, Mr. Happy, featuring Daniel McKeown ’91, Derek Johnson Love, Abe Beeson ’93 and David “Beek” Hanson ’91. The band played their greatest hits for a fun night of dancing and Lutes in attendance gathered for a photograph. Front row (left to right): Danny Sparrell ’96, Suzanne Wastier ’91, Nancy Thorson ’93, Erika Somm ’91, Mary (Laitinen) Keelan ’92, Karl Swanson ’91, Michelle Guilford, Cindy Arnold and John Hanby ’92. Second row: Chip Upchurch ’92, Carrie Barker, Lisa Sparrell ’91, Amy Bockleman ’93, Karen (Lee) Young ’92, Mindy Barker ’90, Jim Hansen ’90, Mary Marsh ’91, Lisa McCormick ’92, Andrea Rapp ’95, Marin Bjork ’91, Shana McLeod, Teri McKeown ’93, David “Beek” Hanson and Derek Johnson Love. In the back row: Andy Podolske ’92, Gwen Gutow ’92, Brian Crawford ’91, Renate (DeWees) Sorg ’91, Lisa (Hoffman) Upchurch ’89, Bill Bloom ’90, Eric Steinmeyer ’91, Kaaren Goeller Bloom ’92, Karl Wischnofske ’90, Abe Beeson, Daniel McKeown, Colin Sannes ’93, Bret Bockelman ’91, Dan Herforth ’93 and Dave Herforth ’92.
At a family celebration in late May, Marie Gettel-Gilmartin ’86, Judy (Lovstrom) Gunnarson ’84 and Nadine (Gettel) Gunnarson ’88 reminisced about their times in SPUR (Service, Patriotism, Unity, Responsibility and Sacrifice), a sophomore service sorority at PLU.
Linda King is currently building her personal training business and teaches scriptwriting at a community college in Pennsylvania. Additionally, she is working on a theatrical play and numerous books.
Diane Stober, a nationally certified teacher of music, was one of three individuals inducted into the Washington State Music Teachers Association Hall of Fame at the organization’s annual conference in June. The WSMTA Hall of Fame was established to give recognition for exceptional support, inspiration and outstanding contributions to the growth and development of music and education statewide.
Jerri (Robarge) Reid ’64, Ruth (Danielson) Nielsen ’64, Mary Jane (Geldaker) Isensee ’65, Marilyn (Rasmussen) Halvor ’65, Ann (Soine) Crabtree ’64, Patt (Larson) Norris ’64, Carole (Haaland) Fredrickson ’64 and Kathy (Zell) Trumbull ’64 gathered in May at Cannon Beach to celebrate 57 years of friendship.
Douglas McClary died May 21.
Doane ’49 and Alice Blair ’51 celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in June at First Lutheran in Mount Vernon, Washington.