2010s

Alexandria (Lexi) Jason
Class of 2017

Alexandria (Lexi) Jason is pursuing her master’s in Holocaust studies at Royal Holloway University of London.

Alison (Behrends) Martinson
Class of 2016
Alison (Behrends) Martinson
Class of 2016

Alison (Behrends) Martinson married Luke Martinson on June 16. Lutes in attendance included Zach Martinson and Ryan Fenton. The newlyweds — who currently live in Eugene, Oregon — met their first day of school at PLU, in their orientation group on Foss Field.

Kelly Hall
Class of 2016

Kelly Hall, a language specialist with her Samish tribe, participated in the Power Paddle to Puyallup, the annual tribal canoe journey that has grown from few canoes to more than 100 this year. While studying a class on myths, rituals, and symbols with her mentor — Suzanne Crawford O’Brien, professor of religion and culture at PLU — she embraced her culture more than ever before. She is the first Samish member to get college credit for studying her own language and has made a lifelong commitment to continuing cultural exchanges with other indigenous groups.

Learn more about her visit.

Kayla (Evans) Visser
Class of 2015
Kayla (Evans) Visser
Class of 2015

Kayla (Evans) Visser ’15 married Evan Visser on May 26 in Spokane, Washington. Lutes in attendance included Amanda Walls ’17, Sara (Suznevich) Barber ’16, Lauren Larson ’16, Amy Wooten ’15, Ariana Judson ’15, Carlie Blanchard ’15, Tevon Stephens-Brown ’15, David Stenger ’15, Alex Tuman ’15, Taylor Gonzales ’15 and Tabitha Gross ’14.

Future Lute - Becky (Ogren) Miller
Class of 2015
Future Lute - Becky (Ogren) Miller
Class of 2015

Becky (Ogren) Miller and her husband, Seth, welcomed their first child, Adelia Marie, on May 11. She was baptized May 27 at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church.

Alan DenAdel
Class of 2014

Alan DenAdel is pursuing a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and computational biology at Brown University. He was awarded a Presidential Fellowship by Brown.

Malia (Oshiro) Lee
Class of 2013
Malia (Oshiro) Lee
Class of 2013

Malia (Oshiro) Lee married her sweetheart, Adam Lee, on April 6.

Ryan Ransavage
Class of 2013

Ryan Ransavage earned a master’s degree in earth and space sciences, applied geoscience, at University of Washington.

Future Lute - Taylor Carlisle
Class of 2013
Future Lute - Taylor Carlisle
Class of 2013

Taylor Carlisle ’13 and Britta Carlisle welcomed Wilder Holm Carlisle — grandson of Kelly ’83 and Nancy Carlisle ’83 — on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Picture Perfect
Class of 2012
Picture Perfect
Class of 2012

Simon Johnson ’12 and Amy Jones ’12 were married in Anacortes, Washington, on June 10. The couple met in Foss Hall their first year at PLU. Their intimate, family-only wedding was followed by a reception with friends on July 7, outside Minneapolis where they currently live. Lutes in attendance included: Caroline Olstad ’12, Emma Struss ’12, Claire Wanback ’10, Neal Johnson ’10, Elizabeth Ginsberg ’12 and Marta Behling ’11.

Shanea Hall
Class of 2011

Shanea Hall started a new job as associate director for the Nurse Practitioner Residency at the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. She also completed a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Josh Takayoshi
Class of 2011
Josh Takayoshi
Class of 2011

Josh Takayoshi works at The American International School of Oman, also known as TAISM. He teaches elementary physical education and coaches the high school boys junior-varsity soccer and basketball teams. He returned home for the summer, and is pictured here with mentor Karen McConnell, dean of kinesiology and education.

Picture Perfect
Class of 2011
Picture Perfect
Class of 2011

Kari (Plog) Caple ’11 married Christian Caple on June 16 in Long Beach, Washington. Lutes in attendance for the beachside ceremony and reception: Karyssa (Allbritton) Daigneault ’12, Alyssa (Zakrzewski) Kuwik ’11, TJ Hecker ’11, Brendan Abshier ’11, Lorna Rodriguez ’11, Kevin Knodell ’11, Amber (Schlenker) Betts ’10 and Roxanne Cooke ’07.

Picture Perfect
Class of 2011
Picture Perfect
Class of 2011

Megan Buchholz organized a Lute hangout with best friends from across the U.S. who convened at Lake Chelan, Washington, for a weekend of fun. Kate Cheryl Burris, Megan O’Rourke, Amber McDonald, Buchholz, Molly (Shade) Rempe and Allison Danforth.

2000s

Emily Hill
Class of 2009
Emily Hill
Class of 2009

Emily Hill and Tom Mitchell were married at Tom’s family beach cabin in Longbranch, Washington, on Aug. 4. The couple met in the PLU music program, and their fast friendship grew into love after graduation.

Future Lute - Michael Plotke
Class of 2008
Future Lute - Michael Plotke
Class of 2008

Michael Plotke and Tabitha Plotke welcomed their first child, Alice Irene, on March 19.

Future Lute - Leann (Conley-Holcom)
Class of 2008
Future Lute - Leann (Conley-Holcom)
Class of 2008

Leann (Conley-Holcom) and her husband welcomed their son, Asher Finnigan Conley-Holcom, on March 22.

Future Lute - Cynthia Sadak
Class of 2008
Future Lute - Cynthia Sadak
Class of 2008

Cynthia Sadak and her husband, Talal Sadak, welcomed their second child, Adam Jae Sadak, April 12. He joins older brother, Zakaria.

Picture Perfect
Class of 2007 and 2008
Picture Perfect
Class of 2007 and 2008

Karen McMahon ’08 married Mike Meyerdirk on July 7. Lutes in attendance were Abi McLane ’08, Ambre Planbeck ’07, Heather (Kistler) Kinz ’08, Lindsey (Larsen) Evans ’08 and Kari Williams ’08. Photo by Emily Vandehey Photography.

Future Lute - Kaarin Praxel Austin
Class of 2007
Future Lute - Kaarin Praxel Austin
Class of 2007

Kaarin Praxel Austin ’07 and Andrew Austin ’06 welcomed Alexis “Lexi” Praxel Austin on Feb. 19, 2017.

Future Lute - Nicole (Sorenson) Markley
Class of 2006
Future Lute - Nicole (Sorenson) Markley
Class of 2006

Nicole (Sorenson) Markley and Alan Markley welcomed Soren Axel Markley March 4, 2018.

Heather Gillespie
Class of 2005
Heather Gillespie
Class of 2005

Heather Gillespie married her longtime partner, Justin Gray, on May 19. The two went to high school together in Portland, Oregon, married in the Pacific Northwest, and now live in Madison, South Dakota.

Stephanie Christopher
Class of 2004
Stephanie Christopher
Class of 2004

Stephanie Christopher was named a fellow of the Associate of Clinical Research Professionals at the global conference for the ACRP in April. Stephanie is currently a program director at the Medical Device Innovation Consortium.

Future Lute - Elaine Lee Paoliello
Class of 2004
Future Lute - Elaine Lee Paoliello
Class of 2004

Elaine Lee Paoliello and her husband, Daniel Paoliello, welcomed their first child, Nathan Angelo, on May 10.

Future Lute - Tracey Goldner
Class of 2004
Future Lute - Tracey Goldner
Class of 2004

Tracey Goldner and her husband, Aaron Franco, welcomed their son, Samuel Joseph Franco, on Oct. 26, 2017.

Hannah (Penna) Gbenro
Class of 2003

Hannah (Penna) Gbenro, Ph.D., was recognized with the Distinguished Paper Award from the Washington Educational Research Association for her leadership with research in practice by the American Educational Research Association. She serves students and teachers in Tacoma Public Schools, and her work as the director of academic alignment and innovation was recognized by both these associations. She also has been named president-elect of Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Future Lute - Aaron Lunday
Class of 2003
Future Lute - Aaron Lunday
Class of 2003

Aaron Lunday and his wife, Allison, welcomed their second child, Brynn, on June 8.

Future Lute - Stacey Neils
Class of 2001
Future Lute - Stacey Neils
Class of 2001

Stacey Neils and fiancé, Matt Evarts, welcomed their baby, Julius James Evarts, on Feb. 16.

1990s

Brian Norman
Class of 1999
Brian Norman
Class of 1999

Brian Norman was appointed the inaugural dean of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities at Simmons University in Boston. In July, he and his husband, Greg Nicholl, moved to Boston from their home in Baltimore.

Steve Leifsen
Class of 1996
Steve Leifsen
Class of 1996

Steve Leifsen recently completed the Leadership for Learning program at the University of Washington in Seattle, earning a Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He also earned a Washington state superintendent credential.

Daniel “Skyler” Cobb
Class of 1995

Daniel “Skyler” Cobb died July 4.

View his obituary.

Kerri Schroeder
Class of 1995
Kerri Schroeder
Class of 1995

Kerri Schroeder has been named president of Bank of America’s Seattle market. In addition to her role as market president, Schroeder is the West Coast commercial credit executive for global commercial banking and business banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Active with community organizations and internal bank programs, Schroeder is on the Special Olympics 2018 USA Games Committee and has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations over the years, including the Atlantic Street Center. She is part of Bank of America’s Diverse Leaders Sponsorship Program and is involved with the Global Ambassadors Program through Vital Voices. Additionally, she is on the steering committee for the company’s Power of 10 Program and serves as the executive sponsor of LEAD for Women employee resource group in Seattle.

Chris Gregg
Class of 1993

Chris Gregg recently celebrated his first year at Impossible Foods as chief supply chain officer, a company that makes meat from plants. Its first product is the Impossible Burger, which has the aroma, flavor and beefiness of a traditional burger.

Marjean (Lowas) Penny
Class of 1991
Marjean (Lowas) Penny
Class of 1991

Marjean (Lowas) Penny moved to Manhattan, Montana, in 2015 and serves as the radio communications manager for Gallatin County 911 in Bozeman, Montana. She enjoys working with public-safety, land mobile radio (LMR) systems and helicopter trips to mountain tops. Her oldest son graduated from Manhattan High School and will begin studies at Montana State University in the fall.

Jack Hatley
Class of 1990
Jack Hatley
Class of 1990

Jack Hatley accepted a new position with City First Mortgage Services as a mortgage loan originator. He has retained his current position with Boeing in Supply Chain Management so the new opportunity can be used to build up a business and eventually transition into retirement.

1980s

Scott Squires
Class of 1988

Scott Squires is looking forward to joining the PLU Board of Regents this fall.

Bruce Deal
Class of 1987
Bruce Deal
Class of 1987

Bruce Deal ’87 is looking forward to joining the PLU Board of Regents this fall. He and his wife, Lisa Deal ’88, have two children who are college graduates and a third who is working on her nursing degree. They live in Atherton, California, where they have lived for more than 20 years.

Tom Saathoff
Class of 1987

Tom Saathoff is looking forward to joining the PLU Board of Regents this fall.

Rob Olson
Class of 1987
Rob Olson
Class of 1987

Rob Olson was appointed to Whatcom County Superior Court in August. Olson has spent the past eight years serving as Washington state assistant attorney general. He also has served as a public defender for Whatcom County and as a solo practitioner.

Patricia Heath
Class of 1985

Patricia Heath began a new call as pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Colville, Washington, on Jan. 1. She moved from Bradley, Illinois, where she completed her second call as pastor to Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Mark Grambo
Class of 1985

Mark Grambo died Aug. 4.

Tom McArthur
Class of 1983

Tom McArthur was recently named Volunteer of the Year for 2018 by KSPS-TV — the PBS affiliate station in Spokane — and was presented with a plaque by Gary Stokes, KSPS general manager.

Tom Barr
Class of 1980

Tom Barr retired March 31 from The Boeing Company as a senior cost analyst after 29 years.

1970s

Prentis Johnson
Class of 1978

Prentis Johnson received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialization in Leadership and Project Management from Capella University in March.

Edythe (Marsh) Edgren
Class of 1978

Edythe (Marsh) Edgren married Kevin Edgren in 2015. She retired August 2017 after 39 years in nursing. She was nominated and awarded the Nightingale Award for empowerment of her peers.

John Glassman
Class of 1978

John Glassman died April 13.

View his obituary.

Brian R. Thomas
Class of 1974

Brian R. Thomas, CPA, CGMA, was recently appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the Washington State Board of Accountancy for a term of three years.

Arne Ness
Class of 1972

Arne Ness is looking forward to joining the PLU Board of Regents this fall.

Dave Halstead
Class of 1971 and 1974
Dave Halstead
Class of 1971 and 1974

Dave Halstead ’71 and his wife, Lilly Boulianne ’74, spent the summer with another couple cycling across America to raise awareness for homelessness in Vancouver, Washington, and Québec City in Québec, Canada. The trip began in Seaside, Oregon, on May 5 and ended in Boston on July 11. Along the way, they stayed in seven Lutheran churches, meeting new friends and learning what other communities are doing to address homelessness. Visit halsteaddavid.wixsite.com/website to learn more.

1960s

Linda (Rued) Poirier
Class of 1966

Linda (Rued) Poirier is retiring again and planning to travel with her wonderful husband. They sold their home and moved into a 37-foot motorhome. They plan to travel throughout the United States and take a few cruises.

Julie (Wesner) Landskov
Class of 1966

Julie (Wesner) Landskov would like to thank the Class of 1966 for their generosity, which resulted in meeting their 50th reunion gift goal! The Class of 1966 Endowed Scholarship will be awarded in fall 2019 and every year thereafter. All donors will receive updates on the fund and notes from scholarship recipients.

Judith Perry
Class of 1963
Judith Perry
Class of 1963

Judith Perry has a gallery/studio in Raymond, Washington, at Pacific Fine Art. After retiring from Merrill Lynch, she became a professional artist and is a member of Women Painters of Washington.

Bob Howard
Class of 1963

Bob Howard died July 8.

View his obituary.

1950s

Hildred (Hansen) Dungan
Class of 1959

Al and Hildred (Hansen) Dungan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 10. They also are the proud great grandparents of Andrew and Grace Haagenson, and Ethan and Elly Odegaard. In April, Al joined eight other alumni and Professor Emeritus Ann Kelleher for a weeklong PLU travel seminar in Derry, Northern Ireland, titled “Local Peacebuilding in Practice.” They learned about the commitment of many of those who were once enemies and have now become allies to ensure that the hard-won peace process will continue for years to come.

Bev (Tranum) Knutzen
Class of 1955

Bev (Tranum) Knutzen and Dick Knutzen have moved from their Harstine Island, Washington, home and now live in an apartment in Tumwater, Washington.

1940s

Wilbert Ericson
Class of 1949
Wilbert Ericson
Class of 1949

Wilbert Ericson is 97 years old and has still not retired. He served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and recently was selected as the Veteran of the Month by Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club. Since he was ordained on June 14, 1953, he has served as a missionary in Japan for 35 years and continues to preach and teach. Recently, he was presented with a placard from ELCA Chicago Synod as a testimonial of commendation and gratitude in recognition of his 65th anniversary of his ordination.