Collin Geoffrey premiered his first feature-length film, “A Knight to Remember: The Late Knight Documentary” at PLU in November 2019. The documentary featured over a dozen PLU undergraduates and Late Knight team members, giving them an excuse to spend some time together again for the first time since graduation. There were also lots of hugs. The movie can be watched for free online at bit.ly/AKTRmovie
Kailey Huber welcomed Colbie Margaret Huber on Aug. 9, 2019.
SeaChange Fund, providing intelligent capital for early-stage startups, is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Mueller as an associate. He has been passionate about technology markets since starting his career at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Peter then moved on to become an early employee at Carta, where he helped develop their valuations product and later moved into private equity.
Shannon Reynolds and Corbin Edwards ’21 welcomed Haddon Hyperion Edwards on Dec. 20, 2019 at 3:50 a.m. Haddon measured 19.75 inches and weighed 7 lb, 1 oz.
PLU Softball was well-represented at the wedding of Samantha (Pryor) Welcher ’14 to Brent Welcher on March 14 in Woodinville, WA. Left to right front: Leah Butters ‘15, Haley Harshaw ’13, Samantha (Pryor) Welcher ’14, Kelsey Robinson, Chelsea Moorhead, Tori Hamura ’16
Left to right back: Stacey Hagensen ’12, Ami Gran ’13, Marissa Miller ’18, Lindsey Matsunaga ’14. In attendance but not pictured: Spencer (Sherwin) Bowen ’14, Amy King ’18.
Laura (Rudquist) Nagel and Ryan Nagel welcomed Olivia Jane on Nov. 2, 2019.
Kellie Brookman married Andreas Heimsvik in Spring 2019 in Yakima, WA. A reception on the family island off the coast of Norway followed in Summer 2019. The couple now resides in Trondheim, Norway where Kellie is working toward her dual citizenship. Lutes in attendance were Alexis Briggs ’12 (bridesmaid) and Stena Troyer ’12.
Lynsey (Tveit) Burge met up with these three Lutes and another friend in Bogota, Colombia. The Lutes attending from left to right were Kelly Ryan ’10, Lynsey (Tveit) Burge ’11, and Davis Burge ’11.
Rebekah Henke got engaged July 11, 2019 and a wedding was planned for July 10, 2020.
Hadley (Schmitt) Arnits and Erik Arnits ’11 welcomed baby boy George Luther into the family on April 3, 2019. He joins big brother Henry Scott (2 years).
David and Kelsey (Liddle) Horne ’10 welcomed Phoebe Louise Horne on Aug. 19, 2019.
Kristin Henry passed away Dec. 7, 2019 in Bellevue, WA. Kristin was born on March 15, 1939 in Raymond, WA. A life-long fan of Shakespeare, she always loved the thought that her birthday fell on the “ides of March.” She worked in public schools in the 1980s and she tutored struggling students at Seattle Academy of Arts and Science (SAAS), where she founded the language skills program that continues to serve students today. At the age of 67, showing characteristic spunk, Kristin enrolled in the master of fine arts program at PLU and graduated when she was 71.
Megan Galbraith married Stuart Bruzek on Oct. 5, 2019 in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. Lutes in attendance were Jillian (Foss) Adkins ‘10, Breona Mendoza ’10 and Eric Buley ’10.
Morgan (Root) Oster and her husband, Adam Oster, welcomed their first child Henry Waldemar Oster on Oct. 31, 2019.
Timothy Bell graduated with a masters in public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington in June 2018. In September 2019 he married Melissa Raap. The wedding was officiated by Micah Gronvold ’09 and was attended by PLU alumni Brady Somers ’10, Nick Reiersgard ’09, Danny Hibbard ’09, Chris Allen ’09, Tim Allen ’11, and Jared Miller ’09.
Joy Farrell, Marisa Bateman ’10, and Caitlin Webb ’10 virtually reminisced about their PLU days during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Cory and Lauren (McNally) Cumming ’08 welcomed their second son, Ryan Cumming, on June 18, 2018.
Sam Porter earned her master of public administration degree from The Evergreen State College in September 2017 and began working on the nonpartisan policy team for the King County Council. She was recently promoted to senior legislative analyst.
Kayla (Pendrak) Hayden welcomed Bradley Dennis Hayden who was born on Jan. 30, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Bradley was 9 lbs even, 21 inches long at birth.
Alison Roberts earned her master of nursing degree from University of Washington in 2012. She then relocated to Colorado Springs, CO in 2014 and has been working for UCHealth. She recently accepted a position as clinical manager of HealthLink, a telephone nurse triage and community service program. She lives in Colorado with four of her five children, two of them adopted from Korea and China after her graduation from PLU.
Bryce Robbert completed his masters in environmental science from the University of Idaho in May. He and his wife want to share a belated note to celebrate the birth of their second and third daughters, Bekah (6) and Olivia (1).
Melissa (Schultz) Coombes married Dan Coombes on the cliffs of Stehekin, WA in July 2018. Shortly before, they moved back to the Northwest from Kansas City and reside in Brier.
Stacy Hilton Klutzke and her husband, Matthew Hilton Klutzke, welcomed their first child, Katerina Morgen, on June 2, 2019.
Michael Petorak and Lisa (Sims) Petorak ’02 welcomed their third child, Evander August Petorak, on Jan. 2, 2019.
Suzy (Hooper) Levy was appointed to a second term as a non-executive director on the board of the Home Office, a U.K. department of state.
Jenny (Lindsay) Morris has earned a tenure-track biology professor position at Allan Hancock College, in Santa Maria, CA. Jenny has taught a range of courses including human anatomy, human physiology, zoology, and introductory biology. She enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and two kids.
Eric Cultum & Kari Cultum celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary with a seven-day Alaskan Cruise. Their children include Andrew (19), Stephanie (18), Mckenzie (15) and Emily (12)
and reside in Spokane, WA.
Jennifer (Henderson) Kovacs and Guy Kovacs ’90 recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in Thailand with several other Lutes. The two were married at Trinity Lutheran while attending PLU. They continue to love being educators in Puyallup, WA. Guy was recently selected as the State Principal of the Year (AWSP – Middle Level).
Greg Schieferstein started a new job in March, as news director for KRNV-TV (NBC) in Reno, NV. Greg recently celebrated 30 years in TV news, moving up through reporting, producing, anchoring and several management positions. Greg and his wife Barbara live in Sparks, NV.
Kitti (Bowers) Wheeler has been a business marketing teacher in the Clover Park School District for 30 years. She has a passion for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and was recognized in 2018 as marketing “Teacher of the Year” by the Washington Association of Marketing Educators. She was named the WA-ACTE “Teacher of the Year” and won the Region V-ACTE Teacher of the Year award and is a finalist for the CTE Teacher of the Year award to be announced in December.
Cindy Shepherd was promoted to senior underwriter at Rain and Hail, where she has been a crop insurance underwriter for 19 years.
In August 2019, Rosemary Jones was named the Director of Marketing at the National Nordic Museum in Seattle. The museum shares Nordic culture with people of all ages and backgrounds and provides educational and cultural experiences. Jones also is the published author of novels for Wizards of the Coast and is currently working on a new book for Aconyte’s Arkham Horror series.
Steve Ellersick was elected President of the Pioneer Association of the State of Washington June 22, 2019. The Pioneer Association incorporated Dec. 5, 1895 and traces its origins back to 1871.
Tom McArthur was presented with the L.W. Hutton Legacy Medallion to acknowledge two years of work on a documentary film about the Hutton Settlement. Levi Hutton founded his eponymous settlement in 1919 as a home-like alternative to an institutional orphanage. The 300-acre children’s home near Spokane, WA celebrated its centennial in 2019. The film received its world premiere on Spokane Public Television KSPS-TV.
Candace (Armstrong) Mumm was recently elected as Large City Representative to the Association of Washington Cities executive committee. Mumm has served on the Spokane City Council since 2014 and is in her second term.
Paul Collard will be inducted into the Pacific Northwest Officials Association Hall of Fame in November 2020. He had a successful officiating career over 28 years, officiating Washington State High School Championship football games, the NCAA D3 National Championship Game in 2009, and the Stagg Bowl.
Kathleen (Seitz) Price won a cedar strip canoe handcrafted by Sequim’s Jerry Enzenauer and donated for a raffle to benefit Dungeness Homes, the nonprofit raising funds for low-income housing west of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church.
Alumni Lutes reunited aloha-style in Waikoloa, Big Island Hawaii in January 2020. Pictured left to right is Gregg Shankle and Ronelle Shankle of Waikoloa; Jeff Baer ’79 and Jorie (Lange) Baer ’82 of Buckeye, AZ; Mark Leeper ’79 and Carolyn Leeper of Anthem, AZ; Leland Snyder ’77 and Carol Snyder of Gig Harbor, WA and winter home in Waikoloa.
After a long battle with cancer, David Dorothy passed away at his home in Kirkland, WA on Aug.1, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. Dave graduated magna cum laude from both PLU in 1977, and the University of Washington in 1979. He was a licensed professional civil engineer. His most rewarding achievement was establishing the Snoqualmie Ridge community which he often said he was born to do. He was also very proud to have played a significant role in establishing the Bellevue Habitat ResStore. He is survived by Wendy, his wife of 38 years, children Jamie (Shawn) and Tim, and grandson Caden.
Charles W. “Bill” Carlson passed away in Chehalis, WA on Aug. 24, 2019 at 90 years of age. In 1961, Bill decided to go to college after operating a family farm for 16 years. Bill earned an associate degree from Centralia College, bachelors of education and master of arts from PLU. After graduating Bill began his teaching career in the Chehalis School District where he taught for 25 years. After retiring in 1989, Bill and his wife Adele enjoyed traveling. Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, three children, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Barbara (Thompson) Dittrich retired in October 2019, concluding a 49-year career in public education. Barbara worked 34 years as a history teacher in the North Thurston Public Schools, one year for the Office of Program Research in the Washington Legislature as an assistant to the House Education Committee, and 10 years for the state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Barbara and her husband Richard Dittrich ’72 live in Olympia. She looks forward to spending time with family and friends as well as volunteering in the community.
Timothy Forester worked at the Space Needle as a guard before traveling with the Rev. Carl Zingler ’59 through Europe. After earning his M.A in 1969 and Ph.D in 1979, he was a staff member for the National Lutheran Campus Ministry for six years. Beginning in 1980, he was a consulting psychologist until his recent retirement in Eugene, OR. He currently raises goats with his wife of 49 years in Central Oregon. He crafts baptismal fonts for churches as a hobby and is available to churches to craft a font for them.
Clarene Johnson passed away June 1, 2020. Clarene sang in The Choir of the West and graduated in 1956 with a degree in education and fine arts. She was a fierce champion of all children and believed that no child should be overlooked. She was a dedicated “Lute” for life, serving for many years as her class representative, an active board member of the Scandinavian Cultural Center and PLU volunteer extraordinaire. Clarene cherished and nurtured her Norwegian heritage and was a dedicated “Daughter of Norway.” She also loved her garden, being “Beste” (short for Bestemor, which is grandmother in Norwegian) to many, and looked forward to hosting her PLU classmates, her Bible study group, and others at her home in Lakewood, WA.