Mirna Morris ’22 and her son, Skyler Ramirez-Ortiz ’22, are both current PLU students. Mirna, a long time medical assistant, is earning a BSN in nursing, a final step toward her dream of becoming an intensive care unit nurse. Skyler is double majoring in political science and economics and hopes to attend law school. They plan to walk together at commencement this spring.
Adrian Brown is working in a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit at Saint Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. She is an avid volunteer vaccinator with the Medical Reserve Corps. She has returned to Pacific Lutheran University to earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner degree.
Sabina Ibragimova Bartlett ’18 married Bryant Bartlett on April 8, 2020 at the residence of her American family on Steilacoom Lake.
Alyssa Jilk married Noah Gerlach ’18 in Mukilteo on Dec. 15, 2019 with Maid of Honor Ciara Flanery ’18 and Best Man Mitchell Nowakowski ’18. The couple now lives in Portland, where Noah recently finished a masters in public policy at Portland State University (class of 2020).
Meghan (Gould) Woodring ’18 married Seth Woodring after four years of dating on August 16, 2020. The newlyweds live in Colorado Springs, Colorado with their cat, Roo. Meghan teaches seventh grade math and Seth works as a GIS technician for a civil engineering firm.
Kevin Calixto accepted a job at Everett Community College as a college success faculty/TRiO Advisor. He is eager to work with first generation community college students and to teach a course in the spring.
Anna (Jessen) Doyle married Kieran Doyle ’17 on Sept. 12, 2020 at St. Paul’s Church in Port Gamble, Washington. The wedding was officiated by Pastor Tom Kidd ’70. Anna’s PLU golf teammate Anela Barber ’17 & ’19 was maid of honor. Numerous other Lutes would have been in attendance if not for COVID-19.
Amanda Curran received her JD from Gonzaga University School of Law in May, and recently accepted a position as an assistant attorney general with the Washington Attorney General’s Office in the Social and Health Services Division.
Jon Schaub married Emily Moog in June 2020 in Rochester, Washington. They now live in Salem, Oregon where Jon works in the logistics & transportation industry while Emily teaches third grade.
Cierra Nalani Richards was crowned Miss Collegiate United States 2020 at the annual national pageant. Richards won the national service project award, national photogenic award, national community service award, national social media award, national spirit award, national collegiate ambassador title, national best fashion, national best evening gown, and national best interview. She is now an ambassador constituent team lead for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. She will spend her year of service promoting her personal platform of cancer prevention and research, raising money and awareness for the cure, volunteering, and making appearances across her state and the country.
Arvid Isaksen and Amy (Lessig) Isaksen ’15 welcomed their son, Beau Isaksen, on October 2. Beau was born at 6 lbs. 5 oz. and 18.5 inches, and has been showered with love by many fellow PLU alums and community members.
Nathan and Lindsey (Medak) Rhoades ’14 welcomed their second child, Ava Grace Rhoades, on Aug. 29, 2020. She joins big brother Liam, age 3.
Future Lute Angela Karamatic was born Sept. 27 to Anna and Derek Karamatic ’09, both PLU graduates. Go Lutes!
Mark Adam Rud followed his BFA in theatre arts and BA in English literature by working as an actor around the Puget Sound area while completing AmeriCorps service with Tacoma Community House. He then moved to Philadelphia where he worked for nonprofit performing arts organizations in casting and script evaluation, as well as an independent stage director and dramaturg. He also spent a year in New York City working primarily with several museums. Mark recently received his MS in Bioregional Planning and Community Design from the University of Idaho. He has since started working as a planner with the City of Hamilton, Montana.
Hannah Comerford and her husband Jason ’09 welcomed their first son, Harrison Thomas Comerford, on March 29, 2020.
Matthew Lindberg and Jamie (Williams) Lindberg ’10, ’13 welcomed their first child, Aiden Matthew, on June 3, 2020.
When Nicole (Hughes) Hargreaves ’10 and her family moved to Australia their home buying experience was documented in a 2020 episode of HGTV’s House Hunters International.
Tove Tupper and Tim Lewis welcomed future Lute Boden Walter Lewis on July 24, 2020.
Courtney (Poole) Taylor, husband Matt, and son Jameson welcomed a baby girl, Millie Joy, on Dec. 27, 2019.
Emma Coulson was promoted in April to manager at Accenture, a professional services company, in the Marketing Operations practice. She is the client services delivery manager for digital content services and website management for a large multinational software corporation client based in the Pacific Northwest.
Cathy Morris was recently hired as the director of marketing & communications for Bear Group, a custom website development agency based in Seattle.
Nick Page welcomed his second daughter, McKinlee Patricia Page on May, 18th 2021.
Lindsay Nelson Hanculak received a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Conscious Leadership and Team Management from the University of Chicago. She spearheaded the first team in the nation caring for COVID-19 patients remotely, alongside Brita (Mueller) Grotte ’87. The team cared for over 4,000 patients remotely and was honored with the Daisy Team Award at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, where both nurses practice in the Emergency Department.
Jason Russell and Misty Addison ’04 welcomed daughter Annaliese Caroline on Sept. 5, 2020. The couple is stationed on the U.S. Army base in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Chris Egan sports anchor/reporter at King 5 Television in Seattle, won two Emmy awards in 2020 for the best sports story of the year and for overall reporting excellence. Chris also won an Edward R. Murrow award for sports reporting in 2020. Chris is married to Melanie (Phair) Egan ’95 and they have three children Madison, Austin and Luke.
Mark Carrato, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Foreign Service Officer, was named the Coordinator of the U.S. Government’s Power Africa program. Power Africa is the world’s largest partnership for development, with 160 public and private partners who have committed $56 billion to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.
Alan Herr, married to Karen (Bennett) Herr ’92, passed away on June 2, 2021 after an eight-year battle with lung cancer. Alan, a research assistant professor in the Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology at the University of Washington, was a loving husband and devoted father to his three daughters. Fellow Lutes will remember him for his joyful dedication to the cross country and track teams, his passion for science and research, and his deep Christian faith that carried him through his beautiful life journey.
After nearly 30 years living in Seattle, Jerry and Alyce (Gregg) Gatlin ’90 moved to Lakewood. Alyce has been enjoying walks around the PLU campus. Jerry works from home for Liberty Mutual.
It was a walk down memory lane when alumni reunited with their favorite professor on Zoom. The reunion included Diana Archibald ’86, Nancy (neé Wendland) Feehrer ’86, and Kevin Gustafson ’86, who met with their former PLU English professor Audrey Eyler. Before they met, they were given homework to consider which author or text they had been introduced to while at PLU. The activity led to some fascinating conversations for the four.
Rod Nubgaard retired after 30 years of dedicated service with the federal government. He worked for the United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He will continue to coach high school soccer and volleyball and teach at the local community college. He was recently selected as an advisor to the local high school Model United Nations Club. In addition, he plans to travel and explore different regions in the world starting with the United Kingdom, Norway and Iceland.
Diana Foster retired in August 2020, concluding a 38-year career in elementary education. Diana taught for 35 years in the University Place School District, two years for The Anglo-American International School of Moscow, Russia, and one year on exchange in Adelaide, Australia. She currently lives in Gig Harbor. Diana looks forward to spending time with family and friends — including traveling with friends from PLU.
Julia Rosin Thorsness passed away Sept. 9, 2020. Julia majored in social work at PLU. She spent her adult life in Anchorage, Alaska where her career included working as a program coordinator at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
David M. Carson has completed his second year as Coordinator of the Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland. The Tumbleweed Music Festival is traditionally held on Labor Day weekend in Richland’s Howard Amon Park, along the bank of the Columbia River. The 2020 festival was to be the 24th annual, but when Covid disrupted the world, it was decided it would go virtual. The festival was brought to life at tumbleweedmusicfestival.org, with over 70 free pre-recorded performances, seven free workshops, and two free concerts.
Lisa L. Sutton is the Acting Chief Judge on the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II in Tacoma. She is the 25th judge, and the ninth female judge, to serve on the court since it was created in 1969 by Governor Daniel J. Evans. Judge Sutton also served as a superior court judge for Thurston County Superior Court prior to her appointment by the governor and election unopposed to the Court of Appeals. Prior to becoming a judge, she served as a litigator and supervising attorney in the Office of the Attorney General for 24 years. She began her career as a budget analyst for the Washington State Office of Financial Management, the Governor’s Budget Office. She then graduated from Seattle University School of Law after earning her J.D. degree. She is married to James Lux and has a stepdaughter, Amy Clark, and two grandchildren, Coltyn and Ariel. Ariel is now a Lute, and Judge Sutton and her husband proudly wear their PLU T-Shirts.
Douglas J. Becker was awarded the James E. Bye Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tax Section of the Colorado Bar Association in 2020 in recognition of his distinguished career practicing tax law in the state of Colorado. Doug recently commenced a solo law practice under the name Becker PC. Doug also continues to teach as an adjunct professor for the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program.
Following her retirement as a clinical child psychologist, Jane Honeyman has pursued her dream of becoming an equestrian. Jane can be seen with her horse Kilkenny Gold, aka “Harry,” an Irish Sport Horse born in Kilkenny, Ireland. She would love to hear from other 1970s grads, especially those who lived in Hong Hall, Delta “Country Club”, and folks on CREW.
Nancy (Quillin) Wilkinson is a retired public school teacher and is currently teaching art to adults. She also serves as a naturalist in Sabino Canyon in Tucson, Arizona. Nancy’s work can be found at quietmoonphotos.com.
Susan Stapczynski received the 2021 IndieReader Discovery Award, in Women’s Issues, for her debut mystery novel, “Death by Chaos.” The book is available on Amazon, both as a soft cover and Kindle.
Lembit Erich Ratassepp passed away on August 5, 2021 in Olympia. He is survived by his daughter Katrin Ratassepp and his son Erik Ratassepp.
Michael A. McKean and Bandit the Wonderdog departed Wollochet Bay after 50 years and moved to the beach in Ocean Shores, July 2019. Fifty-six years ago, he graduated from high school 25 miles from his home. He started building homes last year; one sold and two are under construction.
Mildred (Hanson) Lider, passed away April 15, 2020, at the age of 97. Mildred attended Pacific Lutheran College for one year. She then attended Everett Junior College and graduated from Everett General Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. Mildred married Gerald Lider ’47, who she met while attending PLC. Most of her time was spent raising her three children, Wendy Swanson ’71, Eric Lider ’75, and Kirk Lider ’82. She had 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Lute grandchildren included Nathan Swanson ’00, Laef Swanson ’05, Brita Lider ’05, Carl Swanson ’09, Colin Swanson ’09, Kirk Swanson ’12, and Marit Swanson ’15.