2020s

Caimin Boland
Class of 2023
Caimin Boland
Class of 2023

Over the course of fall semester 2022, Caimin Boland applied to the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program and was accepted in December. In late June, he will go to Navy Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island to start his career. The program will utilize his PLU physics education and build leadership skills.

Parker Johnson
Class of 2023

On May 1, Parker Johnson started as a Chemist at the Fernadale office of Bureau Veritas, a French company founded in 1828 that specializes in testing, inspection and certification.

Picture Perfect
Class of 2023
Picture Perfect
Class of 2023

The PLU Symphony Orchestra Reunion was held on May 20-21, 2023, bringing together alumni who played in the PLU Symphony Orchestra as well as current orchestra students. This celebratory event included a gala concert in which alumni and current students could play together, and a festive dinner in the Scan Center. Professor Jeffrey Bell-Hanson conducted part of the gala concert, closing his tenure with the orchestra as he prepared for retirement, and shared the podium with Jerry Kracht, conductor emeritus.

Becky Nelson
Class of 2022
Becky Nelson
Class of 2022

Becky Nelson received a master of science in taxation from Gonzaga University in May. She will begin working for Grant Thornton as a tax associate starting in October.

Thomas Morisada
Class of 2022
Thomas Morisada
Class of 2022

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Thomas Morisada graduated from PLU with a bachelor’s in music in voice performance and a minor in theater. He is a faculty member at Live Music Academy in Federal Way. He also teaches private lessons in his own studio in Tacoma, and at Music 1st, a music school in Olympia. He aims to provide a range of repertoire to his students while challenging them with new music — and wants them to have fun. Thomas is also a recurring musical director with the Lakewood Institute of Theater and has taught master classes at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Thadeus Smith
Class of 2021

Thadeus Smith earned a master of arts degree in theory & practice of human rights from the University of Essex in September 2022. His thesis was titled Contextualizing Anti-Transgender Legislation in the United States as Foucauldian Discourses.

Future Lute - Paulo Chikoti-Bandua
Class of 2021
Future Lute - Paulo Chikoti-Bandua
Class of 2021

Paulo Chikoti-Bandua ’21 and Jordan Bandua welcomed Jordan Cinosole ‘Sole’ Adam Chikoti Bandua born June 21 at a healthy 6.14lbs, 20”, with a head of full hair!

Hanna McCauley
Class of 2020
Hanna McCauley
Class of 2020

Hanna McCauley loves her job at Brandner Communications, and works with a team which happens to include quite a few fellow PLU alumni. The Brandner team works with clients in the building and construction industry to provide marketing services. Hanna is grateful for PLU’s dedicated professors and career-building opportunities that helped her achieve her current role. She says the real life experience through MediaLab and guidance from her advisors has been essential for her work.

Emily (Madsen) Girton
Class of 2020
Emily (Madsen) Girton
Class of 2020

Emily (Madsen) Girton and Eric Girton were married in Kaneohe, Hawaii on May 2, 2023. Emily and Eric met on the first day of their freshman year at PLU. In attendance were numerous PLU friends; Maid of Honor, Elissa Cadena ’20, and Best Man, Austin Smith ’20.

Tiffany Allison
Class of 2020

Tiffany Allison graduated on June 6 with a M.Ed. in high incidence disabilities. Next year, she will be working as a special educator in a resource room in Seattle Public Schools.

Samuel Garcia
Class of 2020

Samuel Garcia was awarded his master of arts in children, youth, and family ministries from Luther Seminary on May 21, 2023. His master’s thesis, Youth Group is for Losers: High School Ministry in the Age of Competition, was granted the Children, Youth, and Family Prize by seminary faculty. Sam has accepted a position as the program director at Mt. Cross Ministries in Ben Lomond, California.

Alexander Kelsh
Class of 2020

Alexander Kelsh earned a master of arts degree in jazz studies from the University of Iowa.

Nate Adams
Class of 2020

Nate Adams completed a master of arts in kinesiology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in Spring 2022, and began a doctoral program in kinesiology at the University of British Columbia.

Picture Perfect
Class of 2020
Picture Perfect
Class of 2020

Samuel Garcia ’20 and Christiana (Slater) Garcia ’20 tied the knot on Feb. 25, 2023 in Fresno, California. Lutes in attendance included Lukas Aberle ’19, Dana Baughman ’22, Carson Bergstrom ’20, Danielle Botts ’20, Mark Burch ’19, bridesmaid Gretchen Johnson Burch ’20, Chris Caudill ’20, Holden Gjuka ’20, Audry (Hart) Hanson ’59, Benjamin Johnson ’20, Molly Petersen ’20, groomsman Connor Peterson ’20, Ian Rice ’20, and Jennafer Schweyen ’21.

2010s

Haedon Brunelle
Class of 2019
Haedon Brunelle
Class of 2019

After two years in the Oregon Department of Education, Haedon Brunelle was recently promoted from an executive support position relating to COVID-19, to becoming the rules coordinator for the state agency.

Future Lute - Camille La Rocca-Carrillo
Class of 2019
Future Lute - Camille La Rocca-Carrillo
Class of 2019

The family of Camille La Rocca-Carrillo welcomed a baby boy, Théo Julián, on May 15, 2023.

Future Lute - Olivia Egejuru
Class of 2019
Future Lute - Olivia Egejuru
Class of 2019

Olivia Egejuru would like you to meet her daughter, Uche. She was born on Aug. 18, 2022 and has been a big blessing in Olivia’s life.

Picture Perfect
Class of 2019
Picture Perfect
Class of 2019

Matthew Kusche ’19 is a current member of the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas. PHOTO – credit to Las Vegas Desert Dogs

Quenessa Long
Class of 2018
Quenessa Long
Class of 2018

Quenessa Long is very excited to announce her graduation from Howard University School of Law and her acceptance of a new position at KPM Law in the DMV area. She is filled with gratitude and appreciation for her family, community, God, and her ancestors – whom she says all have guided and protected her in her journey.

Matthew Salzano
Class of 2018
Matthew Salzano
Class of 2018

Matthew Salzano married Aaron Zeiler at Hope Lutheran Church in College Park, Maryland, in November 2022. The couple now lives in Sound Beach, New York, on the north shore of Long Island. Matthew completed his Ph.D. in communication at the University of Maryland, College Park, in April 2023 and joined the faculty of Stony Brook University in September 2023.

Gabrielle Kamm
Class of 2018
Gabrielle Kamm
Class of 2018

Gabrielle Kamm married Calvin Quilty on Fire Island, New York on Sept. 1, 2022. Ciara Flanery ’18 was in attendance.

Future Lute - Chris and Megan VanDomelen ’18
Class of 2018
Future Lute - Chris and Megan VanDomelen ’18
Class of 2018

Chris and Megan VanDomelen ’18 welcomed daughter and future Lute, Grace Michaela VanDomelen, on Aug. 30, 2022.

Margot Fresquez
Class of 2017
Margot Fresquez
Class of 2017

The life of Margot Fresquez has changed since graduating with her bachelor’s degree at PLU. She has traveled, worked, lost family members, got married, and has now graduated with a master’s degree from PLU. She says that while so many things have changed, she is glad for the “ups and downs” that brought her here.

Misty Lang
Class of 2017
Misty Lang
Class of 2017

Misty Lang graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and matched in general surgery residency at SIU in Springfield, Illinois.

Alexander Vo
Class of 2016
Alexander Vo
Class of 2016

Alexander Vo is the new Communications Manager at the Foundation for Tacoma Students. Alexander is responsible for creating and executing the digital communications strategy and maintains the organization’s digital platforms, including website, social media accounts, and email marketing campaigns. Raised by Tacoma Public Schools all throughout K-12, Alexander is a proud Tacoma local committed to furthering the critical consciousness surrounding equitable education systems and promoting the future well-being of Tacoma’s diverse youth.

Justin Williams
Class of 2015

Justin Williams is the product owner for the Data & Analytics Department at Brooks Running, leading the transformation from a service model to a product model for the runner data product. Feel free to connect with him through LuteLink (lutelink.plu.edu) if you’d like to discuss product management, Agile, or Brooks culture.

Kingston Lee
Class of 2015
Kingston Lee
Class of 2015

Kingston Lee recently moved back to Washington from Australia, where he has been living for three years to work as a travel nurse for Healthcare Australia. He currently works for Kaiser Permanente at the Tacoma Medical Center.

Future Lute - Shannon Reynolds
Class of 2015
Future Lute - Shannon Reynolds
Class of 2015

Shannon Reynolds and Corbin Edwards ’21 welcomed Theseus Briar Edwards on Aug. 17, 2022. Shannon, Corbin, and big brother Haddon are overjoyed at his healthy arrival.

Kelsey Hilmes
Class of 2014
Kelsey Hilmes
Class of 2014

Kelsey Hilmes married Tyler Holland ’15 in Snoqualmie, Washington on Sept. 17, 2022 in an intimate ceremony with their closest family and friends. Lutes in attendance included mother of the groom Sheryl Bennet-Holland ’86, brother of the groom Justin Holland ’15, and friends Ann (Miller) Mhoon ’15, Elainea Kesler, Helene Beck ’15, Kaitlyn Gervais ’15, and Kelsey Johnson ’15. The couple lives in Edgewood, Washington with their cat, Nami.

Brian Lefavour
Class of 2014

Brian Lefavour was promoted to senior sports medicine program manager with Swedish Hospital helping to manage the relationship between Providence-Swedish and The Seattle Sounders, The Seattle Storm, and Seattle University athletics.

Laurie Reddy
Class of 2014
Laurie Reddy
Class of 2014

Laurie Reddy earned her master’s degree in multicultural education from the University of Washington in 2018. This year, she completed her principal certificate from Eastern Washington University. Next year, she will teach middle school for the first time, at Robert Eagle Staff in Seattle. She will teach social studies, which was her focus at PLU where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history, sociology, and cultural anthropology.

Landyn Rookard
Class of 2013

In August 2023, Landyn Rookard will join the tenure-track faculty at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Future Lute - Haley (Harshaw) Knowles
Class of 2013
Future Lute - Haley (Harshaw) Knowles
Class of 2013

Haley (Harshaw) Knowles and Kyle Knowles welcomed baby Mason Shaw Knowles on Nov. 9, 2022.

Future Lute - Kirk Swanson ’12
Class of 2012
Future Lute - Kirk Swanson ’12
Class of 2012

Kirk Swanson ’12 and Marta (Geldaker) Swanson ’14 welcomed their first child, Annika Mae Swanson, on June 14, 2022. Annika Mae was baptized at Anacortes Lutheran Church on Aug. 14, 2022. Sponsors are Kristoffer Dahle ’14 and his wife Julie, and Bethany & Casey Johnson.

2000s

Future Lute - Tove (Tupper) Lewis
Class of 2008
Future Lute - Tove (Tupper) Lewis
Class of 2008

Tove (Tupper) Lewis and husband Tim Lewis welcomed their second child and future Lute, Silje June, on Aug. 14, 2022. She is named after her great-grandmother and 1957 PLU alumna Rozella “Sally” June.

Greta Jaeger
Class of 2007

Greta Jaeger moved to Stockholm, Sweden where she works as a professional voice actor.

Catherine (Tryon) Budinger
Class of 2007
Catherine (Tryon) Budinger
Class of 2007

Catherine (Tryon) Budinger recently moved into a principal/owner position at FBCPA Group PS, Inc. in Auburn, Washington. She leads the tax practice area of the firm, specializing in tax planning, tax research, and other areas. Catherine is excited to be the firm’s fifth owner since the company began in 1972.

Melissa Huggins
Class of 2007
Melissa Huggins
Class of 2007

Melissa Huggins accepted a new position as the deputy director of Whipsmart, a statewide organization whose mission is to empower creative entrepreneurs and creative businesses. She spent the past seven years as the executive director of Spokane Arts, a local arts agency serving the Spokane, Washington region through grantmaking, arts programming, professional development and advocacy.

Jason Phelps
Class of 2007

Jason Phelps was named president of ISM (Institute of Supply Management) of Western Washington and is the 2023 ISM Legacy award winner.

Elliott Johnson
Class of 2007

Elliott Johnson is now head of the Education Department at Luther College (Decorah, Iowa). He also has been appointed to the executive council for Iowa Colleges of Teacher Education for 2023-2025.

Future Lute - Kelly (Besett) Hardwick
Class of 2007
Future Lute - Kelly (Besett) Hardwick
Class of 2007

Kelly (Besett) Hardwick and Josh Hardwick welcomed their daughter, Hailey Alaina Jayne, on Aug. 13, 2022 in Tacoma. She joins her big brothers Kai, 11, Kellen, 9, and Lucas, 2.

Future Lute - Kayla (Pendrak) Hayden
Class of 2007
Future Lute - Kayla (Pendrak) Hayden
Class of 2007

Erika Lynn Hayden was born to Kayla (Pendrak) Hayden and Kirk Hayden at 4:50 p.m. on April 7, 2022 at Santiam Memorial Hospital in Stayton, Oregon. She was 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 20 inches long at birth.

Stacey Stone
Class of 2006
Stacey Stone
Class of 2006

Stacey Stone was named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 list. The honor recognized her professional accomplishments, as well as her extensive community involvement throughout the state. More details can be found in the April Top 40 Under 40 special edition of the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Deepak George
Class of 2006

Deepak George accepted a new position as an associate creative director at Barkley (Kansas City).

Naomi Fanshier
Class of 2006

Naomi Fanshier successfully defended her thesis and earned her doctorate in music education from Liberty University on April 14, 2023.

Nick Temple
Class of 2005

Nick Temple currently works as a business analyst for the Social Security Administration headquarters. He was recently promoted for his work on business and operations strategies for SSA’s Office of the Chief Business Officer. He currently lives in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia with his wife, April Temple, Ph.D. and beautiful 10-year-old daughter.

Ryan Nabors
Class of 2004

Ryan Nabors, who studied environmental studies at PLU, serves on the Board of Directors for Disability Rights Washington. He served as the Disabled American Veterans Department Commander for 2011-2012 and 2021-2022. He celebrated the birth of son Aaron in 2020. He works for Thomas Edison State University as a regional base representative for the Office of Military and Veterans Enrollment and Outreach.

Andy Callender
Class of 2004
Andy Callender
Class of 2004

Andy Callender and Maureen Craig ’06 were married on Sept. 25, 2021 in Olympia, Washington. Phil Betz ’04 and Megan (Gerke) Drever ’06 were among many Lutes in attendance. Maureen and Andy welcomed a son, Jack William Callender, on Dec. 13, 2022. Maureen is a dentist and partner at Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry and Andy teaches Media Arts in the Olympia School District.

Christina (April) Hester-Derito
Class of 2004
Christina (April) Hester-Derito
Class of 2004

Christina (April) Hester-Derito is so glad to share that her daughter has chosen to attend PLU for the 2023-2024 school year. She says it has been so touching to see her on campus getting ready to be a Lute.

Christina (Pendrak) Pepin
Class of 2004

Christina (Pendrak) Pepin was promoted to director of accreditation, program assessment, and research for Marian University’s Leighton School of Nursing
in Indianapolis, Indiana. She and Rob Pepin ’11 welcomed a baby girl, Paige Pepin, on July 15.

Dr. Kristen R. Rolf
Class of 2003
Dr. Kristen R. Rolf
Class of 2003

Dr. Kristen R. Rolf earned her Ph.D. in special education from Utah State University in 2022. She is now a tenure-track assistant professor and director of the Online Practical Teacher Training Program in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at Utah State University. She and her husband, Jeremy Rolf ’02, live in Nibley, Utah with their two kids. Jeremy is an outside sales representative with Fastenal.

Stacey Kreitz
Class of 2003

Stacey Kreitz was promoted to a section chief within Homeland Security Investigations. She was previously a forensic interview specialist.

Matt Daniels
Class of 2002
Matt Daniels
Class of 2002

Matt Daniels, along with his partners, started TrueNorth Medical Physics. He and his team travel around the country and commission Lynacs (machines that deliver radiation treatments.) Matt and his team also offer remote physics services and vacation coverage to clinics in need. Matt is married to Amy (Anklam) Daniels ’02 and they have two kids who are both active in hockey and figure skating. Amy produces the “Kitten & Clucky” podcast and has recently become active in the school theater community. The family recently relocated to Washington from Florida and have enjoyed being back in the Pacific Northwest.

Alyssa (Wiedenheft) Elliott
Class of 2001

Alyssa (Wiedenheft) Elliott married Cory Elliott in June 2022 in Port Townsend. She has recently accepted a position with the City of Kent as government performance coordinator and is thrilled to be able to bring process improvement and strategic planning support to the city. She lives in Tacoma with her husband, their dog Paisley, and four sweet chickens.

Wendy (Stolberg) Simmons
Class of 2001

Wendy (Stolberg) Simmons was recognized as Marketer of the Year by the Society for Marketers of Professional Services Seattle Chapter. Her marketing-focused podcast, “The Shortlist,” was also recognized with a national award by SMPS. Wendy is the founding principal of Middle of Six, a marketing consultancy that is headquartered in Tacoma and has employees in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Gina Hansen
Class of 2000
Gina Hansen
Class of 2000

After more than 20 years in the California Bay Area and Denver, Colorado, Gina Hansen returns to the Northwest and has accepted a position teaching digital sound recording at Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien, Washington. Gina encourages music recording artists, media makers and future teachers to reach out to share their stories and give back to future generations through the school’s new Teaching Academy. (Hansen (L), Kelly Harr, 2000 (R))

Dr. Kelly (Harbert) Goodsell
Class of 2000

Dr. Kelly (Harbert) Goodsell was recently appointed as the next president of Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington.

Tim Erickson
Class of 2000
Tim Erickson
Class of 2000

Tim Erickson was promoted to commander in the Navy, and just completed his executive officer sea tour on the USS Michigan submarine in Washington state. He is now completing his second master’s in Washington, D.C.

1990s

Brian Norman
Class of 1999

Brian Norman was promoted to Provost at Antioch College, a progressive liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Cornelius Pope
Class of 1999
Cornelius Pope
Class of 1999

In May 2022, Cornelius Pope graduated with a juris doctor degree from The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Cornelius was admitted to the Maryland State Bar. He serves as an assistant state’s attorney in the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City in Baltimore, Maryland. He welcomed first grandchild — granddaughter Honor Moody — born in August 2022 to daughter Wisdom (née Pope) Moody and her husband Michael.

Jennifur Newhouse
Class of 1999
Jennifur Newhouse
Class of 1999

Jennifur Newhouse started a new position as senior consultant and executive coach with K2OHSolutions, LLC. She also joined the board of directors for Second City Chamber Series. Currently, she serves the SCCS board as marketing chairperson.

Jamie (Meyers) Bredstrand
Class of 1998

Jamie (Meyers) Bredstrand received the 2022 Sheriff’s Award for her work as a board member for the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Benevolent Association. The association’s goals are to provide assistance to employees, neighboring law enforcement agencies, and citizens of Skagit County. She has been employed with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office as a law enforcement technician for 16 years. Jamie and her husband, Jeff, live in Stanwood, Washington.

Greg King
Class of 1997

Greg King recently earned a master of science in national resource strategy from National Defense University’s Eisenhower School in Washington, D.C. This journey honed his strategic thinking and writing, deepened his understanding of key national security issues, fostered valuable relationships, and prepared him for higher positions in government. He credits his solid foundation at PLU for his ongoing success.

Ed Hrivnak
Class of 1996
Ed Hrivnak
Class of 1996

Ed Hrivnak retired from Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, having served the PLU community and Pierce County for 20 years. He worked as a firefighter, engine company officer, and assistant chief of prevention and education. Ed now works part-time in Southern California as an aerial firefighter piloting a Chinook helicopter for Coulson Aviation.

Michele Tomseth
Class of 1995

Michele Tomseth was promoted to director of International Programs at Linfield University in November 2022.

Lisa (Langsdorf) Rybloom
Class of 1992
Lisa (Langsdorf) Rybloom
Class of 1992

Lisa (Langsdorf) Rybloom was promoted to Deputy Director for Administration in the nonpartisan Legislative Policy and Research Office of the Oregon State Legislature in September 2022. Following 16 years as a tour guide with Rick Steves’ Europe, she started with LPRO as a committee assistant in 2017 and earned a Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University in 2021. She recently traveled to New Zealand with her partner, Renee.

Eric Cultum
Class of 1991
Eric Cultum
Class of 1991

Eric Cultum was elected to a four-year term with the Agua Fria Union High School District Board on Nov. 8, 2022. He will serve as a School Board Director in the Maricopa County area of Arizona. The AFUHSD, a 9-12 grade high school district with five high schools, is located in one of the fastest growing areas of the country. His professional experience includes more than 28 years in public education.

Del Lofton
Class of 1991
Del Lofton
Class of 1991

Del Lofton was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force in December 2021. He and Kristy (Jerke) Lofton ’90 recently moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he took command of the 21st Medical Group at Peterson Space Force Base in July 2022.

Karolyn Labes
Class of 1991

Karolyn Labes is a production editor for Annual Reviews, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society. She works remotely from her home in Bellingham, Washington where she also plays principal trumpet in the Bellingham Symphony Orchestra.

Rita Lee Swanson
Class of 1990
Rita Lee Swanson
Class of 1990

Rita Lee Swanson passed away in Bellingham, Washington, on Jan. 25, 2023. She was a registered nurse who received her bachelor of science and master of science in nursing from PLU. With her master’s, she was able to teach in the English-language nursing program at Mikkeli Polytechnical College in Mikkeli, Finland, when she lived there with her husband, Dr. David A. Swanson, a former PLU faculty member, who served as Dean of the Mikkeli Campus of the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (now part of Aalto University).

1980s

Jennifer (Johnstad) Ringler Leonard
Class of 1989
Jennifer (Johnstad) Ringler Leonard
Class of 1989

Jennifer (Johnstad) Ringler Leonard passed away on May 7, 2023, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her family, including former husband John Ringler ’89, gathered in Tacoma a few weeks later to celebrate son Evan Ringler’s ’23 graduation from PLU.

Gail Stenzel
Class of 1989

In October 2022, after 33 years, Gail Stenzel retired from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. She is enjoying spending more time with her family, traveling and camping.

Donald Bosch
Class of 1986

After retiring last fall from Navy Reserve after 30 years at the rank of Captain, and concurrently retiring from Federal Service as a military analyst, Donald Bosch was recently invited as a research scientist for the Joint Staff’s Command and Control Assessments office in Suffolk, Virginia. He also continues to be blessed by his students as a dissertation mentor for EdD/Ph.D. in Christian Leadership program at Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity, a program he graduated from three years ago. When not out with his grandkids, he can be found on the water as a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer.

Kathleen Martin
Class of 1985

Kathleen Martin was accepted into The Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio’s Film Directing Class in Seattle, Washington. She was inspired by her great uncle Bob McGowan, the original director of the Our Gang/Little Rascals movies at Hal Roach Studios and a Hollywood director in the 1930s. Now, Kathleen says, she can follow in his footsteps.

David Schaut
Class of 1984
David Schaut
Class of 1984

In June of last year, David Schaut received a certificate from Guinness World Records as the Oldest person to grind a ski rail (male). He completed the record on Jan. 28, 2022. In freestyle skiing, there are rails that skiers jump on and proceed sideways. He says it is mainly a sport for young people, but he was 65 when he set
the record.

Paul Collard
Class of 1982

Paul Collard was recently inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Officials Hall of Fame. He is only the 11th person to be inducted.

David Johnson
Class of 1982

David Johnson was inducted into the Northwest Band Directors Hall of Fame in 2021. He retired from the Shoreline School District in 2019, where he taught band at both Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools. David currently resides in Orondo, Washington, next to the Desert Canyon Golf Course.

1970s

Dale Perry and Bruce Hoffman ’77
Class of 1978

Dale Perry and Bruce Hoffman ’77 engaged in two plumbing projects that achieved highest honors and recognition by the NW Retired Lute Handyperson’s Association. After installing an outdoor faucet at the Hoffman house, requested by Bruce’ wife Erma (Hennessey) Hoffman ’77 “way too many years ago”, the intrepid amateur plumbers successfully re-routed a downspout at the Perry Home. Dale and Betty (honorary Lute) are also the proud grandparents of two new grandLutes. Sam Perry ’14 welcomed a second daughter Lola on Sept. 22, 2022 in Hamilton, Bermuda, and Ben Perry ’09 welcomed son Mathew Perry the next day in Campbell, California.

Raymond C. Bartholomew
Class of 1976
Raymond C. Bartholomew
Class of 1976

After serving in the Marines, Raymond C. Bartholomew graduated from PLU, and went on to study Eastern ways and medicine. Ray was an accomplished photographer, and built websites with online sales, and raised his adopted son, Rafael. After many years in Ashland, Oregon, Ray moved to Florida to be with his sister and her family while fighting Stage 4 Melanoma. He succumbed on Oct. 21, 2022 at age 70. Ray enjoyed his pup, his son, photography, the ocean, and the Florida sunshine.

Maurene “Mo” (Hansen) Aakre
Class of 1975
Maurene “Mo” (Hansen) Aakre
Class of 1975

Maurene “Mo” (Hansen) Aakre ran her first half marathon Oct. 9, 2022 (Humboldt Marathon Run). Mo is the Business Services Representative for South Coast Business, where she has served for 40 years. She is the current Governor and past chair of the Coos County Democratic Party.

Kristine (Baldwin) Moulds
Class of 1973
Kristine (Baldwin) Moulds
Class of 1973

Kristine (Baldwin) Moulds passed away Aug. 3, 2021. With a degree in elementary education, she taught at Santa Clara Valley Lutheran School in California. Kriss married her husband, Russell Moulds, in 1973. They raised three daughters, Sarah, Dorothy, and Katherine. Kriss and Russ moved to Seward, Nebraska in 1975 to continue their education and then to Baltimore, Maryland. The family moved back to Seward in 1988. Kriss was an award-winning author with the Lutheran Historical Society and author of the centennial history book for Concordia Teachers College in Seward. Kriss was also a certified teacher for the National Quilting Association.

Paul Ferguson (Frank Paul)
Class of 1971
Paul Ferguson (Frank Paul)
Class of 1971

Paul Ferguson (Frank Paul) passed away on June 17, 2022. Paul graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry and had a practice in Auburn, Washington with his father for 30-plus years, retiring in 2013. Paul played PLU football and attended his 50th PLU reunion. He is survived by his wife, Judy ’74, sons Matt ’04, and Andy, two granddaughters and brother Bob Ferguson. His mother, Carrie M. Person Ferguson ’44 passed away Dec. 20, 2019 at the age of 97.

David Soderlund
Class of 1971
David Soderlund
Class of 1971

David Soderlund retired in 2018 after 39 years as a member of the faculty of the Department of Entomology at Cornell University and moved in 2022 to Ferndale, Washington. He and his wife Carol (Mieger) Soderlund celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2022. In retirement, David enjoys traveling, pursuing his interest in fine art landscape photography, and playing trombone in local community wind ensembles.

1960s

Gary Downing
Class of 1969
Gary Downing
Class of 1969

Gary Downing passed away at age 75 on Jan. 2, 2023, in Portland, Ore. After graduating from PLU, he married his high school sweetheart, Patti, and served as a Navy Radioman for four years. Gary chose a career in banking, beginning by opening a branch of Benjamin Franklin Savings and Loan in La Grande, Ore. and retiring from U.S. Bank in 2014. He had a beautiful singing voice and a talent with the baritone horn, was a thoughtful leader at his church, and delighted in time spent with his wife and two daughters. Throughout his life, Gary was a trusted advisor and friend known for his wisdom, gentle presence, and big heart.

William (Bill) Coffman
Class of 1966
William (Bill) Coffman
Class of 1966

William (Bill) Coffman died October 2, 2022. He was Senior Class President of his class. He served several congregations over his ministry, and his 50th Ordination Anniversary was celebrated on November 14, 2021. His retirement years were spent with his wife Cathie (Strong) ‘68, sailing, traveling and volunteering in Portland’s Peninsula Park Rose Garden. He is survived by his wife, his children Jason and Karise and 6 grandchildren.

Bette Catlin
Class of 1966

Bette Catlin, and Bill Catlin (a visiting teacher at Pacific Lutheran University for Dr. Ostensen) celebrated 50 years of marriage on Aug. 20, 2022. Bill was an instructor at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. for six years. He went on to teach science and math in a small, rural Illinois community (Seneca) for about 20 years, retiring in 1995. Bette taught various grades (4th, 5th, 6th, Special Reading), and in 1990-91 ended her full-time teaching by moving to Shenyang, Peoples Republic at China and teaching English to college students and instructors. The Catlins moved back to the Pacific Northwest in October 1997. Together, they adopted their cat, “Gracie Girl”, from the Tacoma Humane Society on Aug. 12, 2020. “Our lives are good!”

Cindi (Weaver) Bennett
Class of 1965
Cindi (Weaver) Bennett
Class of 1965

Cindi (Weaver) Bennett married David Jones March 12, 2022 and they currently live in Bellingham, Washington. Cindi’s four sons and two of Dave’s daughters participated in the wedding.

Sandra (Bowdish) Kreis
Class of 1965
Sandra (Bowdish) Kreis
Class of 1965

Sandra (Bowdish) Kreis passed away at age 80 on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2022. Sandra served several churches in the Northwest including Concrete, Puyallup, Aberdeen, and Olympia in Washington. Sandra was one of the very first to accomplish a woman’s ordination with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She taught Philosophy of Religion at Skagit Valley College, and initiated a ministry to dropout and runaway youths in Seattle that was funded by seven Lutheran churches, and the city of Seattle.

Gary A. Westgard
Class of 1965
Gary A. Westgard
Class of 1965

Gary A. Westgard passed away on Nov. 12, 2022. After graduating from PLU, Gary attended Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and spent the subsequent 35 years as a pastor of four ELCA parishes, in Laurel, Nebraska (1969-1973), in Gayville and Meckling, South Dakota (1973-1980), in Vermillion, South Dakota (1980-1994), and in Watertown, South Dakota (1995-2004). In retirement, he wrote three books of poetry and prose, “The Journey and the Grace,” “At Break of Day,” and a third book, “Why Old Men Weep in the Morning,” which his family hopes to publish soon. He is survived by his wife, Vivian Westgard of Yankton, South Dakota, and two children, Christin and Joshua.

William Zier
Class of 1964

William Zier passed away on Feb. 10, 2023.

Roger Carl Gustafson
Class of 1963
Roger Carl Gustafson
Class of 1963

Roger Carl Gustafson, age 81, passed away on July 15, 2020 in Olympia, Washington. Roger was born in Oravais, Finland.
Roger graduated from Olympia High School in 1958 and was awarded a scholarship to PLU, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a national business honorary. Roger enjoyed football, lettering at both schools. He is survived by his three children, Carla Morin, Jan-Erik Gustafson, Annika Gustafson-Michael; and grandson, Alec Morin.

Sandra Gail (Heieren) Gustafson
Class of 1962
Sandra Gail (Heieren) Gustafson
Class of 1962

Sandra Gail (Heieren) Gustafson, age 82, passed away Jan. 16, 2023 in Olympia, Washington. Sandra was born in Montevideo, Minnesota. Sandra graduated from Renton High School in 1958 and from PLU in 1962, earning her bachelor’s degree in education. She attended classes at the University of Washington towards her fifth-year teaching certification. She loved poetry; acting; and was elected to national theatre honor society Alpha Psi Omega. Sandra is survived by her children, Carla Morin, Jan-Erik Gustafson and Annika Gustafson-Michael.

Matthew Loy Ernst
Class of 1961
Matthew Loy Ernst
Class of 1961

Matthew Loy Ernst, proud son of Spokane, Washington, and gifted Lutheran parish pastor across four states and six decades, passed away on April 21, 2023. After high school, Matt graduated from PLU and Wartburg Theological Seminary. While on a summer internship in 1964, he met Karen Gerhard, and they married in July 1965. Service and justice were part of Matt’s essence, from marching for civil rights in Selma, Alabama in 1965 to resettling Vietnam War–era refugees, to serving unhoused and disenfranchised people. Matt is survived by Karen and their three children, Heidi Jones, Ruby Wolfe, and Jonathan Ernst; daughter-in-law, Emily Sollie; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

1950s

Norita Nelson
Class of 1959

Norita Nelson passed away in October 2021 at the age of 84. She was born the youngest of four children into a hardworking, Lutheran farming family in the Sedro-Woolley area of Washington. She knew she wanted to be a nurse, and worked hard to save money to go to school. As a nursing student at Pacific Lutheran College, she forged life-long relationships with her classmates, and gained an education that prepared her for meaningful work. Over her lifetime she worked in obstetrics, Hospital based Mental Health, and Community Health. She earned a Certificate in Public Administration. Her last job was for the State of Hawaii’s Community Long Term Care branch. Norita was proud of her Scandinavian heritage, and enjoyed meeting people of diverse cultures. Spending time with family and friends was important to her, as well as her strong Christian faith. She loved hiking and nature, traveling, crafts, and animal friends. She will be missed by many.

Grace Elinor Foege Holmes
Class of 1953
Grace Elinor Foege Holmes
Class of 1953

Grace Elinor Foege Holmes passed away on Feb. 8, 2023 in Lenexa, Kansas, at age 90. She was born on March 27, 1932 in Crookston, Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree from PLU in 1953, and also graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle. She married classmate, Frederick Holmes, in 1955. In 1957, they graduated with MD degrees. Together, they were called to medical mission work in Malaysia and Tanzania. At the University of Kansas Medical Center, Grace served on the Pediatric and Preventive Medicine faculties, until her retirement as professor emerita in 2000. Grace published 55 papers in scholarly journals, developed the Kansas Infant Development Screen chart, and authored several books. She never slowed down, even in retirement.

Grace is survived by Frederick Holmes, as well as her children: Heidi (Arthur Morgan), Lisa (Imants Sics), Theodore (Connie), Julia (John McMorrough), and Andrew (Claudia). She was blessed with 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She’s also survived by her siblings Mildred Toepel ’52, William Foege ’57, Annette Stixrud ’61, and Carolyn Hellberg.

Charlotte (Mykland) Randolph
Class of 1950
Charlotte (Mykland) Randolph
Class of 1950

Charlotte (Mykland) Randolph passed away in Issaquah, Washington on March 31, 2023. Charlotte was the daughter of Albert and Marie Mykland, born five years after her sister Agnes ’46. After graduation, she taught in both Olympia and Shoreline School Districts. In 1953 Charlotte married Ernest Randolph ’51. For 20 years, she ran the business side of Ernie’s medical practice in Parkland, Washington as office manager, receptionist and bookkeeper until they both retired in 1994. Charlotte is survived by her three children Paula ’78, Philip ’80 (wife Sandy ’81), and Timothy.

1940s

Harry Carlson
Class of 1949
Harry Carlson
Class of 1949

Harry Carlson passed away in Roseville, California at the age of 95. He was a member of Choir of the West while a student at PLU. He graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa in 1953 and went on to serve as Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Master (La Habra, California) 1953-1962; Faith Lutheran Church (Arcata, California) 1962-1968; and Calvary Lutheran Church (Rio Linda, California) 1968-1993. He is survived by his son Michael (Rhonda) Carlson ’83, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.