This year there are three PLU alumni volunteering through a program called Young Adults in Global Mission (pictured). Emily Bishop ’14 is in Rwanda, Caitlin Zimmerman ’14 is in South Africa and Ashley Dell’Osa ’13 is in the United Kingdom. This year there are 63 participants volunteering through YAGM all over the world.
Cassie (Kelsey) Bieker ’12 and Tyler Bieker ’13 were married in August in her hometown of Marysville, Wash. Their wedding was a testament to the lasting love and lifelong friendships they were blessed to find in their time at PLU.
Annika (Carow) Deming ’12 was hired as communications manager at the Connecticut Convention Center. She will be overseeing all social media, digital media and public relations strategies.
Kelsey (Johnston) Stamps ’12 and Barrett Stamps ’11 were married July 26 at Delille Cellars in Woodinville, Wash. Lutes in the wedding party included Annie Zorko ’12, Hannah Szabo ’12, Shannon Price ’12, Kindra Stamps ’11, Auston Hilkin ’13, Aaron Rasmussen ’10 and Scott Zhang ’12. They currently reside in Bonney Lake, Wash.
Anneliese Kellogg ’11 married Lt. Josheua Samuelson on Dec. 27 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, Wash. They had a small, intimate ceremony of 15 guests. Josheua is a graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham with a degree in biomedical engineering and is now a nuclear engineer for the United States Navy. Anneliese received her degree in music education from PLU and is now the director of bands at Keithley Middle School in Parkland. Go Lutes!
Sarah Wise ’11 had her third annual PY // Art from Parkland’s Youth juried art exhibition hosted in the PLU University Gallery in January 2015, featuring students from three local schools. A $500 scholarship was awarded to the Faculty Choice winner, a senior from her alma mater, Franklin Pierce High School.
Heather McGivern ’11 finds that reflecting on her days at PLU elicits the most nostalgic feeling within her. After all, she met her spouse during her time here, found her sense of self and pondered what to do with her “one wild and precious life.” One of the more deeply personal (and incredible) things she has chosen to do is to become a mother! She and her husband had their first child, Eveleen Lettie McGivern, born Dec. 7 at Tacoma General Hospital at 2:29 p.m., weighing 6 lb, 12 oz., 18 inches long. Photo taken by Heather’s husband, photographer Matthew McGivern. Possible future Lute, Class of 2037?
Becca (Krzmarzick) Fairchild ’10 married Tyler Fairchild on Aug. 9 in Tacoma, Wash. PLU friends in the bridal party included Nicole Ferrin ’10, Dena Harkovitch ’10 and Hannah Middlebrook ’10. Becca is a senior research analyst at Deloitte Digital.
Tyler Gubsch ’10 was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America July 27 and is now serving Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tekamah, Neb.
Leanne (Briggs) Lang ’10 married Christopher Lang in Denver, Colo., on June 14. Lutes in the wedding party were Andrew Guinn ’09 and Carissa Davidson ’10. Other Lutes in attendance: Katie Oliver ’09, Zachary Alger ’09, Kathryn Guinn ’12, Hanna Hill ’13, Teal Flannigan ’10 and Catherine Cheng ’12. The couple recently relocated near Denver. Leanne accepted a position as a senior accountant at Inspirato, a luxury destination travel club.
Christine Mahar ’10 married Jeffrey Kostechka on Sept. 26 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Astoria, Ore.
Brian Seppi ’10 married Emily (Marks) Seppi ’10 at Chateau Rive on June 20, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. Lutes in the wedding party included Erin (Milliren) Baker ’10, Caitlin Webb ’10 and John Vankat ’10.
Rebecca (Richardson) Holland ’09 married Eric Holland on Dec. 29, 2012, at Mindekirken Norwegian Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Lutes in the wedding party included Katherine (Collins) Riling ’09 and Christy Olsen Field ’08. Rebecca and Eric welcomed a baby boy, Leif Eric Holland, on May 14, 2014. Rebecca is in her first year of the master’s of divinity program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
Jessica (Luppino) Pagel ’08 and Travis Pagel ’07 welcomed their son, Hunter Natale Pagel, on Oct. 23.
Blake Busey ’07 has been serving at Fort Bliss, Texas, as the medical director of his family medicine clinic as well as the PCMH director for primary care. He will be deploying this summer and will return in the fall. He has published two papers this year, one on Moyamoya disease and the other on Mullerian agenesis. He has designed a study that is underway at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Rhabdomyolysis. His wife, Selia, and daughters, Oriya and Serafina, are happy to be settling in El Paso, Texas!
Kristi (Clough) Herriott ’07 married Todd Herriott on July 19 in Seattle. Lutes in the wedding party were Katie Schrenk ’06, Gretchen (Kurz) VanPelt ’06 and Beth (Zimmerman) Grolbert ’07.
Ellen (Brotherston) Aronson ’07 and her husband, Kyle, welcomed Connor David Aronson, born Nov. 7, 2013, joining big sister Linnea. Proud grandparents are Ruth (Swenson) Brotherston ’79 and Stuart Brotherston ’79. Godparents: Christy Olsen Field ’08 and Carl Field ’08.
Jeff Kensrud ’07 and Brianne Kensrud had a baby! Scarlett Grace Kensrud was born May 26, 2014. They are so thankful for Scarlett and enjoy all the new things they get to do as a family of three!
Audrey (North) Thornburg ’07 and husband Jacob welcomed Future Lute Kirra Grace Thornburg on Sept. 17.
Megan (York) Wallace ’07 and her husband, Jesse, welcomed their first son, Paxton Ellis, on Dec. 22. He weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 20 inches. They are so thankful for their happy and healthy little boy.
Jenae (Yandell) Lyamin ’06 married Andre Lyamin on Dec. 28 at Lake Wilderness Lodge in Maple Valley, Wash. Jenae recently graduated from the City University of Seattle with a master’s of business administration with an emphasis in change leadership, and she works at Boeing as an industrial engineering analyst.
Claire Zovko ’04 has been hired by the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (“ISDE”) based in Madrid, Spain, to teach international and comparative sports law within the LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law program at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, N.Y. This program is designed for recent graduates in law and other attorneys with interest in developing their career in the sports law world.
Megan (Ernst) Kilpatrick ’04 and husband Todd became the proud parents of Alden McCrohan Kilpatrick, born Nov. 13, in Tacoma, Wash. As the first grandchild for both families, he is very spoiled!
Kerry (Weathers) O’Flaherty ’04 and her husband, Ryan, welcomed Future Lute Chloe Evelyn O’Flaherty on July 27, 2014 in Puyallup, Wash.
Aaron Lunday ’03 married Allison Kolp, former PLU assistant swimming coach, on July 18 in Olalla, Wash. Lutes in attendance included Scott Olson ’03, Matt Sellman ’96, Stephanie (Coleman) Sellman ’96, Jenn (Jennings) Schneider ’02, Kasey Dorcas ’11, Christy (Amondson) Webster ’98, Randy Webster ’02, Jessica (Bland) Ober ’04, Hannah Procter ’14, Kina Ackerman ’14, Patrick Carlisle ’08, Nicole (Block) Swanson ’04, James Jennings ’06, Lindsey (Robinson) Jennings ’04, Holly Mulvenon Wright ’04, Annika (Nelson) Iverson ’02, Courtney Eronemo ’14, , Lisa Morgenthaler ’04, Chase Mesford ’12 and retired PLU head men’s and women’s swimming coach Jim Johnson.
John T. Burke ’02 and his wife, Heidi, welcomed their second child, Tessa Jo Burke, on May 16, 2014. Tessa joins her proud big brother, John. The family lives in Burlington, Wash., and John is an associate at Skagit Law Group in Mount Vernon, Wash.
Julie (Feltmann) Dennis ’02 and Joshua Dennis ’03 welcomed son Calvin Russell Dennis on May 27, 2014.
Ashley Seffernick ’02 and Mel Carson welcomed their second daughter, Elizabeth Josephine, on March 13, 2014. Big sister Maggie is thrilled!
Deann (Merkel) Holliday ’01 and her husband, Brian, welcomed their first son, Lincoln Anton, on July 29.
Kelley Minty Morris ’98 became the youngest person elected to the Klamath County Board of Commissioners last May. Her four-year term started in January 2015.
Andrea (Bernhardsen) Rodenberg ’98 graduated from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., with a master’s in Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family Cognate on Dec. 21, 2014.
Lute friends gathered for an eighth annual PLU family vacation: Josh Wyrick ’97 and Erin (Mortensen) Wyrick ’97, Curtis Fenimor ’97 and Mary Ann (Forsythe) Fenimor ’97, Scott Cushing ’97 and Kim (Creighton) Cushing ’97, Brian van Valey ’97 and wife Kelly, and Peter Finstuen ’98.
T.J Keiter ’94 and his wife, Jessi, welcomed baby girl Margaret Elizabeth Keiter on Dec. 1.
Daven Rosener ’90 has recently celebrated a successful first year working full-time as president and owner of his own small communications agency, GreenMegaphone, Inc. While he has owned the business for several years, 2014 was the first year he was completely full-time in the self-employed arena. He gives many thanks to PLU for starting his communications career on the right foot, and a special thanks to professor Cliff Rowe, his mentor, professor and friend. Also, this brief wouldn’t be complete without thanking the most amazing person in Daven’s life, his wife, Sara (McNamara) Rosener ’90.
Edwin Dierdorff ’88 recently was elected marketing vice president for the Northwest Sound Men’s Chorus-2014 Evergreen District Chorus Champions. He is also the assistant director with the Seattle SeaChordsmen Men’s Barbershop Chorus and Evergreen District Historian. This spring, he is celebrating his 37th year as a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Trudi (Strain) Trueit ’85 sold her latest children’s novel, The Sister Solution, to Simon & Schuster. It will be published through Simon & Schuster’s tween imprint, Aladdin MIX, in the fall of 2015. Trudi is the author of more than 90 fiction and nonfiction books for kids. You can find her at www.truditrueit.com.
Tony Lorenzo ’81 recently opened a new restaurant near St Joseph Hospital in Tacoma: ZZ’S Chinese Food & Pop Jones BBQ. Website: zzandpop.com.