Brittany (Petersen) Nickerson married Tyson Nickerson on Sept. 26, 2015, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Sarah Gumpert was in the wedding party, and Kristie Kim was a reader.
Emily (Schoenheit) Pallister ’11 and Steven Pallister ’10 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Ryan Pallister, who joined big brother, Reese.
Caroline Olsen Smith ’11 married Ethan Smith on Aug. 21, 2015, in Snohomish, Washington. Lutes in the wedding party included Christy Olsen Field ’08, Courtney Olsen ’18, Jenna (Callaway) Reyna ’11 and Carl Field ’08 with 30 other Lutes in attendance. Caroline and Ethan live in Seattle. Caroline is finishing her last year at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and Ethan teaches high school biology at Mariner High School.
Kristen Ziegler-Horwath ’11 married Jesse Horwath ’10 on Aug. 8 in an outdoor ceremony in Auburn, Washington. Lutes in the wedding party included Josh Rodriguez ’10, Nick Melhart ’10, Mitch Jones ’10, and SarahAnn McFadden ’11. The bride was escorted by her father, Dr. Mick Ziegler ’80. Many more Lutes were in attendance to share their special day. They live in Moses Lake, Washington.
Alex Stark ’11 and Crystal (LaPorte) Stark ’14 were married on July 18, 2015, at Fair Harbor Marina in Grapeview, Washington. Natalie Burton ’13 and Leila Jones ’13 were both in the wedding party, with many more Lutes in attendance including the officiant, Pastor George Larson ’65.
Maggie (Morgan) Stephens and Ryan Stephens welcomed, Logan Thomas Stephens, into the world on Aug. 8, 2015.
Kendra Dawn (Jeffrey) Gruneberg welcomed the birth of her son, Sebastian James Gruneberg.
Kyle Nowadnick was named one of Seattle’s Best Wealth Managers by Seattle Magazine on Feb. 1. Kyle is a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial in Mill Creek, Washington.
Ashley (Kloess) Smiley and husband, David Smiley, welcomed their baby girl, Haley Ann Smiley, on June 29, 2015.
Daniel Seetin passed the rigorous examination to become a board certified pediatric dentist. On Nov. 2, 2015, he became a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He currently works at O’Brien Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics.
Benjamin Brooks was promoted to chief marketing officer of MartianCraft.
Tiffany Doorn worked the past two summers in developing countries. She spent summer 2014 in South Africa and a month of summer 2015 in Haiti working with children in orphanages. She describes the experience as life changing and humbling at the same time. She plans to go back to both countries soon.
Scott Olson and his wife, Kimberly Olson, welcomed their son, Henry Spencer Olson, on Dec. 22, 2015, in Salem, Oregon. Henry joins his big sister, Eleanor Anne Olson. Scott is a law student at the University of Oregon in Eugene and Kimberly is a policy analyst for the Oregon State Treasury in Salem.
Seattle-based Choral Arts NW was honored with the opportunity to provide a private holiday performance for guests of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, singing at the final ball of the season at the White House in Washington, D.C. Alumni present were Nicholas Gorne ’02, Anneliese (Gorne) Johnson ’97, Katie (Guelker-Cone) Abbott ’02, Emily Herivel ’08, Dave Frost ’74, Kari Frost ’78, Ruth Preston ’87 and Stacey Sunde ’92. (Philip Tschopp ’87 is also a member of Choral Arts not pictured.)
Jenny (Johnston) Coleman graduated from Seattle Pacific University School of Health Sciences’ nursing program on June 12, 2015. She also became a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.
Ulrika Leback and Jenny (Johnston) Coleman met in Stuen Hall when they were students. Ulrika lives in Sweden and came back to visit PLU and her life-long friends she met at PLU, including Jenny, in June 2015.
Katherine (Peloza) Baeth and Nicholas Baeth are proud to announce the birth of their son, George Henry William Baeth, on Nov. 12, 2015.
Theater and film students gathered in honor of the late William Becvar, Ph.D., at a performance of “Rumors” in October 2015. Gathered Lutes included: Aaron Jacobs ’00, Jeff Clapp ’90, Meredith Zandi ’04, Travis Zandi ’03, Delilah (Langer) Hawkins ’01, Noreen (McEntee) Hobson ’00, Dan Gomez ’03, Louis Hobson ’00, Jon Nelson ’00, Beth (Steele) Cavanaugh ’00, Kathleen Anderson, Kevin Lee ’00, Megan (Sanders) Kappler ’99, Jenny (Jacobsen) Jacobs ’01, Rachel (Teigen) Brackett ’02, Rachel (Morton) Caldwell ’02 and Matt Shimkus ’03.
Gina Hansen accepted a new position teaching digital studio recording, at Pittsburg High School, in Pittsburg, California.
Angela (Phay) Anderson and husband, Jonathan Anderson, welcomed their daughter, Sonja Jane Anderson, to the family on Sept. 3, 2014. She joined big brothers, Søren and Leif. Angela is working part time at Pikes Peak Community College and Colorado College. Jonathan is working for the Mitre Corporation in Colorado Springs.
Kevin Marousek announces his new podcast dedicated to writers and writing in the creative arts www.soundcloud.com/getoffmylawnpodcast.
Jason Thompson was named chairman of the Overlake Hospital Foundation, located in Bellevue, Washington, in January. Jason has been on the board and in leadership roles at Overlake since 2010.
Jamie Dockens joined Fulcrum Capital in Seattle as a senior portfolio manager. Fulcrum is a wealth management firm focused on sustainable and responsible companies for individuals, foundations and endowments.
Christine (Schimpff) Carbo published her first novel of suspense with Atria Books/Simon and Schuster in June 2015 called “The Wild Inside.” The story takes place in Northwest Montana, in Glacier National Park. Her second novel of suspense, called “Mortal Fall,” releases May 31 of this year.
David Chun ’84 enjoyed working at a college fair in Honolulu with Jasmine Lucero ’15.
Jon Overvold received the Interfaith Service Award from the Islamic Center of Long Island on Nov. 22, 2015, in recognition of efforts toward building bridges and promoting peace, understanding and tolerance, and caring for people from all backgrounds.
The class of 1955 at their 60th reunion during Homecoming 2015. Seated, row 1, (left-right): Dick Knutzen, Bob Keller, Joan Werle Rutherford, Barbara Carlson Olafson, Beverly Tranum Knutzen, Phyllis Grahn Pejsa, Marion Leonard Rogelstad. Standing, row 2: Gordon Christensen, Sophie Alvestad (Gordon’s granddaughter, PLU first-year), Dick Brandt, Florrie Magnusson Reep, Mary Estergreen Johnson, Kathy Biery Hoyer, Norma Borgford, Alice Cuda Hokenson, Nancy Schincoethe Hestenes, Annie Romtvedt McCracken, Pauline Skjonsby Schryver, Glenn Johnson. Standing, row 3: Phil Wigen, Jerry Schimke, Janet Mitton Elfving, Joan Chernut Benner, Iver Eliason, Al Carlson, Mina Raaen Mittlestadt, Erv Severtson, Ted Carlstrom.
Carrie (Person) Ferguson ’44, Robert “Stretch” Ferguson ’53 and H. Glen Evanger ’51 gathered together for a party at Salty’s at Alki Point in Seattle to celebrate Robert’s 90th birthday.