Raquel Rodriguez was recently hired as a bilingual youth counselor at the nonprofit organization Friends of Youth – Griffin Home, where she provides specialized treatment to adolescent males.
Darlene Reilley earned her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College in Seattle.
John Marzano married Jacob (Rutledge) Marzano in the summer of 2016. They settled in Tacoma, Washington, and are starting their family. After PLU, John studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. In early 2017, he made his solo debut at Seattle Opera as Giuseppe in the production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.”
Nick Oglesby recently moved to Vancouver, Washington, to coach high school football and opened a law practice. He primarily handles business, contracts, estate planning/wills and real estate matters.
Rebecca Ellis graduated from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, in June 2016. She joined Clear Chiropractic in Spokane, Washington, as a cranial-cervical junction specialist chiropractor.
Brandon Kinne finished five years of service in the Army as a logistics officer. He will attempt to complete a hike of the Pacific Crest Trail starting in May.
Toni (Aulerich) Searles ’08 and Rick Searles were married Aug. 14, 2016, with the Rev. Dan Shaw ’98 officiating at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington.
Molly (Keller) Fields and husband, Jeffery, welcomed their son, Magnus Mark Einar, on July 9, 2015. The family lives in North Bend, Oregon.
Lisa Lennick ’08 and husband, Michael Perez ’07, welcomed son Elliot Daniel Lennick Perez on Feb. 14 in Boston.
Molly (Keller) Fields ’08 married Jeffery Fields on July 25, 2015, in Coos Bay, Oregon. Lutes in attendance were Harmony Rutter ’08, Elizabeth (Johannsen) Farrell ’09, Caitlyn Zwang ’09, Therese McGee ’10 and Andrea Nelson ’11. The ocean-shore ceremony honored the bride’s Norwegian-American immigrant roots with national flags, bunads and a theme of red, white and blue. The couple honeymooned in Iceland and Norway.
Katelyn (Sanders) Anderson ’08 married David Anderson on Dec. 10, 2016. Deanna (Denmark) Fallin ’09 created the wedding invitations and Maggie Smith ’08 sang during the service. Jason Andrew ’02 and Carrie Andrew ’05 were also in attendance.
Ben Rasmus and wife, Heather, welcomed their son, Peter Noel Rasmus, on Feb. 17.
Travis Zandi ’03 and wife, Meredith (Jarvimaki) Zandi ’04 welcomed daughter, Stella Juliet Zandi, on March 22, 2016.
Erika (Doane) Dorrington and husband, Ben Dorrington, welcomed Logan James Dorrington on May 10, 2016.
Miles and Anna (Buzard) Van Pelt welcomed Tyler David and Ethan Gregory on Jan. 19. They join their big sister, Kira.
Jason Thompson was elected to the board of trustees at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington. He also chairs the Finance Committee of the hospital.
Marla (Hardman) Taylor married Guyla Kennedy on Jan. 6, surrounded by friends and family.
Borge Steinsvik and his wife, Regina, welcomed daughter Freya Steinsvik on Oct. 20, 2016, in Seattle. The couple has two other daughters, 3-year-old Sofia and 2-year-old Camilla.
Svend Rønning ’89, PLU professor of violin and chair of strings, was honored to perform the “Violin Concerto” by Jean Sibelius with Maestro Huw Edwards and the Olympia Symphony on Feb. 12. The occasion was also something of a reunion for the many Lutes who are members of the orchestra. From left to right: Grant Sears ’90, violin; Linda Hutson Pyle ’01, violin; Ryan Wagner ’04, trombone; Rønning; April Whyte ’04, viola; Naomi Wilkins Fanshier ’06, clarinet and John Wells ’02, trumpet.
Greg Schieferstein was hired as news director at the NBC network affiliate station KPVI-16 in Pocatello-Idaho Falls. He and his wife, Barbara, moved from Illinois where Greg was an award-winning TV news director.
Lisa Ann Berntsen died on Oct. 29, 2014.
Prentis Johnson retired in December 2015 from the Boeing Co. after 37 years. He received his doctorate in theology from Midwest Theological University in May 2016 and was elevated to suffragan bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., in November 2016.
William ’63 and Gloria (Reinertson) Koll ’63 are celebrating 50 years of marriage with a week at Holden Village with daughter Karen Koll ’93, her husband, Matthew Williams, and their children, Alfie and Teddy; son Robert Koll ’96, his wife, Melissa (Davis) Koll ’98, and their children, Ally and Christian.
The family of Paul Carlson ’60 and Mary Lou Carlson ’59 celebrated the 2016 holiday season by attending “In Sweet Rejoicing: PLU’s 2016 Christmas Celebration” at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Pictured in the front row: Stacy Waddell Carlson ’83 and Mary Lou; second row: Stacy’s daughter, Mackenzie Carlson ’14 and Dianne Carlson ’88; third row Peter Carlson ’88, Paul and Stephen Carlson ’83; fourth row: Peter and Dianne’s son, Avery Carlson, and family friend, Kip Godfrey ’14.
David Wake was selected for the Distinguished Emeritus of the Year Award, 2016-17, by the University of California at Berkeley Emeriti Associations.
Norene (Skilbred) Gulhaugen died on Jan. 11.