• Class Notes

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    Norman E. Albrecht, assistant professor of mathematics from 1946–1955 and part-time mathematics teacher from 1982–1985, lives in San Diego. He writes: “The earliest class note in the last issue was a very late 1973, so I feel I must push that date back 30 years. … My many blessings include four fine sons and their wives, a big flock of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a Methodist church, and fond memories of Hamline. Greetings to all at Hamline and to anyone else who remembers ‘Old What’s His Name.’”

    Verna Brown Dahlman was among a small group of organists invited to play in St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. She has played the organ all over Europe in places like Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame Cathedral, Strasbourg Cathedral, and the Royal Chapel at Versailles.

    Glenn Ickler’s 13th mystery novel, A Doomsday Killing, was published in November 2017.

    Rich Wien was elected to the Hamline Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Hamline College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board of Directors, is class agent for the Class of 1968, and volunteers as a career student mentor for Hamline School of Business.

    Debra Holmgren retired from her position as co-founder and president of Portico Healthnet in the fall of 2016. Portico is a nonprofit based in the Twin Cities that focuses on assisting people who have not had access to health insurance get enrolled through MNsure or enrolled into Portico’s health access program. She is participating in the mentor program for students in Hamline’s School of Business. 

    Jim Pisarowicz and his wife, Karen, visited Kebler Pass in Colorado with their old English sheepdog, Tilly.

    Gary Gleason recently moved to Palm Springs, California. In his retirement, he is working as a consultant with the Episcopal Church Foundation, assisting groups with strategic planning and capital campaigns.

    David Carlson’s ninth album, “From the Forest Floor,” was released.

    Randy Edinger has retired after 38 years in education. Career highlights include bringing the joy of music to countless students from kindergarten to graduate school, conducting the world premiere of a work for choir and orchestra by noted composer Ola Gjeilo, creating The Center for Contemporary Music Education at Hamline with former Hamline professor Jane Frazee in 1989, serving on the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and being named a Distinguished Alumnus of Fridley High School. In retirement, he will continue to direct the Fridley High School Alumni Choir, be the vocal coach for the adult show choir Harmonic Relief, continue to further a progressive agenda of social justice, and drink craft beer.

    Kevin Hogan started a position as CEO of Diversified Plastics in Minneapolis. 

    The Minnesota Bankers Association elected Mark White the 2017–18 MBA Chair of The First National Bank of Coleraine, Minnesota, where he has been president since 1986.

    Jerry Millar retired after three decades as a full-time police officer with the Amherst Police Department in Massachusetts.

    Robert Schirmer’s novel Barrows Point won the Gival Press Novel Award, was a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Prize for LGBT Fiction, and won an honorable mention at the London Book Festival.
    Ken Sholes appeared in the TPT production of The Telling Project to relate his experiences as a cook serving at the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hospital in Da Nang during the Vietnam War.

    William Glass and professor emerita Barbara Younoszai spent a few days together last September in Barcelona, Spain, enjoying the sights, sounds, and good Spanish wine.

    Fredric Goldberg, his wife, and their twin daughters moved to a new house in Edina. 

    Anne Labovitz’s art project 122 Conversations: Person to Person

    Art Beyond Borders
    is in its fourth year. The artwork in the exhibition represents two years of planning and 60 Skype or in-person interviews involving 10 residents from Duluth and each of its five sister cities, including the mayor of each city. The project has traveled to Thunder Bay, Canada; Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan; Växjö, Sweden; Petrozavodsk, Russia; and other cities around the world.

    Jennifer Ness Smith was among the winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award Upper Midwest, sponsored by accounting firm EY.

    Mardell Moffett was named executive director of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. She joined the foundation in 1993. Over the years, she rose through the ranks, most recently serving as associate executive director. She has worked with organizations in each of the foundation’s programmatic areas: the arts and humanities, health, education, community services, and the environment.

    Kyle Green was promoted to associate head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of Northern Iowa.

    Jason Lien was elected as a member of Maslon LLP’s Governance Committee. He also was selected for inclusion on the 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers list and recognized by Chambers USA in the field of construction law.

    Kari Patey recently started as news director at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. She worked in New York City as the assistant news director for WNBC-TV before accepting this position.


    Kyle Haugen was named District Governor for Rotary District 5960, which encompasses the southern part of Minnesota, the eastern side of the Twin Cities, and parts of western Wisconsin. He is believed to be the youngest governor among 550 districts worldwide. | Jarred Sampson started a position as sports director at YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.

    Grant Harding and his wife, Michele, had a baby boy named Tyner Raymond Harding on December 23, 2017. He is head baseball coach at the University of Minnesota Morris.

    Melissa Houghtaling started a position as human services judge at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

    Artika Tyner received the 2017 Difference Makers Award at the GPSolo 2017 Solo and Small Firm Summit in Saint Paul.


    Lindsay Conrad started a position as health educator and biometric screening technician at Interactive Health, Inc.

    Erin Hayes was a Queen of the Snows candidate for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

    Deborah Friedman-Hueller and Andrew Hueller had a baby, Lillie Evelyn, on August 12, 2017.  

    Shannon Malone started a position as data scientist, North America at Cambridge Assessment International Education in the UK.

    Rebekah Orensten graduated from St. Catherine’s University with a master’s in library and information science along with a School Library Media Specialist Certification. 

    Sarah Kirchner Sheldon started a position as assistant director of annual giving at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

    Tom Schadegg started a position as assistant vice president, financial crimes control periodic review operations manager at U.S. Bank.

    Luis Patino was named to the Star Tribune’s list of 26 immigrants who are influencing the culinary scene in Minnesota. 

    Andrea Richter started a position as senior advisor to the secretary for international engagement at Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

    Paula Cortez started a position as a second grade teacher at Kualapuu Public Conversion Charter School in Hawaii.

    Hannah Kuether has been promoted to assistant director of International and Graduate Programs at the University of Minnesota Law School. She will travel to fairs and events to recruit international lawyers for the university’s LL.M. program. 

    Matthew Perushek was named to the National Trial Lawyers Association’s
    “Top 40 Under 40” list.  

    Kendra Watson started a position as a dermatologist at Dakota Dermatology in Sioux Falls.

    Cat Polivoda opened a store called Cake Plus-Size Resale, a plus-size clothing shop for people of all genders, in Minneapolis.

    Abi Bachman married Eduardo Bustamante in 2017. She also purchased her first home in Springfield, Virginia. | Ben Savin started a position as director of Camp Butwin and Youth Services in Saint Paul. 

    Aakash Shrestha started a position as senior human resources operations partner at Coloplast in Minneapolis.

    Marissa Stelzer Holst accepted a position as part of an Assertive Community Treatment team in Elk River after graduating with a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University in 2017. She plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology.

    Hannah Plagma Mitchell married her husband, TJ, on September 2, 2017. She also started a position as alumni engagement coordinator at Macalester College.  

    Isaac Mullin started a position as marketing program manager at PowerObjects in Minneapolis.

    Marko Dewhurst started a position as creative marketing strategist at Madesmart in Saint Paul. 
    Ann Muhvich started a position as IT controls and compliance analyst at 3M’s global headquarters in Maplewood.

    Gino Terrell was named as the 2017 Student Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.


    Melanie Ault (MPA) (also JD ’87) was elected president of the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (National PERLA), the premier organization for public sector labor relations and human resources professionals.

    Diane Hohl Dettman (MAED) recently released On Liberty’s Wings: A Post WWII Novel, the third book in her Courageous Footsteps WWII historical fiction series. Her award-winning series, which focuses on the hardships thousands of Japanese Americans were forced to endure in the internment camps during the war and injustices they experienced after the war ended, has received excellent reviews from the International Women For One organization, the senior editor of Midwest Reviews, and the former president of the Stillwater Public Library Foundation.

    Joel Portice (MPA) was named one of Nashville’s Most Admired CEOs by the Nashville Business Journal. Currently the CEO of Intermedix, he served as a Hamline board member for many years and obtained Trustee Emeritus status in 2012.

    Tasslyn Frame Magnusson’s (MFAC) poem Clean/Fly/Plum was awarded the top prize in Room Magazine’s 2017 Poetry and Fiction Annual Contest.

    Elizabeth Jarret Andrew’s (MFA) book Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice was recently published by Skinner House Books. The book guides writers through the writing and revision process.

    Ruth Berger (MFA) won a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

    Stephen Rymer (MPA) was selected as Rochester’s fourth city administrator.

    Desmond Campbell (MAED:NSEE) heads the School of Natural and Applied Sciences at Moneague College in Jamaica. He provides science education to teachers in training and pre-university students and a professional program of environmental studies for the Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees.

    Jeffrey Hamiel (DPA) was named to the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame by Twin Cities Business magazine for
    his work as executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

    Beth Mayer (MFA) won Black Lawrence Review’s 2017 Hudson Prize. Her short story collection, We Will Tell You Otherwise, will be published in the summer of 2019.

    Mark Rapacz’s (MFA) novel A Burdizzo for a Prince was published by Fahrenheit Press.

    Robert Simmons (EDD) has been named president of Service Year Alliance, which works to make a year of paid, full-time service a possibility for young Americans.

    Lorissa Gottschalk (MFA) won a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

    Haley Lasche’s (MFA) poetry book Blood and Survivor was published.

    Camille Weixel Chasteen (MBA) started a position as global coated abrasives product supervisor in 3M’s Abrasive Systems Division. 

    Noah Gerding (MNM/MBA) started a position as director of development at People Serving People in Minneapolis.

    Tracy Maurer’s (MFAC) illustrated children’s book John Deere, That’s Who! was published.

    Andrea Jenkins (MFA) was elected to the Minneapolis City Council.
    Heather Worthington (MPA) started a position as director of long range planning for the City of Minneapolis.

    Courtney Kasal Barrette (MPA/MNM) started a position as director of engagement and external relations at the University of Minnesota College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

    Rebecca Grabill’s (MFAC) illustrated children’s book Halloween Good Night was recently published. 
    Derek Madsen (MNM) started a position as executive vice president for resource development at CommonBond Communities in Saint Paul.

    Renee Beauregard Lute’s (MFA) chapter book series Winicker Wallace was published.

    Reuben Moore (MBA) started a position as CEO at Westside Community Health Services in Saint Paul. 

    Caitlin Bailey Thompson (MFA) launched her new book, Solve for Desire, at an event at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

    Matt Dahl (MFA) was published in Flash Fiction Magazine. His short story Brothers, Buddies, but Now One’s Dead
    is a traumatic tale based on a true story.

    Joseph Graw (MBA) started a position as chief operation officer at ImageTrend, Inc. in Lakeville. 

    Paul Allen’s (MAT) first book,Eleanor Cameron: Dimensions of Amazement, was published by the University Press of Mississippi. His book is a comprehensive biography of the children’s author who wrote The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, A Room Made of Windows, and other novels.

    Elizabeth Verdick’s (MFAC) picture book Small Walt was published.

    MayKao Yangblongsua Hang (DPA), CEO of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, was named to Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal’s list of 2017 Most Admired CEOs.

    Katherine Lucas (MFA) won a 2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

    Sarah Ahiers’ (MFAC) book Thief’s Cunning, the companion to Assassins Heart, was published. 

    Donn Lindstrom (MNM) started a position as executive director at the Veterans Defense Project in Minneapolis.

    David Perrault (MPA) was named interim director of finance and administrative services for the City of Arden Hills.

    Kathy Nordgaard’s (MFA) piece Prince Made Us Cool was published in the print journal Big Muddy. 
    Barbara Roberts’ (MFAC) middle grade novel Outside Shots will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in 2019.

    Blair Thornburgh’s (MFAC) book Who’s That Girl was recently published.


    Anna Wasescha Kagan was named president of West Central Initiative (WCI) by the WCI Board of Directors.