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    Lisa Runquist published El ABC de Law Organizaciones Sin Fines de Lucro, a Spanish translation of The ABCs of Nonprofits. Any nonprofits having directors, officers, or administrators with Spanish as their main language will benefit. Additionally, for the fifth time, she was listed on the Southern California Super Lawyers list.


    Brian Ahern published his children’s book BUMP! which is about love of family and dealing with loss of a loved one through the eyes of a little dog.


    Anne-Marie Donaldson Hendrickson moved with her family to Roswell, Georgia, in June 2016, and she took a position as director of development at Cafe 1040 in October 2016.


    Dave Thorson was appointed as an assistant basketball coach at Drake University. Previously, he won six consecutive Class 3A state titles with the DeLaSalle Islanders in Minneapolis. 


    Wendi Buseth Breuer, president and CEO of SeaChange Print Innovations since 2015, was named to the Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Business award list. 


    Travis Lusk was awarded a 2015 Artist Initiative Grant from the State of Minnesota Arts Board.


    Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist from the University of South Florida, received the 2017 Liberty Bell Award from the Hillsborough County Bar Association for her efforts to unearth remains from the Dozier School for Boys and return them to families. 


    Angela Hendrickson Culler was honored by the Saint Louis Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 awardee for her significant accomplishments in business and community involvement.


    Angela Emerick Dugan was appointed executive director of behavioral health for the Saint Peter Regional Treatment Center in the DHS Direct Care and Treatment Forensic Services division. | Artika Tyner’s company, Planting People Growing Justice LLC, was named a 2017 American Small Business Champion by Score Mentors and Sam’s Club.


    Meghan Bethke was appointed director of philanthropy at the Animal Humane Society.


    Scott White married Matt Pagel on March 14, 2017.


    Amanda Dutcher started a new position as development manager at the Great Plains Institute. | Serri Graslie was named director of digital training at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. | Cat Polivoda’s business, Cat Inspired, was nominated for Saint Paul’s Small Business Excellence Award.


    Adam Zagoria-Moffet was appointed rabbi at St Albans Masorti Synagogue in the United Kingdom. He will be moving to St Albans with his wife, Mikayla Zagoria-Moffet, and their son, Azi.


    Cassandra Tisdell joined Parallel Technologies as a project coordinator. She is responsible for managing and tracking projects through internal processes. Prior to joining Parallel Technologies, Tisdell held sales support roles at Medtronic, New York Life Insurance, and Fusion National.


    Emma Charlesworth-Seiler became the second woman hired to umpire professional baseball. She will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League in Florida. She earned the opportunity after standing out at the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy in Vero Beach, Florida.


    Mary-Clare Couillard was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team for softball and won the Elite 22 Award by the MIAC. She is the first Hamline athlete to be named to a team by CoSIDA three years in a row and is the only MIAC athlete on the team in 2017.




    Mary Griep (MALS) was chosen to deliver the Spring 2017 Melby Lecture at St. Olaf College. Her lecture was titled “Descent into Detail.”


    Tracy Nelson Maurer (MFAC) published two children’s picture book biographies: John Deere, That’s Who! and Noah Webster’s Fighting Words. The manuscript for John Deere, That’s Who! won the Hamline MFAC Frances and Kermit Rudolf Nonfiction Scholarship Award; Noah Webster’s Fighting Words was selected as one of “50 Brilliant Books for Summer” by Scholastic Teacher Magazine. Maurer is the author of more than 100 books for children. | Tamera Will Wissinger (MFAC) published her book Gone Camping, a follow-up to her award-winning book Gone Fishing.


    Meredith Strom Voltin (MBA) is senior project manager at UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. She earned her accreditation in public relations, marking a commitment to high ethical standards.


    Tina Simonson (MPA) started a new position as communications and planning manager in the Office of Administration for Washington County.


    Nancy Jean Hedin (MFA) published her book Bend. | Caitlin Bailey (MFA) won the Lindquist & Vennum prize for poetry for her collection Solve for Desire. Her book will be published in November by Milkweed Editions.


    Pamela Schmid’s (MFA) essay “Current Obligations” was featured online at The Commons: the Literary Journal of Amherst College.


    Domonique Gilmer (MAED) started a new position as assistant principal at Olson Middle School in Minneapolis. He was also elected a board member of the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, representing Morris Park, Minneapolis. | Stephanie Chrismon (MFA), aka DC Edwards, published Bright City, a novel about coming of age in an urban dystopia.


    Booker Hodges IV (DPA) was appointed undersheriff of administration for Ramsey County.


  • Spring 2017 class notes