• Class Notes Fall 2019

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    Undergraduate

    1965

    Dirk Gasterland is proud to announce his granddaughter’s enrollment at Hamline University. Briana Gasterland is enrolled in the master of arts and teaching (MAT) program and continues the family’s Hamline legacy.

    1967
    Jack Brodt’s
    team, the Minnesota Whitecaps, won the National Women’s Hockey League championship, the Isobel Cup, in its first season in the league.

    1972
    Terry Olson
    was recently inducted into the Minnesota Cross Country Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame. Over his career, Olson coached five teams that qualified for the Minnesota state meet and 20 all-state runners. Olson continues to coach at Wadena-Deer Creek and remains very proud of all his runners’ accomplishments.

    1973
    Mary Sandifer Bruhn
    retired from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

    1974
    Patrick Costello
    received this year’s Minnesota State Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

    1991

    Jennifer Wisse moved to Tokyo as Asia business manager for 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division.

    Gregory D. Smith started a new position as chief operating officer of Healing House, Inc., a faith-based addiction recovery program that serves men, women, families and children. Smith also serves on the Missouri state advisory council to the state’s Division of Behavioral Health and successfully led an advocacy effort to obtain state funding for addiction recovery support.

    1997

    Timothy Traffie (also MAM ʼ07 and MBA ʼ09) started a new position as registrar at Macalester College.

    1999

    Elizabeth E. Olsoncompleted her Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in 2018 and is now a professor of economics at Pepperdine University.

    2001

    Mary Boss Lukkonen’steam won first place at the Finnish national roller derby championships.

    Kyle Frackman was granted tenure and promotion to associate professor of German and Scandinavian studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

    Kris Fredson started a new position as District 14 council member at the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities.

    2003

    Robert Hume started a new position as Tunheim’s director of public affairs.

    Artika Tyner was recognized with honorable mention status for the 2019 McKnight Fellowship.

    Andrea Derby Workman was elected as a shareholder at Henschel Moberg P.A. Derby joined the firm as an associate in 2012, focusing on family law.

    2004

    Erin Gebhart Hayes (also MBA ʼ09) was promoted to strategic planner – product life cycle control at Ecolab.

    2005

    Angela Kuefler started a new position as senior vice president for research at Global Strategy Group.

    Deborah Friedman Hueller was named “Best Meeting Professional” and inducted into the Minnesota Meetings and Events magazine hall of fame.

    Juanita Boyd Freeman was featured in an MPR News article as a “Black Minnesotan Making History” in celebration of Black History Month. Last year, she was sworn in as Washington County’s first African-American judge.

    2006

    Carolyn Korchik started a position as director of physical security (west) at Lyft.

    2007

    Lindsay Bacher was promoted to director of program development for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the social welfare of persons residing in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area.

    Anthony Quill started a new position as vice president at Envoi, LLC.

    2008

    Jessica Lind Peterson (also MAED ʼ18) saw her essay, “Beat a Dead,” published in the Spring 2019 edition of Seneca Review. > Andrea Richter celebrated her marriage to Ashley Alexander Garry on June 15, 2019.

    Jason Engedal started a new position as retirement plan specialist at CUNA Mutual Group.

    Morgan Gabse started a new position as manager of global sourcing and procurement at Russell Investments.

    2009

    Daniel Lynch was promoted to senior quality assurance engineer at Calabrio, Inc.

    Nora Walker started a position as a customer care representative at Incentive Services, Inc.

    Ali Clausen Whitehair celebrated her marriage to Todd Whitehair on July 21, 2018.

    2010

    Liz Larabee Houser was promoted to IT Disaster Recovery program manager at Deluxe Corporation.

    2011

    Ruppa Thind started a position as a senior business consultant at Optum.

    Dee Barlage Lukas started a new position as account manager at Surescripts and continues to serve as director of Hamline’s Alumni Board of Directors.

    2012

    Shana Hansen Tomenes started a new position as a judicial law clerk for Justices Paul C. Thiessen and G. Barry Anderson at the Minnesota Supreme Court.

    Sarah Gengler started a new position as research manager at Sayara International.

    Anna Toegel started a new position as a marketing coordinator at Jamie White Real Estate.

    2013

    Troy Schillinger started a position as operations coordinator in the Hamline Student Affairs office.

    Joshua Dishop started a new position as surgical implant coordinator at Nura Pain Clinics.

    Kirk Olimb started a new position as head coach of the Willmar WarHawks of the NA3HL junior hockey league.

    Katie Drews (also MBA ’16) started a new position as vice president of marketing at Avencia.

    Hannah Plagman Mitchell (also MBA ’16) started a new position as special events associate at Macalester College

    2014

    Brandon Zeman joined CFO Alliance, Inc. as manager of private equity and manager of mergers and acquisitions.

    Greg Northrop started a new position as a tax manager at BDO USA, LLP.

    Isaac Mullin started a new position as marketing analytics manager at Power Objects.

    Ruby A. Crews won the Sutton International Law writing competition, earning a paid fellowship to attend The Hague Academy of International Law for the summer 2019 term.

    2015

    Alia Abboud started a new position as associate product manager at Sovos.

    Jessica Putland was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) at Luther Seminary.

    2016

    Marko Dewhurst started a new position as a marketing manager at Minnesota Wedding Guide.

    Kenzie Bledsoe started a new position as an event specialist at Meals on Wheels.

    2017

    Brody Honkanen started a new position as treasury management and commercial team project assistant at People’s State Bank.

    Melissa Cortes celebrated her marriage to Kevin Michener on March 2, 2019.

    DJ Hill’s first poetry collection, “Homespun Mercies,” received first prize at the 2019 Colorado Independent Publisher Association’s “Evvy Awards.”

    2018

    T. Corbin Conliffe married his college sweethert, Emily Punyko, on July 18, 2019.

    Alex Boeve started a new position as a replenishment analyst at Walcro, LLC.

    2019

    Emma Kiley, summa cum laude and co-founder of the Feed Your Brain campaign, started a new position as Hamline University’s VISTA campus food access coordinator.

    Evelyn Baker started a new position as a marketing assistant at Fish & Richardson P.C.

    Conner Suddick started a new position as a promise fellow at Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc.

    Kimberly Hattlestad started a new position as retirement plan analyst at Advanced Capital Group.

    Graduate

    1995

    Peter Lindstrom (MPA) was appointed to the Metropolitan Council.

    2007

    Timothy Traffie (also ’97 and MBA ’09) started a new position as registrar at Macalester College.

    Beth Richardson (MFA) recently published her short story collection. Entitled We Will Tell You Otherwise, it has already won a Hudson Prize and was a Midwest Connections August 2019 selection.

    2009

    Erin Gebhart Hayes (MBA, also ’04) was promoted to strategic planner – product life cycle control at Ecolab.

    Timothy Traffie (MBA, also ’97 and MAM ’07) started a new position as registrar at Macalester College.

    Tracy Nelson Welper (MFA) saw her picture-book biography “Samuel Morse, That’s Who!” picked as a Junior Library Guild selection.

    May J. Xiong (MNM, also MPA ’14) received the 2009 Women in Business award from the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.

    2010

    Jessica Davis (MAT) was named the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year by Education Minnesota. She is the first winner from the South St. Paul area.

    Amy Luitjens (MPA) started a new position as consultant and principal, adult learner recruitment at EAB.

    Jennifer M. Schultz (MPA) received a 2019 Women in Business award from the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.

    2011

    Joseph Horton (MFA) was selected for the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship Program.

    2012

    Peter Pearson (MFA) recently published “How to Walk a Dump Truck,” a digitally illustrated book on how to choose a pet vehicle. > Kristina Hansen (MBA) started a new position as a principal at Humanus Marketing LLC.

    2013

    Desiree Middleton (MFA) saw her science-fiction screenplay “Facsimile” selected by the 2019 Miami SCIFI Film Festival.

    2014

    Eric Guttormson (MFA) started a new position as a commercial loan officer at Sunrise Banks.

    Joseph Nesser (MBA) was promoted to project manager, home and services delivery offices at Best Buy.

    May J. Xiong (MPA, also MNM ’09) received a 2009 Women in Business award from the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal.

    2015

    Daniel Schauer’s poem “Early Bird” was recognized at the Saint Paul Sidewalk Poetry Contest and appeared in Saint Paul Almanac.

    Megan Cannistra (MFA) published her book “The Trouble With Shooting Stars,” a coming-of-age story on healing, zeppelins and stars.

    2016

    Hannah Plagman Mitchell (also ’13) started a new position as special events associate at Macalester College.

    Katie Drews (MBA, also ’13) started a new position as vice president of marketing at Avencia.

    2017

    Blair Thornburgh (MFA) published “Ordinary Girls,” a humorous and contemporary take on Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility.” It has already earned multiple starred reviews.

    J. Jacqueline McLean (MFA) published the narrative nonfiction piece “The Project Lie” in the winter/spring 2019 issue of Wraparound South. 2018

    Heather Wulf DuVall (MNM) moved to Illinois after completing her degree to allow her husband to pursue his master’s in jazz studies. She has accepted a position as executive director of Pay-It-Forward House in Sycamore, Illinois.

    Jessica Lind Peterson (also ’08) saw her essay, “Beat a Dead,” published in the spring 2019 edition of Seneca Review.

    2019

    Annette Freiheit (EdD) was unanimously appointed by the Winona Area Public Schools school board as the district’s new superintendent.