• Class notes fall 2018

    Undergraduate

    1950

    Victor Vriesen is the chaplain for United Hands Hospice, the lead chaplain for United Hospital District, and the chaplain at the Winnebago Adolescent Treatment Center in Blue Earth.

    1957

    John Otis and his wife, Maxine Kruse Otis ’58, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October.

    1958

    Maxine Kruse Otis and her husband, John Otis ’57, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October.

    Joan Lindsey Wishart attended the Hamline School of Nursing class of 1958 reunion on June 26.

    1958

    Alvan Schrader’s autobiography, No Respect At All—A Path To Million$, was published. He also was elected to the National Hall of Fame for the Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle Industry.

    1961

    The Hamline School of Nursing class of 1961 held its 56th reunion in October 2017 at Cedar Valley Resort in Whalen. In attendance were Barbara Johnson Orr, Carole Grabau Trotter, Dorothy Hauger Haffely, Karen Wilson Acers, Susan Wishart Baude, Barbara Beck Max, Margaret Pool Comstock, Kathleen Spike Sarles, Nancy Bunnell Peterson, Carol Rupp Steiner, Karen Klein Tracy, Eleanor Sykes Peterson, Merna Maibauer Hesse, Marilyn Phillips Hall, Martha Haase Strecker, Joyce Sorum Kisch, and Lois Bostrom Brown.

    1967

    Diane Badman Cornell established a scholarship fund for Hamline students. She retired from practicing law in 2007.

    1970

    Christine Blackburn is a community educator for the Napier Initiative, a program offering intergenerational classes at the Claremont Colleges.

    Ross Donehower has been on the faculty of the John Hopkins School of Medicine since 1980. He was awarded the American Society of Clinical Oncology Excellence in Teaching Award for 2017.

    1971

    Mary Greiner was awarded the U.S. Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

    Frank Milnar was voted Top Dentist and was included in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Top Dentists Hall of Fame for the last six years by his peers. He was selected by Dentistry Today as one of the top 100 dentists contributing to dental education. He also was nominated to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Continuing Education Advisory Board.

    1975

    Carol Cummins was reappointed to the Board of Judicial Standards.

    1981

    Melinda Stanford Demott went on a trip to Spain last fall. 

    1982

    Leslie Kimes (also JD ’85) received the 2017 Stu Webb Award at the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota Annual Forum in recognition of outstanding contributions to collaborative practice.

    1984

    Robert Trench completed his documentary Dodging Bullets, about the impact of historical trauma on the lives of Native peoples. 

    1986

    David Knutson was invited to give a plenary lecture at the Tenerife Noir crime fiction conference in the Canary Islands in March.

    Pamela Johns Danforth graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development in December 2017 with a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, a major in literacy education, and a supporting area in second languages and cultures.

    1987

    Dawn Malerich Erlandson was named vice chair of the board of trustees and chair elect of the Association of Community College Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. She is also the president and founder of Aurora Strategic Advisors in Minneapolis.

    Anne-Marie Donaldson Hendrickson is a major gifts officer at Second Harvest Heartland in Saint Paul.

    1988

    Caren Simon Umbarger’s second novel, The Passion of Marta, was named a 2017 Nautilus Silver Winner for the fiction: self-published and small press category. The Passion of Marta also was a finalist in the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards and on the short list for the 2017 Chanticleer Goethe Award for historical fiction post-1750.

    Steven C. Anderson’s album Emotive was nominated for best neoclassical album by Zone Music Reporter. 

    1989

    Lars Erickson, an associate professor of French and director of the French International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island, was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government in recognition of his dedication to the study of French language and culture.

    Erik Beckler received the Junior NBA Coach of the Year award.

    1993

    Jodie Knudsen Wilson was awarded the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Community Partner Award for her work as liaison to the Hamline Collaboration.

    1994

    Jeffrey Bruce Duncan has been traveling around the United States and Asia performing as a professional actor and singer over the last 20 years. He recently completed the second national Broadway tour of the musical Kinky Boots and plans to continue with Kinky Boots for another tour next year.

    1994

    Gary Norman is vice president of operations at People Incorporated in Minneapolis.

    1997

    Sara Larson (also MNM ’03) is a contacts specialist at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

    1998

    Aaron Tinklenberg is communications director at Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

    1999

    Cole Gibas and his wife, Nicole Bachman Gibas ’06, had a baby, Haaken Anthony Steven, on May 2.

    2000

    Eric Chelstrom has been awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

    2002

    Maria Surma Manka had her book Next-Level Digital Nomad published.

    Brian Hart is a cyberwarfare engineer for the U.S. Navy.

    2003

    Artika Tyner won the Women in Business Award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

    2004

    Crischelle Navalta Barnes and her husband, Michael, celebrated their first anniversary on March 18. They live in Texas with their three children.

    2004

    Steve Koehn, a captain in the Army, was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the First Security Force Assistance Brigade. He’s married and has four children.

    2004

    Patty Yumi Cottrell won a 2018 Whiting Award for her book Sorry to Disrupt the Peace.

    2005

    Graham Lampa is deputy director of digital communications at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.

    2006

    Nicole Bachman Gibas and her husband, Cole Gibas ’99, had a baby, Haaken Anthony Steven, in May.

    2007

    Kimberly Arleth (also MNM ’14) started a new position as acquisitions and resource management librarian at Loyola Notre Dame Library.

    2008

    Kristen Drewski completed visual effects work on the movies Justice League, Black Panther, and Tomb Raider.

    Jamilyn Brown Coleman accepted a position as report developer at Novu Health in Minneapolis.

    Carley Luse (also MPA ’12) started a position as quality improvement data analyst and corporate compliance officer at Northpointe Behavioral Health in Kingsford, Michigan.

    2009

    Emily Hager-Garman married her husband, Dan. Professor Mark Berkson officiated their wedding.

    Natalie Self is a program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri.

    2010

    Michael Schuster’s baby, Martin James, was born on August 24, 2017.

    Lincoln Hughes married Kayla Osowski Hughes ’12. Professor Mark Berkson officiated their wedding.

    2011

    Megan Olson Inman had a baby, Edward Gregory, on July 11.

    2012

    Kayla Osowski Hughes married Lincoln Hughes ’10. Professor Mark Berkson officiated their wedding.

    2013

    Breanna Thompson Taft had a baby, Daxton, on April 16.

    Lynne Chung (also MAED ’17) is a senior business partner at Target.

    2014

    Brandon Zeman is interim chief financial officer at BioRegentech.

    Elizabeth Otto is associate director of curriculum at the Anti-Defamation League in Chicago.

    Savannah Dotson Hanson is a software engineer at Digital River in Minnetonka.

    Ellie Remick Whiteaker started a position as operations support for Headway Emotional Health Services in Golden Valley.

    2016

    Hayley Goddard is area coordinator for residential life at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She completed her graduate program at The University of Kansas.

    2017

    Maura Rivard-Hoster is an associate marketing underwriter at Amerisure Insurance.

    2018

    Daniel Minor accepted a position at Bay Equity Home Loans in Rogers.

    Teylen Sheesley is a paralegal for Motors Management in Saint Louis Park.

    Alexander Kolyszko is a government reporting/customer service specialist at SuperFabric in Oakdale.


    Graduate

    1985

    Leslie Kimes (JD) (also CLA ’82) received the 2017 Stu Webb Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to collaborative practice at the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota Annual Forum in December.

    1995

    Maureen Kucera-Walsh (MPA) was elected to the Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid board of directors. She also became a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul. 

    2001

    Amy Crawford (MPA) has been named to the board of directors of Cultural Jambalaya, an educational nonprofit that uses global photography in classrooms to broaden worldviews of students and break down cultural barriers.

    2003

    Sara Larson (MNM) (also CLA ’97) started a position as contacts specialist at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

    2006

    Geoff Herbach (MFA) had his book Hooper published.

    Maya Washington’s (MFA) films CLEAR and Through the Banks of the Red Cedar were shown at the 37th Annual Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival.

    Amy Kettunen-Jahnke (MAED) is principal of Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Eden Prairie.

    2007

    Caitlin Gilmet (MFA) is communications director at The Emanuel and Pauline A. Lerner Foundation.

    Donna Isaac (MFA) published her first full collection of poetry, entitled Footfalls.

    2009

    Angela Larson (MAM) is director of development at UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.

    Barbara Herkert’s (MFAC) book A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White was included in The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2018 Edition.

    Tracy Nelson Maurer’s (MFAC) books John Deere, That’s Who and Noah Webster’s Fighting Words were listed in The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2018 Edition.

    Tamera Will Wissinger’s (MFAC) book Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse was listed in The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2018 Edition.

    Jane O’Reilly’s (MFAC) book The Notations of Cooper Cameron was included in The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2018 Edition.

    2011

    Mandy Davis’s (MFAC) book Superstar was included in The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2018 Edition.

    2012

    Carley Luse (MPA) (also CLA ’08) is a quality improvement data analyst and corporate compliance officer at Northpointe Behavioral Health in Kingsford, Michigan.

    Caitlin Bailey Thompson’s (MFA) collection Solve for Desire was a finalist in poetry for the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards.

    2013

    Asad Aliweyd (MBA) was a recipient of the 2018 Bush Fellowship.

    2014

    Kimberly Arleth (MNM) (also CLA ’07) is an acquisitions and resource management librarian at Loyola Notre Dame Library.

    Miriam Busch’s (MFAC) book Raisin, the Littlest Cow was included in The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2018 Edition.

    2016

    Sarah Ahiers (MFAC) is a finalist in the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards in the category of young adult literature for her book Thief’s Cunning.

    2017

    Lynne Chung (MAED) (also CLA ’13) is a senior business partner at Target.

    Blair Thornburgh’s (MFAC) book Who’s That Girl was included in The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2018 Edition.

    2018

    Patricia Sutton (MFAC) recently published her book Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster.