Class notes 2000-2010

July  19, 2010


Andrea Angelo married Mark Brown on Aug. 8, 2009.

Joy Muskovin Bauman had twins, Aidan and Maya, on March 23, 2010 (Patrick).

Wesley Calvert had a son, Josiah Theodore, on Sept. 30, 2009 (Brandy).

Valerie Christoffersen Copeland had a daughter, Ashley Jean, on Feb. 12, 2010 (Ben; Brooke, 2).

Bob and Kelly Wilson ’99 Dalton had a daughter, Danielle Kelly, on April 4, 2009 (Donny, 6, Devyn, 4). Bob is a commodity broker for Allendale, Inc., McHenry, Ill.

Jeremy and Rebecca Hann ’01 Drish had a daughter, Nya Gean, on Feb. 25, 2010 (Nolan, 3).

Anne Grinnan is the education curator for the Jackson (Miss.) Zoological Society.

Lisa Finnell Howard is a photographer and owns Limitless Gallery, Schaumburg, Ill.

Chad ’98 and Sara Beam Humphrey had twin daughters, Ella Jeanne and Avery Anne, on March 24, 2010 (Brooklyn, 5).

Matthew Hyser had a daughter, Olivia Ann, on Aug. 10, 2009 (Amanda).

Brian Oster is business development and content director at Nehlsen Communications, Moline, Ill.

Aaron Sullivan and Jill Sullivan-Bennin had a son, Henry Edson, on Oct. 23, 2009.

Tim Travis had a son, Jackson Timothy, on Sept. 12, 2009 (Laurie).


Amy Rice Bulbrooke had twins, Gavin Michael and Effie Pamela, on Nov. 27, 2009 (Michael).

Amy Calderone is the sports director/anchor at WQAD-TV, Moline, Ill.

Sarah Carlson is research and policy director for Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames.

Jill Garwood Chlebus had a daughter, Julia Katherine, on Feb. 27, 2010 (Joe).

Nancy Rundquist Deaton had a son, Lucas Parks, in Feb. 2009 (Bryan; Gabe).

Jeremy ’00 and Rebecca Hann Drish had a daughter, Nya Gean, on Feb. 25, 2010 (Nolan, 3).

Gina Gallo is quality manager at American Licorice Co., LaPorte, Ind.

Andrew and Sarah Eckel ’02 Harrison had a daughter, Megan Louise, on Nov. 20, 2009 (Elizabeth, 4).

Elizabeth Potter Isaak adopted a 6-month-old son, Myles, from Ethiopia in June 2009. (Craig; Cole, 5, Caroline, 3). Elizabeth and Craig are board members for an adoption grant group, Open Hearts for Orphans.

Amanda Fletcher Kuhle had a son, Mason James, on Dec. 4, 2009 (Christopher).

Danielle Ricci Moran had a son, Matthew Conner, on Aug. 26, 2009 (Kevin).

Kathleen Nolan is an assistant attorney general in the Statewide Grand Jury and Sexually Violent Persons bureaus at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Springfield.

Chris Sweet is a librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington.

Marla Bank Vearil had a son, Evan Robert, on June 28, 2009 (Rob). She is office manager at Two Men and a Truck/Central Illinois, Tuscola.


Darcy Ahrens married Michael Tindall on Sept. 26, 2009.

Christina Carius married Aaron Pagett on Nov. 8, 2008. She is director of vocal music for Sherrard (Ill.) Junior and Senior High School.

Doug ’03 and Kristin Wolschlag Chang had quadruplets, Annabelle Rose, Grace Olivia, Elliott Carter and Emma Sophia, on June 1, 2009.

Elizabeth Choporis is assistant director of the Center for Student Involvement at Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Kashaundra Gaston married Jonathan Franklin on Jan. 25, 2010.

Michelle Leonard Greenwood received the master’s in literacy in the content areas (grades 6-12) from Walden University.

Andrew ’01 and Sarah Eckel Harrison had a daughter, Megan Louise, on Nov. 20, 2009 (Elizabeth, 4).

Justin List received the Navin Narayan Student Achievement Award from the organization Physicians for Human Rights. He is a fourth-year medical student at Loyola University, Chicago.

Michelle Wombold Meuer had a daughter, Eleanor Lorraine, on Feb. 24, 2010 (Will).

Luke ’04 and Annie Coulter Murray had a daughter, Alaina Elizabeth, on Jan. 23, 2010.

Kevin and Susie Struck O’Rourke had a son, Andrew Michael, on Feb. 24, 2010.

Kristina Meyers Pitz had a son, Alexander Norbert, on May 19, 2009 (Kevin). She is a grant writer for the University of Tennessee, Martin.

Ben Placzek is a microbiologist at Emergent Biosolutions, Lansing, Mich.

Michael Russo married Heather Brune on Oct. 10, 2009.

Spencer Sweet, 1st Lt.-USMC, is a logistics officer with the 9th Communication Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif., and is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan this month (July 2010).

Jason and Jennifer Lams ’07 Warfel had a son, Eli Greggory, on Oct. 12, 2009.

Joel Wietfeldt had a son, Connor, on Jan. 17, 2010 (Dawn).


Brad Amundsen is associate managing director at The PrivateBank, Chicago.

Brandon ’09 and Elena Terronez Anderson had a daughter, Loren Victoria, on Sept. 2, 2009.

Catherine Brankin is a resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Calif.

Doug and Kristin Wolschlag ’02 Chang had quadruplets, Annabelle Rose, Grace Olivia, Elliott Carter and Emma Sophia, on June 1, 2009.

Kristen Lewandowski George is a clinical social worker at Scripps Memorial Hospital, LaJolla, Calif.

Ami Hurd married Robert Bahde on Nov. 7, 2009.

Jaclyn Smith Jensen had a son, Liam Edward, on Sept. 24, 2009 (Kevin).

Jessica Kopp Johanningmeier had a son, Landon, on Aug. 30, 2009 (Scott).

Amy Klein works for the Corps of Engineers, Honolulu (Hawaii) District Regulatory Program.

Beth Oster Placzek is in the emergency medicine residency program at Michigan State University.

James Sosnowski married Bethany Miller on Nov. 28, 2009. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois Intensive English Institute.


Jessica Westfall Anderson had a son, Tristan, on Jan. 30, 2010. She was promoted to general manager of the Oswego, Ill., Olive Garden.

Anne Cameron married Matt Cook on Oct. 25, 2008.

Drew Carstens was inducted into the Downers Grove (Ill.) North Athletic Hall of Fame. As an Augustana basketball player, he was a three-time All-American, a four-time all-conference selection, and the second leading scorer in Augustana history.

Karen Flint Dahlstrom had a son, Grant Riley, on Feb. 3, 2010 (Neil).

Mike Hansen was inducted into the Downers Grove (Ill.) South Athletic Hall of Fame. As an Augustana football player, he was the CCIW's Most Outstanding Defensive Player, a consensus All-American as a defensive end, and a first-team all-conference selection.

Alexandra Harrison married Dominic Gualtieri on May 15, 2009.

Mariah Harvey is an optometrist at America's Best, Rockford, Ill.

Lisa Knauss married David Caddoo on March 27, 2010.

Joel Kolander and Anna Zhorne were married on Sept. 26, 2009.

Jennifer Lazarz joined the Chicago Symphony Chorus and has sung in several concerts at Symphony Hall. She is the customer service manager with Chicago Dance.

Ellen Eckel Manning had a son, Preston Charles, on Oct. 24, 2009 (Skip).

Lisa Miller married Joe Farber on May 9, 2009.

Luke and Annie Coulter '02 Murray had a daughter, Alaina Elizabeth, on Jan. 23, 2010.

Alice Reid Pruisner had a daughter, Lydia Aug.a, on Sept. 6, 2009 (Micah).

Kelly Stephenson is a veterinary technician at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center, Northbrook, Ill.

Kim Haislet Weber had a daughter, Madison Grace, on Dec. 26, 2009 (Jason).

Jason Williams works at TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Pullman, Wash.

Andrew Ziemer is an account manager for Direct Supply, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.


Joanne Argersinger married Matthew Hemmer on March 21, 2009.

Jessica Baumgartner married Stephen Harms on Oct. 24, 2009.

Alexander Blanton’s orchestral commission Boulevard of Broken Dreams was premiered by the Columbia (Mo.) Civic Orchestra in Feb. 2010. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Missouri and assistant director of the Missouri Youth Symphony.

Andy and Kristy Pence Eckardt had a son, David Andrew, on Jan. 25, 2010 (Sarah, 2).

Lauren Horwath Essig had a son, Anderson Bradley, on Sept. 28, 2009 (Grant).

Rebecca Hanson married Brad Carter ’06 on Aug. 1, 2009. Rebecca is an occupational therapist at Allegiance Health, Jackson, Mich.

Laura Johnson married Matthew Kamprath on Jan. 16, 2010.

Ashley Lab received the doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Illinois. She is an associate veterinarian at Valrico (Fla.) Animal Clinic.

Alison McCann and Douglas Tomczak were married on Aug. 29, 2009.

Robin Weseloh married Nathan Sackschewsky ’06 on Aug. 1, 2009.

Holly Womack is an admissions advisor at DeVry University, Chicago.


Casey Anthony had a son, James, on May 13, 2009 (Miles).

Brad Carter married Rebecca Hanson ’05 on Aug. 1, 2009.

Terra Jacobson married Jesse Raub on June 20, 2009. She recently received a master’s in both library science and information science from Indiana University; she is now a public services librarian at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, Ill.

Sarah Kirberg received the J.D. degree from DePaul University, Chicago. She is a law clerk for the law offices of Patrick Markey, PC, Chicago.

Jessica Larsen is communications coordinator at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, Colo.

Nathan Sackschewsky married Robin Weseloh ’05 on Aug. 1, 2009.

Michelle Nelson Schiess is the bankruptcy and litigation specialist for GE Capital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Stacey Slain and Christopher Studer were married on July 11, 2009.

Mike Yonk organized a team of 61 for the Chicago Polar Plunge, a benefit for the Special Olympics. His team, comprised of many Augustana grads, collected the most money ever ($14,000+).


Michael Blumer married Leigh Milligan on Sept. 5, 2009.

Melissa Cinquegrani is a psychology graduate student at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Ill.

Courtney Cook received the master’s in epidemiology from the University of Iowa and now works as an epidemiologist for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Portsmouth, Va.

Mike Guzman married Miranda Bull on Aug. 8, 2009.

Tom Hoffmann and Jennifer Newby were married on Sept. 4, 2009.

Amy Holcomb is youth services librarian at the Fremont Public Library, Mundelein, Ill.

Matt Huston married Andrea Trafton ’08 on July 26, 2009.

John Lay and Maggie Wdowiarz were married in July 2009. John teaches in Naperville, Ill. and Maggie teaches in Plainfield, Ill.

Sarah Murray works at Hochman & Baker Financial Services, Northbrook, Ill.

Meghan McCullough Peterson received the M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

Bryan Phillips is a math teacher and coach at Plano (Ill.) High School.

Rebecca Richardson received the J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C.

Sydney Schaar married Torre Gerritsen on Sept. 5, 2009. She is substitute teaching and operating a private violin studio in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Susan Simosky is a teacher at Riverdale High School, Port Byron, Ill.

Meredith Wachholz married Matthew Hodge on Sept. 27, 2009. Meredith is ally development coordinator at Bright Hope International, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Jason ’02 and Jennifer Lams Warfel had a son, Eli Greggory, on Oct. 12, 2009.


Laura Campagna is membership and community development specialist for the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, Sugar Grove, Ill.

Nathan Combes received the master’s from Iowa State University and is in the political science doctoral program at the University of California, San Diego.

Laura Cygan is a registered nurse at the University of Missouri Hospital & Clinics, Columbia.

Sarah Ehlert received the master’s in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Stephanie Ewing received the master’s in religious studies from Chicago Theological Seminary.
Amy Garczynski attends St. Louis (Mo.) University.

Dan Gavillet works for Peoples Energy, Chicago.

Zachary George is an admissions counselor at Knox College, Galesburg, Ill.

Ryan Griffith is an analyst at Houlihan Smith & Co., Chicago.

Courtney James received the master’s in college student personnel from Western Illinois University, Macomb.

John Jordan works in marketing for Sage Products.

Justin Kossak and Laura Luloff were married on Dec. 20, 2009. They both recently received a master’s in teaching from Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.

Kelsey Malmstead is a program manager at Group O Marketing Solutions, Milan, Ill.

Trent Martin is a sales account specialist with Catalina Marketing, Schaumburg, Ill.

Christina Pontikes is a registered nurse at Trinity Medical Center BirthPlace, Moline, Ill.

Megan Sanders is a graduate student in special education at Aurora (Ill.) University.

Ashley Stultz is operations administrator at Horizon Wind Energy, Hopedale, Ill.
Andrea Trafton married Matt Huston ’07 on July 26, 2009.

Christina Vandre married Ossian Mogensen ’09 on Oct. 16, 2009.


Jesus Almanza is a financial aid consultant at DeVry University, Wood Dale, Ill.

Brandon and Elena Terronez ’03 Anderson had a daughter, Loren Victoria, on Sept. 2, 2009.

Jessica Belle works at Central China Normal University, Wuhan.

Elizabeth Bockstahler is a communication sciences and disorders graduate student at Western Illinois University.

Tiffany Curry had a daughter, Emma Brittany, on Feb. 16, 2010.

Ian Fletcher is a graduate student in the public health field at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Jennifer Foulk is working with the CDC this summer in Thailand. She is a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Jeremy Gerlach is a graduate student in speech-language pathology at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa.

Melissa Goode married Kevin Raap on Dec. 19, 2009. She is a client services professional with H&R Block, Anchorage, Alaska.

Craig Gresko works for Portage Auto Parts, Inc.

Samantha Gruette teaches algebra at United Township High School, East Moline, Ill.

Megan Gullickson is with CDS Global, Des Moines, Iowa, as the on-demand solutions account manager.

Heather Holland is a graduate student at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.

Stephanie Johnson works for InfrAegis, Inc., Elk Grove, Ill.

Cindy Lau attends Rush University, Chicago.

Teri Santee Martin is an officer candidate with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Meghan Matejka is a graduate student in occupational therapy at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. She completed the 2009 Chicago Marathon in four hours and 25 minutes.

Ted McMillan works in quality assurance at Epic, Verona, Wis.

Allison Mennella is a library and information science graduate student at Dominican University, River Forest, Ill.

Ossian Mogensen married Christina Vandre ’08 on Oct. 16, 2009.

Alyssa Nikides and Joseph Papuga were married in July 2009. Alyssa is a medical student at Chicago College of Medicine-Midwestern University; Joseph is a chiropractic student at the National University of Health Sciences.

Mike Pettis married Molly Cooksey on Sept. 26, 2009.

Brian Rintz is a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Lake in the Hills, Ill.

Tom Ruzinok is a middle-school band director for Plainfield (Ill.) School District.

Elizabeth Simonsen attends Rush Medical College, Chicago.

Allison Stoner is a graduate student in the field of occupational therapy at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Suzanne Udehn completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

John Vezzetti is an investment banking representative for Bernardi Securities, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Jordan Voigt is a graduate student in the healthcare administration field at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

David Wunderlich teaches Spanish at St. Francis High School, Wheaton, Ill.

Katie Wyant, along with students Rachel Stearns and Liz Riordan, received honorable mention in the student dramaturgy category at the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Anne Zager works for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Davenport, Iowa.

Brittney Zwolfer is a business development specialist for InnerWorkings, Chicago. She also coaches a sixth-grade girls traveling basketball team.


John Hayes works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, in environmental compliance/permit enforcement.