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Advance Volume 67, Issue 2 • Spring 2011



GREEN Rooftop garden takes shape See complete story on page 6.

In This Issue:

Strategic Plan (pg. 4) | Honor Roll of Donors (pg. 7) | Alumni Class Notes (pg. 12)

President’s Message


Transforming Lives – Then and Now Tradition and heritage evolve from honorable actions that create memories within the life of an organization. These memories are recreated time and again, becoming part of the organization’s fabric. Tradition binds us to our purpose and our past.

Philosophy major, as an example. Over his time at Trinity, he found a love for the theology of the cross under the mentorship of Dr. Jeff Mallinson. Today, Lance is student body president, concerned for the importance of theology within the context of good preaching, and applying to seminaries and graduate schools. In May, he will present a professional paper to the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature’s regional meeting.

I am particularly impressed by one tradition carried forward through our 68 years of existence: Caring faculty. When you read anything about our history, you see the remarkable strength of our dedicated professors. For decades, they have honored God, served students, and carried out the institution’s mission. We continue to hear great words spoken about Jacque Schweiss, Daniel Bloomquist, Jean Wahlstrom, Jane Prestbye, and Lowell Stime. (Too many to mention in this short space!) Today, the tradition continues with Professors Schulz, ElnessHanson, Grigsby, and Houglum – just to name a few.

Lance is just one of many students connecting their rich education to the issues our world faces today. I thank God for our faithful supporters, who allow us to carry forward a life-changing education for our students. It is through your financial and prayerful support that we continue the tradition of faculty excellence that shapes lives for decades to come.

I recently caught a glimpse of this remarkable tradition. Professor Emerita Josee Jordan (1984-1998) came by with a massive three-ring binder in her arms. Inside, page after page told stories of former students with whom she had been staying in touch, praying for, and maintaining friendships. She shared many favorite stories, a special treat as I continue to learn about this college, its traditions, and the amazing heritage found in its faculty. This dimension of Trinity continues as students are transformed by the love, faith and mentoring of their professors. Take Lance Green, Theology &

In His service,

President John W. Reed

Following the Reed Report? This message is adapted from President Reed’s latest blog post. Follow the “Reed Report” at You can also find several photos from the president’s Midwest tour in Mach.

The Advance is a publication for alumni, donors, and friends of Trinity Lutheran College.

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Campus News

Trinity to welcome five new Act Six scholarship students


Trinity announced in February that five future students will receive full-tuition scholarships through the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative. They will join the student body in fall 2011 as Trinity’s second cadre of Act Six students. The five students selected (left to right in the photo) are Mallayana Bradley (Life Christian Academy), Olivia Fualii (Emerald Ridge High School), Christian Paige (Life Christian Academy), Darwin Paet (Health Sciences and Human Services High School), and Daniela Colorado (Woodrow Wilson High School). Launched in 2002 by the Tacoma-based Northwest Leadership Foundation, Act Six recruits emerging urban and community leaders and provides the necessary finances to complete a college degree. Once on campus, students are supported in academic success, leadership development, and vocational discovery. “Our participation in the Act Six program has been a tremendous blessing to our campus,” said Stacy

President Emeritus Stamm receives national award The Association of Lutheran Development Executives awarded Trinity’s former president, Dr. John Stamm, their Outstanding Executive Award for 2010. The honor was presented Feb. 14 in Portland, OR. The award recognizes an organization’s chief executive officer “who serves the Lutheran church through deed and example.” Selection criteria include visionary leadership, management and fundraising effectiveness, and public demonstration of the importance of Christian stewardship. During Stamm’s 10-year tenure, the college relocated from Issaquah to Everett, a move that required selling one campus, securing another, and managing the transition for students and employees. Stamm also oversaw the addition of several new majors between 2001 and 2007. Once in Everett, Stamm led a process to reshape Trinity’s operational model, now called the Living-Learning Community, that expanded the faculty’s role in college administration, created new learning and mentoring opportunities for students, and reduced overall operational costs.

Trinity’s second cadre of Act Six scholars will join the student body in fall 2011. (Photo courtesy of Northwest Leadership Foundation)

Kitahata, then-Director for Community Engagement & Service Learning and Professor of Intercultural Studies. “The talented student leaders in Cadre One make us a better college. The unique gifts of this second cadre will only add to that impact.”

New position created to oversee vocational, spiritual formation The Rev. Erik Samuelson joined Trinity on March 1 in a new position: Director of Vocational and Spiritual Formation. His primary responsibilities will be to lead the first-year Vocation and Formation program and to create a high-quality worship experiences for students, faculty, and staff. “I am particularly enthusiastic for [Erik’s] passion for ministry to young adults, his commitment to a rich and compelling expression of Lutheran theology, his understanding of vocation, and his enthusiasm about the future and relevance of Trinity’s educational mission,” President Reed said in an e-mail announcement to students and employees. Samuelson grew up in Everett. He studied classics and religion at Pacific Lutheran University, then completed a Master of Divinity at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley, CA. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he previously served as a pastor/ missions developer in Spokane, WA.

Campus News


In Brief


Theology & Philosophy, Visual Communications added as new majors Trinity has been approved to offer two new academic majors beginning in fall 2011. Both have largely grown out of existing programs, based on student interest and the college’s desire to grow academic programs. The Theology & Philosophy major will explore historical, biblical, and systematic theology and integrate the study of philosophy, ethics, and worldviews and their practical application to church, culture, politics, and leadership in the world today. Students in the new Visual Communications major will study illustration, filmmaking, art, and graphic design as a way to both design and interpret visual elements of today’s culture. The program largely grew out of the existing Communications major (which will continue) and student interest in working with digital media. A great “Living-Learning Community” moment Senior Mary Wysocki completed an independent study with Dr. Karen Buehlmaier during January Term to apply grant writing skills learned during a fall semester course. Mary’s project, submission of a $40,000 grant proposal to fund a mentoring program for the Granite Falls School District, was selected for funding by a private foundation. Two athletics programs to launch in 2011 This fall Trinity will add intercollegiate athletics programs in cross country and golf. Both teams are open to men and women and coaching staff will be secured by summer. The teams join the men’s and women’s soccer programs introduced in 2010.

Bold Priorities for Trinity’s Future


This is an exciting time to be Trinity. Founded in 1944 as the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle, Trinity’s history is built on a solid foundation that emphasized Christ-centeredness, spiritual renewal, and preparation for service in the Church and the world. For nearly seven decades the college has necessarily adapted to its most present realities, often taking risks in the face of uncertainty, yet moving deliberately and with boldness in carrying out the compelling mission to empower faithful servant leaders. Now in our 67th year, Trinity faces a defining moment. We must honestly acknowledge our realities, squarely face our challenges, and create effective strategies for propelling the college into the future. Our heritage equips us well and we commit ourselves both to our biblical center and to solid academic preparation of our students.

Planning Process In September 2010, President John Reed launched a strategic planning process to guide the college from

2011 to 2014. A steering committee (representative of board members, faculty, staff, administration, students, and alumni) led a process from which 10 objectives emerged for the college to pursue in the coming years. The plan was adopted unanimously by the Board of Directors in February 2011.

Strategic Priorities The plan’s primary purpose is to expand and grow the college in student enrollment, financial resources, partnerships, and students’ spiritual formation. The plan’s 10 objectives are generally built around the following four emphases: Emphasis 1: Vocational & Spiritual Discernment. The plan calls for a fresh look at vocational and spiritual formation within the academic curriculum and cocurricular activities, broadens the role of a new campus pastor, and emphasizes vocational discernment through career preparation, internships, and student employment. Emphasis 2: Innovation. Creativity will be necessary as the college tackles issues related to


Campus News

Events Calendar Unless otherwise noted, events are held at Trinity’s Campus Center, 2802 Wetmore Ave., Everett, WA 98201. Baccalaureate Fri., May 20, 7:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church, 2301 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA 98201 All are invited to participate in a worship service to celebrate our 2011 graduates. The service also includes the installation of the Rev. Erik Samuelson as Campus Pastor and Director of Spiritual & Vocational Formation. A reception will follow at the church. For more information, contact Tracy Weber at 425.249.4765 or

Emphasis 4: Strengthen the Fundamentals. The plan calls for a major review of student housing; support for resource development, academic advising, library resources, and student services; and for increasing employee compensation and professional development. While the strategic plan establishes key priorities for the board of directors, president, and college administration, it is intended to be a dynamic document, changing shape as the college adapts to everchanging conditions. Text adapted from Light on a Hill: A Strategic Plan for Trinity Lutheran College, available for viewing or download at



Emphasis 3: Enrollment Growth. The plan calls for adding 2-3 new academic programs, expanding the intercollegiate athletics program, and examining co-curricular options to support student retention.

LBIS Annual Corporation Meeting Sat., June 18, 11 a.m. The annual meeting of the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle will meet to review reports, elect board members, and conduct college business. Voting membership is comprised of individuals who have given financially in the past year, as well as representatives of supporting churches. For more information, contact Deb Wendt at 425.249.4747 or


teaching and learning in a digital age, developing a first-rate January Term experience, bolstering the Affiliate Faculty program, and exploring an innovative three-year degree option.

67th Commencement Sat., May 21, 10 a.m. Everett Historic Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett, WA 98201 Trinity will hold its 67th Commencement to award degrees to graduating students. Parking is provided free of charge in the Trinity Lutheran College Parking Garage (1712 California St., Everett). For more information, contact Jeff Mallinson at 425.249.4766 or

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Summer Term June through August Summer Term is an effective, low-cost option for completing course credit in a short amount of time! Explore a new interest or complete college requirements in natural science, social science, or biblical studies. Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are offered and include Abnormal Psychology, Economics, History of the Bible, Homiletics and Advanced Presentations, and Reformation History. For schedule, cost, and registration information, visit or contact Chuck Nelson, Registrar, at 425.249.4775. “Wise Guys” with Dr. Jeff Mallinson July 23-29 Mount Carmel Ministries, Alexandria, MN Dr. Jeff Mallinson, Academic Dean, will join alumnus Pastor Corey Bjertness as a featured presenter for “Wise Guys,” a family and adult week at Mount Carmel, a retreat center located on Lake Carlos near Alexandria, MN. Trinity alumni and friends are invited to participate. The week’s theme explores both the concept of wisdom in the Old Testament and “Jesus as wisdom” as revealed in the New Testament, as well as applying wisdom to modern-day “hot button” issues. For more information, pricing, and registration, visit or call 320.846.2744.

Campus News


FROM GRAY TO GREEN Visitors to campus might be surprised to see trees, vegetables, and flowers growing 75 feet above the ground. The top of Trinity’s parking garage is being transformed into a rooftop garden, complete with a vegetable garden, greenhouse, picnic tables, flower boxes, and willow trees being grown to support local salmon habit restoration efforts. The garden was conceived by the Rev. Dr. David Ellingson, Professor of Children, Youth & Family Studies, soon after the college relocated to Everett in 2008. The view from his office provided a striking contrast between the gray parking structure and the picturesque Cascade Mountains rising in the distance. “What if we added some green to the gray?” Ellingson has developed the garden with Susan Houglum, Professor & Chair of Early Childhood Education, both who share a passion for gardening, the outdoors, and stewardship of God’s Creation.

Houglum’s primary addition to the garden has been a children’s play and learning area, which includes a desert (sand pit), meadow (grass area), river (painted design of a river system), and toddler-friendly planting boxes. This spring, she is teaching a Children and Nature course that explores children’s interaction with the environment – or lack thereof. “There is no question that children today are spending less time in the out-of-doors,” Houglum said. “Garden areas like this provide great opportunities for children to play, learn, and imagine.” In fact, the garden is frequently used by children in the Acorn Learning Center, Trinity’s on-site childcare center. “The rooftop garden is both a favorite spot for children and a great teaching environment for our students,” she said. Continued on back cover.

Grants received in support of the rooftop garden Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL - $6,000 The Domestic Hunger Grant established the rooftop garden with the initial purchase of earth boxes for growing food, building larger planter boxes for trees, and gardening equipment. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI - $5,000 The “Care in Regions” grant was used to develop the garden’s learning area through the purchase of picnic tables, benches, and natural playscapes for children. Wheat Ridge Ministries, Itasca, IL - $12,000 The grant funds a three-year project to create partnerships in the local community to address hunger, poor nutrition, and lack of recreation. Students and faculty will train community members in creation care, growing and preparing food, healthy recreation, and creating lively community. Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Portland, OR, and Snohomish County PUD, Everett, WA - $25,000 The grant provided for the installation of a 2.5 kilowatt-hour Solar Array panel through the Solar-4R-Schools program. The panel generates electricity and provides a learning environment for college classes and local schools for teaching about renewable energy and environmental issues.


Supporting the Mission

Honor Roll of Donors Trinity/LBI enjoys a history of faithful, generous support from individuals, congregations, organizations, and businesses. In making financial gifts, regardless of size, these donors demonstrate their support of our mission to prepare Christian leaders for lives of service in the church and the world. We extend gratitude to those listed here who have made gifts between January 1 and December 31, 2010. If we have omitted your name or made an error, please accept our sincere apology and bring it to our attention by contacting Marilyn Grotzke, Development Assistant, at 425.249.4754, 1.800.843.5659, or

Gifts from Individuals Generous giving from individuals is a significant source of support for maintaining and growing our college’s mission. We thank the following individuals who have made a contribution of record in the past year. $5,000 and above Estate of Bette J. Close Estate of Dorothy I. (Baker) & Nils I. Fredrickson Marlice and John Gilmore Elling and Barbara Halvorson Ray and Carol Harbolt Edwin and Noriyo Hawxhurst Everett and Mary Jo Holum Estate of Lucille M. Johnson Guy E. Jordan Evelyn L. Langhus Mel and Dorothy Lofgren Twyla and Tom Lucas Estate of Esther M. Onstad Estate of Omar S. Parker Donald Post Matthew Post and Brittney McQuarrie Estate of Robert and Lucile Rismiller Ernest and Vivian Smith Estate of Norris W. Stoa Estate of Anna C. Tang Estate of Robert and Ilene Thedens David Thomsen Estate of Orin and Jeanette Thykeson Estate of Alice T. Tobiason Estate of Elaine A. Ytreeide

$1,000 to $4,999 Terry Abell Tana and Gunther Baumler Don and Janet Benson Virginia Buchfinck David and Anita Christian Estate of Chauncey A. Christofferson Ruth and Les Copenhagen Steve and Karen Crofton Kathryn and Herbert Eckmann Ernest Fosse and Linda Staswick David and Heidi Francis Dan Gard Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Jim and Joanne Hallett Genevieve Hedman Steve and Cynthia Holmberg Dick F. Holy Sylvia and Laurin Huffman Bill R. Irgens Marilyn and Dwight Johnson Josee A. Jordan

Anna Marie and Donald Klein David and Peggy Kurtz Mavis A. Kyllonen The Larson Family Trust Jeff and Stacie Mallinson Dick and Ruth Mandsager Sandy Mays Walter Mumm Marian Olsen May and Maurice Olsgaard Paul and Carol Onerheim Norman and Maizie Orth Forest and Katie Paulson Donel J. Pederson Wilma J. Pierson Tom and Mary Ramsey John W. Reed Armand L. Riveness Estate of Richard and Mildred Scheider Peter and Jane Shen Ed and Marie Silrum Neal and Judy Snider Dale Soden Stan and Dagny Sollie Ken and Eunice Sorestad Bob and Sharon Sparling Deborah and Daniel Squires Lowell and Dianne Stime Bob and Joyce Strand Estate of Katherine H. Stromberg Nancy Sundby Estate of Ernest and Katherine Swalling Daniel and Doris Tchobanoff Mark and Helen Wikstrom

$500 to $999 Ruth E. Andersen Jodi and Mike Ankrom Ted and Marie Arthur Elaine D. Baron Kevin and Marcia Bates Dwight and Sue Beckmeyer Debbie and Bill Boyce Ben and Hildur Bretheim John and Debra Bruihler Stephanie and Michael Conroy David and La Rae Ellingson Daniel and Karen Erlander Dorothy and Carl Fehring Beatrice R. Flatness Les and Connie Foss Curtis and Doris Fox

Estate of Olga I. Gryde Janet S. Gwin Charles L. Heimbigner Harold and Linda Hepler Ryan and Heather Ingersoll Helen and Peter Jensen Sandra Jerke C. Elisabeth Johnson Becky and David Johnson Dianne and Jeff Johnson Frieda and Paul Jordan Tom and Jane Kangas Ernest J. Kersgaard Estate of Bernice King Stacy Kitahata and Diakonda Gurning Paul and Janet Labes Martin and Kathy Lindeke Jonathan and Sandra Mollerup Marlys Morland Chuck and Lois Nelson Vernon E. Nielsen Eileen Nissen Jeffrey R. Norris Jim and Carolee Nyborg Marlin and Susan Olson Merlin and Denice Peterson Linda and Steve Peterson Mona Quammen Deanna Ray Mark and Elaine Reitan Bea L. Scheele John Paul and Marlene Schiotz Joyce and David Skotdal Herba Solstad Juanita Stalwick Art and Janice Stamey John and Elaine Stamm Jon and Janette Stoneman Ann and Larry Thomas Viola M. Van Gilder Joy and Jerry Watts Clifford and Kaye Weimer Arlouine and Ed Williams William and Sylvia Worth

Up to $499 Rosalyn and Jim Alaspa Frances E. Allen Robert and Agnes Amberson Arlowyne Anderson Birger and Lillian Anderson Don and Gail Anderson Faith and Philip Anderson

Stan and Lola Anderson Barbara Andrews and Greg Schieferstein LeRoy and Carole Anenson Gladys Arneson Jens L. Astrup Ronald and Jill Bakken Estate of Allan Bakken Kevin and Marci Bartholomae Rod and Mardean Bartleson Walter and Wanda Baumbach Perry and Suzanne Baxter Louis and Agnes Becker Lucille Becker Wayne and Esther Beilman Christopher and Doris Bemis Sara and Joe Bender Lucile Bennett Allen Benson John and Grace Bent Paul Benz and Linda Olsen Paul and Dorothy Bergem Dave and Carolee Berntsen Anna W. Bero Frank and Elizabeth Bestor Evangeline M. Billingsley Annabelle Birkestol Grace Birkestol Gordon and Agnes Birklid Corey and Beverly Bjertness Lyla Bjorgan John and Gay Blackwood Warner and Sally Blyckert Henrik and Alma Bockelie Nancy Bockelie-Caddy Hulda J. Probst Bodin Vivian Boerger Wayne and Elaine Bohling Dick and Cynthia Borrud Pam and Jim Boston Jim and Patricia Braaten Margaret and George Brandel Kenneth and Dorothy Brevig Becky and Gale Britt Erdie and Chuck Brodahl Lynn and Chris Bronson Norman and Carlene Brown Ray and Sylvia Brown Louis and Glenna Brunner Carlyle and Janice Brye Wray and Dorothy Buck Carol and Steven Buelow Brian and Susan Burchfield Mary-Alyce Burleigh Mary M. Burman Clay and Lindsay Campbell

8 Tim and Monica Campbell Connie and Allen Campbell Perdy Carlson Wayne and Mildred Carlson Mary E. Carter David and Marcia Chance Barbara Stedje Chapin and Skip Chapin Scooter and Loretta Chapman Lee and Chris Chase David and Dagney Christenson Rhoda G. Christian David and Elizabeth Christian Laurie and Wayne Clark Marsha and Dan Conces John and Mary Cooley Brian and Joy Corona Fred and Lois Corwin Paul and Rhonda Cross Margaret K. Dakan Susan and Steve Dalgleish Cecil and Helen Dammen Betty M. Danielson Robert E. Danielson John R. Davidson Ruth De Lap Frank and Mary Deckebach Georgia and Don Decker Keith and Jacquelyn Degler Karlene and Arthur Denny Marlayne and Roger Domyahn Christine Dorsey Robert and Marjorie Drewes Harley and Pat Drollinger Patricia Dunlap Trixy Dyas Gorden and Virginia Dyrud Miwa and Mark Easton Ardelle Egeland Thelma Eggleston Jack and Judy Eichhorst Bob and Geneva Ellerby Herb and Alice Ellis Elaine and Jerry Elness Beth Elness-Hanson Joyce Emilson Martha and Bob Eng Luther Engelbrecht Sonje M. Ericksen Marion Erickson Susan W. Erickson Shirley Eubanks Elna Evans Janice L. Faull Robert and Lola Fedde Jan and Lori Fekkes Almer and Corinne Fenner Bud Fenstermaker Margie Fiedler and Robert Riendeau David C. Finstad Cecelia L. Fjellman Steve and Kim Flo Bill and Jean Folden Peggy A. Fonss George and Betty Forell Cynthia F. Forfang Sterling Forrester Glen and Arline Fors Helen Forssell Donald and Carol Fossum Gwen and Ron Fraase Freda Francis Norma Fretheim

Supporting the Mission Sue and Doug Friddell Mae M. Fritschel Karen and Spencer Fuentes Paul and Karen Gabrielsen Joyce Ganung Grant and Phyllis Gard Bernell and Sharon Gardner Beverly Gedde Lance and Tina Georgeson Glen Gersmehl Caryn F. Ginter Paul and Kathryn Gjelten Pati M. Glee Judy and John Glenn Gladys Glittre Gilbert and Yvonne Goodwater Linda and Darryll Graber John and Elise Graber Ken and Gretchen Graybeal Bruce and Ann Marie Grigsby Kenneth and Molly Gross Beverly and David Gruber Hazel Hagen Maxine A. Hagensen Fred and Karen Haltiner Don and Marlene Hamell Jean M. Hamlin Claire Hampton Phil and Janet Hamre Linda and Jerry Handlos Ellen Hansen Harold and Doris Hansen Tim and Karen Hansen Lana and Larry Hanson John and Marilyn Harms Heide and Edmundo Hassenteufel Phillip and Carolyn Hatlestad Wallace and Kristin Haugan Doug and Doris Haugen Torval and Marilyn Haugen Renee Haugland Julie and Daryl Hedges Elmer and Ethel Heider Olga Helland Jennifer and Terrill Hendrickson Annette Hendrickson Tina Hendrix Ardell Henke Sarah J. Hester Martha K. Hetzler Edward and Lois Hiller Irene Hodgson David and Elaine Hogan Judy A. Holmen Walter Holmes Kenneth Holmgren Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs and Tom Fuchs Beulah M. Holt Margaret Hopp Katrine and Bob Hosmer Charles Houglum Sue and Mark Houglum Natalie T. Humes Lois J. Huseby Mark and Colette Jackson Cindy Jackson Phyllis J. Jacobson Laura and John Jacobson Lorraine Jacobson Kaare P. Jacobson James and Velma Jaudon Gary and Ann Jensen Einar and Anna-Marie Johanson

Anton and Lyndall Johnson Estelle Johnson Marcy and Frank Johnson Larry and Louise Johnson Mark and Cynthia Johnson Eileen M. Johnson Paul and Vivian Johnson Kristina E. Johnson George and Vivian Johnson Gary and Jeanne Johnson Marian L. Johnson Gwyneth Jones Janet L. Jurgensen Patricia and Paul Kaald Jan and Van Kadiesky James D. Kemp Alvin Kessel Tim and Mary Kessler Angie and Eugene Kim Marna and Daniel Klug Paul and Elma Knoph Dale Koelling and Cathy Wright Jack and Esther Kriesel E. Luther and Charlotte Kroenk Nancy E. Kruger Evelyn Kulm A.J. and Elise Kurtz Sean and Kim Lacy Dick and Olive Lafer John Lahti Karl and Inge Lamberg Jim and Helen Lancaster Chuck and Beverly Landgraf Sheila and Lee Larsen Timothy and Cristy Larsen Eugene and Lois Larsen Norma and George Larson Art and Judy Larson Grethe Larson and James Mullins Palmer and Marion Larson Robert E. Larson Clarence and Elaine Laufmann Dan and Joyce Lavik Kendall and Mary Lawson Leonard and Joan Leach Pat Lelvis David and Dianne Lenning Hans and Leona Lenschow Ronald and Lois Lerom Estate of Agnes L. Lervik Harriet and William Lewis Cameron and Luella Liebenow Rachel L. Liebenow Jaye D. Lill David and Lorraine Lindsey Betsi Little Sidney and Karin Loberg Dick and Helen Lodmill Timothy M. Lofgren and Debra Schmidt Nancy and Jim Loftis Stan and Gailya Ludviksen Steve and Signe Lukasiak Anne M. Lund Karl and Diane Lunder Ellie Lunder Cordelia Lundquist Phil and Margaret Luttio Cheryl A. MacDonald Paul and Sheryl Magelssen Karl and Lena Maier Gillian Marshall Richard and Candace Mathes Bill and Carol Matson

Jeff and Kris Matson Joan Mattes Esther Mayes Julie and Patrick McBurney Paul and Jorun Meierding Loren and Karen Mellum Fred and Aini Messmer Laura Miller Lyle and Sonja Miller Robert and Joanne Miller Mary J. Miller Jerri Mitchell Ron and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda La Verne Mohning Peter and Sarah Mohr Armin and Bev Mohr Lorraine Molzahn Alan and Jane Monroe Frances Monson Erik Moore Marilyn and Marcus Mork Estelle B. Morley Peter C. Mueller Gerald and Martha Myers Paul and Mildred Myhre Harriet M. Myklebust Eunice O. Nelson Irene A. Nelson Steven Nelson and Colleen Walker-Nelson Violet M. Nelson Becky Nelson Thelma Nelson June Nelson Ethyl Mae Nelson Marian Nelson Ronald and Nadean Newgard Dennis and Ida Mae Niebeling Jack and Roseanna Nielsen Robert J. Nilsen Steve and Lucy Nordwell Susan Norvold Aho George and Phyllis Nowadnick Clayton and Joann Olsen Steve and Barbara Olsen Steve and Nancy Olsen Craig Olsen Gladys and David Olsen Charlotte Olson Patricia and Lowell Olson Art Olson Roselyn Olson Leonard F. Olson Karl and Magnhild Olsoy Edna Mae Olufson-Smith and C. Harvey Smith Jordis Oman Gordon and Arlene Omdal Ervin and Sylvia Overlund Harriet Oyen Debra Paget David and Carla Parks Roger and Arlette Patrow Tim and Julia Pearson Marjorie M. Pederson Albert and Judith Peraino Edwin and Carol Petersen Ralph G. Peterson Dean and Elaine Peterson Wilma Peterson Ted and Yvonne Phillips E. Holle and Carol Plaehn Phillip and Patti Pollard Diana and Byron Ponten


Supporting the Mission Joshua D. Post Dan and Jayne Preston Thomas and Linda Prior David D. Proctor Larry and Miriam Puffert Crystal and Rodney Quanbeck Tim and Letitia Quigley Art Ramse Ken and Carole Ramstad Carol and Roy Reece Mathew and Alma Reed Stan and Amy Reep Doris Reichert John and Dorothy Reitan Marie Reitz Bonnie Reitz Bruce Richardson Mark and Elizabeth Rickertsen Elwood Rieke and LaVon Driessen-Rieke Todd and Cheryl Riggs Jim and Carol Rismiller Jon and Tammy Rismiller Ruth I. Roberts Olive Rodne Dick and Elaine Rodning Verna Rogers Rachel and Tim Root Arlie M. Rue Phil and Mary Rue Annemarie and Aaron Russell MaryBeth Ryan Curt and Vivian Ryden Alf and Mardelle Rygh Wes and Dorothy Sackmann Chuck and Karen Sagedahl David M. Sasaki Al and Vivian Sauerbrey Everett and Ardyth Savage Sonja S. Scarseth Rudy and Judith Schleusner Dorothy Schnaible John and Katie Schraan John and Mary Schramm David and Tisha Schulz Fred and Gloria Schulz James and Donna Schwandt Joseph and Barbara Schwanebeck Steven and Laurie Scott Norma and Wilbur Sea Borghild Selid Daniel and Cathy Shackleford Del and LaVonne Shelton Deborah Sherrock and Charles Allen Valerie Sheilds Joyce and Frank Shuck Evonne F. Siguenza Trygve and Ruth Skarsten Dorothy Skindlov Dorothy M. Smith Suzanne and Joseph Smith Sally Smith Lynne and Brocc Snyder Henry and Lillian Solbrack Neil and Clarice Solvik Jean and Jack Sorensen Arne and Ellen Sovik Mirth Stedje Bea and Orville Stenerson Wayne and Cherie Stevens Randy and Christine Stime Hal and Virginia Stoa Philip N. Stoa

Marjorie Stoa Phyllis Stoa Lucy A. Stoyke Gene and Lillian Strinden Randi Strom Karen Strom Lillian Stromme Luther and Helen Strommen Helen L. Strusz Karla K. Strutzel Doris G. Stucke John and Connie Sullivan Kathryn A. Svinth Ruth Swanson LaVerne and Lois Swanson Hazel B. Swenson Claris Syren Mark and Cara Tanis Letitia and Paul Tappa Chester and Juanita Templin Arnie A. Teppo Judy and Luther Thingelstad Gary and Laurel Thompson Jesse and Doris Thompson William and Lois Thompson Paul and Phyllis Thonn Gary and Kathy Thonvold Ted and Joan Thoreson Don and Jo Ann Thuring Lucy E. I. Tippin Otto and Barbara Tollefson Hilja Torvik Margaret Towne Jerome and Mavis Trelstad Jack and Donna Trethewey Judy Troftgruben Donald and Ruth Trued Nymah Trued Eugene and Norma Turner Marie Tveit Bill and Deborah Tweten Cynthia J. Twite Morris and Grace Ulring Warren and Esther Unzelman Margaret J. Utgard Stephen and Kaye Van Gilder Pamela and Steven Van Swearingen Laurie and Peter Vander Weyst William L. Vaswig C. Emerson and Marion Vedell Sylvia M. Vigoren Judy and Ray Voeller Margaret E. Von Stein Howard and Rena Wagner Joseph Wagner Pearl M. Wall Myrtle O. Waller Stuart and Christine Webber Else Welch Nora Weltzin Deb and Dave Wendt Bruce and Judy Williams Lace Williams-Tinajero Boots and Paul Winterstein Judy and Victor Wirkkala Patricia and Don Wodrich Irma V. Woite David and Elisabeth Wold Shirley Woolf Ruth and Robert Worley Annie H. Yu Marilyn Zerrenner

Gifts from Congregations, Businesses, and Organizations A number of congregations and organizations have joined Trinity’s educational ministry by providing financial support. In addition, Trinity receives matching gifts because donors were able to match gifts through their employer or fraternal benefits association. We thank the following organizations for their financial gift in the past year. $500 and above Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Marysville, WA The Boeing Company Central Lutheran Church, Anchorage, AK Christ Lutheran Church, Lakewood, WA Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Walla Walla, WA Glendale Evangelical Lutheran Church, Burien, WA Microsoft Corporation Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Bremerton, WA Peninsula Lutheran Church, Gig Harbor, WA Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Everett, WA Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue, WA St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by the Narrows, Tacoma, WA Zion Lutheran Church, Kent, WA Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, Issaquah, WA ELCA Churchwide Offices, Chicago, IL ELCA Alaska Synod, Anchorage, AK Peace Lutheran Church, Silvana, WA Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, WA Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Gloria de Cristo, Yuma, AZ Evergreen Youth Television, Edmonds, WA Sacred Music Chorale, Seattle, WA YMCA, Everett, WA Sons of Norway - Normanna Lodge #3, Everett,WA

Up to $499 Anacortes Lutheran Church, Anacortes, WA Bethel Lutheran Church Women, Shoreline, WA Bethesda Lutheran Church, Eugene, OR Central Lutheran Church, Everett, WA Central Lutheran Church Women, Everett, WA Christ Lutheran Church Women, Odessa, WA Denny Park Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA Denny Park Lutheran Church Women, Seattle, WA Duke Energy Foundation, Charlotte, NC Emanuel Lutheran Church, Ritzville, WA Faith Lutheran Church, Redmond, WA Faith Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA Lord of Life Free Lutheran Church, Mount Vernon, WA Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Renton,WA Nashua Women of the ELCA, Nashua, MT Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Everett, WA Our Saviour’s - Esther Circle, Bremerton, WA Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Women, Bremerton, WA Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Stanwood, WA Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA Richland Lutheran Church, Richland, WA Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, WA Trinity Lutheran Church Women, Tacoma, WA Westminster Presbyterian Church, Everett, WA Zion Lutheran Church, La Grande, OR


Supporting the Mission

Memorial and Honor Gifts In Memory of Raymond H. and Rosalie Abernethy Chuck and Erdie Brodahl Omar and Elna Evans In Memory of Agnes M. Anderson Gladys Glittre In Memory of Robert J. Anderson Beatrice L. Scheele In Memory of Howard Boerger Estelle B. Morley In Memory of Marilyn Jean Bomgren Bob and Joyce Strand In Memory of Brent A. Bottjen John and Grace Bent In Honor of Clay and Lindsay Campbell Tim and Monica Campbell In Memory of Alice Sproule Estelle B. Morley In Honor of John W. Coler Kristina E. Johnson Elwood Rieke and LaVon Driessen-Rieke In Honor of Susan Dalgleish Pamela and Jim Boston Laurie and Wayne Clark Dotty and Carl Fehring Steve and Kim Flo Karen and Spencer Fuentes Julie and Daryl Hedges Mark and Colette Jackson Marilyn and Dwight Johnson Marna and Daniel Klug Nancy E. Kruger Jeffrey R. Norris Diana and Byron Ponten Todd and Cheryl Riggs Jon and Tammy Rismiller Arleth M. Rue Jean and Jack Sorensen Cara and Mark Tanis William and Deborah Tweten Lace Williams-Tinajero Annie H. Yu In Memory of Irene Ebeling Alf and Mardelle Rygh In Memory of Martin W. Estergreen Robert E. Larson In Memory of Ruth Finstad David C. Finstad In Memory of Karen A. Gabrielson Kevin and Marci Bartholomae Susan and Steve Dalgleish Judy and Ray Voeller In Memory of Eric Hanson Martha and Bob Eng Estelle B. Morley Crystal and Rodney Quanbeck In Memory of Albert J. Hegland Rod and Mardean Bartleson In Honor of Marvin Kananen Edwin and Marie Silrum

In Memory of Edward Kloss Estelle B. Morley In Memory of Marguerite Larsen Edwin and Marie Silrum In Memory of Leslie and Louise Larson The Larson Family Trust In Honor of Patricia Lelvis Tom and Jane Kangas In Memory of Willard K. Lindquist Gwen and Ron Fraase Mark and Cynthia Johnson In Memory of Conrad Lund Anne M. Lund In Memory of Alvelda “Ellie� Lunder Kenneth Holmgren In Memory of Irma Aileen Lyson Richard and Gladys Arneson In Honor of Al Maxeiner Violet M. Nelson In Memory of Charles W. Mays Richard and Elaine Rodning In Memory of Wilma C. Mumm Walter Mumm In Memory of Jack Nelson Estelle B. Morley In Memory of Lester Nelson Eugene and Lillian Strinden In Memory of Cyndi Nelson Allen Estelle B. Morley In Memory of Orma M. Nesheim Patricia and Paul Kaald In Memory of Robert E. Olsen Robert and Agnes Amberson Dwight and Susan Beckmeyer Christine Dorsey Grant and Phyllis Gard Marian Nelson Clayton and Joann Olsen Craig Olsen Marian Olsen Nymah Trued In Memory of Harriet M.Olson Art Olson In Memory of Lauren E. Olson Robert E. Danielson Sterling Forrester Helen Forssell Martha K. Hetzler James and Velma Jaudon Mary J Miller Leonard F. Olson In Memory of Kenneth Olson Estelle B. Morley In Honor of Ervin K. Overlund Ervin and Sylvia Overlund In Memory of Nancy Post Mark and Elizabeth Rickertsen In Honor of John W. Reed Daniel and Jayne Preston Edwin and Marie Silrum In Memory of Margrethe Reep Stan and Amy Reep

In Memory of Lucile B. Rismiller Terry Abell Harriet Oyen In Memory of Marcia Robert LaVerne and Lois Swanson In Honor of Jacque and Solveig Schweiss Estelle B. Morley In Memory of Orvin J. Severson Marcy and Frank Johnson In Memory of Judith S. Solberg Margaret J. Utgard In Honor of John M. Stamm Edwin and Marie Silrum In Memory of Norris Stoa Rosalyn and James Alaspa Lyla Bjorgan Hulda J. Probst Bodin Kenneth and Dorothy Brevig Ray and Sylvia Brown Brian and Susan Burchfield Ardelle Egeland Thelma Eggleston Herbert and Alice Ellis John and Marilyn Harms Katrine and Robert Hosmer Lois J. Huseby Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Kessler John Lahti Ronald and Lois Lerom Alan and Jane Monroe June Nelson Violet M. Nelson Dennis and Ida Mae Niebeling Karl and Magnhild Olsoy Edna Mae Olufson-Smith and C. Harvey Smith Marjorie M. Pederson Bonnie Reitz Elwood Rieke and LaVon Driessen-Rieke Alf and Mardelle Rygh Joyce and David Skotdal Sally Smith Harold and Virginia Stoa Marjorie Stoa Phyllis Stoa Ted and Joan Thoreson In Memory of Katherine Stromberg Paul and Janet Labes In Memory of Morris Stromme Lillian Stromme In Memory of Laverne Swanson LaVerne and Lois Swanson In Memory of Anna C. Tang Paul and Karen Gabrielsen In Memory of Robert and Ilene Thedens Robert and Joanne Miller In Honor of Jean Wahlstrom Edwin and Marie Silrum In Honor of Neal and Dorene (Lafer) Weltzin Richard and Olive Lafer

Thank you !


Supporting the Mission

Alumni Giving Spotlight Profiles in Stewardship By Lance Georgeson, Associate Director of Development

Donel Pederson (’97)

Sean Lacy (’05)

Rhoda Christian (’67)

Jason Clifton (’10)

Work: Launch Manager, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Bellevue, WA

Work: Director of Transfer Recruitment, Pacific Lutheran University

Work: Retired

Work: AmeriCorps Volunteer with Heifer International

Stewardship: Annual Scholarship Gift Thoughts: “I give to Trinity because I remember how much I benefitted when I was a student from others’ support, and now that I can, I want to help someone, too.”

Stewardship: Monthly online gift Thoughts: “Going to Trinity is one of the most formative things in my life. I want a habit of supporting this education for others as regular as the habits of faith and inquiry I learned there.”

Stewardship: Through the Lutheran Community Foundation Thoughts: “I feel truly blessed to be able to give back to Trinity, with a thankful heart for all Trinity has done and is doing in our community and world.”

Stewardship: Ongoing pledge payment Thoughts: “I give because I believe in Trinity’s mission. I know that I paid for my education, but receiving scholarships and grants made it possible for me to complete my education. I just want to pay it forward.”

Larry Peterson (’50) By the time Larry Peterson came to Lutheran Bible Institute he had already served in the United States Navy and had been in five invasions, including Normandy, had been a commercial fishermen and longshoreman. After graduating he went on to teach elementary school for 25 years, marry his sweetheart Wilma, travel and hike extensively and . . . support Trinity generously. Larry felt strongly enough about his time at the college that he left a generous provision in his will.

12 Alumni News Win an iPad through the Alumni Referral Challenge Refer a student who enrolls at Trinity and they will receive a gift of an Apple iPad, simply because you referred them! Plus, through Sept. 14, 2011, for every student you refer who enrolls in fall 2011, you will be entered into a drawing to receive an iPad as well! (The referral must be a prospective student not already in our database.) This is a great way to introduce Trinity to a prospective student. Future students are all around you: they could be sitting next to you in church, delivering the paper to your door, or having Easter brunch in your home. To refer your student, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at 1.800.843.5659. We’ll do the rest! Audit Courses for Free Reminder: Trinity invites alumni and former students to take two free courses per year on an audit basis. This is a great way to connect with our faculty, the Everett campus, and explore something of interest. Summer courses have now been announced, including classes with Dr. Bruce Grigsby, Dr. Jan Fekkes, and Dr. Jeff Mallinson. Course offerings can be found online at (click on “Courses by Semester”). To register, contact Chuck Nelson, Registrar, at 425.249.4775, 1.800.843.5659, or registrar@tlc. edu. Certain limitations may apply.

Alumni Connections

Class Notes

Year noted is graduation date or last year attended. State abbreviation indicates current residence.

1950s Timothy Forester (’58, OR) has been a clinical psychologist for 30 years and has taught on an Indian reservation. He also sculpts metal baptismal fonts and enjoys farming, raising goats, photography, Rotary club, and international student mentoring.  David Proctor (’59, OH) retired in 2000, but has enjoyed several interim ministries during the past decade and has walked over a thousand miles this past year. His wife, Beverly, an LBI-Minneapolis graduate, passed away in 2005.  Tom and Anne (Raaum) Rasmussen (’59 & ’57, TX) have been missionaries in Mexico (where they established a church) and in Argentina (where they established a Bible school). Although retired, they continue to be available to minister wherever God opens doors.  Lois (Bentson) Huseby (’59, WA) is retired and lives in Seattle.

1960s Ruth (Honka) Kuehl (’60, OR) and her husband, John, live in Eugene. She is a realtor at Black & White Realty and enjoys hosting a care group from her church in their home.

1970s Veronica (Fortmann) Munro (’74, South Africa) and her husband, Alex, celebrated 36 years of marriage last January. They live in the Western Cape surrounded by beautiful mountains, vineyards, and lakes. She is currently running a small dog hotel and is working part time as an accountant for their business. She sings in the

church choir and attends Bible studies at Worcester United. Alex plays bass guitar at church and they plan to retire in two years.  Ron Neubaum (’74, WA) and his wife, Denise, have been to Zambia twice to build an orphanage and Mexico twice to build homes with Baja Christian ministries. Their two daughters have joined them on one trip to each place.  Alice (Millard) Olson (’74, Canada) is enjoying retirement after 39 years of nursing at several locations, with the last 17 years in a uranium mine at Key Lake in northern Saskatchewan. Currently, she serves on her church council, volunteers at the museum, and does hospital visitation with Luther Care. She has had cancer three times (1992, 2006, and 2010), but is doing well with lots of prayer and medication.  Paul Benz (’75, WA) lives in Everett with his wife, Linda Olsen. He serves as Director of the Seattle-based Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington, an advocacy ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Julie (Besaw) Evensen (’75, WA) and her husband, Dale, have been married for 35 years. They live in Aberdeen where they continue to serve the Lord and are blessed with seven children ages 4 to 34. Two are married and they have six grandchildren.  Carol (Haseley) Fura (’75, FL) has been happily married to her husband, Kenneth, for 31 years. They have four grown children.  Vicki Hagen (’75, NE) and her husband, Michael Mruz, live in Omaha. She houses international students attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha studying English and does respite care and coaching in her spare time. She has two children and two grandchildren.  Mark Zier (’75, WA) serves as Minister of Community and Care at Immanuel


Alumni Connections Lutheran Church in Puyallup. He and his wife, Beth, celebrated their 25th anniversary last September and are extremely proud of their sons, both attending Eastern Washington University.  Diana (Ries) Picknell (’77, TX) retired in March 2010 after nearly 34 years of federal service as a legal assistant.  Pam (Raffel) Helland (’79, SC) has lived in Columbia since 2008. Her husband, Larry, works as a carpenter at Columbia International University, where she is completing a bachelor’s degree. They have four children and hope to someday return to the international mission field.

1980s Joseph and Dorothy (Gano) Schultz (’80 & ’78, WA) will celebrate 33 years of marriage in August. Joseph has served three Lutheran congregations and is currently the Registrar at Covenant Bible Seminary in Lakewood. 

Richard Kirby (’81, OK) is in his 20th year of teaching English to international students at Oklahoma State University. He and his wife, Jenny, adopted their two children, Winston and Uriah, from Liberia two years ago.  James and Elizabeth (Swayze) Markus (’81 & ‘81, OR) live in Cottage Grove. James has been a Lutheran pastor for 25 years, currently serving Trinity Lutheran Church. They enjoy running, traveling, and gardening.  Harold Rust (’82, Canada) and his wife, Joyce, have four children and live in Camrose, Alberta, where they have served at the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute for the past 10 years as President. God has blessed their family with good health and with the opportunity to serve at the school and in their local church.  Sherri (Lyman) Overby (’83, WA) married her husband, Robert, in 2009 and they live in Silverdale. She teaches preschool at Chico

Academic Dean Emeritus Lowell Stime (’65) and his wife, Dianne (’64), led 46 others on the Journey Through the Bible Study Tour in January. The 12day journey in Israel and Palestine included visits to about 45 sites associated with the Old and New Testaments, including the Garden of Gethsemane, where the group shared Holy Communion. A group of 23 continued on an extended trip to Egypt, retracing the Exodus route in reverse.

A group of Trinity alumni and friends posed for a photograph (above) overlooking the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Back row (from left): Rev. Dr. Bill Goodwin (former faculty), Lynette Stime (’86), Carolyn Hansen (’87), Linda Stime (’61), Dr. John Stamm (President Emeritus), Elaine Stamm, Lori Cavender (’09), Rev. Diana Bottin (’04). Front row (from left): Rev. Gary Blumanthal (’63), Rev. Dr. Lowell Stime (’65), Carol Ann Buelow (’04), Dianne Stime (’64).

Christian Child Care.  Diana (Roweton) Ponten (’86, WA) has worked 10 years for a private Christian school as an office manager, kindergarten teacher’s aide, and now an administrative assistant. She also works with a small group of teenage girls as part of a youth program. She and her husband, Byron, have two sons, one in college and one in high school.  Pamela (Funaiock) Hill (’89, PA) and her husband, Lee, live in North Huntingdon. She recently left her job to focus on starting a business as a financial coach and counselor to the many hurting people in western Pennsylvania.  Gretchen Mitchell (’89, WA) is currently living in Marysville and is working in the billing office of Skagit Radiology in Mount Vernon. She attends Bethlehem Lutheran Church and is active on the church council as a women’s ministry representative and as a 4th/5th grade Sunday School teacher.

1990s Ruthann (Holm) Sutherland (’91, MD) and her husband, Gerrit, live in Churchville and are homeschooling their two daughters, ages 8 and 6.  Karen (Wolden) Fuentes (’92, WA) lives on a farm in Silvana with her husband, Spencer, and three children. They grow blueberries, hazelnuts, hay and occasionally corn and wheat. Their family recently welcomed Professor Sue Houglum’s Children and Nature course to their farm.  Nancy Kruger (’94, MI) has been Minister of Outreach and Missions at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Detroit for the past 13 years, leading mission trips, coordinating help for people in need, teaching Bible classes, and training members to share their faith more effectively to people from different


Alumni Connections At the end of May, Ernie Fosse (’64) will complete 10 years of service on the Board of Directors, including six years as board chair. In this decade, the campus relocated from Issaquah to Everett, added several academic programs, called several new faculty, and called a new president. Fosse’s unwavering dedication to Trinity’s future has been fueled by the experience of his past, as a student at the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle (1964 yearbook photo at left). A celebration will be held in his honor May 20.

cultures in the Detroit area.  Siri (Nordvall) Myhrom (’97, MN) married her husband, Mike, five years ago, and in October 2010 was blessed with a daughter, Elena. Siri works as a writer/editor in Minneapolis.  Ralph Irey (’98, WA) and his wife, Chris, live in Tumwater. He retired three years ago after serving three years as a missionary with the Navajo Nation and nearly two years in Mexico. They plan to move to their home in Arizona after Chris retires from her work in state government.  Tim Spangberg (’98, CA) and his wife, Christina, live in San Jose. He serves God by playing electric guitar in the worship band and teaching guitar full-time. He released a solo album, “Instrumentally Speaking,” in 2010.

Molly Callender, (’02, WA) teaches 4th grade in the Tukwila School District and recently completed national board certification. She is also involved in local theater.  Keith & Elisha (Smith) Marshall (’02 & ’01, WA) live in Lakewood with their son, Jeremiah. Keith is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity through Luther Seminary’s Distributed Learning program to further his vocational call into ordained ministry.  Jason & Julia (Kurtjakova) Corbett (’02 & ’03, WA) announce the birth of a daughter, Sofia Kristina, born April 5, 2011.  Mike Turner (’03, WA) and his wife, Kathy, were blessed with the birth of a son, Logan, on May 25, 2010.  Jenna Gilbertson (’04, MN) recently received a second national certification as an optician. She is now 2000s a certified optician through the Anya Hennig (’00, WA) is currently American Board of Opticanry and a certified Contact Lens Technician in the K-8 Teacher Certification through the National Contact Lens program at the University of Examiners.  Kristine Love (’04, Washington-Bothell and plans to WA) will marry Michael Nicoletti graduate in June 2012. She is engaged and is planning a December in July 2011. They plan to relocate 2011 wedding.  Rebecca Lee (’00, to San Diego, CA, and she intends to continue in the field of graphic Hong Kong) hopes to extend her teaching contract with the Lutheran design.  Chad and Natalie (Stroppini) Larson (’05 & ’04, WA) Theological Seminary in Hong were blessed with the birth of a Kong for another two years. 

daughter, Adalyn, on December 16, 2010. Chad joined Trinity as an Admissions Counselor last fall.  Andrew Potsko (’05, WA) served five years as Director of Campus Ministry at The Lutheran Center at the University of Washington. He and his wife, Rachel, now live in Covington where he is Director of Youth and Music Ministry at Peace Lutheran Church. They are expecting their first child in May.  Rebecca Schumer (’05, WA) lives in Seattle and is in her 4th year as a teacher and Early Intervention Specialist at Listen and Talk, a school for children with hearing loss.  Jennifer Hilfiker (’07, IL) is pursuing a master’s degree in social justice and community development at Loyola University in Chicago.  Adam Ydstie (’07, WA) lives in Tacoma and is a Housing Specialist for Associated Ministries.

News to share? What’s new in your life? Share your news with fellow alumni in each issue’s Alumni Class Notes. Send information to Stacie Mallinson, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at, or call 425.249.4758.


Alumni Connections He also helps in managing The Warehouse, a music venue and event production company that creates spaces to bring people together to experience quality music and art that cultivates a sense of belonging and collaborative creativity.

In Memoriam Allan Bakken (’54), Dec. 9, 1929Dec. 30, 2010, of Portland, OR, passed away after a battle with mesothelioma. Allan was a longshoreman for the Port of Portland until retiring in 1992. Allan and Jerraine (Pearson ’55) met at LBI and were married more than 50 years before she passed away in 2007. He is survived by four children: Dean (’78), Brad (’80), Ron (’84) and Janice (’87).  David Niels Juel (‘88), July 5, 1964-Feb. 24, 2011 of Snohomish, WA, passed away due to complications following surgery. David married Susan Stocker in 1987 and they had four children: Ezekiel (age 21), Hannah (age 19), Olivia (age 14) and Eden (age 11). The Juels served with the Church of the Lutheran Brethren as dorm parents for the LB American School in Cameroon from 1992 to 1994. After returning from Africa, David took a position with Boeing Company. David had an irrepressible sense of humor, was a gifted cartoonist, and enjoyed computer graphics, gaming, and movies.  Bernice Lavik (LBI-Minneapolis), July 6, 1912-Mar. 8, 2011. Bernice and her late husband, Verne, moved to the Seattle area in the early 1940’s and became the first representatives for the World Mission Prayer League (WMPL) in the Northwest. Verne later served as a board member for the college, with Bernice often leading LBI Bible Study Fellowship groups. She played a pivotal role in Partners for Nurture, an annual Christian education training event. She is survived by Miriam

(Patrick) Gill, Torrey (Diann) Lavik, Philip (Christine) Lavik, Susanne Lavik, Rebecca (Stephen) Larsen, 14 grandchildren, and 12 greatgrandchildren.  F. Alois (Al) Maxeiner, former LBI Business Manager, Jan. 24, 1910-Dec. 13, 2010. Al was born in Sioux City, IA, attended the University of South Dakota, and was a bakery owner, business manager, and accountant. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Bernice, in 2005. Al was a member of Denny Park Lutheran Church, Seattle, and Messiah Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Beck; children Lynne (David) Radke and Philip (Annie) Maxeiner; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Lawrence Peterson (’50), May 7, 1921-Dec. 3, 2010, of Tacoma. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 21 and participated in five invasions during World War II. He later attended LBIS for two years, then worked in building construction and was a commercial fisherman and a longshoreman. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran College (now University) in 1954 and taught 25 years in the Tacoma Public Elementary Schools. He was a 52-year member of The Mountaineers and, with his wife, climbed the six major mountain peaks in Washington. Larry is survived by his wife, Wilma, sisters, brothers, nephews and nieces. He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by The Narrows, Tacoma.  Marcia Robert (’48), Dec. 25, 1925-Sept. 24, 2010, of Hillsboro, OR. Marcia enrolled in the Missions Department at LBI in 1948, then served 35 years as a missionary to Madagascar. A memorial service was held by her children at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.  Solveig Margrethe Schweiss (’47), Dec. 27, 1916– Jan.

6, 2011, of Shoreline, WA. She attended teachers college in Dickinson, ND, Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and finally LBIS. She was a supervisor at Boeing during World War II, after which she worked at LBI and met Jacque. They were married in 1949. Her adventurous spirit propelled her on many journeys, including The Holy Land, Norway, and Russia. Solveig is survived by Jacque, her devoted husband of 62 years; her three sons and their wives, Paul (Berit), Erik (Claire), and Jon (Ann); five grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren.  LaVerne “Bud” Swanson (’49, LBI-Minneapolis), Jan. 9, 1931-Nov. 22, 2010 of Alpha, MN. He married Lois Muriel Faust in Valley City, ND, in 1954. They moved to Tacoma, WA, where he was stationed at Fort Lewis while serving in the U.S. Army. In 1955, they returned to Minnesota where they farmed and raised a family until 1986. He then took various maintenance jobs at Okoboji Bible Camp, the Osceola Bible Camp, and the Jackson Good Samaritan. Bud is survived by Lois, his wife of 56 years; his children, Ken (Chris) Swanson, Pam (Tim) Williams, Janell (Sheldon) Johnson, and Angela (David) Ruhter; 18 grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren.  Mildred Mae Thompson (’51, LBI-Minneapolis), March 27, 1919-Oct. 23, 2010, of Tacoma, WA. In her late teens, she worked in Chicago, later moving to Canton, SD, and graduating from Augustana Academy. She then attended LBI in Minneapolis, later serving as a secretary for three years. As a homemaker, she enjoyed entertaining, baking bread, cookies and pies. She is survived by her husband, Ernest; five sons, Nathan (Julie), Mark (Diane), Daniel (Barb), Jonathan (Jo), and Steven; and eight grandchildren.

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Spring 2011

From Gray to Green, continued from page 6. While the garden is on the college’s property, it is also intended to be of service to the greater Everett community. Last fall, the college received a grant to purchase earth boxes to grow organic food that will be used by the college and shared with churches, a local shelter, and senior communities. The college also recently completed installation of a solar panel in the garden to provide energy and serve as a teaching tool. (See list of grants received on page 6.) “The rooftop garden is becoming an oasis in the city, drawing Trinity students, faculty, staff, and community members together to relax, play, and learn,” Ellingson said. Story by Mark Jackson. Photos by Anne Reinisch.

Photos Top right: Professor David Ellingson explains how carrots grow to three children from the college’s on-site Acorn Learning Center, who often spend time in the garden. Bottom right: An enclosed greenhouse was completed in late April, adjoining the 2.5 kilowatt-hour solar panel installed last fall. Cover: Professor Ellingson works in the garden, while two children from the Acorn Learning Center taste freshly-picked carrots.

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