Class of '93
January 2002

Hello Class of 1993!

That’s right, it’s your favorite class agent writing once again.  I will do my best to provide you all with information overload, as well as a bit of nostalgia regarding our days at Gustavus.  Can you believe that ten years ago I actually had to set my alarm for 10:00 a.m. to ensure that I would awaken in time to attend my 10:30 a.m. J-Term class?  I guess I needed plenty of rest to prepare for my busy days of TV watching and socializing.  Of course, my daily efforts to scam an extra 50 cents on my canteen credit took quite a bit out of me as well.  What can I say, I spent all my money on the midnight special at Dominos, it was way too tasty to pass up (and trust me, we never did, isn’t that right Jess Rogich?  Of course, Tom Hanka delivered those pizzas with such panache, it was impossible to resist…)

Speaking of money, we began a campaign this fall that involved volunteers from our class emailing other classmates to solicit donations for the Alumni Fund.  I am proud to announce that the Class of 1993 had the largest number of volunteers (by far!) for this effort, and would like to personally thank those who participated.  They were:  Molly Dueber, Chris Carlson, Kirsten Lipke Johnson, Rachel Vagts, Kim Beecher Engelhardt, Boni Olsen Berndt, Eric Ronning, Matt Thompson, Sarah Eckblad Johnson, Jason Sawyer, Barb Larson Taylor, and Steph Zahrbock, and I can’t thank you guys enough for taking the time to help with this very important effort.  Since we beat all the other classes with our number of volunteers, let’s see if our class can also have the highest percentage of donors to the Alumni Fund as well!  For those of you who have already made a donation, thank you for your continued support of Gustavus.  For those who would like to make a donation, you may visit the following link to make a donation:, or contact The Gustavus Fund Office at

We have a ton of news to report, so without further ado, here it is!


  • Jason Barnett and Carrie Schafer married on November 23, 2001.
  • Michelle Berggren to Peter Kilroy on August 4, 2001.
  • Wendy Gilland to Erick Vedeen on September 15, 2001.
  • Karin Johnson to Dave Wald on October 26, 2001.
  • Ethan Leeman to Christina Millinen on October 27, 2001.
  • Erica Pye to John Marston on February 23, 2001.
  • Nicole Strusz to Bill Mueller on August 18, 2001.
  • Tom Werner to Molly Doan on May 13, 2000.

Babies Born

  • Kevin Beaver and wife, Amy, welcomed daughter, Anna Madelyn, on July 22, 2001.
  • Terri Buhl Wolfe and husband welcomed son, Luke David, on September 22, 2001.  He joins big sister, Abigail.
  • Michelle Carter Bauer and husband, Greg, welcomed daughter, Madeline Anne, on August 1, 2001.
  • Pam Dahl Nutter and husband, Brian, welcomed son, Ethan Brian, on February 27, 2001.
  • Dan Domagala and wife, Lisa, welcomed son, Jackson Manvil, on April 28, 2001.
  • Mike and Julie (Morrell) Frandsen welcomed daughter, Abigail Mackenzie, on December 5, 2001.
  • Lauri Gates Robinson and husband, Mark, welcomed daughter, Molly Grace, on April 20, 2001.
  • Dave Gordon and wife, April, welcomed daughter, Lucy Mae, on June 29, 2001.
  • Dawn Hanson McArthur and husband, Charlton, welcomed daughter, Abigail Katherine, on May 22, 2001.
  • Tamara Hartmann Callstrom and husband, Daniel ’91, welcomed son, Camden Curtis, on October 22, 2000.
  • Barb Larson Taylor and husband, Jaime, welcomed second son, Anders Jaimeson, on December 7, 2001.  He joins big brother, Kirby.
  • Melinda Nissen Chouanard and husband, Kevin, welcomed daughter, Megan Nissen, on October 18, 2001.
  • Boni Olsen Berndt and husband, Yuri ’92, welcomed daughter, Lauren Clara, on November 18, 2001.
  • Karen Olson Burkhartzmeyer and husband, John ’92, welcomed twin daughters, Megan Elizabeth and Elise Kay, on October 29, 2001.
  • Wendy Olson Myer and husband, Rodney, welcomed daughter, Elle Kay, on June 5, 2001.
  • Jessica Opitz Hartmann and husband, Jon, welcomed daughter, Elizabeth Diane, on August 31, 2001.
  • Marc Pera and wife, Jenny, welcomed daughter, Abigail, on September 28, 2001.
  • Andy and Steph (Graves) Priadka welcomed daughter, Megan Elaine, on March 26, 2001.
  • Troy Rens and wife, Christy, welcomed daughter, Aria Lin, on August 24, 2001.
  • Beth Robelia Napton and husband, Darin ’92, welcomed daughter, Celia, on May 3, 2001.  She joins big sister, Ella.
  • Kris Robelia Oppegard and husband, Eric ’92, welcomed son, Isaac, on October 24, 2001.  He joins big sister, Elise.
  • Tara Thomes Keil and husband, Kevin ’92, welcomed daughter, Leah Kristine, and April 23, 2001.
  • Deb Thomas Olsen and husband welcomed son, Bryce Olsen, on June 15, 2001.  He joins big brother, Andrew.
  • Denise Van Wormer Howard and husband, Chad, welcomed son, Maxwell Todd, on June 19, 2001.

Expecting Babies

  • Kristie (Chinander) and Dave Muetzel are expecting their second child (I don’t know when!).
  • Dana Kallman and wife, Kris (Helmstetter, ’94), were expecting their second baby on January 3, 2002.  He or she will join big brother, Andrew.
  • Jen Buckman Fransdal and husband, Wendell, are expecting their first child in July 2002, as are Stacey Schrock Simonett and husband, Andy.  Since both Jen and Stacey resided in my house at one point during the past five years, and since both they and their husbands think I am so great, I feel Kris Lamont Jr. would be an appropriate name to consider….


  • Becky Bengston-Carson and husband, Frank, are volunteer teachers in Bangladesh through the ELCA and Lutheran Healthcare Bangladesh.
  • Jamie Bundul Steinke works for Cooks of Crocus Hill as director of the cooking schools.
  • Nick Carlson is a sales manager for Copy Cats Digital Media.
  • Angie Diedrich Bystrzycki is a new homes sales consultant for Centex Homes.
  • Dan Domagala works for Carmichael Lynch Spong Public Relations as a new business development manager.
  • Jennifer Hartley Fernandez is an occupational therapist with the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center at Washington University of St. Louis.
  • Stephani Hillman is an attorney with Zipin and Melehy, LLC, in Maryland.
  • Jamie Jerdee is an exercise physiologist with Lifestyle Management.
  • Dan Johnson is a district sales manager for Fortis Benefits Insurance Co. in Austin, Texas.
  • Dana Kallman is an instruction and technology specialist with Edina Public Schools.
  • Kerry Koranda Rosvold founded a company called Mediprise, a medical practice management company.
  • Ethan Leeman works for Innovative Solutions in Healthcare, Inc. as a regional technical coordinator.
  • Heather McCleery is the assistant Ramsey County attorney in the Child Protection Unit.
  • Yvonne Mesa-Magee is an admission counselor at Gustavus.
  • Jeff Miller is an associate in investment banking with Lehman Brothers, Inc. in San Francisco.
  • Mark Moeller is a department head with The Home Depot.  His wife, Kari (Robinson), is an attorney with YKK Corporation of America.
  • Carlos Morgan is a case manager for Catholic Charities.
  • Michael Nelson is a professor of history for Presbyterian College in South Carolina.
  • Kris Odegaard Tlapa is the adjutant for the entire Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
  • Marc Pera is a lawyer with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Raymond Pike is working for Anderson S/C in Sao Paulo, Brazil in the their English department.
  • Mike Poppen is general manager for Best Buy in Pompano Beach, Florida.
  • Erica Pye Marston started her own design business called Erica Marston.
  • Kay Rezanka is a biology instructor with the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
  • Kris Robelia Oppegard is the senior high youth director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna.
  • Denise Schwanz Fullerton is an attorney with Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz.
  • Sue Snoeyenbos Kelm works for Pragmatek Consulting Group as a senior consultant for SAP Implementation.
  • Nate Soukup is director of operations for Viratec Thin Films, Inc. in Owatonna.
  • Trent Taylor is an attorney for Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone.
  • Tara Thomes Keil is an account representative with Allina Health Systems.

Continuing Education

  • Craig Anderson is pursuing a master's degree in Sports Management with the University of Minnesota.
  • Jodi Haniwalt Schintgen received her master's of science degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine in April 2001.
  • Scott Heath received his master's of science degree in paleontology from the University of Kansas in October 2001.
  • James McBride received his master's of science degree in environmental education from Lesley University in May 2001.

And finally, I must mention that on January 29, 2002, Jon Ketola and I completed our final MBA class together.  Our graduation ceremony will not take place until May, but a very festive celebration took place on that fine night (and a vacation day was taken on the 30th).  I never had one class with Jon during our years at Gustavus, but I thoroughly enjoyed completing this MBA program with him.  Jon, I will miss seeing your smiling face on Tuesday evenings, so please keep in touch!

I must also mention that Andrea Dunderi and I greatly enjoyed yet another European Vacation in November.  Andrea continues to spend part of the year working out of Lawson Software’s London office, which continues to provide me with the incentive to travel overseas!  This year we visited Edinburgh, Scotland and Berlin, Germany, both of which were beautiful.  I would love to tell you about all of Andrea’s antics, but this letter has simply grown too long, and I must cut myself off!  If you would like to hear more, please feel free to contact me at (612) 869-8112, or email at  And please continue to contact me with news, these letters; wouldn’t be nearly as interesting without all the information many of you so generously provide!  Take care, and I will be back with more in the Spring!

Your FAVORITE Class Agent,

Kris Lamont

1993 Class Agent

P.S.  Now for some other news from campus:

Campus News

Hi!  My name is Tracey Hanson.  I’m a senior, double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I’ve worked in the Alumni Office all four years and can hardly believe that I’m in the middle of my last J-Term!  After a longer-than-usual Christmas break, it’s great to be back on campus.  Instead of taking a class (and doing homework) this J-Term, I’m spending my time slaving away in the Alumni Office.  It’s great to have the extra time to relax and do other activities that J-Term allows.  Having unlimited time at home each night has made for some great cooking!  And getting to watch “Friends” without worrying about the homework you should be doing instead is also a plus! 

The campus is full of life and excitement.  The theme for J-Term 2002 is "Our Global Village," and the month will be a celebration of cultural diversity as we grapple with social, political, economic and philosophical aspects of our ever-shrinking world neighborhood.  Faculty are offering 29 different classes that tie into this global theme, many of which are travel courses.  Examples include Islam and Culture, and Chinese Cooking and Culture.  This year, 2319 students are enrolled in J-Term courses, with many studying abroad, participating in internships, student teaching or studying at other domestic institutions.  I get very jealous when I read e-mails from my roommates who are studying in warm, sunny Australia.  J-Term themes for the coming years include “Service-Learning” (2003) and “Undergraduate Research.” (2004).

Winter athletics are also in full swing!  Gustie teams are off to a great start and all are near the top in the MIAC.

Gustie music ensembles are also very busy.  The Gustavus Band will embark on an international tour this J-Term.  The band is touring Sweden and Norway, presenting “Music from America.”  The tour dates are January 16 through February 10.  The tour concludes with a homecoming performance at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir is busy preparing for their tour of the Midwest during Touring Week in February, concluding with their home concert Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Orchestra will tour Minnesota, the Dakotas, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.

You are invited and encouraged to attend these upcoming alumni events:

February 2      Chicago Chapter event - 6:00 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m.

Gustavus Choir Concert

                        Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL

February 16    Naples Chapter event - Naples Beach Club

                        851 Gulf Shore Boulevard, Naples

                        11:30 a.m. social, 12:30 p.m. luncheon

February 17    Vero Beach Chapter event - Dawn (Ekstrom ’67) and Ted Michael residence

                        2506 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach

                        12:30 p.m. social, 1:30 p.m. luncheon

March 7          San Diego Chapter event

March 8          Tucson Chapter gathering

March 9          Phoenix Chapter gathering

March 10        Sun City Chapter gathering

More information will be sent to alumni and friends in these chapter areas.

RSVP to Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or e-mail

As I prepare to graduate in June, I find it increasingly hard to think about leaving this place.  It hardly seems possible that four years have flown by, and that in six months I, too, will be considered an alum.  I will always carry with me fond memories of my four years here.  GO GUSTIES!!!