Class of '94
March 2004

To My Fellow Classmates of 1994:

It is hard to believe that almost 10 years have gone by since we received our diplomas from Gustavus.  Many of you have been hearing or seeing notices regarding our reunion coming up in October.  Before we look towards the future, I want to take a moment and relive the past 10 years.  After graduation, the majority of us took the summer to job search, complete internships, travel, or prepare for graduate school.  There were many career choices that were offered to us in the “real world.”  The path chosen may not have been the correct one at first but certainly provided experience to lead one in the right direction.  Many are making great advancements in medical research, “going up the corporate ladder” and/or obtaining advanced degrees.  This year nominations for the First Decade Awards were made for 10 women and 10 men from the class of 1994 who excelled in their career path since graduation.  They are as follows…


AMY BECKER- Branford, CT; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at Yale University (completed residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Colorado in Denver and received M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School)

JESSICA STRESEMANN BELL-Richmond, VA; Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institute of Health (completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco and received Ph.D. in biochemistry at University of Minnesota) 

LARESA DEBOER-Chaska, MN; Emergency Physician at Ridgeview Medical Center (Chief resident during residency program at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN and received M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School)

SUSAN HADDOX-Decatur, GA; Ph.D. student in Philosophy at Emory University (also an editorial assistant for the Journal of Biblical Literature, received M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and M.S. from Stanford University) 

MOLLIE MEYER-Bermuda; Assistant Vice President for Marsh Global Broking Ltd. (previously a financial products underwriter for Chubb Insurance Company and a financial sales/district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood)

KARA PARKER-St. Paul, MN; Holistic Physician at Hennepin County Medical Center (attending Center for Wholeness: Healership Training, certified through medical acupuncture program at the UCLA School of Medicine and received M.D. through University of Minnesota Medical School) 

KARI WRASPIR RHODE-Plymouth, MN; Senior Associate at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, LLP. (named a “Minnesota Rising Star for 2004” in Minnesota Law & Politics Dec/Jan Issue and received J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law)

 REBECCA SCHWEPPE-Denver, CO; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder (received Ph.D. in biochemistry through University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO) 

CHIA VANG-Minneapolis, MN; Research and Evaluation Consultant for CHIA Consulting, Inc.  (Ph.D. candidate in the department of American studies at the University of Minnesota and received M.A. from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota) 

GRACIE VARGAS-Austin, TX; Research Team Member of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin(received Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and M.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas in Austin)


BRAD CHAMBERLAIN-Decorah, IA; Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Luther College (postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and received Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Minnesota)  

DAN CURRELL-St. Paul, MN; Senior Director, Corporate Executive Board (Washington, D.C.) (previously worked as a commercial litigation associate for Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. and received J.D. from University of Chicago Law School)

JEREMY DIAMOND-Brooklyn, NY; Vice President of Capital IQ, Inc. (previously worked as a director for Aon Merger & Acquisitions Group and as casualty manager for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies)

NATHAN FUNK-Washington, D.C; Visiting Assistant Professor for Elliott School of International Affairs/Department of Political Science at George Washington University (previously assistant professor at American University in Washington, D.C. and received Ph.D. in international relations from American University in Washington, D.C.)

ERIK HENDRIKSON-Edina, MN; President of Tradition Mortgage (also a partner in Tradition Development, a partner in Title by Tradition and associated with Tradition Wealth Management) 

GREG MUNSON-St. Paul, MN; Commercial Real Estate Developer, McGough Development/Construction (previously an attorney for Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., recognized as a top lawyer under the age of 40 in the Twin Cities from 1999 through 2003 in Law and Politics and received J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School)

PAUL PETERSON-St. Peter, MN; Principal at St. Peter High School (received M.S. from St. Cloud State University)

ZACHARY RESCH-Rochester, MN; Postdoctoral Fellow in Endocrine Research Unit at Mayo Clinic (received Ph.D. and M.S. in physiology from University of North Dakota School of Medicine)

JUDD SCHETNAN-Eagan, MN; Director of Government Affairs for the Metropolitan Council (worked as the committee administrator for the Government Operations Committee, for the Minnesota House of Representatives and for Governor Arne Carlson) 

JASON TATGE-Lenexa, KS; CEO/Founder of Farms Technology, LLC. (co-authored six patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his business and received M.B.A. from the University of Memphis)

Congratulations to each of them on their achievement within their areas of expertise.  Susan Haddox and Nathan Funk were chosen by the Gustavus Alumni Board as the recipients for the Class of 1994 First Decade Award.  These awards will be presented at a banquet on Saturday, October 2nd at Gustavus Adolphus College.  I wish everyone from the class of 1994 continued success in your own careers.  It will be amazing to see what accomplishments will be made within the next 10 years.

Anita Stockwell Ripken '94

First Decade Award Nomination Committee Member

P.S.  Remember our 10-Year reunion will be October 1-3, 2004.  Registration will be mailed in August.  For a full schedule, go to the Alumni events section at <>.