Class of '94
April 2006

Hello Classmates!

Happy Spring!  This is the time of year where many of us are making plans for summer, getting out the yard stuff, and putting away all of those winter clothes.  I am so thankful that spring is finally here!  With spring also comes my turn to write the class letter.  Renae Munsterman, Anita Stockwell Ripken and I (Gretchen Anderson Zinsli) are very happy to be class agents together.  In a short time, we have learned many new things about Gustavus and about our former classmates.  I have to admit though; I did have to Grib a few people to make sure I was picturing the right people while writing this!


  • Kathy Bonnifield is a program assistant in international programs for the McKnight Foundation.
  • Karen de Boer works for the regional legal offices of The Nature Conservancy.  Karen is also in her second year of conducting The Singing Friends Chorus, a community choir in the Norwood, MN area.
  • Rob Crowell is a business analyst for the Target Corporation.
  • Kris Helmstetter Kallman and Dana Kallman ’93 live in Chanhassen with their three boys, Andrew, Ben, and Matthew.  Kris is teaching first grade in Chaska while Dana is the head basketball coach at Chaska High School.
  • Connie Nelson Laird is working as assistant professor of higher education and student affairs.
  • Pete Shriver works for Office Max and lives in Cleveland, OH.
  • Jennifer Kempter Kooistra is an independent Creative Memories consultant.
  • Mark Petersen received a promotion and is the director of land acquisition for the Minnesota Land Division of Lennar Corporation.
  • Julie Wenschlag will receive her master’s in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in May of 2006.
  • Karl Kohlhase works for Electrical Controls Incorporated.
  • Tonya Gust Oberg and John Oberg ’92 live in Woodbury with their two children Alex and Addy.  Tonya is a school psychologist in Stillwater and John is a financial guy.
  • Eric O’Denius is an immigrations officer and was cited by name in a majority Supreme Court decision last year.  The decision is Jama vs. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Eric is listed in the last paragraph in Section a, second to last sentence.  You can look it up at


  • Cynthia Belt Rush and husband, Brian, welcomed a baby girl, Ella Nora Arzeki Rush on June 6, 2005.  Cindy is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.
  • Erin Erickson Angelats and her husband, Juan, welcomed a baby girl, Gisela Isabel Angelats on February 7, 2006.  Erin is a nurse anesthetist at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
  • Rebecca Schweppe and her husband, Wayne Kunze, welcomed a baby girl, Allyson Elizabeth Kunze, on December 6, 2005.
  • Kim Wabner Noll and her husband, Troy, welcomed a baby boy, Tanner Noll on August 4, 2005.  Kim is a lead RN with Health Partners.
  • Carrie Close and husband, Paul Hassel, had a baby boy, William Jasper on November 19, 2005.  Carrie is a teacher in the Garfield Re-2 School District.
  • Paula Johnson Gagnon and her husband, Steve, welcomed Silas Henry Gagnon on April 21, 2005.  Paula is an aquatic ecologist for the Nature Conservancy in Berwyn, IL.
  • Meg Lojek and her husband, Ted McManus, had a baby boy, Jack, on April 23, 2005.  Meg is a librarian at Mocall Public Library.
  • Kristin Fisher Lamoureux and Doug Lamoureux welcomed a baby boy, Charles Curtis, on August 2, 2005.  Kristin is marketing and sales director for Blue Tang Inn and Doug is an Enterprise Development Consultant for Midwest Wireless.
  • Jason Haugen and his wife, Amy Haugen, welcomed a baby girl, Bryn, on October 4, 2005.
  • Amy Wagner Sanderson and her husband, Shane, welcomed a baby boy, Cole Patrick, on June 26, 2005.  Amy’s husband was a platoon sergeant for the 93rd Combat Engineers based out of Southfield, MI stationed in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.  Shane made it home from Iraq two days before Cole was born and had to return two weeks later.  The Sanderson’s will be moving to Wisconsin in the spring.
  • Kelly Kispert Smith and her husband, Chris, welcomed a baby girl, Mackenna Anne on December 30, 2005.  Kelly is a Creative Memories consultant.
  • Sue Kroells-Hedtke welcomed a boy, Adam Wallace, on August 17, 2005.
  • April Sherren and her husband, Darren Larson, welcomed twin girls, Vivienne and Genevieve Larson in July of 2005.  April is an OB/GYN physician at Park Nicollet Clinic in Maple Grove and Methodist Hospital.
  • Heather Krause Quiram and her husband, Dion, welcomed a baby boy, Evan David Krause Quiram on December 3, 2005.  Heather continues to work as an elementary school counselor in Mankato.  She is looking forward to spending her summer at home with Spencer, age 4 ½ and Evan 4 ½ months.


  • Kerri Pool married Kevin Foss on December 17, 2005.
  • Jennifer Meese married John Green on June 24, 2005.
  • Sara Marvin married Raymond Terranova on October 14, 2005.  Sara received her PhD in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May 2005.  She currently commutes from Ridgefield Park, NJ to North Shore Hospital on Long Island and works in their clinic with adolescents and their families.


The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

Short Term Medical (STM) insurance Available

Short Term Medical Insurance can fill the temporary needs of those without health insurance, usually at a lower cost than other alternatives.  Alumni and their families may apply.  This is perfect for children of alumni who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  Contact the program administrator at Meyer and Associates at:  800-635-7801 or about this and other sponsored life, medical, auto and homeowners insurance.

Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)

Gusties love to serve while they are students and after they graduate.  Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.), the annual day of community service, will focus in the Twin Cities’ Phillips Neighborhood.  This 1.6 square mile section of Minneapolis has 3,100 families, and 31 percent of those families live below the poverty level.  This neighborhood also is home to the American Swedish Institute.  Come out to help make the community a little better.  To learn more about G.I.V.E. Day and to register, go to

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis – April 29
  • Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8

CASUAL ALUMNI GET-TOGETHERS for class of 1994 and other class years.  During our years at Gustavus we all made friends with people in the years surrounding us.  We are currently working on planning a casual get-together for classes 1991-1995 to occur during the summer months.  Look for more information about this later!

ALUMNI WEBSITE:  Gustavus will be launching individual class pages through the official Gustavus website this summer.  We will be able to post pictures, class letters, and many other things.  It will be yet another convenient way to stay in touch with Gustavus and your classmates!  However, the class agents are not necessarily experienced web-designers.  So, if you would/could help us out we would love to hear from you!

GIVING BACK TO GUSTAVUS:  As new class agents, we are always looking for ways to make giving to Gustavus easier.  You can donate by going on the website at anytime to make your gift.  It’s simple, easy, and secure.  As always, your gift is greatly appreciated.  The college fund year closes with the end of the academic year.  So gifts need to be received by May 31 to be counted toward the current fund year.  Gifts of all sizes are important and appreciated.  The bulk of the money received goes directly to financial aid to help keep Gustavus accessible to current and future Gusties.  Thanks for those who have contributed and the many we know who will before May 31.

Gustavus is also looking for people who have time and/or talents that you could share with students at Gustavus.  If you are interested in helping as a career mentor, contact the Career Center by calling 507-933-7524 or e-mailing

Anita, Renae, and I are very excited to have this opportunity to be your class agents.  We are very open to your suggestions and feedback.  We love hearing from you so please keep the emails coming!

In the last letter, we promised that we would start publishing pictures that we received, so here they are!  If you would like to submit a photo, simply email them to or to one of our email addresses listed below.  Here are the ones we received!  Please send more, we’d love to see them!


Left picture:  Erin Erickson Angelats and Kris Koehler at Erin’s wedding in Chicago.

Right picture:  Renae Munsterman, Kris Helmstetter Kallman, Shannon Eliason Thorsell, Laresa DeBoer, Tonya Gust Oberg, Anita Stockwell Ripken, and Gretchen Anderson Zinsli at Laresa’s wedding in Minneapolis.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Gretchen Anderson Zinsli

1994 Co-class agent