Class of ’94

October 2013

20-Year Reunion ― October 3-5, 2014

Dear Classmates,

I recently attended the fall Volunteer Leadership Day at Gustavus.  The day was beautiful:  warm, sunny, leaves just starting to turn.  The kind of day that made me think of all of the things that I am thankful for and all of the experiences at Gustavus that helped to make me the person I am today.

As soon as I got on Hwy 169 at Mankato, the memories came flooding in:  many fun times at Seven Mile Park, the old Dairy Queen that is now a welcome center, singing in the car with friends, and just the freedom that I feel when I get to St. Peter.  A lot of things have changed in St. Peter—the Hardees is now Arbys, they have a Cherry Berry, and the campus is ever-changing.  There are some things that are the same though.  Going up the hill to campus is beautiful and exciting.  Many of the houses we lived in and hung out in are still there, many are gone.  It still seems weird that Brick House and Terrace House are gone.  The PO’s are still in the basement of the Student Center—in fact I saw Derek Hansen there chatting with Brian Norelius ʼ95, just like old times.  I picked up a Gustavian Weekly, happy to see that newsprint is still available in this technological world.  Campus has changed tremendously over the last 20 years, but I still feel like I am a part of it.

This coming year is our 20-Year Reunion.  Seriously, how did this happen?  I don’t feel that old . . . most days.  Reunion planning is underway and we will be having our reunion in St. Peter.  More details will follow, but mark your calendars for October 3-5, 2014.  There will be a variety of activities starting Friday evening through Sunday morning.  Save the date, talk to your friends, make it happen!  Oh, and if you have ideas, etc., you are more than welcome to help me plan.  Just email me at: for more information.  The Class of 1994 is also in need of additional class officers:  a Vice President/Reunion Chair, an Annual Fund Chair, and a Communication Chair.  We are all busy, if you are interested just let me know.

Class News

Since most of you haven’t sent in news lately, I got most of my information from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google.   ;-)

Gretchen Anderson Zinsli is a staff RN at Mayo Clinic in the Med/Surg/Organ Transplant ICU.  I am working on my masters to be a family nurse practitioner, am a Girl Scout Troop leader, am active in groups and committees at church and I am also 1994 class president.  My daughter is in 7th Grade and wants to be a Gustie — thank God!!

Anita Stockwell Ripken is a media buyer for Venture Media, working from her home office.  Bryan Ripken works for Wells Fargo.  Bryan celebrated his 40th birthday by climbing Mount Everest.  Their sons, Kieran and Braeden keep them busy with swimming, football, baseball, and music lessons.

Renae Munsterman Lokpez is a marketing and account executive at MHS Licensing.  She is also busy with her two boys, Samuel and Emmett.

Shannon Eliason Thorsell is a human resources specialist for Cardinal Health.  She and Tobias Thorsell ʼ97 are busy with their daughter Annika and Toby's soccer teams.  They travel around the world, especially to Sweden playing soccer!

Tonya Gust Oberg is a school psychologist in the Stillwater School District.  Tonya and John have two active children, Alex and Addie.

Laresa DeBoer is the director of emergency medicine at Ridgeview Emergency Department in Waconia.

Kris Helmstetter Kallman teaches 4th grade in Chaska, where Dana ʼ93 is the head boys basketball coach.  They have three active boys, Andrew, Ben, and Matt who are busy with basketball, baseball, football, and just keeping their mom busy.

Mark Petersen works primarily in real estate law at his company, Petersen PLC.  He also rehabs houses in the metro area and hosts really amazing garage sales.

Christopher Robinson lives in Minneapolis.  I think he travels a lot and enjoys the outdoors.

Heidi Thelen Maes is a busy mom of three musically gifted children.  They enjoy spending time on the lake.

Sarah Boehlke Gilbertson is the choir director at Chanhassen High School.  She has twins, Esther and Weston, who are keeping her busy.

Angela Rebling Fink lives in Northfield.  Chris Fink ʼ94 is a construction contractor.  They have three children who are busy with hockey.

Kelly Kispert Smith lives in Shakopee and has two adorable daughters.

Heather Krause Quiram is a high school counselor at Mankato East High School.  They have two boys, Spencer and Ethan.

Dan Currell is an executive director at Corporate Executive Board.  Dan taught a J-term class at Gustavus last January, and Sara (Tollefson ʼ95) and the kids moved to campus for the month.  Rumor has it there was some sledding with trays from the caf.  Dan is also the Class of 1994 Recruitment Chair.

Dave Davis works at Cargill, is married and has a little girl—and has a cat named Mavis Davis.

Emily Rova-Hegener is a co-pastor at United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth, MN.  Her husband is the other co-pastor.  They have two boys and Emily recently spent a sabbatical touring Norway reuniting with family members.

Mary Crippen Miklethun is a senior manager at U.S. Bancorp.  She has two children and is still active in the music world.

Campus News

Gustavus Networking Event

There is a new mentoring program, The Gustavus Mentoring Program, that matches us - experienced alumni to a junior or senior student who has applied and been accepted into the program as a mentee.  We invite you to join—share your wisdom, help the students learn to network, work with them on interview skills, and help them understand the path you took through Gustavus to where you are today.

Register now for our second Gustavus Networking Event on Wednesday, Oct. 23.  All alumni and current students are invited to the Westin Galleria Edina from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for networking, appetizers, a seated dessert and short program.  Registrants will be asked to select a career area from business, finance, marketing/communications, public service, law, technology, and biology.  Cost is $15 for alumni, $10 for students.  For more information and to register, visit

President Ohle Announces Retirement

Jack R. Ohle, the 16th President of Gustavus Adolphus College, has announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2013-14 academic year when he will complete his sixth year as president of the College.  He began his service to Gustavus on July 1, 2008, and will officially retire on June 30, 2014.  Ohle submitted, and the Board accepted, a letter announcing his retirement to the Board of Trustees at its June.  The Board of Trustees has initiated a search to find President Ohle’s successor who will begin serving the College in the summer of 2014.

Gustavus Library Associates - A Royal Affair

On Saturday, November 16, Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) will host its 18th biennial benefit...A Royal Affair.  More than 500 guests are expected to attend this gala dinner/auction benefit at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota.  Realized proceeds are designated for the GLA endowment of the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.

Upcoming Events

Vic Gustafson Pool Naming Event, Hall of Champions, Lund Center, Oct. 12

Networking Event – Westin Galleria, Edina – Oct. 23

Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet – November 2

Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – Radisson Blu, Bloomington – Nov. 16

Lifelong Learning Event – JFK Assassination by David Jones ʼ83 – Nov. 19

Christmas in Christ Chapel – Dec. 6, 7 and 8.

All right, that is enough news for now.  You will be hearing more from the Class of 1994 soon regarding Homecoming Plans!

Go Gusties!!

Gretchen Anderson Zinsli

1994 Class President