Class of 2002
December 2007

Holiday greetings!

What a beautiful time of the year as we recently celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaches.  The Midwest seems to be getting its share of snow and cold winter weather in preparation for the holidays.

Our five-year reunion was a huge success!  We hope that those of you who were able to attend the reunion weekend were able to reconnect with friends and share some great memories.  On Friday night of the reunion, we met at The Local in downtown Minneapolis―over 150 of our classmates attended.  On Saturday, there was the football game (which, unfortunately, was a tough go against St. Johns) at the new stadium and the tailgate-in-a-tent party.  A large number of classmates gathered for the on-campus weekend festivities.

For those of you who were unable to attend, we hope that you’ll make it back in another five years for our ten year reunion.  That will probably be here before we know it!

If you have photos that you would like to share from the weekend, please know that you can send them to the Alumni Office ( to post on our class page.  Check out this site for some photos from the reunion:

Thank you to all who attended and those who helped with the planning of the weekend!!  A huge thank you goes to everyone who made a donation to Gustavus as part of our reunion gift as well―we surpassed our initial giving goal of $15,000 and gave $23,671.99.  Thank you for your generosity!

We have quite a bit of news to share in this letter (keep those updates coming!).  Please check out what our classmates have been up to in the recent months and check out what is new on campus at Gustavus.


Katherine Medbery Oleson and Karen Warkentien

2002 Co-class agents

Class News


  • Brooks Anderson is pursuing an MBA at the Carlson School of Management.
  • Katie Howe Bertrand earned her Ph.D. in biology (area of specialty:  fish ecology) from Kansas State University.  She is currently working as a postdoctoral research associate in the Wildlife and Fisheries Science Department at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.
  • Kristin Hoffman-Peavler is going back to school at the University of Pittsburgh for her master’s in nursing, in the nurse practitioner program.
  • Amelia Greiner is pursuing her Ph.D. in health, behavior and society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • Erin Kommerstad completed her master’s in counseling psychology at the University of Denver in June of 2007.
  • Marissa Kolander Letscher graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with her master’s of divinity in June of 2007.
  • Matt Mettler is in his forth year of graduate study in the University of Iowa’s Ph.D. history program.  He is studying U. S. social and cultural history.
  • Nikki Norton Ehrich completed her master’s of education from Hamline University in May of 2007.
  • Kristin Olson is pursuing a master’s in education at St. Mary’s University.
  • Cory Quammen is in the Ph.D. program for computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Ruth Robinson completed her master’s in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas.
  • Cory Shannon graduated from Cornell.
  • Anna Coulsey Wildgrube is in her final year of veterinary school at the University of Minnesota.
  • Rachel Willson-Broyles finished her master’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is now studying for her Ph.D. in Scandinavian studies with a focus on philology at UW-Madison.
  • Jaime Quam Winchell is pursuing a master’s in education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.


  • Brooks Anderson is employed by Stanton Group.
  • Jennifer Bean-Lopez is lead teacher at Lake Underhill Montessori School in Orlando, FL.
  • Steven Bratrud is a foreman for Holleneack & Nelson.
  • Laura Beres Bristle is an English teacher in the BOLD School District.
  • Jeff Brown is an environmental health specialist for the City of Edina.
  • Carolyn Carlson works at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview as a pharmological resident.
  • Brandon Cass is in software sales at Quantum in Littleton, CO.
  • Maggie Dalen Cass is employed by Coors Brewing Company as a field services manager in Golden, CO.
  • Katja Ericson works for E. Philanthropy Foundation.
  • Trisha Loveland Fisher is the owner of Happy Paws Pet Sitting & Dog Walking.
  • Michael Formas is employed by JP Morgan as an account manager for hedge funds in Hamilton, MA.
  • Ali Fugleberg works at the University of Minnesota Medical School, running a course called the Primary Care Clerkship for third and fourth year medical students.
  • Brian Gamlen is a business analyst for Assurant Health.
  • Elizabeth Grinsteinner Grzechowiak is the executive director of the Phamous Group, a parent company to Azia Restaurant, Caterpillar Lounge, Anemoni Sushi and Oyster Bar, ThanhDo, Temple Restaruant and the Shinto Lounge.
  • Cambria Halgren Fladager works at Northwest Airlines in the internal audit department.
  • Keely Johnson Pearson is an environmental consultant for Barr Engineering in Duluth.
  • Scott Jones is employed by Ridley, Inc. as a business development analyst.
  • Heidi Kain works for Charles Schwab as a manager of accounting policy in Oakland, CA.
  • Melanie Kelly is a music teacher in the Minnetonka School District.
  • Leah Kiemele is employed by Eddie Bauer.
  • Dena Kill is a marketing associate with Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
  • Erin Kommerstad is a counselor at Maplestar Colorado in Denver.
  • Allison Kramer is a physician asssistant at Emergency Physicians of Naples in Naples, FL.
  • Amanda Larson is working at Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA.
  • Chuck Lederer is a consumer loan underwriter  for Wells Fargo.
  • Marissa Kolander Letscher is serving Christ the King Lutheran Church as the coordinator of children’s ministry in Norcross, GA.
  • Kellie Kachelmeier Lockrem is a manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
  • Mary Dahmen Lundquist is a high school English teacher at St. Francis High School.  She’s also the yearbook advisor and head of the department.
  • Nikki Norton-Ehrich is a first grade teacher in the Centennial School District.
  • Kristin Olson is a 4th grade teacher in Byron, MN, at Byron Public School.
  • Katie Thompson Padderud is an 8th grade teacher at Brighton Public Schools in Brighton, CO.
  • Ariana Petersen Mosier is employed by Prairie Seeds Academy.
  • Renee Rau works at the registrar’s office at Walden University.
  • Ellie Roscher is a religion teacher at Cretin-Derham Hall.
  • Ben Rudolf is an attorney doing civil litigation with the firm Bourgeois, Dresser, White & Beard in Worcester, MA.
  • Michelle Schaefer is employed as a program coordinator by StayWell Health Management in Eagan, MN.
  • Mark Schwanke works for Motorola, Inc. in Schaumburg, IL.
  • Zach Takle is a body mechanics business manager.
  • Matthew Tjosaas is a research associate with Segetis, Inc., in Golden Valley, MN.
  • Adam Vahl is a video products manager for Daktronics, Inc.
  • Michelle Zaske Koren is a middle school science teacher in Buffalo, MN.
  • Rachel Turzynski Zimmermann is a clinical laboratory scientist in the Acute Care Lab at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview.


  • Brooks and Bridget Anderson were married on October 7, 2006.
  • Maggie Berndt and Andy Hermann were married on October 7, 2006.
  • Jeff Brown and Andrea Dolan were married on August 9, 2006.
  • Cambria Halgren and Ben Fladager ’01 were married on September 22, 2007.
  • Emily Johnson was married to William Frazier on June 30, 2007.
  • Trisha Loveland and Ben Fisher were married on September 30, 2006.
  • Ariana Petersen married Ben Mosier on June 30, 2007, in Minneapolis.
  • Mark Schwanke was married to Erica Nowak on August 11, 2007.  The couple resides in Woodstock, IL.
  • Tina Sheetz was married to Shawn Froemming on July 7, 2007.  The couple resides in Blaine, MN.
  • Katie Thompson was married to Dustyn Padderud on August 8, 2007.
  • Adam Vahl was married on May 12, 2007.  He and his wife, Jill, reside in Brooking, SD.

Tiny little Gusties

  • Text Box:  Allison born to Nick & Lauren Ann (O’Connor ’03) Dwyer on September 6.
  • Baby girl born to David and Shannon (LeMay) Tupy on June 29.
  • Eli Austin was born to Tiffany Alstead and Evan Molde ’01 on July 1, 2007.
  • Ethan was born to Kirk and Kristi (Montgomery) Walberg on July 4, 2007.
  • Finn was born to Keely Johnson Pearson & Mickey ’01 on April 13, 2006.
  • Josephine Louise was born to Mike and Katie (Howe) Bertrand on September 30, 2007.
  • Karsyn Jean was born to Aaron and Jaime (Quam) Winchell on June 27.
  • Mackenzie Ann Koren was born to Kyle ’01 and Michelle (Zaske) Koren on April 29, 2007.
  • Owen Rick & Will Michael were born to Nikki Norton Ehrich and Greg on April 26, 2007.

This photo of Ledgyn Steeger Nelson was sent in by his proud Gustie grandparents.  His parents are Brent and Amy (Jansen) Nelson.  Ledgyn was born on February 26, 2007.

Campus News

Gustavus Apparel for Christmas List

Still making your wish list for Christmas or shopping for a Gustie in your family?  Check out the Gustie gear online at:

Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching, a technique the team has found to be very successful. 

Minnesota House Speaker Featured at Gustie Breakfast

Minnesota Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90 will be speaking at the December Twin City Gustie Breakfast.  Kelliher will share broad insight into state politics.  Come to ask your questions for this unique opportunity for Gusties.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place

December 19, 2007, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

$10 per person

Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083.

Gustavus Dancing With the Profs

Inspired by the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, a standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and St. Peter community members filled Alumni Hall on November 2 to watch Gustavus students and faculty/staff members swing dance to raise money for the St. Peter United Way.  The event, “Dancing with the Profs 2,” featured six teams of one Gustavus student and one faculty/staff member.  In preparation for the evening competition, the Gustavus Swing Club gave the teams dance lessons, while members of GAC-TV documented the learning to provide a video showcase on each couple.


Men's tennis coach Steve Wilkinson has been named the national winner of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus Recreation Award.  This awards program, which began in 2003, was open to more than 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and junior/community college levels.  Senior goaltender Trevor Brown became the first men's soccer player in Gustavus history to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team as released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Fine Arts Events

“Destination Anywhere:  A Juried Exhibit of 15 Award-Winning Young Artists With Disabilities,” is now on display at the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus.  The exhibit, a product of a partnership between VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts) and Volkswagen of America, Inc., strives to recognize and showcase young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are living in the United States.  In November the Department of Theatre and Dance presented a Festival of Student Work.  A miniature “Fringe Festival” in its own right, this collaboration of more than 60 actors, dancers, designers, and technicians, operating on 10 different production schedules, filled Anderson Theatre, the Black Box, and the Schaefer Fine Arts Center for four days of artistic celebration.

Give Your Gift to Gustavus Before Year's End!

The time is now, the time is here.

To make your gift by the end of the year.

It can be BIG. It can be SMALL.

But to keep Gustavus strong

Takes a gift from us all!

You can give by mail, or give online.

Any gift from you to Gustavus is fine.

You don’t want to stall

To get a 2007 tax break.

So, pick up the phone and give us a call.

Here are ways to make your gift:

Call toll-free 866/487-3863

Give online at:

Send your check to:

Gustavus Alumni Fund

800 West College Avenue

St. Peter, MN 56082

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast featuring music conductors - Jan. 16
  • Gustavus Gathering in Phoenix/Sun City, AZ - Jan. 20
  • Gustavus Gathering in Tucson, AZ - Jan 22.

For more information on alumni events, go to: