Alumni 2012-13 News

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You'd be amazed at the number of alumni who volunteer at ALA. Many thanks to the following ALA graduates and any others who've assisted this year or in previous years. We love seeing you!
2012-13 Alumni Volunteers
Name Assists with... ALA Class of...
Dominic Aveni Musical - videography 2012
Alysha Bergsma Track 2005
Jana (Jaehnig) Berrelleza Graphic Design 2003
Joel Buchholz Football Statistician,
Gala - sound and lights
Jeff English Track 2012
Kallie Franzmeier Track 2009
Sara Haag JV girls basketball assistant. 2010
Jena Herrmann  Soccer Assistant 2010
DJ Hoskinson Cross Country, Track 2012
Rene Koutia Musical costumes 1981
Andrew Martz Technology 2012
Luke Luchterhand Freshman Basketball Coach 2012
Samantha McClurg Musical - choreography 2007
Ken Mentzer Softball Assistant Coach 1985
David Resler Musical - backstage 2012
Maggie Schroeder Musical - lighting and programing 2009
Harry Sexton Musical 2011
Heidi Sprain
reading semester exams,
Soccer Assistant 
Steven Steinmetz Soccer Assistant Coach 2003
Adrianna Trevizo Girls Basketball Assistant Coach 2008
Lindsey Turner Girls Basketball Assistant Coach 2008
Amy Unkefer Adopt-a-Street Program 1985
Sarah Voss Volleyball Assistant Coach 2009
Tom Weinstein Photography 2000
Monte Yazzie Boys Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach 2000
Amanda Zwick Volleyball pre-season Assistant Coach 2007

Not included are the current parents/alumni who bring meals before games, etc. We're so thankful for all of you.

If your name should be on this list, please let us know! Contact Jen Bode at






We no longer have current information for about 22% of our alumni. (The good news is that we've found 3% since our search began in February 2012!)

Please view our Missing Alumni List (updated 10.10.12).

Ways to help:
1. Send us the missing alumnus's contact information or email address. 
2. Contact them on Facebook or via email, find out their info, and share,
3. Or, ask them to fill out an Alumni Update Form.

Contact us: 602-268-8686 ext. 37 or



William Unkefer, ALA Class of 2009, graduated with B.A. in Music from Point Loma Nazarene University in May 2013 and then went on to tour and sing in Dublin and various places in England with Pointless, the all male a capella group from PLNU.



Congratulations to James (Jim) Brooks, ALA class of 1991, who married Christy in 2012. They had their first child on Dec 18, 2012, and are pictured here at Easter 2013.


Andrew Taylor, ALA class of 2012, recently wrote, filmed, edited, and presented his first 8 minute film. It was a great experience, and he looks forward to doing it again in the coming semester.

Andrew learned that he enjoyed video editing early on, but it was the "Paul" video assignment in Pastor Bode's Junior Religion course at ALA that made him realize that he enjoys the filming and directing aspects of making films, too. He is most comfortable on the computer putting a movie together, but after working on 4 movies where he worked multiple roles including lighting, camera, mic, directing and acting, he says, "I really enjoyed all of those things, except acting, I'm terrible at it in my opinion." This summer Andrew will be working on a movie that is listed on IMDB. He is currently attending Southwestern Illinois College.

Ian Meshay, ALA Class of 2011, and a group of pre-medical and other pre-professional healthcare students from Arizona State University’s Alpha Epsilon Delta Club traveled to Peru on a Healthcare Quest. Read more.

Bradley Rubin, ALA Class of 2005, was recently awarded the  "Outstanding Senior" award for Materials Science and Engineering in the University of Arizona College of Engineering. 


Bradley is graduating in May 2013 with Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering (dual-major). He'll be resuming his internship with Intel this summer, but as a graduate internship. Then he'll be moving to the Bay Area to begin graduate school at UC Berkeley. There he will pursue a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, with research focused in Computational Materials Science and electronic materials (photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, etc).

J.D. Uhlhorn, ALA class of 2012, and David Becker, ALA class of 2011, singing in the Martin Luther College Mannerchor. 

David Becker teaching for his Early Field Experience at MLC. 

Class of 1999 joins together on Facebook. 


Alumni join together into "Three Teeth" to play at Gala. This acoustic group, made up of Jordan Burmeister, David Hauge, and William Unkefer, along with additional performances by Bethany Unkefer, provided tunes throughout the Gala on March 23, 2013. 


Calle Solie, ALA class of 2009, continued her volleyball career as a setter at Mid-America Christian University and

received numerous honors, including being selected as an All-American:

2009: All-Region NCCAA
2010: NCCAA All-Central Region, All-Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) (Honorable Mention),
2011: All-SAC (2nd Team), NCCAA All-Central Region (2nd Team), NAIA Scholar Athlete
2012: Capitol One Academic All-America (3rd Team), Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete, All-SAC (2nd Team), Capitol One Academic All-District VII

Read the 12.10.12 MACU News.

Bethany Unkefer, ALA class of 2011, is featured as Wisconsin Lutheran College's Warrior of the Week

Kristen Schulz, ALA class of 2010, is a returning started for the Wisconsin Lutheran College women’s basketball team. The team has been unanimously selected to win its fifth straight Northern Athletics Conference Division Championship, according to the 2012-2013 preseason coaches’ poll that was released by the league office. Read more in the WLC sports report.



Angelica Burk, ALA class of 2010, along with several of her Martin Luther College classmates, traveled to Provo, Utah in the summer of 2012 to share Jesus with Mormon students at BYU as a part of a Truth In Love Ministry outreach and media campaign. Angelica is featured about 6:25 into the video.


Nathan Caulk,   ALA class of 2004, serves as a registered nurse in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.  He currently holds the position of Assistant Regulatory Management Officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  He is pictured with RADM Boris Lushniak, Deputy Surgeon General, at the 2012 FDA Commissioned Corps Promotion Ceremony.  The “junior most” officer, LTJG Caulk, and the “senior most” officer, RADM Lushniak, share the knife in the time-honored cake cutting tradition. 

Nathan also recently published an article in the Arizona Nurse (see page 8) regarding public health nursing.

Jason Hanson, ALA class of 2004, obtained his airplane private pilot certificate, airplane instrument rating, airplane-commercial, airplane multi-engine, and airplane flight instructor ratings out of Chandler-Gilbert Community College at Williams Gateway Airport in Arizona.

Jason then moved to North Dakota to continue flight training through the University of North Dakota, and completed instrument-instructor rating (CFII), multi-engine instructor rating (MEI), tailwheel training, sea-plane rating, helicopter commercial pilot rating, helicopter flight instructor rating, helicopter instrument rating, and helicopter instrument-flight instructor rating. Jason also has obtained his first 3 skydive licenses and has started flying wing-suits.

Rachel (Schuelein) Braun, ALA class of 2003, and Andy Braun of Branches Band will be playing and offering a workshop at the WELS International Youth Rally in Knoxville, TN in summer of 2012. Rachel wrote the theme song, Fill Me Up. Listen online.



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