2016 Called to Serve Recipients
Jean (Pederson) Johnson '76
Jean Johnson recently retired from 35 years of service to Windom Public Schools. She was awarded both the MCEA Region 2 Community Educator of Excellence Award and Windom Mayor Medal of Honor for Schools/Education in 2014. She co-founded the Child's Eye View Day Care Center and has participated in many community organizations. She is a member of the American Lutheran Church of Windom and has served as a lay assistant minister.
Barbara (Peterson) Prather '87
Barbara Prather has served as the executive director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank since 1999. She is the current chair of Iowa Food Bank Association and serves on the Met Transit Board. She currently serves in a variety of roles at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Hudson, Iowa. She is married to Jim Prather and they have a daughter, Stephanie, who will be a sophomore.
2015 Called to Serve Recipients
Rev. Arland Fiske '48
Arland Fiske has served as parish pastor, theologian, mentor and author. He is a strong proponent of Scandinavian heritage, was on the board of directors for Luther Seminary, St. Paul, and was instrumental in developing the ELCA's Gifts program for lay leaders and the deacon program.
Marilon (Hafdahl) Anderson '60
Marilon Anderson is a retired teacher, minister of music and former volunteer Lutheran school director. After a 40-year career as an elementary school teacher, Anderson volunteered to serve as the director of Grace Christian Academy, a small K-8 Lutheran school in Pasadena, Calif.
2014 Called to Serve Recipient
H. Ardell Knudsvig '60
Ardell Knudsvig is the director of the Student Outreach Project for Applied Science and Technology at the U of M, Crookston, and a crop health specialist for the northwest district of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Knudsvig was a science teacher at Crookston High School from 1976 until his retirement in 1998. He was named Crookston Teacher of the Year three times and believed in challenging students through encouragement, commitment and working together – something he adheres to in his current role coordinating U of M, Crookston, faculty and students as they teach high school students in the areas of science and technology.