A 20-24 member alumni board serves as the voice of Waldorf University alumni and meets four times a year on campus. Each member of the board serves a four-year term and can serve two consecutive terms. The board advises Waldorf's director of alumni relations.
If you are interested in serving, or would like to nominate a fellow alum to serve, please fill out our application or contact the Alumni Office at email@example.com or any board member listed below.
Director of Alumni Relations
Theodore Schoneman, ’20
Theodore “Theo” Schoneman, a native of Garner, Iowa, graduated from Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School in 2016. He received his A.A. in General Education from North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in 2017 and graduated summa cum laude from Waldorf in 2020 with his B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in digital media, public relations and journalism. While at Waldorf, he was a member of the wind symphony, Alpha Chi, WAL-TV and KZOW radio where he served as sports director and called play-by-play and color commentary for various Waldorf sporting events.
Before joining the Waldorf staff as director of alumni relations in October 2022, he worked in marketing for a local North Iowa company. Theo is deeply passionate about Waldorf, and he has many goals to expand Waldorf’s alumni network and wants to continue cultivating strong relationships between alumni, students and the university. He is also devout believer in Christ and has a deep appreciation for Waldorf’s Christian roots as an institution. Theo currently resides in Forest City with his wife, Baili, and their mini-goldendoodle puppy, Oakli. In his free time, Theo enjoys golfing, bowling, listening to music, watching sports and spending as much quality time with family and friends as possible.
Alumni Board Officers
Dr. Thomas Wicks, ’88, President, 2nd term ends Oct. 2024
Dr. Thomas “Tom” Wicks is the Waldorf University alumni association president and hails from a fifth-generation family farm near Kanawha, Iowa. Waldorf is a whole family tradition for the Wicks family with his parents and siblings also being fellow alum. “Doc” received his A.A. in 1988 from Waldorf University and his B.A. from Wartburg College in 1990. He continued his post graduate education at Des Moines University, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery earning his D.P.M. in podiatric medicine in 1994. Dr. Wicks then completed his podiatric surgical residency at Michiana Community Hospital in South Bend, Ind. and later founded Acute Foot and Ankle Care, PC located in Greencastle, Ind. His podiatric medical and surgical practice specialized in diabetic limb salvage and surgical reconstruction of the rheumatoid and arthritic foot.
Dr. Wicks relocated his practice in 2014 joining multi-specialty groups Southern Plains Medical Group and the Five Oaks Medical Group in Chickasha, Okla. which provided opportunities in limb salvage and reconstructive surgery. He was also chosen by Smith and Nephew Pharmaceuticals to be a nationwide speaker on the topic of diabetic limb salvage.
Presently, Dr. Wicks practices in southeast Oklahoma as a podiatric physician with the McAlester Bone and Joint clinic owned by McAlester Regional Health Center which encompasses trauma, reconstructive surgery and limb salvage. Doc serves as adjunct professor with the Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences training residents and students of osteopathic medicine.
Dr. Wicks has a passion for service in his communities, church and his alma maters. He has served over twenty years in the fire service as a firefighter with the Greencastle Fire Department, Grady County Fire Department, the Texanna Fire Department and served as the chief medical officer for the Grady County Fire Department.
Dr. Wicks is married to Dr. Laura Black-Wicks, a family physician and educator, and has two sons Thomas and James. Dr. Wicks enjoys being “semi-retired with a full-time job” living on the lake in southern Oklahoma. He spends his spare time golfing, skiing, cooking and is a Corvette enthusiast.
Michael Cole, ’03, Vice President, 2nd term ends Oct. 2024
Michael “Mike” Cole graduated from Waldorf in 2003 with a B.A. in CIS and has worked in the IT field for over 20 years in various industries such as manufacturing, finance, medical and e-commerce. He travels the Midwest speaking at technical conferences, previously speaking at events in Nashville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Des Moines and Lincoln. In 2014, he started working remotely full-time, and The Remote Life is the topic of his signature conference presentation.
In 2016 he launched Cole Consulting, Inc., where he enjoys building and maintaining software for several clients. He has also shifted his focus to the multiple facets of running a small business, such as accounting, subcontracting, marketing, legal and client retention. In 2016, he joined the Waldorf alumni board to reconnect with his alma mater and rekindle old friendships. He currently lives in Cedar Falls with his wife of 18 years and their two children.
Thomas Faber, ’02, Secretary, 2nd term ends Oct. 2024
Thomas “Tom” Faber is a 1999 Graduate of Forest City High School. He attended Waldorf from 1999-2002 where he received his B.A. in finance. He has 20 years in the banking industry and currently works for Old National Bank where he leads their Small Business Administration (SBA) lending division. He and his wife, Jennifer, have 2 children and reside in Rosemount, Minn.
2nd term Board members
Jim Willmore, ’89, Term ends Oct. 2024
Jim has worked in the cable television and internet provider field for the past 29 years in various capacities and is currently employed by Charter Communications. At Charter, Jim serves as an area inside plant operations manager, covering over 20 sites in Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin. He manages a staff of 12 engineers who cover the distribution of video, phone and internet services to over 50 communities. Jim lives in Superior, Wis. with his wife, Christy. They have five adult children and enjoy volunteering in their community and traveling to visit family and friends.
Lance E. Skov, ’89, Term ends Oct. 2026
Lance graduated with an A.A. from Waldorf College in 1991. Waldorf was just starting the transition to being a 4-year college the year he graduated, and the Waldorf Atrium had just been completed. He currently resides in Albert Lea, Minn. and works as a CPA.
After graduating from Waldorf, he earned his bachelor's at Wartburg College in 1993.
Lance has worked in public accounting since 2005 and became a shareholder in January 2008. Prior to working in public accounting, he worked as a credit analyst and financial accountant from 1993-2005. Lance works in payroll, individual tax, non-profit tax, corporate tax, bookkeeping, audits of local governments and non-profit organizations.
Lance has served on several community organizations. He has served as president of St John’s Lutheran Community board of directors, and he currently serves as a Trustee at Security Bank MN in Albert Lea and serves on the board of directors for Hillcrest Cemetery.
Loren Marlette, ’91 & ’13, Term ends Oct. 2023
Loren Marlette has been a member of the Waldorf alumni association board since 2015. He currently is in a new role at Cambrex in Charles City, Iowa as the research and development planner. Prior to this he held the position of environmental technician for ten years after holding the positions of batcher and chem I operator within the production plant at Cambrex.
Loren is a 2018 Cambrex Star reward recipient, recognized for excellence in key performances, mission and leadership within the organization. He also was the lead on the Cambrex External Culture Champions for over two years, accepting the volunteer of the year award on behalf of Cambrex in 2021.
Loren received his A.A. from Waldorf College in 1991. After many years, he returned as an online student to receive his B.S. in organizational leadership in 2021 from Waldorf University, graduating summa cum laude.
Karla (Bellows) Weiss, ’97, ’03 & ’20, Term ends Oct. 2023
Karla Weiss has worked for Winnebago County for 18 years and has served as the county auditor for 13 years. Before that, Karla worked in the banking industry. Karla’s current responsibilities are vast and include human resources, accounts payable, budgets, annual reporting, elections and so much more. She values education and enjoys reading and travel in her spare time.
Karla lives in Forest City with her husband, Jason, and their three dogs. They have four children between them and two grandchildren - Wesley and Lilah.
Brian Chisholm, ’02, Term ends Oct. 2024
Brian Chisholm is a 1999 graduate of Forest City High School. He went on to Waldorf College where he played 2 years of football for the Warriors. He received his B.A. degree in finance/management from Waldorf in 2002. Immediately upon graduation, he was offered a job with Wells Fargo where he’s still employed as a VA mortgage underwriter. He and his wife, Emily, have 4 children and currently reside in Polk City, Iowa.
Braden Falline, ’12, Term ends Oct. 2024
Braden Falline grew up in Everly, Iowa and received his B.A. in history in 2012 from Waldorf. Braden moved to Spencer and began working at Merrill Company from 2012-15, when he was hired at Clay County Heritage as the director of collections. Braden continued in that position until October 2022 when he was promoted to executive director. Braden has served on several local nonprofit boards and committees as well as served two terms on the Iowa Arts Council board of directors.
1st term Board members
Lynda Tysver, ’90, Term ends Oct. 2023
Lynda "Georgee" Tysver graduated from Waldorf with the class of 1990, and then obtained her B.A. from the University of N. Colorado. She has been a research analyst for 6 years with Lexmark Int'l., an artist and owner of TD'S Happy Faces for over 13 years and brings smiles everywhere through clowning, singing, balloon twisting, teaching, as well as through face and body painting. She is a member and leader with the non-profit group, Team RWB Twin Cities, for 10 years. Lynda's passion is in the work she has done for over 33 years with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She started as a donor and quickly found ways to volunteer at as many charity events as available in Minn. and Wis.
In 2016, Lynda became a St. Jude hero - raising money and awareness for the work St Jude does through running half marathons and more all over the country. In 2020, she became a national St. Jude hero ambassador doing all the above and adding speaking engagements, helping build their hero program, helping other heroes find success in their goals, teaching kids the importance of paying it forward and creating more fundraising opportunities. She is proud to be a member of the alumni board and a part of the Waldorf family.
Amanda (Anderson) Braun, ’04, Term ends Oct. 2026
Amanda Braun earned her B.A. from Waldorf in 2004. She holds designations as a project management professional (PMP), certified professional in talent development, (CPTD) and is a certified life coach (CPC).
After graduating from Waldorf, she joined Nationwide Insurance where she has been in human resources/talent management for over 18 years. She has extensive experience in consulting, designing, facilitating and managing learning programs. In her current role, she focuses on enabling employees to have the skills and connections to move into new roles across the organization. She currently manages enterprise mentoring and reskilling certification programs that provide opportunities for employees to build new skills to broaden their career options for the workforce of the future.
Amanda lives in the Des Moines metro with her husband, who she met at Waldorf, and their two young boys. When she is not working or attending her kid’s sporting events, she enjoys a good book while indulging in dark chocolate and a glass of wine.
Lindsay (Rummel) Dalrymple, ’05, Term ends Oct. 2024
Lindsay (Rummel) Dalrymple (music education) currently serves as the executive director for the performing arts and leadership series at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). She enjoys building teams based on mutual respect and passion. Her greatest professional achievements have been guiding the NIACC Performing Arts & Leadership Series through the Covid-19 shutdowns, being selected for a Kennedy Center partnership and receiving an invitation to the Edinburg Fringe Festival for directorial work at Ventura CSD. Lindsay currently lives in Mason City with her husband, Chris, and their three children Elanora (5), Liam (1) and Grayson (1).
Andrea (Goedderz) Wright, ’07, Term ends Oct. 2026
Andrea (Goedderz) Wright is a native of Royalton, Minn., and currently resides with her husband and two children in the Des Moines area. She received her B.A. in communications from Waldorf College in 2007, holds a graduate certificate in instructional technology and is completing her M.S. in information media online through St. Cloud State University. Andrea is the regional philanthropy officer with the American Red Cross and works with donors in the state of Iowa who wish to make a gift to support the American Red Cross. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, with previous positions at the American Cancer Society, the Initiative Foundation and Orchard Place.
Andrea credits her career in the nonprofit sector to her time at Waldorf where she discovered that a life of service could expand into her professional life as well. Andrea previously served on state and local boards for JCI Iowa and is governor #475, she is a PEO sister, an active member of the Central Iowa Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a past recipient of the recent alumni award for service from Waldorf University. Additionally, Andrea is highly involved with the national Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society following her diagnosis with the disease. She and her husband participate in and fundraise for bike MS events across the United States. Andrea continues to have a strong passion for Waldorf and continues to promote and connect Waldorf alum every chance she possibly can.
Tara (Crawford) Kingland, ’15, Term ends Oct. 2024
Tara (Crawford) Kingland is a 1996 graduate of Forest City High School and was in the nursing program at North Iowa Community College (NIACC) from 1996-97. She didn't complete that degree as she chose to spend the next 15 years raising her three daughters and working various jobs, including office manager for American Family Insurance, assistant manager for Casey's, manager of Pizza Ranch, office manager for a local car dealership and the local grain elevator, and aisle manger for Bill's Family Foods.
In 2012, God finally released Tara to pursue her long-time dream of earning a college degree and, in May 2015, she graduated summa cum laude from Waldorf College with a B.A. in communications, with an emphasis in graphic design and journalism. In April 2015, Tara was hired in the Waldorf marketing department as the graphic designer and worked in that role until she was promoted to director of marketing in January 2020, where she continues to serve Waldorf in that role and as the graphic designer. While at Waldorf, Tara was involved in Alpha Chi, the Torch magazine as lead designer, WAL-TV as promotions director, and lead designer with the Waldorf Literary Review.
Tara is currently earning her M.B.A. in marketing and project management through Waldorf. In her spare time, Tara enjoys leading worship at her church, spending time with friends and family, praying, gardening, reading and knitting, and she currently lives in Joice with her husband, Jeff, two dogs and cat and now has three grown children, two son-in-laws and two grandsons.
Zachary Muncrief, ’18 & ’21, Term ends Oct. 2024
Zachary “Zach” Muncrief joined the Waldorf alumni board of directors in 2020. He has spent the past 20 years in the financial crime investigations and surveillance industry working for a native tribe in Oklahoma. Zac was published in a trade publication for his work in the table games protection industry.
Zac earned three associate degrees from Columbia Southern University, a B.S. from Waldorf University as well as his master’s degree in leadership from Waldorf. All his degrees were earned through the remote learning program. Zac has earned certifications as a gaming anti-money laundering specialist, certified anti-money laundering specialist and certified financial crimes specialist. He is also a member of MENSA. Zac lives with his wife, four children, and four dogs in Eastern Oklahoma.
Samantha Rosenberg, ’20, Term ends Oct. 2026
Samantha Rosenberg earned a B.A. in theater arts from Waldorf University. She is currently working towards a M.Ed. in special education from Western Governors University. After graduating from Waldorf University, Samantha had an internship at Fairmont Opera House in Fairmont, Minn. where she was hired on as their technical director/Fairmont area community theater program coordinator. She has found a passion for working with children through Fairmont Opera House and after 2 years of working with entertainers from all over the world, Samantha took on a new journey in education.
Samantha currently works as a K-2 grade special education teacher. She is still using her theater arts degree by coaching One Act and directing community theater. Samantha is also working on starting her own community theater troupe with her good friend, Jake Helmstetter. They are working towards an inclusive theatrical experience that can reach all ages.
Marques Bush, ’21, Term ends Oct. 2025
Marques Bush is a 25-year veteran and student of the public safety field. He specializes in fire/emergency services and has taught all over the United States. Through his work, Bush aims to foster organizational change and development with an emphasis on culture.
Bush holds a master’s in organizational leadership from Waldorf University, a B.S. in fire service administration from Columbia Southern University (CSU) and an A.S. degree in fire science from CSU. He has many professional certifications including a graduate certificate from the University of South Florida in diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
Bush’s achievements and dedication to service is reflected in his career. His performance during the 2007 sofa super store fire in Charleston, S.C. earned him the South Carolina governor's award for excellence. He is also the recipient of the NAACP Modjeska Simkins award for his civil rights work during an incident at Richardson Lake in Aiken, S.C.
Caden Tchop, ’22, Term ends Oct. 2026
Caden Tchop, a graduate of Waldorf University in the spring of 2022 with a business degree concentrated in finance & banking, played and captained the men’s hockey team during his time in college. Minnesota born, Wisconsin raised, and Iowa educated - Caden is a true Midwesterner growing up on a hobby farm in Superior, WI. He now resides in the Eau Claire area where he works as a Credit Analyst for Sterling Bank.
He holds positions on the Waldorf University alumni board, the credit committee at Sterling Bank and council of men & deacons for Birch Street Baptist Church. He also serves as a mentor for high school students in finance and volunteers coaching youth hockey.
Caden enjoys spending time with friends, his dog Ranger, being out on the water, fitness, hiking, playing sports, road trips, attending sporting events and being around loved ones.