Following a vocation that lead from Iowa, to Ireland to north to Alaska!

Erin McLaughlin Sutterer '05 and husband, Mathew Sutterer never thought their Wild Hope would take them to Alaska for the last five years.

Erin McLaughlin Sutterer ’05 and husband, Mathew Sutterer never thought their Wild Hope would take them to Alaska for the last five years.

Growing up in Iowa, Erin McLaughlin Sutterer never quite imagined she’d be now living in Alaska. But looking back on her path recently with PLU Photographer John Froschauer and with hubby, Mathew Stutterer (whom we will make on honorary Lute!) the journey all seems to make sense now.

Erin graduated in 2005 with degrees in political science and anthropology, and came to PLU via Waverly Iowa, where her mom worked in the alumni-development office at Wartburg College, which is part of the ELCA. While at PLU, Erin was very involved, from working in residential life, the alumni office, the Residence Hall Council, Diversity Coalition, Ultimate Frisbee and Crew. And the list goes on. Erin now works at Hope Community Resources in Anchorage, working with developmentally disabled individuals succeed at home, at work and in the community.

When she graduated, Erin didn’t quite know how she was going to use her anthro degree, but now, she uses it every day in one of the most culturally diverse areas in the US. She appreciated the training, both practically and spiritually she received at PLU.

“I knew that God was calling me to Alaska,” she said, relaxing in her Anchorage home  with Matthew and awaiting the birth of their first child. She appreciated the deep, caring community she found at PLU, and has now found again in Alaska. Listen here for more of her story.

-Photo by John Froschauer, Edited by Barbara Clements

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