Back to Our Roots



One of the strengths of the community of Rochester is its diverse population; diversity has been a hallmark of its culture for generations.

The area has grown and prospered because of the unique qualities that people from all over the world have brought to the city and its industries.

Lourdes Foundation features graduates of Lourdes High School who were raised here, left for further education, and have come back to call Rochester their home again.


Alumni Profiles

Dr. Tufia Haddad '91

What year did you graduate?
1991

Where did you live after college/school?
I remained in the Midwest following LHS graduation, and I am proud to have pursued college and post-graduate education at Catholic (Jesuit) Universities. In addition to Rochester, I have lived in Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; and Minneapolis, MN.

When did you move back to Rochester?
I moved back to Rochester in 1995-97, 2001-04, and again in 2012 (for the third – and hopefully last – time)!

Why did you move back to Rochester?
The move back to Rochester was initiated by a job opportunity for me as a Medical Oncologist at Mayo Clinic in the breast cancer practice and research program. We just had a baby (for the third and hopefully last time) and our oldest had just turned 5, so it was an appealing time to consider such a transition as our children were not yet in school. We were considering the logistics of raising 3 boys in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area, as compared with Rochester. There were many reasons why a smaller, easier-to-navigate city with a well-established Catholic school system was preferred. We were also drawn to Rochester so we could help support my father who had never remarried after my mother died from breast cancer weeks after my LHS graduation.

What has changed the most since you grew up here?
I can’t possibly pick one thing as so many things have changed, most I would argue for the better. I appreciate the changes, and notably the growth in the opportunities for college education (thrilled to have the University of MN presence here); in the diversity of our community; and in the connection across town via our running/biking trails. Having previously lived in bigger cities, I am also grateful for the improvements in the food/restaurant and fine arts industries. As it relates to RCS, it goes without saying that the new, state-of- the-art LHS campus is absolutely amazing!

What do you like most about Rochester?
I love that I live in the country and still only have an 8-minute commute to work (11 minutes during ‘rush hour’). I love that so many of my LHS friends went away and returned like me, and now we are growing older and raising our own children together. I especially love that, despite the fact I lost both my parents at much too young of an age, I can live where they raised me and be constantly reminded of all the wonderful memories and life lessons they instilled me, which I can now share with my boys.

Are you involved in RCS? Any family/kids currently in RCS?
We are so blessed to have two of our boys currently attending St. John/St. Pius School (Jack in grade 4 and Luke in grade 2). Our youngest, Beau, will start kindergarten this fall. My wonderful husband, Kevin Broadbent, does drop-off/pick- up each day, volunteers at St. Pius as a teacher and library aide, and he also serves on the Board of Directors for Lourdes Foundation. Finally, with the support of family and friends, I am proud to have initiated The Haddad Family and Class of 1991 scholarships through Lourdes Foundation. It is a joy to give back to the RCS community that provided me with a rich education, immense support through life’s challenges, and enduring friendships.

Tom Week '92

What year did you graduate?
1992

Where did you live after college/school?
After college I moved around a bit, including River Falls, and Hudson, WI, and Burnsville and Woodbury, MN.

When did you move back to Rochester?
August 2012

Why did you move back to Rochester?
There were two main considerations for our move back to Rochester. Our oldest son, TJ, needed a change of pace entering his sophomore year of high school. Additionally, our younger kids, Brandon and Ryan, were about to begin kindergarten and preschool, respectively, in the fall of 2012.

My wife Kendra and I really wanted to have them attend Rochester Catholic Schools. Although Kendra wasn't originally from Rochester, having heard me talk about my K-12 experience and the sense of community at RCS made it an easy decision for us.

Experiencing the RCS family as an adult with kids of our own has been awesome! I truly believe we're giving our kids the greatest chance at success in life based on the teachings, friendships and lessons they'll get in the RCS system.

Secondly, my family all resides in and around Rochester, so getting closer to them was very important to us. We get together often and love spending time with each other – cousin time gets wild, but is so worth it!

What has changed the most since you grew up here?
My brother Joe has a lot more gray hair than he did when I left Rochester! But seriously, I think how far out the residential neighborhoods extend is a huge change. We have lived in two neighborhoods since moving back, and both would have been considered undeveloped "country areas" when I originally lived in Rochester.

What do you like most about Rochester?
I love seeing my kids developing lasting friendships like I did back in my RCS days. Also, I think Chester's rotisserie chicken sandwich has to be right up there too!

Are you involved in RCS? Any family/kids currently in RCS?
Yes, we have Brandon in 4th grade and Ryan in 3rd grade at Holy Spirit. My brother Joe and sister-in- law Molly have one son, Sam, in 2nd grade at Holy Spirit, while their youngest, Max, is an RCS student-in- waiting! Our family loves attending LHS athletic events and camps.

Terry Aney '91

What year did you graduate?
I graduated from LHS in 1991.

Where did you live after college/school?
After graduating from the University of St. Mary’s, I lived in St. Paul suburbs for 6 years.

When did you move back to Rochester?
I moved back to Rochester with my then-fiancée, Ann Hennen, in 2000.

Why did you move back to Rochester?
We decided to move back because obviously I had roots here, but Ann had interned at Mayo Clinic during college and knew it was a nice fit for the lifestyle we were looking for (just a little less hustle and bustle than the Twin Cities, but plenty to offer). She started full time employment with Mayo.com as a writer/publisher, so that sealed the deal.

What has changed the most since you grew up here?
Obviously the growth of Rochester is probably the number one thing I’ve noticed has changed since growing up here. For example, the location we built our current house in was chosen because it was in great proximity to our priorities; in high school, I would have called where we live “the country.” Mayo Clinic, LHS, and the RAC are all massive/impressive complexes as well.

What do you like most about Rochester?
Of course having Mayo Clinic as a health provider is a great feature for living here, but the size of Rochester is probably what we like most. We have plenty of activities and events that work well for our family without paying logistical costs of a large city, but when the need arises, being only one hour from Twin Cities gives us everything we could want.

Rachel Lindor '03 and Michael Keeney '04

What year did you graduate?
Rachel: 2003
Michael: 2004

Where did you live after college/school?
Rachel: I graduated from St. Ben’s for undergrad and then came back to Rochester for medical school. During medical school, I took some time away to attend law school at Arizona State University in the Phoenix area and to work for the U.S. government on health policy issues in Washington, D.C.

Michael: I went to Creighton in Omaha for undergrad and then to southern California for medical school.

When did you move back to Rochester?
Rachel: I originally moved back in 2007, then returned again in 2013 to finish medical school after spending time in Arizona and D.C.

Michael: 2012, after graduating from medical school.

Why did you move back to Rochester?
Rachel: I was here for medical school and stayed to complete my residency training in emergency medicine. Michael was already here doing residency, so he was a big lure, too.

Michael: I moved back for residency training in surgical pathology.

What has changed the most since you grew up here?
Rachel: The city is so much bigger! My parents, who were here for 30+ years, used to drive us around as kids and point at houses and stores and say things like, “These used to be farm fields 20 years ago…” Now I am the one driving around doing the same thing. It is amazing how fast it has changed. People don’t believe me when I tell them that Highway 52 used to be 4 lanes without a median or walls, and that the Gonda building didn’t exist when we were growing up.

Michael: The downtown area is completely different! New restaurants, pubs/bars, apartment buildings, and major additions to Mayo have significantly changed Rochester for the better.

What do you like most about Rochester?
Rachel: I appreciate the people the most. Compared to some of the other cities where I’ve lived, I am continually impressed and inspired by the kindness, patience, and work ethic of the people in our community. I took it for granted growing up here, but it really is something special.

Michael: Rochester has always been ‘home’ for me. Despite the many places I have been, the most important relationships in my life all started here.

Are you involved in RCS ? Any family/kids currently in RCS?
Rachel & Michael: We cheer on the Eagles sports teams but don’t have any of our own kids in RCS.

Rachel (Larson) Bohren '95

What year did you graduate?
1995

Where did you live after college/school?
I attended college at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and William Mitchell College of Law. I lived in the Twin Cities metro area after high school.

When did you move back to Rochester?
I moved back to Rochester in January of 2011.

Why did you move back to Rochester?
I fell in love. My husband, Kyle, works for Mayo. I work for a law firm in Minneapolis, but work remotely from Rochester.

What has changed the most since you grew up here?
Everything! It took me a little while to remember how to find places in Rochester and the restaurant choices are definitely improving.

What do you like most about Rochester?
It is a great community to raise kids. After being away for so long, I was apprehensive about reconnecting with people from high school, but it has been so much fun. I am so grateful for my old and new friendships.

Are you involved in RCS? Any family/kids currently in RCS?
My daughter, Eleanor, age 9, is a 3rd grader at St. Francis.

Nicole (Miller) Ramaker '95

What year did you graduate?
1995

Where did you live after college/school?
After I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, I moved to St. Paul. I rented a one bedroom apartment between Grand and Summit Avenues. I’ve always loved that part of the city. After getting engaged, my husband and I bought a “starter home” in East St. Paul, near Lake Phalen.

We were happy there for a few years, but when our family started to grow, we quickly realized that we needed something bigger. We were living in a two bedroom, one bath home with a 3-year- old, 1-year- old, and a 55 lb. bulldog. Around that time, my husband started looking at different employment opportunities, and we expanded our search to Rochester.

When did you move back to Rochester?
We moved the summer of 2012.

Why did you move back to Rochester?
We made a pros and cons list, and found that there were many reasons to move back to Rochester. First of all, we wanted to be closer to family, and my parents still live in Rochester. I never grew up around extended family, but I wanted my boys to have that experience; this move also got us closer to Chad’s family (4 hours away instead of 5).

Secondly, Chad got a job offer that was hard to turn down. I got hired by the Mayo Clinic, and we thought it was a professionally smart move for us both. Relocating to Rochester also meant that we were able to move into a larger home, in a better school district.

The schools are great, it’s safe, there are great restaurants and shopping, you run into familiar faces, and you just feel a strong sense of community. Plus, it is close to the Mayo Clinic, and has John Hardy’s BBQ (yes, those were both on our “pros” list).

Finally, we were pretty excited that you can get from one end of town to the other in 15 minutes, and there was little to no traffic. Ultimately, it was a smart move for our family.

What has changed the most since you grew up here?
Everything and nothing. Rochester has grown quite a bit since I lived here. I noticed a lot of change since the U of M campus moved in, and since the state approved the Destination Medical Center initiative. We now have ethnic food, roof-top bars and some of the nicest grocery stores ever! It’s fun to watch the town grow, and see new businesses move in.

What do you like most about Rochester?
Even though the town is growing and changing, there are some Rochester values that remain the same. One thing in particular is the value that the community puts on the family unit. The resources available to families are incredible. I tapped into PAIIR (Parents are important in Rochester), and it changed my life. They provide young families with opportunities to learn, and feel more connected to the community and all of the resources available to them.

I truly feel like this is the best place that I can raise my boys. There may be constant change, but the sense of community and family values has not diminished. As a parent, I appreciate that.

Are you involved in RCS? Any family/kids currently in RCS?
We are not currently involved in RCS. My older son was picked for the lottery to attend Washington. My other son is in preschool, attends Listos (Spanish immersion program with our church) and Aldrich. We certainly have not closed the door on the idea of sending our boys to RCS, but we will have to see if it is a financially viable option for us in the future.

John-Howard Carroll '01

What year did you graduate from LHS?
2001

Where did you live after college/school?
Rochester

When did you move back to Rochester?
2003

Why did you move back to Rochester?
I moved back to be closer to parents. With my younger brother and sister being away from home, I felt a strong calling to come back to be here with my parents and help support them throughout the journey of dad’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease.

What has changed the most since you grew up here?
There seems to be much more to do around town now. Maybe because I am an adult now, but it always seemed as though there wasn’t much going on in town when I was growing up. This still seems like the same old Rochester to me, maybe because I have spent most of my life here, but it has been very cool to see the city grow over the years.

What do you like most about Rochester?
I enjoy how Rochester has a ‘small town’ feel to it even though it is a town over 100,000.

Are you involved in RCS? Any family/kids currently in RCS?
I am currently an assistant football coach at Lourdes, have 2 of our 3 children enrolled at St. Francis, with the 3rd enrolled and scheduled to be in pre-school this fall.

Joe Christenson '88

What year did you graduate?
1988

Where did you live after college/school?
I went to Minnesota State in Mankato, then lived in Rochester, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. I joined the Army and was assigned to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in 2004; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2005; Kosovo in 2007; Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin 2008; Afghanistan in 2011; and Seoul, South Korea in 2012.

When did you move back to Rochester?
I returned to Rochester in 2006, after Cuba and before deploying to Kosovo. I return home after every deployment/mobilization.

Why did you move back to Rochester?
My father had a stroke that paralyzed his left side. I have no brothers or sisters, so I returned to help my parents at home.

What has changed the most since you grew up here?
It is difficult to isolate what has changed "most" in Rochester that has also not changed immensely in Mankato, Minneapolis or L.A. The USA has leveraged lots of credit financed & "gentrification" around the world: Kosovo, Afghanistan, South Korea, and many other countries that I've visited have new buildings, roads, airports, etc. also. It's not just Rochester that has worked a lot to modernize.

What do you like most about Rochester?
The familiar faces and the familiar places that have been preserved. Rochester is still a small town that is family oriented and focused on developing our offspring, our legacy, our future. I'm glad to see that my classmates who stayed or came back to Rochester earlier are now the "Cool Parents" of our students today. Most of my friends (from living in L.A. and Minneapolis) were too focused on their career and their lifestyle.

Are you involved in RCS ? Any family/kids currently in RCS?
I have attended quite a few sporting events, like the Prep-Bowl, Rotary Basketball Tourney and Kiwanis Hockey tournament.

Caitlin Alexander '08

What year did you graduate?
I graduated from LHS in 2008. I graduated from the University of Missouri in 2012 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Radio/TV News and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Women's and Gender Studies.

Where did you live after college/school?
After graduating college, I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to accept a position as a reporter at KTUL. I worked there a little more than two years, then I accepted a reporting position at WREG in Memphis. I had so many wonderful opportunities there, including filling-in on the anchor desk!

When did you move back to Rochester?
I moved back to Rochester in August 2016.

Why did you move back to Rochester?
I moved back to Rochester to anchor the evening newscasts at KTTC. It was the TV station I grew up watching, and I was so honored to receive the position. My parents still live in Rochester, and my sisters live in cities close by. It is such a blessing to be back home.

What has changed the most since you grew up here?
Downtown is booming! There are so many fun bars and restaurants to try. It is also exciting to see all the changes happening in our medical community!

What do you like most about Rochester?
I love the friendly people. It is fun to see so many familiar faces. (I also love that I generally do okay with directions here! I was lost in Memphis all the time!)

Are you involved in RCS ? Any family/kids currently in RCS?
I attend weekend Masses at area parishes. I have had the opportunity to read to RCS students in some classrooms. Also, my cousin, Luke, is currently a student at LHS!

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