Mari (Stensgaard) Klotzbach — Marketing Manager
Mari (Stensgaard) Klotzbach, Covenant Award for Community Recipient, 2009-10 Academic Year
Mari (Stensgaard) Klotzbach '11, originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, majored in English and journalism at Augustana. She received the Covenant Award for Community for the 2009-10 academic year.
Q. Tell us about your journey after graduating from Augustana — your career path (what are you doing now), family, education (graduate school), travel, etc.
A. After graduation, I dove into my marketing career right here in Sioux Falls. Over the years, I have been employed at a couple different advertising agencies where I got to work with fiercely smart creative teams and build successful local and regional brands. Today, I'm the marketing project manager at DocuTAP, a healthcare IT company, that provides best-of-breed software and services to urgent care clinics across the country. Currently, I'm the president of the South Dakota Advertising Federation and have been a volunteer board member for six years. In 2014, my husband, Patrick, and I were married, and in 2017 we welcomed our daughter, Brecken, into the world. I have been blessed and feel very fulfilled in this wonderful city of Sioux Falls.
Q. A foundation for life at Augustana begins with our five core values — Christian Faith, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. How did your time at Augustana help to ensure those values remain central in your life?
A. Life is all about balance and Augustana's core values instill that insight. Without each of the five pillars, life can get ahead of you. Work, activities, and just busyness can feel all-consuming, but what's really important at the end of the day is at the heart of Augustana's core values – faith, family, service to others, and the freedom to challenge ourselves to be better, do more, and inspire change for good with each new day
Q. If you could offer an Augustana student some advice, what would you say?
A. Never stop building new relationships. Over the years post graduation, the relationships I built at Augustana – with professors, faculty members and fellow students – have shown up in the most surprising and amazing ways. Relationships rooted in Augustana are ones that you can carry through life. They help you grow professionally. They help you grow personally. And they are with you in all stages and phases of life. I know I always have a family, and a place, with those I met at Augustana. Relationships are everything.