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10-Year Reunion: Biographies

Steve Abbring
In addition to having a wonderful spouse and two young sons, I live in greater Minneapolis, Minn., and have been blessed with an exciting career in construction. Currently, I am a project manager at Permasteelisa, the global leader in architectural envelopes. I am currently managing a project in Seattle, Wash., and I have traveled for project-related business in both China and Thailand.

Sarah Brouwer Boys
I taught students with special needs for six years in Michigan and in the Chicagoland area. I am married to Mark, and I am currently at home with my two kids under the age of three. My husband and I are involved with a church plant called Harvest Palos in the south suburbs of Chicago.

Melissa Roelofs Bush
God has brought me on a much different path than I planned. After graduation I married my wonderful husband who was in the US Navy. We lived in Washington state and worked as youth leaders at our church until he was discharged. While he was deployed, our first child was born. Six months later Adam was honorably discharged from the Navy and we headed back to Michigan to be near family. Since coming back to Michigan, God has seen us through the births of our other four children, the opening and closing of a business, moves, lay-offs and job changes. Now, as the mother of two boys and three girls I am entering the life of a homeschooling mom. I love watching the minds of our children light up with both the knowledge of God working in their lives and others as well as traditional academics. My husband and I have recently opened Mr. Appliance of the Lakeshore in the Holland, Grand Haven and Hudsonville areas in Michigan and are enjoying seeing where God leads us next.

Hilary Thege Byma
Since graduating from Calvin, I have been fortunate to experience several additions to my life. In 2004, I married my best friend, Andy Byma, and we have had two wonderful children together: Hannah (5) and Benjamin (3). We have stayed in the Grand Rapids area and currently have a small acreage just outside of the city. I have gained experience in the medical field of social work, presently at Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital emergency department. Also, I am in the final stages of completing my master’s in social work, which I have been pursuing on a part-time basis following the birth of our oldest child. Andy owned his own business for the first few years of our marriage and has since been employed at Weather Shield Roofing Systems where he is now the director of operations of their commercial flat-roofing business. While life has been full of provision and welcoming new little ones into our families, we have also said goodbye to my father’s earthly life, as well as two aunts, three grandparents and a friend. We are enjoying this chapter in our lives: continuing to work toward balance, learning how to raise children in today’s world, and seeking to experience and share God’s love and grace.

Claire Campana
I graduated with a master’s in library and information science from Wayne State University in 2004. I moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 2005 where I serve as the adult services coordinator for the Horry County Memorial Library System and oversee collection development for 11 branches. Since my time at Calvin, my greatest accomplishment and joy was raising money to fund a well in Ethiopia through the non-profit organization charity: water.

Rebekah Dahlem Craft
Upon graduating from Calvin, I began working in the mail order catalog industry both as a graphic designer and product manager. After a few years in the industry, I was looking for a change. I pulled out the career testing results from my freshman year to glean insight into a possible career move. One of the top results on my test was librarian, which I had quickly brushed off when I first received the results. Seeing this option a second time around piqued my curiosity. After interviewing professionals in the area, I enrolled in graduate school and earned a master’s in library and information science from Wayne State University in 2010. My Calvin liberal arts education has proved invaluable as a reference librarian in a public library. Each day I use information learned in the wide variety of classes I took—chemistry, statistics, Spanish, philosophy, business, music, history, sociology—to help answer questions for patrons. One day I was even able to refer a patron looking for World War II advertising information to Dr. Bytwerk’s German Propaganda Archive. More recently, in my new role as the manager of a department of 20 librarians, I’ve been able to use resources and insights from my business and communication classes in my daily work as I manage budgets and personnel, strive to be a servant leader and attempt to constantly improve the level of service we provide to our patrons. On a personal note, my husband, Jonathan, and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary in March. We both enjoy travelling around the world, hiking, gardening, cooking, and spending time with our spoiled pug and aloof cat. I continue to play the flute and am a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Flute Choir.

Jennifer Medema Deckert
In June 2003, I moved to Chicago, got a real estate license and sold residential real estate in downtown Chicago for over nine years. In 2010, I married James Deckert. In 2012, we moved to Indianapolis. I am now selling franchise opportunities for a large national real estate firm.

Neal DeRoo
After Calvin, I went to the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto to get a master’s in philosophical theology. While at the ICS, I met my wife, Tanya, and we got married in 2005. After finishing the master’s degree, we moved to Boston, where I got a PhD in philosophy from Boston College. I currently teach philosophy at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Tanya and I have one son and one daughter: Hendrik (3) and Frankie (1½).

Pam DeYoung
Since Calvin, I have had some amazing opportunities. I moved to Boston days after graduating college with an offer to work in a clinical sleep lab. After working there for about three years I moved to Haiti to volunteer for a medical organization and also teach high school science. After a little over three years in Haiti, I decided it was time to move back the U.S. From the connections I made in Boston, I was able to get a job working in researching the upper airway at Johns Hopkins University. After a year, I was offered a better position at Harvard Medical School, continuing my research on the upper airway and sleep. I have worked in Boston for about three years now and am moving once again. Recently I have taken a position at University of California–San Diego running both research and clinical labs. I have also had some amazing traveling opportunities through work and through friends I met at Calvin. Oh, and I spent two nights at Shaq’s house.

Emily Joling Dixon
After graduating from Calvin, I went to Western Michigan University and completed my dietetic internship and master’s degree in nutrition. I am a registered dietitian currently working part time in the acute care inpatient setting. My husband, David, our 2½-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and I reside in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Katie Hughes Dorn
After Calvin I traveled to Ghana, West Africa, several times. On the plane ride home from one of those adventures, I met the love of my life. Once state side, I was a chemist for five years, married the man I met on the plane, became a high school science teacher for five years, and we are now expecting our first child. My love is in the Army; we live on Ft. Bragg, but that is always subject to change. I enjoy my life and am confident in the extraordinary education that I received at Calvin so many years ago.

Betsy Klaasen Dykhouse
After graduating from Calvin with a bachelor’s of social work, I worked as a service coordinator for children with developmental disabilities at Thresholds, Inc., in Grand Rapids for two years. I then returned to school, obtaining my master’s of social  work from the University of Michigan. Immediately following my graduation from U of M, my husband, Ben, and I moved to Los Angeles. I have been working as a foster care and adoption social worker for the past seven years at Children’s Bureau of Southern California. We have we have two sons: Jack (4) and Arie (2).

Michael Fennema
After graduating from Calvin, God led me to Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla. I graduated from RTS in 2008 with a master’s of divinity. I received my first pastoral call to be the assistant pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Evans, Ga. Trinity Fellowship Church in Sherwood, Ark., recently called me to become their senior pastor. I met my wife, Stephanie, at the church we were attending in Orlando, and we were married on September 23, 2006. God has blessed us with three children—Elliot (4), Oliver (2), Mattie Grace (2) and Abigail Elisabeth (born in June 2013). Mattie Grace is adopted from China, and we had the pleasure of spending two weeks in China a year ago, completing the adoption and bringing our little girl home.

Deborah Knott Forger
After my time at Calvin, I graduated summa cum laude from Duke Divinity School and was subsequently ordained in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA). During and after my time at Duke, I spent five years working in part and full time parish ministry, three summers immersed in modern Hebrew studies in Israel, and part of a summer teaching biblical Hebrew and Greek at a theological seminary in Renk, Sudan. In the Sudan in particular, working with a classroom of students who were training for ordained ministry but who had robbed of basic literacy due to a recently ended 30 year civil war, I realized that my delight in learning ancient languages and my heart for the church had finally converged. Now four years later I am a PhD candidate in Second Temple Period Judaism and Early Christianity at the University of Michigan. This academic program has afforded me innumerable opportunities, from traveling extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East to teaching courses on religion to undergraduate students at the University of Michigan. My husband, Daniel, and I currently reside in Ann Arbor, Mich. We became parents when our first child, also named Daniel, was born this August.

Benjamin Frederiksen
By God’s grace, I’ve had the privilege of traveling and working in some beautiful places since graduating from Calvin. A few of the most meaningful ones: Patagonia, Chile; Lima, Peru; and my hometown of Gallup, New Mexico. I enjoyed working and bike riding with some of my former teachers at my alma mater, Rehoboth Christian High School. Most recently I finished a master’s degree in Christian studies at Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. I am not married and as far as I know I have no kids.

Elisha Bednarz Gipson
After graduating from Calvin I taught fourth grade in Lecanto, Fla. The five hurricanes that year helped me to decide to move back to Michigan where I joined AmeriCorps and worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore. The following year I was hired at Covenant Christian School in my hometown of Ludington, Mich. I taught preschool and kindergarten from 2006–2011 during which time I earned my master’s degree in elementary reading and literacy through Walden University. In 2008, while attending a student’s birthday party, I was introduced to her Uncle Mark. We were married 16 months later. J We had our first child, Charlotte, in 2010 and just welcomed Olivia into our family in April. I am now a stay-at-home mom and am enjoying this new season of my life.

Rebecca Haagsma
I taught first grade for three years, including two in the Dominican Republic, and then taught third grade while getting my master’s in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Currently, I am a media resource center director at an elementary school in Clarendon Hills, Ill., and am working on a second master’s in instructional media. I also have discovered a love of international travel and in the last few years have been to Malawi, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Columbia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and Brazil.

Kati Davis Hart
After graduation I moved to Chicago to work at Rush University Medical Center as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. My love for the NICU inspired me to pursue my master’s in nursing and become a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) in 2009. I worked as an NNP at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for two years and recently relocated with my husband, Bill, and our two silver labs to the Gulf Coast of Alabama! It’s quite the change of pace from Midwestern life, but we’re adjusting nicely to warmer weather and Southern hospitality.

Jenny Roskamp Hedrick
Since leaving Calvin I have finished graduate school with a master’s degree in social work and moved to Fort Collins, Colo. I am married and just had my first child. I work for a growing health care system as the coordinator for the chemical dependency intensive outpatient program. I am working toward a license in addiction counseling.

Jeremy Heersink
After graduating from Calvin, I went to work for Pizza Ranch. I was a new restaurant opener, training employees in new locations across the Midwest. I have since transistioned into my role as an instructional design manager. I get to think a lot about how employees learn best and support them to serve our guests legendary food and provide legendary service. I am also involved in many ways with a group of employees trying to live out our corporate vision: “To glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in.” I am married and have two wonderful children and currently live in Orange City, Iowa.

Emily Geenen Helder
After graduating from Calvin, I attended graduate school in clinical psychology at Wayne State University. After a year of fellowship at University of Chicago Medical School I took a position teaching at Calvin in the psychology department. My husband and I have one daughter, Lily, who is two.

Andrea Stith House
Since attending Calvin, I completed my master’s in speech-language pathology at Western Michigan University. I have been working with the pediatric outpatient population. My husband, Derek, and I were married in 2008, and we currently attend Antioch Lutheran Church where we serve on various committees. We live in Canton, Mich. (not far from IKEA). I currently represent SE Michigan on the Calvin Alumni Board, which has been an amazing experience and allowed me to remain connected to Calvin. I also serve on the leadership team for the SE Michigan Alumni Network. Derek and I welcomed our son, Colin, in September 2012, and I now have the wonderful job of being at home with Colin and watching in awe as he grows and changes every day.

Brandon Hunt
After graduating from Calvin, I continued my education at the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. Calvin was an excellent foundation for my graduate studies, which I focused on international security issues and conflict resolution. I earned a master’s degree in international relations and security studies with distinction in 2005. In addition to continuing rigorous study, I also kept rowing, which I first learned at Calvin, and was able to see much of the countryside by way of rowing competitions. In 2007 I married Annie Rapaport, whom I have known since elementary school. We currently live in Washington, D.C. We love to cook, garden and travel. We also foster Labradors for the local rescue. We are members of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, where we are active in service projects and providing music during worship. I still row, but after six years I have not yet convinced Annie to get up that early and join me. I also serve as a mentor to Calvin students participating in the D.C. Semester. Despite the distance, I cherish every chance to spend time with my friends from Calvin, especially my old roommates and their families. I am a senior international affairs analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where I investigate U.S. agencies on behalf of Congress. I have reviewed U.S. programs related to counterterrorism, maritime piracy, international security assistance and humanitarian assistance. I recently spent eight months in Kabul at the U.S. Embassy. My work has taken me to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and Yemen. Before joining GAO, I conducted research on transnational security issues at the Brookings Institution and on peacekeeping at the Henry L. Stimson Center.

Laina Rowe Jerdon
Directly after graduation I spent a year with Engineering Ministries International and then settled into an environmental engineering consulting firm in the Detroit metro area. Through church friends I met and married Todd Jerdon, an architect/youth minister at the time who has since moved to full-time staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. We have one daughter, Kysa, age 2, and a second baby on the way, due November 2.

Beckie Horton Kirker
Life has brought me to the beautiful Pacific Northwest—a place I’ve always dreamed of living. My husband and I met at Calvin, though neither of us is Dutch (OK, so maybe I have a small Dutch background). The funny thing is, my husband’s career has brought us to Lynden—a small Dutch community filled with Calvin graduates. What a small world! We love to save our earnings for adventuring around the world and have so far been to Ireland, Iceland and Costa Rica (with a baby!). I am running a graphic design and photography business as well as raising our sweet one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. We have another baby on the way! I never could have imagined a life full of so many blessings.

Sara Baas Knippa
After Calvin I moved to Denver with two fellow Calvin grads, Emily Alsum Rotta and Ginni Baker, and ended up staying! I met my husband, John Knippa, here and married him in 2009. I work at the University of Colorado Hospital as the clinical nurse educator for the cardiac ICU and am pursuing my master’s degree to be a clinical nurse specialist.

Noah Kruis
I’ve worked at Calvin for the past nine years: five years in the admissions office where I recruited students from across the country, developed a comprehensive recruiting strategy for the Entrada Scholars program and mentored younger staff, and the last four years sharing a position with my wife, Megan, in the Service-Learning Center, connecting Calvin students with experiential learning opportunities throughout Grand Rapids as well as around the country through our spring break trip program. We are rooted in the Creston neighborhood of Grand Rapids, where we are active members at Creston CRC, established the fourth Project Neighborhood house (Nizhoni), and have invested in the local neighborhood schools.

Susan Lickley
I work as director of Cradles of Grace Byron Center.

Susan Lyon Merrill
I am married and have two young boys: Aidan (8) and Zachary (2). My family lives in Lowell, Mich., and just love it! I am a French  and psychology teacher for Forest Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids. This year I will take on advanced placement psychology for the first time—I am so excited! I went back to school to Grand Valley State University to get my master’s in education as well as my teaching certificate. My husband, Steve, and I are active members of our church, Cascade Christian Church, and take part in a lot of the cultural events in our community. In my spare time, I sing in the chorus of Opera Grand Rapids.

Benjamen Meyer
Since Calvin, I have been fortunate to be able to pursue a job in my desired field of software engineering and marry my college sweetheart, with whom I now have two children. I am also working on starting my own business in my field of expertise.

Stephanne Miller Moorehead

My husband, Andrew, and I currently reside in Jenison, Mich. He is the director of youth ministries at South Blendon Reformed Church, so I am very involved in the youth activities and other aspects of the church. After leaving Calvin with my English degree, I became interested in graphic design. I currently own my own small online business designing digital scrapbooking kits under the name Snips and Snails Designs and selling them both at my own site and in the Oscraps online store. I also do print design (brochures, newsletters, etc.) and website maintenance/social media for a daycare, and I volunteer to design print materials and banners for our church. I feel blessed to be able to work from home with a flexible schedule while I raise our two children, Samuel (7) and Nolan (4).

Jennifer Bergman Owens
After graduating I married Jonathan Owens ’04, and two years later we started a new adventure and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. During our time in Utah we enjoyed biking, climbing, hiking and skiing throughout the nearby mountains and deserts. While there we enjoyed the close community of our church, First CRC, we completely renovated a run-down home we purchased, and I completed my master’s in public administration at the University of Utah. I worked for the State of Utah doing eligibility, training, policy work and operations management in the area of public assistance. In July 2012 we welcomed the addition of our daughter, Arianna Sophia, to our family. After seven years in Utah we responded to God’s call to embark on a new adventure and we returned to Grand Rapids for Jonathan to attend Calvin Seminary as the first step in his pursuit of a PhD. We are having fun with Arianna, and I am enjoying my new job as adult career program manager with West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT). The past 10 years have been a great journey full of challenges, growth and celebration, and I look forward to where God will lead us in the next 10 years.

AJ Penninga
Calvin has been in my blood since before I was born. Both parents. Relatives. Friends. And my education at Calvin allowed me to enter a career where I did not have a lot of experience, but rather learned how to learn. I work for Mighty in the Midwest, a web and mobile design and development company in downtown Grand Rapids. I get the chance every day to work with some of the best and brightest designers and developers around as well as work with some great clients. I continue to learn more about the internet and technology every day, and I’m better at my career because of my time at Calvin College.

Kate Poortenga
God has sent me many places since graduation, all of them far from what I ever considered while in college. After graduation I moved to a northern suburb of Atlanta, Ga., to teach at a small Christian school. While there I met a family that proved to be influential in my next step, encouraging me to consider living overseas. I eventually moved to Managua, Nicaragua, where I worked as a missionary teacher for five years. During this time I taught fifth grade, worked with an NGO, and completed my master’s degree in education. I am now living and working at Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico. Learning new languages and cultures and adapting to different ways of life has become my passion and joy.

Nancy Buist Pyle
After graduating from Calvin, I moved to a small town in northern Michigan to teach. During that year, I became engaged to Paul Pyle, and the next winter we were married and settled onto his family’s dairy farm in Zeeland, Mich. I was blessed to begin teaching at Zeeland Christian School. Two years later, our school started a Spanish immersion program, and I stepped into the role of immersion coordinator. Throughout the last seven years, the program has grown from about 80 students to over 350 students, and we are leading several local private and public schools who also run immersion programs. The latest addition at school is our Mandarin immersion program, which is now in its second year. I completed my master’s in education from Western Michigan University in 2009, and I have enjoyed the balance of administrative responsibilities along with my role as mom at home. Paul and I have been blessed with five children who keep us on our toes and ever learning more: Emily (6), Andrew (5), Megan (3), Chelsea (1), James (3 months).

Daniel Roels
Despite my best efforts, I found myself dating Beth DeRidder after graduation, and I proposed to her on the Calvin “beltloop” (bridge) in January 2004. Married that year, we moved in 2005 to New Jersey so Beth could put me through Princeton Seminary, after which she and I taught high school and I also learned a good day’s mong selling fish at Meijer. In 2008, God called us to a ministry at Montello Park Church in Holland, Mich., where I served until September 2012. Since then I enjoyed a semester teaching Bible at Holland Christian High School, parenting (en espanol) our daughter, Rachel Marie (the name tells a story), and leaning on God’s providence in the wilderness. We moved to Lansing, Ill., to serve New Hope Church in July 2013, and anticipate our second child in December.

Matt Roosien
I graduated with a teaching degree and ended up teaching in a private school in Ellicott City, Md., for three years after graduation. My wife and I had our first child and moved back to Michigan where are families are. I worked as a QC lab technician for 2½  years before getting a job in Ludington, Mich., where I developed and ran a QC lab for a manufacturing company. I now have been working for three years with a company as its chemical department manager. I am extremely happy where I am today and amazed how God prepared me to be where I am.

Marc Ruiz
Since attending Calvin I have received my MFA in motion pictures production from University of Miami. I am currently a tenure track professor at Wayne State University and the founder of a media production company, Seventy 7 Productions. Primarily a director/DP, I have been blessed to shoot national broadcast commercials with extraordinary talent including basketball legend Magic Johnson, Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews, NASCAR phenomena Tony Stewart, Cy Young Award Winner Justin Verlander and comedian Brian Unger, to name just a few. I have also produced a number of music videos featuring such talent as Nicki Minaj, B.o.B. and Big Sean. My productions have brought me to all corners of the United States including the glacial peaks in Alaska, the deck of the Carl Vinson, Major League Baseball spring training in Tampa, Fla., and racetracks in North Carolina.

Deb Iwema Smeak
I have married the boyfriend I scoped out at Calvin during a freshmen mixer as a sophomore. Our eyes locked and we danced near each other for one song until some other guy pulled me away. For a few months Dan watched me in Knollcrest eating lunch before getting the courage to come say hello. I thought he was just trying to meet girls, never thinking I was first on his mind! We started eating together more frequently. He invited me for a hot chocolate in his dorm room. From there we had “dates” out to Meijer and TGI Fridays for free breadsticks. (When you live on campus, anywhere else is a vacation!) We even ate at a Chinese restaurant where we got the same fortune! It read, “Discover your partner’s world. Two worlds are better than one.” I lived six hours from campus, and with no car, getting home and back for the holidays was a hassle. I had a ride down but no ride back up to school for New Year’s 2001. I had broken up with my previous boyfriend but didn’t want Dan to know. Dan offered to come bring me back even though he thought I was dating someone else. That really impressed me! We started dating in January 2001. We were engaged about a month before my 2003 graduation and got married June 12, 2004. We now have four beautiful children together: Izabella (Bella), 10/15/07; Elijah, 4/7/10; and twins Callidora (Calli) and Judah on 8/4/12. We have been richly blessed and thank God for all his goodness.

Brad Stolman
Since graduating from Calvin in 2003, I married my beautiful bride who I met at Calvin, Lisa DeRoo ’03. She has been a nurse at Providence Hospital and Odyssey Hospice since graduating, as well as a full-time mom to our boys: Isaac (6), Andrew (4) and Caleb (2). We are currently expecting our fourth child, due in November 2013. I majored in business and minored in religion and theology. I began working at Comerica Bank upon graduation and worked my way up to being a branch manager of a local branch in 2006. I moved into the area of commercial lending in 2006 and then left the banking business altogether in 2007 to work full-time at Dearborn Christian Fellowship (CRC) as the youth and worship director. I have been the youth director since 2004 (volunteer and then paid staff) and have the job of my dreams. God has blessed us more than one could begin to imagine. We praise Him for the journey He’s led us along and for the steps not yet taken. To Him be the glory!

Jill Friesema Ties
After Calvin, I participated in medical research for a year. I then began medical school in Milwaukee, Wis. I moved from there to LaCrosse, Wis., where I completed a general surgery residency. I met my husband, Bill, during residency. We were married in 2011. After residency, I moved to St. Croix Falls, Wis., where I have joined a general surgery practice.

Jake Vanderplas
After graduating from Calvin, I spent a year teaching English in Sendai, Japan, before returning to California, where I worked for two years leading mountaineering trips in the Sierra Nevada with Summit Adventure and teaching science to middle school students at Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School. In 2006, I headed north to the University of Washington, and I have since completed my PhD in astronomy. I now work jointly in the computer science and astronomy departments at UW, focusing on developing new computational techniques for analyzing the ever-growing datasets coming from deep telescopic surveys of our universe.

Christie Burgers Van Dyke
After attending Calvin I obtained a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2006. I then completed a year of pharmacy practice residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, focusing in on pediatric pharmacy and infectious disease. I now work at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as a pediatric antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist. My husband, David Van Dyke, and I live in Grand Rapids and attend Creston CRC.

Jackson Van Dyke
Since leaving Calvin I have had the opportunity to become a husband and a father. I, with my parents and brother and sister, also founded and expanded Bear Manor Properties, a real estate and development company in Grand Rapids. Using my experience in commercial real estate and home brewing, I helped open Harmony Brewing Company in Eastown. It has been a rewarding and challenging road!

Allison Vermeer Van Wyngarden
My first year after graduation was an exciting one. I moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and started working at Principal Financial Group in the commercial real estate area. I was blessed to marry Kyle Van Wyngarden. During my time working at Principal Financial Group, I also spent some time in the health insurance sector and completed my MBA at Drake University. After that I worked for Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa. I had the opportunity to work in distribution development covering the U.S. and Asia Pacific and also worked in continuous improvement. We are grateful to have two children, Drew (4) and Clair (2). Currently I am home full time with my kids. Aside from that work, I am involved in church ministry and the Vermeer Foundation. We love enjoying God’s creation as a family, and at times Kyle and I really enjoy a round of golf with just the two of us.

Jennifer Curtis Veltman
After graduation, I worked as a program director of a youth garden program (Urban Produce). Following that, I completed medical school and an internal medicine/pediatric residency at Wayne State University in Detroit. I am now still in school, completing my infectious disease fellowship at UCLA. I married a wonderful man (and fellow Calvin student), Chris Veltman. We are joyfully attempting to parent a toddler in a small Los Angeles apartment…with a pool.

Lindsey Walters
After graduating from Calvin, I earned a PhD in zoology and in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior from Michigan State University in 2008. Then I taught for two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y,. before joining the faculty in the department of biological sciences at Northern Kentucky University in 2010. At NKU I teach introductory biology, evolution, ornithology and animal behavior. My research investigates reproductive behavior and parental care in wild cavity-nesting birds.

Jagila Minso Wesley
I am a pediatric resident training in Brooklyn, N.Y., hoping to go into pediatric critical care. Since Calvin I worked in an assisted living home as well as a mental health institution. I got a master’s in public health at the University of Michigan (international health/epidemiology focus). I interned at the World Health Organization (WHO) in the HIV department. I worked as a waitress at Applebee’s in Illinois while working on my master’s thesis and studying for the MCAT to get into medical school. I have had the opportunity to go to medical school in three different countries: England, Grenada, and USA. And I recently got married (April 2013) and started the journey of two as one. Life has been challenging but God has been faithful!