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Career Development
p:(616) 526-6485
f: (616) 526-6502
Hekman Library 372
1855 Knollcrest Circle
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Career Resource Center
(Resources on career topics, employer interview area.)

Hekman Library, 2nd Floor
Located by west wall, near Cayvan Rooms
Monday-Friday8:00-5:00 (school year)
8:00-4:30 (summer)
Walk-in hours2:30-4:30 (school year only)
Resume Workshop Walk-In Wednesdays3:30-4:30 HH 316

Note:  Career Development will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Please let us know if you need accommodations (e.g.: enlarged text) while meeting with a career coach. We will work with Student Academic Services to provide accommodations as they are requested.

Meet Our Staff

TaRita Johnson - Director


TaRita is responsible for providing vision and leadership in developing, planning, and implementing programs and services to assist students and alumni in vocational decision-making and employment. TaRita previously worked in both higher education and the corporate sector. Most recently, she held the position of Talent Acquisition Manager in Corporate Recruiting at Meijer. She was also VP and Campus Recruiting Lead for KeyBank in Ohio. In addition, TaRita brings a background in higher education, including previous positions in admissions, enrollment management, residence life, and TRIO programs. TaRita earned bachelor’s degree in psychology and social work from Miami University (Ohio), and a master of social work from the University of Michigan.

(616) 526-6485

Beth Cok - Internship and Office Manager

Internship Manager

Beth graduated from Calvin with an economics major. Previously Beth worked in insurance claim management, specializing in managing and training employees handling medical claim rehabilitation and liability litigation. She then owned and managed an insurance agency. She is now Calvin's manager of experiential education. She handles administrative functions within the office and also works extensively with the internship program. She is the liaison for students and faculty related to the internship program, and she enjoys helping students pursue and obtain internship opportunities.

(616) 526-8519

Laurie Lemmen - Internship Coordinator

Internship Coordinator

Laurie graduated from Calvin with an English major. Since graduating, Laurie taught in a Hungarian high school in Budapest and worked as a legislative assistant in Lansing before returning to her alma mater, where she began working in the education department in 2002. Laurie joined the Career Development staff in 2004 as the internship coordinator. Her primary task is to work with employers to recruit, develop, and maintain internship placements. She also serves as the office's job fair coordinator, website manager, and system administrator for CalvinLink.

(616) 526-8744

Meredith Segur - Career Coach

Career Coach

Meredith joined Career Development in 2008 after obtaining a master's degree from GVSU in adult and higher education. Prior to graduate school, she earned her bachelor's degree from Hope College in English and communications and worked at Youth for Christ for four years. As a full-time career coach, Meredith assists Calvin students and alumni with discovering their interests and talents, job searching, writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and other career-related guidance. Meredith welcomes the opportunity to meet with individuals at any stage of their career development, and she especially enjoys helping students/alumni learn how to present themselves effectively to prospective employers and navigate the job search process.

(616) 526-7675

Bonnie Speyers - Career Coach

Career Coach

Bonnie graduated from Calvin with a sociology major and later, realizing an interest and love for teenagers, returned to complete the requirements for an education degree. She has taught in middle schools on the east coast as well as in the software training division at Unisys. In addition, Bonnie operated her own business, Classy Cakes, before coming to Calvin as the computer lab manager. Drawing on her master's in counseling, Bonnie joined the Career Development office, where she serves as a career coach. As a result Bonnie's varied career path, she can well understand the challenges of wondering what’s next and loves joining students in their search for a major as well as alumni looking for their first job or navigating a career change. The bottom line for both students and alums is helping them discover how God has gifted them and identifying a future course.

(616) 526-6604

Travis Gibbons - Career Coach

Career Coach

Travis is a Career Coach. He assists students with choosing a major, discovering their individual strengths and interests, writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, and job searching. Travis holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Hope College and a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University’s College Student Affairs Leadership program. He served as a Graduate Student Intern with Calvin’s Career Development office.

(616) 526-6945

Karen Hollebeek - On-Campus Student Employment Manager

Career Coach

With more than 25 years of experience at Calvin, Karen Hollebeek manages the process for on-campus student employment as well as off-campus Federal Work-Study opportunities.

(616) 526-7001

Kristy Dykhouse - Recruitment Coordinator

Recruitment Coordinator

Kristy has been working at Calvin since 1993. She worked in health services, the education department and student life before joining the Career Development staff in 2004. Kristy serves as the primary recruiting coordinator for on-campus employer visits. She also manages credential files for education students and coordinates the production of resume books for accounting and engineering students.

(616) 526-6245

Karen Brewer - Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Karen started working in Career Development in 1999 as department assistant. Her previous work experience has been in human resources. Karen assists employers and students with job postings, coordinates scheduling, and helps with job fairs.

(616) 526-6485