Jake Terpstra ’52 has retired from the U.S. Children’s Bureau of the Health and Human Services Department. Jake served for 24 years in various child welfare positions in Michigan before moving to the Washington D.C. area, where he was noted for re-igniting collaborative efforts between social work education and public child welfare. In particular, he served as a project officer for the National Child Welfare Training Conference, which helped spark many of the partnership efforts underway today. Jake and his wife, Marty Blystra Terpstra ex’51, are now living back in Grand Rapids.
Carol Ann Lindsay ex’65 was recently elected President of the National League of American Pen Women—Palomar Branch. Carol writes poetry and has won numerous poetry awards. Her poems have been published in both literary and commercial publications. This year two of her poems were on display in a month-long art exhibit at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. She also was executive producer and host of Carlsbad Corner, a 30-minute television show featuring art and artists this summer.
Richard Hofman ’67 has accepted a position as director of baseball operations at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he is in charge of all baseball-related activities at the new $4.5 million complex. Rich will be holding a national tournament there in April as well as showcases and camps. He takes this position after 31 years at Westminster Christian School in Miami, where he was athletic director and baseball coach. He left there with two national championships, eight state titles, and a record 729 wins. He ended his career there by winning a third consecutive state championship which is a first in Florida state history.
Simon "Sam" Workman ’60 has retired as vice president human resources, Kahler Corporation, Rochester, Minn., and returned to Twin Cities. He is busy singing in the Calvary CRC choir and has just started as an instructor for Crossroad Bible Institute and is looking for other volunteer opportunities.
Marcia Bratt VanderWoude ex’63 is first vice president for Paine Webber in Michigan. She and her partner, Louisa Meeter, are focusing on helping women with their financial and estate planning. She offers a series of complimentary seminars and welcomes speaking engagements for women’s organizations.
Joan Ringerwole ’65 presented a lecture-performance called "Our Dutch Heritage," which focused on Dutch organ music throughout the 17th-20th centuries. It was given to the South Dakota American Guild of Organists Sioux Falls chapter at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. This spring in Le Mars, Iowa, she gave an organ recital at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ. The recital featured several Genevan Psalms whose tunes were sung by the combined choirs of Calvin Christian Reformed Church and the Presbyterian Church. She also recently gave a noon recital at the Calvin College chapel.
Trudy Kievit Faber ’60 was recently presented the Distinguished Teaching Award from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, for her work in the music department there. In addition to her work as professor and chair of the Wittenberg music department, she serves as organist at Covenant Presbyterian Church, lecturer and accompanist for various events and continues to perform recitals. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe.
Douglas Schuurman ’77 MDiv’80 has been promoted to full professor in the religion department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. During the month of August he was a research fellow at South Africa’s National Center for Science Development, where he gave presentations on "Vocation and Work: Theological Perspectives on a Work-Ethics of Responsibility in Contemporary South Africa."
Andrew Lee ’76 has been appointed executive director/CEO of Holland Christian Home, in North Haledon, N.J. Previously, he served as chief financial officer and treasurer of the Reformed Church in America, which is based in New York City.
Jim Guikema ’73 has been named interim associate dean of the graduate school at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Jim, a biology professor at the university since 1981, has studied plant growth in outer space by placing experiments on board more than ten space shuttle flights. His research interests also include studies on photosynthesis.
Marjorie Kuipers ex’77 is the executive director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids.
Linda Den Hartigh Vermeulen ’78 recently graduated from Wayne State University with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She is currently employed as a speech-language pathologist with Detroit Public Schools.
James Talen ’76 has been appointed computer systems administrator for the Grand Rapids Christian Schools. He is responsible for providing technical support, training and maintenance for the school system’s Wide Area Network. He will also serve as the school’s internet administrator and webmaster. Previously, he was the technology training coordinator for Spectrum Health. He also developed and maintained their corporate website.
Donald Zeilstra ’75 has accepted a position with Ketchum, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based fundraising consulting firm. Don had been the director of resource development for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee for the past five years. He and his family will continue to reside in Grand Rapids.
Gloria Jean Abma VanDragt ’70 has recently taken a job working with Calvin’s Pathways to Possibilities Program, a pre-college program that encourages urban youth to consider college for their future.
David Van Baak ’73 is on leave from the Calvin physics department for -99, serving instead under a Fulbright fellowship as lecturer and researcher in the department of physics at University College Cork in the Republic of Ireland.
Kathy Bandstra ex’71 graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a master’s in social work in May. She is co-author of an article entitled "Caring Together for Elderly Mothers," based on a research project of elders, their families and personal care workers. The article will appear in the winter 1999 issue of The Journal of Women and Aging. Kathy is presently employed as a mental health counselor at Goodwill of SE Wisconsin in Racine, Wis.
Nola Opperwall Galluch ’71 MDiv’79 and her husband, Vince, and nine-year-old daughter, Mary Helen, recently moved from Greenville, Mich., to Grand Rapids, where she has taken a position as a part-time therapist at the Christian Counseling Center. Prior to this, she had worked as an outpatient therapist at the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health.
Rob Rooy ’70 recently produced two one-hour documentaries which have been airing on PBS. "To Our Credit: Bootstrap Banking and the World" and "To Our Credit: Bootstrap Banking in America." The two programs explore microcredit, a new self-help strategy that loans money to people to create their own employment. Jason Meyering ’95 also had a hand in this project traveling to Bangladesh and India with Rob for filming, interviewing and editing work.
Timothy C. Post ’80 is a project engineer at Rapistan in Grand Rapids. His wife, Cindi Vander Hout Post ’81, is the special education coordinator at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Mich.
Kimberly Rynkowski Hildebrand ’89 received a master of arts degree from Western Michigan University. She is currently a risk manager for Universal Forest Products. Her husband, Kent, is chief financial officer for Newstar Resources. They reside in East Grand Rapids.
Amy Lyzenga Hoekzema ’85 is a second grade teacher at Cutlerville (Mich.) Christian School. She and her husband, Randy, recently published a children’s book entitled A Star from the Least. The book uses forest animals to demonstrate a life of sacrificial giving. It is available at the Calvin bookstore or directly from Rocking Chair Publishing 616-249-9551.
Corwin Kruk ’86 is working as a probation officer in youth court for the province of British Columbia.
Maarten Pereboom ’84 has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award at Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Md., where he serves as both an assistant professor in the history department and assistant dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts.
Rodney Te Slaa ’85 is a one-man drama troupe doing productions with a Christian message. "You Gotta Have Faith" is a monologue drama portraying five different Bible characters, each telling their own story of faith in Christ. "Life as We Know It" is a musical comedy about love, marriage and raising children. "What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?" is a comical look at living the Christian life. All performances are scheduled through 616-458-5586.
Pete Byma ’87 recently completed his master’s of divinity at Calvin Theological Seminary. After working for more than eight years as ministries coordinator at Heritage CRC in Byron Center, Mich., he now resides in Cadillac with his wife, Cheri and four children. In September he was installed as pastor at Cadillac Christian Reformed Church in Cadillac, Mich.
Jim Vanderwoerd ’88 is teaching the sociology and social work department at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Tim Quist ’86 has been appointed principal of Seymour Christian School in Grand Rapids, Mich. Prior to his appointment, he was a third and fifth grade teacher at Seymour.
John de Wit ’86 recently completed his Certified General Accountant designation. He is working in the finance department at Avco Financial Services in Ontario, Canada.
Ray Koopman ’81 and Rosemarie Schoo Koopman ’81 will be moving to Shanghai, China, for two years. Here Ray will be the body shop launch manager for General Motor’s joint venture plant with the Chinese government. Their three children, Amanda, 11; Rachel, 8; and Ryan, 5, will attend the Shanghai American School in the Pudong region.
Steven Jones ’88 has been selected by the Society of Manufacturing engineers as an Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer of . This honor is conferred on individuals, 35 years of age or younger, who demonstrate outstanding leadership and achievements in the field of manufacturing engineering. Steve is a senior project engineer at Suspa Inc., in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is recognized for his development of advanced sensor integration and control technologies for manufacturing systems. He is currently working in the development of new products and processes for height adjustable work surfaces for factory and office environments.
Susan Williams Smith ’89 is currently completing her master’s degree in social work at NMHU in Las Vegas, N.M. She also works as an Alzheimer’s Consultant, traveling the U.S. to open Alzheimer’s Specialty Units. Her husband, Sheldon, is an R.N. at a local hospital in Albuquerque.
Richard Mast ’92 is working as a CPA at Arthur Anderson. He is also working towards his MBA at Wayne State University. His wife, Kathryn Hanley Mast ’92 is currently a full-time mom to their first child, Austen Richard, and she is also finishing her master’s degree in early childhood education form Wayne State University. They live in Birmingham. Mich.
Stacy Schuster ’93 is a librarian for the Denver Public Library in Denver, Colo.
Jana Rozenboom Van Rooyen ’93 recently graduated with a master’s degree in physical therapy from Emory University. She and her husband, Rich, have moved to Charlotte, N.C., where she is working for The Rehab Center, Inc.
Brent Hoogewerf ’93 and Judy Haglund Hoogewerf ’93 have moved from Denver, Colo., to the Bay area in Northern California. Brent is in management with an airline service company at San Jose International Airport. Judy is a recreational therapist for a neurological rehabilitation day treatment program working with brain-injured patients. She is starting up a new recreation therapy program there.
Steve Witvoet ’95 is working as a strength fitness trainer at the YMCA in Calgary, Alberta, and as a Level II snowboard instructor.
Lisabeth Oostendorp Bauman ’92 received her master’s degree in reading from Calvin. She is employed by the Grand Rapids Christian School Association as a coordinator and teacher of foreign language in the elementary grades.
James Timmer, Jr., ’91 received his doctorate from the University of New Mexico in health and physical education. He is currently coaching men’s basketball and junior varsity baseball at Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio.
Liz Bydeweg ’94 is traveling across Canada with a music ministry team called Kingfisher. She and her group goes to churches, schools, youth events and conferences sharing God’s love and the good news of His salvation. Previously, she was an elementary school teacher in Pembroke, Ont.
Jennifer Marsman ex’92 has been appointed sales leader at Integrated Benefit Strategies in Grand Rapids.
Luke Keele ’97 has begun a master’s program in political science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He intends to obtain his Ph.D. in political science.
Jeremy Hekhuis ’97 has just completed a year of service with Teach for America in Crawley, La. He taught behaviorally disordered students in the local high school. He is now working in Washington, D.C.
Jeff Avery ex’92 and Anita Tenyenhuis Avery ’93 are living in Palo Alto, Calif., where Jeff is working in sales and marketing for Space Designs, a distributor for Herman Miller office furniture. He completed his graduate studies at Western Michigan University this fall. Anita graduated from Michigan State University-College of Human Medicine with ADA honors and has started residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University Medical Center.
Paul Fessler ’90 has joined the faculty at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., as an assistant history professor.
Cristin Boersma ’94 has just begun work on her master’s of social work at the University of Illinois-Chicago, with an internship in the Evanston Schools. She also spent her summer as the head counselor at Camp Roger in Rockford, Mich.
Alexander Koops ’94 conducted two operas this summer for the Denver Opera Company. In July he conducted The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti. In August, he conducted Mozart’s The Magic Flute for the same opera company. Both performances received glowing reviews from the Denver Post. Alexander became involved with the Denver Opera Company as a singer when he moved to the area to teach band and music at Denver Christian School in 1994. After teaching there for four years, he now has an assistantship at the University of Colorado to pursue his master’s in conducting,
Steven Waalkes ’98 is attending the University of Texas at Austin, where he is pursing a master’s degree in transportation engineering.
Rebecca Bos Bultman ’91 has joined the practice of Brookville Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine in Grand Rapids. She completed her medical training at Michigan State University and her internship and residency at DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Amy De Jong ’92 graduated with a master’s of music in vocal performance from DePaul University, Chicago, Ill.
Tina Quinn ’94 was recently promoted to the newly created position of customer service manager at National Heritage Academies. In her expanded role, she will manage the inbound and outbound telephone activities for parents and others. In addition, Tina will continue to oversee the enrollment process and handle corporate communications, including newsletters and special events. Tina has held several positions since joining the company during its startup in 1995.
David Nyland ’92 graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary with a master’s in educational ministry and was hired full time at Wellspring Christian Fellowship in Escondido, Calif., as a worship leader and youth pastor. He was ordained in June as a pastor of music and youth. "Thanks to the LOFT for allowing me to play my guitar in worship," he wrote.
Deb Vander Weit Jennings ’96 is employed by Faith Christian Reformed Church in Tinley Park, Ill., as director of education and young member ministries.
Barbara Howerzyl Bulthuis ’91 and her husband, Ted, have returned to Mount Vernon, Wash., where Ted will be teaching fourth grade at Mount Vernon Christian School and Barb will be at home with their newborn and two year old. They recently returned from three years as Woodstock Schools, an international Christian boarding school in northern India.
Barabara Manwell ’92 recently resigned from the Michigan State Police to pursue here "true calling"—teaching. She currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Chuck Penders ’91 has recently relocated from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland, with his wife, Jessica. Chuck has recently accepted a new position and is presently working for Morgan Stanley.
Michaele "Missi" Oostendorp ’90 is now a general internal medicine physician working with residency students in both outpatient and inpatient training affiliated with Henry Ford Health System and Riverside Osteopathic Hospital in Detroit, Mich.
Eric Batts ’96 and Jennifer Berens Batts ’97 live in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Eric is in his second year of medical school at the University of Michigan. This past summer he helped oversee revision of the anatomy program for first year medical students. Jennifer is working in the University hospital in the otolaryngology department and is involved in youth ministry at the Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church as well as volunteering with a therapeutic (horseback) riding program for disabled children and adults.
Lisa Diepersloot Schnitzler ’94 has completed her teaching credential at Fresno Pacific University. She is currently teaching fifth grade in Selma, Calif. She hopes to complete her masters in education by spring of 2000.