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Clarence Van Ens ’42 BD’46 and his twin brother, John Van Ens ’43 ThB’52, are still both active in church ministry. John and his wife, Sylvia Vanderhoven Van Ens ’43, now reside in Apopka, Fla., on the shores of Dream Lake. He serves as the minister of pastoral care for the Oasis Community Church, Christian Reformed, in West Orlando, Fla. He also works as a sales representative for Atlas Relocation, a large moving company and is a telephone consultant for Norrell-Sprint. Clarence is associated with the large, booming 2000 member Suntree United Methodist Church in Melbourne, Fla, serving as the minister of pastoral care. An eventide aspiration of the twins is to publish their story. But until now they have come up with only the title of the book, Double Trouble for the Devil and Others. "This title came to mind after Jacob Eppinga ’39 published that classic piece in the Banner (Feb. 21, 1994), when he declared the twins could run faster than a cheetah and that since ordination the three of us (Eppinga and the twins) have made fists only at the devil!" they wrote. The twins will celebrate their 80th birthday in September.


Carol Marks Dirkse ex’56 was awarded the Michigan Department of Community Health Family Planning Service Award for Public Advocacy at their annual meeting in Kalamazoo last fall. This was in recognition and appreciation of dedicated efforts to promote reproductive health in Michigan. Her husband, Howard Dirkse ’59, is a consulting electrical engineer.

DeAnna (Dot) DeLano Carman ‘55 and her husband, Roger, sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the Christmas concert of the Community Gospel Choir. The sponsor, Marble Collegiate (Dutch Reformed) Church, was the church of the last Norman Vincent Peale, who married them 25 years ago. A CD of the concert is available from the church.


Jim Veltman ’62, owner of a planning and design firm, is living in Las Vegas, Nev., where he teaches part time at UNLV School of Architecture. He also has been involved in the organization of a large, new, contemporary Presbyterian church in Last Vegas. He also designed Summerlin, the largest and most successful master planned community in Last Vegas, and was involved with the Northwest General Plan update for the City of Las Vegas with the 2,000 acre Northwest Town Center currently in the final planning stages. Jim writes that he would like to hear from other alums in the Las Vegas area, email him at

Ernie Pierik ’67 and Nancy Waldyk Pierik ex’63 retired from teaching and nursing, respectively, to pursue volunteer work. After some searching and briefly working with troubled adolescents, they ended up at Quest Farm in Georgetown, Ky., a home for developmentally disabled adults. "We really enjoy this work and are looking for another set of houseparents," they wrote. "Email us if you are interested at

Robert Koops ’65 recently completed 19 years with the United Bible Societies, training and facilitating Bible translators in Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau. He and his wife, Esther Timmer Koops ’66, are based in The Gambia.

Patricia Velzen Nederveld ’66 has written a series of storybooks entitled God Loves Me designed to introduce young children to God. The Series is comprised of 52 books, each colorfully illustrated and written in simple words to capture the attention of young children. The books are available through CRC Publications.

Orin Gelderloos ’61 received the Detroit Audubon Society’s Conservationist of the Year award. The award citation noted that "Gelderloos’ passion for stewardship and environmental ethics leaves an indelible impression on everyone he meets. He plays a leading role in watershed education, both locally and internationally, and is noted for teaching teachers about the Rouge River ecosystem. Orin is professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of Michigan—Dearborn. He is director of the campus’ natural areas and has conducted numerous programs to help school teachers incorporate environmental issues into the curriculum.

Gerben DeJong ’68 has received the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medecine’s Gold Key Award. The Gold Key Award was established as a certificate of merit to members of the medical and allied professions who have rendered extraordinary service to the cause of rehabilitation. For the past 13 years, Gerben has served as the director of the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Research Center of the Medlantic Research Institute in Washington, D.C. His training is in both economics and public policy studies. His research efforts have focused on health care utilization, disability and health outcomes, biomedical ethics and policies affecting long-term care, disability income and national health care issues.

Paul de Vries ’67 is president of New York Evangelical Seminary (N’YES). N’YES is multi-ethnic and multi-denominational, with board members who are Baptist, Presbyterian, Charismatic, and Independent. It is affiliated with Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, Ill., and is in partnership with a program of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, based in Louisville, Ky.



Steve Enserink ’78 and his wife, Shirley, are living in Budapest, Hungary, where Steve teaches at a Hungarian high school and Shirley homeschools their three children. Steve had spent the previous 12 years in real estate in his hometown of Ripon, Calif., before the move overseas. Steve and Shirley are serving with Educational Services International, a non-denominational educational organization which sends teachers all over the world to provide a Christian witness in communist and formerly communist countries. They are also affiliated with Christian Reformed World Missions as Partner Missionaries. They extend a cordial invitation to all alumni to contact them at or stop by if you are in the area.

David Klooster ’75 and Patricia Bloem ’77 have traveled to the Czech Republic during the past year to prepare local teachers and teacher educators to improve their students’ critical thinking abilities. They volunteer their time as a part of the Reading & Writing for Critical Thinking Project. David is associate professor of English at John Carroll University and Patricia is assistant professor of education at Cleveland State University. David and Patricia are conducting a series of eight workshops to prepare a group of about 30 primary and secondary school teachers, university professors and ministry of education staff members to implement the critical thinking program in their classrooms.

Jack VanderWall ’74 has served as superintendent of Baldwin Community Schools in Baldwin, Mich., for the past three years. Previously, he served as a teacher in the Grand Rapids Public Schools and as community services director for Coopersville Area Public Schools. He was Administrator of the Year for Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education in 1993.

Ronald Bultman ’71 was recently named vice president, investments at Morgan Stanley Dean Wittier. He is also a retirement planning specialist. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1972, he served four cities as city manager or assistant manager. Form 1981-83 her served as director of administration of a large Detroit law firm. He joined Dean Wittier in 1984. Ron also serves as the chairman of the Christian Businessmen’s Committee of Dearborn.

Gregg Martin ’74 MDiv’77 is working for Christian Reformed World Missions in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Marla Boelkins Warren ex’77 will graduate from medical school in May. She is applying for residencies in pediatrics/psychiatry. Marla and her husband, Tom, have three children, Michael, 15; Joseph, 14; and Holly, 10.

Steven Cooke ’77 was recently elected to the position of chair-elect of the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society this spring. He will serve a total of three years as the executive chair of the division. He currently is the quality manager for Airgas. His wife, Marguerite, has just completed her first year as mayor of Berkeley Lake, Ga., where they reside.

Jennifer Frens Bosma ’74 and her husband now live in Haiti, where they have begun new careers as missionaries with the Haiti Christian Development Fund. Previously, Jennifer was executive director of the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing and her husband owned his own small business. They are working in the rural community of Fond-des-Blancs, in the southwestern part of the country. Their focus is on developing a vocational education program for adults, microenterprise development and adult literacy. "We welcome visitors or inquiries about our work or Haiti in general," they wrote.

Alan Van Noord ’72 has been named director of the Bureau of Investments for the Michigan Department of Treasury. Since 1985, Alan has overseen all research, analysis and trading activities for the State of Michigan Retirement Systems equity portfolio.

Nan Van Andel ex’73, vice president catalog and communications for Amway Corp. of Ada, Mich., has been elected to Easter Seals National board of directors for a three-year term.

Bob Marcusse ’71 is president of the Kansas City Area Development Council, a regional and economic development organization. He recently spoke in Tokyo at the U.S. Midwest-Japan conference. He shared the program with several other speakers including U.S. Ambassador Thomas Foley and Japanese Finance Minister (now Prime Minister) K. Obuchi.

Lois Bolt Poppen ’70 is currently teaching voice at Cornerstone College in Grand Rapids. She has performed in numerous productions including 33 Calvin Alumni Players, eight Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and with the Calvin Oratorio Society as a soloist.

Shirley Hekman Fleischmann ’72, Grand Valley State University engineering professor, was named the Michigan Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. The award recognizes undergraduate professors who excel as teachers and influence the lives of their students.

Peter Steen ’71 and Nell Hofman Steen ’71 own a garden center and gift shop in Lake Stevens, Wash., near Everett. Heartwood Garden and Gift is a full line nursery and gift shop. "Our gift shop is a log cabin, which we have great fun decorating for the Christmas season," they wrote. "During the spring season the nursery becomes a blaze of colors and fragrances."


Tim Talen ’74 and his wife, Patty, wrote the script for "Badger Tales," a recent production by the Youth Company Theater in Plymouth, Wis. The Talens are the founders of the Youth Company Theater there and have written five former Youth Company Theater productions. Through music, song and dance the fast-paced play told the Badger state’s story for both young and old, celebrating Wisconsin’s sesquicentenntial.


Dale Ekdom ’84 and his wife, Theresa, work as foresters for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. They live in Roscommon, Mich., with their three children, and "enjoy working in the great outdoors and living in northern Michigan."

Keith Mannes ’85 and Alicia Jager Mannes ’85 have moved to northern Michigan after more than four years of church planting in Orlando, Fla. Keith will be pastor at Highland Christian Reformed Church. Alicia was recently certified as a Lamaze childbirth educator and childbirth assistant. She plans to work with new moms in the area.

John de Wit ’86 recently accepted the position of controller at the St. Willibrord Community Credit Union in London, Ont. Also, John was officially admitted into membership as a certified general accountant last fall. He credits his success in reaching this professional milestone to his wife, Erica Kapteyn de Wit ex’87, who took care of their three sons, Matthew, 6; Andrew, 4; and Joel, 2, while John worked and went to school. Currently, Erica is a substitute teacher for the local public and Christian schools.

Susan Williams Smith ’89 is completing her master’s degree in social work at New Mexico Highlands University. She also works as a National Alzheimer’s Training Consultant and has served as the chairman of the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk in Albuquerque. N.M.

Scott Hoezee ’86 recently published a new book on Christian environmental stewardship: Remember Creation: God’s World of Wonder and Delight (Eerdmans, ). Scott also has written a small study book on the Heidelberg Catechism, Speaking of Comfort (CRC Publications), which was due out in January.

Albert Stadt ’87 works for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Victoria, B.C., as a supervisor of mentally challenged adults in shop that repairs electrical and electronic donations for the local thrift stores.

Galen De Young ’89 has been appointed vice president of the strategic services department for J.A. Francis and Associates, Inc., a Grand Rapids-based advertising, marketing and public relations firm. Galen, formerly a business strategist with an accounting firm, will spearhead strategic planning for the firm’s business-to-business clientele.

Greg Nyhoff ’82 has been appointed city manager of Fountain, Colo. Fountain is a growing community of 15,000, located 15 miles south of Colorado Springs. Previously, Greg served as city manager of Montague, Mich. Cindy Hotchkiss Nyhoff ex’82 is busy home schooling Anna, 11; Phillip, 8; and Luke, 4.

Judy Lubben Greydanus ’86 began her career as a chemist at North Coast Labs in Arcata, Calif. She worked there from 1987-94 and became the inorganic lab supervisor. Her new job at CH2MHILL is primarily related to testing materials for metals with the I.C.P., but also involves the development of new testing methods.

Kimberly Baker Timmerwilke ’89 is a part-time attorney in her own office in Rockford, Ill., following the birth of her first son, Cole.

Elaine Gjeltema ex’81 is currently assistant professor of social work at Roberts Wesleyan College, a small Christian college associated with the Free Methodist Church and located in the west suburbs of Rochester, N.Y. "Classroom times are filled with discussion and experiential learning both the professional and personal level," she wrote. "It’s such a blessing to start each class with prayer or devotions."


Jeff Hoogeveen ’94 is principal of Hull Christian School in Hull, Iowa. He is pursuing his master’s in educational administration through Iowa State University. Previously, both Jeff and Rachelle Brumfield Hoogeveen ’95 taught in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Mark Lemoine ’93 served on the Engler for Governor campaign as field aide to lieutenant governor candidate, Senator Dick Posthumus. He formerly served Senator Posthumus as communications specialist in his district and external affairs office. "Contemplating the purpose behind my involvement in one of the most watched gubernatorial campaigns of this year can bring about some very deep feelings," he wrote. "Being motivated into action by my faith has offered some of the most rewarding experiences."

Michael Jump ’93 received his master’s of science in environmental science from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He also received his juris doctorate from Indiana University School of Law last spring. He passed the Indiana Bar and is now studying to take the Alaska Bar Exam. He is employed as a land and natural resources attorney in Dillingham, Alaska. Victoria Schloesser Jump ’94 received her master’s of public administration from Indiana University and is now taking time off of work to stay at home with their son, Mason.

Rachel Post ’98 is an urban community services worker with Mennonite Central Committee in Managua, Nicaragua.

Douglas Start’ 94 received his CNE4 (Certified Novell Engineer) last summer. He is the network coordinator at Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett in Grand Rapids. Jessica Young Start ’91 is the assistant gift product manager at Zondervan Publishing House.

Chad Steenwyk ex’90 received his master’s degree in biology from Jackson State University (Miss.) and is employed as a environmental chemist in Chalmette, La.

Sue Medenblik ’96 is currently teaching English at Hillcrest School in Jos, Nigeria. She is an associate missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions.

Shelley Steen ’91 received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Northeastern University. She is living in Boston and working at a rehabilitation hospital in the area. She works with an outpatient population of all ages who have a variety of disabilities.

Charles Ash ’95 received his juris doctorate from Stanford Law School and took the California Bar Exam last summer. He is now an associate in the litigation department at O’Melseny and Myers LLP in Los Angeles. Tara Powers-Ash ’95 is complete her master’s thesis. They live in Los Angeles with their daughters, Lauren, 8; and Madison, 2.

Ricardo Rivera ’98 and Emily Nykamp Rivera ’98 live in Wyoming, Mich. Rick is a case worker for Salvation Army—Booth Family Services and a leader in the youth ministry program at Burton Heights Christian Reformed Church. Emily is assistant coordinator with the Moms and Daughters Neighborhood Youth Program of Wedgwood Christian Youth and Family Services.

Herb Fynewever ’94 completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin—Madison in physical chemistry with a dissertation focusing on liquid crystalline polymers. Michelle DeWindt Fynewever ’92 has completed her research for a master’s degree in theatre at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently writing her thesis about using physical improvisation and collaboration as a tool in directing high school drama. They are moving to Sydney, Australia, where Herb will do research for the University of Sydney and Michelle will "seek work as a high school teacher or a professional actress or a kangaroo trainer."

Shawn Irwin ’95 and Sherri Elgersma Irwin ’92 both graduated from Indiana University in 1997. Shawn’s master’s degree is in kinesiology. Sherri’s master’s degree is in counseling and counselor education. Shawn is a healthcare representative for Pfizer, Inc. Sherri is a therapist working with adolescents at Bethany Christian Services. They now reside in Grandville, Mich.

Howard Hammer ’95 is currently doing switch engineering for AT&T, local services division in New Jersey.

Ruth Bakker ’98 is working as a case manager in an aftercare program in Philadelphia, Pa. She works with homeless families in a transitional housing program to help get them off welfare and back on their own.

Jon DeYoung ’95, his wife, Heather, and their two children have moved to Cheba, Japan, to serve a two-year missionary term. Jon’s responsibilities include teaching conversational English, leading Bible studies and assisting with a church plant. Previously, Jon worked as a manufacturing engineer at Innotec.

Silvia Bradaschia ’98 spent six months at the Speak and Write program in Marburg, Germany. She will be starting law school at Phillips Universitat in Marburg in April.

Karen Boss Eizenga ’95 has been promoted to the position of advancement assistant tot he director of public relations at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif.

Eric Arnoys ’92 recently received his doctorate in philosophy from Michigan State University.

Claire Van Hoff Groen ’93 has joined the law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. in Lansing, Mich. Claire will be practicing in the firm’s government and commerce and labor and employment law departments.

Deborah Vander Weit Jennings ’96 is employed by Faith Christian Reformed Church in Tinley Park, Ill., where she is currently serving as coordinator of ministries. Her job responsibilities include worship planning and leading as well as education and youth ministries.


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