Class Notes • Eighties

Burton D. Pusch '81 of Subiaco, Ark., was conferred with the degree of doctor of rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale.

Air Force Major James Poel '85, a public health officer for the 86th Contingency Response Group's Environmental Medicine Flight, heads a six-member team that deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to Bashur airfield in northern Iraq.

Rich Lodewyk '88 has been hired to be sports director of KXJB TV (CBS) in Fargo, N.D. Previously, Rich was the weekend sports anchor at KVLY TV (NBC) in Fargo. Rich will anchor the weekday 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. sportscasts.

John W. Hamersma '85 joined the family practice group of Primary Care Partners in Grand Rapids, Mich., after completing his residency.

Jennifer Heersema Lundberg '84 of Noblesville, Ind., has been working full time, rearing three children, and keeping their home since her husband, Karl Lundberg '81, was called to active duty with the Marine Corps in January 2003.

Jacqueline Eygenraam Eisen '81 and John Eisen '81 of Welland, Ont., co-owners of The European Pantry, have been providing imported Dutch foods to the Niagara Peninsula for six years with their mobile Deli Van. They recently purchased a building that they are converting into a delicatessen/tea room in order to give more people a chance to enjoy a Dutch treat.

Elaine Gjeltema Warner ex'83 is an adjunct instructor at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, N.J. She recently married Robert Warner, who teaches at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City.

David Berghuis '84 is a contract psychologist in Wyoming, Mich. He performs such services as testing and evaluations, psychotherapy and consulting. Along with Arthur E. Jongsma '65, he has authored The Severe and Persistent Mental Illness Treatment Planner, The Couples Psychotherapy Progress Notes Planner, The Addictions Progress Notes Planner and other books. In addition to rearing their three children, Barbara Berghuis '84 works half time for Ottawa County Mental Health and is very involved at their church, Lee Street Christian Reformed Church.

Jon '85 and Kristi Hamilton Nykamp '85 and their three children are returning to Ethiopia. After eight months of language school they will head to northern Ethiopia to open a youth center.

Mary Slager Jacobsen '83 of Arlington, Wash., is the proud single parent of three sons and one daughter. She is active in her church and community while working as an RN in the recovery room/pre-op area of day surgery at Providence Everett Medical Center.

At the Creative Memories Regional Convention in Detroit, Mich., Suzanne Potter Ripley ex'82 and her unit were recognized for being in the top one percent of the region in unit recruiting and unit sales. Suzanne has been a Creative Memories consultant for 11 years.

Rehoboth (N.M.) Christian School teachers, Bob Ippel '81 and Gail Vander Ploeg De Young '76, have recently been named Teachers of the Year by the Gallup Chamber of Commerce for their work with the school choir. The two have worked closely together to build the school's middle and high school choir programs.

Gerald '86 and Judy Pasma Hekhuis '85 are involved in a new church start in Port Richey, Fla.

Nancy Kleer '82 of Toronto, Ont., is working as a lawyer with aboriginal peoples in various parts of Canada, seeking just treatment and recognition of their important rights and responsibilities in protecting the environment.

Timothy Steigenga '87 received a grant to open a community center to coordinate services to the immigrant community in Jupiter, Fla. Steigenga is a political science professor at Florida Atlantic University.

Hilda Kobes Wyenberg '80 of Winnipeg, Man., teaches English as a Second Language to adults and is very involved in her church, Covenant Christian Reformed.

James Van Hemert '83 of Denver, Colo., recently co-authored a book, True West: Authentic Development Patterns for Small Towns and Rural Areas, which was published in March of 2003 by the American Planning Association Press.

Scott '85 and Cindy Lenderink Kremers '84 and their three children live in Wheaton, Ill., where Scott recently joined the board of directors for the Chicago Fire Juniors Soccer Club. Scott works for Bank of America in downtown Chicago as vice president for technology delivery and occasionally teaches economics at Aurora University. Cindy will begin teaching kindergarten at Wheaton Christian Grammar School this fall.

Beth Smith Koops '81 and her husband, Harry, have relocated to Platte, S.D., where Harry will begin his first pastorate at First Reformed Church. Beth has been production coordinator at Discovery House Publishers for the past nine years.

Albert Harrewyn '86 serves as a pilot for MAF—Europe in Bangladesh. He and his wife, Rosane, recently welcomed baby Daniel into their family.

Eric Lamfers '87 completed his MBA at Oregon State University in June of 2003.

Patricia Deppe Harris '81 and her husband, Bob, are beginning their third term with Christian Reformed World Missions serving in Manila, Philippines. Patricia teaches Old Testament studies at Asian Theological Seminary on a part-time basis while Bob works with church planters and pastors in a leadership development/mentoring capacity. They have two children attending colleges in the U.S., one studying at Faith Academy in Manila, and a two-year-old at home.

Shari Koopman Baar '85 is currently working on her M.Ed. at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. She hopes to do her student teaching in the fall of 2003.

Marilyn Ossentjuk Kunnen '85 works as an organist and church musician. She plays organ at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is an organ instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. She and her husband, Jim, live in a 1916 bungalow just outside of Heritage Hill. Marilyn enjoys gardening in her free time and would appreciate hearing from alumni who play organ and/or harpsichord.

Dennis '87 and Gwen Veltema Klemm '85 and their family recently relocated to the Holland, Mich., area after over ten years in Cleveland, where Dennis worked for General Electric. Dennis is currently employed by Magna International, assisting them in their Six Sigma endeavors.

Joel Nelson '86 of Canton, Ohio, serves as a member of the board of directors and as treasurer for "Hearts for Haiti," a small Christian non-profit charity doing relief work in Haiti. Hearts for Haiti takes volunteer work teams to Haiti and operates a child sponsorship program.

Peter DeKryger '87 of Fremont, Mich., is disaster relief coordinator for International Aid. He has made two trips to Afghanistan with a team of medical volunteers and has taken his entire family to Houston, Texas, for six weeks, doing flood relief work.

Kellynn Grein Jacobs '84 recently completed her master's degree and will be starting her 17th year of teaching. She has been teaching part time in a job-sharing situation for the last 11 years.

Cathryn Buist Peterson '88 of Grand Rapids, Mich., is currently pursuing her MBA through the weekend MBA program at Michigan State University. She expects to graduate in December 2003.

Ida Karen Hoffman Reeves '85, her husband, Brian, and their family of four girls plan to leave the mission field in Argentina later this year or next.

Irene Oudyk-Suk '79 and John Suk '79 of Grand Rapids, Mich., plan to move to Manila, Philippines, in January of 2004, where Irene will be setting up a private practice. Her goal is to provide counseling, coaching and consulting services to the large expatriate community in Manila.

Kristy Gulker Ter Keurst ex'84 of Grand Rapids, Mich., has been singing with Touch of Joy, a Christian contemporary gospel group, for 18 years. The group travels to churches in the West Michigan area.

Yoshio Shibazaki ex'85 of Chicago, Ill., works at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP as an international tax director. Yoshio and his wife have two boys, Shin and Koh.

After 15 years in commercial banking, Joel Pruis '87 of Carmel, Ind., moved to Baker Hill Corporation to start consulting with banks regarding their commercial lending practices.

David Watson ex'83 is the pastor of the Good News Community Christian Reformed Church of Covington, Wash. He enjoyed attending the CRC Synod 2003 this summer at Dordt College.

Timothy Jones '86 of Sioux Falls, S.D., edited a collection of essays, Marvels, Monsters, and Miracles: Studies in the Medieval and Early Modern Linguistics. He also participated in the NEH Summer Institute for college teachers, "Representations of the 'Other': Jews in Medieval Christendom," at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford, England.

Michael Borst '88 recently passed the national board exam to become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and was recently promoted to clinical specialist at the Meriter Hospital Hand Clinic in Madison, Wis.

Judith Nyboer Harbeck '85 and her husband, Jim, are members of the First Baptist Church of Enterprise, Ore., where Jim is an elder and Judith serves as a deaconess and worship team member.

Bennet Dykstra '87 completed his training in vascular surgery and is moving to Kalispell, Mont., where he and his wife, Lynn, (a pediatrician) will begin a private practice just outside Glacier National Park.

Eric Verhulst '87 was deployed as a chaplain for naval special warfare in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from February to June of 2003.

Yvonne Dobbenga-Rhodes '88 of Fremont, Calif., was appointed to participate on one of three panels of national health experts by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing. The Advisory Panel on Professional Issues in Nursing met in January in Washington D.C. The appointment is for two years.

Scott and Valerie Mann Smits '86 have lived in the Chicago area for six years. Valerie drives bus for Timothy Christian School in Elmhurst, Ill. Scott was promoted to executive in the financial institutions outsourcing group at Crowe Chizek and Company LLC. The couple has four daughters.

Kent Le Febre '86 recently relocated to Trans-Matic Manufacturing's southwest production facility in Mesa, Ariz., as the commercial manager.