Class Notes • Nineties

Adrian Lamont Johnson ex'91 is currently working as a designer at the Plain Dealer, a newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.

After 4 years working for the Centers for Disease Control, Julie Schuitema Wolthuis '94 of Decatur, Ga., joined the Georgia Division of Public Health as the state Hepatitis C coordinator.

Lynn VanPoolen Larsen '90 graduated in May from the University of Maryland, College Park with her Ph.D. in special education. She is currently teaching elementary and special education teacher preparation courses at the University of California, Riverside, continuing research based on her dissertation and conducting research with the dean of the School of Education at UCR. She recently presented some of her doctoral research at the American Education Research Association conference in Chicago. Her husband, Paul '89, continues his work towards tenure in the biochemistry department at UCR. Their six-year-old twins, Hannah and Zachary, will begin first grade in July.

Rachel De Velder O'Connell '93 and her husband, Robert, work for the United States government and live in Leesburg, Va.

Heather Bouwman '90 and husband Steffen Kellogg have recently moved to St. Paul, Minn., where Heather is an assistant professor of English at the University of St. Thomas. Steffen is a martial arts instructor, apartment manager and stay-at-home dad for their two children, Gabriel and Rafael.

Everard Strong '91, of Oakland, Calif., will be printing the first issue of Tall magazine this July. Tall will be a general lifestyle quarterly publication aimed at tall men and women. You can find out more information at or by contacting

Kurtis W. Kooy '97, of Toronto, Ont., flies for Air Georgian and recently was promoted from captain in the freight division to first officer in the division. He flies to Grand Rapids regularly.

Kenton J. Kooy '96, of Troy, Mich., is a software engineer with Amdocs ITS, the world's leading supplier of software systems and applications to the directory publishing industry.

Tracey S. Kooy '93 taught 9th-grade English and drama for three and one-half years before starting her family. She graduated from Michigan State's two-year teacher education program and will be completing her M.A.T. this coming year.

Karl Haagsma '90 has received a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California, Riverside. He will be working for the Air Force Reserves in Youngstown, Ohio.

The National Council on Measurement in Education presented the Jason Millman Promising Scholar Award to Daniel M. Bolt '92 in recognition of his scholarly research in the field of applied measurement during the early stages of his career. Dan's research interests have focused on issues pertaining to test development, structural equation modeling, multidimensionality and equating. Dan is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin—Madison and enjoys his teaching as much as his research.

Mark DeBoer '94 finished his residency in pediatrics at the University of Virginia—Charlottesville in June 2003. He and his wife, Jorie, and their new daughter, Arianna, will be moving to Portland, Ore., where Mark will continue his medical training as a fellow in pediatric endocrinology at Oregon Health and Science University.

Derek Hunderman '97 has taken a new position with Grubb & Ellis/Paramount as an industrial specialist. He and his wife, Andrea Den Hoed Hunderman '97, are expecting their second child in November of 2003 and live in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Jennifer S. Feenstra '98 graduated in May from the University of New Hampshire with a Ph.D. in psychology and a master's degree in college teaching. She will begin a faculty position at Northwestern College (Iowa) this fall.

After teaching special education for five years in Denver, Colo., Sara Dykstra '98 will be serving in the Eastern Caribbean islands as a special education worker on a two-year assignment for the Peace Corps.

Gwen DeVries Cieslak ex'94 is a vice president with Manning, Selvage & Lee Public Relations in Chicago, where she resides with her husband, John, and one-year-old son, Benjamin.

Stephanie Ann Posthumus '95 recently defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. She currently resides in Edmonton, Alta.

Mark Price '91 was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia last year and has made remarkable progress following a life-saving bone marrow transplant this past February. He and his wife, Caroline, live in Greer, S.C., with their daughter, Meredith. Continued prayers for him and his family are still much needed and appreciated.

Kent '99 and Betsy Haverkamp Frens '97 have relocated to Kalamazoo, Mich., where Kent accepted a call as pastor of Hope Reformed Church. Kent recently graduated from Western Theological Seminary with his master of divinity.

Tim Sulahian '96 graduated this past June with a Ph.D. in physiology from Dartmouth Medical School. He is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow at Dartmouth and, along with his fiancée, Brooke Fowler, is looking for a job in the Boston area.

Anne McGuinness Keyser '92 has taken a new job at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass. As director of publications, she is responsible for college-wide and program publications, marketing and public relations.

David Streutker '96 graduated from Rice University in May 2003 with a Ph.D. in physics. He is currently living in Boise, Idaho, where he has a research position with the department of geosciences at Idaho State University.

Kimberly Barrows Smith '95 recently started a new position as management analyst at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting, Inc.). She is currently working on a large Enterprise Resource Planning project for NAVAIR, the Navy's aviation headquarters. She and her husband, Mike, live in southern Maryland near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station where Mike is on active duty in the Navy.

Rebecca Ouwehand Zimmerman '97 and her family spent last spring, and will spend this winter in Dickendorf, Germany, at the international church center of the Sabbath Rest Advent Church working on a church songbook (for which Sing, A New Creation was used as a model) and training for church work in the future. Rebecca and her husband, Frank, praise God for two beautiful, healthy children, and for the opportunity to work for his kingdom.

Rebekah Richert '99, of Auburn Hills, Mich., received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Virginia in May 2003. She has been awarded a two-year NSF International Research Fellowship for post-doctoral research to be conducted at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Nathan '98 and Andrea Meyering DeWard '98 graduated from Western Seminary on May 12, 2003, and were ordained into ministry as pastors in the Reformed Church in America on June 29, 2003. They are currently beginning their first calls at Church of the Living Christ in Fremont, Mich.

In May, Denise Avink '97 graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master's degree in human resources and industrial relations. She is joining Northrop Grumman in its space technology division in Redondo Beach, Calif., as a human resources management associate beginning in compensation.

Mary Dekker '96, with her riding companion, Brian Buck, placed second in male-female tandem teams at the National 24-Hour Challenge in West Michigan with 271 miles. Mary set a course record in 1998 in the 18-24 category before switching to riding a tandem. Just behind Mary and Brian came Abram '64 and Rosalie Van Rees Bangma '65 with just six fewer miles.