|Class Notes • Seventies|
Thomas Oosterbaan '76 was named Director of Client Services at Senior Neighbors, Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Lois Engelhard Flietstra '79 of Cerritos, Calif., recently enjoyed a "three generations" Family Weekend at Calvin with her mother, Bertha Flietstra '53, and her daughter, Melanie Flietstra '05.
Ronald Willett '79 recently accepted a promotion to Quivira Council Boy Scouts of America, Wichita, Kan., as executive director of 30 county local Boy Scout Councils. His wife, Diane Bruchmann Willett '81, is a hospice nurse.
Donna Van Halsema Kallemyn ex'79 of South Holland, Ill., is currently involved with Coffee Break Bible Study and is learning how to become a leader. She also helps with the hospitality committee. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, crafts and Creative Memories.
After a 17-year hiatus to stay home with her children, Beth Hoogeboom Lageveen '78 has returned to the classroom to teach English as a second language to adult international students in West Lafayette, Ind. This part-time job has been rewarding and has enabled Beth to share Christ's love with many people from many countries.
Judith Versluys Mast '79 started her own company, Insight Solutions, LLC, in Freeport, Mich. She provides human resource management consulting services and sells and supports Abra Suite, a human resource information system. Judith is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the rights of children in cases of abuse and neglect. She is currently working on her first case.
Jane Thomasma-Bolen ex'79 of Grand Rapids, Mich., is a founder and board member of Second Chance for Greyhounds of Michigan—a non-profit group that rescues retired racing greyhounds and places them in responsible, loving homes as pets.
Joseph Bell ex'79 of Belmont, Mich., is the founding conductor of the 65-piece Rockford Community Orchestra and Summer Band. Joseph also volunteers as a radio operator and communications chairman for the Red Cross.
Lonna Kraker Ondersma '73 of Jenison, Mich., teaches the five- and six-year-old story hour of the Coffee Break ministry at her church. She also mentors a third grader through Kids Hope USA.
Mary Vanden Berg Shane '79 of Marlborough, Mass. completed the Master Gardener Program from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in November of 2002. Beginning in the spring of 2003, she will be a docent at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. She finished her first successful season of owning her own garden design, installation and maintenance business.
Deborah VanDer Weele Kula '79 of Norwood, La., is getting her master's degree in library and information science at Louisiana State University.
Stephanie Gesink Hiskes '79 became a partner in Radiology Associates in Bradenton, Fla.
Judith Vos Sytsma ex'79 took an 18-year break from college to raise four wonderful children (Erin '02, Micah '04, Janna and Joel). Last February Judith graduated from Elmhurst College and currently teaches eighth grade. She praises God for His goodness and would love to hear from any Veenstra girls from 1975.
Steven Tuinstra '79 served as group leader in the area of planning and manufacturing, installing J.D. Edwards Software in Europe and North America. Steve lives in Sturtevant, Wis., and works for Johnson Diversey Inc.
Cheryl Russell Wildbahn '78 will be working part time at her family practice office and working in emergency rooms around the Monmouth, Ill., region.
Scott Roelofs '79 has taught social studies at Timothy Christian in Elmhurst, Ill., for 24 years. He also coaches the Mock Trial team. They have finished in the top three of the state for the last six years—earning state championships in , 2000 and 2002.
In 2000, Diane Koning De Jong '78 started her own business, Mobility Works, Inc. Mobility Works provides orientation and mobility services to people with disabilities. Diane finds her work greatly rewarding and sees God's hand in every day.
Kenneth Offringa '78 is in his 25th year of teaching at Rochester Christian School in Rochester, N.Y., where he also serves as athletic director and coach of junior high girls' soccer and boys' basketball. He enjoys scuba diving and traveling to tropical islands.
Anna Greidanus-Probes '79 will have her first solo exhibition in Europe at the St. Joseph Gallery in Leeuwarden, Friesland. Anna, who is an art professor at Calvin, will be exhibiting one-of-a-kind sculptural vessels made of porcelain.
After 22 years of teaching in special education classrooms, Susan Van Eerden Gates '78 is a teacher consultant in Cedar Springs, Mich. She is involved in special education evaluations, teacher training and support.
In 1999 Doreen Vanderburg Bruhnke ex'79 began her own business working with adults and children with disabilities. She specializes in working with adults and children with autism and works as a behavior therapist in a technique known as Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Geraldine Selles Ysselstein '79 illustrated the poetry collection new songs by her brother Otto Selles, a professor of French at Calvin. The duo presented readings and art shows of the relief prints from the book at the Arkell Schoolhouse Gallery, the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College and at Redeemer College. Geraldine lives in Arkell, Ontario.
For years Suzanne Duiker-Kroon '78 has held an annual Canadian-American Thanksgiving Dinner with Calvin friends who live in the Toronto area. Their children now enjoy the tradition and are thrilled to be included in this feast!
Robert Deckinga '70 served Southwest Chicago Christian Schools as teacher and principal for 26 years. In 1996 he joined the accountability team of Chicago Public Schools as a citywide administrator to work in the lowest performing schools in Chicago. In December 2001 he was appointed the director of Critical School Support in the Office of Accountability. His work focuses on conducting team visits to schools on academic probation and developing solutions to improve instruction.
In June 2001, Ted Venema '77 left his job at Unitron Hearing to return to academia at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, where he teaches audiology.
Georgiann Vander Werp Disselkoen '74 is owner and director of Hekima Language Services in Nairobi. Hekima is a language tutorial service offering Swahili, English, French and other Kenyan languages as well as cultural orientation. She also has a small craft export business. Keith Disselkoen '70 does private consulting for relief and development work. He is currently posted in Afghanistan with Shelter for Life and International Federation of Hope.
Barbara Masselink Zylstra '73 is working part time at Warm Beach Christian Camp Conference Center in Stanwood, Wash. She recently began this job after spending the last 23 years as a homemaker and full-time mother to the family's four children.
Kathy Tolsma Hettinga '78 of Dillsburg, Pa., recently showed her work titled: "Wounded/Rising, Holy and Great Saturday." The artist, a professor at Messiah College, completed the exhibit after she was diagnosed with cancer. She writes it was "a time of trial and testing, joy and discovery. A time of letting go and hearing a distant call."
Gregory J. Oppenhuizen '78, a practicing orthodontist in Holland, Mich., was awarded a fellowship from the American College of Dentists—an association founded in 1920 to recognize dentists who have made significant contributions to the advancement of dentistry. The fellowship is an honor bestowed on approximately 3.5 percent of dentists.
Mark Wiersma '78, a teacher trainer for Christian Reformed World Missions, is networking a team of Christian writers in Haiti to write Haiti's first elementary Bible curriculum for use in all Protestant schools. This involves one-third of all the children in Haiti who attend school. He and his wife, Eileen De Young Wiersma '78, enjoy the 11 Calvin alums working with them in Haiti calling them "well trained for the Third World."
Fishladder Inc., which "provides training using improvisation to help people communicate effectively in a playful, honest, and innovative way," recently helped showcase two local businesses at a fundraiser in Boston for the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital. The fundraiser brought in $250,000 for breast cancer research and treatment. Rosie O'Donnell served as auctioneer. Fishladder, Inc., in Grand Rapids, Mich., is owned by Mary Jane Pories '78.
Denise Fik Kouwe '77 has taught art at Redlands Christian School since 1989 in Redlands, Calif. Jim Kouwe '77 is a senior systems analyst/programmer at California Steel Industries, Inc., in Fontana, Calif. The couple will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in July.
Margaret De Ritter '79 is the entertainment editor of the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette, a position she's held for three years. Margaret has worked for the Gazette for 14 years.
Gloria Vahl Vande Brake '77 serves as elder at the Brainerd (Minn.) Presbyterian Church. She also serves as chair of the three-state church leadership training for pastors and elders. Previously, she was chair of the regional Presbyterian Committee, which established an endowment and gave grant funding to churches proposing creative ways to minister with their communities.
Michael Lubbers '77 is a psychologist in private practice in Kansas City, Mo. He and his wife Sue Russell, also a psychologist, attend Crossroads Community Church. They regularly socialize with Keith Kobes '78 and his wife, Iris, and host gatherings that feature intense foosball tournaments.
John Rottman '77, pastor of Grace Christian Reformed Church in Toronto, Ontario, teaches preaching part-time at Tyndale Theological Seminary and Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto.
After living in Houston, Texas, for 21 years, Kevin Stulp '77 and his family moved to the Northern suburbs of Los Angeles. The primary reason for their move was to attend Grace Community Church. All five of the couple's children have been adopted, two in Texas, one in North Dakota, and two in North Vietnam. Their ages are 10, 9, 6, 4 and 4.
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