Class Notes • Eighties

Nancy Sytsma Maggio '80 is a member of United Reformed Church in Somerville, N.J., where she is part of the Tulpen Trio as the cellist with two flutists.

After working in special education for 10 years, Kathleen Okma Schuurman '80 of Northfield, Minn., began working for St. Olaf College. She started in the admissions office as visit coordinator and is currently the office coordinator for the alumni and parent relations office.

Jonathan Huizenga '80 is planting his second church—River Rock Church in Rockford, Mich. He previously planted Atlantic Community Church in Jacksonville, Fla.

John Primus '80 of Manassas, Va., is involved with a new Christian Reformed church plant—Hope Community Church, supported by CRC Home Missions.

Jan Wevers Wilkins '80 left her position as office secretary at Grand Rapids Christian High School to return to teaching. She now teaches eighth-grade English at Creston Christian School in Grand Rapids.

Seven roommates from the graduating class of 1987 met for a weekend getaway along Lake Michigan this fall. Equipped with Bod Books, picture albums and a hearty stock of food, everyone had a great time! Those who attended were Becky Tempest, Sara Motman Billin, Mary Grit Bouma, Sue Grooters Lokker, Donna Hanenburg Feehan, Melanie Byker Rigg, and Nancy Griffioen Rietveld. "Hello to all our Calvin friends!"

Ingrid Zwickey Bannerman '80 is currently teaching third grade in Tucson, Ariz. This year she is mentoring beginning teachers on integrating music with reading, writing and math. She has been active on her church worship team—singing and playing the bongo drums. She welcomes visitors from Calvin.

Daniel Carrel '80 of Grand Rapids, and his wife, Bonny, have opened a printing business called International Minute Press.

John Meppelink '80 of Wyoming, Mich., and his wife, Debra, are involved in Golden Retriever Rescue of Michigan—taking in foster golden retrievers that are turned in, rescued from shelters or taken from abusive situations. They are then adopted out to good homes.

Jim Vanderwoerd '88, assistant professor of social work at Dordt College, has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the Mandel School of Applied Sciences in Cleveland, Ohio. Mandel is part of the Case Western Reserve University system from which Jim received his degree. His dissertation researched the effect of government funding on faith-based organizations.

Debbie Lindner Stoep '82 of Lyons, N.Y. graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with high honors in educational psychology in May of 2002.

James Henry Hoeksema '80 recently moved his psychology practice to Holland, Mich., from Zeeland, Mich. and works with another Calvin alum, Brent Ellens '96.

Robin Luymes '89 of Grand Rapids, Mich., is manager—public relations for Quixtar Inc. In his role, Robin leads media relations, product publicity, employee communications and business brand messaging.

Jeffrey Vander Weele '87 has been named manager of the Grand Rapids, Mich., office of McDonald Investments, which offers a range of financial services for individuals or businesses.

David Alan Van Dyke '84 recently earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Minnesota.

John Vanden Bos '80 is president and founder of FUSAC (France USA Contacts), a free, twice-monthly magazine of classified ads and advertising for the English-speaking communities of Paris and the Paris region. The magazine also carries a lot of wordplay, as John says, "thanks to having caught the 'words, words, words' virus from Professor Tiemersma."

Peter (Herb) Advocaat '80 and his wife, Dee, of Byron Center, Mich., own a small trucking company named ADVD, which operates primarily in the upper midwest. Herb was recently named president of their condo association. The couple has served as chaplains of a large family campground for 13 summers.

Todd Krause '84 is Manager—Business Relations for Quixtar, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich. Todd oversees a sales team supporting independent business owners across the U.S. and Canada.

Debra Marshall '85 has become legislative director for Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI). She will head up his policy team as well as specialize in homeland security, defense, foreign affairs, taxes, trade, appropriations, energy and transportation. Debra just completed a six-year stint with Governor John Engler of Michigan as federal legislative liaison in the state's Washington D.C. office.

Gary Timmerman '82, CRCNA Russian Ministries coordinator, received a surprise Christmas visit and "care package" from the Calvin Alumni Association, delivered by Sharon Brinks '76, a former Alumni Board member. Sharon, a Grand Rapids attorney and Kentwood City Commissioner, was in St. Petersburg to lead an attorney/judge professional education exchange program with Russian attorneys and judges. Sharon often tracks down Calvin alums when she travels internationally—and brings Calvin items.