Class Notes • Eighties

Timothy Nieboer ’83 is a Human resources consultant/corporate trainer with Nieboer and Associates in Grand Rapids, Mich. He works with Wedgwood Corporate and Community Resources to market and deliver leadership training and team-building to corporate accounts.

Judy Fridsma Vriesema ’82 works part-time in Calvin’s admissions office. Judy enjoys the contact with former classmates who now have children considering Calvin. Bill Vriesema ’80 works for Calvin’s information services. They are the parents of three teenagers.

Mary Jayne Howerzyl Bushong ’81 moved to Yucca Valley, Calif., from Grand Rapids, Mich. Her husband, Ben, is advertising director of a local newspaper. The Bushongs are finding the desert a fascinating place to live and are enjoying the diversity of their community.

Beth De Boe ’81 of Lansing, Mich., completed a mission trip through River Terrace CRC to Managua, Nicaragua. She helped build and paint classrooms at Nicaragua Christian Academy. Beth also sings in her church choir.

Daniel Vos ’81 was recently promoted to co-head of the structural engineering department at Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber, Inc., in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Gary Roosma ’82 is currently serving as the regional director for OMF International in British Columbia. He is also in the masters of theology study program at Regent College.

Daniel Scheeres ’85 has been promoted to associate professor in the department of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan. Previously, Dan taught at Iowa State University and worked in the spacecraft navigation section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Dan lives with his wife, Susan Postema, and three children in Ann Arbor, Mich. Instead of a pet, Dan has an asteroid named after him; Asteroid number 8887, officially named Scheeres, is currently in orbit between Mars and Jupiter.

Timothy Haagsma ’83 was recently elected to the Institute of Transportation Engineers as international director from district three. Timothy works for the Kent County Road Commission in Grand Rapids, Mich.

June Antuma De Boer ’82 is a coordinator for services to students with disabilities at Calvin College. Nicholas De Boer ’81 is a case manager at Pine Rest Christian Hospital.

Yvonne Sprague Post ’82 and her husband, Robert, are active members of Rockford (Mich.) Baptist Church. Both serve on church boards, and Yvonne is the financial secretary. The couple have been AWANA workers for many years as well.

Scott Alfree ’89 was recently elected to firm partnership for Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt and Howlett, LLP, in Grand Rapids, Mich. Scott works in the corporate practice area and focuses on business transactions, health care law and e-business services.

Major Tom Rietkerk ’89, USAF, is currently deployed to HQ European Command in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. His wife, Denise Alderink Rietkerk ’89, is caring for their two children in Iceland. They ask for prayers for all service members and their families.

David Muilenberg ’82 started a financial services company in January of 2003. Located in Grand Rapids, Mich., Discovery Financial, LLC, offers personal retirement planning and manages over 100 retirement plans for local companies.

Deborah Fales De Groot ’83 and her husband, Michael, created a curriculum for mentoring married couples. The program, Marriage Mentors, is currently housed at Bella Vista Church but is an outreach in the local community. Since 1998, the couple has trained mentors, created sister programs in other churches and become part of the Greater Grand Rapids (Mich.) Healthy Marriages coalition.

Daniel Van Alten ex’83 is chief engineer for a company that builds fire trucks. He is also lieutenant and EMT on the Zeeland (Mich.) Township Fire Department.

David Cheadle ’82 is in the process of launching a new urban ministry in northwest Denver. The program, The Harvest Table, involves a free banquet for the poor and includes live music, climaxing in spirit-filled worship. Dave is senior pastor of the RCA church, Harvest Christian Community.

In 2000, Michael Johnson ’85 of Houston, Texas, began the Texas Leadership Development Network (TXLDN) whose goal is to develop healthy mission-focused planters, staff and leaders from and for local churches. A mentorship-focused program, TXLDN is one of the new ministry experience sites for Facing Your Future, a Calvin Seminary program for high school students interested in the ministry.

After teaching for 17 years, Philip Warners ’83 is the director of outdoor education for Camp Roger in Rockford, Mich. Says Philip, “This fancy title basically means that I play with children in the woods. It’s a fine life. I have a great wife and four wonderful children (ages 6 to 15). Three years ago we brought [our youngest] home from Romania—an experience with too many facets to it to even begin describing. God is good.”

Deborah O’Brien Zonneville ’81 has been a social worker for developmentally disabled individuals for 22 years—work she enjoys very much. Deborah and her husband, Rob, enjoy their Newark, N.Y., community, are active in their church and continue to remodel their farmhouse.

In December of 2001, Gerald Anema ’82 received his master’s in information learning and technology from the University of Colorado in Denver.

Kevin Adams ’82 of Rocklin, Calif., has graduated from Gordon-Conwell Seminary’s doctor of ministry program with an emphasis in preaching. His dissertation is titled “Preaching Grace in an Image-Saturated World.”

Lorraine Olson Boehning ’81 has completed all of the requirements for becoming an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (PC-USA). She is currently seeking a part-time position in the Raleigh, N.C., area as an associate pastor.

Gayle Hoekstra DeHaan ’81 of Eden Prairie, Minn., recently passed her exam to earn a first degree black belt in karate. This hard-won achievement still places her behind her 14-year-old son, Brad, who received his second degree black belt in December.

Patricia Vos Bushouse ’82 of Beltsville, Md., is a member of the 200-member National Christian Choir. The choir has sung on the Hour of Power and has made 15 recordings.

Terri Bultje Zonderfan ’83 has been teaching Spanish at Central Minnesota Christian School for 19 years. Her three children and the family farm keep her very busy.

After spending six years teaching English in Japan, John Chapman-Rienstra ex’84 is a senior Web developer for a profitable dot-com, while his wife, Michelle, works for an international relocation services company. The couple plans to stay in the United States for a few more years.

Dawn Luurtsema Lewis ’87 recently became manager of the East Grand Rapids (Mich.) branch of the Kent District Library.

Jack Van Heest ex’83 is currently involved in the search and documentation of shipwrecks off Michigan’s west shore as part of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association. He and his wife, Valerie, adopted a child from China in January of 2002. They live in Holland, Mich.

James Holsem ’83 relocated to Rochester Hills, Mich., after spending the last five years working and living near Paris, France.

Jane Tiemersma Vogel ’81 has become quite a prolific author. She has recently published Questions Worth Asking, a study of the Heidelberg Catechism, co-authored with Mary Edema Sytsma ’76; The Case for Christ (student edition) and The Case for Faith (student edition), co-authored with Lee Strobel; and Fast-Forward to Normal and Grasping at Moonbeams, fiction for teen girls.

Susan Meppelink Boland ’84 of Fayetteville, N.Y., is working for the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, which is writing Gage back into history as the forgotten member of the women’s rights triumvirate of the 19th century, alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

James Cooke ’84 will be relocating his anesthesiology practice to Grand Haven, Mich., where he will be working for Tri-Cities Anesthesia at North Ottawa Community Hospital.

Glenda Droogsma Musoba ’82 is a policy analyst for Indiana Education Policy Center in Bloomington, Ind. She is in the process of writing her doctoral dissertation on access and equity in college preparation and admission.

Wilma Martin Wiersma ’83, of Denver Colo., completed her master of arts degree in education with a concentration in diverse learners.

Patricia Navis Hataway ’82 of Westerville, Ohio, recently had her fourth book published, Banking Secrets for Customer Loyalty: Handling Customer Problems. This is the first in a series of books she is writing for the banking industry. Patti is a certified professional speaker and trainer whose books have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. Check out her Web sites at and

Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt and Howlett, LLP, of Grand Rapids, Mich., has recently named Randall Groendyk ’81 counsel to the firm. Randall has been a member of Varnum’s litigation practice group since 1990. He focuses his practice on collections, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant and general civil litigation.

Rhonda Bruxvoort Berg ’82 and Daniel Berg ’85 moved to Gallup, N.M., in 2001. Rhonda is the executive director of the Rehoboth Red Mesa Foundation. Daniel is the regional manager for Innovative Health at Home, a health care provider.

Daryl Faber ’82 is the director of parks and recreation for the City of Auburn, Wash. The department oversees 26 parks, streetscapes, a golf course, museum, senior center and two cemeteries. Daryl is also the current president of the 1,200-member Washington Recreation and Parks Association.

Robert Postic ’82 of Dearborn Heights, Mich., will be participating in the Paul Henry Institute’s Pollster and Parishioners Seminar on Survey Research and American Religion at Calvin this July. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in political science at Wayne State University.

In January, Steven Van Zanen ’82 and Christine Hamstra Van Zanen ’84 returned to the United States after six years in Eastern Europe. Steven is serving Christian Reformed World Missions as director for missions mobilization. They are living in Grand Rapids.

After 13 years of teaching, Joan Konynenbelt VandenBoogaard ’83 decided to stay home with her two daughters. She is now running her own successful business from home and enjoys teaching other women how to do the same. She volunteers in her daughters’ classrooms and serves on the campus council for Edmonton Christian School.

Carol Regts Sprock ’83 is a high school and associate-degree English instructor for Education Direct, a distance-education company in Scranton, Pa. She has also begun working with program development, academic review and exam review. “God has provided a unique niche for me which uses my educational background as well as my interpersonal and writing skills,” Carol writes.

Doug Pousma ’83 and his wife, Laurie, own a wellness and prevention company, Balanced Life Resources, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Doug left the practice of medicine to become a corporate physician executive. He works with TheraDoc, a clinical decision support medical software company in Salt Lake City, Utah. Doug has also worked as assistant medical director of one of the largest clinical trials ever.

Laura Scully Van Groningen ’81 is coaching her daughter’s Holland Christian Middle School softball team. She is also involved at Harderwyk CRC as a nursery attendant, softball team member and part-time janitor. She enjoys accompanying her husband, Jay, when he travels for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. They have four children.

Amy Andriese LeFebre ’84 has joined the Grand Rapids, Mich., firm, Wondergem Consulting, Inc., as public relations consultant. She is responsible for project management, event planning and administration, and media relations.

Ronald Donkersloot MAT’80 is in his second year as superintendent at Rehoboth Christian School in Rehoboth, N.M. He and his wife, Mary Lou, are readjusting to life back in the United States and anticipate having three children in Christian colleges for the 2003-04 school year.

Pamela DeVries Rini ’83 is in her second career as a school counselor, working in a rural public middle school in Virginia. Her first career was as a Spanish instructor at Longwood College. A firm believer in Adlerian psychology, Pamela finds her work “awesome and rewarding.”

Patricia Grant Campbell ex’85 and her husband, Chris, are self-employed with Advanced Elastomers Corp. in Howell, Mich. Patricia home schools their three children and is active in their church.

Cynthia Hall Vander Kodde ’83 and her husband, Dan, have adopted four children in the last five years. Cynthia writes, “Our oldest is an angel on wheels who has C.P. Our four-year-old has challenging neurological difficulties but also is a joy.” Cynthia serves on several CRC denominational committees in an advisory capacity including the Board of Trustees, Advisory Board for Disabilities and Advisory for Race Relations.

Thomas Bomhof ’84 recently became co-pastor of Fleetwood CRC in Surrey, B.C. He is enjoying team ministry.