Class Notes • Eighties

After 14 years of medical school, graduate school, and clinical training in pediatric orthopedic surgery, Nicholas Waanders ’86 has finally taken a “real job” in Toledo, Ohio. He says, “It is good to have a home, a church and schools for our kids to call our own.”

Ken Erffmeyer ’86 has been named vice president of human resources information systems at Thomson Legal and Regulatory in Eagan, Minn. Thomson Legal and Regulatory is a provider of integrated information solutions to legal, compliance and business markets. Erffmeyer previously worked for Deloitte and Touche, LLP, a global professional services organization, where he served as senior manager.

Ruthanne Reichert Taylor ’81 has recently been appointed to the Foreign Service as a Foreign Service health practitioner. Her first post will be N’djamena, Chad (Africa). She writes, “In the unlikely event that any Calvin alum find themselves in Chad, have them stop by the consular office at the embassy and ask for me. I’ll be in the health unit and easy to locate!”

After nine years spent rearing three children, Cynthia Dirkse van der Woerd ’84 went back to school full time in 2002 to pursue a new career in nursing. She completed a compressed program in nursing, graduated with honors and won various awards. Since then, Cynthia has been employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ont., on the nephrology ward.

Scott Enserink ’87 moved to Los Angeles, Calif., two years ago to work for Northrop Grumman Space Technology (NGST) on satellite communication. He recently received a fellowship from NGST to do a Ph.D. at UCLA, which he began in September.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Jack L. Van Coevering ’82 of Caledonia, Mich., as chairman of the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Jack most recently served as the administrator of the Legal and Hearings Office in the Michigan Department of Treasury. Prior to serving as office administrator, he was the treasury’s senior tax counsel. The Tax Tribunal is responsible for reviewing all matters relating to the administration of property tax laws.

Patricia Westerhof ’85 had her textbook, The Writer’s Craft, published by Harcourt Canada this spring. Many of the ideas in it stem from her experiences at Calvin – both in English classes and in her extracurricular activities.

Mark Albrecht ’87 and his wife, Michelle Wilber Albrecht ’88, have planted a new church in Antioch, Ill.

Diana Vander Groef Van Althuis ’86 is presently job-sharing a position at the Ambulatory Surgery and Special Care Unit at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, N.Y. She and her family reside on and operate a dairy farm in central New York, and are actively involved with their church and Christian school.

Robert Rottschafer ’87 is a major and clinical psychologist in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Robins AFB, Ga. He leads a staff of 35, provides comprehensive mental health care, family violence prevention, substance abuse detection and treatment, and physical therapy. Robert has enjoyed the Air Force and hopes to stay in Georgia for a while in order to be closer to his family.

James Vreugdenhil MAT’86 retired as director of elementary education for the Ontario Alliance of Christian School this past August. He will continue curriculum development in third-world and other countries on a request basis. He recently spent four weeks teaching at Masters Institute in Auckland, New Zealand.

Ellen MacLeod Van Tongeren ’85 just graduated from Calvin Seminary and is moving to Honduras to work for Christian Reformed World Missions as a theological educator. Paul Van Tongeren ’89 just finished his master’s degree in resource development and he will be working in Honduras on development projects. On August 17, 2003, Ellen was ordained as a minister of the word and sacraments in the Christian Reformed Church for the work she’ll be doing in Honduras. “It is my privilege to be the first ordained woman missionary of the CRC. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”

Tony Brookhouse ’89, vice president of operations at Koopman Lumber Co., based in Massachusetts, was honored in the 2003 Young Retailer of the Year awards program. This national recognition program honors outstanding achievement in hardware/home improvement retailing and encourages talented young people to pursue a career in the retail hardware business.

Kathleen Broer Van Arragon ’85 has been involved with teaching English as a second language in the public school system for four years now. Recently, she presented a poster session at TESOL 2003, “Hearing Every Voice.” Paul Van Arragon ’83 has been working as a software developer in the medical diagnostic field for the last four years.

Joseph Mensah ’85 was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal by Botswana’s (Africa) minister of education for meritorious service to the teaching profession. He was acknowledged at the national stadium on the country’s national day of celebration.

Cynthia Veldheer DeYoung ’86 is enjoying her 12th year as a hospice chaplain, while also learning to serve as an elder at her church. She’s been the president of Holland Classis RCA and is finishing a second term as the chair of the RCA’s chaplains’ group.

Clarke Clodfelder ’85 served in Iraq during the war and is still currently activated. He is on a leave of absence from United Airlines, his regular employer.

Albert De Jong ’83 is the regional security officer for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda. He served in the same position at New Delhi, India (1997–99), and at Niamey, Niger (1999–2001).

In the summer of 2002, after 16 years of teaching and coaching, Susan Tameling ’84 left Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, Mo., to become the administrator of Providence Christian High School. Providence is a new Christian high school located outside of Fremont, Mich.

Jon Nykamp ’85 and Kristi Hamilton Nykamp ’85 are currently in Mekele, Ethiopia, running a youth center. This summer they had nine college students serving as volunteers to teach English, computers and HIV/AIDS health classes, and to run recreation programs. They will be moving to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, next summer to open a new youth center.

Dan Rozema ’81 and Pamela Van Buggen Rozema ’84 recently had an assignment to Lajes Field, the Azores, Portugal. They were able to experience the history and culture of the Azorean Portuguese by attending the Catholic Holy Ghost Festivals unique to their island of Terceira. Dan was a part of the support staff for the Atlantic summit recently held in Portugal, and he and Pamela had the opportunity to shake hands with President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Martin Eckhart ’88 is currently working as a rural family doctor at Peace River, Alta., in Northern Canada. He practices all types of medicine, from delivering babies to anesthesia.

Martha Ording-Baty ’87 left her medical practice to rear her children. She is also active in the Froebel Foundation U.S.A., which teaches about the original philosophy and methods of Froebel’s kindergarten.

Tracey Moore Pieters ’85 has lived and served in Mexico City, Mexico, as a missionary since she graduated from Calvin 18 years ago. She and her husband helped plant a church over the past four years and are now helping that church to reach out to a new community and begin a church there.

Timothy Steigenga ’87 recently received tenure and was promoted at Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University.

Judith Kuiper Stremler ’84 is a member of Moms-In-Touch International (MIT), an international prayer ministry that has blessed the women of Timothy Christian’s (Elmhurst, Ill.) MIT group, some of whom have children currently at Calvin.

Having worked closely with Habitat for Humanity in Eastern Europe, Krister Evenhouse ’91 and Willeke vanden Boomgaard Evenhouse ’88 found that redoing their own home was a lot of fun. Krister is at the U.S. embassy after having had a three-year taste of the information technology world. Willeke flies as an in-flight manager for KLM, and keeps busy around the home while in the country (the Netherlands, that is).

Peter De Haan ’83 coordinates the state and federal transportation funding programs for Ventura County, including state highways, local streets and transit. He’s just been elected moderator for the California regional transportation planning agencies, which means he will be working with all the regions to address common transportation funding issues.

Yolanda Meyer De Kleer ’88 works in one of the most beautiful places in Canada — the Rocky Mountains. “If you’re ever going to see Banff or Jasper National Parks, come say, ‘Hi,’ at the Yoho National Park gate,” she writes.

Maurice Vander Veen ’87 left his full-time sales career to pursue the ministry at Calvin Seminary, beginning in September.