Class Notes • Nineties

Dennis Holtrop ’90 was transferred to San Francisco, Calif., in April 2003. Now living in the “most beautiful city in the U.S.A.,” he is a member of Grace Cathedral (Episcopal), its choir, and is on the steering committee for the Cathedral’s 20s/30s group, now in its second year.

Amy Rensenbrink Banks ’91 was appointed principal of Community Christian School in Brockton, Mass. She taught at the school starting in 1994 until just this spring, when she applied to be principal. She looks forward to the challenge of her new position.

Jack Kooienga ’98 received his master’s of science in nursing from the University of Michigan in August. He is working as a staff nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at Spectrum Health-Butterworth (Mich.) while he prepares for the acute care nurse practitioner licensing exam. Robin Ruth Kooienga ’97 works as an administrative assistant in the community life and counseling department at Mars Hill Bible Church.

Michael Boyes ’98 obtained his teaching license and is now a fifth-grade teacher with McKee Road Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C.

Carol Huls ’90 has taken a position with Smithsonian Business Ventures, a division of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Having completed the coursework and comprehensive exams for her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at the University of Akron, Stephanie Veltman ’95 will be moving to Sitka, Alaska, where she’ll start a new position as the director of residence life at Sheldon Jackson College and begin work on her dissertation.

Karen Amsler Perdew ’92 and her husband, Kevin, live in Centennial, Colo., where Karen is a lab assistant at Littleton Dialysis.

Isabel Cruz ’96 received her master’s in art education from Teachers College at Columbia University in May 2003. She is now an art teacher in a public elementary school in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Princeton Theological Seminary recently appointed Martin Tel ’93 as assistant professor. This designation was given in addition to his current title of C.F. Seabrook Director of Music.

Gail Shoemaker Greer ’91 received an employee excellence award for her work coordinating a prevention program for individuals adjudicated for underage drinking. In May of this year, Gail was one of four to receive the Employee of the Year Award from the Foote Hospital of Jackson County (Mich.).

Markus von Steinfort ’98 is currently working on his master’s of divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and has been commissioned as an officer and chaplain candidate in the U.S. Army.

Joshua Holden ’96 recently received the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table’s Court of the Table award for his work in the financial services and life insurance field. He works for Holden Wealth Management in Bloomington, Ind.

John Chi ’91 accepted a new call to the church plant of the Bridge in Austin, Texas, as a senior pastor. He has been married for nine years to his wife, Julie, and has two children: Jonathan and Victoria.

Joel Gabrielse ’98 is currently a deputy prosecutor for St. Joseph County, Ind. He graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in May 2001.

Julie Wheeler ’97 is an early childhood teacher at the Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes located in Mishawaka, Ind.

Staci Ritsema ’96 received her master’s degree in educational administration and evaluation from Saint Xavier University at Chicago, Ill., in June 2002. She is currently serving as the principal of Calvin Christian School in South Holland, Ill.

Christopher Haven ’98 recently became an associate at the Law Offices of Mark Demorest, PLLC, in Dearborn, Mich. Christopher practices business law, litigation, employment law, real estate, estate planning and probate.

David Neumann ’91 of Boca Raton, Fla., has been promoted to senior vice president of publication sales for St. Ives Printing’s U.S. division. St. Ives is a global printing company with facilities in the U.S. and throughout Europe.

Phillip Ibrahim ’95 and Deborah Goodreau ’96 live in Sharon, Mass., with their one-year-old daughter, Isabella. Phillip owns and operates, an internet-based car dealership, and Deborah is an assistant vice president with U.S. Bank’s corporate trust department.

Laurie Malm Kooienga ’95 teaches physical education at Baldwin Street Middle School in Hudsonville, Mich. She has completed her master’s degree, enjoys traveling home to Arizona to see family, and greatly appreciates her two sons and her husband.

Lieutenant Commander Dean VanderLey ’91 is the operation officer for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March until October 2003. After the conclusion of major combat operations, Dean’s detail took on over 70 humanitarian construction projects, including the complete renovation of 36 schools in An Nasiriyah and Ad Disaniyah, Iraq. Dean currently resides in Gulfport, Miss., with his wife, Veronica, and three children.

After graduation, Jeremy Konyndyk ’99 spent two years working for International Aid in Kosovo. More recently, he lived in Washington, D.C., where he completed his master’s degree in foreign service at Georgetown University while working for the State Department in the area of population, refugees and migration. In September 2003, he moved to Guinea, West Africa, to begin his work as country director for the American Refugee Committee.

Jeffrey Bos ’98 graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in May 2003. He and wife, Melissa DeJonge Bos ’97, have accepted a position with Christian Reformed World Missions to serve in Bangladesh. Jeff will be a teacher at the College of Christian Theology Bangladesh, and will partner with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee—Bangladesh in biblical-based values seminars.