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Glen Koops ’69, a Senior Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Georgia, was recently appointed Chief of the Program Operations Branch of the National Immunization Program. This branch administers a grant program providing funding for vaccines and operational support to state and local health department immunization programs.

Mary Jagt ’69 of Oakville, Ont., retired from full time teaching in 1998. She now enjoys tutoring, teaching piano, playing the organ for her church, and attending Bible Study Fellowship. Her husband of 33 years, John Jagt ’70, has been the director of Toronto’s shelter system for the homeless since 1980. John also volunteers on the Board of Holland Christian Homes in Brampton, Ont.

Lois Meyer ’69 is the self-employed owner of “Altogether Organized” in Peoria, Ariz. As a professional organizer, her motto is “A Home Sweet Home is a Home Neat Home.” She teaches singing for the Joy School of Performing Arts and began painting watercolors in 1993. Her watercolors have won several awards.

Robert Tigchelaar ’69 celebrates the graduation of all four of his children from Calvin, including a daughter, Alisa, who is now teaching at Calvin. Tigchelaar is the pastor of First Christian Reformed Church in DeMotte, Ind.

Having served in politics since 1980, Theodore Vonk ex‘69 is now the County Commissioner Representative for Plainfield Charter Township, the 4th largest governing body in Kent County, Michigan. He retired from Proctor & Gamble as an account manager after 30 years of service.

Jane Noteboom Vander Haagen ’69 of Okemos, Mich., has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. She is the first laywoman to be elected from a region rather than elected to an at-large position.

Ronald Sluyter ’67 retired from the Ford Motor Company as a powertrain engineer after 31 years—10 of which were spent in Hiroshima, Japan working with Mazda. He and his wife, Katherine, are active in Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brighton, Mich. They look forward to a retirement of traveling and short-term mission trips.

Hank Boks ’69 retired from the Newaygo County Mental Health Center as the Executive Director. His wife, Patricia Streelman Boks ex’68, retired from her work in the library of their local high school in Grant, Mich. The couple plans to travel around North America and pursue volunteer opportunities.

Jack Van Ens ’69 is Vice President and Story Teller for Majesty Ministries in Avon, Colo. He is one in a trio of musicians who bring a jazz interpretation to classic hymns. A critic of “worship as entertainment” Van Ens seeks to rescue the church from what he calls the “7-11” style of music, “Seven words, sung over 11 times.” His colleagues, Charles Johnson and Bob Ravenscroft, have ties to the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Grand Old Opry, and Chicago’s great jazz tradition. Van Ens supplies the spiritual message between the music.

Jessie DeJong Schut ’69 of Edmonton, Alb., is a news correspondent for The Banner, has written several books for CRC Publications and works as a free-lance writer.

Katherine Vander Ziel Vandergrift ’69 is a senior policy analyst in the advocacy department of World Vision Canada – Ottawa, Ont., Office. She works on a number of international policy issues such as NGO effects on children and armed conflict and a Christian approach to child rights.

After 35 years as a teacher and school administrator with the Department of Defense Dependents Overseas Schools (DoDDS) in Italy, Germany, Japan, Midway Island, Philippines, Korea, The Netherlands and Belgium, Bill Ryskamp ’61 retired to Anna Maria Island, Fla. His last position was in Brussels as the chief of staff for the DoDDS Brussels District Superintendent.

Barbara Kuiper Bloem ’61 has retired from 33 years of teaching, most recently having taught kindergarten at Jenison Christian School in Jenison, Mich. She had taught first grade at Muskegon Christian School for eight years and one year at Sylvan Christian School before moving to Jenison.

Dan F. Bloem ’66 has retired from 24 years on staff at Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids. He has served the college as public relations director and as development representative. Prior to joining the RBC staff, he had worked in the sales departments at Wolverine Brass Works and at Stow Davis Furniture Company.

After 30 years of supervising Clinical Pastoral Education in Germany, Hendrik A. van Sluijs ’64 will be retiring. This summer he was guest supervisor for the Seafarer's CPE program in New York City. During the last ten years he has been summer guest supervisor in the Pacific Region including Stanford University and Alta Bates in

Marilyn Poelstra Decker ’61 recently retired from elementary education after having completed 30 years in Christian schools in the West Michigan area. She and her husband, Robert Decker ‘62, live in Jenison, Mich. and have four children (two of whom are Calvin graduates) and nine grandchildren.

Lynden (Wash.) Christian High School teacher Harlan Kredit ‘61 received the National Environmental Excellence Award from International Paper Company and The Conservation Fund. The award was accompanied by a $10,000 grant from the paper company's foundation. The International Paper Environmental Education Award recognizes a person each year who has shown special skill in encouraging a better understanding of the complex relationship between a clean environment and a healthy economy.

Cal Wiegers ’64 along with several Calvin alumni from Pleasant Street Christian Reformed Church in Whitinsville, Mass., joined a group from North Carolina to work in Mexico for a week to help with the construction of an orphanage being built by Tapestries of Life Ministries. This same organization is also using the services of the Calvin engineering department—a group of students are presently designing the water system for the complex. When complete, the building will serve as an orphanage for 300 children along with the supporting staff.

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