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Carol Marks Dirkse ex'56 was awarded the Michigan Department of Community Health Family Planning Service Award for Public Advocacy. This was in recognition and appreciation of her dedicated efforts to promote reproductive health in Michigan. Her husband, Howard Dirkse '59, is a consulting electrical engineer.
Martin Essenburg '57 is serving again as headmaster of Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ), a position he filled from 1959-73. CAJ, located in Tokyo, is a K-12 school with an enrollment of 420 students from 15 nations, and this year the school is celebrating its 50th anniversary. During the 25-year period between his two stints in Japan, Martin was superintendent of Holland Christian Schools, president of Covenant College and personnel director for Christian Reformed World Missions.
Charles Mast '63 retired after more than 30 years as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. Chuck and his wife, Margaret "Mugs" Kalsbeek Mast '63, started their overseas life in the Peace Corps in Turkey and later worked 22 years in the Netherlands Antilles, Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and India, where Chuck was Consul General in Bombay for four years. In retirement Chuck enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and working on church projects. Mugs has the same interest as well as quilting, sewing, making liturgical banners and leading a children's choir.
John Heerspink '66, director of gift planning for Kalamazoo College, is the recipient of the 1999 Benjamin Franklin Award from the West Michigan Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives. John founded the office of gift planning at Calvin before starting his own non-profit consulting firm. He later went on to his current position at Kalamazoo College. The award is presented annually to an outstanding fund raising executive who has demonstrated creative and exemplary leadership, a continuing involvement in professional development activities and a commitment to the code of Ethics and Professional Practices for Fund Raising Executives.
Mark Tanis '72, Image Group President, was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Holland (Mich.) Area Chamber of Commerce. His company was recognized for exceptional growth during the past five years and dedication to the greater Holland community.
Jack Ippel '73 has been teaching Zeeland (Mich.) Christian School for the last 27 years. He presently teaching eighth-grade Bible and directs the choirs. He is also assistant music director at Evergreen Ministries in Hudsonville, Mich.
Dale Evenhouse '70 is the youth pastor at Trinity Christian Reformed Church in Jenison, Mich.
Robert Hough '70 is dean of adult and continuing education at Geneva College in Pennsylvania. He also has responsibility for Geneva's new campus in Orlando, Fla. Bob served as executive director of the Young Calvinist Federation before moving to Geneva in 1988 to develop their adult degree completion program.
Harriet teVelde Hill '71 and her husband, Ralph, recently completed their work with a team of others of translating the New Testament into Adioukrou. The event was celebrated by the village as was the undertaking of translating the Old Testament into Adioukrou through Wycliffe Bible Tranlators.
David Medema '75 has opened his own community consultant firm, Medema Consulting Associates, in Grand Rapids.
Mike ex'85 and Valerie Lenderink Herder '88 live in Denver with their three children, Dean, 6; Kathryn, 5; and Abigail, 2. Mike is in appraisal work with Key Bank and Valerie currently teaches first and second-year Spanish for a private high school.
Randy Reitsma '87, a certified employee benefits specialist and an enrolled actuary, was promoted to senior manager in the Human Capital Advisory Services Practice of the Grand Rapids office of Deloitte and Touche.
Jesslyn Bordewyk DeBoer '82 is the author of Happy Easter! a children's book published by Zondervan Publishing. The book is aimed at children under age four and tells the story of a little lamb on a search through the garden one special morning to discover that Jesus is alive. The book was listed among the top-ten selling Christian children's books in May of 1999.
Bruce Rottman '80 was a regional winner in the first Nasdaq National Teaching Awards program. Bruce is a teacher at Brookfield Academy in Brookfield, Wis. The award honors teachers for originality, creativity and effectiveness in furthering students' awareness of financial markets, capital formation, investing, personal finance and the market economy.
Patricia Rozema '81, a Canadian filmmaker, has recently produced her newest work, Mansfield Park. It is based on an 1814 English novel by Jane Austen, who in 1813 published Pride and Prejudice. The movie was produced by Miramax.
Karen Mulder Dickieson ex'84 recently completed a two-year course for legal secretaries and is back in the work force after being at home for the past 11 years with sons, Jordan, 11, and Joshua, 10.
Larry Visser '89 has recently joined the staff at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church as minister of music and organist and plays weekly services on the 1996 five-manual George and Wilma VanWesep Memorial organ. The Calvin Capella has recorded two compositions by Larry on their new recording I Saw the Lord. He continues to serve as concert and tour organist for the Capella.
Caroline Post '88 teaches in the graduate psychiatric nursing department of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Jeannette Sybenga '82 ha been appointed as the director of ministry at the Indian Family Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Indian Family Centre is a ministry sponsored by the Christian Reformed Church which works with the Candian Aboriginal people in the inner city of Winnipeg.
Linda Smits Snoek ex'81 is a new member of the Grand Rapids Symphonic Choir. She works as an accountant for the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
Jeff Ballast '82 is now a physician assistant in Traverse City, Mich. After performing and teaching music for several years, Jeff's career was cut short by nerve damage. He graduated from the physican assistant program at Central Michigan University in 1998 and was been assisting in heart-bypass surgeries and post-operative care.
Sam Kitchin '83 recently changed careers from an environmental consultant to an accountant. He works for Riviera Manufactured Home Sales, Inc., in Scottville, Mich.
Margo Peters Sinkevitch '82 is currently employed at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.
Phillip Block '87 is a full-time, stay-at-home dad to his two sons, Evan and Adam. He is also teaching part-time as an adult G.E.D. instructor in the Caroll County (Georgia) prison. He works as a doorman at a local nightclub on weekends. He continues to be involved in the vintage motorcycle racing scene and would love to hear from Calvin friends at firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa Thompson Rottschafer '81 has been named Teacher of the Year by the Oral Roberts Educational Fellowship and the International Christian Accrediting Association. She is a kindergarten teacher at Living Word Christian School,in Farmington, N.M., where she has taught for 11 years.
Heidi Lobbes Erwood '84 is a member of the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, playing bass clarinet.
Jill Wilson Ludlow '83 and her husband, Geoffrey, recently started a new concert ministry called Full Sail Ministries. Together they sing and share about the work God has done in them at church concerts, retreats and worship seminars.
Dan DeCook '83 is a surgeon with Lakeshore Surgical Associates in Holland, Mich. Previously, he was a surgeon in the Air Force, located in Turkey.
Lori Van Essen VanderBaan '83 is a kindergarten teacher at Sylvan Christian School in Grand Rapids. She also runs a part-time direct sales business-Creative Memories-from her home.
John Evans '84 is a lecturer and registrar for the Theological College of Central Africa in Zambia.
Mike Waldyke '83 teaches chemistry at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich.
Keith Walters '83 is an assistant professor of education at Calvin. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a doctorate in education in 1999.
Rod Alderink '87 is now affiliated with the commercial/industrial real estate brokerage of Taatjes, Termaat & Tol, Inc., in Grandville, Mich.
Brad Evans '88 is a statistician for Parke-Davis while his wife, Dawn, is a programmer at K-Mart Headquarters. They live in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kari Post Renkema ex'89 and her husband, Marc, have moved from Southern California to the Seattle area, where Marc is the pastor of Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bothell, Wash. Kari is at home and homeschools their children, Julianne, 6; Marc Jr., 4; Joshua, 2; and Jessica, 5 mos.
Robert VanWyngaarden '90 has recently completed 20 years of service with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Valeri Shafer '91 completed her master's degree through Marygrove College in Detroit, Mich. She graduated summa cum laude in May, 1999. She currently teaches 5th grade language arts at Eastern Christian Middle School in Wyckoff, N.J., after teaching for six years at Dawn Treader Christian School. She is also an adjunct professor for Marygrove's distance learning program.
Steven Scott '96 graduated from Valparaiso Law School in May, 1999. He passed the Illinois Bar Exam and is practicing in South Holland, Ill.
Amber Ververka '90 has been a reporter with the Charlotte Observer for a little over a year, covering banking. "While I doubt I'll ever become a NASCAR fan, there is plenty about the Carolinas that is intriguing," she writes.
Jeff Boersema '93 received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oregon. He is now teaching at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. His wife, Jana Sharpe Boersema '93, who has a master's degree in anthropology is working for the University of South Dakota.
Brian Poel '95 has joined Acadio Corporation, an internet start-up in Seattle. As the company's information architect, Brian designs the navigational experience for Acadio,com, a web site where customers find, evalutate and purchase education and training products.
Jennifer Stone Ritsema ex'92 received her Associate Early Childhood Credential from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center located in Evanston, Ill. She is currently working as a substitute at New Beginnings Christian Montessori School while she stays home with her first child, Bethany. Chad Ritsema '92 is currently working as a product engineer with Knowles Electronics, Inc., a manufacturer of hearing aid components in Itasca, Ill.
Steve Ruis '94 is working at Calvin as an assistant director of admissions. Amy Heerspink Ruis '94 is working at J. Mollema & Son in Grand Rapids as a buyer for the bird and gift categories.
Marc '91 and Lisa Klingenberg Verkaik '95 and Kevin and Karen Amsler Perdew '92 took eight days this summer to bike down the Oregon coast. Both couples currently live in the Denver area. Marc and Lisa are teachers at Denver Christian Schools. Kevin is a youth minister for Littleton Christian Church and Karen is a document and benefits coordinator for Qualified Pension Services in Littleton.
Rachel Cooper Aupperlee '96 received her master's degree in humanities from Central Michigan University.
Mikal Mast '92 is currently in her second year as a Peace Corps volunteer English teacher at Karakalpakstan University, Nukus, Uzbekistan. Since graduating from Calvin, she taught English and studied Chinese in Taiwan, finished her master's in Far Eastern studies at Arizona University and worked in the history department at Indiana University. She plans to travel in China and India before returning to the U.S. in January, 2000.
Alisa Tigchelaar '92 recently received her Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Indiana University in Bloomington. Her dissertation is entitled "Instruction and Self-Identification on the Cloistered Stage: Dramatic Production in the Seventeenth Century Spanish Convent. Alisa accepted teaching position in September, 1999, in the Spanish department at Calvin.
Cheryl Petzold Butrum ex'91 is the branch librarian for the Genesee Johnson Library (Grand Blanc, Mich.) which is part of the Genesee District Library System.
John Ausema '94 has received several honors while teaching biology and chemistry at Wilmington Christian School in Delaware. In 1998, he was named Cross Country Coach of the Year for New Castle County. Under his leadership, the school's boys' cross country team has finished as state runner-up for the past two years. In 1999, he was named Environmental Educator of the Year by the Delaware Nature Society. He also completed his master of science at Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999. The degree focused on using technology to teach science. His website, which is used extensively by students, can be viewed at bio.bio.rpi.edu/ms99/ausemaw
Rebecca Ouwehand Zimmerman '97 is living in Creston, B.C., with her husband, Frank, and son, Matthias. She writes: "I praise God that I am preparing for his soon coming by perfecting my life and character in obedience to this Word, through his power working in me by faith. I also thank God for the blessings he has given me in my husband and our son, our home and his church, the Sabbath Rest Advent Church.
Marian Aantjes '95 graduated from the University of Toronto in April, 1999 with a Master of Social Work degree. Marian is currently working in Burlington for Halton Adolescent Support Services as a crisis intervention/intake worker serving youth.
Jason Meyering '95 is a software quality assurance engineer for QUARK, Inc in Denver, Colo. He also freelances as a story and sound/music editor for Let's Be Frank Productions. His most recent project was Uncommon Goals, which captured the inspiring story of the United States Women's National Soccer Team. The production aired on the Discovery Channel in June, 1999. Jason served as editor for the documentary that offers these team members as role models for young female athletes every where. Info on Uncommon Goals can be found at hankerin.com/jan00/ucgoals/html
Jennifer Ridley '96 has joined the law firm of Dykema Gossett in Grand Rapids after graduating cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy. Her practice will focus on general corporate law matters.
Chuck Penders '91 and his wife, Jessica, are currently living in Geneva, Switzerland. Chuck was recently promoted to vice president of Morgan Stanley Capital International and Jessica is a manager for Bloomberg Financial Information in London, England.
Andrea Tigchelaar '98 is working for Child's Play Touring Theater in Chicago. She recently completed an internship with this company and is now writing, teaching and performing for Child's Play.
Dan Switzer '90 is an engineer for Koyo Corp. in Decatur, Mich.