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FIFTIES:

Eugene Rubingh '52 BD '55 retired in 1999 as vice president for translations for International Bible Society. Gene coordinated 75 of the Society's Bible translation projects, conducting workshops around the world in translation techniques, cross-cultural communication and hermeneutics. He credits his "life-changing years at Calvin" with shaping him for a career in missions, first during a decade in Nigeria with his wife, Darlene Geurkink Rubingh ex '53, then with CRC World Missions for 17 years, and finally with the Bible Society in Colorado Springs for 13 years.

George F.W. Gerritsen '59 retired from the United Methodist Church at the end of 1999. He hopes to do counseling at a college near his home in Port Huron, Mich. and intends to publish a book about the Dutch East Indies during World War II.

After 25 years in academic administration at Hope College, Jacob Nyenhuis '56 will retire as provost in June. He also is a professor of classics who first went to Hope as dean of humanities in 1975. Previously, he was a professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Nyenhuis is an expert on the legend of Daedelus and served as a consultant to the 1988 recreation of Daedelus' flight across the Aegean Sea.

 

SIXTIES:

Tom Steen '68 earned his second Coach of the Year award for high school soccer in North Dakota. He coaches the Grand Forks Red River High School team and has been instrumental in promoting soccer in the state with clinics for players and coaches. He is professor of physical education at the University of North Dakota.

Donald Greydanus '66 received the 2000 Honored Alumnus Award from the pediatrics department at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (Rochester, Minn.). He is professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Allen Verhey '66 SEM '69 is the Blekkind Professor of Religion at Hope College. He presently is on sabbatical for a year and is a resident at the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton Seminary. He hopes to complete a book on Scripture and medical ethics.

Gerald DeVries '63 SEM '67 is pastor of Lafayette Christian Reformed Church in Lafayette, Ind. This is the fifth CRC that Gerald has served, each in a different state. Eileen Rysdam DeVries '62 is a correspondent for The Banner, the official magazine of the Christian Reformed denomination. Their three sons and their wives are also all Calvin graduates.

Glenn Geelhoed '65 was named one of the first recipients of the George award, given by the staff of George magazine in honor of their founding editor, John F. Kennedy, Jr. Dr. Geelhoed is a professor of surgery and international medical ethics at George Washington University Medical Center. As cited in George, "he's been spending three to six months each year in needy nations like the Congo, treating patients and training local caregivers." Fellow award recipients included Michael J. Fox and Mr. Rogers.

George M. Houtman '67 graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology). He now works with the University of Texas at San Antonio to expand its Teaching and Learning Center, a new organization designed to help faculty and graduate teaching assistants design and deliver more effective classroom instruction.

Harriet Van Ess Coeling ex '63 received the Year 2000 American Nurses Association Honorary Human Rights Award in recognition of an outstanding commitment to human rights. She has coordinated a healthcare clinic for the underserved in downtown Cleveland, worked to eliminate environmental harm from inappropriate healthcare waste disposal, and conducted research on informal caregivers and patients at home. Harriet teaches nursing at Kent State University College of Nursing and is the editor of Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

George Heerema '68 completed his thirteenth year of leading small groups to Europe during his summer break from teaching at Zeeland Christian School. He has led 19 groups, mostly on two-week bicycle trips through the Netherlands. Last summer he took a group through southern Germany and parts of Austria and Switzerland. Four Calvin alumni are pictured standing on "the top of Europe" at the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland: (left to right) Marcia Pruis Heerema '68, Bill Heerema '67, George Heerema, and Gord Ellens '67.

 

SEVENTIES:

Margaret Knibbe Vander Plas '75 teaches art at Battle Creek (Mich.) Christian School and Kalamazoo Christian School's east and west campuses.

Clarence Reyneveld '75 SEM '76 is using television as a platform for Bible teaching. His half-hour weekly program is seen on nine stations in Michigan and Ohio.

Keith Bruxvoort '75 is the vice president of finance for Strack & Van Til Supermarkets in Highland, Ind. He also serves as a trustee for Elim Christian Services.

Lorraine Key Feenstra '75 graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1999 with a degree in music education. Last August she began teaching elementary and middle school music at West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics in Ferrysburg, Mich.

Rick Snoeyink '78 recently received his doctorate in educational technology from Purdue University. He currently teaches at DeMotte (Ind.) Christian School. Donna VantLand Snoeyink ex'75 is a registered nurse in the critical care unit at Porter Memorial Hospital. Three of their four daughters are Calvin students.

After more than 26 years of service, Jerry Baker '70 retired as a captain from the Navy Medical Services in 1998. He now works for Base Technologies, Inc. (www.basetech.com), a small information technology firm in McLean, Va., where he serves as Vice President for Healthcare Systems. Jerry recently

moved from Silver Spring, Md., to Annandale, Va.

Peter Prinsen '71 earned his doctorate from the University of Alberta last fall. His dissertation focused on the roots of Dutch Calvinist schools in Alberta. Peter works as a teacher in the Edmonton Public Schools and was recently appointed People's Warden at All Saints' Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton.

John Chapin '75 was recently promoted to director of consulting for InnerLink Strategic Solutions Inc., a strategic communications firm in Pittsburgh.

 

EIGHTIES:

Del Elgersma ex'89 was elected president of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce for 2001. Del is a partner in a law practice in Sidney, a seaside town near Victoria, B.C., where he lives with his wife, Karen, a TV reporter, and their six-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

Ken Lodewyk '85 earned his doctorate in educational psychology last fall from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. He is an assistant professor of human kinetics at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., where he lives with his wife, Patricia DeJong Lodewyk '89, and two children.

Steve Vanderwey '89 opened a mortgage business with Evan Vanderwey and Dave Rozendal, both '94. They have offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Greg Simoncini '84 has become a principal in the Alford Group, a Chicago-based consulting firm serving not-for-profits. He is the senior consultant for the Chicago practice.

Michelle Slump-Houwer '84 is a resource teacher at t he Smithville District Christian High School in Ontario. She was married in August 1998 to Clarence Houwer. Michelle writes: "Clarence and his wife sent their five sons to Dunnville Christian School, where I taught for eight years. While I was starting a resource program at Smithville, Clarence's wife passed away with breast cancer. He took me out on a Valentine's date and my life has grown in relationships. We now have a sixth son, who we are all enjoying to the fullest. The Lord has richly blessed us all."

Paul Boardman '80 has been named director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products at the University of Washington's College of Forest Resources. He manages a staff and graduate students who conduct international market research for use by government and businesses. Previously, Paul worked in Japan for the American Forest & Paper Association and, before that, for the state of Washington.

David Gimenez '84 is chief of surgery for Surgical Associates of Asheboro, a practice he founded in North Carolina.

Pamela Schuil Kosten '87 was named the community relations coordinator for the Eastern Christian Children's Retreat, a nonprofit organization serving people with developmental disabilities. She lives in Wyckoff, N.J. with her husband, Tom, and her two daughters.

Since 1997, Greta Schuil '81 has been president of Schuil Coffee Co., a wholesale coffee roaster in Grand Rapids started by her parents in 1981. The company recently added a retail outlet and started a website, www.schuilcoffee.com. Schuil also serves corporate accounts, including an overseas customer that orders more than 100,000 pounds of coffee each year. Previously, Schuil worked as a newspaper reporter in Cedar Springs, Mich. and as director of operations for a Boston financial services corporation.

 

NINETIES:

Bob Speelman '93 designed and installed the landscaping at Calvin's DeVries Hall of Science and at the Prince and Vermeer Engineering Building. With help from Calvin students, he just completed replanting Calvin's East Beltline sign area with about 9,000 daffodil bulbs. He has served on the Ecosystem Governance Board for the past two years.

Mitch Tuinstra '91 is a professor at Kansas State University. His wife, Michelle VandenTop Tuinstra '91 stays at home with their two children.

Christine Van Dette '92 has taught eighth-grade English and English as a Second Language for eight years. She works in the La Feria (Texas) Independent School District.

Christine Male DeWeerd '92 coaches freshman volleyball at South Christian High School in Grand Rapids and sells Pampered Chef kitchen products. She's also involved with Coffee Break at her church. She and her husband, Robert DeWeerd '91, live in Kentwood, Mich. with their three children.

Mark Pruim and Christine Schipma Pruim, both '95, live in Zeeland, Mich. Mark is a builder with Ledger Builders. Christine left her human resources job at Johnson Controls to become a full-time mother to their son, Owen.

Athena Riedstra Bolt '93 is superintendent of Sunday School and the Wednesday-evening Kids Klub at Noordeloos Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Mich., where she lives with her husband, Jeffrey Bolt '94, and their two sons. Athena also directs the adult choir at the church.

Rebecca Verhey Zwiers '93 is the coordinator for a summer camp sponsored by the Kent Intermediate School District Gifted and Talented Committee. She is in charge of hiring teachers for the camp and welcomes Calvin graduates to apply. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, Kenneth.

Anita Bos '95 is a manager with Arthur Andersen LLP's risk consulting practice. She lives in Wyoming, Mich. with her husband, Todd.

Kenneth Heeringa '93 is completing his anesthesiology residency at Indiana Medical Center through Indiana University. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Zachary.

Cory Le Febre ex'93 is a math teacher in Cherry Creek (Colo.) School District. He and his wife, Candace Buys Le Febre ex'94, live in Denver with their two daughters. Candace is a Young Marrieds sponsor at Grace Chapel.

Jonathan Dekker '92 teaches 5th grade at Emerson Elementary School in Saginaw, Mich.

After earning master's degrees in social work and public policy at the University of Michigan, Alicia Wilson '93 became a project coordinator / trainer at High/Scope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Mich. She manages multi-year projects in Detroit and Kalamazoo to improve summer and after-school programs for youth, and she provides professional development training for youth workers.

Staci Sunderman Sytsma '92 and Bill Sytsma '92 adopted a second son last year. Staci runs an adoption support group for transracial adoptive families. Bill is the senior pastor at Cutlerville East Christian Reformed Church near Grand Rapids.

Jeff Admiraal '94 and Nancy Shepherd Admiraal '94 live in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area with their two sons. Jeff is a market research manager in Procter & Gamble's Hair Care Category and is responsible for the global rollout of the new Physique brand. Nancy taught high school English for two years in Japan and now is a full time homemaker.

John Knoester '95 is working toward a master's of divinity at Calvin Seminary. He spent last summer in Nigeria visiting many of the students he had taught at Hillcrest School in Jos four years ago.

Phillip Chase '94 is in his second year of teaching Spanish, technology and geography at The Dwight School in New York City. His wife, Dana Sculley Chase '93, will be defending her Ph.D. in French literature this spring.

Frederick Haan '92 completed his Ph.D. program at the University of Notre Dame in May. He now is working as a visiting assistant professor in the department of civil engineering and geological sciences at Notre Dame.

Sara Van Zytveld Hietala '93 moved to Florida last year with her husband, John Hietala '93. She works nights in the NICU at Manatee Memorial Hospital. John works as a real estate broker.

Christine Anderson '92 works in the marketing department of a national architecture/engineering firm as both a graphic artist and proposal writer. She is a member of an "ethnically and musically diverse" gospel choir, facilitates English-language conversation groups for immigrants through the Seattle library system, and works with International Students, Inc. to befriend foreign students and open discussions about Christianity with them.

Bethlyn Jones Recker '92 earned a master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University and now works at Adriel School in West Liberty, Ohio, where she manages a foster care network of more than 60 licensed homes.

Erin Sharp '96 was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She is serving the Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg, Va.

Rebecca Stegeman Riekse '92 was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament for the Reformed Church in America. She graduated from Western Theological Seminary and is currently serving as Minister of Worship and Children at Faith Community Church in Edmonds, Wash.

Dawn Harkema Wierenga '92 stays home with her twin girls, Allyson and Mackenzie, but she has been taking education courses toward her master's degree at Grand Valley State University and has been substitute teaching. She is on the steering committee for the local chapter of MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers). She and her husband, Thomas Wierenga '91, live in Byron Center, Mich.

After serving for three years as a nurse in the U.S. Air Force, Tonya Elgersma Klunder '95 started a career in real estate. She and a business partner started Cottonwood Realty, Inc. in 1999. She was married in June and is enjoying being a mom to her 9-year-old stepson, Jared. She and her husband, Dan, live in Jenison, Mich.

Jill Dykema Blankstrom '95 works as a registered nurse in a psychiatric treatment program for convicted felons at Riverside Correctional Facility in Ionia, Mich. She married her husband, Matt, in August. He runs his own drywall company.

Shannon Ryan Vander Molen '94 is a stay-at-home mom for her daughter, Lily, and is working toward her master's degree in education. She and her husband, Michael Vander Molen '95, live in Muskegon, Mich.

Aaron Kauffman '95 was hired last year as a full time school social worker in the Forest Hills School District in the suburbs of Grand Rapids.

Kimberly Geis De Ritter '92 stays at home with her three children while her husband, Glenn De Ritter '92, works as a teacher. They live in Jenison, Mich.

Peter Davies ex'93 spent one semester at Calvin on exchange from the United Kingdom. He now works as an electrical engineer for the London office of a Canadian company. His wife, Christina, is a nurse.

Brian and Jen Kochon Wiegers, both '97, had a son, Austin, on August 31. He was born by emergency C-section more than three months early due to a life-threatening condition called HELLP syndrome. At birth, he weighed just 1 lb. 14 oz. and measured 13 inches. Jen writes: "Brian, Austin and I have been blessed by thousands of prayers from people across the entire country! Like us, many of our Calvin friends have moved away, but the impact of professors, other staff and classmates during our time there has remained close to our hearts. The three of us have truly walked through a valley, and we continue to look for the other side, but the shadows have been pierced with light by precious people upholding us in prayer, sending notes of encouragement and support. The body of Christ is truly a beautiful thing." The family lives in Richmond, Va..

Derek and Christy Johansen Benthem, both '99, have moved to Bucharest, Romania, for a one-year term with the Evangelical Free Church Mission. They're on a church planting team working primarily with youth. They also are filling in for the business operations manager who is on home assignment. The Benthems have a website at www.benthem.com/romania.

Michael and Carla Lubben Workman, both '92, hosted a reunion of former Zeta 4 and Zeta 6 roommates and spouses at their home in Alto, Mich. Pictured are: (back row, left to right) Bill Groters '92 of Grand Rapids, Lynn Tiersma '92 of Escondido, Calif., Karl Essenburg '92 of Grand Rapids, Keith Brunsting '92 of Grand Rapids, (front row, left to right) Karen Vanders Block '91 of Kalamazoo, Mich., Carla Workman, Kim Roberts Tiersma '92, and Laurie DeJong Zuverink '92 of Byron Center, Mich. This was the first reunion since graduation. Roommates Linda Pestoor Laaksonen '91 of Kalamazoo and Char Verkaik Bos '92 of Visalia, Calif., did not attend.

Susan Sumner Carter '91 has returned to her hometown to teach math at her alma mater, Oxford Area High School in Oxford, Pa. Her husband, Michael, is a staff veterinarian at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They now live in his childhood home in Port Deposit, Md.

Dirk Walhout '93 is a teacher and coach at Northern Michigan Christian School in McBain. He also plays his violin with the praise team at Highland Christian Reformed Church. Darcy Hayward Walhout '92 stays at home full time with their daughter, Emma, and volunteers at the school and church.

Karl Ondersma '92 left his engineering job after eight years last July to take care of his newborn daughter, Audrey, and attend law school in the evening. He is married to Deborah Herich Ondersma '93.

After working in cancer research at the University of Chicago for a year and then teaching middle school math in Atlanta, Steve TenElshof '98 has started medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Marlena Westerman Solomon '93 is a feature writer for the Independent Observer in Scottdale, Pa. And is the choir director at Calvin United Presbyterian Church. She also volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Scottdale Fall Festival.

Steven Tuit '95 and Christine Wiersma Tuit '94 both work at Eastern Christian High School in North Haledon, NJ. Steven teaches English, and Christine is director of guidance.

Tyler Wagenmaker '96 earned his Master of Divinity degree from Calvin Theological Seminary last spring and has been serving Beaverdam Christian Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Mich., since last fall. He also serves in the Michigan Army National Guard as a chaplain for the 199th Field Artillery Battalion.

Jeremy Lloyd '94 released Whetstone, a recording of original music, on compact disc. It is available at the Calvin bookstore. He expects to earn his MFA in creative writing this spring from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

William Dreise '95 teaches music at Sioux Center (Iowa) Christian School, where he also is the

technology coordinator. He also serves on the board of directors of the Mary Helen Richards Institute of Education and Research and directs the adult choir at Faith Christian Reformed Church.

Stacey Heemstra Hollebeek '94 teaches Bible and communications in the middle school at Rehoboth (N.M.) Christian School. Her husband, Dirk, teaches in the high school there.

Camilla Oakes Puffer '95 graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn, with a master's degree in special education. She teaches 8th-grade special education at Westwood Middle School in Spring Lake Park, Minn., and coaches 8th-grade volleyball. Her husband, Jason Oakes '94, is a manager of Internet development with Fingerhut Companies, Inc., where he manages PCFlowers.com.

Mark Lubberts '93 left his nursing job after five years to serve with his wife, Andrea Clark Lubberts '98, at Alliance Redwoods Camp in Occidental, Calif. He is the recreation director there. The couple also is trying to start a youth program at a Christian Reformed Church in Santa Rosa.

Kevin Jongekryg '93 is a paramedic and Lakeshore supervisor for American Medical Response. Jodi Hossink Jongekryg '95 works part time as an obstetrical nurse at Zeeland Community Hospital.

Paul Kramer '95 recently started his own rubbish company, Aloha Waste Systems, Inc., in Maui, Hawaii. He is married to Jennifer Berry Kramer '93.

Tracy Lujan '93 expects to graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Law this spring and take a job in the litigation department of Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti in Denver.

Gwendolyn DeVries Cieslak '92 just completed a two-year term as chair of the Young Professionals Board for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. She is a group supervisor at Manning Selvage & Lee, a Chicago public relations firm.

Todd Yonkman '92 was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1999. He serves St. Michael's UCC in West Chicago, Ill.

Matthew Thalmayer '93 is president of Redlands Employment Services, Inc. in Redlands, Calif., where he lives with his wife, Jennifer Meyering Thalmayer '91, and daughter. Jeffrey Thalmayer '92 is vice-president of the company. He is married to Brenda Johnstone Thalmayer '91 and also lives in Redlands.

Melissa Horneman '95 is working toward her master's degree in technology of education. She is a speech therapist at Lincoln-Way Cooperative in Illinois.

Christine Lise Patete '94 stays at home with her two children in Asheville, N.C. Previously, she taught art at Westminster Christian School in Miami. She is associated with a large group of ceramic artists in Asheville. Her husband, Robert Patete '94, is a graphic designer at God's World Publications.

After working for Haworth Industries for five years, Matthew Wiersma ex'94 has returned to Calvin full time in the civil engineering program. He is married to Elizabeth Feenstra Wiersma '96, who works for Pine Rest Hospital in Grand Rapids. They live in Zeeland, Mich.

Ryan De Ward '95 was recently promoted to the position of business loan specialist at Horizon Bank in Michigan City, Ind. He also has joined the board of the Pregnancy Assistance Center in LaPorte County. He is married to Rhonda Houk De Ward '95, a speech language pathologist at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point, Ind.

Julie De Vries '93 teaches 6th grade at Redlands Christian School in Redlands, Calif.

Allison Bucher O'Connor '95 has just begun homeschooling her three children. She also is involved in a resource learning center for homeschooled children. Allison and her family live in Zeeland, Mich.

Robert Veldman '94 is the operations manager of the Monterey, Calif., branch of ATC Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. He had been the primary manager of the Chicago Public Schools' environmental program.

Timothy Lieuwen '95 finished his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1999 and now is an assistant professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institutes of Technology in Atlanta, where he lives with his wife, Rinda Werkhoven Lieuwen '95.

Kristin Klompeen Zabriskie '91 is the associate pastor of Pasadena (Calif.) Mennonite Church and is licensed with the Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.

Kara Koning Krol '95 received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine last year and now is a family practice resident at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn, Mich.

Kristine Tripp West '94 and John West '92 have joined the staff of Southside Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Grand Rapids. John is the associate pastor and Kristine is an administrative assistant.

Gerben deRegt, Jr. '93 has begun his Master's of Divinity program at Trinity Western University in British Columbia. He is married to Kate Koeman deRegt '93. They live in Lynden, Wash.

Melissa Wierenga Bolt '95 is an adoption social worker at Lutheran Social Services of the Miami Valley in Dayton, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Barton Bolt '93, and daughter.

Young-Bok Ko '94 and Sarah Taylor Ko '94 own Kana Korean Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michael DeWeerd '94 is finishing his residency at the Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center in Midland, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Carol Kamerman DeWeerd '94.

Melissa Miedema Reitsma ex'95 graduated from Reformed Bible College last year and now works as the worship coordinator at Caledonia (Mich.) Christian Reformed Church.

Timothy Verdouw '92 is a senior occupational therapist in the rehabilitation care unit at Barberton (Ohio) Citizen's Hospital. He and his wife, Dawn, live in Akron.

Torrey Laack '95 is a resident in emergency medicine at Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center. His wife, Nadia, is also a medical student there.

Melissa De Jong Schaap '93 and her husband, Shane, spent a year and a half teaching English as a Second Language and doing Christian outreach in Japan before travelling around Asia, Europe and northern Africa and finally settling in Littleton, Colo. Melissa works in the Office of Internationalization at the University of Denver.

Kimberly Tanis O'Bryan '93 works part time as assistant registrar at Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa., and otherwise stays home with her daughter, Elena. Kimberly and her sister, Leslie Tanis Pott '89, play field hockey in the Philadelphia Club league. Kimberly and her husband, Brent O'Bryan '93, live in Havertown, Pa.

Janet Eichhorn ex'92 is an outpatient physical therapist at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J.

Tonya Zoetewey '94 works for AT&T Broadband as an enterprise information technology manager - voice networking. She lives in Denver.

Brian Gelder '93 teaches Spanish at Rockford (Mich.) High School. He and his wife, Melinda Noe-Gelder '92, live in Grand Rapids with their three children.

Matthew Lubbers '94 expects to graduate in May from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Euclid, Ohio.

Dawn Vogel DeVries '94 is the recreation therapy director at Brookcrest Christian Nursing Home in Grandville, Mich. She has given presentations on recreation therapy interventions at the state and national level and is co-chair of the Gerontology Treatment Network of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association. She and her husband, Steve DeVries '94, live in Byron Center, Mich.

Patrick Meyer '93 recently completed a three-year foot and ankle residency in Detroit that also included a fellowship in trauma surgery in Germany. He now is a podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Specialists of West Michigan. His wife, Carol Vander Veen Meyer '93, is a part-time nursing professor at Calvin. They live in Rockford, Mich., with their son, Logan.

Marian Aantjes '95 earned her master's in social work from the University of Toronto and now works in the crisis services division of Halton Adolescent Support Services in Burlington, Ont.

Michelle Van Driel Geddes '95 recently started a residency in internal medicine at Capital Health Authority in Edmonton, Alta.

Robert Van Noord '93 is completing a doctorate in counseling and school psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Janelle Sammons Kanz '92 teaches in the Renton (Wash.) School District. She recently completed a master's in education from Seattle Pacific University. She is married to Michael Kanz '91.

Aleisha Mitchell Boersema '94 is music director at Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. She and her husband, Steven Boersema '91, live in Ada, Mich. with their two sons.

Christopher Meyer '93 teaches art to middle and high school students at the International Christian School of Hong Kong, China.

Kelly Karsten Tuit '92 owns A Brush of Whimsy, where she creates faux paintings, floorcloths and other painted creations. She and her husband, David Tuit '90, live in Rockford, Mich., where they are involved in a new Christian Reformed Church called RiverRock Church.

Judy Haglund Hoogewerf and Brent Hoogewerf , both '93, recently moved from Minneapolis to Reno, Nev. Brent was recently promoted to station manager for Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines, overseeing the ramp services contracts at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Robb Bajema '92 earned his doctorate in ecology from Indiana State University. He now works as an assistant professor of biology at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, where he lives with his wife, Karla Betten Bajema '92, and their three children.

Michael DeVries '94 is completing a doctoral program in counseling psychology and works as a foster care therapist at Wedgwood Christian Youth and Family Services in Grand Rapids. He and his wife, Angela Feinauer DeVries '94, live in Kentwood, Mich.

Gary Scott '92 graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1996 and then served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps for three years. He now has a dental practice in Caledonia, Mich.

Douglas Vander Ploeg '93 is a teacher and coach at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Brenda Holtvluwer Vander Ploeg '91, and their two sons.

Mark Vander Meer '92 works with his father, Lew Vander Meer '63 SEM '66, at New Community Church in Grand Rapids. Mark serves as associate pastor and director of adult ministries. He also directs the church's Celebrate Recovery program. Mark is married to Mary Emshoff Vander Meer '91.

Dawn Wagenmaker Verbrugge '91 is Children's Ministry Director at Victory Point Ministries in Holland, Mich., where she lives with her husband, Russell Verbrugge '91, and three children.

Kimberly Ensing Blaker '92 works a support counselor at Hospice of Holland (Mich.), Inc., providing care to people with terminal illness and their families.

Pamela Schuil Kosten '97 was recently named community relations coordinator for the Eastern Christian Children's Retreat, a nonprofit organization serving more than 115 people with developmental disabilities. She lives in Wyckoff, N.J.

Kristin Smit Klein '93 lives in Jackson, Mich. with her husband, Richard, who is completing a one-year internship at Cascades Fellowship CRC as part of his Calvin Seminary program. They have a daughter, Bronwyn.

Stacy Hurley Curran ex'92 is a social worker for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services' Family Preservation department. She invites friends from 1991-1992 3rd-floor Bennink to e-mail her at ipareg16rrh@erols.com.

Michael Jump '93 spent two "adventurous" years as a lands and resources attorney working with the Yupik Eskimo Community of the Bering Sea in Alaska. Now he works in the district attorney's office in Ventura County, Calif. He is married to Victoria Schloesser Jump '93.

Debra Meyer Gorby '93 writes: "While I'm not making a living off of my music degree, I am putting it to great use. Presently I'm playing flute during church services at Clackamas (Ore.)Bible Church and I'm singing in the church choir. Also, I'm taking both violin and voice lessons from fellow church members." Debra also works as a receptionist at a software company.

Carol Jenkins '92 is president of Epiphany Communications in Park Ridge, Ill. She recently completed a self-published workbook, Healing the Past God's Way. It is designed for men and women who have lived through an abusive past. Carol invites visitors to her website, www.epiphany-inc.com.

After teaching art for nine years in Washington Crossing (Pa.) Christian School, Liesl Wedeven Walsh '91 left to work as bookkeeper and repair assistant at her husband's business, Mike's Car Works.

Gary Hielkema '92 worked as a CPA at several public accounting firms in Seattle. Now he is the vice president of a small manufacturing / research and development corporation based in Bellingham, Wash. He and his wife, Michelle Van Hofwegen Hielkema '91, live with their children in Lynden, Wash.

Rachel Tiggelaar Ridge '95 was a pregnancy counselor at Bethany Christian Services in Chicago for three years and recently graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a master's in social work. She now works as a school counselor at Greenwood Elementary School in South Holland, Ill.

Sharon Mulder Gober '92 is pursuing a doctorate in social work at Arizona State University. She and her husband, Andrew, remain on active duty for the Air Force and are jointly assigned near Phoenix.

Sian Woolley Zylstra '94 received her teacher's certificate last spring from the University of New Mexico. She is a full time homemaker and a substitute teacher at Rehoboth Christian School, where her husband, Jason, is business manager.

Scott Stegenga '93 was recently promoted to managing internet engineer at RollingStone.com, the web site for Rolling Stone magazine. He lives in Chicago.

Scott Storteboom '92 has started a video production company called Three Strands LLC, which has produced videos to help businesses and nonprofits with operations such as training, sales and fundraising. Scott writes, shoots, directs and edits while his wife, Polly Lindh Storteboom '91, creates 3-D computer animation. Polly also works on logos and children's videos. They live with their daughter in Rockford, Mich.

Steven Kloosterman '92 is president of Weeping Willow Services LP, which currently is developing resort homes near Vail, Colo. Steven lives with his wife, Katy Van Dyke Kloosterman '92, and two daughters in Edwards, Colo.

Jonathan Van Noord '93 earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan in 1999. His research included work on ion thrusters for NASA. Currently, Jonathan is working for The Michigan Technic Corporation in Holland, Mich., designing a tethered satellite.

Tammy Neitzke '92 has spent the last three years developing and implementing a college preparatory mathematics program at Sacred Heart Academy High School in Mount Pleasant, Mich. She was included in the 2000 edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Daniel Haveman '92 is a mechanical project engineer in Grand Rapids, where he lives with his wife, Susan VanderWall Haveman ex'89, and three children. Daniel recently earned a master's in business administration from Grand Valley State University.

Karen Haase Ritzema '93 became a financial analyst at Steelcase, Inc. in Grand Rapids after seven years with Bissell., Inc. Last October, she wed Michael Ritzema, assistant controller at Interconnect Logistics Group in Grand Rapids.

Dennis Vink and Francine Abma-Vink, both '92, live in Calgary, Alta., where Dennis is a police officer for the Calgary Police Service.

Michelle Holwerda Suwyn '95 and Kevin Suwyn '96 moved to Costa Rica in 1999 to work with Young Life. They are starting an outreach ministry to teenagers focusing on evangelism and discipleship.

Robert Mossel '93 is Vice President Legal of Fairlane Credit in Colorado Springs. He and his wife, Kristin DeJong Mossel '94 traveled to Bogota, Colombia, in March 2000 to adopt their son, Nicholas.

Tanya Vreeke '93 expects to finish her residency in family practice in June and will start full time as a family physician in Cresco, Iowa.

Peter Brink '98 is employed by Prein & Newhof as an environmental engineer. He recently earned his master's degree from the University of Michigan.

Sarah Roelant DeWald '99 and her husband, James, work at Singing Hills Christian Conference and Retreat Center in Plainfield, N.H.

Todd Kuperus '95 graduated from Calvin Seminary and is now youth pastor and choir director at Heritage Christian Reformed Church in Byron Center, Mich. His wife, Michele Zylstra Kuperus '96, taught for two years as Calvin Christian Middle School in Grandville, Mich., but is now at home with their first child. She also does volunteer church work.

Ronald Henderson II ex'92 is an industrial engineer with Progressive Tool in Southfield, Mich.

Pam Lachniet Kingma ex'92 and Paul Kingma '92 both graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. They now are both doing residency training in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.

Brian Dodge ex'93 is an associate instructor in the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University, where he received the William L. Yarber Professorship Fellow Award in 1999 for outstanding work in the field of human sexuality. He is working toward his doctorate in that field and is studying sexuality education in the Netherlands. He taught sexuality and AIDS education in a Zimbabwean school for street children in the mid-1990s.

Herbert Fynewever '94 works as an assistant chemistry professor at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, where he lives with his wife, Michelle DeWindt Fynewever '93 and their son, Samuel.

Julie De Vries Monn-Djasngar '92 lives in Kaolack, Senegal, West Africa, where she is a translator for World Vision reports. Her husband, Gondar, works for World Vision's health and micronutrient program.

Joel Emery '94 is working for AssetStream Corporation in Massachusetts, which is a company which produces an internet tool to facilitate broker to non-profit transactions.

Anne McGuinness Keyser '92 is the external and alumni relations coordinator for Ohio University's College of Communication.

Janelle Kolk Stevenson '94 recently returned to the U.S. after living in Yohohama, Japan, for four and a half years. She worked with the Reformed Church of America there as a missionary associate, teaching middle and high school girls conversational English. Janelle now works as an assistant marketing director at Country Dairy, Inc. in New Era, Mich.

W. Scott Turnbull '93 has joined the Detroit office of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. as an associate attorney in the Commercial Litigation Group. Previously, he was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence P.l Zatkoff of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He and his wife, Kelly Schneider '92, live in Huntington Woods, Mich.

 

AUGHTS:

Nicole Gezon '00 is a project engineer for Prein & Newhof in Grand Rapids.

Priscilla Burch '00 works at the American Heart Association as the administrative assistant to the vice president and director of corporate events. She lives in Lathrup Village, Mich.

Amy Buikema '00 is now a licensed stockbroker employed at TD Waterhouse in Chicago.

Anne Schimmel Bushouse '00 is employed by Prein & Newhof of Grand Rapids as human resource coordinator.

 

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