Jacob Scheeres '53 and Dot Ooms Scheeres '55 write: "About eight years ago, we moved from Lafayette, Ind. (after 27 years of professional practice and rearing six children) to Waxhaw, N.C., where we were full-time volunteers with JAARS, the technical branch of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and with World Medical Missions. We have been privileged to go on 20 overseas surgical mission trips at 14 locations in Central and South America, Africa and Asia. Between overseas trips, we were involved with Wycliffe in a variety of ways and places." They now live in Okatie, S.C., where they are helping to plant a church in addition to continuing work with Wycliffe.
Charles Boerigter '58 retired from Bellflower Christian Junior High in Cerritos, Calif., after 42 years of teaching literature. "His patience, his wisdom, his compassion and his unique sense of humor were qualities to be emulated," the Bellflower Christian Schools' newsletter said.
Marcia Derks Schleben '62 retired from teaching after 38 years in Christian education. She now is training in the lay ministry program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Martin Batts '65 recently won - for the third time - the Robert H. Selby Teaching Scholar Award at LeTourneau University in Texas, where he chairs the English department. He teaches courses in English, philosophy and biblical studies. He also was part of a team that has won the Texas State Doubles Horseshoe Championship. He and his wife, Reva, live in Longview, Texas.
Stan Cole '61 retired last year after 31 years at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, Calif. He taught English, speech and drama and served for a time as the school's registrar. According to the Bellflower Christian Schools newsletter, Stan is a "die-hard (USC) Trojan fan" but, more importantly, has "always had a listening ear and . conducted himself as a Christian professional at all times."
Ruth Hasper Vander Hart '71 is the director of Open Door Ministries, which provides Christian materials and program guidance to churches and other agencies who want to help adults learn to read and/or speak English. She has been a writer and editor at CRC Publications in Grand Rapids for more than 25 years.
Joel Veldheer '70 is head counselor at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids. He and Henry Hekman ex'67 won the Class C Doubles division of the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Tennis Classic.
After teaching elementary physical education in Ontario, Calif., and Holland, Mich., Kent Rottman '77 enrolled in Calvin Seminary in 1995. He now is the pastor of Lee Street CRC in Wyoming, Mich.
Gloria Vahl Vande Brake '77 was elected an elder delegate from southwest Minnesota to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. She chaired two committees for the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys and started its endowment. She has taught confirmation and Sunday school classes, serves on her church's communications committee and writes articles for its newsletter. Gloria also serves on the Chamber of Commerce's Public Policy Committee and moderates political forums. She is a regional manager for the Minnesota State Lottery.
James Guikema '73 is the associate dean of Kansas State University's graduate school. He was associate director of the school's division of biology, where he was also a plant physiologist. James studied plant growth in outer space by placing experiments on more than 10 space shuttle flights. He has won two awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Terry J. Opgenorth '77 was recently recognized by his employer, Abbott Laboratories, as part of an Outstanding Researcher Team for their efforts in the discovery and development of atrasentan, an endothelin receptor antagonist. Endothelin is a peptide, discovered in 1988 and initially described as a powerful regulator of blood vessel function. While endothelins are primarily thought to play a role in cardiovascular disease, the Abbott team recognized its potential to be involved in prostate cancer. Though the treatment of prostate cancer has changed little over the past 60 years, new drugs, like atrasentan, which are aimed at specific molecular targets, have the potential to alter the course of the disease. In this regard, the invention of atrasentan represents a significant scientific breakthrough. Additional clinical trials are in progress to prove that atrasentan has real medical benefit and to pave the way for FDA approval. The atrasentan team is recognized internationally for its pioneering achievements in medicinal chemistry and endothelin biology.
Johan van Waveren '79 is senior project manager for Rabobank International based in Holland while his wife, Marla, is managing director for Central Asia of the UK law firm DentonWildeSapte.
Ellen Kuizema Thomasma '75 is executive director of Caretel Inns of Royalton in St. Joseph, Mich.. Her husband, Norman Thomasma '75, is pastor of the Christian Reformed Church of St. Joseph.
David Eisen '72 has been the director of the Mishawaka-Penn Library in Indiana since 1980. He also has taught library services classes at Indiana University South Bend and is chairman of the Indiana Library Federation's Scholarship Committee.
Carl Strikwerda '75, professor of history and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas, was awarded the W. T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in September. The $5,000 fellowship is awarded annually to 12 members of the university faculty in surprise visits from the chancellor to each recipient's first class of the new year.
Since 1996, Frank Guter '86 has been the sole pastor of the only Christian Reformed Church in the province of Quebec. "We are a small but lively suburban congregation with a good cross-mix of ages," he writes. "This is a beautiful but spiritually needy place to live. Any Calvin alumni in the area should feel welcome to call for advice or a visit." Frank's wife, Hilary, is a musician who accompanies choirs and teaches piano. "She fondly recalls accompanying students for their juries in the early '90s and playing her accordion on the Radio Show at Calvin," Frank writes.
Sharon Lohr '82 was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in August. She is an associate professor of mathematics at Arizona State University in Tempe.
Diana Boot MAT'85 works in the Durham school district in Ontario, providing support to 25 classes of students who have a wide range of developmental challenges. Her spare time, she adds, is spent gardening, reading, traveling and volunteering with the Canadian CRC's Committee for Contact with the Government. She lives in Oshawa, Ont.
Joel Van Dyke '88 has been working in cross-cultural urban youth ministries in Chicago and Philadelphia as well as parts of Latin America. His current ministry, at Bethel Temple Community Bible Church in Philadelphia, has recently developed a youth center, a weight lifting gym, an arts and media center and martial arts programs, and is trying to purchase a local night club as a full-scale community outreach center.
After graduating from Calvin, Sherry Vliem Harney '82 taught at Ontario Christian School in Calfornia while earning a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the director of children's ministries at Corinth Reformed Church in Byron Center, Mich., where her husband, Kevin, is pastor of preaching and outreach. She also has worked as a free-lance author and editor for Zondervan Publishing, for whom she has written or co-authored more than 150 articles and 30 small group Bible study guides.
Jerome de Schiffert ex'88 is in his fourth year of teaching technological studies at St. Clair Secondary School in Sarnia, Ont. His wife, Natalie Van Eyk de Schiffert '88, has taught French and music for 11 years at Strathroy Community Christian School.
William J. Vander Meulen '84 recently moved to Hawthorne, N.J., where he is the Northern New Jersey market development manager for the Coca-Cola Company. His wife, Shelley Ver Beek Vander Meulen ex'81, is a full time homemaker. They have three children.
Roger D. Van Harn '85 has been hired to the position of vice president of sales and marketing at Pak / Teem Inc. in Cincinnati. The company provides engineering and fabrication for industrial ventilation and dust control systems as well as other manufacturing services.
Tim Lowly '81 invites Calvin alumni to view his artwork on his website, www.geocities.com/tslowly. Since 1995, Tim has been affiliated with North Park University in Chicago as gallery director, instructor and artist-in-residence. Recently, two of his works were placed in museum collections. Rise (2) is at the Armand Hammer Museum of UCLA, and Study of Temma on Earth is at the Arkansas Art Center. Temma is Tim's teenaged daughter, who has severe multiple disabilities. Tim and his wife, Sherrie, live in Galena, Ill., where Sherrie is pastor of the First United Methodist Church.
Erika Rooks Wilgenburg '96 has been named senior communications specialist at Steelcase, Inc., where she is editor of the weekly employee newsletter. She's also been named president of Interchange, the West Michigan Association of Communication Professionals.
Mark Huizenga '90 was recently promoted to Director of Pediatric Practices for DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Laurie Hiemstra '90 successfully completed her fellowship examination in orthopedic surgery. She is completing a one-year fellowship in sports medicine in London, Ont. and is working toward a Ph.D. in neuroscience.
Jennifer Hoogwerf Bryson '91 is an international adoption specialist for Bethany Christian Services. Jim Bryson '91 works at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, which develops ways to increase fuel economy. They live in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Steve Waalkes '98 and Rebekah Kuipers Waalkes '98, have moved to Chicago, where Steve has accepted a position with the American Concrete Pavement Association.
Mark De Boer '94 graduated from the University of Arizona Medical School and moved with his wife, Jorie, to Charlottesville, Va., where he has begun residency in pediatrics at the University of Virginia. Jorie will be a 4th and 5th grade special education teacher.
Anne McGuinness Keyser '92 is the External Relations and Alumni Coordinator for Ohio University's College of Communication in Athens, Ohio. Her husband, Tom, is an engineering professor there.
Richard Mast '92 has been named vice president of finance for Big Net , Inc. Kathryn Hanley Mast '92 graduated in May with a master's degree in early childhood education from Wayne State University and will return to a part time teaching position with a Christian preschool in the fall. They live in Birmingham, Mich. with their son, Austen.
Keith Vanden Akker '91 and his wife, Andrea, are setting up a Christian nonprofit youth center in Whitinsville, Mass. He is a youth group leader and a deacon at Pleasant Street Christian Reformed Church.
Mark Mulder ex'91 was completing his MBA with a specialization in technology and innovation management. He is director of auxiliary services at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Mark and his wife, Amy DeHeer Mulder ex'90 live in Puyallup, Wash.
Adrian Johnson ex'91 is an editorial designer for Post-Tribune Publishing, Inc. in Gary, Ind. He won first place for Page One Makeup in the 1999 Indiana Associated Press Newswriting Contest.
Jill Bunch Exler '90 is moving to the Detroit area with her husband, Dietmar, after four years in Europe. Jill earned her law degree in 1994 from Detroit College of Law.
Daniel Bax '91 started his own consulting business in 1999. He has been helping IBM design new server computers. Daniel and his wife, Wendy, live in Aloha, Ore.
David Tuit '90 was named vice president and controller of Quality Stores, a national retail chain based in Muskegon, Mich. He and his wife, Kelly Jo Karsten Tuit '92, and their two daughters are involved in a new Christian Reformed church plant in their hometown of Rockford, Mich.
Amber Veverka Paddock '90 is a business reporter for The Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, N.C., where she met her husband, Craig, a page designer. She writes: "Craig and I honeymooned in the West Indies and are settling in to a lovely summer of gardening, traveling to the South Carolina coast, and getting to better know people at the church we're joining: Uptown Christ Covenant."
Yvonne Hutt Van Haitsma '91 recently earned a master of social work degree from the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in community organizing and nonprofit management. She is the director of collaboration and public programs at the Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris College and is an elder at Friendship Community Church in Pittsburgh. Douglas Van Haitsma '91 received his master's degree in policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in economic development. He is working to develop large-scale affordable housing.
After seven years as a supervisor at a number of Ontario group homes for emotionally disturbed youth, Audrey Wagter McGregor '91 now stays at home with her daughter, Olivia. Her husband, Charles, is shift coordinator at Hatts Off Specialized Services, the company Audrey worked for. Audrey also is an elder at Erskine Presbyterian Church. She lives in Burlington, Ont.
Ryan Gritter '91 is working toward a Ph.D. in history from the University of Miami. Kristine Mensonides Gritter '91 works part time as a teacher.
Craig Newhouse ex'91 works as a landscape architect in Grand Rapids, Mich. He is married to Melody Buit Newhouse '94. "We're still huge Star Wars fans," Craig writes. (See Spark Summer 1997.) Episode I rocked, and we can't wait to show our little Jedi (daughter Brenna) Episodes II and III!"
Brenda Tanis Maurer '91 is a part time registered nurse at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich. She and her husband, Kurt, and two children are members of Faith Reformed Church.
Rebecca Calsbeek Bell '91 recently completed her master's degree in education with an emphasis in learning disabilities. She is a full-time homemaker and lives with her two children and husband, Casey, in Grand Rapids.
Stephanie Yops Murray '91 says she is using her English degree as a legal secretary at Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt and Howlett LLP in Grand Rapids, "working part-time for two other Calvin graduates, Perrin Rynders and Charles Ash. Of course, I don't have to correct their grammar very often! I am also getting more involved in my daughter's education, as she finished preschool and is heading into kindergarten. I enjoy having fulfilling careers both in and out of my home."
Mark Price '91 completed his training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at St. Louis University Hospital. He will do further specialized training in breast and craniofacial reconstruction in Charlotte, N.C.
David Kaiser '91 was recently promoted to a Data Network Account Sales position at AT&T. He will be selling data networking, Internet and voice products and services. He and his wife, Linda, live in Grand Rapids.
Michael Roskamp ex'91 manages 500 acres of apples, pears and cherries in the Yakima Valley area of Washington state. He earned a horticulture degree from Michigan State University in 1993.
Pauline Van Hamert ex'90 is attending the University of British Columbia to get her master's degree in speech/language pathology. She and her husband, Brian Kushniruk, live in Vancouver.
Tamara Visser Britton '90 is a full-time homemaker who volunteers at the Pregnancy Helpline of Three Rivers, Mich. She also is active in adoption education; her son, Jacob, is adopted. She and her husband, Mark, also have a daughter, Marissa.
Laura Hofman Allan '91 is a Reading Recovery / 1st grade teacher at Clark Elementary School in Houston. Her husband, Brian, recently started an educational sales company called Lab Resources, Inc.
Bertram Penders '91 lives with his wife, Jessica, in Geneva, Switzerland, where he is chief operations officer for Morgan Stanley Capital International.
Sharon Huisingh Smith '90 stays at her Hudsonville, Mich., home full time with her one-year-old twin daughters and her five-year-old daughter. Her husband, Reginald MDiv'92, is pastor of Roosevelt Park Community CRC in Grand Rapids. They traveled to Israel in May.
Michelle DeKoster Bos '91 is a 2nd grade teacher at Tucson Christian School in Arizona. Her husband, Brent, is an optical scientist for Donnelly Corp. and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center. He has worked on the cameras for the Mars Pathfinder and the Mars Polar Lander spacecrafts.
Kristeen Johnson Hendsbee '91 teaches 6th grade language arts and social studies at Knapp Charter Academy in Grand Rapids. During the summer she is director of tennis at Blythefield Country Club. Her husband, Lorin, is director of sales at Ocean/Omega Systems, a local computer company.
Steven Boersema '91 works as a network engineer at Voice Data Systems, a division of Feyen-Zylstra, Inc., where he designs and implements data network solutions for companies. He lives with his wife, Aleisha Mitchell Boersema '94, and two sons in Ada, Mich.
Amy Peterson Karel '91 is a part-time teacher of Kindermusik, a music and movement program for young children. She also helps her husband, Bob, serve as minister of youth and young adults at Calvary Reformed Church in Ripon, Calif. "I very much enjoy taking care of our home and two children, Rebekah and Jordan," she writes.
Mark Staal '91 was recently appointed to the teaching faculty at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Col. in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. He was living with his wife, Laura Vander Heide Staal '92, and two children in Albuquerque, NM.
Bret Otte '90 is a professor of physical education and the track and field coach at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Penn.
Georgina Veldhorst-Witteveen '90 was promoted to vice president of mental health programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She and her husband, Fred Witteveen '87 live in Weston, Ont.
Peter Bancroft '91 writes: "For the past few years, Mardi Seng '91, Brian Huyser '91 and I have been meeting for lunch in Boston's Chinatown and talking about starting new businesses. This past spring, I finally did it, and I am please to announce the opening of the law firm of Bancroft & Davey in Boston."
Stanley Yntema '90 recently completed his Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he lives with his wife, Lynelle Hutt Yntema '90
Beth Leann Russom ex'91 wrote she is following in grandmother Alyda Westenburg's footsteps by working on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Tuba City, Ariz., as a civil service nurse.
Paul Kolak '95 and Diane Sundling Kolak '95 have moved to Lake Ann, Mich. Paul is a social work therapist for Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan. Diane is art director for Traverse: Northern Michigan's Magazine, a monthly regional publication.
Stephen Hendriks '90 has spent the last 10 years counseling emotionally and behaviorally disturbed youth at Lutherwood-CODA Mental Health Services in Toronto. Having earned his first-degree black belt, he also teaches martial arts classes for children and competes in tournaments. Eleanor van Donkersgoed Hendriks '91 has a handmade pottery business. She has won several local artists' awards for her sculpture. The two live with their children in Fergus, Ont.
Ardell Persenaire-Hogeterp '91 and her husband, Henry, work with the Dakka people of Nigeria through Christian Reformed World Missions. "The Holy Spirit has worked in the lives of many villagers," Ardell writes, "and Nigerian evangelists whom we supervise tell us of converts and church gatherings in many of the Dakka villages. In May, Henry baptized 20 new believers. Pray that these new believers and others would grow to maturity in Christ."
Raymond Kapteyn '90 is a missionary pilot working for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Brazil, where he lives with his wife, Ann Plantinga Kapteyn '90 and three children.
Deborah Vander Weit Jennings '96 recently resigned from her position as a youth counselor at a residential treatment center for teens to attend graduate school full time at California State University--Northridge. She is working toward a master's degree in school counseling. She and her husband, Brian, live in Van Nuys, Calif., and write, "We are enjoying L.A. and would like to hear from other Calvin alumni!"
Mark Winkle '91 and Shelly Wondergem Winkle '91, moved back to Grand Rapids from Rochester, N.Y., where Mark completed his residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He joined Western Michigan Otolaryngology Associates. Shelly currently stays at home with their two sons.
After several years of involvement in Michigan politics, most recently as chief of staff for a member of the Michigan State Senate, Mark Lemoine '93 joined Meijer, Inc. as Manager of Government Relations.
Bradley Nyhof '95 earned his Masters of Education from Seattle Pacific University, where he now works as a career counselor.
Lydia Muller '90 has begun her second term with SIM Canada as a missionary nurse in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She oversees a medical clinic with 40 employees and is working to develop a team of national leaders to continue the clinic.
Candice Stephen Byle ex'91 works part time at Priority Health and serves as assistant Sunday school superintendent at Aberdeen Reformed Church. She and her husband, Randy, live in Grand Rapids.
Jody Heeringa Heilman '95 graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and started an internal medicine residency at Spectrum Health/St.Mary's in Grand Rapids, this summer. Her husband, Doug, is a statistician working for MERC and teaching at Grand Valley State University.
Greg Van Tol '94 was recently promoted to tax compliance manager at Ernst & Young, LLP, in Grand Rapids.
Tracy Smith Ridder '93 graduated with high honors from Ferris State University this spring with a doctor of pharmacy degree. She passed her boards this past summer.
Bob Boerema '91 is completing his final year of orthopedic surgery residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. In August of 2001 he will begin a one-year adult reconstruction/joint replacement fellowship at Kansas University in Wichita. He and his wife, Jill, and son, Tyler, reside in Royal Oak , Mich.
Bill Houskamp '90 and his wife, Amy, live in Holland, Mich., where Bill has joined Lakeshore Surgical Associates as a general surgeon.
Kayme Kampenga Bell '92 earned a master's degree in education and administration from the University of Phoenix, Reno (Nev.) campus, last year. Her husband, Steve, earned his PGA teaching pro certification and is giving golf lessons at a local course. Earlier this year, Kayme was one of five teachers selected to pilot the Alternative Assessment Project SCANN for the State of Nevada. She received high-tech equipment and is teaching other teachers to use the SCANN process, as well as teaching special education students. She is currently in her fourth year at a school for students with severe and profound impairments in Reno, Nev.
Erick Solle '96 and Jason Washler '96 are civil engineers with Prein & Newhof in Grand Rapids. They recently earned their Professional Engineer licenses in Michigan.
Kara Boelema '94 teaches high school English at Pacific Academy near Vancouver. She lives in Abbotsford, B.C.
Adam Vogelzang '98 graduated from George Washington University in May with a master's degree in international affairs. He now works for the Department of Defense as an economic analyst. He and his wife, Carin Peters Vogelzang '97, live in Silver Springs, Md.
Both Brian Sleeper '93 and Jennifer Karel Sleeper '91were awarded graduate assistantships at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. Brian is pursuing a Masters of Music Education and a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance. Jennifer is pursuing her Masters of Music in Flute Performance. Brian is assistant to the marching band director and also directs CMU's University Band. Jennifer assists in the administration of the CMU Community Music School, assists in a class for non-music majors, and coaches ensembles. Jennifer performed with the CMU Flute Choir at the National Flute Association Convention in Columbus, Ohio, in August.
Marlena Westerman Solomon '93 is a feature writer/photographer with The Scottdale Independent Observer in Pennsylvania. She also is in her second year as choir director at Calvin United Presbyterian Church.
Heather Bouwman '90 is an assistant professor of American literature at Texas Tech University and this past year won a campus-wide teaching excellence award. Her husband, Steffen Kellogg, is a martial arts instructor and paramedic and is pursuing a master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies. They share the care of their infant son, Gabriel.
Jennifer VanDenBosch Hoekstra '98 and Michael Hoekstra '98, have moved to the hills in eastern Kentucky, where they work for Appalachia Reach Out, a Christian mission. They serve as youth workers focusing on the spiritual and relational needs of students in kindergarten through high school. They also run daily after-school programs and a library for elementary and middle school students.
Celeste James Haven '99 graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., with a master's in social work last spring. Chris Haven '98 is currently attending the University of Detroit Law School.
Kevin Boer '91 and Theresa Hanneman Boer '91 are living in New Haven, Conn., while Kevin completes his MBA at Yale University. Theresa earned her master's in counseling at Colorado Christian University in 1996.
Greg Helmer '94 now is the assistant principal at Reeths-Puffer Middle School in Muskegon, Mich. Previously, he taught 7th-grade social studies and coached cross country at Orchard View School. He ran cross country and track at Calvin and continues to run local road races and help out with local cross country/track meets. He plans to run the Chicago Marathon next fall.
Melanie Van Stralen Myatt '95 is a student in the M.Div. program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. She and her husband, Bill, a fellow M.Div. student, live in Highwood, Ill.
After his Calvin graduation, Jon C. Den Hartigh '98 spent a year with his sister, Sara Den Hartigh '97, teaching English at the CRIS Elementary School in Tianjin, China. While there, he met fellow faculty member Elizabeth Erickson, whom he married in August. They now live and work in Minneapolis.
Wiebe Boer '97 was in Nigeria working for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Transition Initiatives. He is working toward his Ph.D. in history from Yale University and plans to return to his dissertation research in African History soon. When President Clinton visited Nigeria last August, Wiebe was one of the locally-based Americans assigned to attend to Chelsea Clinton.
Kimberly Primus Hofstra '90 had triplets in January of 1999 and ran the Old Kent River Bank Run 25K in May of 2000. She and her husband, Brian Hofstra '89, live in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Gwenith Graffis Botting '91 is the music director at First Presbyterian Church in Ionia, Mich. She also teaches private lessons in French horn and piano and is the president of the Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments. She and her husband, Jim Botting '81, "raise our two children and a few dogs, cats and Angora goats on our 30-acre farm in Ionia County," she writes.