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Carol Vander Ploeg Van Slooten ex'70 and her husband, Rich, lived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for 18 years before moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., in May of 2002. Carol and Rich enjoyed the beauty of living in a multi-national setting. Carol has been very active in music in the Protestant Fellowship and loves teaching piano to future classical and church musicians.

Bradley Dykstra '74 of Hudsonville, Mich. is pursuing his MBA at Grand Valley State University. He enjoys racing sailboats in the summer.

John Buteyn '76 is a quality assurance manager at Fontarome Chemical, Inc., in St. Francis, Wis. He was selected by his fellow employees for the 2001 MVP Award as the most valuable and inspiring employee in the company.

Dorothea Van Leeuwen '75 runs a private practice specializing in marital counseling in Riverside, Calif. She attends both Calvary CRC in Ontario, Calif., and St. John's Episcopal in Corona, Calif. Her three daughters (age 11, 13 and 16) enjoy music and her husband of four years grows 100 varieties of bamboo in their semi-arid tropical paradise.

Susan Medema Shultz '74 has worked at Aetna Inc., for 28 years—the last 17 in supervision. She and her husband co-chair the Congregational Life Team at West End CRC in Grand Rapids, Mich. Susan tutors weekly at Covell Elementary School through the Kids Hope program.

Gloria Schilthuis Van Haitsma ex'73 of Hudsonville, Mich., earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in April 2002.

David Schaafsma '75 is the director of English education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His colleague in this program is Todd DeStigter '83 who was David's student at Hudsonville Unity Christian High School in 1978-79. Todd not only became an English teacher, but he and David studied under the same doctoral advisor at the University of Michigan.

Linda Kay Mokma Buteyn ex'75 is a Human Resources Benefits Administrator at US Filter Corp in Sheboygan, Wis. She recently received PHR certification. She and her family hosted an AFS student from Peru last year. She enjoys singing in the Lakeshore Chorale.

David Medema '75 of Grand Rapids, Mich., has started his own management business, Medema Consulting Associates LLC. He enjoys the growth he sees in organizational and individual performance. He especially enjoys leadership training, diversity training and community problem solving.

Allen Doorlag '76 has completed a learning disabilities certification and runs a small tutoring business in addition to his full time work with United Parcel Service in Lansing, Mich. His son Jeff has completed four years as a Marine and his son Scott is currently in the Air Force.

Carl Schouls '76 is the pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Chatham, ON. He chairs the Mission Committee and Theological Education Committee. He has also served in the Free Reformed Churches of Mitchell, ON, and Vineland, ON.

Donna Kimm Cnossen '76 of Timber Bay, SK, and her husband have been ministering to Canada's First Nation's People since 1989. Donna is a missionary with the Northern Canada Evangelical Mission.

Cheryl Paxton Brink '75 of Bellflower, Calif., recently received the "Mentor of the Year" award from Rancho Los Amigas National Rehabilitation Center.

Robert Swets '72 is a free-lance sports writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Boca Raton, Fla. His wife, Rebecca, is a full-time freelance mystery author and a member of the Mystery Writers of America. Robert and Rebecca were recently married. Rebecca's son, Jamie, gave the bride away.

Theda Vander Meulen Williams '75 serves as township treasurer for Charlevoix, Mich. Two years ago, Theda's oldest son and her conscience convinced her to switch political parties. She found herself in a heated election for a position she had held for 15 years. She did win and has been delighted to serve Charlevoix as a democrat. Her son, Brad Williams '99, works in Lansing, Mich., for the House Democratic Caucus.

Susan Frens Crosser '75 is a Suzuki piano teacher in Comstock Park, Mich. Ron Crosser '72 owns and operates Crosser Christian Supply in Grand Rapids, Mich. Their daughter, Mary Crosser ex'95, graduated from Michigan State in music education and is teaching fourth and fifth grade strings in Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Schools.

Karen Rock Haveman '75 is a medical technologist at Spectrum Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Bruce Haveman '72 has left the finance department at Steelcase and is currently starting his own CPA practice. He is specializing in small business accounting and personal taxes.

Carolyn Van Dyke Windemuller '74 and Michael Windemuller '74 of Dorr, Mich., are a host family for two international Calvin students from India. They have also hosted a young woman from Nepal for six years as she attended Reformed Bible College and, currently, graduate school.

Barbara Hollebeek Engbers '74 is in her first year as principal of Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Mich.

Mary Schutten '76 of Hudsonville, Mich., accepted a position in the health, physical education, and recreation department of Western Michigan University in the area of pedagogy after over a decade of service to Calvin College.

Cornel DeYoung ex'77 and Jerilynn Boersma DeYoung '76 moved to Escondido, Calif., and started a small landscape maintenance service after managing a large dairy herd in Southern Calif. for ten years. The DeYoungs testify to God's faithfulness after their son, Brent, was killed in a violent crime in 1987. Jerilynn has battled breast cancer both in 1996 and 2000, but is doing well. The DeYoungs are thankful and praise God for all that they have been given.

Jeanne Langdoc Foguth '73 of Clover, S.C., recently published Passion's Fire, a Christian romantic suspense novel. The book can be pre-ordered via Barnes & Noble online.

Bruce Nyhoff '73 has been working as a volunteer archivist at the Muskegon County Museum in Muskegon, Mich., where he translates German language materials.

Paul Beverly '75 is a teacher with the Eastern Christian School Association in North Haledon, N.J. He was recently selected to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers in Washington, D.C., where he spent a week studying methods for teaching the Supreme Court and Constitutional Law cases. He and his fellow teachers visited the Court to hear opinions delivered and attended a reception with Justice Anthony Kennedy. The institute hosted 60 teachers and was sponsored by Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Daniel DeBoer '77 is the president of D.B. Marketing Inc. in Chicago Heights, Ill. He provides inexpensive long distance phone service through his company, and web hosting through his company,

Lorraine Key Feenstra '75 teaches K-8 music at West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics in Spring Lake, Mich. She continues to play the organ and is on the worship planning team at her church, Second Allendale CRC.

Denise Stam DeBoer ex'74 just completed her second degree—a Bachelor of Arts in Education at Governors State University. She is currently a teacher with Steger School District in Steger, Ill.

Edith Westra Dornbush '76 graduated from California State University—Sacramento in December of 2001 with a master's degree in counseling. She is currently working as a marriage and family therapist intern at Yolo Family Service Agency in Woodland, Calif.

Seven Calvin friends gathered in Houston in October 2001 for their yearly reunion. The group usually gathers in West Michigan, but the Texas residents were always unable to attend. This year, their friends traveled to them! Those who attended included Mary Jo Geenen Steele '76, Gail Soper Elenbaas '77, Ruth Knott Cooper '77, Pat Cooke Buist '77, Jan Rupke Winters '77, Ev Bosma Kloostra ex'75, and Robin Asma Glerum '77. All of the friends live in Michigan with the exception of Mary Jo who hosted them in Houston and Ruth who lives in Austin. Missing from this trip were Gayle Walcott Heenskerk '77 and Jill VanKlomenberg Berguis '77.

Linda Schildhouse Rossell '73 was recently appointed as head of the art department for Kenowa Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Kathryn Westra ex'74 is director of communications for the Rural School and Community Trust in Washington D.C. She manages all facets of the nonprofit association's publications and media relations programs. In her free time, she serves as Program Chair of the Folklore society of Greater Washington and performs frequently at folk festivals in Washington D.C., Connecticut and Massachusetts.

In January of 2002, Stephen Kolk '76 of Shoreline, Wash., joined Grange Insurance Group as its chief actuary. Grange Insurance Group is a regional insurance company that provides auto, home and farm insurance in seven states in the Pacific Northwest. Its headquarters are in Seattle a few blocks from the Space Needle.

Keith Bruxvoort '75 of Highland, Ind. is the current chairman of the board for the Wellness Council of Indiana. He is also a member of the Quality of Life Council for Northwest Indiana and a member of the board for Elim Christian Services.

Janet Poppe Nanninga '75 of New Hope, Minn., is actively involved in a para-church organization called Living Hope Community Center. It is an inner city cross-cultural outreach that oversees mentoring programs, kids clubs, adult Bible studies and a parenting class. The organization hopes to add a medical clinic, computer classes, and a church in the near future.

Daniel Brink '74 recently completed his doctor of ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. His focus was on church renewal.

Pamela Vander Hart De Jong '75 is the director of the Academic Skills Center at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. She just completed her 15th year in this position. She and her husband, Dennis, celebrated the birth of their first grandchild in April of 2001.

Marcia Mejeur Visker '73 and her husband, Donald Visker '73, are full-time houseparents at Hannah's House Maternity Home—a home for single, homeless, pregnant women in Kalamazoo, Mich. The couple started volunteering at Hannah's House in 1999. Marcia quit her job teaching at Westwood Christian Co-op Preschool to become a full-time volunteer while Don has kept his management position at Farm N Garden.

Steven Hare '75 of West Lafayette, Ind., was recently appointed as first associate vice president for information technology security and policy at Purdue University.

Christiann Cover Harkness ex '77 graduated cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in information management and communications from the College at St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. She is currently employed as a computer support technician in an innovative elementary school.

After working for over 20 years for Chevron in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kent Hoekman '75 moved to Reno, Nev., to become the executive director of the Atmospheric Sciences Division of Desert Research Institute (DRI). DRI is an academic research organization that is part of the University System of Nevada. The Atmospheric Sciences Division consists of approximately 100 research professors, graduate students, technicians and staff who are engaged in the science of atmosphere physics, meteorology, climatology and air pollution.

In 1980 Alice Klamer-Koornneef '76 and her husband, Don, began a wholesale nursery in Beamsville, ON. Don passed away in 2000 and Alice continues to run the business with a strong management team. Serving on school boards is satisfying Alice's interest in education. She is completing her second three-year term on the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools' Board. She enjoys serving schools on a provincial level and being involved in the national educational scene.

Dale Ellens '75 has achieved the rank of Colonel in the United States Army and is the command staff chaplain for the 89th Regional Support Command in Wichita, Kan. This position requires approximately five days of duty per month in addition to his full time work as director for Bethesda Christian Counseling Midwest. His military duties include the training and equipping of more than 100 chaplains and chaplain assistants in addition to providing spiritual leadership and staff advisor duties to the commander and soldiers of the 89th RSC headquarters.

Harlan Vander Griend '74 is the president of Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity (VOSH) for the state of Iowa. In February 2002 he traveled with nine others to perform eye examinations in Chiapas, Mexico. The group plans to travel to Nairobi, Kenya, to perform eye examinations for children in orphanages on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Timothy Palmer '73 has served for 17 years with Christian Reformed World Missions at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria. He was the college president from 1997 to 2002.

Camilla Hoitenga '76 gave the U.S. premiere of the flute concerto Aile du songe written for her by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. The June performance at the Ravinia Festival was with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. Camilla resides in Germany. Camilla's website, offers more information about her work.

Dianne Rooy Zandstra '74 defended her doctoral thesis in August of 2001 at Michigan State University. She is an associate professor in Calvin's Spanish department where she has taught since 1988. Duane Zandstra '73 has taught for Wyoming (Mich.) Public Schools since 1990 and currently teaches English as a Second Language at Rogers High School. All of Dianne and Duane's children have attended Calvin.

Benjamin Vander Kooi '75 of Luverne, Minn., has been the chair of the Minnesota State Arts Board since August of 2001. He also serves as chair of the Trustee Candidate Advisory Council for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board. This council advises the Governor of Minnesota on trustee appointments for the 150,000-student system. Benjamin is the president of Vander Kooi Law Office PA.

Jeffrey Carpenter '77 completed 20 years of teaching English at Chicago Christian High School in Palos Heights, Ill. He is currently coaching his 17th season of football and has coached 11 baseball seasons. He is training to run the Chicago marathon for the fifth time.

Janet Olson '73 works each summer for the vacation Bible school program for Delavan Christian Reformed Church in Elkhorn, Wis. She uses her artistic talent to paint the large backdrop that provides ambiance for the Bible School's daily skits and singing times.

Brian Seaman '75 completed a chartered financial consultant designation from the American College in August of 2001. Brian is also a certified financial planner and is very active as a registered investment advisor in his firm, Capital Planning Group LLC.

Daryl Hale '76 became the head of the philosophy and religion department at Western Carolina University in August 2002. Since then, the department has begun offering upper level courses in Origins of Early Christian Traditions, Religion and Science, Religion in Film, and Medieval and Reformation Theology. Daryl lives in Sylva, N.C.

Greg Bode '75 and Patti Wiersma Bode ex'77 recently returned to Lynden, Wash., after teaching at Carachipampa Christian School in Cochabama, Bolivia, for two years.

Thomas Kennedy '75 of Valparaiso, Ind. has been appointed editor of The Cresset: A Review of Literature, the Arts and Public Affairs, published by Valparaiso University.

Carel Geleynse ex'74 and Irene Los Geleynse '77 and three of their four children are spending a year in Haiti where Irene will teach fifth grade and Carel will teach ninth and tenth grade Bible at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince. After almost 21 years in the parish ministry, this is a sabbatical for Carel, and a return to full-time teaching for Irene. Their children David, Maria and Alexa will attend Quisqueya. Their oldest child, Martinus, is a freshman at Calvin. The Geleynses are being sent out as partner missionaries with Christian Reformed World Missions.

Paula Maloley '73 is the head softball coach at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., a position she's held for 17 years. She participated in Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah, and played on a senior softball team as shortstop. She has taught in the Grand Rapids Public Schools system for 27 years.

William Faber '74 and Martha Westervelf Faber '74 are active in Promise Keepers and Christian Businessman's Committee at Cornerstone Church of Blue Springs, Mo. Martha is a caseworker for the State of Missouri Department of Social Services and Bill is an independent service technician for Dr. Vinyl Franchise in Kansas City.

In July of 2002, Bruce Vande Vuss '74 and Paul Van Tol '75 sailed their boat Eliminator for the 17th time in the Port Huron to Mackinac Island (Mich.) race, winning their class for the fourth time in the last ten years.

In February of 2002, Nancy DeBoer '76 became the chair of the Holland Area Character Council. The Council is working to encourage character development throughout the Holland and Zeeland, Mich., community by targeting business, education, government, law enforcement, media and faith organizations. They feature one character trait per month in the newspaper and sponsor seminars to help organizations build the character of their employees and their company.

Jan Van Ee ex'76 is teaching full time at San Pablo Seminary in Merida, Mexico.

Mary Gates-Van Goor '72 celebrated turning 50 this year with seven fellow "Bennink Bunnies." They gathered in California—traveling from such places as Washington, Alaska, Iowa and Virginia.

After 22 years of teaching and coaching at Trinity Christian College, Dave Ribbens '79 has become director of Hallmark Sports Club in Tinley Park, Ill. His wife, Deb Ellard Ribbens '79, returned to teaching physical education after 11 years of personal fitness training.

Jon DeBruyn '71 is senior pastor of Fellowship CRC in Traverse City, Mich. He recently received a Lilly Foundation Clergy Renewal Grant.

Judith Joling Popp ex'73 has been the organist at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Okla., for eleven years and directs a hand bell and a chiming choir there. She also plays the piano to accompany various choral groups in the Owasso school system.

In 1998 Bud Bonnema ex'73 and Jan Koning Bonnema ex'75 of Willmar, Minn., became co-directors of Children of the Promise, an organization that rescues dying and abandoned babies in Haiti. They began the organization intending to lead groups on short-term mission trips. In 2000 they began full time work. Children of the Promise now has over 30 babies in their infant care center, 14 of whom are being adopted to new families. They have cared for 50 babies in the first two years of operation. Learn more about their ministry at or by e-mailing

Jack Van Dyken '74 of Annapolis, Md., was promoted to Colonel in the United States Army in 2002. He served a 14-month tour in Korea as chaplain from 2001-2002. He will attend the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., in 2003. Jack has served as an active duty chaplain for 20 years.

Thomas Oosterbaan '76 of Grand Rapids, Mich., was named director of client services at Senior Neighbors, Inc.

Dorothy Mannes Van Drunen '73, Paul Van Drunen '73 and their three children: Ethan, Kate and Angela, bicycled across the northern tier of America from Seattle, Wash., to Bar Harbor, Maine. It took the family 8 1/2 weeks for the coast-to-coast trip.

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