William Kintz ’97

William Kintz ’97 was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve in a ceremony at USCG Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Currently serving as the first-ever senior reserve officer at CG Cyber Command, he is the architect of the service’s Reserve Cyber Program which engages reserve members from across the country… Continue Reading →

Dr. Kiersten Krause ’97

NEW ALUMNI BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS The Hope College Alumni Association Board of Directors appointed five new members and elected three new officers during its April meeting. The board’s new members are: Tonzia Buor ’05 of Denver, Colorado; junior Alyson Davis ’24 of Palatine, Illinois; Jonathan Hatfield ’09 of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Dr. Ken Janda… Continue Reading →

Timothy Su ’97

Timothy Su ’97 is the chief information officer at Partnership to End Addiction in midtown Manhattan. This January marked his 15th year working at the organization. He and his family continue to reside in New York City and actively serves in their local church. Continue Reading →

Amy Strassburger ’98 VanStee

Amy Strassburger ’98 VanStee has taken on a new role as vice president of content and community at Expressable, which provides online speech therapy to children and adults around the country. She’s responsible for the creation of digital content that educates, supports, and inspires people wherever they are in their communication journey Continue Reading →

Dana Marolt ’99

Dana Marolt ’99 has graduated from Tulane University summa cum laude with her master’s degree in social work. She started her career as a child and adolescent therapist specialist at PRA Perakis, Resis, Woods, and Associates back in her home town of Crystal Lake, Illinois, this summer, relocating from Madison, Wisconsin, after spending the last… Continue Reading →

Karen Zienert ’90

Karen Diane Zienert, 53, of Niles passed away in the early hours of March 18, 2022. Cherished daughter of Kathleen Zienert and the late William Zienert, beloved sister of Richard Zienert, darling aunt to Megan, Raven, Jason and Hannah. She is also survived by many aunts and uncles, numerous cousins and first cousins once removed. In addition to her grandparents,… Continue Reading →

Christopher Collins ’92

Christopher Michael Collins, age 52, passed away unexpectedly on April 21, 2022. Chris was a beloved father, husband, son, brother, teacher and coach and will be remembered for the dedication, support and inspiration that he provided to so many family members, students and players. Chris was born on Jan. 16, 1970 in Ann Arbor to Dr.… Continue Reading →

Jennifer Donnelly ’92

Jennifer Donnelly was born Jennifer Spangler on January 31, 1966, in Lansing, Michigan. Her parents were the late Bud Spangler of Oakland, California and Monica Donnelly of Holland, Michigan. She was a graduate of Hope College. She died June 10, 2022. She is survived by her daughter, Emma Donnelly-Sironen; son, Miles Donnelly-Krol, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Continue Reading →

Ami Goding ’93

Ami Lavonne Goding (Nykamp), age 55 of Holland, unexpectedly entered the arms of God on June 20, 2022. Ami, the oldest of five children, was born in Holland on January 16, 1967, and grew up in Hamilton. Ami attended Hamilton High School, and after graduating in 1985, she attended Hope College to earn a degree in… Continue Reading →

Kathleen Corcoran ’96 Varboncoeur

Kathleen Ann (Corcoran) Varboncoeur, age 47, passed away unexpectedly as the result of an automobile accident on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. She was born to Nancy (Curthoys) Corcoran and the late Laurence Corcoran in Roosevelt Park, MI on June 11, 1974. Kathleen attended Muskegon Catholic Schools and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education with honors… Continue Reading →

Matthew Tailford ’97

William Matthews, born William Matthew Tailford, 53, of Valparaiso, passed away unexpectedly due to a cardiac condition on Friday, May 20, 2022. He will be deeply missed by his wife of nearly 15 years, Kimberly (Baker) and his two children, Gideon (10) and Amelia (8). He is preceded in death by his father William Tailford. He is… Continue Reading →

Brian Knight ’91

Brian Knight ’91 was named president and CEO of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS) in January of this year. Prior to being named CEO, he served as the organization’s general counsel and executive vice president for the previous 15 years. He joined NASCUS in 1998. Continue Reading →

Bob Toth ’93

Bob Toth ’93 is a PA-C at the Orthopedic Center. He has been part of the Sports Medicine Division for 12 years. He provides humanitarian medical care internationally with Team Rubicon. He is the primary medical provider or the University of Utah baseball team and the Salt Lake City Bees. Continue Reading →

Bill Boerman ’94

Bill Boerman ’94 was presented with a state tribute by State Representative Brad Slagh during a school board meeting at Adams Elementary in Zeeland, Michigan, on Monday, Sept. 19. The tribute was given in recognition of Bill being name “Regional Teacher of the Year” last spring. He is currently teaching fourth grade at Woodbridge Elementary… Continue Reading →

Mark Whittaker ’94

Mark Whittaker ’94 became president of the Scientific Research Consortium – AminoAcids. com in October 2021. AminoAcids.com is a testing lab that serves the biopharmaceutical and food industries. Continue Reading →

Kristin Underhill ’95

Kristin Underhill ’95 is the managing director of the Crystal Theatre Performing Arts Center, a restored 1927 historic theater in Crystal Falls, Michigan. She was previously the office manager for the Department of Art and Art History at Hope for 20 years. Continue Reading →

Marianne Swierenga ’99

Marianne Swierenga ’99 was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at Western Michigan University, where she is a cataloging and metadata librarian in the University Libraries. Continue Reading →

Holly Palmer ’97

Holly Cheff Palmer, beloved friend, philanthropist, and community leader, died unexpectedly on July 23, 2022, as a result of surgical complications. She was born on February 18, 1951, to parents Francis and Annabelle Palmer, in Holland, Michigan. Holly attended West Ottawa Public Schools, graduating in the top ten of her 1969 class, prior to attending Michigan… Continue Reading →

Amanda Black ’99

In the providence of our Lord, Amanda Black was called home to be with Him. Amanda loved the Lord Jesus and faithfully served His church. She was a kind and good friend to us all. Words cannot express how much she will be missed. Amanda was born in Columbus, Indiana on January 14, 1977. She… Continue Reading →