William Lowry ’91 and Shalom Sonneveldt ’93

William Lowry ’91 and Shalom Sonneveldt ’93 are engaged, an engagement 33 years in the making. They will be making their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Shalom is the administrative coordinator and pastoral care assistant at River Terrace church in East Lansing, Michigan. Continue Reading →

Jennifer Brady-Johnson ’92

Jennifer Brady-Johnson ’92 received a post-professional doctoral degree in occupational therapy from St. Catherine University in May 2022. Her doctoral project was on evidence-based practices in mental health that contribute to regulation. Continue Reading →

Brett VanderKamp ’94

Brett VanderKamp ’94 was named to the Grand Rapids 200 List. This list recognized the most powerful business leaders in West Michigan. He is the CEO of New Holland Brewing Co. Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Anker ’96

Elizabeth Anker ’96 has written and published On Paradox: The Claims of Theory. She is a professor of law and associate professor in the Department of English at Cornell University, coeditor of Critique and Postcritique, and author of Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature. Her new book contends that the faith in… Continue Reading →

Amy Haveman ’92 DeKruyter

Heaven welcomed Amy Jo DeKruyter into her eternal home, age 52, of Holland, MI, on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. A beautiful mother, wife, sister, and daughter, she died after a year-long journey with multiforme glioblastoma. Amy’s unforgettable smile, sparkling eyes, listening ear, and warm welcome marked a life of love, service, and deep Christian faith.… Continue Reading →

Janet Grant ’95

Grant, Janet Mary Spring Lake, MI Janet Mary (Hylen) Grant, 79 passed away on Sunday January 15, 2023 surrounded by her family. She was born in Muskegon Michigan on February 3, 1943 to James and Dorothy (Dahlstrand) Hylen and married William Grant on August 29, 1964. They shared 58 years of devoted love. Jan was… Continue Reading →

Julie Jaasma ’96 Slezak

Julie Ann Slezak, age 47, of Hudsonville, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, June 30, 2022, after a relentless battle with a chronic illness. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 25 years, Scott Slezak ’97; children, Carl Slezak, Anne Slezak, Aurelia Slezak; parents, George and Marjorie Jaasma; brother, Michael and… Continue Reading →

Tim Ritsema ’90

Tim Ritsema ’90 won the West Michigan Officials Association Athletic Director of the Year Award. He is an athletic director at Jenison High School and is also vice president of the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He is in his 30th year of education. Continue Reading →

Jason Gillard ’92

Jason Gillard ’92 has been working as a therapist for more than 20 years. He was awarded a rare DBT certification (there are fewer than 400 in the United States). He is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification – certified clinician. He works at Kaiser Permanente and in private practice, and is available to provide consultation… Continue Reading →

Jamie Jeluso ’92 Sitarz

Jamie Jeluso ’92 Sitarz co-authored “Nurses’ Rationale For Underreporting of Patient and Visitor Perpetrated Workplace Violence: A Systematic Review,” published in BMC Nursing in April. Continue Reading →

Daniel Combs ’93

Daniel Combs ’93 is a category manager with Gordon Food Service for the Denver metro area. He is also an accomplished nature and landscape photographer represented by LaFontsee Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue Reading →

Mark Whittaker ’94

Mark Whittaker ’94 is president of the Scientific Research Consortium Inc. and AminoAcids.com, a research and testing laboratory in Roseville, Minnesota. He is also the co-founder of Blue Water Farm Feeds LLC, a startup focused on production of insect-derived protein for animal feeds. Continue Reading →

Robert Wiesenthal ’95

Robert Wiesenthal ’95 has been involved with the Democratic Party campaigns of Cory Booker, Kenneth E. Nwadike Jr., Edward Markey, Frank Wallbrown, Don L. Rivers, Gene Hart and Lori Lightfoot, in addition to others, by volunteering and contributing. Continue Reading →

Shelli Rottschafer ’96

Shelli Rottschafer ’96 was a professor of Spanish from 2006 to 2023 at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She taught Spanish language classes as well as Latinx literature, film and cultural studies. Additionally, she taught in the inquiry expression program for the first-year students’ research writing skills courses. From 2014 to 2023 she was… Continue Reading →

Thomas Doran ’97

The Hope College Alumni Association Board of Directors has appointed four new members. The board’s new members are: Craig DeSousa ’72 of Garden City, New York; Liam Naumann ’25 of Wyckoff, New Jersey; Marissa Solorzano ’19 of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Gaye van den Hombergh ’81 of Lincolnshire, Illinois. (Pictured clockwise starting from the top… Continue Reading →