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Barry Whitsitt ’54
Barry Whitsitt ’54 of Oxford, Georgia, and his wife, Maryann celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.


Lenora (Norie) VandenBerg ’64 Koelbel
Lenora (Norie) VandenBerg ’64 Koelbel has been appointed to the Hope College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Sue Utzinger ’67 Buchan
Sue Utzinger ’67 Buchan of Muskegon, Michigan, reports that she is a retired educator, grandmother and clinical social worker with a private practice in North Muskegon, Michigan. She does some volunteer work at summer camp and stays active watching her grandchildren’s sporting events. She is enjoying West Michigan and planning some landscape painting and fishing.
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson ’67
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson ’67 of Santa Fe, New Mexico, had From Times Square to Timbuktu: The Post Christian West Meets the Non-Western Church published. He is also a member of the Global Christian Forum Steering Committee which met in Havana, Cuba, in March 2017.
John Killmaster ’67
John Killmaster ’67 of Boise, Idaho, and Shelley Sinquefield were married and he gained two step-children. He is publishing a book on his career as an artist and university professor. He was honored with an Albert Nelon Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.
Judy Tanis ’67 Parr
Judy Tanis ’67 Parr of Holland, Michigan, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP). The organization, which promotes lifelong learning, was founded at Hope in 1988 by Dr. John Hollenbach, professor emeritus of English. Since then, it has grown from 38 to 750 members.
Laurie Taylor ’67 Rossi
Laurie Taylor ’67 Rossi of Fairview, New Mexico, will be conducting the Performance Santa Fe Symphony in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on December 24 and 31 at the Lensic Theatre. On Tuesday, July 4, she conducted the Santa Fe Concert Band on the Plaza.
Lois Dykema ’67 Sharpe
Lois Dykema ’67 Sharpe of Saint Mary’s, Ohio, reports that she and her husband, George, have four children, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and feel very blessed.
Beppy Albers ’69 Michel
Beppy Albers ’69 Michel of San Pedro, California, reports that she is humbled by the realization of grace in her life and those of her clients, which supersedes all difficulties and so inspires us. She is a “trauma therapist” (PTSD in private practice in Palos Verdes, California. Her newly published book Art Psychotherapy Experiential Workbook … Continue reading "Beppy Albers ’69 Michel"
Peter Walther ’69
Peter Walther ’69 of Rome, New York, was the director of music and organist at the First Baptist Church until 2016. He rewarded himself by spending all last summer in Vienna, where he reconnected with Hope professors Stephen Hemenway and Janis Gibbs. He reports that the memories of Dr. Paul Fried ’46 and Professor Molzer … Continue reading "Peter Walther ’69"


Dawn Van Ark ’71
Dawn Van Ark ’71 has retired after 46 years at Hope College, where she was library acquisitions specialist She was honored with a reception at the Van Wylen Library on Thursday, July 20.
Dorothy Breen ’72
Dorothy Breen ’72 of Carrabassett Valley, Maine, is an associate professor emerita from the University of Maine and is a licensed psychologist in private practice.
Nancy Cooper ’72
Nancy Cooper ’72 of Clifton, New Jersey, reports that she continues to be very active in the Reformed Church presently serving as elder delegate to classis as well as serving on two classis committees. In June, she attended the General Synod. She continues to serve as treasurer of her church, which she has done for … Continue reading "Nancy Cooper ’72"
Johanna Willems ’72 George
Johanna Willems ’72 George of New Era, Michigan, has retired from Shelby Public Schools and spends seven months a year in The Villages, Florida.
Rick Hine ’72
Rick Hine ’72 and his wife, Linda, report that they are blissfully retired in Coronado, California. They are just as busy in retirement as they were during their work and family years. Their motto is simple: “Every day is a great day, some days are better.”
Laurel Dekker ’72 VanHaitsma Kempkers
Laurel Dekker ’72 VanHaitsma Kempkers reports that after her husband’s passing, she married Gord Kempkers and moved from Ludington, to Hamilton, Michigan. Combined they have 14 grandchildren, with number 15 due in August.
William Strader ’74
William Strader ’74 presented at the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Thursday-Saturday, April 20-22.
Mike Carpenter ’76
Mike Carpenter ’76 retired in April 2017 after 35 years with American Blue Ribbon Holdings (Village Inn and Bakers Square restaurants) and reports that he looks forward to traveling and relaxing in their new home in Marysville, Washington.
Barbara Wrigley ’76
Barbara Wrigley ’76 reports that after retiring in 2012 and the death of her wife in 2014, she moved from Berkeley, California to Durham, North Carolina. On Monday, April 24, she completed the competency development program for coach certification at the Gestalt International Study Center in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and has launched a business, Heart’s Harvest. … Continue reading "Barbara Wrigley ’76"
Philip Bosch ’77
Philip Bosch ’77 of Fallbrook, California, is the attending physician at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. He is in the Department of Urology, where he runs the interstitial cystitis clinic. He has also published articles and has done research on interstitial cystitis.
Philip De Jong ’77
Philip De Jong ’77 of Charlottesville, Virginia, has been appointed president of Uppermost Press LLC with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Uppermost Press publishes inflight magazines including Selamata, the inflight magazine of Ethiopian Airlines. He was the former president and co-founder of Journey Group Inc. in Charlottesville.
Leslie Pett ’77 Johnson
Leslie Pett ’77 Johnson is currently working for ACSI Europe as an educational consultant, coming alongside new and growing Christian schools in Europe, especially the Czech/ Slovakia/Poland region. In talking about what it means to be a teacher who is a Christian (how one’s faith makes a difference), she has traveled as far as China … Continue reading "Leslie Pett ’77 Johnson"
Thomas Johnson ’77
Thomas Johnson ’77 of Prague, Czech Republic, represented the World Evangelical Alliance and the 600 million members of its churches in relation to the Vatican. This includes interacting with multiple departments of the Vatican. In February he began representing evangelicals in a multi-year series of Vatican-led consultations with about 40 scholars, diplomats and religious leaders … Continue reading "Thomas Johnson ’77"
Lynn Raffety ’77 Kennedy
Lynn Raffety ’77 Kennedy is an employee of the City of Virginia Beach Public Libraries. She is on the management team of the Tidewater Community College Joint-Use Library, a partnership serving both students and the community. She reports that she and her husband, Kevin Kennedy ’80, spend time with their children in California, Virginia, and … Continue reading "Lynn Raffety ’77 Kennedy"
Brenda Heath ’77 Vander Meulen
Brenda Heath ’77 Vander Meulen of Holland, Michigan, is part of the Center for Leadership at Hope, teaching The Trusted Advisor and coaching CFL student consultants. She is a member of the board of directors for Good Samaritan Ministries in Holland, working to end poverty and homelessness in the community, all while still having her … Continue reading "Brenda Heath ’77 Vander Meulen"
Sylvia Haug ’77 Verdonk
Sylvia Haug ’77 Verdonk of South Haven, Michigan, retired from teaching high school mathematics for Coloma Schools in Coloma, Michigan, in 2010 after 32 years. She has since taught mathematic classes for Lake Michigan College and has taken on duties as director of religious education at St. Basil Catholic Church in South Haven, Michigan.
Bob Niedt ’78
Bob Niedt ’78 of Fairfax, Virginia, is an online editor at Kiplinger Washington Editors, the renowed Washington, D.C., based publisher of print and online business forecasts and personal finance advice, including the monthly magazine Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands nationwide. Bob lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Linda. He reports that they explore the … Continue reading "Bob Niedt ’78"


Tish Carr ’82 Boerigter
Tish Carr ’82 Boerigter has been appointed to the Hope College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Kathryn Lawrence ’82
Kathryn Lawrence ’82 of San Jose, California, reports enjoying the scenery and weather of Northern California while tackling the challenges of a continuously growing business.
Karen Heikema ’82 Terpstra
Karen Heikema ’82 Terpstra of El Cajon, California, works for the Public Library Foundation that supports 36 public libraries raising funds for many outstanding programs. This foundation raised funds to build the ninestory Central Library in downtown San Diego, California, as well as 11 new branch libraries since its inception 13 years ago. She reports … Continue reading "Karen Heikema ’82 Terpstra"
John Fanthorpe ’83
John Fanthorpe ’83 of Zeeland, Michigan, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the John Fanthorpe Farm Bureau Insurance Agency located in Hudsonville, Michigan. He also serves as an ambassador for the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. John recently relocated his personal residence to Zeeland, Michigan, where he is taking on the challenges of his 113- … Continue reading "John Fanthorpe ’83"
Mike Spitters ’84
Mike Spitters ’84 reports that he is experiencing the joys and challenges of planting a new Disciples of Christ church in the fastest growing city in America, Frisco, Texas. The church is called “Expedition Church,” and embodies a community-centered approach to doing ministry. His article, “Do What You Love to Grow A Church,” was featured … Continue reading "Mike Spitters ’84"
Scott Watson ’86
Scott Watson ’86 has been appointed to the Hope College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Betsy Buurma ’87 Berkey
Betsy Buurma ’87 Berkey of Fenton, Michigan, reports that she is still singing after all these years. She has been directing her church choir for four years. Her highlight last fall was singing with the alumni Hope Chapel Choir in the new music hall.
Robin Beckett ’87 VanderHart
Robin Beckett ’87 VanderHart of Caledonia, Michigan, received her CMA (certified management accountant) certification in December 2016. She is currently working as director of accounting for Emergency Care Specialists (a medical practice of physicians and physician assistants that staff emergency rooms throughout western and northern Michigan) and Medical Management Specialists (a medical billing company).
Christopher Habben ’88
Christopher Habben ’88 of Shawnee, Kansas, began a two-year term on Jan. 1, 2017, as president of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. AAMFT is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy, and represents the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, … Continue reading "Christopher Habben ’88"
David Kuiper ’88
David Kuiper ’88 of Zeeland, Michigan, who is the vice president with Northpointe Bank, has earned the certified military home specialist designation. Earning this designation indicates a commitment and significant knowledge base that active duty service members and veterans can rely on for prompt and accurate service and advice.


M. Lynn Massey ’90 Breyfogle and Jim Breyfogle ’90
M. Lynn Massey ’90 Breyfogle and Jim Breyfogle ’90 report that they are excited for their identical twin daughters, Jamie and Kimberly, to join Hope’s Class of 2021 this fall.
Todd Adams ’91
Todd Adams ’91 of Tallahassee, Florida, was elected president of the faculty senate at Florida State University. He also serves as a member of the FSU Board of Trustees and the FSU Foundation Board.
Kathleen Kelly ’91 Hayduck
Kathleen Kelly ’91 Hayduck of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is co-founder and producer at her own production company, Turtlebox Productions, with her husband. Turtlebox is focused on creating meaningful media for children. Clients have included Sesame Workshop, CBC Kids and WGBH/PBS Kids. Her company’s first iOS app, “Run Salmon Run,” an educational storybook app about the … Continue reading "Kathleen Kelly ’91 Hayduck"
Melissa O’Connor ’96 Meuzelaar
Melissa O’Connor ’96 Meuzelaar and Tom Meuzelaar announce the birth of Elise Audrey on Sept. 15. 2016.
Amy Moeckel ’96 Peterson
Amy Moeckel ’96 Peterson of St. Joseph, Michigan, is a school counselor at Upton Middle School and St. Joseph High School, both of which she and her husband attended, as do/will their two children.
Gail Messing ’96 Schramek
Gail Messing ’96 Schramek of Lake Orion, Michigan, is an orthopedic nurse practitioner at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. She and her husband have a son, Robert, who just finished first grade.
Tom Doran ’97
Tom Doran ’97 has been appointed to the Hope College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Ben Krombeen ’97
Ben Krombeen ’97 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, joined Baruch Senior Ministries as the vice president of finance in March. Baruch is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is a faith-based non-profit organization providing senior living services across Michigan.
Becky Hollenbeck ’98 Dykhuis
Becky Hollenbeck ’98 Dykhuis of Grandville, Michigan, is the coordinator of connection and engagement at Trinity Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She and her husband, Brian Dykhuis ’98, live in Grandville, Michigan, with their four children.
Matthew Kuiper ’98
Matthew Kuiper ’98 of South Bend, Indiana, has been awarded the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Shaheen Graduate Award, given annually to the university’s outstanding Ph.D. graduate in the humanities. He was recently appointed assistant professor of Islamic Studies at Missouri State University. His book, Da’wa and Other Religions: Indian Muslims and the Modern Resurgence … Continue reading "Matthew Kuiper ’98"
Kara McGillicuddy ’98
Kara McGillicuddy ’98 and Steve Landstrom were married on July 19, 2014. They also announce the birth of Millie Rose on April 1, 2017.
Sara Meengs ’98 Monty and Jeremy Monty ’96
Sara Meengs ’98 Monty and Jeremy Monty ’96 announce the birth of James Elwood on March 21, 2016.
Jessica Owens ’98
Jessica Owens ’98 and Sean Hennessey were married on April 22, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland, where they now reside.
Darcy Smith ’99 Carmichael
Darcy Smith ’99 Carmichael and Chad Carmichael announce the birth of Bella on Feb. 1, 2017. She is their 12th child.
Mike Farmer ’99
Mike Farmer ’99 of Raleigh, North Carolina, was promoted to senior vice president, human resources at BMC Stock Holdings.


Nathan Hart ’01
Nathan Hart ’01 successfully defended his doctoral thesis at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts.
Erin Wysocki ’02 Kostun
Erin Wysocki ’02 Kostun and Michael Kostun announce the birth of Andrew Michael on March 2, 2017. He joins big sister Claire, who they report is over-the-moon in love.
Charlene Kan ’03
Charlene Kan ’03 and Eric Yeh were married on Sept. 3, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Bryant Loomis ’03
Bryant Loomis ’03 received the 2016 NASA Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement for Science Award for innovative improvements, advancements and science applications of time-variable gravity mascon solutions from Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) data.
Cynthia Bachhuber ’04
Cynthia Bachhuber ’04 accepted a position as North American history librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society
Jake Taber ’04 and Kelly Kraft ’04 Taber
Jake Taber ’04 and Kelly Kraft ’04 Taber announce the birth of Sloane Cora on March 8, 2017. She joins Tessa and Colby.
Jim Boerkoel ’05
Jim Boerkoel ’05, assistant professor of computer science at Harvey Mudd College, was awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant by The National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “CAREER: Robust and Reliable Multiagent Scheduling Under Uncertainty.” The CAREER grant will fund five years of new research that builds on previous work. He specializes … Continue reading "Jim Boerkoel ’05"
Lindsey Kuipers ’05 Compton
Lindsey Kuipers ’05 Compton and James Compton announce the birth of Iyla Marie on Dec. 31, 2016.
Amy Lubbers ’05 DePotty and Bryan DePotty ’04
Amy Lubbers ’05 DePotty and Bryan DePotty ’04 announce the birth of Samuel Wilder in October 2016.
Liz Otton ’06 Boerkoel
Liz Otton ’06 Boerkoel and Jim Boerkoel ’05 announce the birth of Jacob William on Sept. 3, 2016.
Brett Schlender ’06
Brett Schlender ’06 has joined Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC Attorneys litigation group in the Holland, Michigan office. He also serves on the board of directors for Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and AT53, Inc.
Stephanie Van Stee ’06
Stephanie Van Stee ’06 and Stuart Hamilton announce the birth of Lucia Renee on Feb. 10, 2017.
Heidi Lam ’06 Winkler
Heidi Lam ’06 Winkler and Shawn Winkler announce the birth of Juliana Leigh on March 20, 2017.
Emily Timmons ’07 Elliott
Emily Timmons ’07 Elliott successfully defended her doctoral thesis at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Amy Dopita ’07 Grossman and Matthew Grossman ’07
Amy Dopita ’07 Grossman and Matthew Grossman ’07 announce the birth of Henrik Matthew on Feb. 7, 2017.
Aaron Raatjes ’07
Aaron Raatjes ’07 received a Ed.D. degree in educational administration and supervision from Loyola University Chicago.
Kari Soderstrom ’07 Ricigliano
Kari Soderstrom ’07 Ricigliano and Michael Ricigliano announce the birth of Finn Warren on April 20, 2017.
Cara Lawton ’08 Bowen and Chris Bowen ’08
Cara Lawton ’08 Bowen and Chris Bowen ’08 announce the birth of Brady on Feb. 11 2017.
Jordan Hoyer ’08
Jordan Hoyer ’08 joined the Grand Rapids, Michigan, office of Kotz Sangster. She is focusing her practice on commercial litigation and financial services litigation.
Rachel Maiga ’09
Rachel Maiga ’09 and Ibrahim Maurer announce the birth of Isolde Lindsay on Jan. 25, 2017.
Allison Taber ’09 Ray and Matt Ray ’10
Allison Taber ’09 Ray and Matt Ray ’10 announce the birth of Kennedy Grace on July 5, 2016.
Christopher Sikkema ’09
Christopher Sikkema ’09 is the coordinator for digital evangelism for The Episcopal Church. His efforts mainly focus on sharing faith and stories digitally among young adults and providing theological resources for parishes and individuals.
Lauren Reus ’09 Unger
Lauren Reus ’09 Unger and Braden Unger announce the birth of Ynes Arden on Nov. 30, 2016.


Derek Bradley ’10
Derek Bradley ’10 and Melody Johnson were married on April 8, 2017, on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
Stephanie Dykema ’10
Stephanie Dykema ’10 received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Akron this month. Following graduation she is beginning a postdoctoral fellowship at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Counseling Services Center and moving to Chicago, Illinois, with her fiancé.
Crystal Hollis ‘10
Crystal Hollis ’10 was recognized as a semi-finalist for a research grant to United Kingdom.
Rachelle Victory ’10 Nauta
Rachelle Victory ’10 Nauta and Mark Nauta announce the birth of Levi Alan on March 21, 2017.
Christopher Nelis ’10 and Lauren Geerlings ’10 Nelis
Christopher Nelis ’10 and Lauren Geerlings ’10 Nelis announce the birth of Bennett Christian on April 18, 2017.
Matt Ray ’10
Allison Taber ’09 Ray and Matt Ray ’10 announce the birth of Kennedy Grace on July 5, 2016.
Jeff DeYoung ’11
Jeff DeYoung ’11 graduated in the top fifth percentile of his class from Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in May 2017. He was presented with the 2017 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Student award for outstanding performance in undergraduate oral and mazillofacial surgery. He has accepted an oral surgery fellowship at the … Continue reading "Jeff DeYoung ’11"
Courtney Vellmure ’11 Hierlihy
Courtney Vellmure ’11 Hierlihy received a Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University on April 22, 2017.
Andrew Schofield ’11
Andrew Schofield ’11 of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is an oncology representative selling IV chemotherapy products indicated for metastatic breast cancer throughout the Midwest. He reports that a key aspect of his job is the ability to build relationships and understanding his customers, and much of the success that he has had is a direct result … Continue reading "Andrew Schofield ’11"
Peter Clifton ’12 and Amy Stauffer ’14 Clifton
Peter Clifton ’12 and Amy Stauffer ’14 Clifton announce the birth of Lorelei Jean on April 19, 2017.
Michael Dirksen ’12
Michael Dirksen ’12 received a Master of Arts degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University in Washington, D.C. He also received a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying political parties and … Continue reading "Michael Dirksen ’12"
Dean Hazle ’12
Dean Hazle ’12 of Brookline, Massachusetts, is the permitting compliance officer for Keolis Commuter Services, the operator of the commuter railroad in Boston.
Cory Lakatos ’12
Cory Lakatos ’12 and MacKenzie Anderson ’13 Lakatos announce the birth of John Elwin Reuel on Feb. 24, 2107.
Eric Spytma ’12 and Julie Powers ’12
Eric Spytma ’12 and Julie Powers ’12 were married on Aug. 5, 2017, in North Muskegon, Michigan.
Jack Bush ’13
Jack Bush ’13 is an eCommerce marketing analyst at Herman Miller in Holland, Michigan.
Erik Durham ’13
Erik Durham ’13 and Lourdes Pagan were married on June 25, 2016, in Holland, Michigan. They have twin daughters, Olivia and Gabriella Brooks.
Troy Meiners ’13 and Amanda Klavas ’14
Troy Meiners ’13 and Amanda Klavas ’14 were married on Oct. 8, 2016, in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Madalyn Muncy ’13
Madalyn Muncy ’13 and Joshua Piens were married on April 22, 2017, at the Detroit Beer Company in Detroit, Michigan.
Cory Schmidt ’13 and Jayne Vroon ’13 Schmidt
Cory Schmidt ’13 and Jayne Vroon ’13 Schmidt announce the birth of Eleanor Louise on April 1, 2017.
Sarah Nammack ’14
Sarah Nammack ’14 graduated from Duke University’s School of Nursing with a degree as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner with cardiology specialty in May 2017.
Steven Skawski ’14 and Molly Greenfield ’15
Steven Skawski ’14 and Molly Greenfield ’15 were married on June 24, 2017, in Holland, Michigan.
Amber Prins ’15 and John Dood ’17
Amber Prins ’15 and John Dood ’17 were married on July 29, 2017 in Holland, Michigan.  They are moving to Tampa, where Amber will be attending graduate school.
Rachel Lundstrom ’15
Rachel Lundstrom ’15 received her master’s degree in educational policy, organization and leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017. Rachel continues to teach at Zeeland East High School in the special education department
Lisa McLellan ’15, Julia Slopsema ’15, Monica Ohnsorg ’16 and David Lunderberg ’17
Hope graduates have once again fared well in the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), with four receiving awards this year. Lisa McLellan ’15, Julia Slopsema ’15, Monica Ohnsorg ’16 and David Lunderberg ’17, all received fellowships this year. McLellan had received honorable mention in both 2015 and 2016, and Ohnsorg had … Continue reading "Lisa McLellan ’15, Julia Slopsema ’15, Monica Ohnsorg ’16 and David Lunderberg ’17"
Eva Sagastume ’15
Eva Sagastume ’15 is a quality assurance coordinator for Pepperdine in their eLearning department.
Dani Nowicki ’16
Dani Nowicki ’16 moved to Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, and is pursuing a K-8 physical education and health teaching position at Saipan Community School.
Colin Rensch ’16
Colin Rensch ’16 was recognized as a semi-finalist for a research grant to Austria.
Karina Winkelman ’16
Karina Winkelman ’16 of Kansas City, Missouri, is the marketing manager at The DVS Group in Leawood, Kansas.
Jeff Zita ’16
Jeff Zita ’16 received an Emmy Award nomination for his drone photography company, Z Drones.
Ivan Akansiima ’17
Ivan Akansiima ’17 will pursue a master’s degree in jazz performance and composition at Western Michigan University.
Evan Altman ’17
Evan Altman ’17 is a software developer for SolidCircle in Holland, Michigan.
Jordan Amsbury ’17
Jordan Amsbury ’17 accepted a first-second-third-grade teaching position at North Park Montessori in the Grand Rapids Public Schools district.
Margaret Apostoleris ’17
Margaret Apostoleris ’17 is working for Dow Chemical in their commercial development program.
Maddie Auriemma ’17
Maddie Auriemma ’17 and Dylan Lambert were married on July 21, 2017, in Holland, Michigan.
Alexandria Barbu ’17
Alexandria Barbu ’17 will start an internship with International Justice Mission UK in Witham, England, in September.
Madelyn Bellew ’17
Madelyn Bellew ’17 is a resident director at Fort Lewis College.
Drew Bennett ’17
Drew Bennett ’17 is pursuing a Master of Science degree in public health in global disease epidemiology and control from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
William Bennick ’17
William Bennick ’17 is a staff auditor with Crowe Horwath in San Francisco, California.
Mikaila Bisson ’17
Mikaila Bisson ’17 is interning at Our Daily Bread.
Megan Bisson ’17
Megan Bisson ’17 is a residence hall director for St. Mary’s University as she pursues a master’s degree in higher education.
McKenna Bland ’17
McKenna Bland ’17 is the administrative assistant at Westwind in Grand Haven, Michigan.
Owen Bogolin ’17
Owen Bogolin ’17 is in a teaching residency program with Project Inspire in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He will gain a certification to teach sixth-12th grade chemistry and will pursue a Master’s of Education degree from Lee University.
Gabriel Boss ’17
Gabriel Boss ’17 is a talent engineer for Disher in Zeeland, Michigan.
Christopher Bosscher ’17
Christopher Bosscher ’17 is a purchasing and sales trainee with Universal Forest Products and will split his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Colorado.
Christin Bothe ’17
Christin Bothe ’17 will pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School.
Claire Bouwkamp ’17
Claire Bouwkamp ’17 has been a scenic designer and scenic artist for the Bayview Music Festival this summer and next will pursue work in Chicago or New York as a theatre scenic artist.
Rebecca Brumels ’17
Rebecca Brumels ’17 will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in educational administration with the higher education and student affairs track. She will also have a graduate assistantship in student conduct this fall.
Emily Buck ’17
Emily Buck ’17 is a graphic designer for 24G in Troy, Michigan.
Bridgitt Buikema ’17
Bridgitt Buikema ’17 will be pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Erikson Institute in downtown Chicago, taking the clinical route in mental health focusing on adolescence.
Caitlyn Campbell ’17
Caitlyn Campbell ’17 will pursue a Master of Public Health degree in nutritional sciences with a concentration in dietetics at the University of Michigan.
Sarah Carpenter ’17
Sarah Carpenter ’17 will be teaching seventh-10th grade English language arts at Abundant Life Christian School in Gracias Lempira, Honduras.
Madeline Cole ’17
Madeline Cole ’17 is a district manager at Aldi.
Michael Combs ’17
Michael Combs ’17 is a full-time supervisor for Creative Dining Services at Hope College.
Matthew Commet ’17
Matthew Commet ’17 is attending medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Emily Cook ’17
Emily Cook ’17 will pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Central Michigan University.
Jessica Cronau ’17
Jessica Cronau ’17 will pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Seminary.
Hannah Dauber ’17
Hannah Dauber ’17 is a registered nurse at Spectrum Health Hospital on the GI/GU unit.
Kendall Dice ’17
Kendall Dice ’17 is a project manager at Highland Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Stanna Dorn ’17
Stanna Dorn ’17 will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at Indiana University.
Amanda Dort ’17
Amanda Dort ’17 is a visitor experience specialist at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan.
Stephanie Eiler ’17
Stephanie Eiler ’17 is a marketing coordinator at GMB Architecture + Engineering.
Brandon Ellsworth ’17
Brandon Ellsworth ’17 is currently applying to medical schools.
Elizabeth Ensink ’17
Elizabeth Ensink ’17 will be working as a visiting English tutor at Lingnan University in Hong Kong for the 2017-18 school year.
Marie Fata ’17
Marie Fata ’17 will be participating in the Charlotte Fellows graduate program for business and ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Morgan Feldpausch ’17
Morgan Feldpausch ’17 is an administrative assistant at Holland Free Health Clinic during her gap year before dental school.
Grace Fowler ’17
Grace Fowler ’17 is working at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids as a graduate nurse.
Angelique Gaddy ’17
Angelique Gaddy ’17 will pursue a sports management degree at Western Michigan University.
Madison Geib ’17
Madison Geib ’17 is a nurse at Bronson Hospital and will be attending the University of Michigan next year in a program called Medprep.
Savannah Girmscheid ’17
Savannah Girmscheid ’17 will be working at Eagle Crest Charter Academy in Holland, Michigan.
Bella Goodsir ’17
Bella Goodsir ’17 is a media associate for Mediavest Spark in Chicago, Illinois.
Jessica Granger ’17
Jessica Granger ’17 is working at Herman Miller.
Ethan Groothuis ’17
Ethan Groothuis ’17 is a credit analyst at First National Bank of Michigan.
Catherine Hagenbush ’17
Catherine Hagenbush ’17 is a cooking matters coordinator at Care & Share Foodbank of Southwest Colorado in Colorado Springs.
Britta Hageness ’17
Britta Hageness ’17 will pursue a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Minnesota.
Joel Haler ’17
Joel Haler ’17 will pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Bethel Seminary in California.
Laurel Hall ’17
Laurel Hall ’17 is a marketing associate for Highland Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and owns a greeting card company called Ordinary Card Co.
Lindsay Hall ’17
Lindsay Hall ’17 will purse a Master of Social Work degree in interpersonal practice and mental health at the University of Michigan.
Elizabeth Hasseld ’17
Elizabeth Hasseld ’17 is working at Holland Hospital and pursuing a nursing degree at Lake Michigan College.
Andrew Haverdink ’17
Andrew Haverdink ’17 is a quality engineer and consultant at Diverse Dimensions in Zeeland, Michigan.
David Heinze ’17
David Heinze ’17 will pursue a Master of Music degree at University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He will be a graduate organ scholar at Selwyn College.
Robert Henry ’17
Robert Henry ’17 will pursue a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at the University of Utah.
Jessie Hermann ’17
Jessie Hermann ’17 and Peter Schuett were married on May 19, 2017, in Minnetrista, Minnesota.
Rachel Herman ’17
Rachel Herman ’17 is a foster care specialist for Catholic Charities West Michigan.
Kim Hodgson ’17
Kim Hodgson ’17 will pursue a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Graham Hoppstock ’17
Graham Hoppstock ’17 will pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Emily Hozian ’17
Emily Hozian ’17 will be interning with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Lara Iaderosa ’17
Lara Iaderosa ’17 will be teaching sixth grade at Charles Hay World School in Englewood, Colorado.
Michelle Jager ’17
Michelle Jager ’17 will be starting in September on the assurance staff at Ernst & Young in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She and Duncan Bocks ’17 were married on Aug. 11, 2017, in Holland, Michigan.
Jamie Johnson ’17 and Gabriel Robinson ’15
Jamie Johnson ’17 and Gabriel Robinson ’15 were married on May 19, 2017, in Dayton, Ohio.
Emily Johnson ’17
Emily Johnson ’17 is working part-time as an editor for Winning at Home in Zeeland, Michigan.
Emily Joosse ’17
Emily Joosse ’17 is a high school mathematics teacher at Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah.
Scott Keith ’17
Scott Keith ’17 is a product marketing associate at Haworth in Holland, Michigan.
Joel Klopfenstein ’17
Joel Klopfenstein ’17 will pursue business at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California.
Jacob Knol ’17
Jacob Knol ’17 is working an interim job in the shipping department at Superior Text.
Janna Kollen ’17
Janna Kollen ’17 is a counselor and blogger with Concordia Language Villages, teaching Japanese in Minnesota.
Samuel Kreps ’17
Samuel Kreps ’17 will pursue a business and management degree at Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, England.
Kathryn Krieger ’17
Kathryn Krieger ’17 is the contemporary worship director at Hinsdale Covenant Church in Hinsdale, Illinois, and married Larry Spencer on July 1, 2017, in Princeton, Illinois.
Madeline Lacy ’17
Madeline Lacy ’17 is a teacher’s assistant at Gilden Woods Early Learning Center.
Robert Lampen ’17
Robert Lampen ’17 is pursuing a master’s degree in humanities at the University of Chicago.
Brooke Ledsworth ’17
Brooke Ledsworth ’17 is a developmental care specialist at Wedgwood Christian Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, working in the department for kids with autism and developmental disabilities.
Nathan Long ’17
Nathan Long ’17 is a marketing coordinator for FlexPost Inc.
David Lunderberg ’17
David Lunderberg ’17 will pursue a doctorate in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kate Mader ’17
Kate Mader ’17 is taking a gap year this year while working at the Holland Free Health Clinic as an administrative assistant while applying to dental schools.
Aleksandra Masiak ’17
Aleksandra Masiak ’17 will pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Northwestern University.
Ricky May ’17
Ricky May ’17 will pursue a master’s degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics at Eastern Michigan University School of Orthotics and Prosthetics.
Audrey McKenzie ’17
Audrey McKenzie ’17 is a fifth grade mathematics teacher at Santiago Christian School in the Dominican Republic.
Richard Medina ’17
Richard Medina ’17 will pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Bradley University.
Logan Meeker ’17
Logan Meeker ’17 is a sales representative for Smithfield Foods.
Tyler Melby ’17
Tyler Melby ’17 is working for Monroe, Sweeris & Tromp, a CPA firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and Maressa Toomire were married on July 21, 2017, in St. Charles, Illinois.
Haley Menzies ’17
Haley Menzies ’17 is a sales associate for her third-generation family business, Standard Die International.
Brenden Merriman ’17
Brenden Merriman ’17 is a project manager for Epic Systems in Madison, Wisconsin.
Madison Mertz ’17
Madison Mertz ’17 will pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree at Central Michigan University.
Allison Middleton ’17
Allison Middleton ’17 is a behavior health worker for  Children’s Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Lyndsy Miller ’17
Lyndsy Miller ’17 will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at Purdue University.
Taylor Mills ’17
Taylor Mills ’17 is a digital fellow in the Mellon Scholars Program at Hope, in which she will design and co-teach the Mellon Seminar. She is also interning at Lighthouse Immigration Advocates law firm in Holland, Michigan.
Elena Moore ’17
Elena Moore ’17 will pursue a master’s degree in materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan.
Brenda Mora ’17
Brenda Mora ’17 is teaching kindergarten Spanish immersion at Holland Public Schools (Holland Language Academy) starting this fall 2017.
Nathan Morales ’17
Nathan Morales ’17 is a financial advisor for Principal Financial in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Erica Nurenberg ’17
Erica Nurenberg ’17 will pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Central Michigan University.
Kelsie Nyhuis ’17
Kelsie Nyhuis ’17 is a full-time ministry coordinator with Pillar Church in Holland, Michigan.
Laura O’Connor ’17
Laura O’Connor ’17 will pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Delaware.
Aaron O’Meara ’17
Aaron O’Meara ’17 will pursue a master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Central Michigan University’s Physician Assistant School.
Alexandra Orel ’17
Alexandra Orel ’17 will be an auditor at Crowe Horwath LLC in Oak Brook, Illinois, starting in October.
Carly Parker ’17
Carly Parker ’17 is a digital marketing account manager at The Day Publishing Company in New London, Connecticut.
Camryn Peterson ’17
Camryn Peterson ’17 is working for AmeriCorps as a volunteer through City Year, working in a Chicago Public School for a year helping students stay and succeed in school.
Alexander Piper ’17
Alexander Piper ’17 is a public programs facilitator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Laurel Post ’17
Laurel Post ’17 will pursue a Master of Science degree in library and information science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Hannah Potter ’17
Hannah Potter ’17 and Jacob Grinwis were married on June 24, 2017, in Whitehall, Michigan.
Mikayla Pouliot ’17
Mikayla Pouliot ’17 is a behavior analysis technician at Pioneer Resources in Muskegon, Michigan.
Lauren Rechenbach-Chapman ’17
Lauren Rechenbach-Chapman ’17 will pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy.
Bethany Redeker ’17
Bethany Redeker ’17 will be teaching middle school history and English at Holland Christian for the HC2 program.
Ruth Reeve ’17
Ruth Reeve ’17 is a second-grade teacher at Sunrise Elementary School (Widefield District 3) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Alex Riley ’17
Alex Riley ’17 is a registered nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Hadley Roy ’17
Hadley Roy ’17 is an associate strategist with Commonwealth//McCann.
Erika Ryan ’17
Erika Ryan ’17 will work for International Justice Mission in Manila, Phillippines, for a year.
Terah Ryan ’17
Terah Ryan ’17 will pursue a Master of Social Work degree at Michigan State University.
Benjamin Schroeder ’17
Benjamin Schroeder ’17 will enter Officer Candidate School to become an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 2018.
Hayley Schultz ’17
Hayley Schultz ’17 is an advocacy fellow for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.
Delaney Seeburger ’17
Delaney Seeburger ’17 will pursue a master’s degree in fire protection engineering at California Polytechnic State University.
Sonya Shaw ’17
Sonya Shaw ’17 will pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Atlantic Veterinary College at University of Prince Edward Island.
Amanda Shepherd ’17
Amanda Shepherd ’17 is a recruiter at Insight Global in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Emily Simmons ’17
Emily Simmons ’17 will pursue a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology at Bowling Green State University.
Garrett Sims ’17
Garrett Sims ’17 will pursue a Master of Education degree in higher education administration and student affairs and is a resident director at North Carolina State University.
Tyra Smith ’17
Tyra Smith ’17 will pursue a degree in speech and language pathology from Grand Valley State University and will be working at Pine Rest Christian Homes throughout the summer and the school year.
Elizabeth Smoker ’17
Elizabeth Smoker ’17 is a media associate at Starcom in Chicago, Illinois.
Carlie Snoap ’17
Carlie Snoap ’17 will pursue a Master of Social Work degree in interpersonal social work at the University of Michigan.
Hope Stamas ’17
Hope Stamas ’17 is an executive assistant at Holland Free Health Clinic in Holland, Michigan.
Sarah Stanicek ’17
Sarah Stanicek ’17 is a kindergarten teacher at Webster Elementary (Widefield District) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Samantha Sterkenburg ’17
Samantha Sterkenburg ’17 is a human resources specialist at Sunset Retirement Communities and Services in Jenison, Michigan.
Elizabeth Tally ’17
Elizabeth Tally ’17 is a special education teacher at Oxford Middle School in the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas.
Bryce Talsma ’17
Bryce Talsma ’17 will pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
Cailyn TenHoeve ’17
Cailyn TenHoeve ’17 is a registered nurse in the pediatric emergency department at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Alexis Thompson ’17
Alexis Thompson ’17 is a trauma sales associate for Stryker.
Bailey Towns ’17
Bailey Towns ’17 is in a special education teaching position in Honduras at the International School of Tegucigalpa.
Kathryn Trentadue ’17
Kathryn Trentadue ’17 will pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Notre Dame.
Courtney Tuinier ’17
Courtney Tuinier ’17 will pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Grand Valley State University.
Sydney Van Hulle ’17
Sydney Van Hulle ’17 is the event manager at Eminence Management in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a graphics design intern for Ring Cam in Holland, Michigan.
Anikka Van Eyl ’17
Anikka Van Eyl ’17 will pursue Master of Social Work and Master of Urban Planning degrees at the University of Michigan.
Jessica Vlisides ’17
Jessica Vlisides ’17 will pursue a Master of Science degree in athletic training program at Weber State in Utah.
Trevor Wagoner ’17
Trevor Wagoner ’17 is a design engineer with Jacobs Technology in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Chandler Warren ’17
Chandler Warren ’17 is a consumer and industrial products and services technology consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Cole Watson ’17
Cole Watson ’17 and Sierra Schultz were married on July 15, 2017, in Holland, Michigan.  Cole is working for SolidCircle, a software company, in Holland.
Zachary Weber ’17
Zachary Weber ’17 is a quality engineer with Tram Inc. in Plymouth, Michigan.
Chloe Werkema ’17
Chloe Werkema ’17 is an assistant teacher at Ada Christian School.
Spencer Westley ’17
Spencer Westley ’17 is a space management analyst at The Kellogg Company.
Colin Whitehead ’17
Colin Whitehead ’17 is an English teaching assistant in Lima, Peru, through the Fulbright Program from August 2017 until June 2018.  
Lucas Wiles ’17
Lucas Wiles ’17 was named an alternate for a research grant to Estonia
Abbie Zuiderveen ’17
Abbie Zuiderveen ’17 will pursue a master’s degree in athletic training at Western Michigan University. She also has a graduate assistant position working in WMU’s sports medicine clinic.