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Hope College December 2012 : Page 28

Comprenew is a self-sustaining branch of Worldwide Christian Schools, internationally based in Grand Rapids. Heather Esfandiari ’09 of Ashburn, Va., is teaching high school mathematics in Loudoun County, Va. Marissa Grott ’09 of Forest Park, Ill., is currently working for a private physicians group focused on sexual health that uses innovative technology and partnerships with labs all over to country to provide healthcare to patients in all 50 states (please see “Advanced Degrees”). Sarah Koon ’09 has moved back to the United States after teaching in Morocco for three years. She is now teaching third grade in Westland, Mich. Jonathan Koopmans ’09 is a CPA for Plante Moran. Justine Post ’09 of Durham, N.C., is pursuing a Master of Divinity from Duke University after spending three years living, working and serving throughout the Pacific Northwest (with a stint in Nicaragua). Jillian Greshel ’09 Vander Yacht and her husband, Andrew Vander Yacht ’09, are moving to St. Kitts so that Jillian can attend veterinary school at Ross University at the end of the year. Andy VanderYacht ’09 of Knoxville, Tenn., spoke at Hope through the Biology Seminar Series on Friday, Oct. 26, regarding “Oak Savanna and Woodland Restoration in the Mid South.” He is a graduate student at University of Tennessee. 10s Marlee Bogema ’10 of Chicago, Ill., was among the presenters during this year’s Critical Issues Symposium at Hope, which was held on Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 25-26, and explored the theme “Reconciliation: Hope in a Divided World.” She presented “Side Effects May Include: Reconciling HIV Exposure and Its After Effects,” in a session sponsored by the department of nursing. Ken Chamberlain ’10 was the sound designer for Hope College Theatre’s fall production of Sweeney Todd . The production ran in the DeWitt Center main theatre on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, and Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 14-17. Matthew Clark ’10 is the web engagement coordinator for Blood:Water Mission. Catherine Hoitenga ’10 Koopmans is a certified child life specialist at Bronson Children’s Hospital. Jeff Meyers ’10 of Richmond, Ind., was among the presenters during this year’s Critical Issues Symposium at Hope, which was held on Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 25-26, and explored the theme “Reconciliation: Hope in a Divided World.” He presented “A.J. Muste: Hope’s Famous Peacemaker” in a session sponsored by the department of religion.. Priscilla Oddo ’10 of Gaylord, Mich., is currently employed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord in the secretariat for communications, where she spends her time writing articles for a weekly publication, maintaining the diocesan website, filming weekly Mass for television, and acting as one of the official photographers for the 80-parish diocese. Molly Pittsley ’10 of Holland, Mich., is attending Grand Valley State University for her Master of Science degree in occupational therapy. Kelly Raymond ’10 of Holland, Mich., is a mental health clinician on the crisis services team for Ottawa County Community Mental Health. Ricky Rhodes ’10 celebrated his one-year anniversery living on God’s mission in Guatemala. Katy Smith ’10 is currently teaching first-grade in Waukesha, Wis. Erika Bruinsma ’11 of Grand Rapids, Mich., was hired by Meijer, Inc. as a merchandising associate in the pharmacy department. Matthew Day ’11 of Franklin, Tenn., is a social media specialist at Jackson National Life. Rebecca Dean ’11 is currently living in Ecuador, serving as a missionary with the United Methodist Church for one and a half years, working with Women and Children’s Ministries in a small indigenous community. She will next return to the U.S. and serve one and a half years in a yet-to-be-determined placement, with a focus on putting faith into action. Audrey Griffith ’11 of Naperville, Ill., made the switch from working as a nurse on the cardiac telemetry unit to the cancer center as an oncology nurse at Edward Hospital in Naperville. Kelsey Hawkins ’11 is a fourth-grade teacher at Ferry Elementary School in Grand Haven, Mich. Marissa Jackson ’11 of Los Angeles, Calif., is serving a second year with Americorps in an education-based organization called City Year in Los Angeles. The organization focuses on the drop-out rate in the United States and works in schools and communities where drop out rates are the highest. Marissa and others are in schools as mentors, tutors and role models and working with students 1:1 and in small groups to provide the support they need to succeed. Calla Summers ’11 Nyboer of Alexandria, Va., is teaching science at Immanuel Christian School. Caleb Nyboer ’11 of Alexandria, Va., is a geology consultant at Intek, an oil and gas consulting firm. Ryan Otterstrom ’11 of Bethel, Conn., is enjoying being back home in Connecticut. She is teaching at Kindercare, a daycare, preschool, kindergarten, and after school care provider for shool-age children. Garret Szantner ’11 of Holland, Mich., was a panel guest for a discussion The college’s Alumni Association presented Dr. Daniel Capps ’98 of Orono, Maine, and the Rev. Stephanie Kaper-Dale ’97 and Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale ’97 of Highland Park, N.J., (pictured left-to-right) with Young Alumni Awards on Friday, Oct. 12, during Homecoming Weekend. Dr. Capps is an assistant professor of science on history and humanities internships at Hope. He is currently a student at Western Theological Seminary. Nicholle Taurins ’11 of Wyoming, Mich., teaches mathematics at Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology. Nicholas Campbell ’12 of Chicago, Ill., is a private equity analyst at Northern Trust. Carrie Anne Engels ’12 of Grandville, Mich., had her grand opening of her new jewelry boutique, What a Gem!, on Friday, Nov. 9. She sells fun and fashionable sterling silver jewelry. Becky Fry ’12 is teaching International Baccalaureate history at Rifle High School in Colorado. Katherine Karlowicz ’12 Herm of Niles, Mich., is a fifth-grade teacher, in special education inclusion, in Niles, Mich. Anna Leach ’12 of Washington, D.C., is the confidential assistant in the center for faith-based and neighborhood partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Jillian Conner ’12 Rice of Holland, Mich., was among the presenters during this year’s Critical Issues Symposium at Hope, which was held on Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 25-26, and explored the theme “Reconciliation: Hope in a Divided World.” She presented “Ishta” in a session sponsored by the department of dance. Claire Roembach-Clark ’12 of Seattle, Wis., is a preschool teacher at Bright Horizons. Amberlyn Scheeringa ’12 reports that she is roughing it in the outback of New South Wales, Australia, where the summer season is in full bloom. education at the University of Maine, and the Revs. Kaper-Dale are co-pastors of the Reformed Church of Highland Park. They were featured in the column by Scott Travis ’06, director of alumni and parent relations, in the October issue of News from Hope College , and biographical sketches of all three are available online. She is teaching two Australian girls in grades two and kindergarten while living with them on their 58,000-acre sheep property. It has been a whirlwind of an adventure with kangaroos, horses, sheep, snakes, giant bugs and the native Australians. She notes that she misses Hope College especially during the beautiful fall season and Nykerk. Bethany Stripp ’12 was recently named editor-in-chief of Chicago Athlete Magazine . Zachary Van Noord ’12 of Hudsonville, Mich., is a paraprofessional in Hudsonville Middle School. marriages Carla Plumert ’87 and Rick Ca potosto, April 28, 2012, Holland, Mich. Sandra Van Voorhis ’90 and Randy Karpman, Oct. 17, 2012, Las Vegas, Nev. Kayla Dubbink ’93 and Isaack Park, Sept. 22, 2012. Julie Norman ’94 and John Wagner, March 16, 2012. Ryan Harmsen ’95 and Melissa Immink ’96, July 7, 2012. Valerie Pacheco ’96 and Steve Petre, Oct. 13, 2012. Ruby Cook ’00 and Matthew Calantjis, May 12, 2012, Fremont, Mich. Tim Lepczyk ’01 and Ruthann Thomas, June 9, 2012. Peter Hunsberger ’ 02 and Emily Adelman, Oct. 20, 2012. Laura Meengs ’02 and Jonathon Aikens, Aug. 11, 2012. 28 News News From From Hope Hope College College

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