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William Bowser ’11 was selected out of a thousand candidates to play in the Nike-sponsored All-Star Game called “Summer is Serious” on Wednesday, Aug. 21. His team was coached by James Harden of the Houston Rockets. He has played professional basketball in Romania and has signed a one-year contract to play for the Halifax Rainmen in the Canadian National Basketball League. children’s ministry at the City on a Hill Church. Jennifer Hansen Gard ’07 graduated from the University of Florida with a masters in art education in 2012 and is currently in her second year of study as a candidate for her MFA in ceramics at Ohio State University. Beth Leahy ’07 Hacker is an accredited financial counselor working on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., as a career transition trainer. She works for Inverness Technologies, a contractor for the Department of Labor. William Ponkowski ’07 of Plymouth, Mich., has started the MBA program at University of Michigan Stephen Ross School of Business. Meghan Wind ’07 of Ann Arbor, Mich., is a clinical social worker in the adult neuro intensive care unit at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Mich. Mike DeVries ’08 is a mortgage loan originator for Lake Michigan Credit Union. Andrew Hickok ’08 of Denver, Colo., graduated with a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan in 2011, and was the project director for a two-year research grant examining structural and policy factors impacting young men’s risk for HIV infection in Detroit. Following the end of that grant, he moved on to become the prevention services manager at Denver Colorado AIDS Project. Laura Scherer ’08 Jepkema of Niles, Mich., is the director of adult day services at the Cass County Council on Aging. Clinton Jepkema ’08 of Niles, Mich., is teaching mathematics and physics at Niles High School. Kate Ester ’08 Johnston is the new pastor of Westlake Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek, Mich. Meredith Praamsma ’08 of Albany, N.Y., will be moving to Mongolia in 2014 to establish a public health research laboratory. Allison Walter ’08 of Howell, N.J., works at Kleinfeld Bridal in Manhattan as a bridal sales consultant. She is also a regular cast member on the TLC reality television show Say Yes to the Dress, which is filmed at Kleinfelds. She has been on the past two seasons and is currently filming for season 11. Morgan Wilson ’08 of Frederick, Md., completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is now an assistant professor of Management at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. Ashley Barbieri ’09 of Denver, Colo., is teaching special education, kindergarten-fifth autism and moderate needs, in Colorado. Rachel Driscoll ’09 of Mount Pleasant, Mich., served as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University for two years, and has begun an MS program in chemistry, with a research emphasis in chemistry education, with Dr. Janice Tomasik at Central Michigan University. Ashley Hilbrand ’09 of Grant, Mich., has started her clinicals on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center -Midland. Andrew Mead ’09 and Jana Johnson ’10 Mead are currently serving as RCA volunteers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Jana is serving as a hospice nurse, while Andrew is teaching theology at Mekane Yesus Seminary for the current academic year. 10s Justine Vlietstra ’10 Backhaus of Waukesha, Wis., is the business operations manager at Rocketship Southside Community Prep, the first expansion school for the national charter school network. Brennigan Gilson ’10 Burnett was married in August 2011 and has been using her business and English degree. She began her own photography business, photography studios, which has had success within a three-hour radius of Holland, Mich. Matt Clark ’10 is the executive director for Promise for Haiti in Nashville, Tenn., a global community development organization working in Pignon, Haiti, providing healthcare, education, and clean water. Alison Garza ’10 has begun a master’s program at Fuller Theological Seminary in intercultural studies with an emphasis in international development. Haleigh Gokey ’10 Leslie is employed with Yamhill County Health and Human Services as a management analyst -health educator. Elizabeth Olson ’10 accepted a position in McAlester, Okla., as a pediatric and family medicine physician assistant. (Please see “Advanced Degrees.”) Sarah Costener ’10 Reu of Chicago, Ill., is starting a masters in teaching program through the Urban Teachers Education Program at University of Chicago. Teresa Borst ’10 VanDerSchaaf of Wyoming, Mich., is working at Stone Plastics Manufacturing as the human resources manager and coaching varsity volleyball at Hudsonville High School. Trevor Coeling ’11 of Ann Arbor, Mich., is in his second year at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Carrie Cushman ’11 of Liverpool, United Kingdom, is finishing her Master of Science degree in international events management at the University of Salford in Manchester. Jeanine DeJong ’11 reports that this fall marks the beginning of her third year as guidance counselor at Hillcrest School in Nigeria. She notes that it has been both an immense joy and an immense challenge working at the Christian, American-curriculum school, with more than 17 different nationalities represented in the student body. Leaving Hope with her bachelor’s in psychology, she found herself thrown into the position of trauma and grief counselor at Hillcrest, located in a part of central Nigeria that has, at times, erupted into violence. In the midst of the chaos, however, she found solace in teaching two classes in the high school as well, one of which is an AP Psychology class using the very textbook written by Dr. David Myers. She says “What a privilege to teach from the very book that started me on the path to psychology, from the very professor I was able to study under in college.” Amanda Goodyke ’11 has begun working as a registered nurse in the pediatric ICU at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital. She is also pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing: pediatric nurse practitioner at U of M. Katharine Matejka ’11 Kroondyk of Cadillac, Mich., started teaching at Manton High School last year and started her Master of Education at Ferris State University. Daniel Mehari ’11 graduated with the 125th class of the Michigan State Trooper training program in October. The event was attended by Dr. James Herrick, the Guy Vander Jagt Professor of Communications at Hope College. Amanda Schab ’11 of Ann Arbor, Mich., is working at the University of Michigan Hospital as an acute leukemia/ telemetry registered nurse and attending the university to pursue a master’s degree in the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner program. Arye Shannon-Carmichael ’11 of Holland, Mich., is a dance teacher at Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is a dance teacher at Belle Etoile Studio of Dance in Zeeland, Mich. Marissa Lintemuth ’11 Stauffer is a kindergarten teacher at The Vail Child Development Center in Avon, Colo. Charlie Walter ’11 is finishing a farm apprenticeship in Virginia and will be on the look out for land to begin farming. Brian Wiese ’11 of Greenville, N.C., recently graduated with master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and accepted a position as assistant athletic trainer with football at East Carolina University. Chad Buchholz ’12 of Grandville, Mich., graduated from Grand Valley State Police Academy in August and now works for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. Peter Fischer ’12 is applying for the naval medical school scholarship. He looks forward to serving his country. Katie Garrett ’12 began an internship at Horn Creek Camp and Conference Grounds in Westcliffe, Colo. Taylor Groth ’12 is attending graduate school at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, pursuing a Master of Arts in international security. He is also participating in a semester in Washington, D.C., for the fall, working at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Office of Policy and Regional Affairs. Emily Kirschbaum ’12 of Chicago, Ill., graduated from her Master of Social Work advanced standing program in May and started a full-time position at Cabrini Green Legal Aid as a social worker immediately after graduation. She had been interning there as a part of her MSW program through the year, and they hired her on as full-time staff. She does case management for clients from all legal services departments -housing law, family law, criminal defense, and criminal records. The office is the only agency in the city of Chicago that provides criminal defense services outside of the public defender’s office. Caitlin Klask ’12 of Pinckney, Mich., is working in media (Please see “Advanced Degrees”). Jon Ponte ’12 of Novi, Mich., is working for the city of Northville as a fire rescue and EMS responder. Amber Rogers ’12 has begun her second year as a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain. This year, she will serve as a mentor for all of the first-year Fulbright English teaching assistants. Amberlyn Scheeringa ’12 of Schererville, Ind., is a kindergarten teacher at John Wood Elementary in Merrillville, Ind. Felicia Strong ’12 of Ann Arbor, Mich., took a year off from school to work and travel, and has decided to return to school to complete her master’s in nursing at the University of Michigan to become an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner. Spencer Vanderheide ’12 is touring the Midwest with his band. Angelo Alago ’13 of New Brunswick, N.J., is in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Rutgers University. Stephanie Browne ’13 is a content manager and client support employee at Murdoch Marketing, an ad agency in Holland, Mich. Erik Durham ’13 is the high school worship intern at FairHaven Ministries in Hudsonville, Mich., as well as assistant-directing theatre at West Ottawa High School in Holland, Mich. Bethanie Gallagher ’13 is a human resource representative at Byrne Electrical Specialists in Rockford, Mich. Caroline Haley ’13 is the manager of client relations for Milldam Public Relations, a full-service public relations firm serving data centers, facilities, telecomm and green-technology companies. Justin Makowski ’13 is the director 28 News News From From Hope Hope College College

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