posted October 30, 2001

New Advancement Staff

There have been three new appointments to the Advancement staff at Hope College.

Harvey Koedyker has been hired as a regional advancement director. Melanie Meengs has been hired as director of corporate and foundation relations. Pamela Spencer has been hired as assistant director of corporate and foundation relations.

All three positions are new. "We've really enhanced the staff with some very capable people who have great futures ahead of them," said William K. Anderson, who is senior vice president for finance and development at Hope.

As a sixth regional advancement director at Hope, Koedyker is focusing on fund-raising in Michigan, with a particular emphasis on the college's current "Legacies: A Vision of Hope" capital campaign. The $85 million fund- raising effort has three primary components: renovating and expanding the science center, increasing the college's endowment, and addressing short-term and long-term facility and space needs. Hope has thus far raised approximately $63 million during the "Legacies" campaign, which was announced in October of 2000.

Meengs and Spencer are focusing on a fund-raising area previously shared by the college's regional advancement directors. They are expanding the college's efforts with corporations and foundations that support higher education while also enabling the regional directors to spend more time connecting with Hope's alumni population--which has grown by more than 25 percent in the past decade--and other individuals interested in Hope.

Koedyker was a team leader and electronic maintenance system administrator with Johnson Controls Inc. in Holland for 10 years prior to coming to Hope. He had previously held positions with Amway Corporation in Ada and with insurance agencies in Dyer, Ind., and Calumet City, Ill., and was business manager of the Calumet City Chamber of Commerce.

He is a 1982 graduate of Hope. While at Hope, he acquired a major in business administration and a major in communication, and minored in economics.

Meengs worked with the Michigan Department of Treasury for the past two years, serving as a liaison to the state legislature, Governor's legislative office and the lobbying community. She was previously a legislative aide to State Senator Bill Schuette.

She is a 1996 graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, where she majored in international relations. Her husband Bill is a 1991 Hope graduate.

Spencer had served as assistant director of development at Bethanna in Southampton, Pa., since shortly before completing her master's in nonprofit management at Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa., in May. While with the program, she completed a program assessment plan for The Philadelphia Orchestra's Educational Community Outreach Program. Her volunteer experience includes assisting non- profits in the Greater Philadelphia area with strategic planning, resources development and program assessment.

She is a 1998 graduate of Florida State University, where she majored in music.