posted August 10, 2005

Alumni Board Members Named

During its May meeting, the Alumni Association Board of Directors of Hope College chose its officers for 2005-06 and appointed six new members.

Beth Snyder, a 1994 graduate from Arlington, Va., is continuing her two-year term as president and Karen Navis, a 1981 graduate from Grandville, is continuing as vice president. Dr. John Witte, a 1954 graduate from Vero Beach, Fla., has been appointed secretary, succeeding Ray Vinstra of Kalamazoo, whose term on the board has concluded.

The board's new members are: Bob Bieri, a 1983 graduate from Holland (Lakeshore Area Representative); Jason Cash, a junior from Brighton (Junior Class Representative); David Daubenspeck, a 1974 graduate from Vista, Calif. (Southern California Region); Gene Haulenbeek, a 1972 graduate from Kalamazoo (Southwest Michigan Region); Kat Nichols, a 1999 graduate from St. Paul, Minn. (North Central Region); and Dr. Scott Schaaf, a 1988 graduate from Mukilteo, Wash. (Northwest Region).

Ben Sanders of Evanston, Ill., formerly Senior Class Representative, was appointed representative of the most recent graduating class. Allison Pawlowski of Pinckney, formerly Junior Class Representative, was appointed Senior Class Representative.

In addition to Vinstra, the board members who have concluded their service to the board are: Marion Hoekstra of Laurel, Md.; Elizabeth Tyndell of Livonia; James VanEenenaam of Dana Point, Calif.; and Greg Van Heest of Golden Valley, Minn.

Bieri is vice president and general manager of inside mirrors and electrochromatics with MagnaDonnelly, where he has been employed for the past two years. He was previously president and chief operating officer of Prince Manufacturing for three years, and director of interior operations with Johnson Controls for three years.

His community involvement has included serving on the board of Camp Geneva and on the fundraising team for Women in Transition. He is a member of Christ Memorial Reformed Church, where he has been active on consistory, on search committees and as a youth leader.

Bieri has been an active participant in each of his class reunions, and has stayed involved in the life of the college as a student mentor, and attending athletic events, Christmas Vespers and chapel services.

He graduated from Hope with a major in business and minor in engineering, and completed a B.S.E. at the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Jennifer, who is a member of the college's Class of 1984, have four children at home: Amanda, Melissa, Lindsey and Micah.

Cash is a communication major and business minor. He is studying to one day work in broadcast journalism, in either television or radio.

Since 2004 he has been co-editor-in-chief of the "Milestone" yearbook, which he also served as sports editor during 2003-04. He is a disc jockey and programming director with WTHS, the college's FM radio station.

He works with admissions as a tour guide and panelist for prospective students. He is currently an assistant director with Freshman Orientation, for which he was an orientation assistant last year. He participated in morale for the Class of 2007 during the 2004 Nykerk Cup competition; participated in Dance Marathon on the morale team in 2004 and on the security team in 2005; and is involved in intramurals and Hope Republicans.

Cash participated in a Hope spring break mission trip to Hollywood, Calif., and has repeatedly volunteered with the college's annual fall "Time to Serve" program. An avid Detroit Pistons and Hope sports fan, he is an active participant and leader in the college's Dew Crew.

He is a 2003 graduate of Brighton High School. He is the son of James and Judy Cash of Brighton.

Daubenspeck is a financial planner with Daubenspeck Financial & Insurance Services Inc. He earned his "Certified Fund Specialist" designation in 2004.

From 1976 to 1993, he held a variety of youth pastor and associate pastor positions in California and Minnesota. From 1983 to 1986, he was K-LOVE radio's director of ministry and operations.

Daubenspeck has been active in the Vista Chamber of Commerce for the past seven years, and received the chamber's "Volunteer of the Year" award twice in recent years. He is also active at Oak Hills Evangelical Covenant Church, where he leads small groups.

In addition to attending class reunions, he has attended Hope regional events in Southern California and has served as an alumni caller of prospective students for admissions.

After graduating from Hope with a major in communication, Daubenspeck completed an M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He has two sons, Dutch and Drew.

Haulenbeek is a self-employed graphic designer, and has been the sole proprietor of Haulenbeek Illustration and Design for the past 15 years, and also freelances as a caricature artist. He had previously been art director for four years each with Associated Design Services and Johnston & Associates.

He belongs to the Portage Chapter of AMBUCS (American Business Clubs), and has been recognized for leadership as Chapter President and District Governor, and has been selected as AMBUC of the Year in the district. For 30 years he has been a member of Second Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, where his service has included three terms as a deacon.

Haulenbeek majored in art and minored in physical education at Hope, where he ran cross country and track. He and his wife, Susan, a member of the college's Class of '73, have three children: Todd, a member of the Class of '00; Steven, a member of the Class of '02, and Carrie, who is beginning her second year at Hope; and two grandchildren, Jonah and Ella.

Nichols is the coordinator of youth and college ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minn., while concurrently pursuing a Master of Divinity in youth and family ministry. When time is afforded, she is also an athletic trainer with the Institute for Athletic Medicine.

She previously served as assistant athletic trainer, clinical instructor and rehabilitation coordinator at Bethel College (Saint Paul, Minn.); a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the Women's Athletic Department at the University of Minnesota, and an assistant athletic trainer at Zeeland High School.

In addition to her work with the church, her involvement in the community includes coaching with the Bloomington Youth Soccer Club and assisting with events for the Minnesota Orchestra.

Nichols has attended local alumni events as well as her five-year reunion. She worked with the college's soccer camps during the two summers following graduation, and in 2004 brought a high school group to live on campus and work with Habitat for Humanity in Holland for a week.

She majored in kinesiology (athletic training and exercise science) at Hope, where she was on the women's soccer team and also participated in activities including the Gospel Choir, spring break mission trips to Jamaica and the Nykerk Cup competition. She completed a Master of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, and is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
Schaaf has been an orthopedic surgeon for the past three years with The Everett Clinic, where he is medical director for musculoskeletal services. He is president of the Snohomish County Medical Society, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Medical Association.

He was previously chair of surgery at Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, Wash., and an orthopedic surgeon with Cascade Valley Orthopedic Surgery.

Schaaf is a member of the church council of Trinity Lutheran Church in Everett.

In addition to attending class reunions, he has attended Hope regional events.

He majored in biology at Hope, and completed his D.O. degree at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He and his wife, Dr. Kristin Schaaf, who is a member of the college's Class of '89, are expecting their first child in December.