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Steve VanderVeen , Ph.D.
Director and Professor of Management
Office: 616-395-7246

Steve K. VanderVeen

Steve VanderVeen is Director of the Center for Faithful Leadership at Hope College and Professor of Management. Steve earned his BA (English) from Calvin College in 1982, his MBA (Marketing) from Western Michigan University in 1985, and his Ph.D. (Consumer Behavior) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995.  He joined Calvin College's faculty in 1989 and taught courses in management and marketing.  He joined Hope College in 2004.  He became director of CFL in 2007. He currently leads the CFL Consulting and CFL Incubator co-curricular programs, and teaches entrepreneurship and leadership courses.

Sarah Kolean
Office Manager
Office: 616-395-7244

Sarah K. Kolean

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She worked at Prince Corp. in Holland, Michigan from 1988 to 1990. Sarah owned and operated the local business, Uptown Gallery and Frame Shop, from 1990 to 1996.

Virgil Gulker, D.A.
Project Coach
CFL Consulting
Office: 616-395-7253

Virgil G. Gulker

Dr. Virgil Gulker is a social entrepreneur whose work engages church volunteers in the lives of at-risk children and families. In 1995 he founded KIDS HOPE USA, an innovative mentoring program that has trained over 700 churches in the United States and Australia to engage their members in one-to-one, I believe in you relationships with 10,000 at-risk elementary children.

Prior to his involvement with KIDS HOPE USA, Dr. Gulker founded numerous other award-winning programs. LOVE INC (1978) mobilized over 300,000 volunteers from 9,000 churches to respond to over 1,000,000 needs in 2008 and is active in two other countries. Love Our Kids (1990) provided mentors for inner-city children in three cities; Love For Children (1991), funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and World Vision, linked church volunteers with children and families in the federal Women, Infants and Children and Head Start programs. He also administered the first two-year college education program in the United States to award academic degrees to inmate students in a maximum security prison.

Dr. Gulker has received the Mustard Seed Award for Creativity, was the recipient of the 2001 Grand Valley State University Distinguished Alumnus Award, and has written numerous articles and books on volunteerism, including "Help Is Just Around the Corner" and "Helping You is Helping Me".

Jim Cnossen
Project Coach
CFL Consulting
Office: 616-395-7244

Jim has extensive experience within the Automotive Industry, a proven track record of leadership within the Information Technology field, and unique experiences as an entrepreneur implementing ideas and solutions within a for-profit environment. Jim has expert knowledge and senior level management experience in strategic IT leadership, business process re-engineering, and manufacturing operations all within an international context. He is recognized as a visionary and a results-oriented leader with strong communications and people-related skills.

After 30 years with Ford followed by several years of Management Consulting, Jim brings a distinguished record of providing solutions that address strategic business needs from within Fortune 5 corporations. Drawing from his automotive and manufacturing experiences, these solutions typically are an effective blend of people, process, and technologies.


Mark deRoo
Mentoring Coordinator
Office: 616-395-7244

Mark de Roo is the Mentoring Coordinator for the Center for Faithful Leadership at Hope College. He also teaches LDRS 399 (“Internship in Leadership”). In addition to his duties at Hope, Mark is President of Keystone Coaching & Consulting, LLC, a leadership coaching and human resources consulting firm. He also works part-time for Resthaven Care Community as their Culture Coach.

Mark’s professional background includes more than 20 years in human resources positions in manufacturing and service industries, including positions with Herman Miller, Inc., Trans-Matic Manufacturing, Co., and Manpower, Inc. He earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Western Michigan University, a Bachelor’s degree from Hope College, plus additional study in “Emotional Intelligence” at the Weatherhead School for Management (Case Western Reserve University). He holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is a graduate of Corporate Coach University. He is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.

He is the former Chairperson of the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, past-president of the Holland A.M. Rotary Club, and a former City Council Representative for the City of Holland. He is the author of Having a Job Like Recess (A Parent’s Manual for Guiding and Gracing Your Child’s Career Path). He is married (Roxanne) and has three adult children (Ingrid, Taylor, & Hillary). His outside passion is mountain climbing; he has been to the summit of the highest point in 49 of the 50 states.


Timothy Schoonveld
Associate Director

Timothy S. Schoonveld

Tim joined the Hope College staff as co-director of athletics on July 1, 2009. He is a 1996 Hope College graduate who majored in kinesiology with a minor in political science. His college basketball career, first at Calvin and then at Hope, was ended by a series of knee surgeries.

From 1997 until 2000 he was the men's junior varsity basketball coach at Hope while teaching in the Zeeland public schools system.

He was employed by the Holland Christian schools from 2000-09. He was named assistant principal and athletic director of Holland Christian High School in 2006. He was the girls' varsity basketball coach at Holland Christian High School for nine years. He was named the Class B coach of the year by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan in 2008 after his team advanced to the state tournament semi-finals. The 2009 team made it to the quarterfinals with a school-record 21 wins.

Schoonveld received the M.A. in sports administration from Western Michigan University in 2005.

Schoonveld and his wife, Lisa (Timmer) both grew up in the Holland/Zeeland area. They have four children, Elijah, Ericka, Kenedy and Teagan. Lisa was a standout two-sport athlete at Hope, achieving All-MIAA honors in basketball and softball.