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Destini Pulido

Hi there Class of 2019, Destini Pulido here! I am honored to be one of your Orientation Directors for this fall! This summer, Kristen and I will be working hard to make sure your Orientation experience is a great one! I am a senior from Eaton Rapids, Michigan and I am so excited to meet you! Coming to Hope was one of the best decision I’ve made. This place has become my second home and I have loved every minute of it. I’m a Psychology and Sociology double major. I like to stay pretty involved here at Hope by taking advantage of what this beautiful campus has to offer. I have been involved with the Even Year Pull Team (as a past morale and now ’18 Coach), Orientation, Campus Ministries, Ready for Life, the Kappa Beta Phi sorority, Hip Hop Club, Intramural sports, and the Latino Student Organization. I also work at Hope’s Admission Office as a Tour Guide and at Business Services as an Office Assistant! You should know that I am obsessed with the color pink, dancing, caramel lattes, and football.  I cannot wait for all of you to get here, so I can meet as many of you as I can! Go Dutch!



Kristen Garrett

Class of 2019! Welcome! My name is Kristen Garrett and I am one of your Orientation Directors for this fall. I could not be more excited to welcome you to campus! Destini and I will be working throughout the summer to ensure that your arrival to campus is wonderful. As a student at Hope, I will be entering my senior year where I will be wrapping up my majors in both Psychology and Social Work. On campus, I have been involved in Student Activities Committee, Intramural sports, Dance Marathon, Gospel Choir, Campus Ministry activities, and Nykerk. I also fill my time by working at both the library on campus and the Events and Conferences Office. Other than that, I generally enjoy spending my time doing anything fun with the people I love. There are so many opportunities for all of you to plug in and find your spot on this campus. I cannot wait to share an exciting Orientation weekend with you all! Let the journey begin!


Assistant Directors

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Hi! My name is Jordyn Stump and I’m a Senior Communication major and a Women's and Gender Studies minor. I work for Hope's Ticket Office and Event Staff, am a member of the Communication Honor Society, and am the hugest fan of Dance Marathon. The highlight of my summer (before Orientation happens of course) was when the newest Royal Baby was born. I knew Hope College was the right place for me the minute I stepped foot on campus and it has been the biggest blessing ever since. I’m so excited to meet the Class of 2019 at Orientation and can’t wait for you to fall in love with this amazing place too!

Mallory Reader

Mallory.jpgClass of 2019 – Welcome! My name is Mallory Reader and I am a Junior here at Hope. I am a Political Science major and a Communications minor planning to attend law school after I graduate. I’m from Hartland, Michigan, but I spend my summers in Boyne City working as a zip line guide. On campus I am involved with tutoring, Pi Sigma Alpha, the Pre-Law Society, and of course Orientation. This spring I will be interning in Washington, D.C. through Hope’s Washington Honors Semester. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, boating, downhill skiing, watching the Detroit Tigers, and drinking way too much coffee. The friends I have made at Hope are insanely amazing, and I know you will find that is true about the entire Hope College family! I cannot wait to meet all of you in August!


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Katie Owen

Helloooo class of 2019! My name is Katie Owen and I am from Northville, Michigan but I am spending my summer working in Harbor Springs.  I am going to be a Junior at this wonderful school and majoring in Management. I have been involved with Dance Marathon, Nykerk, CASA, and work for the Academic Success Center.  I love intramurals, Friends the tv show, downhill skiing and Orientation of course so I can’t wait to meet all of you and get started! I am excited for you all to begin this wonderful journey here at Hope!

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Megan Bisson

Hiya class of 2019! First off, congrats on making a wonderful decision- you're going to love Hope! My name is Megan and I am going to be a Junior this fall (holy moly, I'm getting old!) majoring in Communication and minoring in Leadership. I will be working as a camp counselor out in Colorado this summer and will be working with middle school girls- wahoo! I am passionate about golden retrievers, Chipotle, country music, Panera bread bowls, listening to people's stories, bike rides, and (most importantly) Jesus! Here at Hope I'm involved in Student Congress, bible studies, Volunteer Services, Nykerk, and I work in the admissions office. The entire Orientation staff is excited to meet you guys and make you feel right at home at Hope! Have a great rest of your summer and get pumped because Orientation weekend is awesome!


Kelly Leikert

Hi there! I am Kelly Leikert and am pumped for Orientation. I hope you all are having the most wonderful summer! I am spending a May Term out in Los Angeles, CA working in a low income charter school with six other Hope students. When I come back home, I will be spending the rest of my summer working at the Ludington State Park, horsing around (literally), and learning to sail. A little bit about me, I am from Ludington, MI and am starting my Junior year this fall as a Psychology major. I have been horse crazy since second grade and I love chocolate. A few of my favorite things I'm involved with at Hope are Dance Marathon, Ready For Life, and Renew Therapeutic Riding Center. I am so excited for you, the class of 2019, to become a part of the Hope family. Let the adventure begin!


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Hi there! My name is Michelle Hance and I am an Assistant Director for Transfer Orientation. Originally from Noblesville, IN, I transferred here in the Fall of 2013 and love it so much, so I can't wait for all of you to experience Hope College! This fall I will be starting my Senior year at Hope College as an exercise science major. I am a proud member of Hope's Swimming and Diving team and in my free time I love reading, drinking coffee, and eating mac and cheese. I am also an intern Hope's Kinesiology department and love working with the students, faculty, and families involved in our Foundations for Fitness program! I can't wait to see you all this fall!


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Ellie Hile

Hope College Class of 2019...WELCOME! I am Ellie Hile, one of the Assistant Directors for Orientation this year and will be a Junior at Hope in the Fall. I am studying Exercise Science with a Psychology minor to go into either Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy after my time at Hope! Grand Rapids, Michigan is where I reside when I am not at school or lifeguarding/counseling at a summer camp. A few of the fun and exciting things that I am involved with at Hope are Orientation, Dance Marathon, intramural sports, and bible study. I love meeting new people, adventuring, having fun, and trying new things. Hope has been able to help me continue doing these things, and more! I am confident that Hope will find a place in your heart just like it did in mine! We cannot wait for your arrival in August!

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Vanessa Brockhouse

Welcome Class of 2019! My name is Vanessa Brockhouse. I’m a Senior here at Hope. I’m from Fort Wayne, Indiana and studying Exercise Science as a major and Psychology as a minor. After I leave Hope, I’ll be going to graduate school for Occupational Therapy. I’m involved on campus by being the fundraising chair for Relay for Life and playing softball on Hope’s team. It definitely keeps me busy but I love it! I also participated in Nykerk song for a year and kept active during the off season by being involved in many intramural sports. I can’t wait to kick off another fantastic school year with Orientation and I’m super pumped to meet all of you! See you soon!!


Sam Starks

WHAT UP CLASS OF 2019?!  My name is Sam Starks. I am a Senior at Hope College and I am from St. Joseph, MI.  If all goes as planned I will be graduating next Spring with a Management major and a Ministry minor.  Hope has been so monumental in my life and I know it will be an amazing experience for you as well.  During my time at Hope I have been involved in many things: Student Activities Committee, Student Ambassadors, Tour Guiding, Dance Marathon, Intramurals, Immersion Trips,  Dew Crew, Relay for Life, Events and Conferences, Nykerk, and YoungLife! I am super pumped for you guys to get to campus in the fall!  Get ready for some of the best years of your life!


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Hello Class of 2019!!!! My name is John Luke Hawkins and I am an Assistant Director for Orientation 2015! I will be a Junior at Hope this upcoming fall! I am from a small agricultural town in central Indiana called Tipton. I am a double major with Communication and Religion. Since my time at Hope, I have been involved in Orientation, Dance Marathon, Gospel Choir, intramurals, Nykerk song and play, and numerous jobs. Besides doing that, I love spending my time being with my friends, adventuring, running, worshiping the Lord, and simply living life. I am so excited to meet all of you! Welcome to the Hope Family!!! :D

Jamie Hock

Whaddup Class of 2019! My name is Jamie Hock and I am very excited to be one of the Assistant Directors for Orientation this year. I am a Senior from a very small town in Michigan called Parma. I am studying Social Work with a minor in Psychology with the hopes of someday having the opportunity to work with children in foster care.  When I am not busy studying, you can find me working away in the Ticket Office. I am also involved around campus as a tutor for CASA and as a member of the Dream Team for Dance Marathon. This summer I will be living in Holland and working for the Hope College Events and Conferences Office. Some of my favorite things in life include coffee (I average about 3 cups a day…oops), eating food all day everyday, Harry Potter, and of course Hope College! I can’t wait for you all to arrive on campus and fall in love with the place you will call home for the next four years. But until then, have a great summer and see you in August!

Alexandra Orel

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Hi! I'm Alexandra and  I'm a Junior at Hope and I'm double majoring in Public Accounting and Management. I am a member of Business Club at Hope, and I'm very excited to be a part of the Orientation staff this year. I can't wait to help get everything ready to welcome all you new students to Hope!


Abby Cassella

CLASS OF 2019! WOAH-that sure is AMAZING to say! … woot woot FIRE UP! We are very excited to have the opportunity to meet you in a few short weeks! Hope will undoubtedly benefit from your presence. My name is Abby Cassella and I am a Senior from Okemos, MI, majoring in Elementary Education/ English Language Arts. Here at Hope, I am a Co-captain of the Women’s Lacrosse Team-and WOAH am I ever blessed to have the opportunity to play and grow alongside the best teammates ever…I mean EVER. I also co-lead a Campus Ministry Bible Study group with some crazy cool women who love deeply and desire to grow - I know you must think this all sounds too good to be true. It sounds a little CRAZY! Well wooden shoe like to know (#dutchschoolpun)? How on earth can I be surrounded by so MANY incredible individuals who love deeply and are just so stinkin’ fun to be around? WELL, in a few short weeks YOU will have the opportunity to come and see for yourself! I pray that the end of your Senior year goes well and summer is a blast, even through the busyness, I pray the time is enjoyable!:) HOPE COLLEGE CLASS OF 2019… see you soon!

Lauren Lauren Boyle

Hey Class of 2019! First of all, wow! We are so excited to welcome you to the Hope College family. My name is Lauren Boyle and I am from Rochester Hills, Michigan. I will be entering my Senior year as a Psychology major. I am excited to spend my second summer in Holland Michigan doing many things I love: biking, running, reading, coffee-shop sitting, and spending time with the people I love! These past few years I have been involved with Residential Life, Greek Life, a proud Nykerk Playgirl, Student Ambassadors, the Appropriations Committee, and serving as the Co-Director of Volunteer Services. Everyone has a place at Hope and we are excited for you to find yours- See you soon!

Danae Frost

Hi all! I'm Danae Frost, and this fall I will be a Senior (mind blowing) with a Management major & Communication minor. I'm from Holland originally and love anything to do with the water (paddleboarding, swimming, sunsets etc). In my time at Hope, I've been involved in Residential Life, Dance Marathon, Student Ambassadors, the Career Development Center, Baker Scholars and the Center for Faithful Leadership. Hope College is such a great place and I am #blessed to have the chance to experience all that Hope has to offer. I am SO excited for you all to come and experience the amazing people & atmosphere of Hope

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Hi new Hope friends! My name is Olivia Skatrud, and I will be a Junior in the fall. I am majoring in Communications with a minor in Management, and was fortunate enough to study with the Communications department in Liverpool, England, this past May! I am originally from Gig Harbor, Washington (about 45 minutes south of Seattle), but Hope has quickly become a second home for me. In my two years here I have been involved in '17 Nykerk Song, Orientation, Greek Life, the Phelps Scholars Program, Campus Ministries, and working at Phelps Dining Hall. I am so excited for you to get here, move in, and start discovering everything Hope has to offer! Until then, have a wonderful summer, start packing early, and get ready to say hello to Hope. :)   


Duncan Bocks

My name is  Duncan Bocks, I am a Junior, a Management Major and a Studio Art Minor. Hope is a great place to get involved! I am currently the Finance chair for Dance Marathon, a Student Ambassador, a member of the Water Ski Team, and a youth leader at my local church.  I am excited for you to arrive on campus, so I can get to know you!

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Hey there, Class of 2019! My name is Alyssa Arens and I am a Sophomore here at Hope. I am a born-and-raised Michigander from Rochester Hills, MI. I am studying Psychology and Spanish and I'm on the pre-Occupational Therapy track, aiming to fulfill my dream of working with kids with special needs. I work at the Campus Ministries office, and I am involved in Nykerk Song, Delight, Ready for Life, Outdoor Adventure Club, Dance Marathon, and other campus ministries events. I claim myself to be an avid ENO-er and have a keen liking of long walks on the beach, hosting dance parties in my residence hall, spending countless hours at LJ's, running, binging on episodes of The Office, thinking up debatably great puns, and frequent trips to Good Time & Captain Sundae. This summer I will be spending the month of June working and taking classes at Hope, and for the remainder of the summer I will be working at Camp Barnabas, a special needs camp in Purdy, Missouri! I am sure that this summer will be the best yet, but I am already way too excited to be back at Hope and meeting all of you! Orientation will be one of the most memorable weekends, and our staff can't wait to introduce you to your new home!


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Hi!! I'm Nick Loubert, Junior, Class of 2017, Majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry, on the Pre-med track. I lead Young Life at Holland Christian and work as a TA in the Biology and Chemistry departments. I love disc golf, hockey, and pretty much any other sport. I enjoy watching movies, chilling in my hammock, and playing the tin whistle. Also, I am PUMPED for the incoming class of 2019 to arrive, and I cannot wait to meet y'all.

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Kevin Rukundo

Hello there class of 2019 !! My name is Kevin Rukundo and I hail from the Land of a Thousand Hills - Rwanda. I am going to be a sophomore this fall and I am studying Economics and French. At Hope I've enjoyed being involved with Student Congress, Student Ambassadors as well as participating in intramural sports. I hope you are all as excited as I am for this coming school year, I can't wait to meet you all in August.

Emily Ause

Emily Ause.jpgHey ya'll! My name is Emily Ause and I am a member of the class of 2016 which means I will be a senior this year! Whoop! I am majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and have been involved with Orientation, Nykerk, the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Student Activities Committee (SAC), intramural sports, Dance Marathon and I have had a few on campus jobs. I LOVE music, trying unique food and anything that allows me to spend time outside. I am looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Hope College and into the class of 2019! Hope College has become my second home, and I can’t wait to be a part of some of your first college experiences!

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My name is Sarah Fallon and I am so excited to serve as an Assistant Director this year! I am a Senior with a double major in Public Accounting and Spanish. I have lived in Grand Rapids my whole life until I came to the lovely Hope College. Here I have made many of my greatest friends and so many great memories. I love playing sports, making and eating all kinds of food, and spending time with great people. At Hope, I have participated in intramural sports, danced in Dance Marathon, volunteered at the Warm Friend—a nursing home just down the street, sung in Nykerk, served in Hope’s Time to Serve, and, of course, helped with Orientation. I spent the spring semester abroad in Spain, and this summer I am interning at an accounting firm and spending lots of time with my family, but I can’t wait to get back to Hope and meet you. Orientation is a great opportunity to meet other students and get familiar with Hope’s beautiful campus, and I hope I can help to make it a lot of fun for you!


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YO YO YO CLASS OF 2019! We are so pumped for y’all to get here!! My name is Nancy Benda and I am a Junior Communication and Psychology double major. I went to high school in Birmingham, MI although I am from a lot of places (most recently my family moved to Pittsburgh and Holland). This summer I am spending my time as a counselor at the Hope College Tennis Academy while also traveling the US visiting family and friends! I’m excited to soak up some summer rays. At Hope I am proudly involved in Nykerk as an Odd-Year Play Coach, the Student Activities Committee as an Assistant Director, and as a Captain of the Hope Women’s Tennis team. I also hold a job at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor (come visit me there!). If you can’t tell, I love being busy, but in my free time I also love hanging out with friends! Hope College was the best decision I’ve ever made and I can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself. S’go Hope!


Morgan Miller

Hello Class of 2019! My name is Morgan Miller and I will be a Junior this fall at Hope. I am a Psychology major with a minor in Business Management. I was born and raised in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan (ALMOST Indiana but not quite) which is where I am currently living and interning for the summer. At school I have been involved in Nykerk, Dew Crew, tutoring for CASA, and the Orientation program! I love spending time with my friends, dancing, making trips to the beach, going to sporting events and making new and wonderful connections with the people and community of Hope College. I HOPE you all are having an awesome summer and are excited to become a student here, I'm super stoked to have you! See you in the fall!


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My name is Sam Eldersveld and I will be a Senior this fall at Hope. I’m majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in eating Laffy Taffys. I love being outside and enjoying the beautiful nature. My favorite activities range from playing SpikeBall to watching a gorgeous sunset at Holland State Park. Throughout my three years at Hope I have learned who I am and what I’m supposed to do in this world. It has been the best experience of my life. I can’t wait until all the new students get here and see how special a place like Hope is.  You all are great and if you ever need a friend or someone to talk to stop over at Van Zyl Cottage this fall. Have a great summer and SEE YOU SOON.

Kara Josephson

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Hello Class of 2019! My name is Kara Josephson and I am going to be a Senior in the fall! I am studying Elementary Special Education - Learning Disabilities here at Hope. I have been able to participate in Orientation, Nykerk, Bible Study, Dance Marathon, Gospel Choir, and an organization called Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). I absolutely love spaghetti and my favorite animal is a llama! I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing games outside, and traveling. I love this wonderful place and I can’t wait for you all to get here!



Raoul's Bio photo.jpgRaoul Adwan

Hey guys! I'm Raoul (cool name, I know). I'm going to be a Junior this year and am majoring in Communication. I’ve participated in bible studies, am a volunteer leader for Youth for Christ Ministry, and now I'm doing Orientation! I was born and raised in the Southside of Chicago and am the youngest of 3. I love to video edit, dance, swim, and EAT! I have a huge passion for people. My goal is to go to Seminary, so I can be one step closer to my calling. Becoming a pastor of a church is a life goal of mine, and right now I'm taking those steps by joining the Orientation team. We are so excited for you guys to come to campus!