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Linda Warner

Linda Warner, Research Associate.
After getting her BA in English from Hope College, Linda first worked for the Frost Center in 1992-93 as part of a post-bach research year in which she also worked for Hope’s Sociology and Social Work department. She studied Sociology and Demography for two years at Princeton University, where she was supported by a National Science Foundation fellowship. She has worked in both commercial and academic research positions and also as a technical writer. Linda’s office is located in Suite 220 Anderson-Werkman (100 East 8th Street). Her e-mail is and her telephone number is 616-395-7311.

Julie Ornee

Julie Ornee, Research Associate. 
Julie Ornee received her B.A. in psychology and sociology from Hope in 2006. Upon graduation, she joined the Peace Corps and served two years in Macedonia as a Youth Community Development Volunteer. In 2011 Julie received her M.S. in Sociology and Community and Economic Development from the Stevenson Center at Illinois State University.  Before coming to the Frost Center, she worked as the Community Impact Manager at the United Way of McLean County in Bloomington, Illinois. Her office is located at 220 Anderson-Werkman (100 East 8th Street). Julie's email is, and her telephone number is 616-395-7234.

Barb Throop

Barb Throop, Research Associate.
Barb has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an M.S. in Educational Psychology: Research and Evaluation with an emphasis in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. While at UWM, Barb worked as a Research Assistant for the Milwaukee Early Schooling Initiative. Barb was a Reasearch Associate at the Frost Center from July 1995-July 2002. She comes back to the Frost Center after working with Grant Public Schools for several years.

Cathy Brooks Cathy Brooks, Research Associate. 
Cathy has a B.A. in English Literature and Art History from Williams College (MA), has logged in many post-grad courses in the Social Sciences and GIS, and has worked in publishing and as an independent GIS consultant. Cathy’s excellent writing ability, GIS background, and other computer skills lend to all areas of Frost Center reports. Her office is located at 220 Anderson-Werkman (100 East 8th Street), Cathy's email is
Milly Hudgins

Milly Hudgins, Frost Center Operations Manager.
Milly recently returned to Holland and to the Frost Center as its Operations Manager.  The Virginia native and James Madison University graduate has worked in Communications and Marketing for WVEC-TV, Busch Gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo and most recently as the Marketing Director for Village Bank in the Richmond, Va. area.  During her previous tenure with Hope College, Milly worked in the Frost Center as well as the Phelps Scholars Program.  Milly’s office is located in Suite 220 of the Anderson-Werkman building (100 East 8th Street).  Her email is and her telephone number is (616-395-7556.

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Advisory Committee Members

Karen NordellPearson - Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship Rebecca Johnson - Communication Dept. Steve VanderVeen - Department of Economics, Management & Accounting Tony Donk - Education Department  
Kirk Brumels - Kinesiology  Department Joel Toppen - Political Science Department Carrie Bredow - Psychology

Roger Nemeth - Department of Sociology & Social Work


Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship—Karen NordellPearson
Communication—Rebecca Johnson
Economics, Management & Accounting—Steve VanderVeen
Education—Tony Donk
Kinesiology—Kirk Brumels
Political Science—Joel Toppen
Psychology—Carrie Bredow
Sociology & Social Work—Roger Nemeth

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Affiliated Faculty

The Frost Center has provided financial or operational support for many faculty research projects and over the years has worked for most every office and academic department on Hope's campus.

Four previous directors of the Frost Research Center are full-time faculty in the social sciences: Roger Nemeth and Deb Sturtevant of the Department of Sociology & Social Work, and Chuck Green and Scott VanderStoep of the Psychology Department.