New Alumni Board Members
And Board Officers Named
Posted June 24, 1998
HOLLAND -- The Hope College Alumni Association
Board of Directors has appointed three new members and has
chosen its officers for 1998-99.
The board also made several reappointments.
The board's new members are: Neil Petty of
Honeoye, N.Y. (New York Region), Jennifer Trask of Elm Hall
(Junior Class Representative) and James Van Eenenaam of Dana
Point, Calif. (California Region).
Claire Gibbs of Melbourne, Fla., has been
appointed president, succeeding Jennifer Liggett of
Kalamazoo, president since 1996, who will serve an
additional year on the board as past president. Gibbs was
also reappointed to the board as its Southeast Region
Bruce Brumels of Lake City has been appointed vice
president, and Michael Percy of Mentor, Ohio, has been
appointed to a second year as secretary.
Reappointed to the board in addition to Gibbs
were: Michelle Laverman of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest
Region) and Linda Schaap of Barrington, Ill. (Central
Region). Kara McGillicudy of Okemos, previously Senior
Class Representative, has been appointed Most Recent
Graduating Class Representative; and Dan McCue of Bexley,
Ohio, previously Junior Class Representative, has been
appointed Senior Class Representative.
In addition, three board members have concluded
their service to the board: Janette Aardema of Grand
Rapids; Bryan Bush of Anaheim, Calif.; and Megan Mulder of
Petty, who is a 1957 Hope graduate, is retired as
principal of Martha Brown Middle School of Fairport, N.Y.
He worked for the school district for 32 years as a vocal
music teacher, assistant principal and principal.
He has served as chair of the Perinton Arts
Council and president of the Fairport Rotary Club, and on
the Board of Directors of Hunt Hollow Ski Club. He was
director of choirs for the First Congregational Church in
Fairport for 24 years, and is currently a member of the
choir of the United Church of Christ of Honeoye; he has
served on committees or boards with both churches.
At Hope, he majored in music education and minored
in English and German. He was a member of the Chapel Choir
and Cosmopolitan Fraternity, and president of the sophomore
Petty earned his master's of education in guidance
and administration from the University of Rochester.
He served on the Rochester Advisory Committee for
the college's "Hope in the Future" campaign. He has also
been active in Hope events in the Rochester area.
Petty and his wife, Janice, have three children:
David and Karen, who are both 1981 Hope graduates, and
Trask, a junior at Hope, is an accounting major.
She has been active on the Social Activities
Committee (SAC) at Hope, and during the 1997-98 school year
was responsible for SAC events in the Kletz and worked on
special events such as the Talent Jam. She will be SAC's
director during 1998-99.
Trask has been involved in Orientation at Hope,
and is serving as co-director this year, planning the
Orientation Weekend activities for the incoming class of
2002. She was a resident assistant in Dykstra Hall during
the 1997-98 school year.
She has participated in the Partners in Promise
program that links Hope students with area children. She
was named to the Dean's List during her freshman and
Trask is the daughter of Jerry and Pamela Trask of
Elm Hall. She is a 1996 graduate of Alma High School.
Van Eenenaam, who is a 1988 Hope graduate, has
been an international trade specialist with the U.S. Customs
Service/Department of Treasury since 1991. He was
previously an import specialist with the International Trade
Administration/Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
While at Hope, he earned a business administration
major with a political science minor. He was on Student
Congress, was a member of the Fraternal Society and
participated in the LaCrosse Club. He holds an MBA in
management from Pepperdine University.
Van Eenenaam will be teaching international
business courses at the University of California, Irvine
during the 1998-99 school year. He is an active member of
the Orange County Marine Institute, volunteering as a docent
and helping maintain the "Pilgrim," a replica of an 1830s
He has been active in Hope events in California,
and as a volunteer for the Admissions Office.
Van Eenenaam and his wife, Sblenda, have three
children, Olivia, Sofie and Claire.