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Current Baker Scholars

The 2017–2018 Baker Scholars includes seven senior and seven junior economics and business majors and minors.


Kristin AndersonKirstin is a business and political science double major. She enjoys running, reading, cooking, trying new foods and exploring new places. This summer, Kirstin will be interning full time at Auto-Owners Insurance Company in the Corporate Real Estate department. Looking ahead to the fall, what excites Kirstin most about being a part of the Baker program is the opportunity to create memories with new friends in new places.

“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”

Christina Armbrester

Christina is a double major in business and accounting. She enjoys spending time with friends and immersing herself in Hope College life. This summer Christina has an internship with Cintas Corporation through August. In the future, she is hoping to invest herself in a company where she can grow, learn and further her knowledge in the business world. A favorite quote of Christina's is by Naguib Mahfouz: "You can tell a man is clever by his answer. You can tell a man is wise by his questions." She loves this quote because it shows that wisdom is not solely about how smart one is or how much knowledge one can retain, rather the curiosity of the person and the eagerness to ask the hard questions is where wisdom shines. Christina is excited about her fellow Bakers and the time everyone will spend together. The group is phenomenal and she is excited to learn from them, be pushed by them and be inspired by them. 


Roberto Escalante-GonzalezRoberto is double majoring in business and communication. He enjoys playing soccer and eating his mom’s cookin’. This summer, Roberto is working as a Conference Coordinator for the Events and Conferences Office at Hope College. In the future, Roberto would like to work in the international business sector in hopes to achieve civil justice in the United States and abroad. Roberto is looking forward to being a Baker, and especially connecting with Baker alumni as well as the international trip in the spring!

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." 
—Ralph Waldo Emerson


Lauren FetteLauren is from Canton, Michigan and is pursuing a major in business management. She is a member of the Business Club and works on campus as a tutor with the Academic Success Center. This fall, Lauren will be studying abroad in Milan, Italy, in the IES Business Studies program. She is excited to take international business classes as well as the opportunity to work an internship while abroad. This summer, she is working as a marketing intern at Flagstar Bank. Lauren is looking forward to networking with business professionals and Baker alumni and being exposed to a variety of career paths. After graduation, she would like to work in marketing for a company involved in international business and fashion.

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
—Winston S. Churchill


Zachary GebbenZach is majoring in business with a minor in accounting and focusing in finance. He is interning at Merrill Lynch in Grand Rapids this summer for their Financial Advisor Summer Analyst Program. He is an active member of the Emersonian Fraternity at Hope. Zach loves anything involving sports, as well as boating, fishing and spending time on the beach. After graduation Zach’s goal is to combine his interest in finance and his passion for people and relationships to work in wealth management or private equity for a mid-to-large company. In utilizing the Baker Scholars, Zach looks forward to becoming a more well-rounded individual both in a casual and professional setting. He also looks forward to building deeper relationships through the Baker Alumni network.  

"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."
—Jimmy Valvano

Benjamin Hagman

Ben is a business major with an accounting minor and an emphasis on finance. He loves to play soccer, root for Ohio State, spend time outside and on the water with family and friends, and travel to new places. Ben is interested in banking and consulting and hopes to be acting on those interests in the near future! This summer Ben is finance intern at Innotec in Zeeland. He is also taking summer classes as well as playing soccer for the Muskegon Risers. Ben’s future career goals are to become a relationship manager and potentially a partner someday at a large bank. 

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he or she wants to do it."
—Dwight D. Eisenhower


Alyssa HeynenAlissa Heynen is from Ada, Michigan, and is majoring in economics with a minor in women’s and gender studies. At Hope, Alissa is involved in Residential Life, Business Club, Children’s After School Achievement and Alpha Phi Omega — a co-ed service fraternity. She also enjoys writing letters, playing ukulele and traveling. Alissa is looking forward to being a part of the Baker Scholars Program and being able to build relationships with the people she meets through the program. Following graduation, Alissa hopes to work in the non-profit field in community development or through a position that helps to empower women in business.

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” 
—Sara Blakely


Madeline MillerMadeline Miller is from Rochester, Michigan, and is pursuing a business management major with a minor in communication. At Hope, she is a member of Student Congress, is involved in the Business Club and enjoys participating in a variety of intramural sports. In her free time, Madeline enjoys discovering new coffee shops with friends and playing board games with family. Madeline is looking forward to the opportunities of learning from business professionals in diverse businesses along with growing as a professional as she narrows down her goals for the future. This summer Madeline will be an intern in the marketing division at Steelcase, Inc. where she hopes to gain experience and discover further strengths and passions. 


Logan RockLogan was born and raised in Saint Joseph, Michigan. He is currently working on a public accounting and management double-major with a focus on taking the CPA exam after graduation. His extra-curricular activities include: leading a Young Life team, consulting with the Center for Leadership, working for residential life, and attending Business Club events. In the Baker Scholars program, Logan is excited to learn about being a Christian leader in the global business market. He also looks forward to narrowing down his career goals and direction through networking with former Baker Scholars. This summer, Logan will be interning at a public accounting firm in Detroit. After graduation, Logan would like to begin his career in audit or consulting.

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.”
—Conrad Hilton


Adam RolainAdam Rolain is from Rochester, Michigan, and is double majoring in business and economics with a minor in Spanish. He is also a member of the Dance Marathon Dream Team, is involved with Nykerk Cup competition and is marketing manager at the coffee shop in Kletz Market on Hope’s campus. Adam looks forward to progressing further along with his communication and relational skills through the Baker Scholars program and hopes is will shape him to be a well-rounded professional. Adam will be interning for the St. Paul Saints Baseball Club this summer in Minnesota. After graduation, Adam wants to work in sports management with the hopes of a career in baseball.

“It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
—Abraham Lincoln


Megan SterbaMegan Sterba is from Troy, Michigan, and is pursuing a major in business with a minor in studio art. At Hope, she works at the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career and is a graphic designer for the Student Activities Committee and the Events and Conferences Office. Swimming, hiking, biking, hammocking, going to the beach and eating ice cream consume most of Megan’s free time. This summer Megan will be living in Holland and interning at Herman Miller in product management. Her first year as a Baker was a great experience; being able to meet new people, visit a variety of businesses and travel as a group were incredible learning opportunities. This year Megan is looking forward welcoming a new group of Bakers, more networking opportunities with alumni and growing as a leader and business professional. Megan is very excited to begin planning for the Baker’s international trip this coming spring and can’t wait for the great memories this year will bring. 

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”  
—Sheryl Sandberg


Julia TorenJulia Toren is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is pursuing an economics and business double major with a mathematics minor. At Hope, Julia has been a member of the Volunteer Services Committee, a representative in Student Congress and a student employee at the Events and Conferences Office. Currently, Julia is in her second year as an intern with the Pricing and Incentives Team at Steelcase, Inc. in Grand Rapids. Upon her graduation in December, she hopes to pursue a career involving analysis and problem solving. In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with friends and family. Julia looks forward to being exposed to a variety of careers through the experiences the Baker Scholars provide while engaging with and learning from professionals throughout the world.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
—Colossians 3:23-24


Anh TrinhAnh is from Hanoi, Vietnam, and is pursuing a double major in public accounting and management. On campus, she participated in Nykerk, volunteers for Children’s After School Achievement and is treasurer of Hope’s Asian Perspective Association. Anh is also working as an international ambassador for the Admission Office, as well as working for the Social Science Office. This summer she is going to intern for PwC Vietnam as an auditor. Coming to her senior year as a Baker, Anh hopes to have a better glimpse and exposure to the business environment, to meet different people and to build strong connections with business professionals around the globe. She is looking forward to the opportunities, experiences and challenges that help her in her future career after graduation. In the near future, Anh is looking to pursue a job with a CPA firm or going to a graduate school in accounting. 

“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.


Gwyneth WortzGwyneth is from Okemos, Michigan, and is pursuing a major in business management with minors in leadership and studio art. She served as the events coordinator for the Hope College Business Club in 2015 and co-chaired the Hope College Republicans from 2015–2016. Gwyneth is currently interning in New York City doing merchandise buying and planning with Elie Tahari. Last summer she attended the Vienna Summer School, which supplemented her work in Botswana, working with students, local artists and entrepreneurs the year before. As vice president of the George F. Baker Scholars, she looks forward to developing herself as a business professional and as a global citizen by connecting with other Baker Scholars and business professionals. Her desire is to one day combine her interests in international business and fashion working as a buyer in luxury fashion. 

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt