Debbie joined the Hope College staff in January 2013 as the program coordinator at CASA (Children's After School Achievement). She began a new role as director of the FOCUS and SOAR programs in fall 2017.


Debbie holds a master's degree in secondary education from Aquinas College and earned her bachelor's degree from Hope College.

Professional Experience

Debbie has served in the Holland and Grand Rapids areas as a middle and high school teacher. She has also worked to support children and youth at Grace Episcopal Church in Holland. Prior to her current position at Hope, she served as the program coordinator of CASA.

Why Do You Love Hope? 

As a graduate of Hope and a parent of two recent Hope graduates, Debbie has loved the commitment of the Hope faculty to the success of their students.

Outside the College

When Debbie is not at Hope, she enjoys being with her family. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and music.

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