Alison SchantzResident Director, Voorhees Hall
Alison Schantz ’01 has been the resident director in Voorhees Hall since 2003. Through her job, Alison gets the opportunity to supervise five resident assistants (RAs) and oversee approximately 115 men and women who live in the Voorhees community.
She is able to get to know residents and help to create a positive community living experience through weekly meetings with her RAs, serving on various committees and working as part of a neighborhood team.
Alison originally started at Hope serving in a Residential Life role for three years as a student.
- Cognitive Impairment Endorsement, Grand Valley State University, 2015
- M.Ed., curriculum and instruction with ASD focus, Arizona State University, 2012
- Autism Endorsement, Grand Valley State University, 2007
- B.A., learning disabilities, Hope College, 2001
Alison is currently a full time CBI Instructor, working for the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD). She works with young adults ages 19–26, who have special needs, helping them to gain independence and skills for life and jobs.
Alison has been trained in Mental Health First Aid and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Program through her job as an RD at Hope. Previously, she taught special education at Jenison High School for 12 years.
Honors and Awards
Alison has received her 5-year and 10-year recognition awards from Hope.
Why I Love Hope
Alison has spent half of her life on Hope College's campus! She truly loves the people, the community and the experiences that students are able to have during their time at Hope. She is excited to be a small part of that experience whenever possible and loves watching students grow and learn!
Outside the College
Spending time with family and friends is something that Alison loves. She and her husband — and their little dog, too! — enjoy bike rides, kayaking and all around being outdoors. They enjoy attending many Hope events; Alison has a lot of blue and orange in her wardrobe.