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Parents’ Council

The Parents’ Council serves Hope parents and families by fostering communication among parents, families and the college. Members also serve as ambassadors that promote and support the college and its mission.

2021 Parents Council Members

The council works to provide communication between families and the college, identifying and addressing the needs and concerns of families. They also guide members of the parent community toward increased support, understanding and enthusiasm for Hope. The council meets three times each year and is involved in other activities throughout the year.

Current Members

Please feel free to email current council members. They are ready and willing to answer questions from current and prospective Hope parents and families.

Gross Family Darren and Judy Gross, co- chairs from Midland, Michigan, are the parents of Sydney Gross ’19 and Matthew Gross ’22. The sense of community and belonging is what they love most about Hope College.
 Alcala Family Maricela and Luis Alcala are the parents of Paulo Alcala '24 and live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their favorite part of Hope is the sense of community.
  Kathrine and Julio Cortes live in Gurnee, Illinois and are the parents of Austin Cortes '22.

Lynn Dodge and Charlie Arnett are from the Detroit area and are the parents of Emily Dodge '22 and Helen Dodge. Lynn says, "I love that Hope College continues to instill in my daughters the values that I spent 18 years trying to teach them."
 Nutter Family Tera and Jason Nutter are the parents of Abbie Nutter and live in Indiana. They say, "We love the character and quality of friends our daughter has met. She feels supported and surrounded by a school family. We also appreciate how involved, communicative, and personable President Scogin is with the students and families."
 Pack Family Greg and Sharon Pack are the parents of Jessica Pack '24 and live in the Pacific Northwest. Their favorite thing about Hope is the commitment to the success of each and every student.
 Romano Family Walt and Cindy Romano are from the Detroit area and are the parents of Joe Romano ’20 and Dan Romano ’23. They appreciate the Christian environment, Chapel time, and the over-the-top concern and compassion for faculty and students.
Schoonver Family Kari and Jeff Schoonover are from Carmel, Indiana and are the parents of Erik Schoonover '22 and Kristian Schoonover. They say, "We continue to be impressed with Hope’s world-class academics yet small college feel. Our son has definitely grown with the active mentoring approaching from his professors."
Stenstrom Family Scott and Dana Stenstrom are from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are the parents of Cole Stenstrom '22. They say, "There is something for everyone and many things to love. The list is too long to pick just one!"