This year 109 incoming new Hope College students have alumni generational ties. If the information is incomplete or if we have missed someone, please send an email to alumni@hope.edu.

Fifth Generation 

Emma Cole (Ada, Michigan)
Mother - Margaret VerMeulen ’93 Cole
Grandmother - Carol Lamberts ’67 VerMeulen
Grandfather - John Ver Meulen ’65
Great-Grandfather - Victor Ver Meulen ’30
Great-Great-Grandfather - John Ver Meulen 1894 

Anna Cole (Ada, Michigan)
Mother - Margaret VerMeulen ’93 Cole
Grandmother - Carol Lamberts ’67 VerMeulen
Grandfather - John Ver Meulen ’65
Great-Grandfather - Victor Ver Meulen ’30
Great-Great-Grandfather - John Ver Meulen 1894 

Fourth Generation

Evan Bleitz (Milan, Michigan)
Mother - Joy Portinga ’89 Bleitz
Father - Dan Bleitz ’89
Grandmother - Judy Kollen ’64 Portinga
Grandfather - David Portinga ’59
Great-Grandmother - Clarissa Gunn’36 

Abigail Dieffenbach (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Mother - Brenda Hoffman ’89 Dieffenbach
Father - Timothy Dieffenbach ’84
Grandmother - Carol DeVries ’57 Hoffman
Grandfather - Vernon Hoffman ’56
Great-Grandfather - Justin Hoffman 1922 

Connor Evenhouse (Minocqua, Wisconsin)
Mother - Heather Bolks ’88 Evenhouse
Grandfather - Erv Bolts ’64
Great-Grandmother - Anna Hoekje 1911 Maatman 

Hannah Lindstrom (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Mary Hadden ’92 Lindstrom-Ritsema
Step-Father - Ray Ritsema ’89
Grandmother - MaryAlice Ferguson ’57 Ritsema
Grandfather - Robert Ritsema ’57
Great-Grandmother - Hazel Lokker ’27 Ferguson 

Alyssa Potyraj (Grandville, Michigan)
Mother - Anne Roos ’90 Potyraj
Grandfather - Robert Roos ’52
Great-Grandmother - Ruth Dalman ’30 Roos

Caleb Schoon (Ludington, Michigan)
Mother - Michele Sterk ’91 Schoon
Father - Jon Schoon ’92
Grandmother - Carla VandeBunte ’65 Sterk
Grandfather - Vernon Sterk ’64
Grandmother - Mary Kay Paalman ’66 Schoon
Grandfather - Jon Schoon ’63
Great-Grandfather - Russell Paalman ’34 

Anna Watkin (Holland, Michigan)
Father – Joshua Watkin ’94
Great-Grandmother – MaryLouise Flikkema ’65 Watkin
Great-Grandfather – John Flikkema ’31
Great-Great-Grandfather – Gerrit Flikkema 1895 

Gerrit Wiegerink (Holland, Michigan)
Father - Steven Wiegerink ’91
Grandfather - Paul Wiegerink ’58
Great-Grandfather - Gerritt Wiegerink ’33 

Nathan Willit (Grandville, Michigan)
Mother - Margaret Miller ’86 Willit
Grandmother - Betty  Roelofs ’53 Miller
Grandfather - Jack Miller ’54
Great-Grandmother - Martha Muller ’24 Miller 

Third Generation 

Isaac Bylsma (Hudsonville, Michigan)
Father - Dan Bylsma ’84
Grandfather - Gary Bylsma ’60 

Gabrielle Chandler (Hudsonville, Michigan)
Mother – Nicki Mannes ’95 Chandler
Grandmother - Bonnie Brandsma ’69 Mannes 

Caden Collins (Fowlerville, Michigan)
Mother - Nancy Conn ’91 Collins
Father - Christopher Collins ’92
Grandmother - Judith Pell ’67 Conn 

Connor Collins (Fowlerville, Michigan)
Mother - Nancy Conn ’91 Collins
Father - Christopher Collins ’92
Grandmother - Judith Pell ’67 Conn 

Mitchell Galer (Byron Center, Michigan)
Mother - Julie VanRiper ’93 Galer
Father - James Galer ’91
Grandmother - Marilyn Klyn ’58 Galer
Grandfather - James Galer ’56 

Tyler Grose (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Laurel Housenga ’88 Grose
Father - Steve Grose ’88
Grandmother - Pauline Peil ’65 Housenga 

Brennan Hendrickson (Wyoming, Michigan)
Father - Daniel Hendrickson ’95
Grandfather - Jerry Hendrickson ’60 

Jon Hofmeyer (Holland, Michigan)
Father - Mark Hofmeyer ’84
Grandmother - Ruth Ausema ’61 Hofmeyer
Grandfather - Terry Hofmeyer ’61 

Andrew Horne (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Grandmother - Phyllis Heidanus ’53 Huff
Grandfather - Richard Huff  ’52
Great-Grandmother - Mabelle Mulder 1921 Huff
Great-Grandfather - Frank Huff  ’25 

Rachel Hubbert (Grandville, Michigan)
Mother - Julie Beemer ’92 Hubbert
Father - Ronald Hubbert ’92
Grandmother - Betty Kelder ’65 Beemer 

Mary Kamara-Hagemeyer (Holland, Michigan)
Father - Jeremy Kamara-Hagemeyer ’92
Grandmother - June Veldheer-Millard ’62
Grandfather - Jack Millard ’61
Grandfather - Stanley Hagemeyer ’62 

Joseph Kordenbrock (Williamston, Michigan)
Father - William Kordenbrock ’84
Great-Grandmother - Martha Gabbard ’25 Bicknell 

Jacob Kowalski (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Ruth Ann Kaufman ’05 Kowalksi
Grandfather - Myron Jacob Kaufman ’59 

Isaiah Lee (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Maricela Mireles ’05
Grandmother - Andrea Arismendez ’99 Mireles 

Amy Osterbaan (Ada, Michigan)
Father - Daniel Osterbaan ’91
Grandmother - Joyce Brunsell ’51 Kamps
Grandfather - George Kamps ’53 

Seth Piersma (Wyoming, Michigan)
Mother - Amy Dokter ’87 Piersma
Father - Craig Piersma ’87
Grandmother - Janet Limeoh ’62 Piersma|
Grandfather - Donald Piersma ’60 

Thomas Spoelhof (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Wendy King ’90 Spoelhof
Grandmother - Barbara Turkstra ’68 King
Grandfather - William King Jr. ’69 

Nicholas Stamas (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Mother - Laurie Heystek ’92 Stamas
Father - George Stamas ’90
Great-Grandmother - Mary Ruby Carpenter ’41 Steketee
Great-Grandfather - Cornie Steketee ’39 

Olivia Van Ark (Eaton Rapids, Michigan)
Father - Joseph Van Ark ’80
Grandfather - Herman Van Ark ’36 

Joshua VanDeHoef (Vacaville, California)
Mother - Kelley Householder ’92 Van De Hoef
Father - Scott Van De Hoef ’91
Grandmother - Carol Bultman ’68 Van De Hoef
Grandfather - Larry Van De Hoef ’67 

Gray Vandervelde (McBain, Michigan)
Mother - Kendra Blank ’94 Vandervelde
Father - Michael Vandervelde ’89
Grandfather - Graydon Blank ’68 

Danielle VanIwaarden (Holland, Michigan)
Father - Daniel VanIwaarden ’92
Grandfather - John VanIwaarden ’57 

Second Generation 


Elizabeth Bachwich (Dublin, Ohio)
Mother - Elizabeth Kaye ’92 Bachwich 

Timothy Bartelds II (Zeeland, Michigan)
Mother - Heather Kreuzer ’91 Bartelds 

Nicholas Beck (Spring Lake, Michigan)
Father - William Beck ’87 

Jennifer Beckman (Shelby, Michigan)
Mother - Kim Baxter ’87 Beckman
Father - David Beckman ’85 

Owen Beird (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Anna Glendening ’88 Beird
Father - William Beird ’88 

Veronica Berger (Holland, Michigan)
Step-Father - Matthew Farmer ’04 

Brayden Blackburn (Whitehall, Michigan)
Mother - Susan Gasper ’92 Blackburn
Father - Peter Blackburn ’91 

Brecken Boeve (Zeeland, Michigan)
Grandmother - Sharon Dyktra ’64 LeBlanc 

Meredith Bomers (Jenison, Michigan)
Mother - Renee Gauthier ’92 Bomers
Father - Jason Bomers ’92 

Genevieve Brink (Wheaton, Illinois)
Grandfather - Kenneth Brink ’60 

Kyle Brondyk (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Mother - Susan VanderVeen ’84 Brondyk
Father - Daniel Brondyk ’85 

Sarah Cannon (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Mother - Caroline Bredult-Cannon ’90 

Cameron Carpenter (Glencoe, Missouri)
Mother - Panechanh Choummanivong ’93 Carpenter
Father - Christopher Carpenter ’90 

Krista Carter (Holland, Michigan)
Great-Grandfather - Norwood Reck ’49 

Makenna Clarke (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Laura Pemberton ’93 Clarke 

William Clinton (Cranford, New Jersey)
Grandmother - Priscilla Bouska ’62 Van Dam
Grandfather - John Van Dam ’59 

Julia Dawson (Richland, Michigan)
Mother - Janis Sanderson ’87 Dawson
Father - Jeff Dawson ’88 

Holly Denouden (Caledonia, Michigan)
Grandfather - Thomas Hoekstra ’62 

Kasey DeSmit (Hudsonville, Michigan)
Mother - Wendy Evert ’95 DeSmit 

Jenna DeYoung (Mokena, Illinois)
Father - Kevin De Young ’89 

Marshal Diep (Grayslake, Illinois)
Father - Sam Hoc Diep ’90 

Bailey Ellens (Hamilton, Michigan)
Mother - Rachel DeHaan ’08 Ellens 

Julia Elzinga (Grand Haven, Michigan)
Grandmother - Sandra VanderBerg ’63 Elzinga
Grandfather - William Elzinga ’60 

Rachael Fornarotto (Pocatello, Idaho)
Mother - Kate McGory ’86 Fornarotto 

Nicholas Fornarotto (Pocatello, Idaho)
Mother - Kate McGory ’86 Fornarotto 

Samuel Gaby (Duluth, Georgia)
Mother - Barbara Van Andel-Gaby ’83 

William Graham (Belmont, Michigan)
Mother - Susan Laidlew ’91 McCreery 

Braden Griffin (Fennville, Michigan)
Mother - Courtney Alexander ’95 Griffin 

Isabel Hodson (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Carrie Terpstra ’88 Hodson
Father - Robert Hodson ’88 

Abby Holm (Lake Villa, Illinois)
Grandmother – Gloria Heuvelhorst ’64 DeKleine 

Samuel Joachim (Dearborn, Michigan)
Mother - Anne Schloff ’91 Joachim 

Saydee Johns (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Janis Yntema ’93 Johns 

Chester Johnson (West Olive, Michigan)
Mother - Carrie Waterway ’97 Johnson
Father - Andrew Johnson ’97 

Erin Kloostra (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Grandmother - Mary Nevenzel ’64 Huizen
Grandfather - Gordon Huizen ’63 

Krystyna Koedyker (Holland, Michigan)
Father - Harvey Koedyker ’82 

Jacob Kruzich (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Mother - Kristen Swope-Kruzich ’95 

Abigail LaDuke (Holland, Michigan)
Mother – Cristy Vredevelt ’92 LaDuke

Matthew MacIntyre (Waukesha, Wisconsin)
Father - David MacIntyre ’92 

Sydney Matuska (Commerce Township, Michigan)
Mother - Shannon Riessen ’91 Matuska
Father - John Matuska ’91 

Daniel Mauger (Holland, Michigan)
Father - Steve Mauger ’92 

Grace McConaghie (Peoria, Illinois)
Mother - Rachelle Smith ’90 McConaghie 

Elizabeth Merritt (Holmes Beach, Florida)
Mother - Camrin Anderson ’99 Merritt
Father - Kristopher Merritt ’98 

Sarah Mikesell (Norton Shores, Michigan)
Grandfather - Terry Carlson ’67

 Kathryn Mulder (Grand Ledge, Michigan)
Father - Mark Mulder ’86 

Isaac Nelson (Belmont, Illinois)
Grandmother - Donna Rynbrandt ’64 Miller
Grandfather - Roger Miller ’62 

Jonathan Outen (Hackensack, New Jersey)
Grandmother - Lisa Weatherbee ’84 Cordero 

Addison Panse (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Kelly O'Dowd ’93 Panse 

Audrey Persch (Hudsonville, Michigan)
Mother - Heather Cole ’92 Persch
Father - Frederick Persch ’91 

Josiah Peterson (Holland, Michigan)
Father - Jonathan Peterson ’84 

Charlie Pietryga (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Mother - Pamela Fortuin ’83 Pietryga 

Alison Plasman (Grandville, Michigan)
Mother - Susan Kuiper ’85 Plasman 

Megan Radaz (Alma, Michigan)
Mother - Wendy Campbell ’87 Radaz 

Collin Reenders (Grand Haven, Michigan)
Father - Scott Reenders ’84 

Leah Reinardy (Zeeland, Michigan)
Mother - Joan Vannord ’88 Reinardy 

Stephanie Richardson (Galesburg, Michigan)
Mother - Christine Wichnal ’88 Richardson
Father - Mark Richardson ’88 

Abigail Schuen (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Mother - Sherry Grupp ’90 Schuen 

Alexander Sellers (Glen Ellyn, Illinois)
Mother - Jennifer Jarvis ’92 Sellers 

Garett Shrode (Hamilton, Michigan)
Mother - Nancy Barta ’95 Shrode
Father - Bart Shrode ’95 

Isabel Snoap (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Laura Snoap ’95 Bauman
Father - Bruce Snoap ’90 

Charles Soucey (Ada, Michigan)
Mother - Mary Jane Rhoades-Soucey  ’85 

Lydia Sprik (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Father - Sherman Sprik ’77 

Jael Stilwell (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Tamara Nederveld ’90 Stilwell 

Hannah Stuursma (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Mother - Amy Cook ’93 Stuursma
Father - J. Peter Stuursma ’93 

Megan Summerfield (Lowell, Michigan)
Grandmother - Margaret Allen ’39 Mc Mahon 

Nichole Thomas (Islamorada, Florida)
Mother - Dee Ianuzi ’84 Thomas 

Jace Thornton (Ada, Michigan)
Mother - Stephanie Carpenter ’92  Thornton 

Nathaniel Trumble (Granger, Indiana)
Mother - Vonnie Dood ’90 Trumble
Father - Scott Trumble ’90 

Seth Van Blois (Grandville, Michigan)
Mother - Rebecca Weigle ’91 Van Blois
Father - Brent VanBlois ’90 

Allison Van Dam (Holland, Michigan)
Father - Doug VanDam ’93 

 Tyce Vander Goot (Hudsonville, Michigan)
Mother - Beth Hozee ’96 VanderGoot 

Autumn VanDoornik (Holland, Michigan)
Grandfather - Fred VanDoornik ’80 

Nicholas Wehrmeyer (Holland, Michigan)
Mother – Jan Looman ’94 Wehrmeyer
Father - Todd Wehrmeyer ’86 

Nicholas Weigle (Grandville, Michigan)
Mother - Jill  Bernson ’89 Weigle
Father - Matthew Weigle ’89 

Emma West (Saint John, Indiana)
Grandfather - Albert VanderMeer ’67 

Jacob Westrate (West Olive, Michigan)
Father - Kevin Westrate ’93 

Benjamin Woodworth (Holland, Michigan)
Mother - Jessica Hutchins ’94 Woodworth
Father - Michael Woodworth ’94 

Ryan Yonker (Hudsonville, Michigan)
Father - Daniel Yonker ’92