Dordt College News

Dordt College welcomes new faculty and staff

August 22, 2011

Dordt College’s campus is buzzing with activity as students begin arriving on campus. The first week of school is full of exciting activities Freshmen Olympics, Freshmen Talent Show, and even a campus-wide slip-n-slide – and of course, the start of classes.

Not only are students greeting new classmates, they are also meeting 22 new faculty and staff members.



New Faculty

Dr. Ryan Brunner, assistant professor of psychology, received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his M.A. in psychology and Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio State University (OSU). Brunner has been teaching at OSU and comes to Sioux Center with his wife Leslie, and their two children, Sonya (4) and Luke (2).

Gary De Vries, instructor of agriculture, received his B.S. in agriculture education from Iowa State University and his M.A. in agriculture education from South Dakota State University. De Vries has worked as an agriculture education instructor and the Future Farmers of America advisor in the West Lyon Community School District. He and his wife, Lu, live in Rock Valley and have eight children.

Dr. Kayt Frisch, assistant professor of engineering, received her B.S. in engineering from Calvin College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Frisch and her husband, Kurt, come from Madison, Wisc., where she has been working as a research assistant.

Donald Roth, instructor of criminal justice and business administration, received his B.A. in history from Dordt College and his J.D. and Master of Law from Georgetown University Law Center. Roth and his wife, Erica, come from Washington, D.C., where he has been working as a contract attorney with Beacon Hill Staffing Group.

Kari Sandouka, instructor of computer science, received her B.S. in computer science – systems programming from Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) and her M.A. in information technology management from Webster University. Sandouka and her husband, Maher, come from Watseka, Ill., where she taught at ONU. They have two children, Ian (4) and Andrew (1).

Dr. Darren Stoub, associate professor of chemistry, received his B.S. in chemistry from Calvin College, M.S. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Rochester, and completed his post-doctoral research fellowship in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University. Stoub and his wife, Sarah, come from Winter Park, Fla., where he worked at Rollins College. They have two children, Rachel (8) and Tyler (6).

Dr. Jeff Taylor, associate professor of political studies, received his B.A. in social science from Northwestern College, an M.A. in library and information science from the University of Iowa, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri. Taylor and his wife, Shirley, come from Jacksonville, Ala., where he taught at Jacksonville State University. They have two children, Jane (7) and David (2).

Dr. Nathan Tintle, associate professor of statistics, received his B.S. in mathematics, M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics, all from the State University of New York. Tintle and his wife, Lisa, come from Holland, Mich., where he taught at Hope College. They have two children, Dorian (4) and Levi (2).

Dr. Jan van Vliet, associate professor of economics, received his B.A. in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario; an M.A. in economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario; a Master of Theological Studies from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario; and his Ph.D. in historical and theological studies from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa. Van Vliet and his wife, Joan, come from Three Hills, Alberta, where he taught at Prairie Bible College. They have four children.

New Staff

Andrew Brower, computer hardware technician, received his A.S. from Northwest Iowa Community College and his B.A. in information systems and software development from Bellevue University. He and his wife, Moriah, live in Alton.

Jon De Groot, campus ministries coordinator, received his B.A. from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn., in pastoral studies. John and his wife, Kara, come from Sioux Falls area where he worked as a worship leader serving Good News Reformed Church, Rejoice for Life, The Connection, and The Crossing. They have two sons, Moses (4) and Griffin (18 months).

Sarah Groneck, Andreas Center administrative assistant, received her B.A. from Dordt College in English literature while working as a student writer for The Voice, Dordt College’s alumni newsletter. She is originally from Godfrey, Ill., and most recently from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she worked for the marketing firm Purple Trout.

Chad Hanson, head volleyball coach, received his B.S. in athletic training from Washington State University. Hanson has worked as the assistant volleyball coach at the University of Iowa, and most recently as the interim head volleyball coach at the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Karla, have two daughters, Piper (3) and Ava (1).

Traci Hoogland, biology/chemistry laboratory assistant, received her B.S. in biology from Dordt College. As a student, she interned as a laboratory assistant at Bison Renewable Energy, LLC, and as a research assistant at The Kidney Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Mary Hulstein, Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO) administrative assistant, received her B.A. from Central College in instrumental music and K-12 education. She has been a music educator for 19 years and has served as a music teacher with MOC-FV Community Schools in Orange City. She and her husband, Brent, have four children.

Michelle Kistler, admissions counselor, received her B.A. in communication from Dordt College where she served as a resident assistant, student services secretary, and information desk receptionist. Kistler is originally from San Diego, Calif.

Nathan Rogers, network administrator, received his B.A. from Dordt College in systems administration. While he was a student he interned with the Dordt College computer services department and contracted with and provided technical support services to individuals and businesses in the Sioux Center area as well as in his home community in Western Nebraska.

Janelle Swager, administrative assistant for campus health services, received her B.A. in business administration from Dordt College. She has worked as the office coordinator and receptionist at Sioux Center Chiropractic. She and her husband, Dale, have two children, Bennett (4) and Tate (2).

Emily Vande Griend, executive assistant in student services, received her B.A. in communication at Dordt College and has worked as an assistant for Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband, Dale, are from Los Angeles, Calif.

Sarah Vander Plaats, public relations assistant, received her B.A. in communication at Dordt College and has most recently worked as the marketing assistant at the Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera.

Joanna Van Velzen, scholarship coordinator and financial aid assistant, received her B.A. in business administration from Dordt College and has worked as the store manager for Payless ShoeSource in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Ken Walvoort, Rec Center maintenance/custodian, is a certified journeyman electrician and has served at J. Miller Electric as a service manager/office manager. He and his wife, Judy, have three children and come from Oostburg, Wis.

Through the summer, the campus has undergone several changes including the construction of a new clock tower, remodeling of several East Campus Apartments, and continued beautification of campus grounds with the addition of new grass or green spaces among residential buildings.


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