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Dordt College welcomes new faculty and staff

August 27, 2014

Dordt College welcomes new faculty and staff to campus.

Sara Alsum-Wassenaar, assistant professor of art. Alsum-Wassenaar has a B.S. in psychology and art from Hope College, an M.Ed. in secondary education from Grand Valley State University, and an M.F.A. in new media from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Tom Clark, assistant professor of mathematics. Clark received a B.A. in mathematics from Calvin College, an M.A. in education from Point Loma Nazarene University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Steve Holtrop, associate professor of education. Holtrop earned a B.A. in English from Calvin College and an M.A. in English and journalism education and Ph.D. in English education from the University of Iowa. He served as the dean of graduate and professional programs and the director of graduate teacher education at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana.

Dr. Michael Janssen, assistant professor of mathematics. Janssen earned a B.S. in mathematics and physics from the University of South Dakota and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He served as an associate technical analyst at Hyland Software, Inc.

Dr. Richard Joerger, associate professor of agriculture. Joerger received a B.S. in ag education from North Dakota State University, an M.A. in education from the University of St. Thomas, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. He served as a professor of education and the director of graduate programs in education at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Ben Lappenga, assistant professor of theology. Lappenga has a B.A. in classical languages from Hope College, an M.A.T. in biblical studies and theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (Northwest), and a Ph.D. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Mary Beth Pollema, instructor of education. Pollema received her B.A. in elementary education and Spanish and an M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership from Dordt College. She taught high school English and Spanish at Central Minnesota Christian School.

Benjamin Saarloos, engineering instructor/lab systems engineer. Saarloos earned a B.S. in engineering from Dordt College and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana. He has 12 years of industry experience and has served as the director of engineering at RINI Technologies in Orlando, Florida.

Current faculty with new additional administration roles
Dr. Neal De Roo, Andreas Center fellow. De Roo has been a member of the philosophy department since August 2010 and will continue to serve as associate professor of philosophy. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Calvin College, an M.A. in philosophy of religion from the institute for Christian Studies, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College.

Dr. Nathan Tintle, director for research and scholarship. Tintle has been a member of the mathematics/statistics/computer science department since August 2011. He will continue to serve as associate professor of statistics and will also serve as the area leader for mathematic/statistics/computer science. Tintle received a B.S. in mathematics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Jodi Baker, Copy Center operator. Baker has a B.A. in elementary education from Calvin College. She taught at Edgerton Public School and the Free Christian School in Edgerton.

Anna Bartlett, administrative assistant for the music department. Bartlett earned a B.A. in literature and psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. In addition to this part-time position, she works as a library assistant in the Orange City Public Library.

Jeremy Engbers, admissions counselor. Engbers received a B.A. in theology from Dordt College in 2014. He served as a Campus Ministries worship leader and on the traveling worship team while attending Dordt College.

Julie Geleynse, executive assistant for the vice president of Student Services. Geleynse has a B.A. in exercise science from Dordt College. She worked as a registrar’s administrative assistant at Concordia University in Wisconsin and as a personal trainer.

Alexis Kreun, coordinator of off-campus and multicultural student programs. Kreun has a B.A. from the University of Arizona. She has taught middle school English and university English in Mexico and has served as a student activities director at the University of Arizona Center for English as a Second Language and client/interpreter coordinator at Arizona Language and Transportation Services.

Liz Moss, Andreas Center administrative assistant. Moss received a B.A. in Christian education from Northwestern College and an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary. She serves as the stated clerk for the East Sioux Classis of the Reformed Church in American and previously served as associate pastor at American Reformed Church in Orange City.

Jordan Mouw, admissions administrative assistant. Mouw has a B.A. in English from Concordia University Wisconsin. She has worked at American Investment & Trust in Sioux Center and for a large Internet-based retailer in Cedar Falls.

Brenda Postma, accountant. Postma has a B.A. in accounting from Central College. She has worked as a staff auditor for the State of Iowa, an accounting analyst and accounts payable specialist at Pella Corporation in Pella, and a certified public accountant and firm accountant with Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte in Rock Valley.

Jody Rozenboom, administrative assistant for the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education. Rozeboom received a B.A. in business administration from Dordt College and was an accounting assistant at Link Manufacturing.

Karen Van Schouwen, director of annual giving. Van Schouwen has a B.A. in political studies from Dordt College and is working on her master’s in communication and leadership with Gonzaga University. She has worked as an admissions counselor with Dordt, administrative assistant for the Sioux County Youth Fair, and event coordinator with the All Seasons Center.

Rachel Verwolf, alumni and parent relations coordinator. Verwolf has an A.A. degree in photography from Grand Rapids Community College and a B.A. in marketing and business administration from Davenport University in Grand Rapids. She worked at AmBank Investments in Sioux Center as a retirement plan assistant.

Helen Zeutenhorst, administrative assistant for the agriculture, biology, chemistry, and environmental studies departments. Zeutenhorst has an A.A. in the administrative assistant program. She is a certified nursing assistant and EMT instructor at Northwest Iowa Community College. She has worked as a CAN at the Orange City Area Health System and janitor at First Christian Reformed Church in Hospers.

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