Board of Trustees

** Chairperson of the board

Bernadette Allen '78

* Bernadette Allen ’78

Vice Chair of the Board
Retired U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger
Fort Washington, Maryland

Jason Andringa

Jason Andringa

President and CEO
Vermeer Corporation
Pella, Iowa

Kristi (Jaarsma) Balk ’88

Kristi (Jaarsma) Balk ’88

Owner
Jaarsma Bakery
Pella, Iowa

Roger Brown

Roger Brown

President and CEO
Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI)
Pella, Iowa

Peter Cartwright '82

Peter Cartwright, CIMA© ’82

Senior Vice President
Senior Institutional Consultant
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Des Moines, Iowa

Daniel De Cook ’95

Daniel De Cook ’95

Co-CEO Heritage Lace
Pella, Iowa

Tej Dhawan ’91

** Tej Dhawan ’91

Chairperson of the Board
Chief Data Officer
Principal Financial Group
Grimes, Iowa

Mark Ellingson '80

Mark Ellingson ’80

Senior Vice President/ Brokerage Division Manager
Leighton Investment Services
Pella, Iowa

Julie Fisher '90

Julie Fisher ’90

Corporate Secretary
Corporate Counsel
Musco Sports Lighting
Naples, Florida

Shayla From

Shayla From

Community volunteer and leader in non-profit sector
West Des Moines, Iowa

James Griffith III

James Griffith III

Chairman of Genlink, LLC.
Carbondale, Colorado

Martin Heerema ’88

Martin Heerema ’88

Co-CEO Heritage Lace
Pella, Iowa

James Israel

James Israel

Retired President
Worldwide Financial Services Division
Deere & Company
Naples, Florida

Tom Koos '86

Thomas Koos ’86

President and CEO
PrimeSource Building Products, Inc.
Dallas, Texas

J. Lanier Little ’74

J. Lanier Little ’74

Chair Emeritus of the Board
Retired Regional President, Wells Fargo Bank;
Retired Executive Vice President, First Niagara Financial Group
Bonita Springs, Florida

Dr. Michael Main '87

Dr. Michael Main ’87

Chair, Cardiovascular Division, Saint Lukes Physician Group; Co-Executive Medical Director, Saint Lukes Mid America Heart Institute
Leawood, Kansas

Rev. Sophie Mathonnet-VanderWell

Rev. Sophie Mathonnet-VanderWell

Pastor
Second Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Rev. Charles Morris ’70

Rev. Charles Morris ’70

Retired Pastor
Ft. Washington Collegiate Church
President, The Collegiate Church Corp.
Oak Park, Illinois

Dr. Jeff Oliver '79

Dr. Jeffrey Oliver ’79

COO, Pathology Associates, Ltd.; Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Creighton University School of Medicine – Phoenix Campus
Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Steve Perkins '01

Dr. Steve Perkins ’01

Family Physician
Mayo Clinic Health System
Waukon, Iowa

Karin Peterson

Karin Peterson

Vice President of Human Resources
Pella Corporation
Pella, Iowa

Dr. Barbara Pettitt ’72

Dr. Barbara Pettitt ’72

Professor of Surgery and Director of Medical Student Education
Emory University School of Medicine Dept. of Surgery
Stone Mountain, Georgia

Dr. William Rankin ’69

Dr. William Rankin ’69

President
Wm. L. Rankin Consulting, LLC
Seattle, Washington

Jana (Daberkow) Rieker '94

Jana (Daberkow) Rieker ’94

Owner, Rieker Marketing Services;
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
Clive, Iowa

Dr. Rick Ryan ’70

Rick Ryan ’70

CEO
Apertus Pharmaceutical
Ballwin, Missouri

Rev. John Schmidt

Retired Rev. John Schmidt

Affiliate Faculty Member
Chicago McCormick Theological Seminary
Holland, Michigan

Dr. Kathy Sikkema '84

Dr. Kathleen Sikkema ’84

Stephen Smith Professor and Chair, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
New York, New York

Steve Sikkink '83

Steven Sikkink ’83

Central Iowa Area Director
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Des Moines, Iowa

Donna Smith ’81

Donna Smith ’81

Community volunteer
Pella, Iowa

Harry Smith ’73

Harry Smith ’73

NBC News Correspondent
New York, New York

Clay Thompson '90

* Clay Thompson ’90

Vice Chair of the Board
Vice President, Latin America
Caterpillar Financial Services Corp.
Coral Gables, Florida

Mark VanderLinden ’78

Mark VanderLinden ’78

Retired Senior Manager, Labor Relations
Deere & Company
Dallas Center, Iowa

Deanna Ver Steeg, '94

* Deanna Ver Steeg ’94

Vice Chair of the Board
Senior Director
Strategic Demand Management
Headquarters & Latin America
Business Process & Technology
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Judith Vogel ’82

Judith Vogel ’82

Investment Analyst
Principal Global Investors
Johnston, Iowa

Dr. Markay Winston '87

Dr. Markay Winston ’87

Monroe County Community School Corporation
Bloomington, Indiana

Mary Worstell ’73

Mary Worstell ’73

Retired Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Co-Lead, Healthy Aging
2015 White House Conference on Aging
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mark Putnam

Ex Officio

Mark Putnam

President
Central College
Pella, Iowa

Emeriti Trustees

Mary Andringa

Chair of the Board
Vermeer Corporation
Pella, Iowa

Sue Brandl ’65

Community volunteer
Pella, Iowa

Kenneth Braskamp ’65

Retired personal investments manager
Los Angeles, California

Mark De Cook ’64

Retired President & Co-CEO
Heritage Lace, Inc.
Pella, Iowa

Vernon Den Herder ’71

Farmer
Retired Defensive End, Miami Dolphins
Sioux Center, Iowa

Betsy Farver

Retired Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Rancho Mirage, California

Terry Garvin ’72

President
GFA Financial Group
Largo, Florida

J. Barry Griswell ’04 Honorary Alumni

Retired CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Retired Chairman & CEO of Principal Financial Group
West Des Moines, Iowa

Judith (Judy) Grooters ’60

Retired Group Controller
Carreker Corporation
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Marlyn Klimstra ’50

Retired Vice President of Sales
Pella Corporation
Pella, Iowa

Barbara Kniff-McCulla

CEO
KLK Construction
Pella, Iowa

Harold Kolenbrander ’60 & ’96 Honorary Degree

President Emeritus
University of Mount Union
Cincinnati, Ohio

Rev. Kevin Korver ’77

Pastor
Third Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Michael (Mike) Orr ’69

Retired President
Financial Services Division
John Deere & Company
Monona, Wisconsin

Stan Poortinga

Retired, CEO and Chairman of the Board
Precision Pulley & Idler
Pella, Iowa

Jean Rozenboom

Retired Managing Director—Investments
Piper Jaffray
New Sharon, Iowa

John Sikkink ’62

Mission Advancement Coordinator
Synod of the Heartland
Reformed Church in America
Polk City, Iowa

Robert Vanderlinden ’55

Retired President
Seiferts
Pella, Iowa

Robert Vermeer ’66

Chair Emeritus
Vermeer Corporation
Pella, Iowa

Donald Vogel ’61

Retired Senior Vice President
Spear, Leeds and Kellogg
St. Augustine, Florida

David Wesselink ’64

Retired Chairman & CEO
Metris Companies, Inc.
Northbrook, Illinois

Faculty Trustees

Russ Benedict

Russ Benedict

Professor of Biology

 

Robert Franks

Robert Franks

Professor of Computer Science

Cathy Haustein

Cathy Haustein

Professor of Chemistry

Keith Jones

Keith Jones

Mark & Kay De Cook Endowed Chair in Character and Leadership Development and Professor of Psychology

Lori Witt

Lori Witt

Associate Professor of History

Student Trustees

Elise Askelsen

Mathematics majors
Sr., Indianola, Iowa

Nicolas Cooper

Biochemistry major
Sr., Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Parker Majerus

English and Spanish majors
Sr., Sycamore, Illinois

Emily Opsal

Business Management major
Sr., Medina, Minnesota

Anne Williamson

Student Body President
Accounting major
Sr., Pella, Iowa


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