About

Board of Trustees

**Chairperson of the board

Bernadette Allen '78

Bernadette Allen ’78
Retired U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger
Fort Washington, Md.

Jason Andringa

Jason Andringa
President and CEO
Vermeer Corporation
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

Peter Cartwright '82

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

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Julie Fisher ’90
Corporate Counsel
Musco Sports Lighting
Naples, Fla.

Shayla From

Shayla From
Corporate Secretary
Community volunteer and leader in non-profit sector
West Des Moines, Iowa

Chip Griffith

James Griffith
Chairman of GenLink, LLC.
Carbondale, Colo.

Dennis Hanson

Dennis Hanson
President and CEO of Community Resource Bank (CRB)
Northfield, Minn.

Martin Heerema

Martin Heerema ’88
Co-CEO Heritage Lace
Pella, Iowa

James Israel

James Israel
Retired President
Worldwide Financial Services Division
Deere & Company
Johnston, Iowa

Barbara Kniff-McCulla

Barbara Kniff-McCulla
CEO
KLK Construction
Pella, Iowa

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, Fla.

Dr. Michael Main '87

Dr. Michael Main ’87
Professor of Medicine
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Leawood, Kan.

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, Ill.

Jeff Oliver '79

Dr. Jeffrey Oliver ’79
Pathologist
Pathology Associates, Ltd.
Phoenix, Ariz.

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, Ga.

Dr. William Rankin ’69

Dr. William Rankin ’69
President
Wm. L. Rankin Consulting, LLC
Seattle, Wash.

Jana (Daberkow) Rieker '94

Jana (Daberkow) Rieker ’94
Senior Account Manager, New Business Development
Trilix
Clive, Iowa

Dr. Rick Ryan ’70

Rick Ryan ’70
CEO
Apertus Pharmaceutical
Ballwin, Mo.

Rev. John Schmidt

Rev. John Schmidt
Affiliate Faculty Member
McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago
Holland, Mich.

Kathy Sikkema '84

Dr. Kathleen Sikkema ’84
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Global Health and Psychiatry
Duke University
Durham, N.C.

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, N.Y.

Clay Thompson '90

Robert Thompson ’90
President
Caterpillar Insurance Services
Brentwood, Tenn.

Deanna Ver Steeg, '94

Deanna Ver Steeg, ’94
Senior Director
IT Strategic Demand Management
Headquarters & Latin America
Finance S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Chicago, Ill.

Judith Vogel ’82

Judith Vogel ’82
Investment Analyst
Principal Global Investors
Johnston, Iowa

Dr. Markay Winston '87

Dr. Markay Winston ’87
Assistant Superintendent
Monroe County Community School Corporation
Bloomington, Indiana

Mary Worstell ’73

Mary Worstell ’73
Retired Advisor, HHS office on Women’s Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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

Stephen Bell ’59
Former ABC News Correspondent and Retired Professor
Department of Telecommunications, Ball State
Muncie, Ind.

Sue Brandl ’65
Community volunteer
Pella, Iowa

Kenneth Braskamp ’65
Retired personal investments manager
Los Angeles, Calif.

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, Calif.

Terry Garvin ’72
President
GFA Financial Group
Largo, Fla.

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, R.I.

Marlyn Klimstra ’50
Retired Vice President of Sales
Pella Corporation
Pella, Iowa

Rev. Kevin Korver ’77
Pastor
Third Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Harold Kolenbrander ’60 & ’96 Honorary Degree
President Emeritus
University of Mount Union
Cincinnati, Ohio

Michael (Mike) Orr ’69
Retired President
Financial Services Division
John Deere & Company
Monona, Wis.

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, Fla.

David Wesselink ’64
Retired Chairman & CEO
Metris Companies, Inc.
Northbrook, Ill.

Faculty Trustees

Russ Benedict

Russ Benedict
Professor of Biology

 

Robert Franks

Robert Franks
Professor of Computer Science

Keith Jones

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

Keith Jones

Cynthia Mahmood
Frank Moore Chair of Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology

Maggie Schlerman

Maggie Schlerman
Assistant Professor of Accounting

Student Trustees

Mackenzie Fuller
Student Body President
Biology and Music majors
Chemistry and Spanish minors
Sr., Adel, Iowa

Patrick Gray
Engineering major
Sr., West Des Moines, Iowa

Parker Majerus
English and Spanish majors
Jr., Sycamore, IL

Hanna Reussner
Psychology major
Sr., Lawrence, KS

Dylan Tuttle
Business Management major
Accounting and Entrepreneurship minors
Sr., Oskaloosa, IA