Alumnus of the Year Announced - Howard and Verna DeHaan
Friday, 23 August 2013
Howard and Verna DeHaan
Beginning in 1970, Howard and Verna DeHaan worked side by side in the restaurant business in Michigan, expanding the original Russ’s restaurant in Holland to six of their own restaurants throughout the Grand Rapids area, the last of which they recently sold.
The DeHaans became very involved with Trinity when their granddaughter Mackenzi Huyser ’97 enrolled. Huyser now serves as dean for faculty development and academic programs and professor of social work at Trinity.
In honor of Huyser, the DeHaans began the DeHaan Family Social Work Scholarship. The scholarship aids a junior or senior social work student who is committed to leadership and social justice.
Committed to Christian higher education and helping students gain access to that education, the DeHaans live that out through their love and support of the College. “When you really have a heart for something, you go all out for it,” said Howard.
That support has included gifts toward the development of the Ozinga Chapel, the Bootsma Bookstore Cafe, the Art and Communication Center, and Phase 1 and 2 of the gymnasium expansion project.
Their grandson Patrick DeHaan spoke at a Trinity Business Network event this past spring.