Alumni Board and Alumni of the Year Nominations

Career Support, Recognition, & Volunteer Opportunites

One of the great benefits of being a Trinity graduate is the impressive network of alumni whose ranks you join. We love to have you as part of our board or nominate a fellow alumni to be an Alumni of the Year.

Daron Dykema ’99, Anchorage, AK
Sam Dykstra ’16, Highland, IN
Brad Eriks ’94, Dyer, IN
June (Baker) Gudeman ’79, Tuscon, AZ
Barb (Ribbens) Horn ’81, Normal, IL
Dan Jongetjes ’10, Brookfield, WI (President)

Suzanne (Wiltjer) Jonkman ’90, Gary, IN (VP)
Kristy (Toeset) Medema ’97, Homewood, IL
Christian Perry ’16, Palos Heights, IL
Dan Thayer ’12, Lynden, WA
Ethan VerVelde ’09, Palos Park, IL (Secretary)

The board works closely with the director of alumni relations. Their cooperation requires the members to maintain accurate, updated information about fellow alumni within their region, assist with coordinating and promoting events, and prepare reports of business and activities to the College.


The alumni office is always seeking nominees to fill positions on the Alumni Board of Directors. The College seeks to find a diverse group on the board from all ages, geographic locations, and backgrounds. The only requirement is that the nominee by a Trinity alum. This is a volunteer position with a three year, renewable term, and attendance at the two yearly meetings is required (travel expenses are reimbursable).

Please use the form below to nominate yourself or someone you know,
The yearly nomination deadline is April 15.

Each year, the Alumni of the Year Award is given to a Trinity graduate who has made a significant contribution to the field of their endeavor, and has been recognized by their associates for outstanding achievements. Each recipient has remained connected to the College and demonstrates a Christian commitment that reflects on the College’s mission.

Scroll down to read about past recipients and how they have contributed to God’s world.

2018 Alumni Award
The College is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Award.   Nominations will be accepted until April 15, 2018.    All Trinity alumni are eligible for the award. Alum is defined as a student who achieved a minimum of 24 credit hours at Trinity. (approximately 1 year)

Nomination Process

  • Nominations can be submitted online using the nomination form. Read nomination form below.
  • The nomination form can also be downloaded in PDF form here and submitted via mail or email.
  • If you have questions, please contact the alumni office at or 708.239.4854.
  • All nominations will be considered, with the winner determined by the Trinity Alumni Board.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Has made a significant contribution to their field of endeavor.
  2. Are recognized by their associates for outstanding achievements through vocation or volunteerism.
  3. Manifests a Christian commitment that glorifies God and reflects on the mission of Trinity Christian College.
  4. Has maintained a connection to the College through time, talent, or resources.

Every year, the Trinity Alumni Board awards up to three Honorary Alumni Awards to individuals in the following categories:

  1. Staff member (past or current)
  2. Faculty Member (past or current)
  3. Friend of the College

This recognition is given based on the following criteria:

  • Excellence in vocation – this person stands out as an asset in their profession
  • Spiritual impact – this person is a Christian role model for students, nurturing faith and facilitating spiritual growth
  • Concern for students – this person is concerned with the welfare of the students, eager to help them learn and grow
  • Lasting influence – this person has a continuing influence on former students and has demonstrated a love for Christian higher education at Trinity

Nominees cannot have obtained a degree from Trinity

2018 Honorary Alumni of the Year Awards
The College is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 awards.   Nominations will be accepted until April 15, 2018.   Information on the nomination process can be found below.

Nomination Process

Nominations can be submitted online using the nomination form. Read nomination form below.
The nomination form can also be downloaded in PDF form here and submitted via mail or email.
If you have questions, please contact the alumni office at or 708.239.4854.
All nominations will be considered, with the winner determined by the Trinity Alumni Board.

2016 Award Winners
Faculty- Burt Rozema
Staff- Dave Jousma
Friends- Terry & Linda Van Der Aa

2015 Award Winners
Faculty-  Bill Boerman-Cornell
Staff-  Nancy Kwasteniet
Friends- Bill and Deb Davids

2014 Award Winners
Faculty-  Rich Kooy
Staff-  Bev Boeringa
Friends- Wendell and Dorothy Yonker

2013 Award Winners
Faculty- Dr. Derke Bergsma
Staff- Marsha Wolterink
Friends- Howard and Verna DeHaan

2012 Award Winners
Faculty – Mark Ward
Staff – Tim Timmons
Friends – Keith & Bev Bruxvoort

2011 Award Winners
Faculty – Grace Huitsing
Staff – Sandra Carra
Friends – Dean & Ruth Koldenhoven

2010 Award Winners
Faculty-Mary Lynn Colosimo
Staff-Ginny Carpenter
Friend-Henry and Grace Kamp

2009 Award Winners
Faculty-Dave Ribbens
Staff- Anita Visser
Friends-Steve and Kathy Westra

2008 Award Winners
Faculty-Dr. Gary Van Dyke
Staff- Pete Hamstra
Friends-Dr. Luke and Pauline Schaap

2007 Award Winners
Faculty-Dr. Robert Rice
Staff-Dr. Kenneth Bootsma
Friends-Marty Ozinga III

2006 Award Winners
Faculty-Dr. Daniel Diephouse
Staff-Lois Thomson
Friends-Dick and Pixie Molenhouse

2005 Award Winners
Faculty-Dr. Calvin Seerveld
Staff-Mrs. Lois Boonstra
Friends-Mr. and Mrs. George and June Schaaf

2016 – Cliff and Cristine Wiener ’93
2015 – Amy Nagelkirk ’92
2014 – Bill Dykstra ’71
2013 – Rich Schutt ’76
2012 – Louella DeVries ’93
2011 – Dr. Michael Vander Weele ’73
2010 – Kathy Nimmer ’91
2009 – Dr. Richard ’76 & Patty ex’75 De Jong
2008 – Henry Doorn 1981
2007 – John Kooyenga 1966
2006 – Calvin 1972 and Marcy Tameling ex1973
2005 – Art Jongsma 1963
2004 – Steve and Helen Hoekstra 1983
2002/2003 – Derk Bergsma 1977
2000 – Pete Post 1974 and Caryl Post 1976
1999 – Gerald Gabrielse 1973
1998 – Russ Hollender 1971
1997 – John Bernbaum 1963
1996 – Jan Disselkoen 1971
1995 – George Bosman 1964
1994 – Larry and Ann Vander AA 1972
1993 – Art Hoekstra 1971 and Mary Hoekstra 1972
1992 – George Vander Velde 1963
1991 — Nicholas Vogelzang 1971 Jeanne Vogelzang 1972
1990 – Dave Larsen 1967
1989 – Alex DeJong 1968
1987/1988 – June Baker 1979
1986 – Dan Van Prooyen 1971
1985 – Marty Doot 1967
1984 – Louis and Char Sytsma 1965
1983 – Tom and Linda Back 1981
1982 – George Van Dahm 1963
1981 – Marion Overzet Dykstra 1961

Agencies, Organizations and Resources

National Professional Organizations in Education
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Association for Education Communications and Technology
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
International Reading Association (IRA)
International Society for Technology in Education
Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC)
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
National Association for Multicultural Education
National Association of Biology Teachers
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
National Middle School Association (NMSA)
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
US Department of Education

State and Local Resources and Organizations Weblinks
Ag in the Classroom
APA Format information
Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Cook County Regional Office of Education
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
DuPage County Regional Office of Education
Educator’s Certification System (ECS) (to apply for IL teaching certificate on line)
ERIC search
Illinois Coalition to End Homelessness
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Illinois Learning Standards for Students
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
Illinois State Certification Testing System (online registration)
School Jobs Bulletin Board
Standards for all Illinois Teachers (Illinois Professional Teaching Standards)

Employment Placement Resources
In addition to going to the individual State Boards of Educations for their job search functionality, the following links are also a good resource for job placement.
Academic Employment Network
Illinois Education Job Bank
Teaching Quality Source

State Boards of Education Weblinks
Alabama Dept. of Education
Alaska Dept. of Education
Arizona Dept. of Public Instruction
Arkansas Dept. of Education
California Dept. of Education
Colorado Dept. of Education
Connecticut Dept. of Education
Delaware Dept. of Education
District of Columbia, Public Schools
Florida Dept. of Education
Georgia Dept. of Education
Hawaii Dept. of Education
Idaho Dept. of Education
Illinois Board of Education
Indiana Dept of Education
Iowa Dept. of Education
Kansas State Dept. of Education
Kentucky Dept. of Education
Louisiana Dept. of Education
Maine Dept. of Education
Maryland State Dept. of Education
Michigan Dept. of Education
Minnesota Dept. of Education
Mississippi Dept. of Education
Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
Montana Office of Public Instruction
Nebraska Dept. of Education

Online Resources for Education Alumni

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