Alumni Success Stories

Featured Alumni Success Story

Tornu Prynce ‘11

Born in Liberia, Tornu Prynce ‘11 moved to the United States with his family in 2001. With the move came culture shock — something Tornu appreciated, because it allowed him to learn alongside people who were different, all while showing Christ’s love to those he met.

Making a difference

Trinity Trolls do more after graduation than get a job. They build careers, become leaders in their fields, and leave ready to build lives for good, for God, and for the world. Below are just a few stories of the thousands of impressive Trinity graduates who are out there making a difference.

Danielle Oeverman ‘18

Danielle Oeverman ‘18 is part of the second graduating class from Trinity’s speech-language pathology (SLP) program. She credits the College for preparing her for grad school and teaching her the importance of stepping up and standing up for her beliefs.

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Eric VanderSchaaf ‘07

If Eric VanderSchaaf ‘07 was told during his high school years that he would receive a college degree and eventually start a family-owned food company with his wife – while also raising three children – he might not have believed it could happen. With God’s guidance, the help of several impactful mentors, and his experiences at Trinity, VanderSchaaf is now a proud husband, father, and business owner.

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Shanna Grigoletti ‘05

During Shanna Grigoletti’s ‘05 time at Trinity, God laid on her heart the idea of opening her own gym and using it as an outreach to the community. Through a handful of job changes, moves, and other life experiences, Grigoletti saw how God prepared her for the career she is in today.

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Sarah Irvine ‘13

Becoming an impactful social worker and talented children’s book author are just two ways that Sarah Irvine ’13 grew during her time at Trinity. More importantly, her relationship with God deepened through worship opportunities on campus and her soccer team.

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Belinda Adame ’15

Belinda Adame ’15 pursued a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Trinity because she wanted to help individuals navigate transitions, achieve growth, and assist during their transformation process.

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Ashley Fazekas MA ’18

Before Ashley Fazekas MA ’18 began attending Trinity to earn her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, she had worked for years as a medical dosimetrist in the field of radiation oncology. Her decision to change careers and attend Trinity has brought her to a fulfilling new path, as a Licensed Professional Counselor and now as an adjunct professor at Trinity,

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Tyler DeKoekkoek ‘14

As the owner/operator of a Chick-fil-A franchise, Tyler DeKoekkoek ‘14 begins each day by reminding his team, “It doesn’t matter what you believe in. What’s important is how you add value to peoples’ lives around you.” And that’s exactly what Tyler does: He uses his leadership role to positively influence the people he works with and adds value to the restaurant — all tools he acquired during his time at Trinity.

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Rachel DeVries ’97 ‘MA ’21

Rachel DeVries ’97 had such a good experience at Trinity earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, she has returned to earn a master’s degree in special education.

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