We are so grateful for the time and investment of this large group of volunteers who all together make up our Diversity Task Force–a working group of diverse representation from HCS, the Holland community, our HC Board, parents, students, alumni, etc. all working together to advance our HC Board of Trustees’ priorities of diversity and inclusion. For practical purposes, the task force is divided into the four areas of curriculum, recruitment, retention, and community scholarship assistance, all of which are described in more detail below. Each group meets monthly and provides periodic updates about their work, but if you have questions about the Diversity Task Force, feel free to contact the Katie Clausing at kclausing@hollandchristian.org.

The Curriculum Mapping team is working to identify and clarify cultural intelligence and diversity in the HCS curriculum so that all people can see themselves within our HC curriculum, but especially in the areas of racial equity, diversity of learners, and socioeconomic standing. This focus group is working to further integrate cultural intelligence into all levels of our HC curriculum, learning outcomes, and activities.

The Cultivation & Recruitment of Diverse Candidates team is planning how to extend the network of Holland Christian employees, Board members, parents, constituents, and community in general to further diversify all of these groups. This group in particular is addressing whether our application processes are functioning at the highest possible capacity, as well as how we can find a better cultivation tool to diversify our applicants.

Just as important as recruiting are the efforts to assist in helping all individuals with a sense of belonging–hence our third diversity team for Retaining Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds. The establishment of a new mentoring program is being initiated to assist in helping diverse individuals especially in serving with effectiveness as employees, Board members, students, and within designated leadership roles. These efforts should provide a fulfilling and enriched HCS experience for all by intentionally helping individuals from diverse backgrounds succeed in their personal and vocational callings at Holland Christian. Ongoing employee professional development training for all HC staff and constituents in the areas of cultural sensitivity, diversity and inclusion is also being developed.

Community Scholarship Assistance is the fourth working team: Although this list is in a non-ranked prioritization, HCS is recognizing when there may be interest in attending Holland Christian Schools, modest resources may limit some families from diverse backgrounds from being able to attend HCS. To address this need, the Community Scholarship Assistance team is establishing a two-pronged approach for expanding diversity through both an annual operating fund and an endowment portion that can both focus resources on expanding diversity at Holland Christian. Just as importantly, a review of HC policies that presently are “gates” potentially limiting expressions of family and student interest in HCS are occurring.

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I graduated from Calvin in 2005 and taught Bible at Ontario Christian Middle School until 2009. I then pursued graduate studies

in Jerusalem, Israel, at both Jerusalem University College and at the Hebrew University with a focus on Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and Modern Hebrew. I joined the Holland Christian faculty in 2014 and teach Bible and Hebrew Language. My wife Laura and I have four daughters. We are active members at Maple Ave. Ministries here in Holland and believe deeply in its vision to be centered in Christ, called to the core city, and committed to becoming a multi-cultural community of reconciliation. I am excited to be teaching at a place like Holland Christian that values the study of the Bible and its call for social responsibility in our lives and the world around us.

I currently work as the Director of Local Engagement at Christ Memorial Church here in Holland. I attended Holland High School

and Grand Rapids Community College. My wife, Lindsay, and I reside here in Holland with our five children.

My name is Deb Feenstra and I so excited to be part of this important work!! Over the past 39 years I have had the privilege

of serving in the world of education, both as a teacher and administrator. Thirty of those years were with Holland Public Schools, six years in Chiapas, Mexico as missionaries through the RCA, and the last three at Holland Christian where I am currently serving as the high school principal.

I have been married to my wonderful husband for 42 years and we have two daughters, a son-in-law and three grandchildren. As a family with an adult daughter who is cognitively impaired, grandchildren who are biracial/bicultural, a son-in-law who has immigrated to the U.S. and most importantly, as followers of Christ, we believe we are called to live the Gospel in real and tangible ways.

My background education is a B.A. in History and Social Studies, and a M.A. in Literacy. I am the 8th grade English teacher

at Holland Christian Middle School with 16 years of teaching experience. The work of this task force is important as we consider how to honor diversity within middle grade and young adult literature, within both characters and authors. Books should be windows and mirrors to all students, and one of my goals as an English teacher is to help students encounter multiple stories from many perspectives.

Hi! I’m Ethan Meyers, a senior at Holland Christian this year. I’ll be serving on the Curriculum Task Force this year.

When I’m not at school, I can be found reading, riding my bike, or spending time outside with my parents and two brothers.

I am currently the Director of the High School Immersion Programs (Spanish & Mandarin) and the International Student Coordinator.

In addition, I facilitate Holland Christian’s Calling All Colors group at the High School. I am also a Holland Christian alumni and parent. I graduated from North Park University with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and Creative Writing and received my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota with a certificate in Dual Language and Immersion Education. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I moved to Costa Rica, where I met and married my husband, Andrés. While in Costa Rica, I founded and directed Escuela Cristiana El Puente, a bilingual Christian school and I am the current president of the school’s non-profit, Bridges Between Us. In 2016, after living in Costa Rica for ten years, I moved back to West Michigan with my family (my husband and three young boys). Studying at North Park University helped me better understand how an educational institution can intentionally create an environment that promotes equity and equips students to develop cross cultural competencies. I am excited to serve on this task force alongside others who are passionate about Holland Christian and issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

A Holland Christian alum, I continued my education at Grand Valley State University where I obtained a B.A. in social

sciences/psychology, elementary education minor, K-8 reading specialist endorsement and a master’s in reading instruction/literacy studies. After 18 years of teaching in public education, I joined the HC staff in 2013. I currently serve as Holland Christian’s preK-12 Director of Learning. My husband, Greg, and I have two daughters, Madelyn and Elise. In our downtime we enjoy hiking. With each new role throughout my career, the Lord has amplified my passion for academic excellence in Christian education.

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My name is Andrew J. Caballero and I am a Holland Christian Alumni, HC Parent and a member of Park CRC.

Through my faithful service as a U.S. Army aviator I have spent many years deployed abroad, and by the grace of God I have returned home to Holland. I am a graduate of the University of North Dakota and I have a professional background in Aerospace, Music, and the Performing Arts.

Based on my experience at Holland Christian, and the Way of the Lord, I am a dedicated to being a voice for the voiceless, an advocate for the weak, and an ally to all of God’s creations. I am very blessed and humbled to able to serve others again as a member of the Diversity Task Force as part of the Cultivation and Recruitment of Diverse Candidates.

I most recently served as Chief Sensor Operator for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, and I am currently writing and recording music for Shadowhaus Productions. I also enthusiastically serve as a member of the Park CRC Praise team and as an instructor for the Park Music Academy. I am a practitioner of Kenjutsu have three talented fencing students as sons: Vincent, Dominic, and Maximilian.

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” ~Ephesians 6:19-20

My name is Febe Gomez, and I am the Elementary Spanish teacher at South Side and Pine Ridge. I was born and raised in Campeche,

Mexico, and from a very young age, I had the desire to be a teacher. This desire, along with my own personal experiences motivated me to go back to school to pursue a degree in Education. In 2011, after many years of being a stay-at-home, I graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish education K-12. In 2016, I earned a scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame, where I earned a certificate in ELL instruction, and currently, I am working on my Masters Degree at Calvin University in Inclusive Education. I have always had a passion for working with children with diverse abilities, as well as engaging with communities from different backgrounds than my own. I have been blessed with opportunities to work in various educational settings: in a Catholic school, and public school, as well as at a non-profit, education-based agency. I believe that these experiences have allowed me to grow my vision for what inclusion and diversity means, and how we can continue to expand this work at Holland Christian. Personally, I value the work that Holland Christian has done in the education and lives of all three of my children, and currently, as a staff member, I see this as my chance to give back to this community. My desire is that the experiences I bring can be a small part of a larger effort to create a more diverse and inclusive school system for all students, families, and staff members.

I currently serve in the role of Human Resources as well as Title IX Coordinator at Holland Christian. Prior to my time here at HC

, I had the privilege of working at a local Social Services Agency with children and families involved in the Child Welfare System. I received Bachelors Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and later my Masters Degree in Business Management from Cornerstone University.

My husband, John, who works for a non-profit in Grand Rapids, and I have three children: our oldest son away at college, and our younger two daughters at South Side and Pine Ridge. It was through our very positive experience at Holland Christian as parents that I was drawn to working here, as I fell in love with who HC is, and who they are trying to be.

I am the pastor at Faith CRC and am also currently an adjunct professor at Calvin College. Previously I was a professor at Central

College in Iowa, served in the Marines, and also taught in Israel. I and my wife, Jodi, are the parents of four children who attend Holland Christian and Zeeland Christian Schools. I am committed to diversity and having students think critically about a broad range of issues from a Christian perspective. I work to be a team player who, because of many diverse situations that I have experienced in my own life, enjoys discussing a variety of aspects to situations and brainstorming new possibilities. I value raising my children in a community of faith, understanding that all the world belongs to God. More specifically, I value Holland Christian as it appears to give students the tools to think critically about a broad range of issues rather than merely indoctrinating them with a set of beliefs and ideas. Good theology is critical, but, to me, a sound reasoning faith trusts and thinks about God in all situations.

I grew up in Holland, along the lakeshore. After my parents retirement, we moved to the Texas Mexico border where I graduated

high school and later attended Texas Pan American University.

After a few years I moved back to West Michigan to finish my degree, where I met my husband. My husband, Ruben, and I have been married since 2013 and have two beautiful girls who attend Rose Park and are in the Spanish Immersion program. We are active members and lead coordinators at our church, Resurrection Life Church in Holland; you can find my husband on the security team, and myself behind the scenes, working the tech both. We are also a military family who are lucky enough to be stationed permanently at home.

I am honored and feel privileged to be able to be the integrative piece that is able to continue their language education at home.

I am a grateful alumni of Holland Christian Schools who went on to graduate from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts

degree in humanities, as well as an emphasis in math and science. Subsequently I earned a Masters degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University. My husband, TJ, is also a teacher. Together we have been blessed to raise three children, all of whom attend Holland Christian Schools. My husband and I both deeply value the mentorship and impact the teachers and staff at Holland Christian foster in each of our children. It gives me great joy to serve God by welcoming all children into the learning spaces and classrooms at Rose Park and Forest School. I count it a true joy to witness God working among His people raising up the newest generation of Kingdom Bringers. It is my daily prayer that God would bless the work of our hands and hearts as we equip the minds of our children and nurture their tender hearts that they might take up their calling to transform our world for Jesus Christ.

I am a graduate of Calvin College with a B.A. in math education and psychology, and MSU where I completed an M.A. in educational

leadership. I have taught at Chicago Christian and Cutlerville Christian (now Legacy Christian). I began teaching at Holland Christian in 2002. My family enjoys getting out to Lake Michigan as often as we can. I enjoy kayaking, hiking, and biking. Our world belongs to God. Technology and media have a profound, shaping effect on our culture. I want students to use these shapers of culture to be salt and light for God in our world. Matthew 5:13-14: “You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth…You’re here to be light, bring out the God-colors in the world.”

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I work as a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategist, advisor, author, consultant, thought leader and practitioner.

With more than a decade of experience leading DEI in multiple industries across the U.S., which include for-profit, public and non- for-profit sectors, I have developed extensive expertise in identifying, evaluating and mitigating risks and opportunities as a business and community advisor to board and senior level management. I’ve also developed and consulted on leading DEI frameworks for high profile and global level projects.

I serve as the first Director for the Ottawa County Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), established in 2019. The office convenes key relationships with local community, business and policy leaders, including local units of government in order to lead and develop a DEI strategic plan. I am responsible for assessing implicit bias in current policies and decision-making processes with a goal to operationalize DEI throughout the organization.

Over the last decade, I have become known as a national speaker, consultant, professor and author on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. I co-authored Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture and Religion (Fortress Press), and designed national partnerships and projects through Afrik Advantage LLC, a minority woman owned business, building cross sectors of communities, businesses and faith-based organizations, focused on the development of inclusive leaders and key strategic DEI priorities.

I earned my Masters of Science (MS), Management, Strategy and Leadership from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (MSU), a Bachelor of Science Management (BSM) from Cornerstone University (CU), studied social work at Valparaiso University (VU) and hold the following multiple certifications: Cultural Intelligence (CQ) level I, II and Unconscious Bias (CQ) from the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Center. I am Board Certified from the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). I am also a certified National Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), endorsed by the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the National Employment Counsel Association (NECA) and the National Association of Workforce Development (NAWDP). I hold a public leadership certification from Cornell University.

I am a co-founder of Women of Color Give, a philanthropy collective and grant-making fund at the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area for women of color and BIPOC leaders. I currently serve on the Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB) for Shape Corporation, the Racial Equity Steering Committee for Hope College, Talent2025 Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Committee and partner extensively with Be the Bridge (BTB), a national organization dedicated to racial reconciliation. I live in Holland, Michigan, represent as a Korean Adoptee, am married to a West African, and am raising three children. I enjoy international travel, philanthropy and origin stories. I am an HC graduate from the class of ’95.

I was born and raised in Downers Grove, Illinois. I attended Timothy Christian High School and then Trinity Christian College

when I majored in psychology. I started my professional career as a case manager for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities at a non for profit organization in 2003. I moved into an administrative role and oversaw the operations of adult day services. Additionally, I went on to obtain my masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. In 2011, my family and I moved to Holland where I accepted the position of Program Supervisor of Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services at Ottawa County Community Mental Health. I am currently serving in my fifth year as Educational Support Services Director. My husband, Jon, and I have two sons, Oliver and Coen, who both attend Holland Christian.

I was born in England to Jamaican parents and at the age of nearly five, we, along with my three siblings, moved to the Bronx, NY.

After graduating from high school, I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where I met my wife. Once I received my degree, I began teaching around Ann Arbor and Detroit for the next seven years. We then moved to Grand Rapids, and five years later, to Holland where we have enjoyed the last 18 years raising six children. I spent the first 16 of those years homeschooling those kids; however, our last four children attend/ed HCHS. Over the last year and a half, I have been working as an educator for the Lakeshore Pregnancy Center teaching social and sexual health to elementary and middle school students through the {project} BestLife program.

I am Pastor of Worship Arts at Maple Avenue Ministries here in Holland, Michigan, and love all of my work here–whether it’s

leading worship on Sunday or making announcements at an ACEH picnic, I work to make the joy of the Lord felt by all present.

In addition to my role as “chief musician,” I am the president of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH) in Holland and a member of the Board of Trustees at Calvin College. I have travelled extensively both domestically and internationally, including trips to South Africa, France, New Mexico, Japan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. From 2000-2005, I was the conductor of the 200-voice Hope College Gospel Choir. I am the devoted husband of Maple Avenue Ministry’s dynamic lead pastor, Rev. Dr. Denise Kingdom Grier, the father of our two biological children, Gezelle and Chris, and a father and mentor to many more in our community.

I graduated from HCHS in 1999. I went on to RBC earning a B.A. in Bible and Theology. I continued at Cornerstone with a major

in history and communications arts for high school education. I have studied overseas multiple times, concentrating mostly in Israel studying the culture, land, and language.

My wife, Nicole, and I have four boys Judah, Abbott, Alonzo, and Peter. We are excited that the three oldest are being equipped and nurtured at Rose Park. Our church home is Providence CRC.

I love my job. In my seat I get to see the big picture of growth and development in knowledge and faith in Jesus Christ. I have the humble honor to serve students as they navigate the path of life. I get to hangout with students, speak in chapels, pray with and for them, and point them to Jesus.

I met Jesus for the first time when I was 16 year old. As a young and new believer, I was invited to attend Holland Christian

for my Junior year. Not only was this a new step in my faith, it also was a new step into a totally different culture. The Lord has not been hesitant to immerse me in diverse contexts both theologically and culturally since that season in my life. Now that I’ve come back to Holland Christian to teach Bible, my desire to use these different experiences has grown. Diversity is one of God’s many gifts to the World, and it is an eternal project. I’m grateful to be apart of this team with so many gifted men and women who love Jesus. It is an honor to be apart of something that’s bigger than myself. May His reign be extended across the World!

I am an international student currently spending my fourth year here at Holland Christian. I came from a small island on the

southeast coast of China and have enjoyed learning different languages throughout my life. Additionally, I love playing Rubik’s cube, analyzing numbers, and interacting with people around the world. The cross-cultural experience here in Holland has taught me that languages are not the only barrier between people in communications; the differences between each individual draw us apart. Therefore, I am excited to be apart of the Diversity Task Force and contribute my efforts to make Holland Christian a more diverse and inclusive place.

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After graduating from West Ottawa High School, I went on to receive a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Social Work at Hope

College in 2014. I currently work licensing and supporting foster parents who care for immigrant and refugee children. My husband, Christian, and I enjoy spending time exploring and serving the West Michigan community. We have one son who is thriving in the Spanish Immersion program at Rose Park Elementary School.

I have been in ministry for ten years and am currently on the Pastoral Team at ResLife Church in Grandville.

I am a Holland native who graduated from Holland Public Schools in 2005. I completed my Associate’s Degree in ministry at Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2008.

My passion is to reach the city of Holland by serving its community. Having been raised on the south side of Holland, I recognize the enormous need to reach the people and youth of this city. I see the huge importance in volunteering, and have played key roles in the foundation of the Teen Center of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland and continue to support and reach the youth of Holland today by ministering at school chapels.

I work to make the love and commitment of God evident in this community through the organizations that I lead and volunteer with in the city of Holland. I am married to Marisol Cabrera and live in the north side of Holland. Together we are raising four children who currently attend Holland Christian Schools.

Before becoming HCS Head of Schools, I served as Dordt University Provost, and before that as superintendent of Nampa Christian

Schools in Idaho. In previous administrative work, I worked in areas related to accreditation training, strategic planning, financing/constructing a new campus, fundraising, online learning, diversity initiatives, and enrollment planning. I am married to Kim, a K-12 educator and education professor. We have two children: a daughter, Lindsay Grant, who lives in Idaho with her husband Tyler and two children. Our son, Nathan, and his wife, Rae, live in Kentucky. It is a privilege to serve with a talented leadership team and dedicated faculty and staff at HCS. One of the compelling reasons to serve at HC is the mission to equip minds and nurture hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ. We are grateful for the Holland community and excited to lead HC in these Diversity Task Force efforts in promising times of shaping future leaders.

I’m a graduate of Holland Christian and Dordt College. I’ve had the opportunity to work with students as an academic advisor

at Northwest Iowa Community College, for the Campus Ministries department at Central College, and in ACT Prep and Career Assessment at a school in Cincinnati. Our family relocated back to Holland in 2017 and we are thankful to have our children at HC.

Our family spent two summers living in Hong Kong and traveling in Asia. I love the beautiful diversity that God has created throughout our world. I’m excited to be the Director of Advancement for HC, fundraising and working with supporters of Holland Christian. I’m proud to be a alumni, student parent, and employee of HC and eager to engage with the Diversity Task Force.

Hi, my name is Stephanie Saypannha. My husband Ted and I have two daughters who attend Holland Christian, Adelyn (freshman)

and Emmi (6th grade). I was born and raised in Holland and graduated from Hamilton High School. Recently I went back to school and am studying for my Bachelors in Science with the hopes of using that degree to practice nursing. Currently I work at a local hospital in the emergency department and behavioral health unit. I am excited to serve the school and our community on this task force.

I am a graduate of Holland Christian and I am passionate about Christian education and diversity. My teaching career has taken me

to many different communities. After graduating college, I moved to rural Mississippi to teach with the organization Teach For America. After a few years, I relocated to Chicago and taught in urban charter and Christian schools there. Four years ago my husband and I moved back to Holland and I pursued my master’s degree in literacy and now work as a literacy coach and teacher.