Board of Trustees

*** Secretary of the Board
** Vice Chair of the Board
* Chairperson of the Board

Bernadette Allen ’78

** Bernadette Allen ’78

Vice Chair of the Board
Retired U.S. Ambassador
Fort Washington, Maryland

Kristi Jaarsma Balk ’88

Kristi Jaarsma Balk ’88

Retired Owner
Jaarsma Bakery
Pella, Iowa

Peter Cartwright ’82

Peter Cartwright, CIMA© ’82

Retired Senior Vice President
Senior Institutional Consultant
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Palmetto, Georgia

Daniel De Cook ’95

Daniel De Cook ’95

CEO Heritage Lace
Pella, Iowa

Tej Dhawan ’91

* Tej Dhawan ’91

Chairperson of the Board
Managing Partner, Plains Angels
Plains Angels Investment Fund
Grimes, Iowa

Amy Eilers ’88

Amy Eilers ’88

Retired Executive Clinical Account Manager
Merck & Co., Inc.
West Des Moines, Iowa

Mark Ellingson ’80

Mark Ellingson ’80

Retired Senior Vice President / Brokerage Division Manager
Leighton Investment Services
Pella, Iowa

Lori Fegley '80

Lori Humphrey Fegley ’80

Retired Elementary Education Teacher
Cedar Falls Community School
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Julie Fisher ’90

*** Julie Fisher ’90

Secretary of the Board
Corporate Counsel
Musco Sports Lighting
Naples, Florida

James Griffith III

James Griffith III ’92

Chairman of Genlink, LLC.
Carbondale, Colorado

Kara Kohler Hoogensen ’96

Kara Kohler Hoogensen ’96

Senior Vice President Benefits and Protection
Head of Workplace Benefits
Principal Financial Group
Ankeny, Iowa

Chad Huyser ’97

Chad Huyser ’97

President, Lely North America
Regional Director, Lely International
Pella, Iowa

Christine S. Ieuter ’91

Christine Ieuter ’91

Chief Financial Officer
Go2 Logistics
Wilmette, Illinois

James Israel

James Israel

Retired President
Worldwide Financial Services Division
Deere & Company
Naples, Florida

Tom Koos ’86

Thomas Koos ’86

President & CEO
PrimeSource Building Products, Inc.
Westlake, 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, Florida

Dr. Michael Main ’87

Dr. Michael Main ’87

Senior Vice President, Saint Luke’s Health System;
Chief Executive Officer, Saint Luke’s Physician Group
Leawood, Kansas

Shannan Mattiace ’90

Dr. Shannan Mattiace ’90

Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Allegheny College
Meadville, Pennsylvania

Dr. Jeff Oliver ’79

Dr. Jeffrey Oliver ’79

Academic Chair, Dept. of Pathology, Creighton University School of
Medicine – Phoenix;
COO, Pathology Associates, Ltd.
Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Steve Perkins ’01

Dr. Steve Perkins ’01

Family Physician
Mayo Clinic Health System
Waukon, Iowa

Dr. Barbara Pettitt ’72

Dr. Barbara Pettitt ’72

Professor of Surgery & Director of Medical Student Education
Emory University School of Medicine Dept. of Surgery
Stone Mountain, Georgia

Marc Poortinga ’98

Marc Poortinga ’98

Co-owner
Distinctive Custom Cabinetry
Scottsdale, Arizona

Jana Daberkow Rieker ’94

Jana Daberkow Rieker ’94

Director of Client Services
Amplimark
West Des Moines, Iowa

Dr. Rick Ryan ’70

Rick Ryan ’70

General Partner
Cultivation Capital Life Sciences
Ballwin, Missouri

Dr. Kathy Sikkema ’84

Dr. Kathleen Sikkema ’84

Stephen Smith Professor and Chair Department of Sociomedical Sciences,
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
New York, New York

Steve Sikkink ’83

Steven Sikkink ’83

State Director
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Des Moines, Iowa

Dave Smith

Dave Smith

President and Owner
Ridgeway Petroleum, Inc.
Orland Park, Illinois

Harry Smith ’73

Harry Smith ’73

Multi-Emmy Award Winning Reporter
New York, New York

Clay Thompson ’90

** Clay Thompson ’90

Vice Chair of the Board
Retired President of Caterpillar Financial Aftermarket Services
Caterpillar Financial Services Corp.
Nashville, Tennessee

Mark VanderLinden ’78

Mark VanderLinden ’78

Retired Senior Manager, Labor Relations
Deere & Company
Dallas Center, Iowa

Mike Van Voorst ’93

Mike Van Voorst ’93

Vice President Enterprise Transformation
Pella Corporation
Pella, Iowa

Deanna Ver Steeg, ’94

** Deanna Ver Steeg ’94

Vice Chair of the Board
Senior Director, IT Business Relationship Management
Headquarters & Global Consumer Business
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

Kelly Vielmo ’99

Kelly Vielmo ’99

Risk and Legal Manager
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Washington, D.C.

Judith Vogel ’82

Judith Vogel ’82

Retired Investment Analyst
Principal Global Investors
Johnston, Iowa

Mary Worstell ’73

Mary Worstell ’73

Retired Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
Co-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

Jason Andringa

President & CEO
Vermeer Corporation
Pella, Iowa

Mary Andringa

Chair Emeritus of the Board
Vermeer Corporation
Pella, Iowa

Sue Brandl ’65

Community volunteer
Pella, Iowa

Kenneth Braskamp ’65

Retired personal investments manager
Los Angeles, California

Roger Brown

Retired President & CEO
Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI)
Southport, North Carolina

Vernon Den Herder ’71

Farmer
Retired Defensive End, Miami Dolphins
Sioux Center, Iowa

Betsy Farver

Retired Vice President of Philanthropy & Alumni Relations
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Green Valley, Arizona

Shayla From

Community volunteer & leader in non-profit sector
West Des Moines, Iowa

Terry Garvin ’72

President
GFA Financial Group
Largo, Florida

Judith (Judy) Grooters ’60

Retired Group Controller
Carreker Corporation
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Barbara Kniff-McCulla

CEO
KLK Construction
Pella, Iowa

Harold Kolenbrander ’60 & ’96H

President Emeritus
University of Mount Union
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Rev. Kevin Korver ’77

Pastor
Third Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Rev. Sophie Mathonnet-VanderWell

Retired Pastor
Second Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Rev. Charles Morris ’70

Retired Pastor
Ft. Washington Collegiate Church
President, The Collegiate Church Corp.
Oak Park, Illinois

Michael (Mike) Orr ’69

Retired President
Financial Services Division
John Deere & Company
Monona, Wisconsin

Karin Peterson

Retired Vice President of Human Resources
Pella Corporation
Naples, Florida

Stan Poortinga

Retired, CEO & Chairman of the Board
Precision Pulley & Idler
Pella, Iowa

Dr. William Rankin ’69

President
Wm. L. Rankin Consulting, LLC
Seattle, Washington

Jean Rozenboom

Retired Managing Director—Investments
Piper Jaffray
New Sharon, Iowa

Rev. John Schmidt

Retired, Chicago McCormick Theological Seminary
Holland, Michigan

John Sikkink ’62

Retired, Wells Fargo and Reformed Church in America
Polk City, Iowa

Donna Smith ’81

Community volunteer
Pella, Iowa

Donald Vogel ’61

Retired Senior Vice President
Spear, Leeds and Kellogg
Denver, North Carolina

David Wesselink ’64

Retired Chairman & CEO
Metris Companies, Inc.
Northbrook, Illinois

Faculty Trustees

Anna Christensen
Anna Christensen

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
christensena@central.edu

Paulina Mena
Paulina Mena

Professor of Biology
menap@central.edu

Kate Nesbit
Kate Nesbit

Assistant Professor of English
nesbitk@central.edu

Sara Shuger Fox
Sara Shuger Fox

Associate Professor of Kinesiology
shugerfoxs@central.edu

Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas

Associate Professor of Philosophy
thomasma@central.edu

Student Trustees

Olivia Bohlen ’26

Kinesiology Major
Psychology Minor
Bella Plaine, Iowa

Mya Ehresman ’26

Business Management and Communication Studies Major
Huxley, Iowa

Delia Hintz ’25

Elementary Education Major
Mathematics Minor
Mesa, Arizona

Gunner Hutton ’25

Art and Business Management Major
Saint Charles, Iowa

Savannah Sexton ’25

Student Body President
Business Management Major
Spanish Minor
West Branch, Iowa