Parent Council

Enjoy the camaraderie and support of Central parents with the Central College Parent Council. This group serves as a resource for parents and helps build connections — that close-knit family Central prides itself on. They can help explain what a Lemming Race is and why your student’s clothes may need extra washing after Homecoming. Its mission is to make sure the educational environment is maximized for each student and to offer a parent perspective in student-related matters.

The Parent Council selects parents from each graduating class to serve on this resource council.

For more information contact Karmen Ten Napel, vice president for student development and dean of students.

Karmen Ten Napel

Vice President for Student Development & Dean of Students

Parent Council 2022-23

Class of 2023

Brian and Amy Christian with son Nash '23

Brian and Amy Christian
(Nash ’23)

Not Pictured:

  • David and Cheryl Hurley (Kelsea ’23)


Class of 2024

Julia Clark with daughter Se’mone ’24

Sebastian and Julia Clark
(Se’mone ’24)

Wade and Michelle Eichhorn with daughter Audi '24

Wade and Michelle Eichhorn
(Audi ’24)


Class of 2025

Brian ’95 and Karen Ellingson Ahrens ’96 with son Tyler ’25

Brian ’95 and Karen Ellingson Ahrens ’96
(Tyler ’25)

Jen and Scot Lamm with daughter Karsyn ’25

Scot and Jen ’98 Lamm
(Karsyn ’25)

John and Jen McGee with children Katelyn '22 and Sean '23

John ’96 and Jen McGee ’98
(Brennan ’25, Katelyn ’22, Sean)

Not Pictured:

  • Sara Aguilera ’99 (Noelia ’25)
  • Brandon ’98 and Aanna Hoch ’98 (Eva ’25)
  • Steve and Michelle Rocha (Emma ’25)


Class of 2026

Sara Dressel with son Caleb '26

Sara Dressel
(Caleb ’26)

Dave and Wendy Lindell with son North '26

Dave and Wendy Lindell
(North ’26)

Not Pictured:

  • Lora Appenzeller ’95 (Annaliese Miller ’26)
  • Rodney ’90 and Kitty De Ronde (Patrick ’26)
  • Jeffrey and Colleen Hovinga (Joey ’26)
  • Naomi Jones (Riley Hawk ’26)
  • Amy Kenney (Mark ’26)
  • Brett and Chantelle Lundberg (Derek Beiner ’26)


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