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New Faculty

Rev. Rod Gorter is Dordt’s new Dean of Chapel. He comes from the Ukraine, where he was dean of students and a theology professor at Evangelical Reformed Seminary of Ukraine, and was also involved in church and leadership development in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ukraine. Gorter has a B.A. in psychology from Dordt College, an M.A. in Religion and M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Calvin Theological Seminary.

Randy Baxter has been hired as an instructor of social work and director of the social work program at Dordt. Baxter earned his B.A. (history and sociology), M.A. (sociology and social work), M.S.W. (Master of Social Work with a concentration in policy, planning and administration) and is a Ph.D. candidate (Public Administration) at Western Michigan University. Baxter is also a licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Michigan. Baxter was previously a family preservation specialist at the Michigan Family Independence Agency and an adjunct faculty professor at Kellogg Community College. He has also worked as a volunteer services supervisor, welfare services specialist, and child welfare service specialist.

Dr. Gary De Young has been hired as an associate professor of math. De Young earned his B.S. in mathematics at Calvin College, his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Utah, and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of California Davis. He is known for development of the De Young-Keizer model for Cellular Calcium oscillations. De Young has been teaching for fourteen years, most recently at The King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta.

John Heavner is Dordt College’s first head football coach. Heavner earned a B.S. in political science and a M.S. in education from East Central University. Heavner was the quarterback coach at Missouri State University (NCAA Division IAA) in Springfield, Missouri, and before that was an assistant coach at East Central University (NCAA Division II) in Ada, OK. Dordt College will field a junior varsity team in 2007 with a full varsity schedule in 2008.

Jason Lief has been hired as an instructor of theology. He earned a B.A. in history (with a secondary education endorsement) at Northwestern College, and a M.A. in theology from Wheaton College Graduate School, with a focus on Biblical Studies and Historical Theology. Lief most recently taught Bible and history courses at Pella Christian High School.

Matt Mathias is teaching in the business administration department. Mathias has both a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) and a M.B.A.(with distinction) from the University of Michigan, and comes to Dordt College with extensive international business experience, as well as teaching experience at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. Most recently, Mathias was a senior consultant and trainer at Meta HR and Communication in Singapore, where he also conducted leadership research in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. His previous professional experience includes managing global strategic planning and human resources as a senior manager for ETAS, GmbH; serving as a manufacturing operations manager for Procter and Gamble; and participating in an engineering co-op program with Delphi Chassis Systems, General Motors.

Natalie Sandbulte is an instructor of psychology and will direct that department’s student field experience program for an interim year. Sandbulte earned a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern College (Orange City) and her M.A. in clinical psychology from Wheaton College, where she is also currently a candidate for a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. She also has clinical experience from a position at the Heartland Counseling Center, Elburn, IL.

Kathryn (Kate) Fuller Vander Veen is a nursing instructor for the B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree) program. Vander Veen earned a B.S.N. at the University of Utah, followed by a M.S.N. at Uniformed Services University. Vander Veen has twenty-two years of nursing experience with the United States Air Force, where she served as a staff nurse, nursing manager and supervisor, operating room nurse, flight nurse, nursing quality assurance officer, hyperbaric nurse, family nurse practitioner, and medical information systems consultant. She was a Lieutenant Colonel at Falls Church, Virginia, prior to her recent retirement from the Air Force.