Archived Voice Articles

New alumni council members introduce themselves

Lois (Van Zee) Marra

I graduated from Dordt College in 1984. My husband, Kalen, and I live in Blaine, Minnesota, with our two children, Nick, who is fourteen years old and in the eighth grade, and Hanna, who is thirteen years old and in the seventh grade. I’m currently the secretary at Calvin Christian School (Blaine campus), which I thoroughly enjoy. Our family attends Faith Christian Reformed Church in New Brighton where I am a GEMS helper and involved in an adult Sunday school class. In my spare time (of which there is very little) I enjoy scrapbooking, sewing, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.

Melody (Olivier) De Wit

I grew up in Sioux Center, graduated from Dordt in 1976 and earned a master's degree in music from University of California at Riverside in 1985. I taught 7th and 8th grades for two years, and have spent nearly three decades teaching music at Western Christian in Hull, Ontario Christian in California, and currently Unity Christian at Orange City, Iowa. I married my high school sweetheart, Jerry De Wit, and we have three wonderful sons: Joel, Elliot, and David. I am on the church leadership board at our church, Rejoice! Community Church Le Mars, Iowa. I love any and all music, I love to read, run, golf, work in the yard, and am just recently addicted to Sudoku. We are thrilled at each of our son’s wise choices to attend Dordt; we are big Dordt basketball fans and love all the concerts. It is fun and exciting to be a part of this community again in a small way—what a great place Dordt is and was.

Jim Geerstma

I graduated from Dordt with an education degree in 1977, and married Belinda Dieken the following year—after she graduated with a social work degree. We are currently living in Holland, Michigan, and I am in the midst of my thirtieth year of teaching. My wife, Belinda, works for Bethany Christian Services as an International Adoption Specialist. We have four children: a daughter who works for Worldwide Christian Schools, a son in the music business, a son at Calvin College and one in high school. I look forward to working more closely with my alma mater on alumni issues.

Kathy (Visser) Eekhoff

I graduated from Dordt College in 1981 and married Hank Eekhoff (’82) in July of 1982. We now live in Manhattan, Montana. I graduated with a teaching degree in elementary education and physical education and taught fourth grade for four years at Manhattan Christian School. At that point we started our family and an exterior design business. I now work both as a substitute teacher at Manhattan Christian and with the family business. We are also very busy in the ministries of our church and with the local Christian school. Hank and I were blessed with three children: Brian is a junior at Dordt; Mark is a freshman at Dordt, Eric’s life on earth ended in a car crash in 2003, and he is now in the presence of Jesus.