Introducing The Hope College Connection

The Hope College Connection is an innovative online community for calling and career that brings together students, alumni and families for mentoring and experiential learning.

You can:

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  • Discover new contacts with the platform’s powerful smart-matching algorithm.
  • Share career advice and industry insight with students and alumni.
  • Communicate on your own time with in-platform video meetings and messaging, text notifications and integration with LinkedIn and email.

Learn more at connection.hope.edu and activate your profile today!

Stay tuned. We will be sharing more in-depth information on this blog in the future.

We hope you’ll find it to be a valuable resource. If you have questions, please contact us at connection@hope.edu.

10 Under 10 Award Recipient | Hillary Delhagen ’09

As a freshman with an undeclared major, Hillary Delhagen ’09, questioned if Hope College was right for her. Hundreds of miles away from her home in upstate New York, Delhagen was struggling to find her place at Hope College and was thinking about transferring. However, after pushing through the hard adjustment of freshman year and exploring various passions, Delhagen found her calling at Hope. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then went on to Adler University to pursue a Master of Arts in Art Therapy: Counseling.

Delhagen currently works as a Creative Arts Therapist at Rikers Island Correctional Facility and NYC Health + Hospitals. Though she loves her job as an art therapist, it wasn’t until her junior year that she knew it was a career. It was guests speakers who came into her Behavioral Disorders class that introduces the idea to her. “[They] shared with our class their personal experiences while living with schizophrenia and what they do to cope. The gentlemen shared that the most powerful ways they cope with their mental illness was through poetry and art. It was in that moment I knew exactly what I was meant to do. It seemed so obvious to combine my greatest passions, art and psychology”

“Without the support that Hope provided I would not have had the courage to step outside of my comfort zone and embrace my life calling. Without the freedom to explore my passions I would not be where I am today. Hope taught me that we must recognize, embrace and celebrate the uniqueness of all people, regardless of their background and their past actions.”

In addition to her work at Rikers Island, Delhagen is working at Counseling Space, P.C. At Counseling Space, they partner with each client to create a comprehensive plan that is centered on discovering inner strengths – rather than focusing on weaknesses. This work, and the work at Rikers Island allows hillary to live out both of her passions each day. Each day, she gets to work directly with ohers using art to help them reach their full potential. She never pictured herself working in a correctional facility in the Bronx but she loves what she gets to do each day.

“I can say with confidence that if I had never attended Hope College I never would have ended up where I am today. I am guided by the values and principles instilled in me through my time at Hope…I discovered I was just where I needed to be! I realized that I was being given the gift, opportunity and freedom to explore my passions the moment I walked onto Hope’s campus.”

Hope College allowed her the freedom to explore potential career options before finding the perfect one for her. Her advisor encouraged her to embrace her curiosity, embrace her interests and embrace what made her think. She took full advantage of the liberal arts education Hope College provided her. The impact of that education has stayed with her and she is able to use it everyday while at work with clients.

Hope College is proud to give Hillary Delhagen ’09 the 2019 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honors emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

10 Under 10 Award Recipient | Matt Rutter ’12

Matt Rutter ’12

Matt Rutter ’12 was transformed by Hope College during his 4 years here. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Philosophy, Matt has used his education from Hope College to transform the lives of others all around the world. From Zeeland, Michigan to Chisinau, Moldova, Rutter has been running startups and helping others to build their entrepreneurial skills.

“I am a completely different man as a result of my four years at Hope. I was taught how to pray, how to study Scripture, how to think, how to ask questions, how to write, how to present, how to work hard, how to repent, how to serve, how to laugh, how to endure, how to care, and how to love well.”

After his graduation in 2012, Rutter moved to Moldova to serve in the PeaceCorps. During this time he helped women who were at-risk for human trafficking to build start-ups to support themselves financially. He assisted in teaching them the skills necessary for running a business in order to get out of bad situations. Matt helped start-up companies and young people alike grow in leadership and development skills.

After Matt’s two years in the PeaceCorps, he felt called to stay in Moldova long term. He continued the work he had started in helping people to start their business. Now, nearly seven years later, Matt is a leader in the region. He married his wife Catia (a local Moldovan) , and currently serves as the General Manager and Creative Director at Enspire Creative Agency. Rutter still does independent business coaching on the side.

Rutter has said that Hope College taught with how to be a man of God. While at Hope, he was able to grow in his faith and build a personal relationship with God. Rutter is still best friends with his freshman year roommate and their original Bible study group. They are all still walking together in their faith and hold each other accountable through prayer and regular email check-ins. Being surrounded by godly men had a major impact on his faith. It is because of Hope College that Rutter still feels called to serve in Moldova. Prior to his time at Hope, he had never considered volunteering or working abroad. Seven years after graduating, he is feeling, more than ever, called to serve and love the people God has placed in his life.

“Prior to Hope, I had no frame of reference for what it meant to be a godly man, truly grounded in Scripture and faithful to God’s calling. Being surrounded by godly men, both in my dorm, from professors, and the greater Holland community, I was shown a picture of who God has created me to become.”

Matt Rutter ’12 receives the 10 Under 10 Award from Stacy Jackson, Professor of Management and Economics and Business Department Chair

Hope College is proud to give Matt Rutter ’12 the 2019 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honors emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

10 Under 10 Award Recipient | Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed ’09

Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed ’09

Seven years after her graduation, Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed ’09 returned to Hope College as a full time faculty member in the Chemistry department. Dittenhafer-Reed is directly impacting current students in the same her professors impacted her just a few short years ago. Teaching and mentoring students through research is a passion of hers that she gets to live out everyday at Hope College.

Dittenhafer-Reed graduated from Hope with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. While at Hope, she had her first exposure to research. She conducted undergraduate research with Dr. Moses Lee. Directly following her graduation, she went to grad school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biochemistry. Dittenhafer-Reed received the Graduate Research Fellow from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious award is given to graduate students working towards a masters or doctorate who are doing research in their fields.

While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dittenhafer-Reed was able to do research while also teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. In 2014, she won the Denton Teaching Award, which is an award that “honors biochemistry graduate students who consistently provide quality guidance and scientific training in mentoring undergraduate students.” This award is a testament to the dedication that she has to both research and her students. She cares deeply about impacting students and helping them during their undergraduate years. Most recently, she was awarded the Towsley Research Scholarship at Hope College. This award will allow her to continue her research on the Mitochondria (a part of the cell) into 2021.

“As a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, I strive to provide the same high quality, transformative experience to current Hope College students by modeling Hope’s mission. My goal is to offer innovative and rigorous instruction, while encouraging personal development and fostering relationships rooted in faith.”

As a student at Hope, Dittenhafer-Reed was involved in various activities around campus. Though her most prominent being summer and undergraduate research, she was also a student- athlete, playing for the women’s basketball team. She spent a summer in Vienna, Austria in the Vienna Summer School Program. Dittenhafter-Reed recalled how it doesn’t get any better than walking the streets of Vienna looking at the art and architecture of the building for a class. She also explained at the 10 Under 10 Young Alumni Panel that Hope College was instrumental in developing her faith. She was able to grow in her relationship with the Lord while here. She is grateful for the time she spent here as a student and is blessed to be back at the place she loves.

“For the first time, I felt connected to a supportive Christ-following community that encourages believers to intellectually evaluate their beliefs. The solid foundation I established at Hope College, allowed my Christianity to flourish in graduate school and beyond, even as I entered a more theologically diverse environment”

Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed ’09 receives the 10 Under 10 Award from Jeff Johnson, Professor of Chemistry

Hope College is proud to give Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed ’09 the 2019 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honors emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

10 Under 10 Award Recipient | Diego Romero ’09

Diego Romero ’09

When Diego Romero ’09 first stepped on to Hope College’s campus he was a freshman in high school participating in Hope’s TRIO Upward Bound Program. Having spent the next four years on campus in the program, Diego decided to attend Hope College to study Spanish Education. As a first-generation college student and former English Language Learner, Romero was aware of the struggles that he endured and knew many other students were in his same position. He wanted to help the next generation of students. From the start, he was deeply dedicated to education and wanted to make an impact in the lives of students to come. 

While at Hope College Romero was an incredibly active student, involving himself in many co-curricular activities. As a freshman, he joined the Phelps Scholars Program – a living-learning community focused on global learning and diversity. He was a member of various clubs such as the Latino Student Union, the Outdoor Adventure Club, and The Book Club. Romero gained early valuable experience working with young students as a volunteer in the CASA program at Hope.

“I came from a poor family and understand the struggles, but as I was once told, education is the only way out and once you get it no one can take it away.”

Upon his graduation in 2009, Romero moved to Denver, Colorado where he spent the next two years teaching Spanish at Denver Public schools. Over the past ten years, Romero’s passion for his students and dedication to his profession has allowed his to move into leadership positions in the school district. His current role as an elementary school principal at a school where a majority of his students are English Language Learners has given him the opportunity to use his experiences to directly impact students each day. He is committed to giving each student the resources they need to reach their full potential. He believes strongly in the value of an education and life-long learning. He has exemplified this by earning a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Linguistically Diverse Education as well as an Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Certificate and Educational Specialist Certification.

 “I was struck by his work as an elementary school principal and his ability to build trust among the teachers who report to him. He is student-centered, always putting their needs first, but he understands the importance of creating a climate and culture in which teachers thrive as well. He is committed to creating a school culture that values equity, collaboration, community involvement, and open communication.” ~ Elizabeth Colburn.

Diego Romero ’09 receives the 10 Under 10 Alumni Award from Professor of Education John Yelding

Romero lives in Denver Colorado with his wife Rachel Bakken ’09 Romero, also a recipient of the 2019 10 Under 10 Award this year, and three-year-old son, Collin. Romero has stayed connected with Hope College over the years despite living in Colorado. Hope College is grateful for his continued dedication and support of his alma mater.

Hope College is proud to give Diego Romero the 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honors emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

10 Under 10 Award Recipient | Andreana Rosnik ’13

Andreana Rosnik ’13

What does a liberal arts education look like after graduation? For Andreana Rosnik ’13, it looks like having a Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley while also making and selling her own artwork. Just six years after graduation, Rosnik has found a beautiful balance of mixing both STEM and the Arts into her daily life in San Francisco.

“I can have science and art coexist in my life due to my liberal arts background. From Hope’s curriculum to its various seminar series to mere interactions of students and teachers across disciplines, while at Hope I was immersed in a place where different fields constantly intersected.”

Rosnik graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics with a minor in Spanish. Following her graduation she received a Fulbright Research Fellowship at Universitat de Barcelona. There she continued her studies while also engaging in new cultural experiences. Her knowledge from the Phelps Scholars program (a first year program at Hope that aims to foster global learning and community) aided Rosnik while living abroad. Upon her return to the states, she continued her schooling at the University of California-Berkeley. She worked as a Graduate Student Instructor during her PhD program teaching courses such as Chemistry and Thermodynamics.

Rosnik is currently working as a Computational Scientist and Software Engineer at EnelX where she is collaborating with others to make clean energy more accessible and mitigating climate change. She feels fortunate that she has been able to find a career that is challenging her intellectually but that also aligns with her personal morals and beliefs. Andreana also works as a part-time artist. She works with colored pencil to create intricate and colorful pieces of art. Her art gives her an opportunity to express herself in a different way.

“I also do artwork semi-professionally, and while that is not my main career, what I love about making art is that everyone needs art, whether they realize it or not…My artwork gives me the space to wordlessly describe my inner world, as well as to freely explore fantastical elements of some other world. While my work is full of detail and, in some senses, rooted in analysis, expressing myself outside of the context of science in this manner was something that I need”

Rosnik’s liberal arts education at Hope College gave her the tools to pursue both her passions on both ends of the spectrum. While at Hope Rosnik was a very involved student who participated in various co-curricular activities. Rosnik was inducted into four Academic Honor Societies across multiple disciplines. She spent a summer doing research at the college in addition to spending time abroad in Spain. Hope College is proud of Rosnik for how she has used her liberal arts education at Hope and after Hope.

For more information, visit Andreana’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Andreana Rosnik ’13 receives the 10 Under 10 Award from Dr. William Polik, Professor of Chemistry

Hope College is honored to give Andreana Rosnik ’13 the 10 Under 10 Young Alumni Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honor emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

10 Under 10 Award Recipient | Rachel Bakken ’09 Romero

Rachel Bakken ’09 Romero

When Rachel Bakken ’09 Romero graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a Mechanical emphasis, she was onto bigger and better things. After graduation, she moved to Denver and accepted a position at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Romero describes the mission of NREL “is to advance the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies.” She now works as the Energy Engineer and Project Leader.

Over the year at NREL, Romero’s diligent work and expertise in the field has allowed her to move gracefully through promotions and added responsibilities. She currently manages many ongoing projects and initiatives at the NREL. The work Romero does is having a direct impact on the environment and the way we use renewable energy. She is solving problems and creating solutions in renewable energy. In 2014, Romero went back to school at the University of Colorado Boulder where she received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering. She also received her Professional Engineering Certification. 

Romero is a member of the professional organization, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). There she is a chair for the Young Engineers program. In addition to ASHRAE, Romero has been a member of the Philanthropic Education Organization for many years.

Hope provided me with a well-rounded education; my skills include excellent writing, an understanding of cultural topics, and more. This has been invaluable for the variety of work that I have done. Hope prepared me to be not only a professional worker, but a leader in my community”

While at Hope College Romero took full advantage of her liberal arts education by immersing herself into many areas of campus life. Romero swam for four years on the women’s swim team and she earned three varsity letters during her swim career. At the 10 Under 10 Young Alumni Panel, Romero reflected on how being involved in sports as well as other co-curricular activities helped her to learn valuable skills like time management. She also noted that she enjoyed being a part of many aspects of Hope’s campus life.  She also was involved in various clubs such as the Knitting Club and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.

Romero is still living in Colorado with her husband Diego Romero ’09. Diego was also a recipient of the 2019 10 Under 10 Award. Together they have a three-year- old son, Collin. Diego and Rachel have stayed connected with Hope College over the years despite living in Colorado. Hope College is very thankful for her continued dedication and support of her alma mater.

Rachel Bakken ’09 Romero receives the 10 Under 10 Award from Sara DeVries, Community Relations Manager at Herrick District Library (former Associate Director of Career Services at Hope College)

Hope College is proud to give Rachel Romero the 2019 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honor emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

10 Under 10 Award Recipient | Adam Maley ’13

Though it has only been 6 years since his graduation, Adam Maley ’13 is already conducting groundbreaking research that could save the lives of many. Having received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of California, Irvine, Maley is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Pathology Department at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is currently working “to develop a point-of-care digital ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) instrument that can count individual protein biomarkers for early disease detection.” Maley is currently working on developing this technology to detect diseases in infants as early as possible.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Maley was first interested in research during his time at Hope College. Throughout his 4 years at Hope, Adam worked on research with faculty members. The exposure to the scientific process early on in his education career gave Maley insight into what he wanted to do for a living and he fell in love with chemistry because it made so much sense to him. His relationships with professors, advisors and mentors while at Hope played a huge role is life and the discernment of his calling as well. Maley now has the opportunity to mentor and teach undergraduate students in his own lab and would like to one day work at a primarily undergraduate institution where he can mentor students.

“Having the opportunity to conduct original research as an undergraduate was instrumental to my career. I went into graduate school knowing what scientific research is, and how to communicate my research through presentations and writing. Many of the General Education courses I took at Hope included writing, which also helped me to become a better scientific writer.”

When Maley was not in the lab at Hope, he was participating in a wide variety of co-curricular activities around campus. Maley was a leader on campus in his role as an RA. He also served on Spring Break Immersion trips during his spring breaks. At the 10 Under 10 Young Alumni Panel, Maley shared how he was grateful for Hope College and the liberal arts education it gave him. He had the opportunity to take organ lessons while at Hope. Though at first he was nervous, he soon loved when he could sneak away from the lab to get in some practice time. He reported that playing the organ challenged his mind in ways that it had never been before. He has taken those skills he has learned from his liberal arts education with him in his career.

Adam Maley ’13 receives the 10 Under 10 Award from Donna Sova, Chemistry Office Manager

Hope College is proud to give Adam Maley the 2019 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honor emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

10 Under 10 Award Recipient | Lindsey Ferguson ’10 Hanson

Lindsey Ferguson ’10 Hanson is the perfect example of what is means to live out your passions and life calling. Having graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance: Performance and Choreography, Ferguson is now living in New York City working as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and actor. She is passionate about the work she does and is deeply dedicated to spreading joy through her work.

Hanson’s professional career began her sophomore year at Hope when she was hired for her first TV role where she appeared in “Come On Over,” a children’s television show produced by the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. This job introduced her to Koyalee Chanda who was the director for her next job on “Sesame Street.” Since then, Hanson has appeared in other TV shows including “America’s Got Talent” and most recently, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” She has also been in Broadway Productions, commercials and films.

Lindsey Ferguson ’10 Hanson

While at Hope College Hanson was devoted to her studies and made the most of the education that Hope provided her. She was a member of various dance student groups including Dance Department Professional Club, Hip Hop Club, Swing Club and Sacred Dance. She also served on the Theatre and Dance Production teams. In addition to her involvement on Hope’s campus, Hanson spent a semester off campus at the New York Arts Program, a program aimed to help student artists explore their career options. This experience gave her a taste of what it’s like to live and work in New York City as a performer. 

She has a love for teaching dance to the next generation of dancers. Since graduation, Hanson has been back to campus numerous times as a guest speaker and master class instructor in the Dance Department. She is an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University where she is currently also working on a Masters Degree of Fine Arts. She hopes to one day be a full time teacher and choreographer.

When Hanson is not on dancing on Broadway, choreographing ballets, or getting a masters degree, she is volunteering. Hanson shared at the 10 Under 10 Young Alumni Panel that her faith was transformed at Hope College and she has taken that with her in her career and life beyond Hope. She volunteers at local charities in New York. Her faith is important to her and she is trying to spread the love of Christ wherever she goes around New York City.

“My Christian faith has been the anchor of my hope in a place that can sometimes feel so far from God’s Kingdom…As I work in and out of NYC, I strive to maintain Hope’s vision of being a leader in my community, bringing hope and positive change to those around me. I’m here to make a difference in my community—pressing on to be the hands and feet of Christ–backstage, in the audition room, on the subway, in Times Square, or on my neighborhood block.”

Lindsey Ferguson ’10 Hanson receives the 10 Under 10 Award from Linda Graham, Professor of Dance

Hope College is proud to give Lindsey Ferguson ’10 Hanson the 2019 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honor emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

10 Under 10 Award Recipient | Christine Washington ’09 Michel

Criminal Law is not for the faint of heart, but Christine Washington ’09 Michel is fighting the good fight. Michel is a criminal defense attorney at her practice, Christine A. Michel P.A. Law Offices. She has described her work as coming alongside people during the hardest times in their lives. Since graduating from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Criminal Justice Emphasis, Michel has been around the world helping those who need it most.

A year after her graduation, she travelled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti where she worked as a Site Manager for TouchGlobal Crisis Response. She was part of a team working to rebuild after the 7.0 Mw earthquake in January of 2010. She served there for a year. In 2013, Michel went to Cambodia and worked as a Pre-Trial Chamber Clerk at the United Nations Assistance to the Khemer Rouge Trials. She then returned to Haiti where she worked temporarily as Acting Director of Family of Faith Ministries. It was in July of 2017 that Michel opened her law practice in Jacksonville, Florida. She works in criminal law as well as other areas including Immigrant Law and Family Law.

Michel used her time at Hope to develop her leadership skills that she has used in her career. During the 10 Under 10 Young Alumni Panel, Michel recalled a conversation she had with Vanessa Greene, the Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Vanessa Green encouraged Michel to be more involved at Hope, to step beyond her comfort zone and try more things on campus. Michel was soon involved in many areas on Hope’s campus, even becoming the President of the Black Student Union almost immediately upon joining. She competed on intramural teams, participated in Dance Marathon, and volunteered with CASA.

Michel thanks Vanessa Greene for encouraging her to become more involved on Hope’s campus because it made Hope feel more like home. She reflected on how she came into her own at Hope College through the leadership roles she served in and impactful relationships with professors. Michel is also thankful for the experiences at Hope that helped her grow in her relationship with God and for the close friendships she made and still maintains. These experiences and relationships at Hope gave her the courage and confidence to passionately pursue her dreams.

“Hope gave me ownership of my faith. No longer was church and Christianity something my parents made me participate in, but it was my own and I blossomed by going to the Gathering and Chapel and eventually found a closely knit group of believers to help me grow beyond what I could have imagined.”

Michel now lives in Jacksonville Florida with her husband, Johnson. Together they have a young son, Chase. Hope College is grateful for Michel and her continued support of her Alma Mater. She is a force for good in the world and Hope is proud to recognize her accomplishments so early in her career.

Christine Washington ’09 Michel receives the 10 Under 10 Award from Vanessa Greene, Associate Dean of Students and Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Its an honor to give Christine Michel ’09 the 2019 10 Under 10 Award. The “10 Under 10 Awards” honor emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!