We are grateful for the time and investment of this large group of volunteers who all together make up our Diversity Task Force–a working group of diverse representation from HCS, the Holland community, our HC Board, parents, students, alumni, etc. all working together to advance our HC Board of Trustees’ priorities to be better together in Christ. For practical purposes, the task force is divided into the four areas of curriculum, recruitment, retention, and community scholarship assistance, all of which are described in more detail below. Each group meets monthly and provides periodic updates about their work, but if you have further questions about the Diversity Task Force, feel free to email Katie Clausing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity Task Force
Holland Christian is committed to become a tapestry, diverse in backgrounds, ages, skills, and perspectives.
Diversity Task Force Teams
The Curriculum Mapping team is working to identify and clarify cultural intelligence and diversity in the HCS curriculum so that all people can see themselves within our HC curriculum, but especially in the areas of racial equity, diversity of learners, and socioeconomic standing. This focus group is working to further integrate cultural intelligence into all levels of our HC curriculum, learning outcomes, and activities.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 42 years and we have two daughters, a son-in-law and three grandchildren. As a family with an adult daughter who is cognitively impaired, grandchildren who are biracial/bicultural, a son-in-law who has immigrated to the U.S. and most importantly, as followers of Christ, we believe we are called to live the Gospel in real and tangible ways.
Professionally, I serve as the Director of School Improvement at the Ottawa Area ISD and served previously as an elementary principal, curriculum director, high school teacher, chief bargainer, and athletic coach. I also have a PhD in educational leadership. I was humbly overwhelmed by how GOD directed my path to join the wonderful educators at Holland Christian.
The Cultivation & Recruitment of Diverse Candidates team is planning how to extend the network of Holland Christian employees, Board members, parents, constituents, and community in general to further diversify all of these groups. This group in particular is addressing whether our application processes are functioning at the highest possible capacity, as well as how we can find a better cultivation tool to diversify our applicants.
Based on my experience at Holland Christian, and the Way of the Lord, I am dedicated to being a voice for the voiceless, an advocate for the weak, and an ally to all of God’s creations. I am very blessed and humbled to able to serve others again as a member of the Diversity Task Force as part of the Cultivation and Recruitment of Diverse Candidates.
I most recently served as Chief Sensor Operator for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, and I am currently writing and recording music for Shadowhaus Productions. I also enthusiastically serve as a member of the Park CRC Praise Team and as an instructor for the Park Music Academy. I am a practitioner of Kenjutsu have three talented fencing students as sons: Vincent, Dominic, and Maximilian.
“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” ~Ephesians 6:19-20
My husband, John, who works for a non-profit in Grand Rapids, and I have three children: our oldest son away at college, and our younger two daughters at South Side and Pine Ridge. It was through our very positive experience at Holland Christian as parents that I was drawn to working here, as I fell in love with who HC is, and who they are trying to be.
My husband, TJ, is also a teacher. Together we have been blessed to raise three children, all of whom attend Holland Christian Schools. My husband and I both deeply value the mentorship and impact the teachers and staff at Holland Christian foster in each of our children.
It gives me great joy to serve God by welcoming all children into the learning spaces and classrooms at Rose Park and Forest School. I count it a true joy to witness God working among His people raising up the newest generation of Kingdom Bringers. It is my daily prayer that God would bless the work of our hands and hearts as we equip the minds of our children and nurture their tender hearts that they might take up their calling to transform our world for Jesus Christ.
Just as important as recruiting are the efforts to assist in helping all individuals with a sense of belonging–hence our third diversity team for Retaining Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds. The establishment of a new mentoring program is being initiated to assist in helping diverse individuals especially in serving with effectiveness as employees, board members, students, and within designated leadership roles. These efforts should provide a fulfilling and enriched HCS experience for all by intentionally helping individuals from diverse backgrounds succeed in their personal and vocational callings at Holland Christian. Ongoing employee professional development training for all HC staff and constituents in the areas of cultural sensitivity, diversity and inclusion is also being developed.
I serve as the first Director for the Ottawa County Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), established in 2019. The office convenes key relationships with local community, business and policy leaders, including local units of government in order to lead and develop a DEI strategic plan. I am responsible for assessing implicit bias in current policies and decision-making processes with a goal to operationalize DEI throughout the organization.
Over the last decade, I have become known as a national speaker, consultant, professor and author on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. I co-authored Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture and Religion (Fortress Press), and designed national partnerships and projects through Afrik Advantage LLC, a minority woman owned business, building cross sectors of communities, businesses and faith-based organizations, focused on the development of inclusive leaders and key strategic DEI priorities.
I earned my Masters of Science (MS), Management, Strategy and Leadership from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (MSU), a Bachelor of Science Management (BSM) from Cornerstone University (CU), studied social work at Valparaiso University (VU) and hold the following multiple certifications: Cultural Intelligence (CQ) level I, II and Unconscious Bias (CQ) from the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Center. I am Board Certified from the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). I am also a certified National Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), endorsed by the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the National Employment Counsel Association (NECA) and the National Association of Workforce Development (NAWDP). I hold a public leadership certification from Cornell University.
I am a co-founder of Women of Color Give, a philanthropy collective and grant-making fund at the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area for women of color and BIPOC leaders. I currently serve on the Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB) for Shape Corporation, the Racial Equity Steering Committee for Hope College, Talent2025 Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Committee and partner extensively with Be the Bridge (BTB), a national organization dedicated to racial reconciliation. I live in Holland, Michigan, represent as a Korean Adoptee, am married to a West African, and am raising three children. I enjoy international travel, philanthropy and origin stories. I am an HC graduate from the class of ’95.
In 2011, my family and I moved to Holland where I accepted the position of Program Supervisor of Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services at Ottawa County Community Mental Health. I am currently serving in my fifth year as Educational Support Services Director. My husband, Jon, and I have two sons, Oliver and Coen, who both attend Holland Christian.
In addition to my role as “chief musician,” I am the president of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH) in Holland and a member of the Board of Trustees at Calvin College. I have travelled extensively both domestically and internationally, including trips to South Africa, France, New Mexico, Japan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. From 2000-2005, I was the conductor of the 200-voice Hope College Gospel Choir. I am the devoted husband of Maple Avenue Ministry’s dynamic lead pastor, Rev. Dr. Denise Kingdom Grier, the father of our two biological children, Gezelle and Chris, and a father and mentor to many more in our community.
My wife and I are overjoyed (and overwhelmed!) to be the parents of four little girls, who remind us daily not to take ourselves too seriously. I graduated from Hope College in 2011 with a degree in English education and religion, and have been a huge Holland Christian fan ever since having the opportunity to student teach here years ago. It is now an honor to be part of such a wonderful team of dedicated educators.
Now that I’ve come back to Holland Christian to teach Bible, my desire to use these different experiences has grown. Diversity is one of God’s many gifts to the World, and it is an eternal project. I’m grateful to be apart of this team with so many gifted men and women who love Jesus. It is an honor to be apart of something that’s bigger than myself. May His reign be extended across the World!
Community Scholarship Assistance is the fourth working team: Although this list is in a non-ranked prioritization, HCS is recognizing when there may be interest in attending Holland Christian Schools, modest resources may limit some families from diverse backgrounds from being able to attend HCS. To address this need, the Community Scholarship Assistance team is establishing a two-pronged approach for expanding diversity through both an annual operating fund and an endowment portion that can both focus resources on expanding diversity at Holland Christian. Just as importantly, a review of HC policies that presently are “gates” potentially limiting expressions of family and student interest in HCS are occurring.
My passion is to reach the city of Holland by serving its community. Having been raised on the south side of Holland, I recognize the enormous need to reach the people and youth of this city. I see the huge importance in volunteering, and have played key roles in the foundation of the Teen Center of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland and continue to support and reach the youth of Holland today by ministering at school chapels.
I work to make the love and commitment of God evident in this community through the organizations that I lead and volunteer with in the city of Holland. I am married to Marisol Cabrera and live in the north side of Holland. Together we are raising four children who currently attend Holland Christian Schools.
Professionally, I suspect most of you are familiar with the company I work for or at least know our jingle: I have worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance for the past 18 years in a variety of Human Resource and Talent roles. In my current role I serve as a Sr Talent Advisor for our Product, Finance and Actuarial organizations with over 5000 employees around the globe. In this role I am tasked with creating and executing talent strategies that help us achieve our business objectives. Our talented employees are at the center of all we do, and as an organization we recognize that we will not attract and retain the best talent without being diverse and inclusive. My point being, diversity, equity and inclusion are front and center in all of my work.
Personally, my wife, Carla, and I moved to Holland 14 years ago from Chicago. Having grown up in Grand Rapids, attended and then taught at Christian schools, my wife knew of and thought very highly of Holland Christian. That knowledge, those ties, and a shared commitment to Christian education made Holland Christian a clear choice for our children’s education–a choice that has been affirmed year after year. Not everyone in our community has those ties to Holland Christian. I look forward to helping make those connections as well as extolling the many benefits of a Christ centered education. All with the end goal of welcoming all to a diverse, inclusive, and loving environment.
I am married to Kim, a K-12 educator and education professor. We have two children: a daughter, Lindsay Grant, who lives in Idaho with her husband Tyler and two children. Our son, Nathan, and his wife, Rae, live in Kentucky. It is a privilege to serve with a talented leadership team and dedicated faculty and staff at HCS. One of the compelling reasons to serve at HC is the mission to equip minds and nurture hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ. We are grateful for the Holland community and excited to lead HC in these Diversity Task Force efforts in promising times of shaping future leaders.
Our family spent two summers living in Hong Kong and traveling in Asia. I love the beautiful diversity that God has created throughout our world. I’m excited to be the Director of Advancement for HC, fundraising and working with supporters of Holland Christian. I’m proud to be a alumni, student parent, and employee of HC and eager to engage with the Diversity Task Force.
”I love that my school is a Christian school. I love that we share in worship each week and learn about the world through a Christian perspective; I love my teachers, how they show their faith in their teaching, and are always willing to reach out to me outside of school if I need them.
”The teachers are outstanding and go above and beyond the call to impact my kids.
”The teachers care about their students: they want to help students develop their strengths and understand that they are made in god's image with specific talents and gifts.
”I think holland Christian’s teaching staff is a huge strength. The level of care, concern, and character that most of the teachers possess is what makes the HC experience so impactful for our kids.
”No child is just a number. Teachers really know them, understand their strengths and weaknesses, lift them up in prayer, challenge classmates to care about them and for them.
Looking for more detail?
These are the highlights of why we do what we do, but if you want to read our full Statement of Educational Philosophy it goes into a lot more detail.