AJS-U.S. has two full-time staff members who concentrate primarily on fundraising, communications, advocacy, and education:
AJS's programs in Honduras are for the most part implemented by the staff of Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (ASJ),
our Honduran partner organization. ASJ's 60-member Honduran
staff includes 8 lawyers, 4 paralegals, 5 journalists, 4 investigators,
4 psychologists, 4 counselors, 2 social workers, and more. Many have
previous experience working for Honduras' Attorney General's Office,
Court System, National Investigative Police, National Human Rights
Commission, major news media, and other prominent organizations.
- Abram Huyser-Honig, Director of Operations.
Abram holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Calvin College. He spent
both a January term and a semester in Honduras in college, and soon
after graduation in 2004 he moved to Honduras. In college and during
his first year in Honduras Abram did freelance news and
public-relations writing for a variety of clients. Starting in fall
2005, Abram began working with AJS. Abram works out of the AJS / Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Email: email@example.com
- Jill Van Beek, Fundraising and Administrative Associate. Jill
has a B.A. in International Development from Calvin College, and also
spent both a January term and a semester in Honduras. She did an
internship with AJS in the spring of 2009 and joined the staff of AJS
in June of that year. Jill works out of AJS's U.S. office in Grand
Rapids, Michigan. She also travels to Honduras several times a year,
and travels to different parts of the U.S. and Canada promoting AJS's
work and God's call for His people to do justice. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
board members are passionate about God's call to justice and contribute
generously of their time, energy, expertise, and finances to promote
the mission of AJS.
Other Board Members:
- President: Gary Nederveld.
Gary does development work for Rehoboth Christian School in Rehoboth,
New Mexico. Previous work experiences include a leadership position
with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC).
- Vice-President: Pete Harkema.
Pete worked for Calvin College for 21 years before taking a job at
Fuller Seminary in California. Currently he is Director of
Denominational Advancement for the Christian Reformed Church in North
- Treasurer: Scott Johnson.
Scott is a professor of Business at Oklahoma State University. His
previous work experience includes working for CRWRC both in the U.S.
- Secretary: Kate Kooyman.
Kate worked for two years as Congregational Justice Mobilizer for CRWRC
/ the CRC Office of Social Justice. She recently took a position as
Director of Social Justice and Outreach at Hope College.
- Sharon Baker: Sharon is a teacher at Byron Center (Mich.) Christian school.
- Jotham Ippel: Jotham is the director of PARA refugee resettlement agency, part of Bethany Christian Services, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Russel Jacobs: Russel is an attorney for Starbucks Inc. in Seattle, Wash.
- Virginia LaGrand: Virginia worked for Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill., for 18 years before retiring to Grand Rapids in 2006.
- Kelli Schutte:
Kelli is a professor of business at William Jewell College (Missouri).
She taught business at Calvin College from 1995 – 2003. She was a
Christian Reformed World Relief Board Member from 2001 – 2007. She has
also served on the boards of other charitable organizations, including
on the Criminal Justice Chaplaincy Advisory Board from 2002 – 2003.
- Brad Van Beek: Brad is a teacher with the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Schools.
- Jo Ann Van Engen:
Jo Ann leads Calvin College’s Third World Development Studies Program
in Honduras along with her husband, Kurt Ver Beek. During her first six
years in Honduras, Jo Ann worked for CRWRC. Jo Ann and Kurt are
founding members of both AJS-U.S. and Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa, and serve on the boards of both organizations.
- Dr. Kurt Ver Beek:
See above. In addition to his work with Calvin and AJS, Kurt has
conducted research among Honduras' indigenous Lenca people, on working
conditions in maquilas (clothing assembly factories), and on the impact of short-term missions.
- Dr. Uko Zylstra: Uko is the academic dean for Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.