Board of Governors Biographies
Dr. Robert Huizinga, Chair – Victoria, BC
PhD, RN, CNeph(C)
Rob brings his expertise in Christian leadership, church governance, and the impact those have on an organization fulfilling its calling. He is passionate about excellence in Christian education and believes that King’s is ideally positioned to provide understanding of Jesus’ message through its educational programs, no matter who attends.
Jenny McAlister, Vice-Chair – Edmonton, AB
MA Counselling, Alumni ‘02
Jenny is a registered psychologist providing therapy to individuals, couples and families and supervising provisional psychologists completing the requirements of registration. She has been recognized for her community building work, engagement with King’s events and campaigns and is excited to continue to serve King’s.
Stephanie Boldt, Treasurer – Edmonton, AB
CPA, CA, MPAcc, BCom
Stephanie brings to the board her experience as a CPA and trusted business advisor working with families through the various stages of businesses growth and transformation with a focus on tax strategies. She has experience serving on a variety of board and volunteer positions, with varying areas of focus including education, health and community impact.
Jeanette Romkema, Secretary – Toronto, ON
A Senior Partner in a leading education consulting firm, Jeanette brings vast knowledge and experience in community education, inclusion, strategic planning, and leadership development. With a life-long love for teaching, Jeanette has served as a faculty member in multiple universities, and as a volunteer has experience leading several community and faith-based organizations.
Joel Ringma, Committee Chair – Terrace, BC
MDiv, Alumni ’93
As a pastor, Joel enjoys engaging God’s world through many sports and outdoor adventures. He has trained pastors and grown cross-cultural relationships, fostered, and enjoyed ecumenical partnerships, coached and mentored athletes, and served in many volunteer opportunities. Joel is passionate about King’s mission to help people discover God’s vocation of renewal and reconciliation.
Matthew Oliver, Senate Chair – Edmonton, AB
CD, MEng, MDiv, PEng
Matthew is a citizen of the Métis Nation. Working as an engineer and member of the Alberta Utilities Commission, he is passionate about King’s mission on truth and social justice particularly for Indigenous Peoples, including development of an Indigenous theology. He served as an Anglican pastor for eighteen years and continues to study the role of restorative justice in peacemaking.
Brenda Bourque-Stratichuk – Lac La Biche, AB
As a Métis politician and advocate for education, Brenda has collaborated on multiple boards, championed the disadvantaged and has been awarded for her efforts. She has worked in the private sector, oil and gas and government. She is a committed Christian with a desire to see King’s deepen relationships with Aboriginal communities.
Dr. Carlo Serrano – Clarksville, TN, USA
Carlo has a passion for diversity, unity, and excellence in Christian education and brings wisdom as a pastor, professor, program director, researcher and author. The mission and vision of King’s resonates deeply with Carlo and he believes that ethically and morally sound leaders developed in Christian universities are a necessity.
Chris Steenhof – Smithers, BC
As a principal, Chris has worked to bring experiential, transformative, and formative educational experiences to students. He has been instrumental in bringing new teaching methods and structures into schools that allow struggling students to see success. Chris is passionate about education and sports and is actively involved in both at a leadership level.
Christine Vriend – Lacombe, AB
BA, BMus (Alumni ’07)
Christine’s career has focused on advocacy and systems for people with physical, intellectual, mental and/or developmental challenges, and their caregivers. Although retired, she continues to work and volunteer in multiple areas in that sector. She is also a musician, a King’s alumnus, and is grateful for how King’s shaped her and continues to do so for students.
Duane Plantinga – Edmonton, AB
Duane retired in 2015 as executive director of Association of Independent Schools & Colleges in Alberta after 15 years. Prior to that he served for 25 years in various teaching and administrative capacities in four Christian schools and taught at Dordt College. He has a strong passion for education, lifelong learning, and the mission and vision of King’s that promotes excellence in education along with social justice.
Edward Noot – Abbotsford, BC
Ed is the retired Executive Director of the Society of Christian Schools and President of the Federation of Independent Schools in BC. While enjoying more time with his family he continues to support Christian schools in BC and beyond in a consulting role. Ed is thankful that Kings continues to reflect biblical hospitality and generosity with a prophetic voice while contributing to the common good. As a board member, he is excited about helping Kings on the road to long term mission sustainability.
Evelyn Bouwman – Langley, BC
Evelyn has degrees and experience in both regular and special education and has served in a variety of roles with Surrey Christian Schools for many years. She is enjoying semi-retirement, serving as a teacher on call in both the Christian and public-school systems. She volunteers as an elder in her church and is also involved with refugee sponsorship. Evelyn has a heart for inclusion and has a deep respect for the mission and vision of Kings.
Gerald Jansen – Edmonton, AB
With a goal and passion to live and work abroad, Gerald worked in Alaska, Southeast Asia, Kuwait, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Through these postings, Gerald’s appreciation of the cultures of other countries grew. Now in Canada, Gerald works in a Senior Management position and his children attend King’s.
Joannes Wong – Edmonton, AB
Joannes highly values education and with his academic background and skills in strategic management, he creatively resolves and attends to emergent issues while prioritizing relationships, respect and integrity. Joannes is active in his church and looks forward to working with Kings to inspire people with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ron Goltz – St. Albert, AB
BA, LLB, LLM
As a lawyer, Ron specializes in administrative law, corporate governance, human resources and contractual law. He has served as adjunct professor and volunteers on numerous boards. Ron’s faith is important, and he believes strongly in the mission, values and vision of the King’s University and serves the board proudly and with conviction.
Shelby Thiessen – Surrey, BC
With experience in human resources, finance, administration, strategic planning, policy development, and governance, Shelby enjoys travel, being active and has a passion for the not-for-profit sector and for empowering and equipping young leaders. He is honored to support the vision of Kings to learn, serve and celebrate the diversity of local and global communities.