While we all agree that it is important to care about and for refugees and immigrants all around the world, why we care and how we respond can be different. Click on the images below to to learn a bit more about our members’ stories, because why we care, is who we are.
Tim BaldwinCollaborative Leader
Pennylyn Dykstra-PruimCollaborative Leader
Andrew PruimShowrunner & Designer
Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout, Esq.RIC 2018 Member
Stacey WielandRIC 2018 Member
Michelle Loyd-PaigeRIC 2018 Member
Rev. Kate KooymanRIC 2018 Member
Ahee KimRIC 2018 Member
William KaterbergRIC 2018 Member
Ambassador William J. GarvelinkRIC 2018 Member
Elvis Garcia CallejasRIC 2018 Member
Amanda BenckhuysenRIC 2018 Member
Anh Vu SawyerRIC 2018 Member
Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim, Ph.D. is a professor and the associate dean for diversity & inclusion at Calvin College. She consults and speaks on interpersonal cultural intelligence, hospitality of the heart, and intercultural learning. Her book Christians and Cultural Difference co-authored with David I. Smith calls us all to welcome the stranger and love our neighbor, to follow our call to engage in good ways across lines of difference.
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Andrew Pruim has been hard at work filming, editing, posting, and gathering resources for the Refugee and Immigration Collaborative. He will come back and re-write his bio after finishing up all of the other pages on this site. You can read more about the work of Pruim Digital Media in the post here.
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Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout, Esq.
Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout, Esq., is the Executive Director and Managing Attorney at Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit immigration law office and advocacy center located in Holland, Michigan, and serving the greater West Michigan region. Sarah founded Lighthouse in July 2015 in response to a longstanding need for low-cost, high-quality immigration legal services in Ottawa County (Mich.) and surrounding areas. Since opening Lighthouse’s doors on November 2, 2015, Sarah and her staff have served over 550 families and taken on dozens of advocacy and education projects within their service region. Sarah created a unique service model blending case management, legal services, education, advocacy, and outreach.
Stacey Wieland is an associate professor in Communication Arts & Sciences at Calvin College. Her expertise is in Organizational Communication, and she primarily teaches interpersonal communication, group communication, organizational communication, and oral rhetoric. Her work includes exploring how churches navigate conversations on difficult, “sticky” topics and how congregations can enact hospitality in culturally intelligence ways with displaced others.
Michelle Loyd-Paige, Ph.D. is the Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at Calvin College. In her current role, she assists the college in making deep, meaningful, and pervasive changes in the way the college understands and practices diversity and inclusion. Her work as part of the Refugee and Immigration Collaborative helps her extend her diversity and inclusion work to include learning how to love and welcome our refugee and immigrant neighbors.
Rev. Kate Kooyman
Rev. Kate Kooyman is an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church in America. She works for the Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice, where she has the opportunity to help educate congregations about immigration and empower Christians to advocate for a more just system. She also serves on the board of Treetops Collective, a Grand Rapids nonprofit helping refugee women put down roots and thrive in community.
Ahee Kim, B.A., served as a student assistant for the Refugee and Immigration Collaborative. She was born in New Jersey but grew up in Seoul, South Korea. In spring 2016, she designed an afterschool program for 20 children whose families were waiting for refugee status in Vienna Austria. In 2018-2019 she is working with refugees and immigrants through Stadtmission Berlin in Germany. She is passionate to learn more about effective ways of integrating refugees into a new society, and hopes to use the knowledge and experience she gains for Korean reunification.
William Katerberg, Ph.D. is a professor of history and director of the Mellema Program in Western American Studies at Calvin College. His interest in immigration is both personal and professional. He was born in Grand Rapids but raised in the Dutch Reformed immigrant community in Canada. This childhood and adolescent experience shaped his interest in researching and teaching about ethnic and national identities. He has taught courses in a variety of areas of U.S. and Canadian history, including U.S.-Canadian relations, history of the North American West, Native American history, and religion and society in North America. His published work includes essays on religion and national identity in the U.S. and Canada, immigration restriction movements and liberal democracy, and the evolution of immigrant ethnic identities.
Ambassador William J. Garvelink
Ambassador William J. Garvelink is the Chief Compliance Officer at International Medical Corps, a global, nonprofit humanitarian relief organization providing medical care and training around the world. Bill is a development professional and diplomat possessing 33 years of experience with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, including four years serving as the US ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has worked extensively with different organizations addressing issues related to immigrant and refugees and has first-hand experiences on site at camps for refugees and internally displaced persons.
Elvis Garcia Callejas
Elvis Garcia Callejas is a migration counselor at Catholic Charities of New York where he helps unaccompanied and separated children (UACs) navigate the immigration system and successfully integrate in New York. Elvis serves as a national advocate for UACs and regularly speaks at national forums on the plight of children and others fleeing the violence in Central America. He has also founded and coaches La Union F.C., a football (soccer) league in the Bronx for minors from Central America.
Amanda Benckhuysen, M.Div., Ph.D. is a professor of Old Testament at Calvin Seminary. Her interests in issues around immigration and refugees emerge from her study of the Old Testament, her own experience as a foreigner in the US, and her concern, as a US resident, for the moral integrity of America. The questions she finds herself asking with reference to immigrants and refugees is: what does justice and morality require of us as a nation, and what does the gospel compel us to do as Christians?
Anh Vu Sawyer
Anh Vu Sawyer is the executive director for the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts. She oversees the agency’s mission to provide critical assistance to SE Asian refugees and immigrants so they can thrive and contribute, while helping to preserve the SE Asian cultural heritage in Massachusetts. She has received numerous awards for her work with refugees and immigrants and currently serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants and on the Attorney General’s Advisory Council On New Americans.