The Alumni Relations Office celebrates the accomplishments and dedication of individuals who embody the mission of the university. The annual alumni, staff and faculty awards of Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary recognize outstanding members of our community who have achieved success in their personal and professional lives and who have distinguished themselves through service to the university.
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Alumna of the Year
Cassandra Hankins (M.A. ’01) is a community health program specialist and chair of the board of Spectrum Health's Academy of Health Sciences & Technology program. In her role, Cassandra works with community partners to develop and implement programs for high school students who desire to pursue a career in health care.
Cassandra is also the mentor director for GRTS Urban Cohort program, which provides a cohort learning experience for a diverse population of inner-city pastors and ministry leaders in the Grand Rapids community.
She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Science Group from Grand Valley State University and then earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Regent University, seeking to obtain her Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies.
Cassandra believes that only what we do for Christ will last and everything we do should be for the glory of God. Her aim is to be an image bearer of Christ in every aspect of her life. She wants to encourage and show others the love that God has for each one of us, and that everyone is made in the image of God.
Traditional Undergraduate Alumnus of the Year
Dr. Scott Korpak (B.A. ’93) is the superintendent of Northview Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Mich. In his role, Scott is the chief executive officer for Northview Public School and is responsible for implementing the board of education's vision for the school district. He works closely with all district staff to create a strategic plan that is designed to accomplish goals set forth by the board of education.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Cornerstone and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and a Specialist in Educational Leadership degree from Western Michigan University. He then went on to earn his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.
Scott is a public school employee, which makes him mindful of the restrictions on how he is able to verbalize his faith. Scott overcomes these barriers by showing Christ's love through acts of service to those around him. He prays that God will use his actions to glorify the one true King. He believes that God has gifted him, in his position, to come alongside students, families and employees to support their success.
Professional & Graduate Studies Alumnus of the Year
Kim Hiltunen (B.A. ’79, M.R.E. ’83, M.B.A. ’09) is the patient care manager of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Cardiac Rehab Center for McLaren Health Care Systems in Lansing, Mich. In his role, he oversees the rapid growth of both programs.
A U.S. Air Force Veteran and a registered nurse, Kim completed a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Cornerstone in 1979 and also earned a Master in Religious Education in 1983 from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In 2009, he earned his Master of Business Administration from Cornerstone's Professional & Graduate Studies division.
Kim strongly embraces the importance of integrating Jesus with his profession by meeting people's needs mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally—a comprehensive integration learned during his time in seminary and effectively demonstrated by business faculty in PGS. For 35 years, he has carried this concept into his everyday work, sharing the Lord with patients and colleagues in a constantly changing health care environment.
Dr. Daniel Ehnis, Professor of Psychology and Family Studies (1978-2017), Faculty Hall of Honor Inductee
Stephanie (Allers) Hare (B.A. ’07, M.A. ’14), Athletic Hall of Honor Inductee
Gail Duhon (B.S. ’98, M.A. ’08), Registrar, Staff Hall of Honor Inductee
Dr. John Bratcher, Men's Soccer Coach (1980-89), Athletic Hall of Honor Inductee