The Cornerstone University Young Alumni Council (YAC) is a newly established council comprised of 15-20 Alumni under the age of 30. The purpose of this council is to provide opportunities for recent alumni to remain connect, involved and engaged with the university.
Our Young Alumni Council Representatives
We are currently looking to add five new members. If you have interest in joining the Young Alumni Council or would like more information, contact the Alumni Association at 616.222.1439 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Gampel (B.A. ’13) lives in Plymouth, Mich., working as a photographer, videographer, writer and social media guru in higher education. She spent the first handful of years post-college as a photojournalist in south central Michigan then upstate New York.
She spends her time serving on her church's visual and sound teams, pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle, thrifting and exploring cities and events with friends.
Samantha Martin (B.S. ’13) graduated from Cornerstone in the winter of 2013 with a bachelor's degree in business marketing and management. She currently works at Enterprise Holdings as a branch manager, managing two offices in the Grand Rapids area.
Samantha is married to Tyler Martin, and outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling and playing with their golden retriever, Oaklee.
Tyler Martin (B.S. ’13) graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2016. He currently works as a physical therapist at Athletico Physical Therapy.
Tyler is married to Samantha Martin, and they have a Golden Retriever named Oaklee. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys fishing, hunting, traveling, taking Oaklee for walks and working on DIY projects around the house.
Shanda Kopp (B.A. ’13) graduated from Cornerstone with a degree in vocal performance and an emphasis on contemporary Christian music. She is currently employed with Tree of Life Bookstores at the Cornerstone University Campus Store, working as the store manager.
When Shanda is not at work, she enjoys traveling.
Ty Mason (B.S. ’15) graduated from Cornerstone with a degree in finance and sports management. He currently serves as a commercial loan officer for Chemical Bank in the West Michigan Region, assisting businesses and non-profits achieve their goals by offering guidance and support as well as various banking and financial services.
Ty also serves as a youth basketball coach and skill development trainer with players all across the West Michigan area. He was a member of the men's basketball team at Cornerstone from 2011-15, and was the captain of the National Championship team in 2015.
Ty is married to Katelyn, who is also a Cornerstone graduate and former All-American for the women's basketball team. Katelyn currently works as a sales and marketing support specialist at Kraft Business Systems and serves as the assistant varsity girls' basketball coach at Forest Hills Central with her twin sister. They reside in Grand Rapids, Mich., with their one-year-old son Isaiah. They are expecting twins in April 2019.
Brad Orr (B.A. ’15) graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management. He currently works as an account manager at Kendall Electric, in which he develops relationships with his clients and informs them of any new products or training opportunities available.
Brad is a member at Redeemer OPC in Ada and is getting married to his fiancé, Jori, in the summer of 2019. While Brad was a student at CU, he was actively involved with Enactus and the Project Management Institute, claiming first prize one year at a PMI competition.
Brad has two siblings, of which he is the middle. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, riding his ATV, playing basketball and spending time with friends.
Geren Albury (B.A. ’16) graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and immediately began serving as one of the university's admissions counselors for high school students. He is currently pursuing his M.B.A. in health care, which he hopes to use one day in a role that centers more on diversity and inclusion and setting policies to complement that.
He enjoys birding whenever the opportunity presents itself and spending time with his wife, Melissa. Geren is a native of the Bahamas and Melissa is a native of Ivory Coast, West Africa. One of their future goals is to speak French fluently by 2020.
Jesse Campbell (B.S. ’16) currently works at CU as a graduate assistant in the athletic communications department. He also works part-time as an associate youth director at Frontline Bible Church, helping to run middle school youth group and events. In addition to both of those current jobs, Jesse has spent the past two summers working in analytics for the West Michigan Whitecaps and served a summer school group leader with Team 21 at North Godwin Heights Elementary. He enjoys working in sports and with kids and is hoping to soon be able to settle into a full-time job in college athletics once he obtains his master's degree.
Outside of school and work, Jesse enjoys traveling and visiting different sports stadiums. He lives in Byron Center on his family's hobby farm where they take care of a llama, two sheep, multiple chickens, a few cats and a dog.
Madison Drew (B.S. & B.A. ’16) graduated with two bachelor's degrees—one in business administration and the other in humanities with a concentration in literature. She currently works as the promotions coordinator for a small nonprofit called Reformed Mission Services in Hudsonville, Mich. She designs marketing materials, manages social media pages and travels for presentations and service trips.
While at Cornerstone, Madison served for two years in the library at as the acquisitions and budget associate. She loves reading, traveling, crocheting, playing the piano, being active and spending time with her family.
Tyler Smith is employed at Jenison Public Schools and works at Pinewood Elementary School in Jenison, Mich.; he teaches third grade. In addition, he enjoys being active and playing basketball and volleyball.
At Cornerstone, Tyler majored in elementary education and minored in math. His campus involvement included being on a basketball team that won a national championship, serving as a Terra Firma leader for three years and representing the university as a student ambassador.
Jordan Grooters (B.S. ’17) serves as the university's communications coordinator. She enjoys project management and the satisfaction of seeing a project through to completion. She is currently working on her M.B.A. with a focus in project management through the MBA 4+1 program.
Outside of work, Jordan serves on the board of Casa De Esperanza, a nonprofit organization in Honduras, and she volunteers with the GEMS girls' club at her church.
Jordan lives in Byron Center with her husband, Matt, and their German Shepherd dog, Ellie.
Audrey Wierenga (B.A. ’17) graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast communication. She currently serves as the patron relations representative with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
Her favorite part of her time at CU was being involved with theatre, which allowed her to meet some of her closest friends. In her free time, Audrey enjoys writing, blogging, reading and baking.
Mia Adams (B.S. ’18) graduated from Cornerstone with a degree in sports management and a minor in creativity and innovation. She is currently employed at OtterBase staffing firm as a technical recruiter. She enjoys helping others live their best life from their global headquarters in Walker, Mich.
Mia was an active participant on the track and field team during her four years at CU and currently is enrolled in the university's M.B.A. program to obtain her M.B.A. with a concentration in project management.
Originally from California, Mia has grown to love West Michigan. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends, sleeping, eating, homework, working and going to the gym.
Kim Weber (B.S. ’18) graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in business management. Even before her time on the beautiful Cornerstone campus, she knew she wanted her vocation to be focused on helping others. After graduation, she opened a financial firm and now serves others as an agent of New York Life.
Kim is passionate about finding catered solutions to help people achieve their goals. As a planner and life-long middle-woman, she's content in where God has placed her. In June of 2018, she married her best friend and moved to Grand Rapids. She loves Jesus, coffee and laughter.
Anthony Jay Weber (B.S. ’18) graduated cum laude from Cornerstone in 2018, earning a double major in business management and finance. He currently works at EDUStaff as a recruiter for East Michigan. He seeks to find both substitute teachers and paraprofessionals that are able and willing to work for school districts on the east side of the state.
During his time at Cornerstone, AJ served as a member of Sigma Beta Delta. He is now married to Kim Weber, and the two of them reside in Grand Rapids. For fun, AJ enjoys reading and learning, going to the gym and spending time with his wife.