Cornerstone Welcomes New Faculty Members
by Jordan Grooters (B.A. ’17)
Cornerstone University is pleased to announce the appointment of several new faculty members: James Sackett, assistant professor of kinesiology; Alaina Swaney, assistant professor of psychology; and Kim Hofstra, assistant professor of education.
James Sackett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Adrian College and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University. He recently completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Sackett has teaching experience at University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Ball State University and Adrian College.
"I am excited to build relationships with the students, faculty, community and God," Sackett said. "Cornerstone University will give me the opportunity to do this because of their Christian mission and community-like atmosphere."
In his free time, Sackett enjoys spending time outdoors, playing baseball and hockey, hiking, snowmobiling and woodworking.
Sackett will be married to his fiancé Erin on Aug. 18, 2018.
"I am passionate about my relationships with my family and friends and about teaching and mentoring students," Sackett said. "My passion shows through in how much time I spend with my family members and with my excitement about the study of the human body."
Alaina Swaney (B.A. ’14) is a Cornerstone alumna, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Family Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.
Swaney has previous experience working with refugees at Bethany Christian Services, counseling at Forest Hills Counseling and working as a home-based therapist at Montcalm Care Network.
In her free time, Swaney enjoys cooking, outdoor activities and board games. Swaney will be married to her fiancé John in the spring of 2019.
"Teaching at Cornerstone provides me with a platform to encourage students to seek Jesus, strive to understand others and be genuine in their personal and professional relationships," Swaney said. "I want to see my students influence the world and walk with integrity where their peers may choose a different and easier road."
Kimberly Hofstra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Calvin College and a Master of Arts in Education from Grand Valley State University. Hofstra's background teaching elementary students has equipped her with more than 20 years of planning, developing and implementing engaging classroom experiences. She also has teaching and administrative experience from her previous employment with Michigan Family Resources and National Heritage Academies Excel Charter Academy.
"I'm thrilled to be joining the Teacher Education Division at Cornerstone," Hofstra said. "I'm most excited about getting to know the students and staff that I will be working with! I'm a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, love my family and serve in my church's GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) Ministry!"
In her free time, Hofstra enjoys spending time with family and friends. She and her husband Brian have triplets: Lauren, Kayleigh and Ben. Hofstra also enjoys camping, hiking and biking.