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Meet the Parent Council

2018-2019-parent-council

Nobody knows the needs of parents and families better than—well—parents and families! Meet the Bethel University Parent Council, made up of Bethel parents from all walks of life who can speak to parents’ needs and concerns and better inform our staff and administration. Find them at events on campus, such as Welcome Week and Family Weekend, and share your feedback and experiences with them, and ask them questions about their own experiences.

They serve to support incoming students and their families as they transition to Bethel—and ultimately advance the mission of Bethel University as it seeks to be the Christ-centered university of choice for this century.

If you’re interested in joining the Parent Council for the coming year or getting involved with parent initiatives, contact Family Relations.

George ‘82 and Crystal ‘86 Soltero

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Personal Interests: Both George and Crystal enjoy working with college students, reading, attending sporting events, and spending time at college friends’ lake homes.

Student(s) Name(s) & Estimated Graduation Year/Major:

  • Noelle '17 - Biokinetics
  • David '21 - Elementary Education

What kinds of things has your student been involved with while at Bethel? Intramural sports, spring break mission trips (Costa Rica and Dominican Republic), Biokinetics Club, Compass, Bethel Student Government, Bible study with Jay Barnes, Shift, and student employment.

Fun Fact:

  • “I love 70s and 80s music.” –Crystal
  • "I sing bass with the Sons of Orpheus, an all-male choir in Tucson. Last summer, we performed at Notre Dame Cathedral!" –George

Chris Buttenhoff

Hometown: Watertown, Minnesota

Personal Interests: "I enjoy being active, reading, and spending time with my family and friends."

Student(s) Name(s) & Estimated Graduation Year/Major:

  • Luke '14 - Business (Finance emphasis) & Tessa '16 (Luke’s wife) - Physical Education/Heath
  • Sarah '16 - Elementary Education (STEM emphasis) & Frank '15 (Sarah’s husband) - Applied Physics/Math
  • Cole '18 - Business (Marketing & Finance emphasis)
  • Jack '20 - Business & Psychology

What kinds of things has your student been involved with while at Bethel? Study abroad in Sevilla, Spain and Brisbane, Australia, mission opportunities locally and overseas, Royal Athletics teams, clubs, and intramurals (volleyball, football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse), volunteering with adaptive swimming, Arrive Ministries, NextGen, Shift, and children’s Sunday school.

Fun Fact: “I will be a first-time grandma in October!"

Kirsten Wynia '91

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Personal Interests: Laughing with friends, rom-com reading, choral & symphonic music, travel that takes me near large bodies of water and Scruffy Hospitality.

Student(s) Name(s) & Estimated Graduation Year/Major:

  • Jake '19 - Business (HR & Healthcare emphasis)
  • Drew '22 – Computer Science

What kinds of things has your student been involved with while at Bethel? Jake (football) & Drew (We will see!)

Fun Fact: "My Girls Night Out group of Bethel friends has been getting together monthly (for the most part) since graduation! Between the 12 of us, 15 of our kids have attended Bethel at some point in their college career."

If you graduated from Bethel, what year did you graduate and with which degree? "I graduated from Bethel in 1991 with a degree in Communications and a double-minor in Business and Writing.

Hoa Flaa '00

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

Personal Interests: "I love hanging out with my kids."

Student(s) Name(s) & Estimated Graduation Year/Major:

  • Area Flaa '21 - Pre-Med

What kinds of things has your student been involved with while at Bethel? Jake (football) & Drew (We will see!)

Fun Fact: "I love to karaoke. I host an annual karaoke party in my backyard for neighbors and friends."

If you graduated from Bethel, what year did you graduate and with which degree? "I graduated Bethel in 2000 with a BA in Community Health."

Joe and Wendy Ulferts

Hometown: Joe grew up in Prinsburg, Minnesota and Wendy grew up in Laguna Niguel, California.

Personal Interests: "We love being outdoors - boating, biking, and working in the yard. We also enjoy traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

Student(s) Name(s) & Estimated Graduation Year/Major:

  • McKenna '21 - Nursing
  • McKayla '21 - Nursing

What kinds of things has your student been involved with while at Bethel? Choir and Love Your Melon.

Fun Fact:

  • "We will celebrate our 25th anniversary next June!"
  • "Up until a year ago, we have only lived in houses over 100 years old."
  • "McKenna and McKayla represent the 4th generation of Bethel students in our family. "

If you graduated from Bethel, what year did you graduate and with which degree? Joe graduated in 1992 with a degree in Business Finance. Wendy graduated in 1993 with a degree in Nursing.

Heather Heckmann

Hometown: Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Personal Interests: Faith, family, friends, reading, boating, travel, fashion & soccer

Student(s) Name(s) & Estimated Graduation Year/Major:

  • Keagan '19 - Business HR Leadership
    Cobi '21 - Nursing

What kinds of things has your student been involved with while at Bethel? "Both boys have been on the Varsity Men’s Soccer since freshman year. They also participate on intramural broomball teams, help run the Rec Sports Program, and traveled to Morocco with the Varsity Men's Soccer Team."

Fun Fact: “I learned to drive a tractor before I drove a vehicle!"