Our Staff

Abigail Doonan

Abigail Doonan ('24) is a communications and theatre double major with a writing minor at Hope College. She loves singing, acting, writing, music, and movies. Abby feels honored to be an Arts Staff Writer at The Anchor. She promises to make the world just a little bit better with fun, but also informative stories!

Annie Kopp

Annie is the Features Editor for the Anchor, pairing well with her double major in Communication and English. She is from New Hampshire and enjoys playing music, reading, and being outdoors. You can probably find her slacklining in the Pine Grove on a sunny day. Annie started at the Anchor in the fall of 2019 and is excited to develop her journalism skills throughout her time here at Hope. Over the summer she works as a barista in New Hampshire and because of this she always enjoys a good cup of coffee! Annie is also part of the Cross Country Ski Club on campus and was a member of the ‘Heez family for two years!

Aubrey Brolsma

Aubrey Brolsma ('23) is a Staff Writer for the Campus section. She is double majoring in History and Classical Studies and wants to one day earn a PhD and pursue a career in the academic field. She is from Noblesville, IN and can often be found with a book in hand. She has been on the Anchor staff since the Fall of 2020, but has been working at Cup and Chaucer since the beginning of her time at Hope. A former Phelps Scholar, she is passionate about social justice matters.

Claire Buck

Claire Buck ('22) is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Hope College Anchor. As an English major and a pre-med student, she gets excited whenever she finds places where science and storytelling intersect. When she's not editing articles or wrestling with WordPress, she enjoys wandering around farmers' markets, writing sonnets, and baking bread for her housemates.

Elijah Maxwell

Eli ('23) is a second-year student from Noblesville, Indiana currently working as the Opinion Editor for the Anchor. He is a psychology major and a member of the Promethean fraternity. In addition to working at the Anchor he is a writing assistant at the Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing. After his time at Hope, he plans to further his education and become a therapist.

Grace Davidson

Grace Davidson ('21) is a Staff Writer at the Anchor.

Grace Gruner

Grace Gruner ('23) is a sophomore English major and Copy Editor for The Anchor. She is also the rush committee chair of the Alpha Phi Zeta sorority and a Writing Assistant at the Klooster Writing Center. On any given day you can find her at a Holland coffee shop, and on most days, it's Ferris Coffee.

Katelyn DeReus

Katie DeReus (‘22) is the Beyond section editor this semester. She is a political science major and is the class of 2024’s Nykerk music coach. Katie’s favorite parts about working at The Anchor are the relationships that she’s been able to build, and the opportunity to present the unique viewpoints of Hope students to the rest of the student body.

Katherine Mouganis

Katy Smith

Katy Smith (‘23) is a communications major, theatre and writing minor at Hope. Her passions lie in the arts, specifically playwriting, poetry, performing, and any music that makes you feel wanderlust. She is so honored to be the Anchor’s Arts Editor! She strives to give Hope’s wonderful arts programs the platform they deserve.

Mark Lewison

Mark Lewison is The Anchor's faculty advisor and director of the Klooster Center for Excellence in Writing.

Lindsey Muller

Lindsey Muller ('21) is the Media Manager at the Anchor. She is the head of graphic design and manages all of the Anchor's social media channels.

Mikayla Zobeck

Mikayla Zobeck (‘22) is the Business Manager for the Anchor. She is studying business with a minor in biochemistry with the hopes of attending pharmacy school following a Master in Global Epidemiology. She is from Haslett, Michigan and enjoyed growing up near Michigan State. Mikayla was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and recently published an article with The Cresset covering aspects of Tim O’Brien’s highly acclaimed Vietnam War novel, “The Things They Carried.” She is excited to continue to work for the Anchor and develop relationships with local Holland businesses.

Morgan Brown

Morgan Brown ('21) is the Production Manager at the Anchor, a position that includes the roles of copy chief, head of the Creativity Team, and web editor.

Parker Cote

Ruth Holloway

Ruth Holloway (’21) serves as a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Anchor alongside the brilliant Claire Buck. She is studying political science and history and in her spare time enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and finding good music for her radio show at WTHS. Ruth has applied to eleven graduate programs with the aspiration of becoming a professor of political science. If that doesn't work out, she will probably go off the grid and raise sled dogs in the far reaches of the Alaskan wilderness.

Sarah Stevenson

Sarah Stevenson (’23) is the photographer for The Anchor; she adopted the passion in high school and is glad to be able to continue it through college. Despite her love for photography, she is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry on the pre-med track. In addition to being involved with Hope’s newspaper, she also mentors Holland middle school students through the Step-Up program and conducts research in the Biology Department. In her free time, Sarah enjoys seeing family and friends, biking outside, sailing, hammocking and reading.

Valeria Lee

Valerie Dien

Valerie ('22) is the Sports & Wellness Editor for the Anchor, majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in math, theatre, and studio art. She is from Fountain Valley, California, but often says she lives between San Diego and LA when asked, since her city is apparently not well-known (though she would like to say otherwise). She enjoys being busy and when not rushing around is usually finding another hobby to enjoy such as baton twirling, jewelry making, or organizing the endless art supplies in her room. Valerie also enjoys long walks in the cemetery across from her grandparents' house, mostly for the quiet and stillness but also for the look of shock and confusion that people display upon hearing this. She enjoys writing/editing and is excited to be on the Anchor team!

Zachary Dankert

Zach Dankert ('21) is one of the Campus Co-Editors at the Anchor.