We are a group of business people, alumni, parents of alumni, parents of current student-athletes, and fans of Spartan Athletics with a passion to impact student lives today, while leaving a legacy for future generations.
The Spartan Foundation is a Canadian non-profit, registered charitable organization that currently is structured with a Board of Directors, a full-time Executive Director and a part-time Executive Assistant.
We also have the TWU Director of Athletics, Jeff Gamache, and a TWU representative as a resource and advisory to the board.
Paul Verhoeff – Chair of the Board
Paul Verhoeff is an entrepreneur who has started several companies in his career; primarily in the travel and hospitality industry. Currently he is the Executive Chairman of ISO Canada which he founded in 2004. ISO is a services company that provide a national network of trained, compliance-assured local Service Providers for Home Depot in western Canada and commercial customers across Canada
As well, Paul has been very involved in charitable organizations consisting mostly of churches and schools. Within the churches that he has his family have been members of, Paul has served on the leadership boards. His involvement has also included helping establish new churches as well as leading new church building projects.
Paul was also instrumental in the start-up of Trinity Christian School in Calgary in 1993 and was Chairman of their Board of Directors for many years as it established itself as a school that now operates classes from K through grade 9 with over 300 students.
Paul and his wife Cobi have two daughters and two sons, three of which are married and living in the Vancouver lower mainland. They also have five grandchildren. Paul’s connection to TWU began in 1999 when his eldest daughter, Lies, began attending TWU and playing on the school’s Volleyball team. That was the first year that TWU entered the CIS which is the top league for universities in Canada.
“I have seen first-hand the fantastic impact that TWU and its athletic program has had on my daughter and now my two sons, Lance and Rudy, as well as scores of other student athletes at TWU. I started the Spartan Foundation so that it can support TWU Athletics; to be able to continue impact student athlete’s lives by helping them to be strong leaders in God’s kingdom for decades and decades to come”.
Paul and Cobi reside in Fort Langley.
With over 30 years of business experience Stephen is an entrepreneur who is currently involved in ownership and leadership at Advance Flooring, Canwest Flooring and Trading Post Brewery. In all of these businesses he assumes responsibility for strategic growth, acquisitions, recruitment and financial stewardship. Stephen was the founder and past CEO of Hemisphere GPS, a TSX listed corporation. He was also responsible for growing Hemisphere GPS for over 15 years; a public company that employed 350 employees and $50 million sales. In 1986 Stephen received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.
Stephen and his wife, Joyce, live in Calgary and have three beautiful daughters. Jordon, their oldest, graduated from TWU with a degree in Kinesiology in 2012 and played as a Spartan for 5 years on the basketball team; Julia in 2013 graduated also from TWU with her Teaching degree; and Leanne, their youngest, is in her fifth year at TWU and is wearing a Spartan jersey on the women’s soccer team.
Stephen has served and continues to serve in several charitable organizations as follows
- Covenant Christian Reformed church: Elder
- Trinity Christian School: Long Range Planning committee
- Promise Keepers Canada: Board member
- Casa Conner: Board member
Mark Friesen graduated from Trinity Western University (TWU) in 1998 from the Business faculty and played on the TWU hockey team while completing his undergraduate degree. Originally from Winnipeg, he moved out west in 1991 and currently resides in South Surrey with his wife and three young daughters. His wife, Heather, sits on the White Rock Christian Academy school board where all three of their daughters (Hannah/Georgia/Ashley) attend primary school.
Mark spends most of his time managing the company he co-owns, Beyer-Brown & Associates. He has offices throughout Canada and the US with the head office in Orlando, Florida. Beyer-Brown & Associates furnishes hotels and resorts and is considered one of the top companies in the North American market.
The passion that motivates Mark resides in developing leaders. From mentoring TWU students to sitting on advisory boards of several companies, Mark enjoys spending his time and resources watching and developing leaders.
His most transformative years were spent at TWU and the friends that he found there continue to be a major influence in his life. One of his goals is to have his girls attend TWU and live on campus so they can experience the community and support that is so unique to TWU.
Dr. Martin Grypma
Martin is a man of many talents and an avid supporter and fan of Trinity Western University and the TWU Spartans. Outside of his love for God and his family, he has passionately served in the medical field, leadership and music. In 1989 Martin married his wife, Sonya, and moved to Lethbridge in ‘91 where they began to raise their family.
Since becoming an orthopedic surgeon and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) in 1990, Martin has performed several thousand hip and knee replacements. He spent 16 years as a surgeon in Lethbridge, including reconstructive surgery and taking trauma calls within a vast area of Alberta and Saskatchewan. During his practice in Alberta he also served as President of the Chinook Physicians’ Association for Southern Alberta for a one (1) year term and Chief of Surgery for a three (3) year term.
While in Lethbridge, Martin and his family were active in their local church where he served as a Chair of Counsel, Administrative Elder, played the piano and trumpet, and also led their youth worship team.
Martin’s surgical skills allowed him the opportunity to also do work overseas in Africa, Japan and China. In 2006 Sonya joined Martin leading a group of 18 nurses and surgeons in a successful missions outreach to Henan, China.
A year later in 2007, Martin & Sonya chose to move their family to Langley, BC after Sonya was offered a position at Trinity Western University where she is currently Dean and Professor of Nursing. Janessa, their daughter, graduated in 2015 completing her fifth year in the Education program and their son Mike, who was a member of the Spartan men’s volleyball team, and graduated in 2017 completing his fifth year in Kinesiology at TWU.
Between 2007 and 2010 Martin continued as a trauma surgeon at Abbotsford and Peach Arch. He has now retired his position as a surgeon and focuses his attention on disability and injury assessment for insurance claims. Aside from still using his musical gifts in his local church, he is part of the CRC Sierra Leone partnership through churches of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia where the focus is to help rebuild a country devastated by war, famine and recently Ebola.
Martin loves life and within the last eight (8) years has pursued a dream to become a pilot. He enjoys flying and photographing the beauty of his surroundings. He also enjoys water-skiing, snow skiing, hiking, running, rowing, kayaking and yes … he is the gentleman often playing our National Anthem at the Spartan games and blowing his horn in the stands.
Glen is a Technology Consultant and owner of GLC Solutions, an IT consulting organization that bridges the gap between Business and Technology. He runs a talented team of entrepreneurial business savvy technical consultants who strongly believe in community and developing the next generation of talent. Glen was born and raised in the BC Lower Mainland, and is an alumni of Kings College University, BCIT (Diploma of Technology) and Lakehead University (BAdmn with a Systems major). As a technical person he is continually learning and maintaining technical industry related certifications (he can relate to studying into the wee hours of the morning!).
Together with his wife, Jo, they have two very active children (Nate and Sammi) attending Trinity Western University and Surrey Christian School (SCS). Glen is active in the Surrey Christian School Society, where he is a strong supporter of the SCS sports program. With his passion for sports and athletics he has been able to leverage his organization to promote, sponsor and further the athletic program at SCS which has branched out into other athletic programs and other sports-related not-for-profits in our local community.
Through his children’s involvement in school and club volleyball, Glen was introduced to several TWU Spartans Volleyball players and coaches. The Spartan’s “Complete Champion” approach resonates strongly with him as he believes it is a strong reflection of how all of us should live and grow. In the Fall of 2014 Glen was honored to travel with the Spartans Men’s Volleyball program to China on their goodwill tour. Both Glen and Jo regularly attend the TWU Spartans Men’s and Women’s USport volleyball games at the Langley Events Centre. Glen and his team is one of our top sponsors for our Alberta Golf Classic Tournament. In addition, he has been a dinner sponsor for our President’s Scholarship Dinners in Vancouver.
Glen is involved with the mentoring and guiding of many undergraduate and post graduate students looking to develop careers in entrepreneurship, business and technology. He has worked to setup internship and co-op programs with several Christian secondary and post-secondary institutions, and continues to drive this forward when opportunities present themselves.
Currently Glen and his family reside in Surrey, BC and together attend the Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church.
Danny Chase is a 1997 TWU Alum and a former Spartans Soccer and hockey player from 1993-1997. While at TWU his life was transformed and as a result Danny chose to live his life and run his business for the glory of God.
Today Danny is President and Founder of Chase Office Interiors (www.chaseoffice.ca) and Smart Office Solutions (www.smartofficefurniture.ca ). In 2003 he founded his first company, Chase Office when he saw an opportunity in the office furniture industry. Starting the company from his kitchen and being a one-man show, he has overcome many challenges and learned how to develop a business beyond himself. Danny is passionate for learning and surrounding himself with high performing people and his definition of success goes beyond business. He works hard to own a company; one that is known to “share the love” and challenge the status quo.
Danny is married to JoAnna Chase, a TWU 1997 Alum, who helped move the women’s soccer club team to a varsity Spartan team. Together they have 2 children (son Turner age 13, daughter Taya age 11). Creating an outrageous and adventurous life with his family is made with deliberate and conscience effort. This family loves to travel and experience the world!
The Chase family are avid supporters of the Spartan Athletics and due to their generosity, the TWU soccer field was recently named the Chase Office Field.
Doris’s passion for TWU Spartan Athletics dates back to 1998 when she was seconded to the Spartan Dream Team as their first marketing representative just after they joined Canada West and CIS. A graduate of the MA in the Leadership program, she also served as the University’s VP of Advancement from 2001-2005.
Doris is recognized for transforming communities as a donor activist, philanthropic and legacy advisor and non-profit entrepreneur. Known as one of the “connectors” in the world of philanthropy, Doris is committed to connecting resources with mission to see vision realized.
For the past twelve years she has served as Vice President of Philanthropy, Western Canada for Opportunity International Canada, a microfinance organization that provides access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to over five million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. VP Philanthropy, Western Canada
Doris’s background in the world of leadership development at the post-secondary level has prepared her as an advocate and spokesperson in the not-for-profit world. An active volunteer, and committed to investing her time in helping others, Doris has served and is currently committed to other organizations including:
- International China Concern: International Board of Directors
- Global Mothers: Board of Directors
- Stewardship Foundation: Board of Directors
- Canadian Council of Christian Charities: Past Board Member
In 2008, Doris was honored with a “Business, Professional and Entrepreneur” award from Leading Women.
Steve Scholz – Executive Director
Steve Scholz was named the executive director of the Spartan Foundation in September 2009 after establishing a company, along with his brother, in real estate project marketing & sales and working at Trinity Western University (TWU) for 16 years.
Steve has a long history of involvement with TWU and Spartan Athletics. Scholz, born in San Mateo California, spent most of his schools days in North Delta where he played volleyball, soccer, tennis, basketball and rugby and graduated in 1984 from North Delta Senior Secondary. He then went on to earn an undergraduate degree in 1990 from TWU in PE/Business. While he was at TWU he was a member of the Spartan Men’s soccer team from 1986-90 and was a senior captain of the 89-90 squad that went to the CCAA National Championships. He then served an internship with the athletics department during the 90-91 season which evolved into a full time athletics administrative position. Steve was a Spartan athletics staff member from 1990-2006 where he was involved in coaching, teaching, administration, marketing, and development. He also went to Washington State University and received a Masters in Education graduate degree in Sports Administration.
For 15 years, Steve was tournament director and team leader and instrumental in the tremendous success of the annual TWU “WIRELESSWAVE” golf tournament which was hosted by Spartan Athletics. This event became one of the best golf tournaments in Canada raised over 1.35 million for Spartan Athletics, directly impacting student-athlete lives.
Above all Steve has a passion to invest in student lives and for the success of the Spartan Athletics program, as he has seen the positive, life-changing impact it has had on student-athletes over the years. “It is great to see how Spartan Alumni are now out in the community impacting other lives through teaching, coaching, business, parenting, or volunteering”, states Scholz. He is also excited about leaving a legacy, so future generations can have the opportunity to attend a Christian university and compete at the U-Sports level.
Steve is married to the former Rhonda Butterley (TWU Alumni) and live in North Surrey. They have two daughters and their eldest in 2nd year at TWU.
Wanda Dobsin – Executive Director Assistant
Wanda joined the Spartan Foundation staff in 2013 and comes from a strong background of administrative service and Christian leadership. For over 20 years she has provided executive and operational support within corporate, not-for-profit and entrepreneurial start-up environments.
Leaving fifteen years of church ministry in Calgary, Wanda and her family moved to the West Coast in 1996 to help pioneer a church plant in downtown Vancouver, Coastal Church with Pastors Dave & Cheryl Koop. Here Wanda and her husband, Kevan served in leadership with the Celebrate Recovery Program, Alpha, and Youth/Young Adults. In 2002 Wanda came on staff to redevelop, facilitate and help instruct the new members weekly course which served as a means to incorporate new volunteers within the various church departments. During her five year tenure, church growth was steady and approximately 100 volunteers were required each weekend to adequately support each department in the Saturday and Sunday services.
Wanda and Kevan are also both licensed ministers and officiate wedding ceremonies in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
Attention to office detail, passion for event and project coordination, and her professional, yet affable approach has been a great fit to the Spartan Foundation team. Outside of ministry and administrative work Wanda enjoys family, playing piano and playing a serious game of Settlers of Catan.
Wanda and her husband Kevan have enjoyed 30 years of marriage and have two adult children, and their eldest married with two children. Together they attend and provide leadership service at one of the Coastal Church campuses located in Pitt Meadows.
Previous Board of Directors Include:
Gino Nonni, Ewen Dobbie, Marten Van Huizen, Sharol Josephson, Tom Watson, Myles Hamilton, Ken Volkenant, Jon Mara, and Sheila Betsworth.