BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rivertown Christian Volleyball is a local travel club for homeschooled girls at the middle, elementary, junior and senior high levels in the West Michigan area, centrally located in Wyoming. We welcome girls in the 3rd grade through their 12th grade year. We have served hundreds of families in the homeschool community for over 10 years and continue to be dedicated to training and teaching the sport of volleyball while using the game to relate to leading a Christian life. While we strive to Build Unity through God's Grace, we will teach your daughters the fundamentals of volleyball, practice teamwork and make friendships that last beyond the sport, all while honoring the talents Christ gifted us.
We are here to teach the fundamentals of competitive volleyball, practice teamwork, create friendships that lasts beyond the season, and cultivate leadership, all while honoring Christ.
We are all parents of players working together to bring competitive volleyball opportunities to homeschooled young women and to encourage their walk with Christ.
I have been happily married for 20 years to Joni. We have six children – Samantha, Darren, Payton, Lily, Josie and Matilda (Tillie). I work as the Operations Manager at Best Metal Products. I was born and raised in Michigan, but Joni is a transplant from Iowa. I look forward to helping RCV continue on in the strong traditions it has started since its inception.
I have been married to Jim for 28 years. We are blessed with 5 children. Jessica, my oldest, is married to Kyle, and they have given me my first grandchild! Next are Shari and Levi, who have both graduated. Jake and Izzie are the youngest two, and they are both still homeschooled. This will be Izzie’s 3rd year with RCV. I look forward to serving on the RCV board and encouraging this incredible group of girls in
their walk with the Lord.
I am the mom of Annika Wassink who started playing with RCV in 2019. Annika had such a great year with her coaches and teammates and, the Lord willing, I look forward to seeing how I can serve the RCV program in the future.
Newsletter Editor/ Equipment Manager
Bio to come
Social Media Coordinator/Lead Photographer
God has blessed my husband, Levi, and I with being married 20 years. In this time together we have witnessed God's goodness and grace in so many amazing ways! This is our third year homeschooling all four of our children, Kaitlin (16), Malachi (14), Ezekiel (11), and Makayla (8). Our oldest, Kait, loves to play volleyball, so we were excited to find RCV last season. As a parent of kids who love their sports and someone who has volunteered with various sport opportunities, I have gotten to see both sides of things. I now look forward to capturing memories and having the opportunity to help RCV blossom as a club.
Special Events Coordinator
Bio to come
We love our RCV Coaches!
Please take a moment to get to know their passion for coaching and volleyball.
Mandi attended and played high school volleyball in Davison, Michigan, on the east side of the state. Her team made it to the state quarterfinals her junior year. She later attended Cedarville University in Ohio and was blessed to be a member of the volleyball team for two years before transferring to Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids Mi. Shortly after graduation, Mandi began coaching freshman volleyball at East Grand Rapids High School and later coached club volleyball. After many years of coaching, Mandi transitioned to officiating. For more than 10 years, she honed her skills as an official before deciding to step away from volleyball to focus more on being a mom.
Mandi is married to Scott and together they have 3 children – Bailey, Alexa, and Graham. All three children are blessed with athleticism and desire to use their talents to glorify God in all they say and do. Both daughters love the game of volleyball and have led Mandi to make her way back to the coaching role.
Mandi believes sports are a major avenue for a child’s development and growth through healthy competition. Many skills learned through sports translate directly to daily life and career work. Hard work and striving for excellence is a major aspect of healthy competition. Mandi’s strongest desire is for each athlete to use their God-given talents to bring glory to Him in all they say and do. Mandi is a firm believer that volleyball is more than just a game. It’s a tool used to teach various life skills that the players can build on as they grow and mature.
Assistant Junior Varsity Coach
My name is Dan Scholma and my wife and I have homeschooled for 19 years. We live in Allendale and have 3 children. Ethan married 3 years ago and just gave us our first grandchild. Ellie works as a wedding photographer and travels in the winter. Grace is 15 and loves basketball, volleyball, and praise band. My wife is a wonderful homeschool Mom who loves encouraging other homeschool kids as well. She is constantly planning things to encourage friendships and opportunities to grow closer to Christ with Grace's teammates. I work in Comstock Park designing for a tool and die company. I worked with cadets in our church for over 20 years. For the past four years I have been coaching girl's JV basketball and absolutely love it.
I am really excited to work with the JV head coach and the girls to encourage skills, discipline, drive, and commitment. As a basketball coach, I have helped many girls excel in these areas and am appreciative for the opportunity to work with the RCV girls as well.
Sports is an excellent tool for kids to learn skills, specific technics, and teamwork. It builds patience, accountability, and commitment. I teach kids to work hard, show up on time, complete challenges, and do their best. I believe RCV is an excellent place for girls to grow as an athlete and most importantly closer to Christ. Thank you for trusting us with your girls.
I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. As a homeschooler, I had the opportunity to play volleyball for RCV from 6th to 12th grade. I also played club volleyball at Michigan Volleyball Academy. I filled many different positions on both my RCV and club teams, training primarily as a hitter and setter. After graduating high school, I attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University in central Ohio, where I continued to play on intramural volleyball teams. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 2020 and started working at Spectrum Health in the Fall of 2020.
Last year, I transitioned to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where I currently work as a neonatal intensive care nurse.
Volleyball was an integral part of my life and growth. It is such an incredible tool to teach young players about teamwork, communication, and diligence. I am so excited to return to RCV as a coach to share the game of volleyball with a new group of girls!
Junior Varsity Coach
I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was homeschooled along with my two younger sisters through high school. I played at RCV from 7th grade through 12th. I also played club volleyball at Michigan Volleyball Academy. After high school, I was recruited to play volleyball for Grace Christian University. My primary position throughout my volleyball career was Libero/Defensive Specialist. I was also team captain my junior and senior year.In 2016 I started coaching at MVA. I have coached teams ranging in age from 12-14 years old. As a former player for RCV, I am excited to come back and invest in the program that supported me.For college I had the opportunity to do a dual-degree program with Grace and Davenport University for accounting. In 2021, I graduated with my Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Accountancy. I currently work at SpartanNash in accounting.
To Be Determined
14U Head Coach
Info coming soon
Practice Team Coach
Throughout my life I participated in a variety of sports: softball, skating, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and gymnastics. I began playing the violin at age 4, and I began giving private lessons at age 14. Sports and Music have played a big role in my life.
2014 -2015 I played basketball on the home school Thunder Team. 2011-2015 I played volleyball for the high school RCV team. My senior year our team won State, and went to Nationals. My freshman and sophomore years of college I played middle blocker at Grace Bible College, which is where I obtained my Associate’s Degree in Bible with an emphasis in music. While I was at Grace, I was helped other students as a Peer Academic Coach, as well as a Music Theory and Aural Skills Tutor. Then I went on to GRCC and obtained by second Associate’s Degree in Music, and was nominated for a Leadership Award, as well as being a Music Theory and Aural Skills Scribe for individuals with vision impairments. My final college destination was Western Michigan University where I obtained a double bachelor’s degrees in Violin Performance and Music Therapy. I am now a practicing board certified Music Therapist. May 2022 I was married to Abe, my home school basketball buddy! I am so excited to come back to RCV as a coach!
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