Prompt Title

It is through generous givers like you that we are able to continue our ministry

Joe Vander Zee
Executive Director

Joe has been the Executive Director at JFA since 2012. He lives in Rock Rapids with his wife of 11 years, Meredith. Together they have 5 children- Reece (10) , Liam (8), Ayda (6), Blake (4) and Nora (1). Joe went to the University of Iowa for both his undergrad and graduate school. He has his Masters in business administration as well as heath care administration. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, eating and cooking, running and training for triathlons, spending time in nature, reading, and playing the drums.

Lauren Kleyer

Communication Manager

Lauren started with JFA in 2014 as the Communication Manager. Lauren has a passion for Christ and international missions, so taking on the mission trip aspect of JFA fits with her perfectly. Lauren attended Dordt College where she earned her degree in communications: public relations. She and her husband, Paul, live in Sioux Center with their puppy, Kimber.

Vern Ten Napel

Spec House Project Coordinator

Vern has been at JFA since 2011 and is our Spec House Project Coordinator. Before that, he worked for 23 years at the Sioux Falls Christian School. He attended Dordt College where he got his Bachelor’s in music. Vern then went on to get his Master’s in administration from the University of South Dakota. He is married to his lovely wife Elaine and they live in Sioux Falls. Together they have five children and 15 grandchildren.

Bill Bajema

Truck Driver

Bill has been involved with JFA since the early 90’s. He was a machinist and farmer for many years. Currently Bill is a truck driver for JFA. He is married to Kathy and has 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. His interests are kids and grandkids. Bill and Kathy also enjoy canoeing and kayaking. Bill enjoys delivering loads for JFA.

Kurt Franje

Siouxland Habitat for Humanity Coordinator

Kurt began serving with Siouxland Habitat in 2012 as an AmeriCorps member and helps out around JFA in various ways. He has helped grow Habitat’s presence and service in Sioux County with his role as the Sioux County Director. Kurt graduated from Dordt College with a degree in agriculture and has a “jack of all trades” personality. His hands-on learning experiences with farming, construction, compassion ministries, and servant-leadership opportunities have served him well in his multi-faceted position. Kurt and his wife Kelly live in Rock Valley where they enjoy God’s creation, their church family and opportunities to be the light of Christ to others.

Corwin Walhof

Warehouse and Transportation Manager

Corwin has been the Warehouse and Transportation Manager for the last eight years. Corwin graduated from Dordt College with a Agri-Business degree. He grew up in Montana, but moved to Corsica, SD after college where he worked as a Swine Production Manager for Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives. Corwin and his wife, Carla, moved to Rock Valley in 2000 where he worked for Triple V Farms in Inwood and Kooima Company in Rock Valley prior to JFA. They have three kids; Jordan, Karissa, and Allison. Corwin enjoys attending Nascar racing weekends in Kansas City twice a year with his wife and son.

Joel De Wit

Development Director

Joel started at Justice for All in June of 2015. Joel grew up in Alton, IA where he graduated from Unity Christian High School and Dordt College with a degree in education. Previously, Joel has worked as a physical education teacher in Yuma, AZ for four years, a recruiter for the Alpha Omega Academy, and as an insurance salesman for Esurance. Currently, Joel lives in Rock Rapids, IA with his wife, April, and their three kids; Berlyn, 7, Isaiah, 5, and Hudson, 2. Joel is excited for the opportunities presented to him here at JFA.

Noemi DeWeerd

Mentoring Program Manager

Noemi started working at JFA in May of 2015 as the Mentoring Program Manager. She is originally from Romania but has been living in Rock Valley for 7 years with her husband Scott and two children, Izabella (8) and Samuel (6). Noemi earned her BA in Bible Education and English Language from the University of Cluj. Her previous experiences include working with CRWRC – Romania as Justice Education and Service Learning Coordinator and also at Stepping Forward Ministries, an organization she helped establish in Bucharest, Romania, where she worked with abandoned children living in government care centers. Before coming to JFA, Noemi worked at the Dordt College in the Theatre Arts Department as Administrative Assistant. Noemi enjoys reading, camping, traveling and Bible Study.

Beth Judd

Mentoring Program Manager

Beth joined the JFA team as Mentoring Program Manager to work with Youth Leadership Development in the Central Lyon and George-Little Rock School Districts. Beth also works with ALTAS of Lyon County as well as working with children, youth, and families as a Behavioral Health Intervention Service Provider through Family Solutions Services in Orange City and as a facilitator for the Strengthening Families Program through the Iowa State Extension Office in Lyon County. Beth lives with her husband Josh in George, IA.