Don & Kathy DeGraaf, Director

Don & Kathy DeGraaf, Director

PhD, Leisure Studies-Management Option, University of Oregon
MS, Recreation-Therapeutic Option, Indiana University
BS, Business Administration, Calvin College

Donald G. DeGraaf has been a professor of Kinesiology and Director of Off-Campus Programs at Calvin College for the last twenty-one years. Prior to teaching, he served as a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and also worked in Korea, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands, which has contributed to his passion for international education and global engagement. Throughout his teaching career he has lead experiential learning experiences for college students in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Florida, Michigan and New Mexico. His teaching has focused on experiential education, non-profit management, youth development and leisure and life satisfaction. He has co-authored thirteen textbooks and close to 100 articles related to these scholarly interests. He enjoys kayaking, cycling, traveling, reading and hanging out with his wife (Kathy) and their family. As he steps into this new position with the Australian Studies Center, he is looking forward to bringing together his passions for teaching and mentoring students, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and seeing what God is up to in His world.

Aaron Ghiloni, Interim Director

Aaron Ghiloni, Interim Director Fall 2019

PhD, Religous Studies, University of Queensland
MA, Christian Educations, Bethel University
Grad Cert, Islamic Studies, Charles Sturt University
BA, Biblical Studies and Theology, Christian Life College

Dr Ghiloni is a citizen of both Australia and the United States. He enjoys helping study abroad students gain skills in intercultural communication and use their international experience to serve the common good. Dr Ghiloni is the author of John Dewey among the Theologians (2012) and Islam as Education (forthcoming), and the editor of World Religions and their Missions (2015). He has taught in the religion and philosophy departments of the University of Queensland and Australian Catholic University, and is a fellow of the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University. 


Joyce Mok, Student Services Coordinator

B.A., Visual Communication, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW
Diploma of Ministry, Queensland Theological College, Brisbane, QLD
Advance Diploma in Graphic Design, Canberra Institute of Technology, Canberra, ACT

Joyce grew up in Canberra but had lived most of her adult life in Melbourne. She is a graphic designer by trade before changing pace after her move to Brisbane in 2011. She completed a Diploma of Ministry of the Queensland Theological College (QTC). Since graduation has worked as a chaplain and student services coordinator at an off-campus university residence in Brisbane.


Tiffany Laws, Accounts Manager

B.A.(Hons), American Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
B.A. American Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Diploma in Ministry (Worship and Creative Arts), Hillsong International Leadership College, Sydney

Tiffany is originally from New Zealand where she completed a B.A. and graduate honours degree in American Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. In 2007, she came to Sydney, to study worship and creative arts at Hillsong College, and stayed after marrying an Australian. She has experience as a researcher in political, legal and educational issues for the Maxim Institute, New Zealand and formerly worked for Baptist Community Services, Sydney.