When You Call Korbel…

Remember Gaby?  Gaby is our other lovely second-year students working in the Admission’s Office!

In case you forgot… Gaby is in our MA in International Development program, with focuses on non-profit management and the international project cycle.  Before coming to Korbel last year, Gaby worked as a development manager for NPH USA, an international network of orphanages, in their Chicago headquarters.  This past summer, Gaby worked at Smile Network International, a non-profit that provides facial reconstructive surgeries on impoverished children around the world, as their development intern and designed a new program for the organization.

Originally from Minneapolis, Gaby loves all things related to Minnesota, especially the lakes, the lake activities and the niceness.  When she’s not studying, she can be found exploring the mountains.  Her favorite non-school related moment of last year was riding a snow cat on top of Vail mountain at sunset with her cousins.  Gaby is looking forward to getting the most out of her Epic Pass this ski season!

gabyGaby, having the time of her life in a snow cat on top of Vail mountain at sunset.


When You Call Korbel…

Meet Mary Kate!  Mary Kate is one of our super awesome first-year student workers in the Admission’s Office.

Mary Kate is originally from Fremont, NE – a small town outside of Omaha.  This past summer Mary Kate was enjoying a few free months of freedom in between her undergraduate studies in Political Science at Northwest Missouri State University and starting the MA in International Development program at Korbel.  Actually, Mary Kate is in the PCMI (Peace Corps Masters International) Program.  Mary Kate is interested in studying WASH, public health and nutrition.  She picked Korbel for her graduate studies, because she liked that the school offers a flexible and practical curriculum and numerous resources to support its students.

When Mary Kate isn’t hittin’ the books she can be found baking in her itty bitty kitchen, singing show tunes and running around Wash Park (mostly to look at all the dogs).

Fun Fact about Mary Kate: she spent a semester studying abroad in Ghana, and she cannot wait to one day return!


When You Call Korbel…

Remember, Coleen?  She’s still here!  Coleen is one of our two lovely second year MA students working in the Admissions Office this academic year.

Coleen is still originally from Olympia, WA.  As a refresher – she previously worked as a refugee resettlement case manager for World Relief.  She is excited to begin her second year of International Development at Korbel.  During the summer Coleen worked as a grants and evaluation strategies intenr for Agile International, a NGO focused on rural agricultural development in Mali.

One of the reasons that Coleen originally chose Korbel is the flexibility to customize her degree and study the material and topics that are truly important to her.  Coleen loves the mixture of theory and practical skills courses that are informing and enhancing her future.

Throughout the past year, Coleen has been enjoying life in Denver!  She loves the hiking, camping and good beer.  When Coleen isn’t studying, she can be found eating brunch, hiking with her roommates and exploring the many happy hours around Denver.

Fun fact: Coleen still loves giraffes (see photo below from last year).  Recently, Coleen got to pet one at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!

coleen and giraffe

When You Call Korbel…

Meet Ellen!

Ellen is from Oklahoma via Nashville and Washington, D.C.  She is a first year in our International Security program with a concentration in Homeland Security.  Prior to starting at Korbel a couple weeks ago, Ellen was a financial analyst at a private equity firm in D.C., and before that she received her BA in Political Science and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Ellen chose Korbel, because “I really like the flexibility to take classes on a variety of topics and get an interdisciplinary perspective on security issues.  Also, mountains!”

When she is not studying, Ellen can be found hiking with her dog, eating breakfast / brunch and baked goods.  She’s dedicated to finding sweet potato pancakes as good as the ones she discovered in Nashville.  Her non-academic goals for this year include hiking several 14-ers and advancing to a new belt in krav maga.

Fun Fact: Ellen fostered 10 dogs while living in D.C. (not at the same time!) and loves volunteering with dog and horse rescues.


Ellen and her dog, Bella, at Mohawk Lake near Breckenridge, CO.