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Meet the Staff

  • David Gowdey
  • Director, International Student and Scholar Services
  • 303-871-4907
  • Laura Buhs
  • Assistant Director
  • 303-871-7861
  • B.A. in Italian
  • M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Experience as a international student and scholar advisor and in immigration law.
  • AFS exchange student to Italy and au pair in Germany.
  • Marlene Arnold
  • Senior International Student Advisor
  • 303-871-4912
  • B.A. in French, Wake Forest University
  • M.A. in International Education, The School for International Training
  • Studied abroad in Dijon, France.
  • Worked with international students at Duke University, The Ohio State University, and Franklin University.
  • Deborah Durkee
  • Senior Sponsored Student Advisor
  • 303-871-2371
  • B.A. in Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • M.A. in Religious Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Grew up in the Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey and Australia. Lived and worked in Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Worked with international students at CU Denver and MIIS.
  • Kelsey Abbott
  • International Student Advisor
  • 303-871-4481
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of San Diego
  • M.A. in Higher Education, University of Denver
  • Lived and worked in Japan. Studied abroad through Semester at Sea.
  • Tom King
  • SEVIS Coordinator
  • 303-871-4258
  • B.A. in History from Texas A&M University
  • M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Golden Gate Seminary
  • Worked with international students in Paris for six years.
  • Previous international office experience at the University of Texas Health Science Center and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
  • Gina Ellison
  • Program Coordinator
  • 303-871-2091