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International Student and Scholar Services

International Student & Scholar Services

Meet the Staff

Marlene Arnold

Marlene Arnold

Senior International Student Advisor

  • BA in French, Wake Forest University
  • MA 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.
Laura Buhs

Laura Buhs

Assistant Director 

  • BA 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.

Kelly Parpovic

Sr. International Student Advisor & Sponsored Programs Manager 

  • BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University
  • MA in Comparative and International Development Education from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Lived and worked abroad as a university counselor in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
  • Experience in working with sponsored students from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.
Tom King

Tom King

SEVIS Coordinator

  • BA in History, Texas A&M University
  • MA in Intercultural Studies, 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

Gina Ellison

International Student Advisor

  • BA in International Studies, American University
  • Born and raised in the U.K
  • Studied abroad in Belgium
  • Worked with NAFSA: Association of International Educators 
Alea Benson-Littlejohn

Alea Benson-Littlejohn

Program Coordinator

  • BSBA in International Business, University of Denver
  • Worked and lived in Japan for 2 years
  • Previous experience in DU's Office of International Student Admission

Student Workers

Andrea Marires Abelenda

Andrea Marires Abelenda

  • Pursuing MA in International Studies DU
  • Born and raised in Uruguay
  • Interned at the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C.
  • Current Spanish language tutor at the Center for World Languages and Culture
Ahmad Almadhor

Ahmad Almadhor

  • PhD candidate at the University of Denver
  • BA from University of South Carolina
  • Lived and studied in Saudia Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Canada, Bosnia & Herzgovina
  • Sports lover, especially skiing
Kendall Byram

Kendall Byram

  • Pursuing MA in International and Intercultural Communication/li>
  • Studied abroad in the Netherlands
  • Interned at the Center for European Studies
  • BA from Baylor University
Adrianna Romero

Adrianna Romero

  • Currently a student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • BA in Psychology, Political Science and Spanish, University of Denver
  • Studied Abroad in Salamanca, Spain
  • Specializing in Immigration and Domestic Relations Law