• 2018-2019 Korbel GSA Executive Council

  • President - Ariel Stenger
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    B.A. Economics, University of Louisville, 2012
    M.A. International Security, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, expected Spring 2019

    Ariel Stenger is a second-year MA International Security Candidate with a focus on water security. She is passionate about resource management within rural communities. As an intern with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Bangkok, Ariel leveraged her regional knowledge to develop conservation plans specific to water and peatlands use. While a Fulbright ETA in northern Thailand and as a TFA corps member in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Ariel cultivated a passion for rural development and security. At DU, she researches with the Marsico Institute for Early Childhood Education, edits for the Center for U.S.-China cooperation, and is always ready for a mountain adventure! You can find her biking around Denver or playing soccer at Washington Park. 

  • Vice President - Shannon Payne
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    B.A. Anthropology, University of Central Florida, 2015
    M.A. International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, expected Spring 2019

    Shannon is an MA candidate in International Studies (though she is commonly mistaken for a Security student), with a specialization in the Middle East. Born and raised in England, she has also lived in Virginia and Florida and maintains that Orlando is indeed the happiest place on Earth. During the summer of 2014, Shannon interned in the Cultural Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. After finishing her bachelor's, Shannon worked at the UCF Global Perspectives Office, where she facilitated global research programs, executed a distinguished speaker series, and got to meet Bill Nye the Science Guy. In the summer of 2018, she participated in the DU Center for Middle East Studies' annual trip to Israel and Palestine. At Korbel, Shannon is a Sié Fellow and works as a Research Assistant. Following graduation, she hopes to stay in Denver, where she has wholly fallen in love with the mountains and the craft beer scene.

  • Secretary-Treasurer - Kevin Jensen
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    B.A. History, University of Portland, May 2015
    M.A. International Security, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, expected Spring 2019

    Kevin is a second year International Security student. He enjoys reading.

  • Social Chair - Scott Lawless
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    B.A. International Relations, Louisiana State University, 2011
    M.A. International Security, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, expected Spring 2019

    Scott Lawless is currently a second-year International Security student with a focus on Homeland Security. As the Social Chair, he looks forward to seeing you all at our events throughout the year and introducing you to the Denver community as a whole. A little bit about Scott… he's from the Big Easy and went down the road for school at LSU. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in International Relations, he went to work for the World Trade Center of New Orleans as its Membership Director. Before long he caught the travel bug again and decided to sign up for the Peace Corps. He set sail for the Republic of Georgia and served as a Community Development volunteer for two years. Upon his return, he moved to Denver to join you fine people in his intellectual pursuits. Currently, he works as the Project Lead for the Military Inventory Project at the Pardee Center for International Futures. Moreover, he has an internship with the Colorado Consular Corps as well as a tentative position within USNORTHCOM.

  • Second Year M.A. Class Representative - Katie Hughes
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    B.A. Political Science, University of Vermont, 2012
    M.A. International Development, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, expected Spring 2019

    Katie is pursuing a degree in International Development with a concentration in Democracy and Governance with a regional specialization in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently a Project Lead at the Pardee Center for International Futures. Prior to starting at Korbel, she spent four years as a communications manager in the nonprofit sector. She has studied in Ghana and China, and loves to travel and explore Colorado with her husband. Katie hopes to work for the U.S. Government after finishing her degree and recently completed an internship with the Department of State in the Bureau of African Affairs. Her long-term career goal is to be in a leadership position in the U.S. Government or NGO sector driving strategic direction and overseeing policy or program development.

  • International Student Representative - Rahmi Dian Agustino
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    B.A. International Relations, Universitas Budi Luhur (Indonesia), 2004
    M.A. International Human Rights, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, expected Spring 2019

    Dian is a Foreign Fulbright grantee from Indonesia, currently pursuing an M.A. in International Human Rights, and a Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. Her interests include women’s rights, refugees and immigration, peacebuilding, and the Middle East. She also works part-time at the Office of Graduate Enrollment as a Communications Assistant and is a member of the Korbel Asylum Project. Prior to Korbel, Dian had worked as a journalist, copywriter, editor, and translator for print publications, advertisement agencies, and other organizations. More recently, she had started a career in non-profit communications at international organizations like Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Indonesia and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Indonesia. As much as she loves Colorado for its breathtaking beauty and fresh air, Dian plans to apply what she has learned here at home after graduation.

  • First-Year M.A. Class Representative - Zachariah Hall
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    B.S. Political Science, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2018
    M.A. Conflict Resolution, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, expected Fall 2019

    Zachariah is pursuing a degree in Conflict Resolution to work on international peacebuilding. Prior to Korbel, Zachariah completed his degree in political science with a concentration in international and comparative studies and graduated magna cum laude. During his time at UTC, Zachariah participated in the Student Government Association and the UTC Honors Council, serving to connect students with the administration and foster community amongst the student body. As a student, Zachariah worked as a tutor for UTC Athletics and acted in community theatre. You’ll find him in Beans most often where he is happy to talk about a range of topics relating to politics, international relations, and political theory.

  • First-Year M.A. Class Representative - Hannah Kipersztok

    B.A. Political Science – International Relations, University of Central Florida, 2017
    M.A. International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, expected Spring 2020

    Hannah Kipersztok is pursuing a Master of Arts in International Studies with a certificate in Public Diplomacy. Her main areas of interest within her studies are human rights, global finance/trade, and the Middle East. Hannah graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida in December 2017 with University Honors. During her time at UCF, Hannah interned for two semesters at the Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Global Perspectives where she conducted research about current events in Central and South America as well as the Pacific Rim region. Hannah also spent a semester of her undergraduate studies in Canberra, Australia, where she took courses in Public Relations, Human Rights, Indigenous Politics, and Global Challenges in Governance. Hannah grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, loves to travel and spend time with her dog.

  • Ph.D. Representative - Christopher Shay

    Ph.D. Candidate in International Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

This portfolio last updated: 14-Apr-2019 2:45 PM