Our Team

Executive Director

WorldDenver’s Founding Executive Director Karen de Bartolomé brings significant experience in international education and program administration. As the Rocky Mountain Region’s Executive Director for the Institute of International Education (IIE), she oversaw the administration of the Fulbright and other scholarship exchange programs for the Rocky Mountain Region, as well as the Denver World Affairs Council, The Diplomats Ball, and the Department of State-funded International Visitor Leadership Program. Prior to this role, Karen had her own consulting practice in marketing and leadership development and worked with the University of Colorado in international development. Karen served as a White House Fellow in the Reagan White House and as part of the transition team for the Clinton Administration (first term). Karen spent 14 years in a variety of managerial and executive roles at the Port Authority of NY & NJ. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of International Service at American University and a master of public administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Karen has served two terms on the national board of the National Council for International Visitors (now Global Ties U.S.). She now serves as Vice Chair of the World Affairs Councils of America andholds a gubernatorial appointment to the StudyColorado Board. Karen was a finalist for the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce 2016 ATHENA award, which honors the Denver woman who best exemplifies exceptional professional achievement, devotion to community service and generosity in actively assisting other women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. Click here to see the 2016 ATHENA award finalists video.



Director of Programs & Administration

Prior to joining WorldDenver in 2017, Matt Britton served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He also worked as a Health Education Volunteer with the US Peace Corps and as a volunteer with the Rio 2016 Olympics. His 12+ years of living abroad (United Kingdom, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, El Salvador, Burundi, & Brazil) make him feel right at home with WorldDenver members and fellow "citizen diplomats" working to build bridges that span cultural, linguistic, and geographic divides in our increasingly globalized world. His diplomatic career included assignments in embassy administration and management, immigration services, communications and media relations, and management of international exchange programs. Matt holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tulsa and speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese (as well as a smattering of Tok Pisin and Hassaniya, but you would be hard-pressed to find individuals who understand either of those languages!). Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, snowboarding, being out in nature, and collecting coins from around the world.



Director of Development & Communications

Katy joined the WorldDenver team in January 2015. She holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado in International Affairs and an M.A. in International Administration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Katy has had wonderful opportunities to experience the world: she lived and worked in Morocco through AIESEC, taught English in China through the Orbis Institute and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. Prior to working at WorldDenver, Katy was the Development Director at CASA Advocates for Children and a marketing analyst at a local wealth management firm. As a Colorado native, Katy appreciates nature and the beautiful Colorado mountains. She loves to dance, play sports and spend time with family and friends.



Director of Volunteer Engagement

Pat Wynne joined Institute of International Education in January, 2009 and was involved with the transition to WorldDenver three years later. As a volunteer, she manages the intern and volunteer program which engages approximately 50 in-office volunteers each year, thereby increasing the bandwidth of our staff and helping to fulfill WorldDenver’s mission of “strengthening and expanding the community of engaged global citizens”. Pat also serves on the Board of Directors, the ExecutiveCommittee and the Nominating Committee. Pat is a retired software executive having spent almost 30 years in business software companies, both in Denver and San Francisco. She has managed organizations in Australia, Japan and China and has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A from the University of Pennsylvania. Her family is a good example of our global community: Pat’s son lives in Ireland and her son-in-law just became a U.S. citizen. Pat’s grandchildren hold dual citizenship and they have a first cousin who lives in Vietnam.



Program Manager, Professional & Youth Exchange Programs

Gergana Kostadinova joined WorldDenver in November 2014 as Program Coordinator for Professional Exchange Programs. Before becoming a staff member, Gergana served as a contractor, intern, and volunteer for WorldDenver for 2.5 years. She holds a M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Denver. As a student, Gergana was very involved on campus and in the community, and worked in Undergraduate Admission. She also spent a semester studying abroad in Chile and later returned to conduct graduate research, and participated in short-term study abroad programs in Belize, Spain, Austria, and Nicaragua. She moved to the United States with her family from Bulgaria in 1999 and has proudly called Colorado her home since then. In her spare time, Gergana enjoys exploring everything that Denver and the Colorado mountains have to offer.



Manager, International Visitor and Professional Exchange Programs

Daniel A. Wienecke is a Colorado native who received his M.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University and his B.A. in History and Political Science from Colorado State University. His international adventures include studying at the University of Economics at Prague, Czech Republic; serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan where he worked at a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering youth leadership development and volunteerism; acting as Resident Director in Kirov, Russia where he coordinated cultural and linguistic exchange programs through the American Councils for International Education; and acting as the Program Coordinator for the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Prior to joining WorldDenver as Manager of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Dan taught International Relations at Front Range Community College. He is conversationally fluent in Russian and has been honored as one of three finalists for the “2016 Excellence in Programming Awards.”



Events and Marketing Coordinator

Lily joined WorldDenver in September 2015. Prior to becoming a staff member, Lily interned for six months. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs and a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Lily has traveled in Europe and is always looking for a chance to improve her French. Originally from New England, Lily enjoys playing tennis, skiing, hiking and getting to the beach whenever possible.



Administrative Assistant

Colleen is a previous Fee for Service intern who joined WorldDenver in September of 2017 as Administrative Assistant. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and Anthropology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. While on campus, Colleen worked on an honors undergraduate thesis on the topic of democracy and intervention in the Middle East with case studies of Lebanon and Iraq. She also studied abroad twice: once for a semester in Wollongong, Australia and once for a three-week language immersion program in Aix-en-Provence, France. She has also traveled to Nicaragua, Scotland, England, and Belgium. Colleen grew up in Danbury, Connecticut before relocating to Colorado at age 10. When not at WorldDenver she likes to explore Colorado’s natural beauty and spend time with family and friends.