Alumni Profiles

Christina Koren '03

Christina Koren '03Christina Koren '03 had an outstanding experience at Bishop Carroll, which has positively influenced her life after graduation.

"I honestly can say that all my years in Catholic education were a package deal," she said. "Pieces of everyone and every class have impacted me in a positive way."

She currently works as the Executive Director of Mission Integration and Community Engagement at Mount Aloysius, where she has the opportunity to interact with BC students through the inaugural year of a Tri-County Leadership program for high school students—reinforcing the leadership and service skills she herself gained from Bishop Carroll.

This, in part, is why Chris chooses to give back to the school that gave so much to her, operating with the mantra "It takes a village to raise a child," meaning that an entity, like Bishop Carroll, requires the nurturing of many to grow and succeed.

"The teachers, staff, and administration perform a great ministry, and they need the support of the community to continue their work," she said.

How did your Catholic education positively influence your life after graduation?
It inspired me to take on leadership and service roles in my undergraduate and graduate education experiences. Additionally, it has been a factor in my career choices in higher education.

What are the top three things you gained from your experience at Holy Name and/or Bishop Carroll?
1. Great friends.
2. Sense of community
3. A solid educational foundation from which I continue to grow.

What is the value of a Catholic education?
In addition to the value of education, I received the value of the gifts of respect, human dignity, care and compassion and justice. These values were demonstrated everyday through my classmates, teachers and local community.

Which class/teacher at BC made the biggest impact on you? How/why?
I honestly can say that all my years in Catholic education were a package deal. Pieces of everyone and every class has impacted me in a positive way.

What extracurricular activities were you involved with at BC? Tell us more about those experiences.
Athletics, arts, and student government (class president). Each experience was enriching. We had many different extracurricular opportunities and we were encouraged to try all of them.

Why would you encourage more local families to consider Catholic education for their children?
I was able to network with a broader student peer group as they came from many different towns and different faiths. I gained a wider perspective on the area and the surrounding communities.

Why would you encourage community members to financially support Bishop Carroll?
The quote “ it takes a village to raise a child” comes to mind. The teachers, staff and administration perform a great ministry and they need the support of the community to continue their work. All education benefits when there are choices.

Why/how do you remain involved as an alum?
I have a great opportunity at Mount Aloysius College to interact with Bishop Carroll students. For instance, my office at Mount Aloysius has received a grant to institute a new program called Tri-County Leadership for high school students. I have several Bishop Carroll students represented in the inaugural class of this program.

Please provide some background on yourself (when you graduated from BC, where you went to college, your position at Mount Aloysius, where you live, family, hobbies, etc.)
After graduating from Bishop Carroll in 2003, I went on to earn my BS in Business Management from Saint Vincent College. I then earned my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Waynesburg University while working there full time. I returned to the area to take a position at Mount Aloysius College and am currently the Executive Director of Mission Integration and Community Engagement.
-I reside in Ebensburg, PA where I serve on the board of the Ebensburg Mainstreet Partnership and the Potatofest Committee. I am also a member of the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies and the Ebensburg Moose. My hobbies include bowling and golfing as part of several community leagues in the area.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yes, I am honored to be part of this year’s Cambria County Chamber John B. Gunter Community Leadership program. I am excited about the commitment I see to improve Cambria County and its institutions. I hope to be able to use the skills and knowledge and forward thinking of this program to positively impact Bishop Carroll, Mount Aloysius College and all of Cambria County.

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