Cortney Conrad, BA
Executive & Clinical Assistant
Cortney grew up in large family in a very small town in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and unlike most kids, loved living in the middle of nowhere. Her love of the outdoors began early, and she spent most of her time riding and working at a local horse farm, swimming or floating down the river, hiking to waterfalls and such with her trusty dog Sam, and reading endless books camped out under a tree. Her college years led her to a home-away-from-home at Drew University, a liberal arts college in New Jersey, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. At Drew, she also had the opportunity to study and intern at the United Nations. She spent a life-changing 6 months living abroad in Cairo, Egypt taking classes at University, traveling the country, and working with Sudanese refugees: running afterschool and sports programs for children, working at a community center, and teaching English to adult students. After graduating, Cortney worked for a local law firm back in Pennsylvania where she acted as an executive and administrative assistant. Taking advantage of wonderful employers and opportunity, she took a hiatus to take a month long cross-country road trip and ended up discovering Durango, where she worked at a guest ranch just outside of Vallecito. She fell in love with everything this area has to offer and the peace that comes with living so close to nature and post-card worthy views; it wasn’t too long until she moved back full-time, towing along her boyfriend, horse, and cat.
Cortney brings administrative, organizational, and communication skills gleaned from her previous educational and work experiences along with a commitment to making a positive difference in the world. Her appreciation of the power of teamwork and an encouraging work environment makes her a great fit. She loves seeing the continual life-altering changes Open Sky can make for our students, other team members, and the greater community.
Wanting to experience as much of the Durango area as she can, Cortney spends her free time traveling the area, riding her horse, hiking, kayaking, snow-shoeing, camping, singing , reading, and spending time with family and friends whenever possible.