Colleen Denny (Kenya)

Colleen Denny

Colleen is currently a candidate at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in the Master of International Public Policy program with an affiliation in Conflict Management and will graduate in December 2018. Colleen is a native of Buffalo, NY and graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science and a commissioning as an Ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard. Immediately following graduation, she served on the Coast Guard Cutter FORWARD. In January 2010, the FORWARD responded to an earthquake that struck Port Au Prince, Haiti. As a responder, she led the first shore excursions into Port Au Prince to provide medical care and deliver humanitarian supplies. She was also responsible for coordinating helicopter medical evacuations in and out of the harbor. In 2011, she sailed with the FORWARD to Western Africa where she trained the newly created Liberian Coast Guard, Senegalese Navy, and Sierra Leone Navy. After completing another at-sea assignment and then a shore-side special staff assignment, in 2015, she transferred to serve as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter DONALD HORSLEY, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While captain of the ship, the crew netted over $7 million in illicit narcotics, successfully interdicted multiple human smugglers, and conducted Search and Rescue operations in the Caribbean which resulted in seven lives saved. After returning from his fellowship over the summer, Colleen discussed with AP the impacts the fellowship had on him. "Working with CPI Kenya and doing actual peacebuilding work in the field was an invaluable experience. My 10 weeks taught me so much and exposed me to how the dedicated work of just a few individuals at CPI Kenya has completely transformed the communities of thousands of pastoralist families. It also showed me how resilient the human spirit is; the families and children we worked with have struggled through so much, yet are still kind, generous and optimistic. It was truly an incredible and humbling experience."

06 Sep

What I Saw

  On my final trip to Samburu County with CPI Kenya, I saw some amazing

Posted By Admin

Posted Sep 06, 2018

03 Aug

Mama CPI

Have you ever met someone for the first time but felt like you’ve met them

Posted By Admin

Posted Aug 03, 2018

26 Jul

Mama Caleb and Mama Faith; Two Women Quilting for a Cause

“When the sun rose, you didn’t know whether you’d live to see it set. If

Posted By Admin

Posted Jul 26, 2018

20 Jul

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

    Samburu County in Northern Kenya is absolutely beautiful. I am 99% sure that

Posted By Admin

Posted Jul 20, 2018

03 Jul

Peace Camp and the Hummingbird

    There is an old African story about a hummingbird and a jungle fire.

Posted By Admin

Posted Jul 03, 2018

20 Jun

A Beacon of Hope for Children – Hilary Halkano Bukuno

After days of horrific reports that thousands of immigrant children are being separated from their families

Posted By Admin

Posted Jun 20, 2018

14 Jun

Karibu Sana – My Warm Welcome to Kenya & CPI

“Karibu Sana, Colleen!” I have heard this phrase countless times over the last seven days

Posted By Admin

Posted Jun 14, 2018

06 Jun

Reflections From 31,000 Feet

Hello from 31,000 feet above the North Atlantic! As I write this first blog, I’m

Posted By Admin

Posted Jun 06, 2018