Kalina provides support to various departments within Kotter, and hopes to increase outreach and develop a support structure for West Coast development. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business and a minor in German. Before completing her degree, Kalina lived in Tirol, Austria as an Au Pair, nannying three young girls. As an Au Pair she had the opportunity to learn German, enjoyed skiing and hiking in the Alps, and explored the surrounding European countries. Kalina competed in the Miss America program for three years; she represented the Greater Tacoma and Seattle areas for the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization. As a representative of this organization she completed numerous community service activities, and hosted fundraisers for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She also enjoys mentoring adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a Special Olympics softball and basketball coach.
Kalina is based out of the Seattle, WA office.
Why did you decide to work at Kotter?
I always loved school and the process of learning; and both within and outside of that learning environment I found myself taking on various leadership roles. Kotter’s mission stood out to me as being centered around learning and growing together, creating leaders, and teaching and empowering as many people as possible through the mentorship Kotter experts are able to provide. I wanted to be a part of a team of people that truly impacts the business community by improving processes, and strives to increase inclusion and the happiness of every individual affected by the decisions of those companies.
If you weren’t working at Kotter, what would you be doing instead?
I conducted research on Washington State Agriculture and Globalization as a senior thesis project. I was inspired by a friend who was one of the founders of an organic food distribution and mountain-farming preservation company in Austria. If I hadn’t, through a stroke of luck, been introduced to and later inspired by Kotter, I would have revisited Austria and have become involved with organic food distribution, and preservation of farmland and ethical farming practices.
What is your proudest moment?
I trained intensely regardless of the rain, the snow, and even the icy mud, so that I could complete the Vienna City Half Marathon. I crossed the finish line in 2 hours! And it was so worth it, because Käsespätzle and Bratwurst never tasted so good as they did that day!
What’s got you thinking right now?
As a young adult looking to move to Seattle to be closer to work, the housing crisis is definitely of interest to me right now. I hope to see a further change in policy in reaction to the continued increase of housing prices and population– don’t get me started on how this affects Seattle and Tacoma traffic!
Share something about you that would most surprise people.
I am always looking for new ways to be active, which is surprising to some people because I am known for being quite the uncoordinated individual. A few years ago I picked up kickboxing and learned semi-contact point fighting techniques, similar to karate. I then more recently resumed my martial arts training through Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu courses. I still consider myself a beginner, but I have learned how to flip someone almost twice my size!