Colbie Andes, with his wife, Emily, and their three children. Colbie and Emily are leadership donors in the Founder’s Circle of the Palmer Annual Giving Society.
I grew up in the Quad Cities, and I’ve always had a passion for serving and empowering others to be successful. I started volunteering in high school and saw the joy that people found in giving.
My wife, Emily, and I went to the University of Northern Iowa. Following graduation, we moved to Mt. Horeb, Wisc. where we ran a junior high and high school ministry out of the basement of the Gonstead Clinic. Talk about foreshadowing my future career! Once we had our first child, we packed up and moved back to the Quad Cities so we could be closer to our families. We now have three children: two daughters and one son, who are 10, 8 and 6 years old.
I give back to Palmer College because I believe in our students and in their dreams of serving others. I feel energized and fulfilled when I can help people realize their dreams, and make a gift that gives them the sense of pride I have when I give back.
In my position with Palmer I get to connect alumni and friends to the areas of the College that speak to their passions, because the things we do now go far beyond our time on this earth. Each conversation and interaction with our alumni offer a unique opportunity for me to build new relationships and learn something new.
One of my favorite quotes from my dad is, “There are no strangers, just friends I haven’t met yet.” I try to live this quote every day as I meet new people and learn about their passion for chiropractic and Palmer College.
I’ve seen the significant impact Palmer College has on the chiropractic profession, and I believe in what Palmer College does to change lives.
I’m excited to work with our donors to give Palmer students the best educational experience, so they can carry Palmer’s legacy into the future for generations to come.