The Alumni Council is made up of alumni who represent a range of Semesters, professions, geographic regions, and interests. The Council convenes in Leadville for a long weekend every spring to reconnect with HMI, discuss opportunities for alumni leadership in HMI’s future, consult on HMI’s strategic planning and fundraising, and to stimulate the growing HMI alumni network.

We have created this group to provide yet another leadership opportunity through which HMI alumni can grow and stay inspired by an organization that has played a meaningful role in their lives.

As alumni representing many years of education at HMI, the Alumni Council has a wealth of diverse life experiences to share with current students and alumni throughout the country. In building this group, we also hope to provide a structure through which HMI alumni can network across the country, consult on colleges and jobs, and develop experience for future potential service on the HMI Board of Trustees.

If you are interested in joining the Alumni Council, please contact HMI’s Alumni Relations and Development Associate, Barrett Donovan,

Meet the Council

Alexa Adams
Semester 28 Student & Semester 40 Apprentice
Alexa grew up in Williamstown, MA and attended Mt. Greylock Regional High School before heading to college in Lewiston, ME and studying at Bates. She currently resides in Washington, DC and works in admissions at The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL).

Andrew “Bernie” Bernstein
Semester 8 Student
Andrew hails from Allentown, PA. He went to high school at Packer Collegiate Institute, and graduated from Skidmore College in 2007. He is currently the marketing manager of Bicycling Magazine, Roadle Inc.

Emily Blau
Semester 21 Student & Semester 33 Apprentice
Emily lives in Leadville, CO (very close to HMI!) and is teaching at Lake County Intermediate School. She went to Deerfield Academy for high school, and graduated from Sewanee in 2014.

Harrison Buck
Semester 9 Student, High Peaks Adventure Apprentice, Semester 21 Apprentice
Harrison is originally from Princeton, NJ. He attended The Hotchkiss School and St. Lawrence University where he was a double major in Environmental Studies & Government. Professionally, Harrison is a photographer, filmmaker, and creative consultant. He is also a ski designer and brand ambassador for Parlor Skis and runs a production company called Pandion Creative.

Alanna Gino
Semester 1 Student
Alanna lives in San Francisco, CA and is a marketing manager at Bloom Energy, a clean energy company. Alanna went to St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, and studied environmental science and public policy at UNC Chapel Hill. She then went on to study at the McCombs School of Business in Austin, TX.

Katherine Kornman
Semester 20 Student
Katie lives in Lander, WY and works for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Katie went to high school at the Dalton School, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. She then went on to graduate school at Columbia University and graduated in 2013.

Erik Levy
Semester 7 Student
Erik lives in Golden Valley, MN and works as Assistant General Counsel for the IP Corporation. Erik went to high school at St. Paul Academy & Summit School. He then graduated from Colorado College in 2007, and went on to receive a law degree from the William Mitchell School of Law in 2012.

Dan Lustick
Semester 8 Student
Dan lives in Boston, MA and is a Nurse Practitioner Student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He went to high school at the Hopkins School and graduated from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2011.

Madeline O’Brien
Semester 11
Madeline lives in Vancouver, WA and is the Director of Alumni Affairs at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Madeline went to St. Andrew’s Episcopal, and then graduated from College of Charleston in 2009.

Colleen Orr
Semester 27 Student
Colleen lives in Washington, DC and is a policy analyst at UN Principles for Responsible Investment, an investor initiative and leading network for investors demonstrating their commitment to responsible ownership and long-term, sustainable returns. Colleen attended Louisville Collegiate School in Louisville, KY and holds a degree in Environmental Science from Colorado College.

Arthur Piantedosi
Semester 23 Student, Semester 37 Apprentice, Summer Adjunct Faculty
Arthur currently lives in Newburyport, MA where he works as the Business Process Analyst for his family business, Piantedosi Baking Co. Arthur attended the Pingree School in Hamilton, MA and graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2015.

Adrian Pforzheimer
Semester 22 Student, Semester 34 Apprentice
Adrian currently lives in Washington, DC and is a graduate student at the American School of Communication. He went to high school at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, and graduated from Harvard University in 2014.

Scout Sorcic
Leading Edge 2009 Student, Summer Term 2011 Student, Summer Term 2014 Intern

Elizabeth Sinclair
Semester 13 Student
Elizabeth lives in San Francisco, CA and is a Reproductive Health Specialist at Planned Parenthood. Elizabeth went to high school at Clark Montessori High School and Piedmont High School, and then went to college at the University of Michigan and graduated in 2010. Elizabeth attended Columbia University for graduate school.

Emy Takinami
Semester 25 Student, Summer Term 2011 Intern
Emy currently lives in Boston, MA where she attends grad school at Boston University. She is an alumni of the University of Vermont and Brookline High School.

Seton Talty, Chair
Semester 24 Student, Semester 36 Apprentice
Seton currently lives in Washington, DC and is the Chair of the Alumni Council! Seton went to St. George’s School and then graduated from Middlebury College in 2015.

Sam Timberg
Semester 7 Student, Summer Term 2005 Intern
Sam lives in Brooklyn, NY and is the Co-owner of Meridian Prime, one of the fastest growing importer of South African wines to the U.S. Sam went to high school at the Landon School and graduated from Middlebury College in 2007.

Parker Watson
Semester 22 Student

Parker lives in Denver, CO and works as a software engineer for Slalom, a modern consulting firm. Parker attended the University of Denver, graduating with a BS in Computer Science in 2014 and an MBA in 2015. He loved Colorado so much after HMI he decided he didn’t want to leave!

Alexandra Wingert
Semester 18 Student
Alex lives in Denver, CO and works as an Environmental Engineer for QEP Resources. Alex went to high school at the Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences. She graduated from CU Boulder in 2012 and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.