Meet the 2017 Summer Term Faculty & Staff

Libbey Holewski, Director of Programs
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Libbey graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She spent the next five years exploring Alaska, working as a NOLS sea kayak instructor in the summer and as a PSIA certified ski instructor in the winter. In the fall of 2010, Libbey took on her first role at the High Mountain Institute. Since then she has served in various positions, including Semester Faculty, Expedition Leader, Apprentice Coordinator, and Director of Summer Programs. Libbey is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Adventure Education at Prescott College and plans to graduate in May, 2016. Outside of work and school Libbey loves sharing adventures with people on skis or mountain bikes, in rafts or sea kayaks, or over one of her homemade pies.
Dylan Gschwind, Assistant Director of Summer Term

Dylan Gschwind hails from the skyscrapers, Friendly Confines, and sandy beaches of Chicago. As a wee lad, Dylan frequented the pristine campgrounds of Wisconsin as part of an annual family car-camping tradition. While he loved the mini-golf and arcade room, his favorite parts of those vacations were the connection to the trees, lakes, and stars and the quiet moments of bliss around the campfire. After high school, Dylan attended Pomona College, where he dove deep into the mysterious world of Mathematics and continued to explore the wilderness with trips to Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Utah. Aftergraduation in 2013, Dylan began working for Overland, where he has led hiking trips in the Sierras and in the Alps over three summers. He then discovered HMI and began hiswork as an Outdoor Educator, first as a math apprentice in HMISemester 34, then a faculty member in Summer Term 2016. This year, he is excited to take on a new role for HMI and begin another spectacular summer in the Sawatch Mountains.

Becca Schild, Humanities Faculty & Wilderness Leader

As a Colorado native, love for adventure and the mountains are in Becca’s blood. Becca solidified her passion for the outdoors after taking a gap year exploring India with NOLS and skiing the Rocky Mountains. This experience shaped her academic and career pursuits, and she earned a B.A. in International Sustainable Development from Colorado College and a Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University. Becca is an educator at heart, working in a myriad of outdoor and environmental education venues, leading NOLS wilderness expeditions and climbing courses, directing the Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College, and teaching students to grapple with environmental issues through hands-on and project-based learning in her courses at Colorado College and the University of Colorado Boulder. Becca believes strongly in the power of intentional communities and immersive learning environments as a transformational moment in a student’s journey, which is what compelled her to work for HMI as Summer Term Faculty. Becca now enjoys her position at HMIas the Gap Coordinator, because she gets to provide a similar experience to the one that she had during her transition into adulthood. Along with her work at HMI, Becca is also working toward a PhD in Environmental Studies at CU Boulder, where she is researching the link between recreation and stewardship on individual environmental values and community capacity to respond to environmental resource challenges. When not teaching or in school, Becca is an avid outdoor enthusiast and can be found spending her free time scaling rock faces with her husband, Chris, or going on long mountain runs.

Barrett Donovan, Environmental Science Faculty & Wilderness Leader

Barrett was born in Louisville, Kentucky and first made her way to Leadville as an HMI semester student in RMS 26. There, Barrett fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and returned to Colorado a year later to attend Colorado College. She recently graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and a focus on environmental education. When she is not in Colorado, Barrett works as an arctic guide in Svalbard, Norway for a small tour operator leading hiking, backpacking, and snowmobile trips. Barrett has returned to HMI in several capacities including Summer Term intern, Semester science apprentice, and assistant gear room manager. She is super excited for Summer Term to begin and can’t wait to get students out into the field.

Dave Clark-Barol, P&P Faculty & Wilderness Leader

Hailing from Woods Hole, MA, Dave grew up on the ocean sailing and fishing. He discovered his love for the mountains of the American West during a gap semester from Middlebury College. Dave majored in Environmental Studies and Spanish at Midd, but strived to find balance between academic and recreational pursuits, spending many weekends climbing and skiing in the Adirondack Mountains. Since graduating from Midd, Dave has moved around the West, working for a variety of schools, including NOLS and HMI. When he’s not working Dave is most likely climbing, skiing, riding his mountain bike or refining his sourdough recipe.



Noah Orgish, Residential Life Faculty & Wilderness Leader

Growing up, Noah divided his time between the pines of Northern California and the earthy smell of a good book. At the same time, his large family (seven humans, six dogs, four cats, two rats, and a snake) and experiences at summer camp in Yosemite taught him the importance of intentional community and connection. Over the years, between studying English at Whitman College, working in various roles as an educator, and traveling, Noah has come to embrace the role that community plays in our academic, social, personal, and cultural growth. When not backpacking, biking, slacklining, or playing Frisbee or volleyball, you can probably find Noah reading a book, snacking on an apple, or searching for people to play Settlers of Catan or Resistance with him. He also knows how to unicycle.

Grace Fowler, Residential Life Faculty & Wilderness Leader

Grace fell in love with experiential education and environmentalism as a student at The Island School and at the High Mountain Institute, and has channeled those passions into her studies of Environmental Policy and Education and Colby College. After a semester abroad studying plants and backpacking in Patagonia, Chile, Grace spent last summer working as an intern with HMI Summer Term 2016. Fond of bad dance moves, climbing mountains, and exploring Colorado, Grace is excited to rejoin the HMI community after graduating from Colby in May.



Katrina Brace, Summer Term Intern

Katrina will be joining the HMI team this summer 2017 as one of the residential life interns. She is currently attending the University of Vermont studying Environmental Studies and Geology. She just spent her fall of 2016 in Patagonia conducting field research through a conservation studies program. In 2010 Katrina participated in the HMIHigh Peaks Adventure program, which sparked her interest for the outdoors. She is now an avid hiker, rock climber and ice climber. Katrina is a certified Single Pitch Instructor rock guide through the American Mountain Guiding Association and she is very excited to be joining HMI for the summer. In her free time Katrina enjoys skiing, hiking, climbing, and eating lots of good food.

Julia Conley, Summer Term Intern

Julia grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, but now enjoys spending as much time as possible in Brunswick, Maine as a Bowdoin College student. Impromptu trips to the ocean are a part of her every week, and no matter the season she can be seen running back to class, hair soaked from the salt water. She studies mathematics and sociology and aspires to be a cool calculus teacher after graduating. For many summers now she’s worked at a variety of camps in New England, and most recently Overland Summers, but could not be more excited to have the opportunity to spend time in and around Colorado’s mountains as one of HMI’s interns this summer!

Joe Baptiste, Summer Term Intern

Growing up in Massachusetts, Joe always found comfort in the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. After a transformative summer exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon in 2012, Joe realized his mission to connect others to the natural world to help give people that same transformative experience of being close with the land. He is now a sophomore at Sterling College in Vermont studying Outdoor Education to do just that. He is very excited to be a part of a small community in the highest town in the United States and to explore the Rocky Mountains with all the people who attend and work at HMI! Joe enjoys snowboarding, playing the drums, kayak fishing, and botanizing to better understand all the other beings that surround him. He is always up for an adventure in any mode of travel!

Gavin Arnold, Summer Term Intern

Growing up in Harvard, Massachusetts, Gavin spent plenty of time hiking and skiing in the White Mountains. He first experienced Leadville as a junior in high school while participating in HMI Semester 27. While taking a gap year in Norway, Gavin studied outdoor life and sports gaining an appreciation for all things retaining to the outdoors. Gavin is currently a junior studying English at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and is very excited to rejoin HMI this summer as a Summer Term Intern.



Madeline Short, Summer Programs Support Intern

Traipsing through rural Pennsylvania’s fields, forests, and streams is what fostered Madeline’s love of exploring. On the small family farm where she grew up, she learned to value the natural world and spent every free second outside. For college Madeline made her way north to the University of Vermont where she is currently studying anthropology and environmental studies with a focus on food systems. When Madeline is not hiking, running, or biking you can often find her in the garden or cooking for friends and family! Madeline can’t wait to spend the summer in Leadville and become a part of the HMI community!