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Cornell University

CTLC Staff and Facilitators

A team of belayers on the challenge course
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Meet our full-time staff!

Karel Hilversum

Lindseth Co-Director of Cornell Outdoor Education, The Dan Tillemans Director, Cornell Team & Leadership Center

B01 Bartels Hall

Karel joined COE in 2016, coming directly from his native Puerto Rico. From there, he designed and delivered hundreds of challenge course programming, outdoor adventure education courses, and leadership & team development workshops for over 20 years to groups across the Americas and the world.

Sylvie Froncek

Leadership Program Coordinator

B01 Bartels Hall

Sylvie started working with Cornell’s Team and Leadership Center at the age of 15. Since then she has worked as an outdoor adventure guide for the Claremont Colleges in California, a rock climbing instructor in Colorado, a bicycle tour guide in New Zealand and the Northeastern USA, a mountain instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Bicycling, canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing and organic farming are Sylvie’s primary outdoor activities.

She holds a Wilderness First Responder Certification and she’s a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor.

Lead Facilitators

Amy Kohut

Lead Facilitator, Former Director of Cornell Team & Leadership Center

Amy Kohut has been a manager, trainer, and consultant for experience-based programs for over 30 years, and has worked for top-rated organizations such as Outward Bound and Project Adventure. She has been offering Leadership Coaching since 2011 and is a certified facilitator/trainer for the EQi 2.0 Emotional Intelligence suite of assessment tools. Amy received the Excellence in Training and Consulting Award for Creative Leadership in the Art of Facilitation from Project Adventure, Inc.

Ben Mumford-Zisk

Lead Facilitator

Benjamin Mumford-Zisk grew up in Ithaca NY. He attended the University of Buffalo where he received a BA in English. Since 2018 Ben has worked with the Cornell Team and Leadership Center. He enjoys rock climbing, biking and rowing. He also likes the smell of dirt, water, and trees. He dislikes the smell of fast food restaurants, most perfumes and enormous box-store parking lots in summer. The book that best describes him is, distressingly, Ferdinand the Bull. 

Carol James

Lead Facilitator

 Carol James has been an experiential educator for over twenty years, originally working with adjudicated youth at Outward Bound in Florida. She has been a program director for Outward Bound in Boston and a long-time consultant with Project Adventure, teaching professionals in areas of technical skills training, therapeutic skills, and consulting on organizational change around behavior management.

Corinne Eisenman

Lead Facilitator

Corinne Eisenman has contributed to the field of experiential education for 30 years. She has worked with teams in many capacities: as facilitator, leader, consultant, and coach. As a key member of leadership teams for both private and non-profit organizations, she has specialized in helping teams build foundational trust and communication. She believes that creating connections - to self, team, and purpose - lays the groundwork for insight and transformation. Corinne has facilitated teambuilding and leadership development programs for both domestic and international groups.

Dan Tillemans

Lead Facilitator, Former Director of Cornell Outdoor Education

Dan Tillemans served as second director of Cornell Outdoor Education, from 1984 to 1999.  Dan significantly grew the program with the additions of the Lindseth Climbing Wall, Phillips Outdoor Program Center, and Hoffman Challenge Course. Dan lives in Ithaca and in addition to being a senior consultant for professional groups and leadership, he still regularly facilitates and leads programs for COE.  The endowed Tillemans Director of Cornell Team & Leadership Center position was funded in honor of Dan’s 15 years of COE Leadership.

Elizabeth Anderson

Lead Facilitator

Originally from Alexandria, VA, Elizabeth came to Cornell Outdoor Education all the way from California. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at Radford University. She holds a current ACCT Level 2 Facilitator Certification and has worked in the outdoor education and experiential learning industry for nearly a decade. Elizabeth enjoys skydiving, rafting, backpacking, and climbing up trees.

Jamie Carpenter

Lead Facilitator

Jamie started indoor rock climbing in 1999 and since then, she has had some amazing vertical adventures, including being a part of a bat relocation project in Arkansas. Jamie has been with Cornell Outdoor Education since 2017. At COE, Jamie has taught everything from basic rock climbing to tree climbing. In 2018 Jamie joined the Cornell Team and Leadership Center and she was the super lead facilitator at the ropes course in 2022. 

Laura Schoenle

Lead Facilitator

Laura is thrilled to support people on their personal growth journeys through engagement with the outdoors and facing novel challenges with CTLC. She has over a decade of experience leading and working on wildlife research teams around the world including in the Santa Catalina Mountains in Arizona, wetlands in Ontario, Canada, and in southeastern Australia. Laura has BS from Cornell, MEd from the University of Arizona, and a PhD from Virginia Tech.

Marcus Brooks

Cornell Team & Leadership Center Coordinator

Marcus comes to us from New York City where he earned both his Bachelors degree and MBA from Columbia University. He uniquely combines his formal business skill sets in leadership, organizational development, entrepreneurship, strategy and finance with his deep passion for human development through the great outdoors and experiential learning. He is an accomplished wilderness guide having lead international trips to destinations as far away as Kilimanjaro. Marcus holds an AMGA-CWI and EMT certification.

Norm Pure

Lead Facilitator

Norm is a highly seasoned facilitator and leadership educator.  Formerly a faculty member with The Sanctuary Institute and Ithaca College, Norm is currently an independent trainer and a Senior Facilitator for the Energy Project, an organization that works to create professional workspaces that are healthier, happier, more focused and more purposeful.

Sandy Gregorich

Lead Facilitator

Originally from Michigan, Sandy holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Biomechanics, both from Michigan State University.  She came to COE with a long history in outdoor education through summer camps where she worked on the waterfront and led numerous trips backpacking and paddling with teens,  eventually going on to becoming a camp director.  Her experiences with youth outdoors led to a passion for helping people master new skills, experience nature and learn more about themselves in the process.  

Sarah Highland

Lead Facilitator

Sarah Highland is a talented educator and truly a developer in many forms!  Facilitating with CTLC since 2011, Sarah has made herself a scholar of experiential education and facilitation, and diligently mentors our staff each summer.   When she is not in Ithaca, she is a boatbuilding instructor at the Carpenter's Boat Shop in Pemaquid, Maine, and is the founder and principal of Highland Artisan, an educational home-building and timber-framing organization.

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