Board of Directors

Pinheads come in many forms. We at the Pinhead Institute are grateful to have a Board of Directors with expertise in everything from finance to education to applied science. Our board members help to spread the word, and broaden the mission of the Pinhead Institute at home & outside of Telluride. We thank our Board Pinheads, in their many forms, for their generous contributions.

dancaton-hsDan Caton

Dan Caton is the President of Wittel/Morris Strategic Consulting, based in Telluride, and has been an educator for more than 40 years. He served six years as a middle school teacher in southern California before joining the educational publishing world. Dan served in management roles in editorial, graphic design, production, marketing, sales, and software and online product development, before serving as President of Pearson Learning Group and McGraw-Hill School Education, two of America’s premier resource providers to schools around the world, both with leading presence in science education. Dan has served as President of the Board of the Association of Educational Publishers and was on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Publishers, and he has had board service on the Yes I Can foundation of the Council for Exceptional Students, the Columbus College of Art and Design, and the Columbus, Ohio Symphony. Dan now advises educators and education resource providers on improving their services to children and teachers in a fast-changing world. He and his wife, Liz, live in Mountain Village and enjoy skiing, hiking, and traveling to visit their sons in San Francisco and Shanghai.

katrinacornellKatrina Cornell

Katrina Cornell is a math and science teacher at Telluride High School. Her deep curiosity for how the world works combined with a love of outside living led to joint early careers as a river guide and a student at MIT; her pursuit of a BS and MS in geology fed into animated lectures for guests on the water during the summers. The combination of science degrees (while at MIT she also earned a BS in physics) and rowing skills landed her jobs as: a biologist for the Fish and Wildlife Service; a guide and instructor for science-based Grand Canyon Youth educational trips; a field geologist working on rivers in Peru; and a field geology instructor at a university in Canada. After years of living out of her car, Katrina opted for a more permanent home-base and moved to Telluride in 2013. She is currently completing a second master’s in math, and uses her classroom as a living laboratory to conduct experiments about best teaching practices.

Peter G. Dodge

Peter G. Dodge is the Founder of Hanover Research, a global information services firm based in Washington, D.C. Ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in D.C. and as one of the largest market research firms in the world, Hanover provides knowledge support to more than 1,100 for-profit and non-profit organizations. Peter founded and sits as Chairman of GP Ventures (GPV), which provides funding to seed-stage enterprises. He is also the Founder, Board Chairman, and President of The Peter G. Dodge Foundation (PGDF), a philanthropic organization that is dedicated to helping people lead lives free from the effects of alcohol addiction. By the end of 2016, PGDF will have already granted or raised more than $1.3MM to/for 30+ organizations. An alumnus of Washington and Lee University, Peter travels frequently but divides the majority of his time between Telluride, CO, and New York, NY.

Jennifer Shimkonis

Jennifer Shimkonis is the mom of two school-aged children who are big fans of Pinhead Institute classes and camps. Before moving to Telluride in 1995, she worked in Marketing and Public Relations for the Aspen Skiing Company. In Telluride, she managed the marketing efforts for the Franz Klammer Lodge before starting her own promotional products company, Spark Promotions, in 1998. Jennifer is involved with We R-1, a local non-profit organization that raises money to invest in the enrichment of K-12 education in the Telluride School District. She also volunteers for Second Chance Humane Society. Jennifer believes Pinhead offers critical and much-needed experiences for our younger generation and admires its influence on growing minds to embrace science and technology in a fun, creative way.


Andy Shoff

Andy Shoff is the Associate Head of School at the Telluride Mountain School. Long fascinated with all things scientific like frogs, rockets, and magnets, and fortunate enough to be able to get his hands dirty doing science at a young age, Andy knew that science would play a central role in his life. He first found his way to Telluride on a field trip as an undergraduate student at Colorado College, where he earned a B.A. in geology. After teaching science for several years at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Arbor School of Arts and Sciences, both in Portland, Oregon, he returned to Colorado. He moved to Telluride in 2002 to teach math and science at the Telluride Mountain School, and quickly came to love the programs that Pinhead brought into the schools. Today, his two daughters love every opportunity Pinhead provides to work with “real” scientists and to dirty their own hands through the Scholars in the Schools and Punk Science programs. Andy holds a master’s degree in school leadership from Columbia University.

Max Strang

Max Strang is the principal architect of the Miami-based firm, Max Strang Architecture Inc. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a masters degree from Columbia University. After practicing architecture in Miami for over a decade, Max moved to Telluride full-time in 2010 with his wife, Tamara, and their two children. He accredits his lifelong interest in spaceflight and astronomy to viewing “fifty or so” rocket and shuttle launches from his childhood home in Florida. Prior to joining Pinhead. Max served on the Board of Governors of The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and the City of Miami Planning Advisory Board.

josephtanner-hsJoseph Tanner

Joseph Tanner is a Senior Instructor in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Colorado in 2008, he was employed by NASA at Johnson Space Center for eight years as an instructor and research pilot and sixteen years as an astronaut. Joe flew four missions on the space shuttle with one being to the Hubble Space Telescope and two to the International Space Station. During his four missions he performed seven spacewalks or EVAs totalimg more than forty-six hours. His primary duty as an instructor pilot was to train the astronaut pilots landing techniques in the Shuttle Training Aircraft. Joe started his flying career as a U.S. Navy jet aircraft pilot.

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