Meet the Team
Meet our team of Advisors for The College Tour here.
After winning CBS’s Amazing Race at 23 years old, Alex has gone on to have an amazing career both in front and behind the camera.
Above all else, Alex is an adventurer, traveler, and storyteller. He has filmed in nearly every state in America and over 60 countries around the world.
He hosted the #1 food series on PBS At The Chef’s Table and the #1 animal series on PBS Animal Attractions, was CBS’s ‘National Ambassador’ for two summers on the ‘CBS Buzz Tour’, hosted over 100 segments for Travel Channel, was Rachael Ray’s sidekick hosting ‘Rach to the Rescue’ for her syndicated talk show and circumnavigated the world without a penny in his pocket as the star of ‘Around The World For Free’…amongst many more.
Alex’s passion for producing brought him an Emmy-nomination for his work on The Steve Harvey Show, two Webby awards for Best Web Show on Around The World For Free, and an ADRIAN Award for his work on DreamJobbing.
Alex brings his passion to every project he embarks on and couldn’t be more excited to take on the roll of producer and host for this series.
Lisa Hennessy is an Emmy nominated producer and one of the most accomplished non-scripted showrunners in Hollywood. For 14 years, she served as one of the driving forces behind Mark Burnett Productions (MBP). As an original member of the company, Hennessy played an integral role in the development and production of MBP television programs. Over the course of her tenure, Hennessy helped propel MBP from a small production company to global powerhouse. She has created and executive produced hundreds of hours of television including World’s Toughest Race (Amazon Prime), Rock Star INXS and Rock Star SuperNova (CBS), the Contender (NBC and ESPN), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Eco-Challenge (Discovery Channel and USA Network), Escape: A Digital Detox (Amazon Prime)…to name just a few.
Burton Roberts is an experienced producer, entrepreneur and startup executive and has run production companies for the last 15+ years. His extensive business background includes production, marketing and PR, social media, technology and human resources. He has also spent time in front of the camera as a contestant on CBS’ Survivor: Pearl Islands and has been a host and brand ambassador for shows including the CBS Buzz Tour, Yacht Channel, a “tech expert” and host on Outside TV’s “Outside Today,“ and hosted content for Travel Channel and Lonely Planet. He is an Eagle Scout and a passionate world traveler (60 countries and counting) and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business and dual degrees from Southern Methodist University.
Michael Murray is a seven-time, Prime Time Emmy nominated director of photography (DP), cinematographer, adventurer and businessman. He has a reputation for acquiring imagery under extreme conditions and brought his creative influence to the first season of Mark Burnett’s Survivor. Michael is one of the most sought after DPs in the world. His credit list includes: Survivor (CBS), The Contender (NBC and ESPN), The Great American Road Trip (NBC), World’s Toughest Race (Amazon Prime). Michael also has entrepreneurial and business experience that gives him a unique perspective on producing financially and artistically successful projects. Michael is the founder and President of Adrenaline Films (Orlando Florida). A short list of clients include: ABC, NBC, CBS, Universal Studios, Mark Burnett Productions, BBC, Discovery Channel, History Channel and HBO.
Beth Cohen has diverse leadership experience in the launch and production of television, feature film, and educational startups. Some highlights of her eclectic career include working in production, development, and product integration for NBC Universal. Beth has worked in feature film production for Wonderstar Productions and as an executive with national education organizations. Beth is passionate about risk taking, authentic storytelling and bringing people’s visions to life.
Robert Jury is an award-winning film and television producer, director, and writer. In addition to his video and commercial work, Robert has written feature film screenplays for Fox 2000 Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox,and HBO Films. He wrote, directed and produced the 2020 feature film Working Man, achieving Certified Fresh status on Rotten Tomatoes. He was awarded an ABC/Disney Studios Writers Fellowship and was also selected for the prestigious Film Independent Screenwriters and Directors Labs in Los Angeles. Earlier in his career, Robert worked in feature film story development for production companies with deals at Touchstone Pictures and Warner Brothers. Raised on a farm in Iowa, Robert graduated from the University of Florida and has worked on numerous television projects for ESPN, ABC, Nickelodeon, Disney, Universal Studios, and others.
With over twenty years of producing television Daren Woolsey is a passionate storyteller fueled by an innate curiosity that drives him to find the compelling story in any situation, no matter how big or small. Daren has worked on numerous productions over the years, including prime time Emmy-Award winning shows “Survivor” (CBS) and “Undercover Boss” (CBS) as well as the epic “World’s Toughest Race” (Amazon Prime) and many others. When not immersed in work, Daren enjoys spending time with his family and staying fit by working on his small farm in Southern Oregon and mountain biking when possible.
Hank Leukart is a filmmaker, TV producer, creative product manager, and adventure addict. He started his career as a product manager at Microsoft before expanding into film directing and television producing. He’s passionate about using technology to share compelling, immersive stories, and especially well-versed in launching film projects combining travel to unusual locales with socially-conscious issues like environmental conservation, human rights, and education. He’s worked on many iconic documentary television shows, including World’s Toughest Race (Amazon Prime); The Amazing Race, Big Brother, and The American Baking Competition (CBS); and Expedition Impossible (ABC). He recently directed his first feature documentary, “The Mars Academy,” about NASA scientists helping underserved kids explore Mars with a real spacecraft. He’s also won film festival awards for his short adventure movies, “Bears Ears” and “Rattlesnake to Westwater.”
Martin Olarte is an award-winning producer on a range of scripted and non-scripted productions. Throughout his career he has had the pleasure of producing content for Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, and The Tonight Show. His early career as an editor laid the groundwork to become a skilled and strategic producer, leading a team of uniquely talented cinematographers, editors, sound recordists and other craftspeople at Adrenaline Films in Orlando. His work has taken him all over the US and as far afield as Beijing, China, in search of the next great story.
Joan McCord is a two-time Emmy Award-winning director of Discovery Travel Channel’s daytime series, “Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown” and “Great Hotels”. Headquartered in Florida and working over twenty years for PineRidge Film & Television, she’s served as Production Coordinator, Series Producer, Executive Producer and Director of Production on hundreds of series and specials for Travel Channel, HGTV, Food Network, PBS, Lifetime, WeTV, Discovery International, and The Walt Disney Company. Specializing in travel and lifestyle programming, she has earned seven Emmy nominations and her credits include, “Passport to Latin America”, Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends”, “Girl Meets Hawaii”, “Getting Away Together” and “Destination Craft”. For PBS distribution, Joan was Production Manager for the series “At the Chef’s Table”, and “Animal Attractions TV”. Prior to her programming days, she served as Producer for Jerry Smith Studios, one of the top three companies in the U.S. specializing in marketing campaigns and TV promotions for networks and broadcast stations. She’s also held Production Coordinator positions for several CBS Movies of the Week and feature films. She got her start in cable television writing cue cards at Warner Amex QUBE, the world’s first interactive television network.