Featured Alumni & HAPA

Jason Bergh ’95: “I thought about giving up a hundred times but I’m so happy I didn’t.”

We had the pleasure of catching up with Hyde-Bath alumnus Jason Bergh ’95 this week. Jason’s courageous efforts have brought him to Los Angeles, CA where he launched his company UX Entertainment Group. Jason is currently working in Television and Documentary Production, he has produced films for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, Red Bull TV and much more. Thank you for sharing your story and advice with all of us Jason!

Please describe your career path:

“After college I was lucky enough to stumble upon a little magazine in NYC called “The Fridge” where I began my career as a filmmaker and writer.  The magazine would throw events all over the country merging together hip hop and action sports.  It was my job to document these events and the culture surrounding it.  Two of my favorite things on the planet at the time, I was in heaven.

After a few years of doing this I decided to pack my bags, a U-Haul, a newborn baby and my girlfriend (at the time) and drive to Los Angeles to further my career.  The first year was rough and filled with lots of ups and downs. I thought about giving up a hundred times but I’m so happy I didn’t.  When I landed out here about a year later I was introduced to an executive at Interscope Records. That pretty much changed the game for me and helped launch my company UX Entertainment Group.  We were hired to produce content for musical artists that ranged from bands just beginning to some of the biggest musical acts on the planet.  In heaven AGAIN!

I got lucky, that introduction to the executive changed my life.  After about 5 years of this type of work I transitioned into Television and Documentary production and found myself producing films for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, Red Bull TV and a slew of branded content. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t understand and appreciate that I really am truly lucky. I got to follow in my father’s footsteps in this business and did it by forging my own path, with my own voice.”

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

“They all have a special meaning to me but the one that stands out the most would have to be Courage.  Without that none of the above is possible.”

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?
“Mr. Romac, hands down and unequivocally my favorite teacher.  For some reason we just clicked. He knew how to get the best out of me and I never wanted to disappoint him.  He made me think, he helped me understand that I can achieve things in school and life.”

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

“Trust the process, it’s one that I questioned a lot when I was at Hyde.  As I’ve grown older I realize more and more that the core values that were instilled upon me there have had a significant positive effect on me as an adult. Without Hyde I don’t think I would be in the position I’m in today. I learned a lot at a very young age.”

Isaac Brower ’09: “Take advantage of all the opportunities Hyde has to offer. Volunteer and speak up; get out of your comfort zone.”

Isaac Brower '09

We caught up with Hyde-Bath alumnus Isaac Brower ’09 from Camden, ME. He offers advice and shares some great Hyde memories. Thank you for answering our questions Isaac!

Sports Played while at Hyde:
 Basketball, Track, Soccer, Football

Favorite Hyde Memory: 
There are so many, here’s a few….The best memory is probably making great friends and enjoying hanging out with my buddies.

There was also a funny memory when I was 9 years old on a Family Weekend in seminar with my older brothers who attended Hyde when Paul Hurd told me he’d kick me out of seminar unless I started providing feedback.

An athletic memory was when I was on the basketball team and we had advanced to the playoffs at the Augusta Civic Center. I had broken away on a fast break and went up for the slam dunk and I missed it. Kind of a humbling experience…

“Favorite” Hyde Teacher:
 ALL OF THEM.

Where are you living today? 
New York, New York

College attended:
 B.A. in Psychology from Bowdoin College

What have you been up to since leaving Hyde? Former owner of Duo’s Takeout in Rockland, ME.
 Former co-owner of CampusFoodTrucks, Inc. at Bowdoin College.
 Currently employed by a start-up company called Evergage based in Somerville, MA. (www.evergage.com)

How has Hyde impacted what you are doing today? The biggest impact Hyde had on me was developing my public speaking skills. Hyde’s unique as they continue to challenge you in public speaking situations. Public speaking was a part of everything from regular classes, performing arts, and Family Weekends. Being able to speak in uncomfortable situations has set me a part from my colleagues in the work place. This has led to my success and advancement in sales. I am extremely comfortable speaking in any situation.

Any advice for the undergraduates?
 Take advantage of all the opportunities Hyde has to offer. Volunteer and speak up; get out of your comfort zone.

Holly White HAPA ’12, “Truth over harmony… It never gets old, and it is always the best way through the muck.”

Holly White HAPA '12

We had the pleasure of catching up with HAPA Holly White, mother of Bryant Willing White (Woodstock 2012). Holly is the quintessential embodiment of what a Hyde School HAPA should be. Below Holly talks about everything from her career path to advice for fellow HAPA. Thank you, Holly, for your time and continued commitment!

Describe your career path.

I describe myself as a lucky explorer and expander of career opportunities. To be honest I am never certain I am doing exactly what I would be best at, and as such, have a keen eye out for a better way to leave my mark.  I was an average student and flew under the radar on all fronts.  I learned to be observant, nimble, and deliberate. But the icing on my career path was my competitive spirit.

Looking back now, the highlights are the glorious and generous mentors of my early years, and now my true partners and best of all, my precious mentees. I have been drawn to some, and others have sought me out… and together the combinations have made my journey rich in experience.

My first job out of college with the Muscular Dystrophy Association working with families impacted by neuromuscular disease, gave me my first taste of the impact of successful fundraising programs. I saw the money at work, serving families in need. Next stop was a fundraising agency, with great clients and also 80 hour weeks and oodles of creative energy and tactical elements that suited my personality. All great until I added “family” to my lexicon, and needed to get unconventional. For the next 18 years I worked from a home office (revolutionary at the time), and created a fundraising division under the roof of a great printing company serving dozens of nonprofits trying to get their message out. And for the last 13, as a key stakeholder at a project management firm serving the fundraising community. All whilst trying to balance family and other priorities.

Someone asked me recently “what are you proudest of in your career?” to which I answered without hesitation “I am proud of the way I crafted my employment arrangements in ways that suited my priorities …. Family and my own sense of fulfillment, growth and contribution”.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Truth over harmony… It never gets old, and it is always the best way through the muck.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?  

On me…

  • Pam Hardy – for her “tough love” and persistent search for the “heart of the matter”
  • Mark Duethorn – for his magnificence – in tribulation – in despair – and in the moments of truth and truce!
  • Kevin Folan – for circling back time after time to check on the White’s
  • Susie Racine – for her ever-present faith in Bryant

What advice might you give to a fellow HAPA?

To the Newly Inducted HAPA – treat yourself to seeing how far you have come by attending a regional meeting, or by signing up for SFW or FFW. You might be astonished when you see the next class of parents standing in your old shoes. You will be able to share your learnings, and in doing so, give them the resolve and support and tools along the way.

To the Reluctant HAPA – Take a sabbatical if you need one, but circle back because there is a genuineness in the experiences of all who studied at Hyde that helps keep the culture true to its commitment.

To the Veteran HAPA – Reconnect with someone you knew from your time at Hyde that you have lost touch with.  A parent, a faculty member, or a student. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to pick up where you left off.

Above all, be proud of YOUR diploma.

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Billy Procida ’07, “…it is important to [think freely] because that is how one establishes their own words and principles.”

We caught up with Hyde-Woodstock alumnus Billy Procida ‘07 from Brooklyn, NY. After having discovered his passion for the stage he is now pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian. He graciously, and very wittingly, answered a few questions for us:

Describe your career path.

While at New York University, I was peer-pressured onto a stage and accidentally fell in love with the attention, I mean, craft. For nine years, I’ve been performing stand-up comedy all around New York City and the country honing my craft and developing an act. I also stumbled into a career as a podcaster with my show The Manwhore Podcast: A Sex-Positive Quest for Love—recently named a top podcast by Esquire.com. I get to explore topics I’m passionate about like sexuality, gender equality, and comprehensive sex education every week while interviewing TV personalities, adult stars, and relationship experts. It all sounds super solid, but it’s really just me on Twitter in the back of a comedy club at midnight waiting to perform for 7 tired people on a Monday night. Just living the dream.

Which word or principle has stayed most with you?

Integrity, but I think that’s just because I’m really bad at lying.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Mark Duethorn encouraged his students to form their personal code of ethics. He reminded me to think and question. For years, I blindly obeyed the rules and did what I was told without thinking about why. Herr Duethorn in his Ethics class teaches Hyde seniors philosophy by having them question the establishment: Hyde, the government, societal norms. Mark taught me it is important to do that because that is how one establishes their own words and principles. He invites you into adulthood, and for many of us he was the first person to do so. And his invitations are crafted with outstanding calligraphy.

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

Follow the rules because your old high school has rules, too. Follow the process because you wouldn’t be at Hyde if your process was working. But break just a couple of rules, because how else will we learn unless we put our hands on the stove?

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Dexter Lockhart Jenks ’10, “Hyde shows itself most in my work ethic”

Dexter Jenks

We caught up with Hyde-Bath alumnus Dexter Lockhart Jenks ’10 from Gorham, Maine. After having discovered his unique potential for singing and songwriting at Hyde, he is now pursuing a career in the creative industries. We asked him our usual four questions:

Describe your career path.

I graduated from the College of Charleston in 2014 with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance. I have been part of a touring rock band called South Street since I attended college. We have toured venues along the east coast as well as the US Virgin Islands. I will be moving to NYC to pursue a career in modeling, using this as a means to an end, the end being music, as always.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Hyde shows itself most in my work ethic. Time and time again, I walk into a room as the least experienced and least talented person. However, my work ethic that I achieved at Hyde has allowed me to keep up with and even surpass those around me. I let people see me struggle until I let them see me succeed.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Casey Mercer will always hold a place in my heart. She was my Spanish teacher and Discovery Group Leader. She arrived at Hyde the same year I did, and I watched her face her own life obstacles with and open and eager heart, which inspired me to follow in a similar fashion.

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

High School is definitely not the pinnacle of your time on this earth. Don’t take yourself so seriously, and listen to those with more experience, A.K.A. your elders.

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Howie Kleinberg ’94, BBQ Master On Taking Risks

Howie Kleinberg '94

We caught up with alumnus Howard “Howie” Kleinberg ’94,  in North Miami, Florida. A Bath, Maine graduate, you can now find Howie serving up mouthwatering dishes that have been featured on popular reality TV shows. We asked him our four questions:

Describe your career path.

I opened my restaurant, Bulldog BBQ in 2008, and I’ve been a contestant on Top Chef and BBQ Pit Masters.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Leadership sticks out to me the most when I think about the words and principles of Hyde, especially in my line of business. I need to be a model for others and I embrace the “put up or shut up” motto. I want to get the best out of others, professionally speaking. There are times that I have to take a leap of faith and give the benefit of the doubt.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Gary Kent, Jeff Kent, and Don MacMillan were huge influences on me. They gave me the quintessential “bear hug and kick in the pants.”

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

Don’t be afraid to try new things, take risks or make mistakes. These challenges teach you that you can do anything.

You can also read an interview with Howie on the Huffington Post.

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Richard Truluck ’88: “Let Go Of Preconceived Notions Of Who You Are”

Richard Truluck '88
Richard Truluck ’88, always happiest on an adventure

We caught up with Richard K. Truluck, a member of the Hyde-alumni class of 1988. Originally from Colombia, South Carolina, Rich now resides in Bath, Maine with his wife and daughters on the Hyde-Bath campus.

Describe your career path.

I attended Lewis & Clark College, majoring in psychology. I currently reside in Bath, Maine as the Associate Head of School. I was involved in the Hyde Wilderness Program, which led me to becoming the Director of Admissions, Dean of Students, Executive Director of Enrollment, Assistant Head of School, and here I am now as Associate Head of School. I am also a science teacher, a football coach, and a women’s lacrosse coach here at Hyde.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Integrity, it represents being who you are, being yourself, and being authentic.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Gary Kent was my coach, teacher, and dorm parent. He got more out of me than anyone else. He wrote my college recommendation, and as a peer, he was a mentor who taught me how to work with students.

Paul Hurd was my teacher, and he was always determined to find the truth. As a peer, he had so much wisdom to share.

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

Let go of preconceived notions of who you are. Experience your best in many areas.

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Adam Hunter ’96: “I Get To Make People Laugh”

Adam Hunter '96
Adam Hunter ’96, has the best job in the world–making a living making people laugh

We caught up with comedian Adam Hunter, member of the Hyde-Bath class of 1996. He is originally from Long Island, New York but is often on tour across the country.

Describe your career path.

I attended SUNY Binghamton, Hofstra, and Hunter College. I preform stand-up comedy full time, and am often on tour across the country. I also coach middle school wrestling, which I love.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Honesty. In stand-up comedy you are extremely honest with your feelings. You have to be really honest or it’s just not as funny. The more honest you are the deeper and more connected you are with others. Being honest with myself makes me work harder and that helps me accomplish my best.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Jeff Kent was a coach and a mentor to me who pushed me as hard as he could. Bud Cox believed that I was an “Artist” when I didn’t believe in it myself.

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

I really thought about what was going to make me happy for the rest of my life; it’s not the money, the house, that kind of stuff. It is the character value. I learned that at Hyde. I learned toughness at Hyde. I learned to think forward to the best years of my life. I decided that there was no safety net, but instead went for broke and I have the best job in the world; I get to make people laugh.

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Peter Gels ’08, “Your World Is Bigger Than You Imagine”

Peter Gels '08 on board the Matthew
Peter Gels ’08 on board the LNG Carrier Matthew

We caught up with Peter Gels, a 2008 Hyde-Woodstock graduate. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Peter now calls the sea his home.

Describe your career path.

I graduated Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2011, and received my Bachelors of Science in Marine Engineering. I am currently the 3rd Assistant Engineer on board the LNG Carrier Matthew.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Destiny, that each of us has a Unique Potential. Even without actively thinking about them, all of the words and principles have played integral parts in discovering who I am and what my Unique Potential is.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Ian Matthew Harrington, through our long discussions while he was my wing parent, made me realize that life is what we make of it and we should embrace the good when it comes, and accept the bad will come, but it will pass.

Mark Duethorn taught me to question everything, for better or for worse. This lesson keeps me on my toes to this day and has allowed me to never walk blindly into any situation.

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

Your world is bigger than you imagine. After traveling to countless countries in the last six years after graduation, I’ve been able to see that there is so much more to life than I thought while attending Hyde. The different cultures and people I’ve encountered have given me humility in myself and my struggles. The sooner I resolve these struggles, the sooner I can have a free mind and embrace what our world has to offer.

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Caroline Pineau ’04: “Do What Is Authentic For You”

Name: Caroline (Giles) Pineau

Class Year: 2004

Campus graduated from: Bath

Hometown: Kennebunk, ME

Sports Played while at Hyde: Soccer (Captain Sr. Year), Basketball, Wrestling, Track (Captain Jr. & Sr. Year)

Favorite Hyde Memory: Chocolate chip pancakes and painting in the art loft.

“Favorite” Hyde Teacher: I don’t have a favorite faculty member but I do have fond memories of John Romac and Bill Barron.

Where are you living today? Haverhill, MA

Any degrees obtained and the name(s) of the colleges or universities attended:

  • College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina with a degree in Communication: Media Studies and Studio Art.
  • 200 hour yoga certified teacher.
  • Completed 20 hour prenatal yoga teacher training.
  • Currently working on her 500-RYT advanced yoga certification.

What have you been up to since leaving Hyde? We are excited to hear your story.

After graduating from Hyde and attending the College of Charleston, I was employed by the Denver Marathon, where I had previously interned in marketing and sales. I worked for two years as a marketing manager at XOS Digital, a sports technology company based north of Boston, where I met my now husband, Adam.

In May of 2010 I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga in Bali, Indonesia. When I returned I opened my own studio in Haverhill, MA called The Yoga Tree. http://www.theyogatreestudio.com.

How has Hyde impacted what you are doing today?

Hyde taught me to listen to my “gut” feeling, to have courage and to take risks.  Hyde taught me to face my fears and pursue my passions.

Any advice for the undergraduates?

Be authentic.  Do what is authentic for you. Find what you are good at and do that. That will be fulfilling.


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