Club Officers


Nikola Protic

Nikola is a dual citizen of the urban jungles of New York City, and Belgrade, Serbia. He is currently a sophomore planning to major in Applied and Engineering Physics, with a minor in Poetry. Even though he is a gym rat, he enjoys venturing into the real jungles of the world for activities such as rock climbing, camping, hiking, sleeping in hammocks, slacklining, stargazing, and lying in grass. He loves to talk about his car, Morty, which has trouble making it up hills sometimes. It is well known that one can judge his current level of crazy by the length and unruliness of his curly hair.

Hyn Seok (Honeysuckle) Yoon

Vice President

Zijin Li

Hey everybody, my name is Zijin and you can always call me Lizzie, but not lazy!! I am a sophomore majoring in Applied Economics and Management. Instead of a business-oriented person, I am a truly adventurous traveler and love various outdoor activities. Last summer I hiked to the highest volcano in Guatemala country and jumped in the Lake Atlantic - the most beautiful lake in Latin America. I enjoy the excitement that outdoor adventures can bring me. Through COC I am involved in all kinds of unexplored sports and feel so appreciated by the beauty around us. Hope you can also be part of us, appreciating the nature and challenging yourself as we do.


Kat Zimmerman

Kat grew up in a farm town in New Jersey. Her awesome ski bum adrenaline junkie parents drove 6 hours to Vermont every weekend so by the age of 2 she was on skis and starting to shred. At 8 she learned how to board and has been a snowsport addict ever since. When the snow melts, you can find her getting her adrenaline fill paddling through frigid snow-melt induced rapids or in the middle of the woods mountain biking. Kat also has a deep love for hammocks and the great outdoors, and a general disdain for shoes. Through COC, she learned how to telemark ski and whitewater paddle and is always looking for new friends to teach! In her spare time, Kat studies Computer Science and Neuroscience and plans to graduate in December of 2017.


Lou Vinarcsik

Lou grew up in a little mountain town in Colorado, skiing, kayaking, mountain biking and rock climbing. She and her chocolate lab Moxie are chillin in Ithaca and are always happy to go play if anyone asks! Lou is trying to learn to ice climb on the beautiful frozen waters of upstate New York and will graduate with a degree in Neuroscience sometime but she doesn't really know when that may be. Lou is a good source of info on local music and local vegetables, and would love to chat on her porch with a cup of coffee with anyone and everyone who may pass by. As the Secretary and previous President, Lou does a lot of behind the scenes work for COC and is always in need of help with odds and ends.

Education Chair

Matt Stillerman

Beginning with family camping and hiking trips as a child, Matt has enthusiastically enjoyed a wide range of outdoor activities.  As an undergrad he grabbed every opportunity to get out of Los Angeles for backpacking, hiking, scuba diving and skiing (and some geology).  He was very active in the Syracuse University Outing Club during graduate school, and remains a proud lifetime member.  For the last 15 years he has called the Cornell Outing Club home.  He continues to hike and snowshoe, and has recently returned to cycling and bicycle touring.  As the club’s Education Chairman, he arranges informative programs for our meetings.  When not working, at this, he can be found doing computer science on the West side of Cayuga Lake.

Gear manager

Bhuvanesh Sundar

Hi, I am Bhuvanesh, and I’m doing a Ph.D in physics. I have been involved with the Outing Club since 2011. I have always been interested in the outdoors, but did not participate in many outdoor adventures before I came to the US. I began backpacking more seriously after getting involved with the club, and learnt rock-climbing from the then rock-climbing chairs. I have also learnt other skills like bird-watching, mountain biking and mountaineering either directly through the club or inspired by club members. As the club’s gear manager, I will improve organization of gear and distribution of gear to our members. I am also extremely interested in learning as many sports as possible and teaching the same to as many people as possible.