Staff

Credit Photo Courtesy of:
Dan Holz | Trout Creek, OR

Chris Winter

Executive Director

303.545.6772
[email protected]nd.org

Chris provides leadership and manages the operations of the Access Fund. He works closely with the board of directors, staff, and partners to fulfill on Access Fund's mission to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment.

Zachary Lesch-Huie

National Affiliate Director & Southeast Regional Director

828.545.7362
[email protected]

Zachary leads Access Fund programs in the Southeast and directs our Local Support & Mobilization program focused on supporting more than 120 affiliate local climbing organizations nationally. He is the primary contact for Southeastern access issues, and questions about starting and operating a local climbing group.

Jessica Dauchy

Operations Director

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Jessica is in charge of the health of the Access Fund as a nonprofit organization. She oversees the business and finance operations, as well as human resource management.

Gareth Martins

Marketing & Communications Director

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Gareth leads communications and marketing efforts to engage the American rock climbing community in all aspects of Access Fund's efforts. As a long time outdoor industry leader and enthusiast, he brings a strong conservation and advocacy ethic, combined with a strategic, hands on and collaborative approach to his work and the mission of Access Fund.

Erik Murdock

Policy Director

720.588.3512
[email protected]

Erik leads the Access Fund's policy and advocacy program. He is the contact for local climbing management plans and other land management plans on federal and state lands that affect climbing opportunities.

Joe Sambataro

National Access Dir & Northwest Regional Dir

425.218.8234
[email protected]

Joe heads up the national land acquisition and protection program from Seattle and also serves as Northwest Regional Director. He is the primary contact for access concerns on private lands, the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign revolving loan program, grants program, and regional support.

Ty Tyler

Stewardship Director

206.351.9239
[email protected]

Ty manages Access Fund stewardship events. He oversees the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team and the Adopt a Crag program. Ty is the primary contact for stewardship event organizers and Conservation Team hosts.

Scott Dissel

Development Director

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Scott leads our fundraising efforts, building relationships with friends and supporters of Access Fund's mission. A life-long conservationist, Scott's passion is connecting people with nature and watching them thrive.

Holly Smolenski

Senior Content Strategist

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Holly is chief storyteller for Access Fund and works to develop innovative content strategies that engage and inspire the climbing community to protect America's climbing areas. 

Jordan Fisher

Membership Director

303.416.8427
[email protected]

Jordan oversees Access Fund's membership program. Her focus is on generating and maintaining relationships between the Access Fund and millions of outdoor climbers.

Mike Morin

Northeast Regional Director

720.624.6051
[email protected]

Mike works with local climbing organizations, advocates, and land managers to protect and expand climbing opportunities in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. He also provides logistical support and training for the Conservation Team and oversees the Access Fund’s Fixed Anchor Fund.

Michael Fitzgerald

Corporate Partnerships Manager

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Michael manages our Corporate Partner and Member Gym programs. If you’d like to explore a partnership with Access Fund, please reach out to him.

Jenna Winkler

Program Associate

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Jenna provides support to increase the impact of Access Fund's programs through assisting the Conservation Teams, maintaining partnerships with local climbing organizations, on boarding joint membership LCOs, and overseeing the grant program.

Shaun Hannan

Data Systems and Tech Analyst

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Shaun helps create and manage a sustainable technology infrastructure that supports Access Fund's day-to-day operations and organizational growth.

Danielle Rocks

Finance Manager

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Danielle helps maintain the financial health of the organization. She develops strategies and tactics to achieve long-term financial goals, provides data analysis, produces financial reports, and advises senior directors on concepts to capitalize on fiscal opportunities.

Katie Goodwin

Policy Analyst & California Regional Director

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Katie is part of the Access Fund’s national policy and advocacy program and serves as California Regional Director. Katie works with public land managers to address access issues and develop and implement management plans as it relates to climbing. She also supports the stewardship program and local climbing communities by providing assessment tools to protect and conserve the climbing environment.

Heather Distad

Events & Outreach Manager

515.783.1025
[email protected]

Heather oversees Access Fund's major events and community outreach, developing and driving regional and national strategies to increase fundraising and Access Fund's footprint. She is also responsible for cultivating and managing a robust Community Ambassador program. If you would like to include the Access Fund in your next event, or give back through volunteering, please reach out to her.

Kristina Cowell

Member & Office Coordinator

303.225.3308
[email protected]

A rarely spotted Colorado Native, Kristina spends her free time exploring hiking and climbing throughout the southwest part of the country. At Access Fund, she runs the day-to-day administrative operations and provides excellent service for membership and donor support, as well as our online store. Kristina also keeps the office running smoothly. If you have a question about your membership, please reach out to Kristina!

Taimur Ahmad

California Policy Assistant and Diversity Fellow

303.545.6772
[email protected]

Taimur Ahmad is the Access Fund’s diversity, equity, and inclusion fellow, and also works on eastern Sierra and southern California policy issues. Taimur is from New York City and got his start in climbing bouldering on Rat Rock in New York’s Central Park.

Jake Groth & AnnaMarie Rodenhausen

Conservation Team

610.564.3999
[email protected]

AnnaMarie and Jake make up the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team West crew. They are expert trailbuilders that travel the country 10 months out of the year, helping local climbing communities create and execute on sustainable stewardship and conservation plans in their communities.

Loryn Posladek & Kyle Leihsing

Conservation Team

619.750.9313
[email protected]

Loryn and Kyle make up the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team National crew. They are expert trailbuilders that travel the country 10 months out of the year, helping local climbing communities create and execute on sustainable stewardship and conservation plans in their communities.

Mat Landis & Annie Friesen

Conservation Team

316.208.4140
[email protected]

Mat and Annie make up the Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team East crew. They are expert trailbuilders that travel the country 10 months out of the year, helping local climbing communities create and execute on sustainable stewardship and conservation plans in their communities.

Jason Keith

Sr. Policy Advisor

303.819.2969
[email protected]

Jason manages the Access Fund’s government affairs caseload related to recreational access and conservation advocacy work on public lands, including legislative and regulatory analysis, federal land agency management, and wildlife and cultural protection legislation.

Brian Tickle

Texas Regional Director

512.965.5193
[email protected]

Brian works with local climbing organizations, advocates, and land managers to protect and expand climbing opportunities in Texas.

Curt Shannon

Policy Analyst

480.382.1445
[email protected]

Curt works closely with the Access Fund Policy Director on various issues posing threats to climbing access across the country. He continues to represent climbers and the Access Fund in their ongoing effort to save the Oak Flat climbing and bouldering area in Arizona from destructive mining practices.

Chris Archer

General Counsel

Archer Law Offices, P.C.
303.449.0427 [email protected]

Chris and his firm, Archer Law Offices, P.C., provide general legal services to Access Fund. Chris served on the Board of Access Fund from 1994 to 2002, has been General Counsel of Access Fund since 2002, and donates over $20,000.00 per year of free legal services for the benefit of Access Fund, national and local climbing related causes, and other outdoor nonprofits.