Meet Your Community Ambassadors!

Our 2020-2021 Community Ambassador team is here! Community Ambassadors, located throughout the United States, are rock star volunteers who help Access Fund connect to local networks. Ambassadors play a significant role in raising awareness about our work, as well as fundraising through events, outreach, and social media. By serving in their own communities, Ambassadors collaborate with other local climbers, brands, and entities, connecting old and new climbers in protecting and conserving the areas we hold dear.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or are considering getting involved, please contact [email protected].

A note on COVID-19: The impact of the COVID-19 virus, both at-large and to our organization, is an extremely fluid situation. Regardless, Access Fund has taken the following actions to ensure our Ambassadors remain safe and healthy.

  • All Community Ambassador trainings and meetings will be conducted virtually.
  • All Community Ambassadors will be asked to not attend or plan in-person events.
  • All Community Ambassadors will activate in the virtual space until further notice.

Click below to quickly refer to your regional Ambassadors:

Northwest Region


Name: Jamie Sookprasong
[email protected]
Location: Seattle, Washington. Coast Salish, Duwamish, and Suquamish territories.
Jamie fell in love with rock climbing in 2015, when he first laid eyes (and fingers!) on the sculpted sandstone of Castle Rock State Park in California’s Santa Cruz mountains. Lately, he spends much of his time seeking out boulders and long, adventurous trad routes. He’s always stoked to teach new climbers the skills and ethics needed to have a great time out on real rock, owing much of what he knows to his own mentors. Jamie is excited to further connect and educate the Washington community and hopes their collective efforts will ensure climbers of all backgrounds and skill levels can enjoy the stunning Pacific Northwest for generations to come.

Name: Matthew Tangeman
Email: [email protected]
Location: Leavenworth, Washington. Yakama and np̓əšqʷáw̓səxʷ (Wenatchi) territories.
Matthew grew up in central Washington and cut his teeth as a middle schooler running around Icicle Canyon—with no crash pad, just aqua socks for climbing shoes and a habit of stumbling out of the mountains way later than he told his parents. Though he’s since upgraded to real climbing gear, not much else has changed. His free time when not climbing is dedicated to photography, telling stories, backcountry skiing, running, and trying to make the climbing community a better place. Nothing will ever convince him Index is not the best crag in the world.

Name: Rob Basanta
Email: [email protected]
Location: Everett, Washington. Coast Salish, Snohomish, and Tulalip territories.
Rob has been interested in climbing and other outdoor sports from a young age, mostly because of involvement with the Boy Scouts. While living in Arizona, Rob became interested in canyoneering. Then he moved to Washington and kicked climbing into high gear. He mostly enjoys big-alpine endeavors. Rob is excited to share the passion and work of Access Fund with other Washington climbers, so that we can continue to recreate responsibly in the places we love.


Name: Lesley Marshall
Email: [email protected]
Location: Portland, Oregon. Cowlitz and Clackamas territories.

Lesley has been an outdoor education teacher for eight years in Oregon. She takes groups of students to our amazing natural spaces and has noticed the growth in the sport in the past few years. She is excited to help people find the solace and strength that she has found with climbing, while still caring for the spaces we enjoy.

Mountain West Region


Name: Alexander Guzman
Email: [email protected]
Location: Merced, California. Yokuts territory.

Alex has been climbing for over six years in every free moment. He seeks long days out in the Sierras without a soul in sight. He is focusing his career on learning how to bridge stakeholders, from all sides, together on environmental issues. In the realization of this goal, he hopes to spend time working with the Access Fund to gain more experience in the nonprofit world and to better connect to the community at large.

Name: Phoebe Rogers
Email: [email protected]
Location: Tahoe City, California. Washoe territory.
Phoebe has always had an ardor for preserving the integrity of natural spaces, having grown up splashing on the shores of Lake Tahoe and romping around the abundant public lands of the Tahoe Basin. She comes alive playing in the High Sierra, connecting deeply with the people and places there, and building a rich and lasting community along the way. Passionately curious about the intersection of people, activism, and the environment, her zest for conservation and stewardship blossomed in her recent roles working with advocacy nonprofits serving California public lands and waters. She is thrilled to be joining Access Fund to fine-tune and further develop her activism tool kit and continue working to give back to the mountains what they have given us: endurance, resilience, and tenacity.

Name: Shanea Dornan
Email: [email protected]
Location: Los Angeles, California. Chumash and Tongva territories.
Shae has been climbing for more than 12 years and has always felt passionately about the environment. An avid outdoorswoman, Shae became an archaeologist and works professionally within the field of environmental consulting. She spends most of her free time outdoors and volunteering with different climbing groups to introduce people to the world of climbing. She is excited to share her passion for the environment with those around her through being a part of the Access Fund team!

Name: Bridget Lillis
Email: [email protected]

Location: Oakland, California. Ohlone and Chochenyo territories.
At an early age, Bridget fostered a deep connection for the outdoors and for adventure through her early-childhood camping, rafting, canoeing, and backpacking trips with her family. Her love of the outdoors has led her to work as an environmental consultant in the Bay Area. Bridget is always looking for new ways to connect with nature, which is what originally drew her to climbing four years ago. She started teaching yoga at a local climbing gym and fell in love with the mental and physical challenge of the sport. Bridget is excited to join the Community Ambassador team to unite her personal and professional passions of environmentalism and conservation with one of her favorite activities: climbing! She looks forward to gaining experience in the nonprofit sector and to getting more involved in the climbing community by spreading Access Fund’s mission to protect the places we love.


Name: Kenna Kuhn
Email: [email protected]
Location: On the road! Colorado, Wyoming, California.
Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) territories.
Kenna’s love for outdoor advocacy emerged from her early-on experiences backpacking, and she has increasingly been involved with conservation in the climbing community over the past few years. When she’s not exploring outside, you can find her working with Atlas Guides, playing with her puppy Appa, and eating pesto pasta.

Name: Luke Patience
Email: [email protected]
Denver, Colorado. Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) territories.
Luke began climbing seriously about five years ago, and after moving to Colorado, he began a life with an insatiable pursuit of gravity, focusing on all climbing disciplines, backcountry skiing, and mountain biking. He left the offices of NASA in Houston, Texas, to pursue a career in the outdoor industry. He now manages Wilderness Exchange Unlimited in Denver and uses that platform to support the community through stoke and education. He is also pursuing the ambitious goal of becoming an IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide. “Access Fund is one of the most important efforts in the outdoor industry, especially as climbers, if we’re going to actually be about supporting visibility and equity for marginalized communities,” he says.

Name: Andrew Reed
Email: [email protected]
Location: Cascade, Colorado. Cheyenne and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) territories.
Climbing has dramatically shaped Andrew’s life. He now does his best to effect positive change in the lives of others through climbing, conservation, and community building.

Name: Grey Satterfield
Email: [email protected]
Location: Denver, Colorado. Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) territories.
Grey has been climbing for more than a decade and is always excited to share the wonderful world of climbing. He’s down for a short day of bouldering, an all-day cirque traverse, and anything in between, almost always with a camera in tow. He’s stoked to become more involved with climbing advocacy and with urging his partners to pack out their trash.

Name: Chelsea Stencel
Email: [email protected]

Location: Boulder, Colorado. Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) territories.
As much as Chelsea loves spending her free time crying her way up moderates in Eldorado, she believes that protecting and preserving climbing areas is so much more important. She is a staunch believer that, at the current rate of growth, there is no way climbing will continue to exist in the same way without conservation. Chelsea knows Access Fund has a key role in preserving the future of climbing and is stoked to not only continue to pursue her passion for conservation and stewardship through her role as an ambassador, but to expand Access Fund’s reach, while emphasizing intersectionality and inclusivity.

Name: A.J. Yingling
Email: [email protected]
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado. Arapaho, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) territories.
A.J. fell in love with rock climbing seven years ago, after moving to Colorado. He was already an avid hiker and cyclist, but climbing introduced him to new environments and communities of passionate adventurers. After guiding youth hiking trips in Rocky Mountain National Park for four years, he realized the impact of increased outdoor recreation. He now seeks to connect people with the tools, resources, and education to recreate responsibly.


Name: Madison Brandt
Email: [email protected]
Location: Moab, Utah. Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) territory.

Madison has been climbing for eight years, four of which have been spent traveling around the southwest and western regions. While she cut her teeth in trad on the sharp, sticky granite of Vedavuwoo, WY and Joshua Tree, CA, her heart remains at home in the high desert of Southern Utah. Climbing for Madison is about self growth, a supportive community and ridiculous fun - something she believes everyone has the right to experience. As an Ambassador, Madison is excited to advocate for the conservation efforts of the Access Fund and share ethical climbing practices that help protect the delicate natural landscapes we can so easily love to death.

Name: Mary Lane Poe
Email: [email protected]
Location: St. George, Utah. Southern Paiute and Pueblos territories.

Originally from Nashville, TN, Mary Lane learned how to climb six years ago on the granite spires surrounding Bozeman, MT. Over the last 5 years she has furthered her career as a biologist, working to protect the flora and fauna of the Mojave desert, while expanding her climbing repertoire in Joshua Tree, Red Rock, and Indian Creek. Mary Lane is stoked to bring her professional passion for protecting public lands to her personal life by collaborating with the Access Fund.

Name: Greg Barltrop
Email: [email protected]

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah. Eastern Shoshone and Goshute territories.
Greg has been rock and ice climbing all over the world for the past 12 years. Hailing from Toronto, he has worked with international organizations dedicated to preserving our natural spaces and promoting Leave No Trace ethics throughout outdoors communities. Greg is ecstatic to be living in Utah, where he hopes to get other climbers involved and informed about the efforts Access Fund makes on their behalf to better our climbing world!

South/Southwest Region


Name: Lily Urmann
Email: [email protected]

Location: Tempe, Arizona. Akimel O’odham (Upper Pima) and Hohokam territories.
Lily is an enthusiastic outdoor advocate, and climbing has been a natural extension of this for more than six years. She started her journey at indoor gyms throughout the Bay Area, and she eagerly took to the world of abundant outdoor climbing once she moved to Arizona in 2018. Lily is stoked to expand environmental awareness and action in her community, especially with climbers who are transitioning to outdoor spaces. She works at the intersection of biomimicry and education, and will bring her passion for deepening our connection with nature to the crag, the gym, and everywhere in between.


Name: Leia Barnett
Email: [email protected]
Location: Sante Fe, New Mexico. Jicarilla Apache and Pueblos territories.
Leia has enjoyed three separate love affairs with climbing, with a decade between each. The most recent fling stuck, and she now finds herself deeply committed to the sport and the critical practice of patient learning and the dogged determination that comes with it. These are also qualities crucial to the field of environmental advocacy, in which she works. Leia believes deeply in multispecies and environmental justice, and is delighted to expend her energy on behalf of the mission of Access Fund within her beloved home state of New Mexico.


Name: Heather Supinie
Email: [email protected]
Location: Norman, Oklahoma.
Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Osage, and Wichita territories.
Heather has been climbing for four-plus years and wishes she found the sport sooner. She mainly climbs in the gym, but has had the opportunity to climb outdoors in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma and the Happies in Bishop, California. She’s ecstatic about joining the Community Ambassador program. Protecting the outdoors and the environment are her biggest passions.


Name: Emily Whitby
Email: [email protected]
Location: San Antonio, Texas. Tonkawa territory.

Emily began climbing six years ago in her home state of Virginia. Traveling across the country, wherever the Army takes her, Emily loves introducing gym climbers to the wonderful world of rocks and is excited to continue this on a larger scale. She is eager to foster a culture of conservation, especially as Texas crags continue to grow. Emily is looking forward to working with Access Fund and giving back to the beautiful places that have given her so much!

Name: Sean Vallefuoco
Email: [email protected]
Location: Austin, Texas. Tonkawa and Nʉmʉnʉʉ (Comanche) territories.
Sean is a true Austin native and learned to climb on the pocket-y limestone of central Texas. Growing up in the Austin climbing community taught him that cliffs don't have to be huge for the psych to be huge. He's excited to be a part of Access Fund, to explore ways to expand climbing access for those who might not normally be exposed to it and help get people passionate about taking care of their local crags!

North/Central Midwest Region


Name: Jeff Jaramillo
Email: [email protected]
Location: Peoria, Illinois.
Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Peoria, Sauk and Meskwaki, Miami, and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) territories.
Jeff was raised on hard work and sarcasm in the mountains and scrublands of northwestern New Mexico. He is a lifelong wanderer, and he owes a huge part of his appreciation for the outdoors to that early time spent bumming around public lands. Now living in the Midwest, Jeff sees a need for a better understanding of our shared resources and aims to do his part to educate and ignite others on ethics and activism via his love of climbing and the outdoors.


Names: Laura Olinger and Jess Malloy (aka, Yoga for Climbers)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Location: Louisville, Kentucky. ᎠᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East), Shawnee, S’atsoyaha (Yuchi), and Adena territories.

Jess and Laura started Yoga for Climbers with the mission of educating climbers about safe movement. Through their passion for teaching, they realized how important it was not to just coach safe movement, but also stewardship to outdoor climbers. As their mission has evolved they see being community ambassadors as an opportunity to educate and care for the places they love to climb in, including their home crags at the Red River Gorge.


Name: Laura Slavsky
Email: [email protected]
Location: Marquette, Michigan.
Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) territories.
A driven environmental steward, Laura was introduced to climbing six years ago in the gym and feels lucky to have quickly transitioned to climbing outdoors, thanks to her amazing mentors. Climbing for Laura involves more than just time on the rock, and she has volunteered in various capacities with several climbing organizations since she began climbing. She believes mentorship spills over into all aspects of Access Fund’s mission and is excited to continue welcoming others to the climbing community to work together in promoting sustainable climbing.


Name: Jess Arnold
Email: [email protected]
Location: Minneapolis, MN.
Wahpekute, Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) territories.
Jess grew up in the Midwest and spent her summers traveling west with her family to explore national parks. She began climbing five years ago and now enjoys multipitch adventures with good folks in beautiful places. Whether through guiding at local crags, teaching trad clinics, or sharing campfire conversations after a long day outdoors, she demonstrates that education and community have always been as important to her as the rock itself. Jess looks forward to further engaging local climbers to be better stewards of the land, while fostering more inclusive environments for all.


Name: Samantha North
Email: [email protected]
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio.
Osage, Shawnee, Miami, Adena, and Hopewell territories.
An avid outdoors lover, Sam started climbing roughly four years ago and was quickly drawn to volunteering with the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition. Not long after, she began learning the process of rebolting and fixed-gear maintenance in the Red River Gorge. Sam is super-stoked on being an ambassador and teaching anyone and everyone about sustainable climbing and the ethics of the community she loves so much. When she’s not climbing, you can find her teaching, snowboarding or mountain biking, and enjoying the public and private lands Access Fund protects.


Name: Elizabeth Taylor
Email: [email protected]
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Peoria, Bodéwadmiakiwen (Potawatomi), Menominee, Miami, and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) territories.
Liz was introduced to climbing six years ago and was lucky enough to have mentors who shared positive climbing ethics and practices with her. In every area she’s visited, she’s noticed that not all climbers had this opportunity and often do not realize the impact they are having. Liz is looking forward to continuing to get others amped about supporting Access Fund and sharing resources to advocate for and protect our public lands.

Name: Adam Ronchetti
Email: [email protected]
Location: Madison, Wisconsin. Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Peoria, Sauk and Meskwaki, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), Miami, and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) territories.
Adam has been climbing for about 10 years. He started in the gym but was hooked on the outdoors the first time he climbed at Devil’s Lake. He’s excited to be a part of the Community Ambassador program, because he believes education and community engagement are the best ways to ensure the outdoor climbing areas we all love will continue to be available for everyone to enjoy.

Southeast Region


Name: Nicole Golden
Email: [email protected]
Location: Melbourne, Florida.
Seminole and Ais territories.
Nicole has been traveling to Yosemite for the past six years to pursue big-wall trad/aid climbing, and she’s been climbing in the Southeast since 2011. Her goals as an ambassador are to help Florida climbers connect, not only with each other but also to local climbing organizations in the areas they travel to. She believes teaching environmental awareness is just as essential in the transition from gym to crag as learning how to clean an anchor.


Name: Alma Baste
Email: [email protected]
Location: Atlanta, Georgia. Mvskoke (Muscogee / Creek) territory.
Alma has been climbing for nearly eight years, primarily in the woods of the Southeast, while also exploring climbing across the United States. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in environmental policy in Atlanta, with the intention of finding lasting ways to protect and improve the environment for generations to come. She is excited to work with Access Fund to learn how to engage with various communities to inspire change and educate on issues that matter.

Name: Alex Teodorescu
Email: [email protected]
Location: Atlanta, Georgia. Mvskoke (Muscogee / Creek) territory.
Alex’s passion for climbing and the outdoors started 14 years ago, during an intro to climbing class in college. He believes in the importance of protecting our crags so that everyone has the opportunity to experience adventure and connect with nature. Alex is excited to work with Access Fund to grow the mindset of stewardship, equity, and inclusion in the community and conserve the places we cherish for future generations.


Name: Jesus Barreto
Email: [email protected]
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina. Catawba territory.
Jesus is an environmental advocacy organizer through the North Carolina Conservation Network. When he is not working on safeguarding clean air and water in North Carolina, he's climbing, watching soccer, or playing with his cats. Jesus is excited to join the Access Fund team. He hopes to work on diversifying our climbing areas through JEDI principles and conserving our natural spaces.

Northeast Region


Name: Dan Jazwinski
Email: [email protected]

Location: Shirley, Massachusetts. Pawtucket, Nipmuck, and Wabanaki Confederacy territories.
Dan was introduced to gym climbing six years ago and has progressed to sport and trad climbing outdoors. During his outdoor adventures he noticed the impact that the sport was having on the environment around him and felt the need to get involved with helping improve and protect the areas we climb in. Since then, he has become involved with several local climbing organizations and is excited to make an even bigger impact by working with the Access Fund as an Ambassador.

Name: Samantha Raia
Email: [email protected]
Location: Randolph, Massachusetts. Massa-adchu-es-et (Massachusett) and Pauquunaukit (Wampanoag) territories.
Sam started gym climbing three years ago and quickly fell in love with climbing outdoors, after quitting her full-time job to climb in Spain. She now works as a coach, guide, and assistant manager at Rock Spot Climbing Boston-Dedham. After climbing throughout the United States, Sam has witnessed the effects of increasing crowds at popular climbing areas and has become passionate about educating climbers about reducing their impact and practicing proper outdoor etiquette. As a community ambassador, she is excited to continue this work and perpetuate the idea that it is everyone’s responsibility to maintain the areas where we climb so that they remain accessible to all.


Name: David Cook
Email: [email protected]
Location: Rumney, New Hampshire. Wabanaki Confederacy and Abenaki / Abénaquis territories.

Dave gained interest in climbing as programs director of a summer camp in Connecticut about 10 years ago. He has since traveled and climbed all over the world and now owns and operates the Barn Door Hostel in Rumney, New Hampshire. This adventurous career path has guided him towards creating communities and friendships in everything he does. Dave thinks climbing should be for all ages and all abilities. He is ecstatic to continue to foster a community through his role as Community Ambassador for the Access Fund.

Name: Sarah Kremer
Email: [email protected]
Location: Newmarket, New Hampshire. Pennacook, Wabanaki Confederacy, and Abenaki / Abénaquis territories.
Sarah was introduced to rock climbing at a young age by her alpine-inclined uncles. With no local access to rocks, she spent days projecting and rappelling from oak trees and sought out every opportunity to get on real rock. Sarah picked her college (UNH) for its Outdoor Education program and proximity to great climbing. She has been a New Hampshire local ever since. Sarah spends her weekends climbing and paddling around the Northeast and shares her love of climbing as a coach and route-setter at MetroRock Climbing Centers. Sarah is passionate about educating and empowering young climbers and helping people connect with their local public lands.


Name: RJ Lau
Email: [email protected]
Location: New York, New York. Lenape territory.

RJ discovered his passion for the outdoors while living in New Zealand and after exploring more than 100 countries. Upon moving back to the United States in 2018, he started to climb again, and he joined the Appalachian Mountain Club after discovering his passion for conservation. Now he spends his time connecting as many people as he can to spaces he loves the most. When he is not out scrambling in the Gunks, you can find him working as the co-chair of AMC’s NY/NJ Climbing Committee or on the Interchapter Climbing Committee in the Northeast. RJ is looking forward to raising awareness about conservation and preservation among the greater climbing community, while sharing some great stories along the way.


Name: Ken Hull
Email: [email protected]
Location: Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Susquehannock territory.
Ken started climbing late in life but instantly fell in love with it. He always had a deep connection with his environment and community, so after only a few years frequenting local crags, he felt the need to give back to rocks instead of just taking. From 2015 to 2019, he worked very closely with Access Fund and a local team to turn an abandoned quarry into a community recreation park. Although that project was not successful, Ken learned a lot about conservation, access issues, stewardship, and ethics in the process. Now, as an Access Fund Community Ambassador, Ken hopes to employ all those tools and resources, along with his stewardship and people skills, to make his local crags even better, now and into the future.

Name: Ali Greenholt
Email: [email protected]
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Osage territory.
Ali grew up in eastern Pennsylvania but found her home in Pittsburgh seven years ago. Ali has been climbing for just over two years but has always been an avid lover of all things outdoors. Her time spent hiking, camping, backpacking, biking, caving, and climbing alongside friends and family has fundamentally shaped her understanding of how important it is to collectively care for our environment and each other. As someone who has recently made the transition from gym to crag herself, she is excited to learn more about environmental conservation, access, and stewardship from Access Fund and share what she learns with her community. When she’s not climbing or thinking about climbing, she both works at and attends the University of Pittsburgh, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and urban planning.


Name: Curran McMahon
Email: [email protected]
Location: Providence, Rhode Island.
Narragansett and Pauquunaukit (Wampanoag) territories.
Curran has been climbing for 12 years, six as a gym rat and six more seriously as an outdoor climber. Since getting his master’s in international relations in 2018, he has been working as the gym manager of the first bouldering lounge in Rhode Island, loving the opportunity to help build a new community of climbers, while also having the freedom to dedicate more time to the outdoors and the local climbing areas he loves. Curran is now keen on the chance to work as a Community Ambassador with Access Fund to build greater awareness in the community about what the organization does and how we can all be better stewards of the lands where we recreate.


  • Represent Access Fund at local events through tabling, membership drives, and high fives.
  • Collaborate with affiliated local climbing organizations and other local entities to organize 2-3 fun and engaging fundraising events in your area.
  • Seek out outreach and fundraising opportunities.
  • Make strong connections with local climbing organizations and other area partners.
  • Take part in Ambassador-specific initiatives and trainings with Access Fund staff.
  • Excitedly share Access Fund’s social media content.
  • Serve as a community resource and connection to Access Fund.


Please contact Heather Distad, Events and Outreach Manager, at [email protected].