Meet the Staff


Jared pic
What you do: General Manager
Nickname: Scheduling Guy
Certifications: American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, Climbing Wall Association Instructor, Level 1 Rope Technician
At The River Rock since: before we opened
Climbing since: 1989 – first climbing trip to Maine. Changed my life.
Why you started: I grew up in Florida
Climbing inspiration: To climb again, soon. I hope.
Favorite climbing area: Vote is out on this one…
Dream climbing trip: Yvon Chouinard. Patagonia. Enough said.
Fun fact: Cynicism was a school of ancient Greek philosophy.
Height: 6′
Ape Index: + 3
Favorite move: Hanging on
Favorite hold: Underclings


Ryan pic
What I do: Youth Club Coach, Head Route Setter, Instructor
Nickname: Shazzy-D, Chi-Town Shaz
Certifications: CWA Climbing Wall Instructor
At the River Rock since: November 2013
Climbing since: Feb. 2010
Why you started: I was badgered relentlessly until I agreed just to get my friend to stop asking.
Climbing inspiration: Dai Koyamada
Favorite climbing area: Grayson Highlands State Park
Dream climbing trip: Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Fun fact: In my former life I was a very proficient tuba player.
Height: 5’8″
Ape Index: +3
Favorite move: Moon Kick
Favorite hold: Pinches


Gabi pic
What you do: Front Desk, General Staff
Nickname: Slacky, Gob
At The River Rock since: February 2014
Climbing since: January 2013
Why you started: Probably peer pressure…
Climbing inspirations: Sarah Reynolds
Favorite climbing area: the gym – not a huge fan of heights!
Fun fact: I like shark teeth and motorcycles


Lucy pic
What you do: Office & Event Manager, Office Gremlin, Route Setter
Nickname: Lucy-little-fingers
Certifications: USAC Level 1 Route Setter
At The River Rock since: before we opened
Climbing since: June 2012
Why you started: I liked the puzzle aspect of it
Climbing inspiration: Ashima Shiraishi, Megan Mascerenas
Favorite climbing area: New River Gorge
Dream climbing trip: Anywhere with friends
Fun fact: I like birds and chocolate
Height: 5’ 2.75”
Ape Index: -2.75”
Favorite move: hand-foot match
Favorite hold: cobbles


What you do: General Staff, Birthday Parties, Youth Climbing Club
Nickname: Riblits, lib-lodge
At The River Rock since: September 2014
Climbing since: February 2013
Why you started: Climbing is better than running
Climbing inspirations: Lynn Hill
Favorite climbing area: Rumbling Bald (near Asheville, NC)
Dream Climbing trip: Crete, Greece
Fun fact: I still buy CDs because cloud technology intimidates me


Dennis pic
What you do: Route Setter, Instructor, General Staff
At The River Rock since: Shortly after it opened
Climbing since: Fall 2013
Why you started: It looked like fun and because of all the amazing places that it takes you.
Climbing inspirations: Joe Kinder, Dave Graham, cats climbing trees.
Favorite climbing area: El Salto, Mexico or New River Gorge, WV.
Dream Climbing trip: Probably France or Spain
Fun fact: I like cats…
Height: 5′ 10″
Ape Index: -1.5″
Favorite move: taking a fatty whip!
Favorite hold: crimps


Kait pic
What you do: Front Desk, General Staff, and Birthdays!
Nickname: KP
At The River Rock since: November 2014
Climbing since: I realized I had fingers and toes
Why you started: To get up on top of stuff and see more
Climbing inspirations: Truc Allen, Julia Boas, & Sean Bryant
Favorite climbing area: New River Gorge
Dream climbing trip: Vegas! Days climbing at Red Rocks and then nights on the strip with white tigers and magic shows!
Fun fact: William Shakespeare invented more than 1,700 English words including “bedazzled,” “leapfrog,” and “swagger.”


Hope photo
What you do: Front Desk, General Staff
Nickname: Pope
At The River Rock since: March 2017
Climbing since: November 2015
Why you started: Looking for a new form of workout.
Climbing inspiration: Alex Puccio and Sierra Blair-Coyle
Favorite climbing area: the gym
Dream climbing trip: Red Rocks or anywhere out west
Fun fact: I used to compete in a gravity sport called dirt surfing.


Chad photo
What you do: Route Setter
Nickname: Rad Chad
At The River Rock since: 2016
Climbing since: the 1990’s
Why you started: I thought climbing appeared to be awesome. Then I found out it actually is awesome!
Climbing inspiration: Alpine Jesse
Favorite climbing area: Summersville Lake, WV
Dream climbing trip: Starting with Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia, hit up Asia and Europe, some first ascents in Africa. Bust up to North America for some Alaska, Canada, and El Cap before moving down to the Andes and Patagonia with a possible finish in the Antarctic. Or deep water soloing at Summersville Lake, WV.
Fun fact: My dog knows exactly how to slip his collar.
Height: 5’8″
Ape Index: -2″
Favorite move: Easy dynos that look huge.
Favorite hold: Manky credit card crimpers and tension toe scums.


Susan pic
What you do: Setter, birthday parties, general staff
Nickname: Blue, KB, Sawyer
Certifications: WEMT
At The River Rock since: November 2015
Climbing since: On and off again since 2003
Why you started: I went to college near the Red
Climbing inspiration: Ashima Shiraishi
Favorite climbing area: Rocktown
Dream climbing trip: Anywhere where I have to hike in a ways
Fun fact: I love reading interpretive signs…anywhere
Height: 5’ 4″
Ape Index: +1″
Favorite move: whatever gets me to the top
Favorite hold: Not ashamed to admit: big jugs