Who We Are

Meet the Co-Founders

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Julie Gardner

Julie is a native to the Pacific Northwest, where she had left briefly to the Mile High city to receive her Masters in Public Health. Her primary focus is to work on youth enrichment programs from teaching rock climbing, yoga, hiking trips, and even within the formal classroom from time-to-time. Her mantra: If we get youth to touch their world then hopefully they’ll take care of their world. If you can’t reach her then she is probably somewhere in the US with her adventure partner trying to find mint-chocolate chip ice-cream and stumbling upon a spontaneous adventure.

Marc Bourguignon

Marc spent over seven years in Seattle, where he fell in love with the outdoors and rock climbing. After traveling around the world with climbing as his vehicle he gained a deeper appreciation for the Pacific Northwest and its unique culture and nature. Now his life revolves around the climbing culture and how to bring even more positivity into the community. When Marc isn’t pulling on the bulletproof granite of the PNW he can be found strumming his guitar or shooting photos of buddies sending the gnar.

Meet the Board of Directors

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Melise Edwards

Melise is a Research Associate at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, WA and has been climbing for 8 years. She graduated from ASU in North Carolina with a degree in biology and french and loves all things science-related. Her favorite climbing areas are Leavenworth, Boone, Bishop and Squamish.

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Ryan Casella

After being involved professionally in the outdoor safety industry for over 15 years. Ryan moved to the PNW in 2011 to focused his energy on bringing equality and access to the outdoor community. From building all access ropes courses and zip lines to developing blind sailing programs. Ryan is focused on spending the next stretch of his career on the climbing community. Rather easy to spot at the crag or in the gym. Everyone calls him Scruffy and he is nearly always sporting a smile, mustache, and a yellow hat. If you ever need a belay or safety advice just ask, he truly believes climbing is for everyone.

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Johnny Deng

Johnny is a PNW local who had never learned to appreciate the unique setting of the USA upper left’s outdoors until he started climbing at SBP in early 2014. Once bitten by the climbing bug, Johnny has now grown to accept the pain of the long Leavenworth crag approaches with a smile. Johnny is an Electrical Engineer whose goal in life is to develop the expertise and tools to build anything on a whim. When he’s not working on a perpetual van buildout, you’ll find Johnny making puns in the gym or building electronics projects on Twitch.tv.

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Cait Engels

Cait is a visual artist and educator currently living in the Tacoma, Washington area. While attending art school in Baltimore, she was introduced to the beauty of the climbing world. She has since approached climbing in a very meditative way, using it as a tool to keep herself grounded and connected to the world around her. She is passionate about getting her middle and high school students out in nature, whether it’s hiking, backpacking, or (her personal favorite) climbing!

Meet the Movement Event Leaders

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Ryan Steele

Ryan is an outdoor enthusiast who developed his love for snow and rock right here in the cascades. He believes in the balance climbing and skiing bring to all aspects of his life, and is stoked to share this passion! Ryan is currently a research technician at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, and loves exploring science and learning about anything related to the human body. When not outdoors you can find him pouring over maps planning his next adventure while simultaneously stuffing his face with a baked treat.

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Ryan Casella

After being involved professionally in the outdoor safety industry for over 15 years. Ryan moved to the PNW in 2011 to focused his energy on bringing equality and access to the outdoor community. From building all access ropes courses and zip lines to developing blind sailing programs. Ryan is focused on spending the next stretch of his career on the climbing community. Rather easy to spot at the crag or in the gym. Everyone calls him Scruffy and he is nearly always sporting a smile, mustache, and a yellow hat. If you ever need a belay or safety advice just ask, he truly believes climbing is for everyone.

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Dyan Padagas

Dyan has worked as a geologist, geographer, and more. She’s passionate about traveling the world to climb and experience different cultures. Her favorite so far is Greece. When she’s not climbing, you can find her powerlifting or painting.