Meet the RCF staff

 

Management Team

Matthew Conroy
General Manager

Contact: matt@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2015
Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor,
SOLO Wilderness First Responder, CPR/AED
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad
Favorite Crag: Cannon Mountain, NH
Special Talent: Understanding Chris Moyle
Other Interests: Kayaking, Woodworking
Best Thing About Climbing: Solitude

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Kevin Wright
Wall Manager, Routesetter

Contact: kevin@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2015
Hometown: Woodbridge, CT
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad
Favorite Crag: The Gunks
Other Interests: Climbing, beer, pizza (not necessarily in that order)
Words to Live By: "Sport climbing is neither"

Check out the Ask Kevin column on our blog where we ask our favorite RCF curmudgeon questions about the climbing life.

Keisha Cox
SUPERVISOR

Started at RCF: 2015
Certifications: Solo CPR
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Top Rope
Climbing Goals: Becoming more comfortable falling on the lead wall
Other Interests: I'm a trooper with the Govenors Horse Guard!
Favorite Superhero: My Mom!
Best Thing About Climbing: The people i've met since i've started climbing

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NATE MCKENZIE
SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER

Contact: nate@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2010
Certifications: AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor (Course Provider), SOLO Wilderness First Responder, CPR/AED, USA Climbing Level 1 Routesetter, Baldest RCF manager
Favorite Local Crag: Ragged Mtn (CT), the Gunks (NY) or anything with a good view.
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad, Ice & Alpine
Words to Live By: “We climb because of the risk [and difficulty], not in spite of it.” - Royal Robbins
Interests: Kayaking, adaptive climbing, podcasts, singing in the car/shower
Volunteer Service: Paradox Sports (adaptive rock/ice climbing) and Ragged Mountain Foundation (access, conservation)

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CHris Moyle
Programs Manager, Head Coach

Contact: chris@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2016
Hometown: Banbury, England (UK)
Nickname: UKC
Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor / CWI, SOLO Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED,
USA Climbing Certified Coach
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Tall stuff
Favorite Crag: "Blueys" Australia, Verdon Gorge, Culm Coast-North Devon UK
Foreign Language: American English
Words to Live By: BURPEES 

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Nora Maklad
Supervisor, Crux Coach

Contact: nora@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2015
Favorite Crag: The Gunks
Certifications: AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor, Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad is Rad!
Climbing Goals: Climb like Kevin.
Foreign Languages: Arabic, conversational French
Other Interests: Hiking, dodge-ball
Favorite Superhero: Batman (duh!)

Favorite Quote: "Anything less than the best is a felony."- Vanilla Ice
Best Thing About Climbing: Its as mental as it is physical

ALYSA VIDAL
SUPERVISOR

Contact: alysa@rockclimbfairfield.com

Started at RCF: 2012
Favorite Climbing Area: Gunks
Climbing Goals: Develop the endurance to climb long overhangs
Favorite Quote: "Teamwork makes the dream work!"
Other Interests: Raising my son Eden
Favorite Superhero: Catwoman
Best Thing About Climbing: The community and the self discovery

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MOUSTAFA MAKLAD
Supervisor, COACH

Started at RCF:  2015
Certifications: CWI & certified b@d@$$
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Top Rope
Favorite Superhero: Kevin
Volunteer Service: Paradox sports
Favorite quote: "It'll hold."
Favorite piece of Gear: Rope
Favorite Thing About Climbing:  It rocks.

 

Routesetters

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Josh Vidal
Assistant Wall Manager, Routesetter

Started at RCF: 2013
Setter Name: "JV", yoshi
Favorite Crag: Red River Gorge, KY
Favorite Climbing Discipline: sport and bouldering
Hobbies: eating and swimming

Wilhelmina Stuhlman
Routesetter, 
COAch

Started at RCF: 2013
Favorite Crag: Peterskill (NY)
Climbing Goal: Deep water solo in Thailand or Mallorca
Special Talents: Plays harmonica, speaks 4 languages
Favorite Thing About Climbing: The lifestyle
Favorite Piece of Climbing Gear: Miura VS
Claim to Fame: More than 20,600 followers on Instagram @rockclimbingprobs

Check out Mina's comedy and climbing lifestyle website.

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Owen Mcandrew
Routesetter

Started at RCF: 2014
Nickname: "O"
Favorite Crag: Red River Gorge, KY
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport > Trad > Bouldering
Climbing Goal: Climb El Capitan, Yosemite
Favorite Piece of Climbing Gear: GriGri 1

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Andrew P Wetjen
Routesetter

Started at RCF: 2017
Certifications: USAC Routesetter lvl 1
Favorite Crag: Half Way Log Dump
Favorite Quote: "This one speaks to me...it said eat me" - Kevin (to meatball sub)
Hobbies: Board games, drawing
Favorite Superhero: Black Shadow -because he sticks to walls

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Dave ESperanza
Routesetter, Coach

Started at RCF: 2011
Nickname: Esperanza or DS
Favorite Crag: The Red
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport
Other Interests: Dogs and travel

Instructors & Coaches

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Henry Boyd
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2013
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport Climbing
Favorite Crag: Rumney, NH
Other Interests: Musician
Special Talent: Can heel hook on anything, regardless of benefit.
Volunteer Service: Working a soup line

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Jose Echegaray
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2016
Nicknames: Josie
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Bouldering
Fluent Foreign Languages: Slang!
Favorite Superhero: No superheroes, only role models.
Hobbies: Photography and videography

Best Thing About Climbing: The opportunity to push yourself beyond what you once thought was impossible

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Nico Lacancellera
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2012
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid
Favorite Outdoor Crag: Rumney, NH
Favorite Quote: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The certain way to success is to always try one more time.” - Thomas Edison
Best Thing About Climbing: Community, friendship, camaraderie

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Eve Marks
Instructor,
Inventory Queen

Started at RCF: 2013
Certifications: SOLO Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED
Favorite Outdoor Crag: Sedona, AZ
Foreign Language: 50% fluent in Spanish
Favorite Piece of Climbing Gear: I like cams - especially the .3

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Andreas Refvik
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2016
Nickname: Dre
Position at RCF: Not sure, I just do what they tell me.
Favorite quote: "Det er min dag i dag"  (it is my day today)
Favorite Crag: Loa, Utah
Foreign Language: Norwegian
Hobbies: Soccer, fishing, board games

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Joshua Tilton
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2014
Nickname: “JT”
Favorite Piece of Gear: Petzl GriGri
Favorite Quote: “Give 100%. 110% is impossible. Only idiots recommend that.” - Ron Swanson
Hobbies: Video games, football, basketball

Zachary Visser
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2015
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Bouldering
Hobbies: working on cars/motorcycles
Best Thing About Climbing: The pump
Favorite Quote: "They don't think it be like it is, but it do" - Oscar Gamble
 

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Maddie Brasser
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2015
Favorite Superhero: The Flash - because he could climb faster.
Best Thing About Climbing: The climbing community is very supportive.

Philip Gangnath
Instructor

Nicknames: bubbles
Certifications: SOLO, Wilderness first responder, tactical boat handling, fire fighter 1, swift water rescue, marine patrol officer
Favorite Quote: "The outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man"
Hobbies: Rugby and wood working
Best Thing About Climbing: Freedom of being out in nature

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WEST LACANCELLERA
INSTRUCTOR, coach

Started at RCF: 2015
Position at RCF: Instructor and youth coach.
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Trad
Certifications: AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor (w/lead)

Ryan McManus
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2017
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Sport/multi pitch trad
Favorite crag: Lander WY (wild iris, sinks, the winds)
Favorite Quote: "you are the main character of the story of your life" 
Best Thing About Climbing: pushing my physical and metal limits

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Patrick L. Townsend
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2016
Nicknames: Patty Cakes
Favorite Crag: Lincoln Woods, RI
Special Talent: I'm a trained magician
Hobbies: Archery, Frisbee and baking
Favorite Super Hero: The Flash, who wouldn't want to run faster than light
Best Thing About Climbing: When you find the perfect knee bar
 

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Tara Velky
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2017
Nickname: Twinkle Toes
Special Talent: Rapping along to 90's music and Hamilton
Favorite Quote: "If you are just safe about the choices you make, you don't grow"- Heath Ledger
Hobbies: Netflix and eating
Best Thing About Climbing: Surprising myself when I gain new strengths

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Ana De sousa
INSTRUCTOR

Started at RCF: 2015
Position at RCF: Director of Parks
Favorite Crag: Queen Creek AZ, Ragged Mountain CT
Special Talent: Rolling my tongue into a 3 leaf clover
Foreign Languages: English, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish
Best Thing About Climbing: When you think you're going to fall but you don't.

Samory Harris
INSTRUCTOR

Started at RCF: 2010
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Boulder and Trad
Favorite Outdoor Crag: Gunks, Ragged, Pinnacle
Special Talent: Cartwheels
Favorite Piece of Climbing Gear: Mammut Smart
Hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding

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Molly Miles
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2016
Favorite Climbing Discipline: Boulder and top rope
Words to Live By: “As a climber you want to find something that looks absurd and figure out how to do it.” - Tommy Caldwell
Hobbies: Football, making friendship bracelets, hiking, music.
Best Thing About Climbing: Developing a great family of friends and coaches that help me grow.

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Kate Scimeca
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2014
Special Talent: Being little
Future Climbing Goal: Always get better
Other Interests: Hiking, going to the beach, friends

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Andrew Visser
Instructor

Started at RCF: 2016
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Special Talent: Impressions, vocals
Volunteer Service: Special Olympics
Interests: Hiking, weight lifting, making music
Best Thing About Climbing: The feeling of accomplishment

Moselle DiPane Instructor, coach

Started at RCF: 2017 Certifications: CPR/AED, EMT-B                       Favorite Crag: Lover's Leap, CA & Indian Creek, UT                          

Best thing about climbing: The amazing and eclectic climbing community....oh, and the views!        

Favorite piece of gear: My fist