Executive Board

Wayne Burleson

Wayne has been president of WMCC since 2018 and a board member since 2016. He has been climbing since 1975 and is passionate about sharing and preserving the magic of climbing outdoors. He learned how to climb in the Gunks, has lived in California and Colorado and has four kids in Switzerland, so brings a broad perspective. In the early 90’s, Wayne did the first ascents of unusual Western Massachusetts routes Rosetta Stone and Dark Star.

Wayne is an engineering professor at UMass since 1990 and knows the community well. “I love Western MA, the 5 Colleges, and our climbing community. A delightful mix of Boston and New York with a liberal New England sensibility.”

Tony Gardner
Vice President

Tony has served on the WMCC executive board for almost two full terms, part of as the role of Vice President. Tony is retired, and devotes much of his time to developing new routes and trails at Farley Ledges. Tony is in constant communication with local land owners and the Erving fire department to ensure that local officials are prepared for a rescue on Farley’s complicated terrain. He is also involved in the Southern New England Climber’s Coalition.

Michelle Lloyd-Dedischew

Michelle has a been a WMCC board member since 2016 and although she is originally from California, she calls the Western Mass climbing community her family.  She tends toward sport climbing, but her true love is multipitch trad.

Michelle spends much of her time playing imagination games, catching bugs, doing arts and crafts, and baking with her five year old daughter, Aylin. She is a licensed social worker, but is currently starting her own business that builds rock climbing curriculum for social emotional wellness.

Danielle Rao

Danielle has been a member of the WMCC for 14 years and a board member for the last four. She first started volunteering for the WMCC at the Winter Thaw, which is now known as the Rendezvous. When it came time to purchase the Farley parking lot, Danielle started the WMCC’s most popular fundraiser, the Silent Auction, now in its 13th year. This event alone has raised over $75,000 for the WMCC!

Danielle is an AMGA certified climbing wall instructor, a climbing instructor at Smith College, a property manager, and a small business owner. She prefers steep sport climbs, and loves to climb at the Red River Gorge. When she’s not climbing, she’s usually walking her dog, Duke, reading in a sunny spot, gardening or doing yoga.

Stephanie Giguere

Stephanie is an active WMCC member from Worcester, and Farley is her home crag. She has volunteered at a number of events in the last few years, including Reel Rock, Trail Days, and member tables. She also sends out the WMCC newsletter, helps to keep the website updated, posts for the WMCC social media and manages the membership list.

Kristin (Dolci) Dolcimascolo

Dolci has played a significant role in the acquisition and development of Hanging Mountain. She has established the largest number of moderate climbs at Hanging Mountain so far, coordinated over 250 hours of volunteer work, and secured an incredible $32,000 in grants for Hanging Mountain. Dolci is also part of the new DEI Committee.

Senior Advisory Committee

Peter Gill
Jon LaValley
Al Rubin
Ward Smith
Jeff Squire

Introducing the new WMCC Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

The WMCC DEI committee was created in an effort to address how outdoor spaces have been guarded for majority populations. While the recent killing of George Floyd spurred the creation of this committee, we recognize that many ISMs are alive and well in the outdoor community. Our goal is to address this concern and create more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming outdoor spaces for those in marginalized communities.

Committee members include Michelle Lloyd-Dedischew, Pam Matsuda, Sara McFadden, Dolci Mascolo, Kayla Crowe, Bill Fogel, and Amelia Tarren.