Executive Board

 

 
Andy NeumanAndy is wearing blue t-shirt and long pants- he is on two crimps and is climbing.

President

Andy has lived in Western Mass for 10+ years and climbed extensively throughout our local crags as well as many other areas across the US and abroad.

Andy believes strongly in the obligation to give back to our community in order to ensure a safe and secure climbing environment.  He has been actively involved in Anchor/Bolt Replacement, Route Development, Trail Work, and Landowner Relationships. Andy also spearheaded the Farley Parking Lot project, spending many hours onsite organizing volunteers, removing trees, and coordinating many moving parts to this project.

Dolci MascoloDolci Mascolo

Co-Vice President

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 to date, coordinated over 500 hours of volunteer work, and secured over $70,000 in grants for Hanging Mountain. Dolci is the liaison between the Board and the Hanging Mountain Stewardship Committee and a member of the JDEI Committee.

Dolci@climbgneiss.org


Sara McFaddenSara McFadden

Co-Vice President

Sara started climbing at the various crags of Western Mass in 2013 and has been a member of the WMCC for most of that time. During the last few years she’s been van living, traveling, and climbing at many amazing places across the country. Western Mass and the wonderful climbing community here has always felt like home in her heart and seems to constantly pull her back. Sara is on the JDEI committee.


Danielle RaoDanielle Rao

Treasurer

Danielle has been a member of the WMCC for 17 years and is the current board treasurer. She first started volunteering for the WMCC at annual events like the Winter Thaw and 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 16th year. This event alone has raised over $120,000 for the WMCC!

Danielle is a property manager and a small business owner. She and her husband Jon LaValley (founding member of the WMCC) love to climb locally and road trip around the country climbing and biking. When she’s not climbing, she’s usually reading in a sunny spot, gardening, or doing yoga.


Pamela Matsuda-DunnPamela Matsuda-Dunn

Secretary

Pamela moved to western Mass in 2016, immediately joining the WMCC and the local gym, where she was introduced to this area’s wealth of climbing areas by a welcoming community. She serves on WMCC’s JDEI committee, learning about the challenges facing others in the climbing community, bringing their voices into the conversation, and learning ways we can make our climbing spaces more welcoming to all, including BIPOC, non-binary, and adaptive climbers. Pamela also represented the WMCC during negotiations with FirstLight Power to ensure access to climbing for all for the foreseeable future at Rose Ledge and the part of Farley Ledges that is on FirstLight land, as well as reigniting talks to buy property for an additional parking lot at Farley. She has also been active in helping to develop Hanging Mountain in Sandisfield.

pamela@climbgneiss.org


Rob SullivanWhite male in blue T-short taking a selfie with a woman and young girl in the background. They are smiling and standing in front of a rock.

Rob began climbing in 1990 during his junior year at UConn, cutting his teeth on that state’s terrifying trap-rock, and later, on the magical stone of the Shawangunks. Rob moved to Southern California – just northeast of Joshua Tree – and spent four years climbing all over the American Southwest.

Rob joined the WMCC soon after moving to Western Mass in 2001. Here, he worked closely with the founding members of the WMCC to re-open Farley and bring a certain bolt-chopper to justice. Rob serves on the Joint Stewardship Committee, which manages Hanging Mountain.

Rob lives in Florence, MA with his wife Andrea, daughter Chloe and three dogs: Truman, Harper Lee, and Mollie. He teaches high school English in Enfield, CT.

rob@climbgneiss.org


Jenifer Dickinson

Jenifer recently moved to Massachusetts and is very excited to be a part of the WMCC. She has been ice
climbing since 2013 and rock climbing since 2017. She became an AMC member in 2014 which lead to
her becoming a mountaineering volunteer leader in 2018 and she has been co-leading ice climbing
events in NH ever since. In 2021 she became the Chair of the Mountaineering Committee of the NH
Chapter, a position she still currently holds. She as a background in Outdoor education, Environmental
education and Conservation biology and currently works as the stewardship Coordinator for the
Berkshire Natural Resource Council. She hopes to use all these skills and work to help in building a
stronger, more supportive climbing community.

Selfie of Jenifer in the forest with a few inches of snow on the ground, wearing a winter jacket, hat, and scarf.

Nick Friedman

Nick Friedman is a Western Massachusetts native who grew up climbing Reservoir Rocks in Great Barrington. Twenty years later, Nick’s love of climbing has brought him all over the world. Nick’s outdoor enthusiasm extends beyond climbing to skiing, surfing, hiking, and mountain biking.

Nick is the founder of several companies and has 15 years of executive leadership in the private sector. Currently, Nick is Chief Strategy Officer to Theory Wellness Inc, one of the largest cannabis companies in the country, which he co-founded in 2017.

Nick recently joined the board of WMCC in 2023 and has been instrumental in helping secure permanent access to the climbing at Farley ledge. Nick is passionate on issues of conservation, access, and land management for outdoor recreation.

nick@climbgneiss.org

Selfie of Nick Friedman climbing on sandstone, wearing a helmet.

Justin Raphaelson

Justin Raphaelson is a writer, lawyer, climber, ultrarunner, mountaineer, and conservationist. He also has a passion for taking cross country road trips to explore the great outdoors. Sensing the urgency to inform others of the beauty within our own country, and most importantly, maintaining that beauty for future generations; he started documenting his journeys, eventually publishing a memoir in 2020, Take to the Unscathed Road.

When he’s not at his day job as an attorney, Justin can be found at the local crag or in the mountains. He is a New England boy at heart and is obsessed with the White Mountains and Adirondacks. It has become paramount for Justin to find a way to use his writing and familiarity with the law to raise awareness not only for recreation in the outdoors but for its preservation. He documents his adventures on his blog; jccrosscountry.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

A property and criminal defense attorney based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Justin is a graduate of New England Law-Boston and has a B.A. in History from Clark University. He is also an executive board member of the Greater Worcester Land Trust.

Justin deeply enjoys conservation projects and has worked with a number of climbing organizations over the years such as SNECC, CRAG-VT, and WMCC on access projects.

justin@climbgneiss.org

Portrait of Justin Raphaelson, wearing a purple t-shirt and running vest, smiling in on a cliff in front of the ocean.

Eliana Wallack
Eliana wears glasses, sweatshirt and blue helmet, and is smiling broadly in front of a beautiful background of rolling mountains.

Eliana grew up outside of Boston and first began climbing at Boston Rock Gym and Hammond Pond as a teenager.  They returned to Massachusetts in 2014 and quickly found community in climbing.  Eliana is an AMGA climbing wall instructor and the co-president of the CRG Adaptive Climbing program.  Eliana has served on the WMCC JDEI committee since 2021.  Outside of climbing, Eliana works as a Salesforce administrator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service.  They live in Watertown with their partner Ben, dog Otto, and turtle Newman.

Eliana@climbgneiss.org


Aubrey Menard

Aubrey is a Western Mass native who recently returned to the Pioneer Valley after more than a decade away from home. Returning has meant getting to dive fully into climbing and enjoying the amazing access to nature that our beautiful area has to offer. She brings to the board her years of experience fundraising for and raising the profile of progressive causes. Outside of climbing, she works internationally on transparency and countering corruption in oil, gas, and mining. She also enjoys biking, skiing, roller skating, and hiking with her partner and their pack of dogs.

aubrey@climbgneiss.org


Stephanie Giguere – Operating Executive

Stephanie served on the board of the WMCC from 2020- 2023. Now she is the first Operating Executive of the WMCC! As the OE, Stephanie manages grants, tracks memberships, publishes social media posts and emails, and coordinates events and trail stewardship. When she’s not protecting access to our crags, she loves sport climbing and spending time with her family.

stephanie@climbgneiss.org


Are you interested in becoming a board member?

The WMCC holds elections every fall. If you are interested in becoming a board member, make sure that you are a current WMCC member. You can nominate yourself or someone you know to run for an open seat.

Board members are responsible for attending a monthly board meeting, regularly checking and responding to emails, serving on committees, and participating in fundraising.


WMCC Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The WMCC JDEI 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.

You can reach the JDEI committee at JDEI@climbgneiss.org

JDEI Committee members:

Chair: Eliana Wallack

Sam Copland, Dolci Mascolo, Pamela Matsuda-Dunn, Sara McFadden, Aubrey Menard, Josh Seamon-Ingalls, Jordan Revis,


Hanging Mountain Stewardship Committee

Chair: Ryan Stefiuk

Matt Conroy, Nate McKenzie, Al Rubin, Ryan Stefiuk, Rob Sullivan


Access and Stewardship Committee

Chair: Rama Davis

Russell Allen, Alec Baker, Wayne Burleson, Lydia Gruner, Dan Jazwinski, Jon LaValley, Sara McFadden, Andy Neuman, Justin Raphaelson, Josh Seamon-Ingalls, Rob Sullivan, Ward Smith


Senior Advisors:

Peter Gill, Jon LaValley, Al Rubin, Ward Smith, Jeff Squire (founding president)