Stephanie is an active WMCC member from Worcester, and Farley is her home crag. She enjoys sport climbing and exploring crags in Western MA. Stephanie was elected by the board as the President of the WMCC in June of 2021. She is also the Membership Coordinator and does social media and marketing for the WMCC.
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.
Sara started climbing at the various crags of Western Massachusetts 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 chairs the JDEI committee.
Danielle has been a member of the WMCC for 15 years and a board member for the last five. 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 $85,000 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 reading in a sunny spot, gardening, or doing yoga.
Pamela moved to western Mass in 2016 and immediately joined 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. She started climbing at Hanging Mountain in 2018 and has spent many hours hanging from a rope cleaning walls, working with other members and helping to organize volunteers to build belay platforms, trails, and stairs, preparing it for the greater community to enjoy. She is a professional sculptor who lives and works in Easthampton, MA.
Wayne served as president of WMCC from 2018- June of 2021. 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.”
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.
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: Sara McFadden
Rotating Chair: Eliana Wallack
Peter Gill, Jon LaValley, Al Rubin, Ward Smith, Jeff Squire (founding president)