Executive Director, Sara Schwartz
Sara has always wanted to be a rock star and now she can be! Since childhood, she found herself on rock walls at gyms and summer camps, but didn’t know how to really get involved in climbing. It wasn’t until January 2011, that she attended her first CRUX event at Brooklyn Boulders, and it wasn’t long until she was hooked. She was soon a regular at CRUX events and quickly became a regular host. In 2012 she took on the role of Indoor Climbing Director, organizing and training hosts for indoor events around the city. Sara climbs outside whenever possible at the Gunks, West Point, Rumney and Peterskill. Sara joined the CRUX Board in 2012 and became Executive Director in 2013.
Email: Sara at ClimbCRUX dot org
Eric Benzel (President)
Eric began climbing when he stumbled upon CRUX in February 2012 and hasn’t looked down since. A budding traddie, Eric can be found on the weekends making his way up routes at the Gunks. When not climbing outside, he can be found biking around Brooklyn. Eric joined the board in in June 2013, was elected Board President in August 2013, and is looking forward to helping make CRUX even more awesome!
Email: Eric at ClimbCRUX dot org
Selena Ley (Secretary)
To be continued…
Email: Selena at ClimbCRUX dot org
Linda Keller (Treasurer)
Linda has worked many jobs: farm hand, mobile petting zoo manager, and forklift driver to name a few. Currently a lawyer by day, climber by quitting time, Linda is proud to serve CRUX as Treasurer. Drawn to constantly challenging herself, Linda trepidatiously entered BKB for her first CRUX Friday newbie night in February 2012 and since then she’s been working the routes. Drawn to life as a top-roper, Linda’s been stretching her courage and developing some sport leading chutzpah. Linda joined the CRUX board in 2013.
Email: Linda at ClimbCRUX dot org
Elizabeth Boylan (Director of Indoor Climbing, At Large Board Member)
Liz discovered rock-climbing in 2008 after learning how to rappel for a canyoneering trip to Utah and Arizona. She attended a few early CRUX events, and joined as a full member in 2012. Liz has a deep love of plants, and is currently pursuing further education in Ecology and Forestry sciences. Liz became CRUX’s director of Indoor Climbing in August of 2013, and shortly thereafter was joined the CRUX Board. She is excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community that taught her to climb, and is passionate about ensuring that CRUX is an inclusive and diverse community. By day she works in higher education administration, and by night she climbs with CRUX, eats tacos, and reads homesteading blogs.
Email: Liz at ClimbCRUX dot org
Fiona Neale-May (Membership Director, At Large Board Member)
Fiona, best known as Fo, first discovered rock-climbing way back in 1999 while on a caving trip in Kentucky hill country; then promptly forgot about the existence of the sport for over a decade. In early 2013, Fo found herself back on a rock wall during a mediator training and quickly became obsessed. A few months later Fo joined CRUX, and found herself immersed in a community of awesome climbers. Learning the ropes the second time around – don’t let anyone fool you, climbing is nothing like riding a bicycle – is proving to be an awesome challenge. A dabbler by nature, Fo spends her chalk-free hours working in international higher ed, inventory systems, community building, and mediation. Fo also has a small obsession with gymnastic rings, and secretly believes if she plays on them often enough she will be good enough to join a circus.
Email: Fo at ClimbCRUX dot org
Mike Pittman (IT Director, At Large Board Member)
Mike, who most often responds to “Pittman,” has been climbing with CRUX since late 2011. He was introduced to climbing by a friend and CRUX member, and started climbing regularly with CRUX shortly thereafter. Mike joined the CRUX Hosts in the Spring of 2012 looking to share a little bit of what he’d learned with new climbers and to give back to the community. By the summer of 2012, he had taken on the role of Director of IT & Web, and started the process of getting all event information hosted on ClimbCRUX.org rather than meetup.com. In June of 2013, Mike was selected to join the CRUX Board as an At Large Member and as enforcer of Robert’s Rules of Order, enjoys interrupting Board Meetings by shouting “Point of Order Mister President!!” any time he feels the meetings are getting dull. Outside of CRUX, Mike is a championship kickballer, unaccomplished bowler, pretend photographer, and world-renowned teller of bad jokes.
Email: Pittman at ClimbCRUX dot org
CRUX Team Members
Climbing Education Committee
Looking for volunteers…
Indoor Climbing Committee
Sissy Van Dyke
Outdoor Climbing Committee
Special Events Committee
CRUX Advisory Board
Danielle Jablonski (Co-founder)
Danielle was introduced to rock climbing in 2005 and in 2006 spearheaded a two and a half month cross-country rock climbing road trip, securing sponsorship from Urban Climber Magazine, prAna, Trango and a host of other industry companies. She returned from the road to take a position as a manager at The Rock Club where she directed marketing and promotions, group programming and fundraising events, taught group and private climbing classes, and helped run climbing competitions and manage staff. A boulderer at heart, she has climbed around the U.S., New Zealand and Australia (where she is from).
When not busy with CRUX, Danielle is a full-time student at Yale studying environmental policy. In her previous lives she co-founded a start-up new media company and studied cello, performing in such locations as the Sydney Opera House and on tour in Estonia, Finland and Russia.
She is passionate about building community and is always excited to help climbers of every level. She’s also passionate about flying helicopters.
Mike started climbing in 2007 on a whim. Bored with running on treadmills, he found his way to a climbing community at the The Cliffs, in Valhalla, NY. Mike was instantly hooked on bouldering – the freedom of not using a rope, the mental complexity of the problems, and the good natured social aspects of bouldering hit all the right spots. Mike has since gotten into sport lead climbing and trad following as well as top roping. Like much of CRUX, Mike is currently obsessed with the amazingly scenic and challenging routes at the Gunks and Rumney, NH, where CRUX often climbs.
Mike also has a burgeoning interest in teaching and coaching beginner climbers. He has helped coach the CRUX climbing team. “I want beginners to feel as welcome as I did the first time I started climbing. It can be intimidating at first, don’t be afraid to ask questions, the veteran members of CRUX are always available to give some pointers.”
When not climbing, Mike is an attorney and has been using his skills to benefit CRUX for several years.
Emily joined CRUX at the beginning of 2010, only a few months after discovering rock climbing for the first time. Thankfully CRUX provided the perfect forum to foster her obsession. Since then, she has tested her limits climbing at the Gunks, NY, Rumney, NH, the New River Gorge, WV, the Adirondack’s, NY, Red Rocks, NV. and Yosemite, CA. Emily’s goal is to give back to the LGBT climbing community – the family she’s gained over the past 3 years. Off the wall, Emily works as a project manager in set design for broadcast television.