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Staff

  • Team Edgeworks Head Coach, Route Setter, Climbing School Instructor, Front Desk

    Josh started climbing in 2013, after getting dragged in by a friend. He quickly fell in love with bouldering and now spends his weekends exploring pristine Washington granite boulders; he especially likes climbing along the Skykomish River. He makes it a point to get out once each week even if just to hike to a potential climbing area he found on Google Earth. He’s always excited to talk climbing beta and climbing movies (ask him if he’s seen them all yet). His best days are spent in the sun with good friend, and better beer, climbing awesome things in awesome places.

  • Berndt Bittlingmaier

    Guide Instructor
    Climbing School Instructor, Guide

    Emergency Medical TechnicianAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationBerndt grew up in Alaska and lived in Guam for 7 years before settling in Washington for college. He began rock climbing in 1999 at Mt Erie and loves going back for the views and variety of routes.

    A career Firefighter/EMT, Berndt has a passion for learning and instructing. He has instructed at local community and technical colleges since 2005, as well as for local Mountain Rescue groups. He is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and completed the Alpine Skills Course. As an Instructor with Edgeworks, he hopes to increase the size of the Tacoma climbing community, while having fun and mitigating risks in the outdoors.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

  • Tod Bloxham

    Office Guide Instructor
    Owner, General Manager, Climbing School Director, Head Guide

    Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationInternational Federation of Mountain Guides AssociationTod Bloxham was born and raised in Washington State, spending his adolescence exploring the mountains of the North Cascades. By the age of 18 Tod had logged well over 500 miles of North Cascades trails and backcountry and had hiked 2,700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, becoming the youngest solo through-hiker to travel the entire PCT from Canada to Mexico. As a climber, Tod has been climbing and skiing the backcountry since 1991, logging hundreds of ascents of rock, ice and ski routes in North America and abroad.

    Life in the outdoors and work must coexist for Tod; professionally, Tod has been guiding since 1999, and as the owner of Edgeworks Climbing, Tod is either helping his beautiful wife show the wonders of the outdoors to their two girls, sharpening his skills on the alpine and trad climbs he pursues, or helping people discover that the outdoors and climbing can be a lifelong pursuit that is inspiring and invigorating.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    IFMGA / AMGA Licensed Mountain Guide
    AMGA Alpine Guide
    AMGA Ski Guide
    AMGA Rock Guide
    AMGA Rock Instructor
    Wilderness First Responder
    AIARE L1/L2 Avalanche Course Leader
    AIARE L3 Avalanche Forecaster

  • Annie Bricker

    instructor
    Youth Instructor

    Annie started climbing in 2015 when she joined the climbing team at Tufts University. She quickly fell in love the sport and competed bouldering for 3 years all around New England. She also captained the Tufts Climbing Team during her college years but has since graduated and moved to Tacoma.

    Now, she is looking forward to the beautiful summers of the PNW. She loves kayaking in the Sound, playing ultimate frisbee, and hanging out with any dog during her free time. She is super excited about her upcoming trip to Southeast Asia so if you’d like to talk travel (or anything) come say "hi". She can’t wait to get to know the Edgeworks community.

  • Kathleen Brooks

    Fitness
    Yoga Instructor

    Kathleen was born in Oakland, California and moved to a small town in Oregon when she was 11 years old. After having had enough of small town life, she moved to Portland, Oregon where she studied dance at Portland State University. After college Kathleen continued northward and moved to Seattle in 1990, during the height of the grunge movement. Needless to say, it was an incredibly exciting time to live in Seattle!

    Kathleen spends a lot of time doing yoga, but she also enjoys hiking, skiing, and she’s recently gotten into rock climbing! She loves being outdoors because she always feels renewed after spending time in nature. Kathleen is a certified 200 YTT Yoga Instructor. She’s also trained in nonviolent communication. Her passion in teaching yoga is based around breaking down challenging poses to make them accessible to all students through thoughtful sequencing and precise cues. She hopes to see you in one of her classes!

  • Sarah Chandler

    Fitness
    Yoga Instructor

    "It's not about being good at something, it's about being good to yourself"

    Self awareness is one of the best things that we can do for ourselves and yoga is a great way to care for our whole body from the inside out. A yoga practice can lead us to a whole new way of discovery by way of learning to listen to our bodies and what they need, tapping into the inner strength and focus to achieve self controls. Sarah’s goal is to help you learn to connect and listen to your body and what it needs; through proper alignment, mental focus, breath work and meditation.

    Sarah has been personally practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching yoga for 17 of those years. In that time she has received over 800 hours of yoga certification combined, with specific training in Bikram, Vinyasa, Anusara and Iyengar styles.

    Sarah Offers Private Yoga Instruction!

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  • Erica Chang

    Fitness
    Yoga Instructor

    Erica has practiced yoga since 2010 and recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Pamela Higley at Samdhana Karana Yoga. She has also completed the Yoga Behind Bars training and volunteers at Remann Hall, teaching yoga and meditation to youth.

    With yoga, she has found a melding of the best things in her life: spirit, athleticism, sweat, breath, laughter, community, and rhythm. Her goal as an instructor is to offer a space to explore, allowing others to become curious about what they are capable of as they leave a little stronger, a little softer and a lot more balanced.

    Erica Offers Private Yoga Instruction!

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  • Mary Chen-Johnson

    Fitness
    Yoga Instructor

    Mary's devotion to yoga rests in part on the giving nature of it. That is, the more yoga is practiced, the more gifts it bestows. Her focus is on yoga as a map to wellness: the physical practice of building strength, flexibility, and balance may also translate into a metaphor for everyday life. This is also her focus in teaching. She enjoys creativity in yoga sequences--sometimes incorporating dance elements that provide similar benefits--and a relaxed class atmosphere in which laughter is encouraged.

    Practicing yoga since 2002 and undergoing teacher training through Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2006, Mary has been guided by teachers including Joseph Le Page, Lilian Le Page, Ellen Shaffer, and Joyce Anue and continues to attend additional training when she can. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    Yoga Teacher Training - Integrative Yoga Therapy, E-Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours, Unnata Aerial Yoga, Pranayama, Mudras, Pranic Healing, Therapeutic Applications of Yoga Asanas

    Mary Offers Private Yoga Instruction!

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  • Front Desk Supervisor, Route Setter, Climbing School Instructor, Personal Trainer

    USAC Route SetterMatt Coleman has been climbing since 2010. Climbing has taught him to be humble and has taken him to cool places around the northwest and meet amazing people in the community. His favorite climbing areas are Squamish and Smith Rock and he is quickly getting to know other climbing hotspots of the west coast. Matt gives back to the community of climbers through trail maintenance and access projects as well as promoting climbing to people with disabilities. In his own words "all people should have an opportunity to experience the freedom of being outside".

    When not climbing, Matt is very active; he is committed to biking (both for commuting and fun), camping, and testing microbrews. Don't be surprised if you see Matt whizzing by on his bike, he's probably going climbing.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    USAC Level 1 Route Setter

    Matt Offers Personal Training!

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  • Haley Comfort

    Instructor Setter Front Desk
    Front Desk, Youth Instructor, Route Setter

    Haley began climbing in 2007 when she enrolled in a youth program at Edgeworks. She quickly fell in love with the sport, and the gym became her “second home”. Recently, she finished up her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health at UW in Seattle. There, she helped lead the UW Climbing Team as they competed with other colleges around the Pacific Northwest. Now, she has returned to the Tacoma area for the summer to teach camp for her 5th consecutive year!

    Having just finished college, Haley hasn’t had much free time, but she does enjoy hanging out with her friends or cat, eating her mom’s baked goods, and watching too much reality television when she’s not climbing. This summer she hopes to find more time to climb outside, improve her slacklining skills, and train. If you see her in the gym, come say hi as she always enjoys climbing with new friends!

  • Lisa Ferazza

    Office Instructor
    Youth Programs Manager, Team Manager/Coach

    Lisa has been climbing at Edgeworks since January 2005 and joined the gym in June 2009. Whether working or playing, she loves being a part of the Edgeworks community. In addition to front desk duties, she's a Junior Program instructor teaching new young climbers the art of crushing.

    When she's not monkeying around in the gym, her favorite activity is climbing outdoors (of course). She likes everything, from steep and juggy to vertical and balancey. She's been all over the Pacific Northwest, down South, and Thailand! Her next goal is Rocklands in South Africa.

  • Front Desk Supervisor, Youth Instructor, Climbing School Instructor, Events

    Maria spent most of her childhood summers camping, swimming, and cycling with her family. Her first climbs were at a summer camp adventure course and a now-closed sporting goods store in central Ohio, where she grew up. It wasn’t until 2015, though, that she truly discovered the sport of climbing.

    Now, as a party coordinator at Edgeworks, Maria hopes to help guests young and old realize, as she has, how fun, challenging, and rewarding climbing can be.

  • Samitha Hendrickson

    Fitness
    Yoga Instructor

    I fell in love with climbing during my college years up in Bellingham, WA. I have been climbing off and on ever since that 1st day climbing outside over the water with friends. The best parts of climbing are not only the workout and fitness, but also getting to know others and building friendships. I enjoy sharing this hobby with friends and family and bringing a new experience to them.

    When I am not climbing in the gym you can find me teaching yoga, painting, hiking, working with kids, and traveling. I love to be outside whether it is a walk to the water, running on trails, or rock climbing with friends. If you see me in the gym feel free to come on over and chat or climb with me. I love meeting new people at the gym! I hope to see you on the rock wall!

  • Michelle Johnson

    Instructor Events
    Youth Instructor, Events

    Michelle began climbing in December 2013 when she was dragged to the gym by a friend and then couldn't stop. It quickly became a passion as she fell in love with the mental aspect it brought to exercise. Although not an expert by any means, she does love learning from others who most certainly have climbed more than her.

    Outside of the gym, Michelle is finishing up a degree in biology at PLU. In the past, she has worked at many summer camps, finds joy in sharing her passion with others, and is stoked to combine that with climbing. Spending copious amounts of time in the lab, climbing is a wonderful get away and if you see her around there's no doubt she's in a good mood.

  • Jayden Johnston

    Guide Instructor Front Desk
    Front Desk, Team Edgeworks Coach, Climbing School Instructor, Guide

    Wilderness First AidAmerican Mountain Guide Association

    Jayden grew up on the beaches of Southern California but found her passion for the mountains in the Pacific Northwest. She started climbing at Edgeworks in 2014, and continued climbing with Western Washington University's competitive climbing team. As for her outdoor adventures, she commutes via bike unless she's climbing or camping in Squamish, Index, or hiking an alpine approach in the Enchantments. She loves to get to know people of all ages and listen to all their life stories. Her passion for teaching extends into learning as well, so stop by and say hello! Learn something new or share something with her!

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

  • Heidi Krotzer

    Fitness
    Yoga Instructor

    Heidi received a 500 hour certifications at Pacific Yoga Teacher Training and is well-versed in alignment-based vinyasa, pranayama, philosophy, anatomy and Sanskrit. She never stops learning and continues her education with her mentors as often as humanly possible.

    Heidi's classes focus on understanding the "why" of yoga. She believes that "effort for effort's sake" isn't necessary to find comfort and ease in a posture, once we know how to get there. Learning functional movement, while maintaining the integrity of the asana is the key to growth on the yoga mat. Learning to adapt and change the patterning in the body is the key to healing from past or current injuries to the mind, body and spirit. It is pretty common to find laughter and student engagement in her classes--how else do we learn?

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    E-RYT500, YACEP

    Heidi Offers Private Yoga Instruction!

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  • Operations Manager

    Abbie was raised in the Puget Sound, where she was instilled with a love of the outdoors. She spent her days backpacking, snowshoeing, kayaking - you name it. She first came into contact with climbing as a kid at the pinnacle in REI. It looked super high and super scary, but she got over that fast and once on the wall she didn't want to come back down.

    When not climbing, Abbie can be found hiking, biking, crafting, finding new places to explore, or curled up on the couch with a good book. She recently moved back to Tacoma after 5 years away, and would love climbing and hiking partners, so come say hi!

  • Patrick McCabe

    Fitness
    Pilates Instructor

    After taking his first session of Pilates Patrick could not leave the studio. He was hooked due to the fact that he had more range of motion and better control than ever before. In 2007 Patrick received his Pilates certification. In 2008 he received another certification from PhysicalMind institute, as a continuing education course.

    Patrick tries to add function and every day connections to his classes. Whether he is referencing a route on the rock wall, or going into a lecture about the mechanics of running, you can use what you learn very quickly. His classes are open to all ability levels, and have each students abilities in mind. For a strong educational and moving experience, check out the Pilates class today.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    Initiation 101 - Pilates PhysicalMind Institute
    Group Ride Instructor - Body Training Systems

  • Cassandra Marohl

    Guide Instructor Front Desk
    Front Desk, Youth Instructor, Climbing School Instructor, Guide

    American Mountain Guide AssociationCassie began climbing during her time as a Student Ambassador with her local College Climbing Club. After a handful of day trips and some overnight alpine ascents, she began discovering a swelling sense of inner strength, empowerment, and freedom. Her passion for climbing was ignited. Cassie began working as an instructor for Edgeworks in the fall of 2015 and plans to become a guide!

    You may have seen Cassie climbing with her 4 year old son from time to time, he often shouts down at other climbers, "wow look at me!" Cassie's favorite aspect of teaching is being able to facilitate the joy and self growth that comes from climbing. Cassie also loves trying new things! Cycling has been a channel for a special cause that hits close to home for her: The Courage Classic Bicycle tour fundraiser for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital abuse intervention center. Keep on the lookout for an Edgeworks cycling team for this nonprofit!

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • Rebekah Mingus

    Fitness
    Strength Instructor

    Rebekah was born and raised in Tacoma. She married her high school sweetheart and they are currently staying busy adventuring with their 3 children. On week days you can find her teaching cycle, step and circuit classes. On the weekend look for her out hiking on the trails, kayaking on the water and camping in the forest. In her spare time she enjoys reading, rock climbing, archery, eating good food and weight lifting.

    Rebekah has 17 years experience teaching group fitness and has national certifications through AFAA as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Fitness Trainer. She has endorsements for 11 different fitness class types and is a Level 1 4H archery instructor. She holds a BA in Psychology and has completed extensive continuing education in wellness coaching, mindfulness and sports Psychology.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
    AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer

  • Lyra pierotti

    Guide
    Guide Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide Association

    Lyra enjoyed her first view of the mountains on long hikes in the Sierra Nevada, perched atop the shoulders of the tuba player from the Tahoe Summer Music Festival—back when she was still lighter than a tuba. In college, a year studying geology in the French Alps is what steered her toward a career in mountain guiding. Lyra has guided expeditions to several of the Seven Summits, including Denali, Mount Elbrus, and Aconcagua, as well as steep rock climbs in Yosemite Valley, alpine routes in the North Cascades, long rock climbs in the desert southwest, and athletic ascents in the High Sierra.

    In addition to guiding, Lyra has applied her skill set to industry and education. She has worked in technical field support for scientists in Antarctica, and as a member of the Joint Antarctic Search and Rescue Team. She has worked as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, teaching mountaineering skills to high school girls as part of the Inspiring Girls Expeditions program, a non-profit field science education program.

    On rest days, Lyra works as a freelance writer and Review Editor for OutdoorGearLab. When not traveling and climbing, Lyra lives on a farm on an island in the Puget Sound, her favorite home base for her annual migration patterns, where ocean sports and good food help her stay healthy and balanced.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Rock Guide
    AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
    AIARE L1 Avalanche Course Leader
    AIARE Pro 2 Avalanche Forecaster
    Wilderness First Responder

    Lyra Offers Personal Training!

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  • Andrew Powell

    Office Guide Instructor
    Program Manager, Guide, Maintenance

    Wilderness Medicine InstituteAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationAndrew is a AMGA Single Pitch Instructor with a passion for sharing rock climbing with people of all ages. He started rock climbing on a whim in 2004 and has worked hard to become a well-rounded climber. In 2011, on a trip to the Red River Gorge, he tried his hand at “trad” climbing and has since begun a pursuit of longer, traditionally protected lines. He has a true affinity for all things traditional; such as well-placed stoppers, a map and compass (vs. GPS), and shaving with a straight razor.

    Andrew spends as much time as possible in the mountains and backcountry; climbing, skiing, and adventuring with friends. You'll find him cragging at Index, climbing around the Washington Cascades, or going to as many new destinations as possible when he is not teaching or leading trips for Edgeworks.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
    AMGA Rock Guide
    Wilderness First Responder
    AIARE L1 Avalanche Course Instructor
    AIARE L2 Avalanche Instructor

  • Michelle Scheele

    Office
    Operations

    Michelle has been involved with Edgeworks since the spark and the dream planted itself in Tod’s mind while on their honeymoon in New Zealand in 2002. After spending 10+ years working in non-profit fundraising and adding two beautiful daughters to their family (Hailey and Kayla), Michelle officially joined the Edgeworks staff in 2013.

    While you won’t often see her sending routes and pulling plastic in the gym, you will find her in yoga classes or belaying/chasing her kids up and around the wall. On weekends she can be found running around the North End, adventuring with Tod and the kids, or visiting family in Bellingham. Cooking, photography, and travel top her wish list of “hobbies”.

  • Dayna Schicker

    Office
    Bookkeeper / Office Manager

    Dayna was born in Southern California and raised in Eastern Washington with a family that had a great appreciation for the outdoors. With a cabin in the Northern Cascades, they spent every weekend outside taking advantage of the PNW. At the age of 18, she moved to Portland where she discovered the joy of backpacking while in college. She has trekked throughout the PNW including favorite trips to Utah and Colorado. Dayna even dabbled in skydiving – weather permitting!

    Dayna worked in finance for several startups, along with a multibillion corporation; she married and left the working world to raise their rapidly expanding family. Nowadays you will find her testing her cooking skills, playing with their dogs, working in the garden, and enjoying time with her family.

  • Joe Stangel

    Route Setter
    Head Route Setter

    USAC Route SetterJoe started climbing at Univ. of Cincinnati where he quickly became a regular and then an employee. He spent years climbing all over the South but now, after clipping bolts at the Red for too long, prefers to plug gear on long multi-pitches or staying lower to the ground pebble wrestling. Joe's ultimate goal is to combine the two to create the next great climbing discipline of big wall bouldering.

    Currently a USAC Level 2 Route Setter, Joe has been working to move up the ranks of USAC certifications. He has competed in two Setter's Showdowns and set for a handful of USAC competitions. When he's not climbing or turning a wrench, Joe likes to drink good beer, hike or bike up mountains and ski down them, and stare at maps while trying to figure out how to travel to places no one has ever heard of.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    USAC Level 2 Route Setter

  • Allison Stephens

    Fitness
    Strength Instructor

    Allison Stephens has been a fitness instructor since 1998. She's taught many types of classes including indoor cycling, kickboxing, step aerobics, and outdoor boot camp. At Edgeworks, her cycling class is focused on building endurance, strength, and power that easily translates to outdoor cycling as well as many other adventures - including rock climbing!

    When she's not on her bicycle, Allison can be found playing the park with her 4-year old daughter, walking her dogs, or tossing a frisbee.

  • Corey Tatman

    Guide Instructor
    Climbing School Instructor, Guide

    ParamedicAmerican Mountain Guide AssociationCorey has loved and been involved with the vertical side of the outdoors since living in the Great White North of Alaska. Corey loves the alpine environment in sun, rain and snow, and has climbed in several locations ranging throughout Alaska, Europe, Washington and California.

    Corey is currently training in Paramedicine into flight medicine, AMGA training towards being an international mountain guide and is also ski patrolling in the winter. He loves teaching and bringing new people into environments that otherwise they would feel uncomfortable with, as well as just being out in the mountains with his wife Rebecca and his son.

    Certifications / Qualifications:
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

  • Rebecca Tatman

    Instructor Setter Front Desk
    Front Desk Supervisor, Route Setter, Climbing School Instructor

    Rebecca joined our staff team shortly after moving here from Germany. Her love of the mountains, ocean and her husband Corey are just a few of the many reasons she chose the great Pacific Northwest.

    She has been climbing for 5 years and has spent time enjoying the Alps and sport routes across Europe. Rebecca spent a couple years working at a climbing gym in Würzburg, Germany while finishing her Bachelor in Biology. When she’s not crushing rock climbs, you can find Rebecca in-line skating and hanging out with her friends.

  • Sydney Voss

    Front Desk
    Front Desk

    I am a Biology major and Spanish minor at the University of Puget Sound, but I am originally from San Jose, California. Growing up in California I spent as much time as possible backpacking, skiing, turning into a prune in the ocean, finding freezing lakes to jump into, and exploring the Sierra Nevadas. I have now begun to do the same in the PNW and am officially obsessed with all this state has to offer.

    I am new to the climbing scene and have absolutely fallen in love with this sport. I feel so lucky to have been raised in the outdoors and now that I’ve found climbing I want to share that passion with others and show people how fun, awesome, and accessible this sport is for everyone! A fun fact is that I put a thumbs up in just about every picture I take.

  • Rebeca Wadsworth

    Fitness
    Yoga Instructor

    Rebeca has been practicing yoga since 2002 and started teaching in 2003. Rebeca teaches a flow style with the emphasis on alignment, pranayama and self study. Rebeca has received her 200 hr through YOGAFIT and 200 hr YOGAMAZE with Emissary Amy Petty and is RYT with Yoga Alliance.

    Her other passion is photography. You can find her photographs under her business name: eugeniagordienkophotography.com, Instagram: @photo_eugenia, FB: Eugenia Gordienko

    Her intention as a yoga teacher and photographer is to seek and forge a connection through mind and body where we can explore diversity with honor and grace.

  • Scott Whisler

    Office
    Maintenance

    As a young lad, Scott grew up in the desert down south. It wasn’t long before his mom brought Scott and the rest of the family to the forests of Washington to pursue the American dream. Scott’s interest lay in strength training, climbing, hiking and rucking around. All four interests allow him to challenge his limits which help contribute to his well rounded identity as an outdoorsman. Scott is a family man and a people person. His goal each day is for others to feel better having known him.