OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

We love what we do and who we do it with.

Climbers come from every walk of life and the leadership team at Sportrock is no different.

 

We are (former) teachers, bakers, business owners, designers, students, military members, athletes, world travelers, and corporate professionals.  We’ve chosen Sportrock as our career and our shared passion for climbing has created a unified purpose.

 

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Lillian Chao-Quinlan

President

Year you started climbing? 1999
Year you started working at Sportrock? 2000
Favorite climbing spot? Kalymnos, Greece.
Most memorable climbing experience? Too many and all memorable for different reasons - sending a hard climb, being in a beautiful place, climbing with my husband and friends...
What roles have you had as a Sportrock employee? Instructor, Investor, President.
Passions in life? Creating opportunities in the climbing community that support people in discovering their potential!
How would your family or friends describe you in 3 words? Passionate, driven, reliable.
What would surprise us to learn about you? I LOVE M&Ms (dark chocolate specifically!).
If you could be any animal in the world - what would you be and why? Grizzly bear because I love the great outdoors, eating fish and scaring campers!

Andrew Kozak

Senior Director | Director of SR Sterling

Year you started climbing? 1999
Year you started working at Sportrock? 2002
Favorite climbing spot? Red Rocks, NV.
Most memorable climbing experience? The Great Arch in Stone Mountain, NC.
What roles have you had as a Sportrock employee? I’ve done them all.
Passions in life? Family.
How would your family or friends describe you in 3 words? Caring, Committed, Clean.
What would surprise us to learn about you? On hard, crimpy boulder problems, I only climb with 9 fingers.
If you could be any animal in the world - what would you be and why? A pet panda for my daughter because she LOVES them.

Sean Taft-Morales

Director of SR Alexandria & Outdoor Programs

Year you started climbing? 2001
Year you started working at Sportrock? 2010
Favorite climbing spot? Yosemite in early spring.
Most memorable climbing experience? One of my most memorable moments came at the end of the first day of my first big-wall climb. I was hating life, had been belaying on a 6 inch ledge for hours, was cold, hungry, and had forgotten my headlamp in the bottom of the haul bag. I was just about ready to give up on climbing forever when the sun started to set, and a cloud of a thousand swifts started feeding all around me. Climbing to me is all about stepping back to find beauty in these extreme environments and experiences. You have to get out of your head and recognize that it's a pretty cool planet.
What roles have you had as a Sportrock employee? Outdoor guide, Desk staff, Closing manager, Basic Skills instructor, Camp Director, Director of Alexandria, Director of Outdoor Programs.
Passions in life? Aside from climbing, I love baking bread, sailing, and playing dungeons and dragons.
How would your family or friends describe you in 3 words? Evidence-based, Glittery, Color-coordinated.
What would surprise us to learn about you? I once hitchhiked over 2,000 miles in 8 months around the southwest US climbing. I also started climbing after attending a Sportrock birthday party.
If you could be any animal in the world - what would you be and why? I would be a blue whale - it's the most alien landscape and fundamentally different experience I could imagine.

James Anastasion

Director of Membership

Year you started climbing? 1994
Year you started working at Sportrock? 2003
Favorite climbing spot? Chattanooga, TN.
Most memorable climbing experience? Leading my wife up Old Ladies at Seneca Rocks to propose on the south summit.
What roles have you had as a Sportrock employee? I started as a routesetter and continued with that part-time through most of my Sportrock career. I was also the SR Rockville Gym Director, Operations Director, Instructor, IT Department, Cleaner, Builder, Repairman, Purchaser, Installer, etc. And I continue to do many of these roles while also working as the Director of Membership.
Passions in life? My family is always at the top of my list. A recent and strong passion of mine though has become obstacle course racing. If I'm not spending time on either of those things, then you will probably find me in the shop fixing or building something.
How would your family or friends describe you in 3 words? Sarcastic (from my wife), Strong (from my daughter), Blank stare (from my son).
What would surprise us to learn about you? I can add poop and fart lyrics to most Disney tunes, especially Frozen and Descendants. If you want to get your daughter laughing, just sing “let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore.”
If you could be any animal in the world - what would you be and why? Okapi. It is rarely seen and rarely heard of. However, when it finally comes to light you can only think that Prometheus’s children got a hold of the clay one day.

Molly Donelan

Director of Programs & Events

Year you started climbing? 2004
Year you started working at Sportrock? 2007
Favorite climbing spot? Echo Cliffs or Red River Gorge.
Most memorable climbing experience? Deep water soloing in Mallorca, Spain.
What roles have you had as a Sportrock employee? Yoga Instructor, Climbing Instructor, Front Desk Staff, Outdoor Instructor, Lead Manager, Assistant Director, Director of Alexandria, Director of Programs & Events.
Passions in life? My family, jigsaw puzzles, my dogs, camping, climbing, running, baking, neurobiology, and eating.
How would your family or friends describe you in 3 words? Passionate, Crazy, Independent.
What would surprise us to learn about you? I used to run my own catering baking business, DC Treats, which served to over 15 bars/restaurants in the DC area, including Good Stuff Eatery and Sticky Rice.
If you could be any animal in the world - what would you be and why? An elephant because they are strong, intelligent, loyal to the group, and unstoppable.

Leah Thomas

Assistant Director of SR Alexandria

Year you started climbing? 2010
Year you started working at Sportrock? 2010
Favorite climbing spot? Red River Gorge and Reeds Creek.
Most memorable climbing experience? The Red River Gorge was my first outdoor trip ever. I knew nothing and went with experts! It was my first lead belay and the first time I cleaned a route. I fell in love. And the experience reminded me that I was improving, growing, and getting over my fear of heights every day.
What roles have you had as a Sportrock employee? Birthday Party Instructor, Front Desk Staff, Front Desk Manager, Instructor, Retail Manager, Assistant Director of Alexandria.
Passions in life? My passion in life is helping others work for and achieve goals. Every personality test I’ve taken led me to the same common theme: helping, teaching, and motivating others. Currently, I want to share the love of climbing with those who may not have the opportunity to do so and introduce a new mental and physical challenge into their lives.
How would your family or friends describe you in 3 words? Loyal, Enthusiastic, Supportive.
What would surprise us to learn about you? Other than being absolutely afraid of heights...I love love love the sound of lawnmowers because it reminds me of warmer weather and free time. It's the sound of summer! I played soccer since I was 2 years old, was a Middle School PE teacher, and completed a 500 mile hike. I also lived in Istanbul, Turkey for six months and scored free tea and coffee almost daily for three of them!
If you could be any animal in the world - what would you be and why? Golden Retriever 🙂 The extroverted, loyal cuddler that loves to play and meet new people. They are energetic, active, and they love and want to play with everyone. They also like meeting new people, going on long hikes and adventures, and sharing hugs and treats.

Gray O’Reilly

Marketing Manager

Year you started climbing? 2012
Year you started working at Sportrock? 2014
Favorite climbing spot? Leavenworth, WA.
Most memorable climbing experience? Freezing temps. 50-degree sleeping bags. Car stuck in the mud. Unable to start a fire. Finally start a fire. Snow. Fire goes out. Car still stuck in mud. Start another fire. Survive the night on body heat and sheer force of will. Climb at Endless Wall the next day!
What roles have you had as a Sportrock employee? Belay bot for parties and open climb; Summer Camp instructor; Private Lesson instructor; Head Camp Coordinator; Marketing Manager.
Passions in life? School is and always will be one of my great passions. If I could professionally collect degrees in various fields, I would. Also, publishing a novel is a lifelong dream of mine. So I would say, besides climbing: learning, writing, music, environmentalism...and climbing.
How would your family or friends describe you in 3 words? Follows directions.
What would surprise us to learn about you? I was NOT in a fraternity in college. But I was in an all-male acapella group.
If you could be any animal in the world - what would you be and why? Humpback Whale. No natural predators, meals swim into my mouth, and people travel from around the world to watch me belly flop? Yes, please.

Lillian Chao-Quinlan

President

Year you started climbing? 1999
Year you started working at Sp

Andrew Kozak

Senior Director | Director of SR Sterling

Year you started climbing? 1999
Year you started working at Sp

Sean Taft-Morales

Director of SR Alexandria & Outdoor Programs

Year you started climbing? 2001
Year you started working at Sp

James Anastasion

Director of Membership

Year you started climbing? 1994
Year you started working at Sp

Molly Donelan

Director of Programs & Events

Year you started climbing? 2004
Year you started working at Sp

Leah Thomas

Assistant Director of SR Alexandria

Year you started climbing? 2010
Year you started working at Sp

Gray O’Reilly

Marketing Manager

Year you started climbing? 2012
Year you started working at Sp

Making great first impressions.

We are grateful for our incredible managers who provide guests with warm welcomes and our staff with leadership and knowledge.

Alexandria Managers: Andrew Powell, Ben Mattox, Billy Sims, Chase Berman, Deirdre Forgione, Ginny Cady, Graziela Santos, Jason Montecalvo, Kevin Riley, Maria Nunez-Oliver, Michael Williams, Taylor Foster, and Win Davis.

Sterling Managers: Adam Camacho, Chris Jones, Chris Oshinski, Dominic Metcalf, Ed Paris, Jenna Muse, and John Lwin.

Passionately teaching the next generation.

We are proud of our amazing coaches who dedicate their time to supporting, teaching, and guiding our Junior Team members to achieve their best!

Junior Team Head Coaches: Taylor Foster (Alexandria Head Coach + Coordinator), Cat Rogers (Alexandria Rec Team Head Coach), and John Lwin (Sterling Rec Team Head Coach).

Junior Team Coaches: Adam Camacho, Bradley Rivette, Chase Berman, Chris Oshinski, Deirdre Forgione, Grant Lehner, Jenna Muse, Kyle Hernandez, Mills Wallace, Sally Ontiveros, and Thomas Asman.

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