Meet the CRAGS Board

Angie Clifford (Executive Director/President)

Angie started her passion for climbing outdoors several years ago while living as an American expat in Patagonia, Chile.  Patagonia is also where Angie picked up her Spanish skills, which you can sometimes hear as she works her way up the climbing routes of Northern California. She especially enjoys climbing in Yosemite, Lover’s Leap, and Red Rock National Conservation Area, and thinks everyone who climbs should also join the American Alpine Club, in addition to CRAGS/Access Fund.   Angie is an attorney in Sacramento, specializing in real estate, construction, environmental, and financial services litigation.  When Angie is not working on her cases or arguing in court, you can find her on a rock somewhere in Tahoe or Yosemite.

Daniel Frederick (Vice President)

Daniel D. Frederick is “Human” by all scientific data available to us at this time. He has been climbing for 23 years, and only falling for a small fraction of that time. In his professional life he slings grocery at your local Trader Joe’s. Married to Jaime and daughter Mia, their personal knowledge gives definitive proof of him being  three dimensional. Daniel has had a long history of leadership and activism, and hopes to bring that to the CRAGS future actions. Occupy Walls 2014!

Justin Leech (Secretary)

Justin Leech started rock climbing as one of those things he always wanted to try.   Since then,  he has served as a USA Climbing youth team coach, certified with the American Mountain Guides Association, and spends his spare time as an Outdoor School instructor with REI.   In 2010, he joined CRAGS as an Alternate Board Member and currently serves as Secretary.

Justin is an employee benefits specialist with a major business consulting firm, Arthur J. Gallagher Corporation.   He resides in a suburb of Sacramento with his wife and two daughters.

Brian Poulsen (Treasurer)

Brian is a founding member of CRAGS and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2012.  From 2007 to the present, he has served as a Regional Coordinator for the Access Fund.  Brian is Deputy General Counsel for El Dorado Irrigation District, located in Placerville, California, and resides there with his wife and three kids.

Gordon Ainsleigh (Volunteer Coordinator/Member Outreach)

Gordy Ainsleigh is a chiropractic doctor with a home-office in Meadow Vista; a hobby scientist who wrote a landmark medical journal article on the cancer-preventing effects of sun exposure, published in 1993; the founder, staff doctor and 22-times finisher of the Western States 100-Mile Run, and, thereby, the founder of the sport of 100-mile trail running; an adventure guide for local trail running, trail bicycling, river rafting and rock climbing; he used to lead 5.11c, but now gets pumped on three pitches of 5.7-5.10a.

Ellen Trescott 

Ellen joined the CRAGS board in 2010.  CRAGS allows her to be an outdoor advocate, build relationships within the climbing community, and leave something better than just chalk marks in the places she climbs.  Ellen is an environmental attorney in Sacramento.

Jason Bove 

Mr. Jason Bove was born Jason Bove, in the gorgeous midwest sector of the United States. He has presently found an even more pristine setting on the west side to reside. Jason Bove may now be your neighbor and friend.

Andrew Housley

I know I joined up with the organization because I consider myself an active person and I wanted an opportunity to help bring climbing, widely known as an “extreme sport”, into the spotlight in order to show people that it is a positive, safe activity that the whole family can enjoy. I’m just hopeful what ever enthusiasm I can bring forward will help bring about a positive change in the public eye.

Kevin Wehr

Kevin has been climbing since the middle ’80s when he started bouldering on Indian Rock in china flats.  He’s been climbing off and on since then in Wisconsin, Colorado, and much more now that he’s back in California.  In between wilderness adventures, Kevin teaches Sociology at CSU Sacramento.

Rob Trelford (Alternate)

I am the coach of The Summit Party USAClimbing team. My only claim to fame in USAC is that our team has had kids on the US National Team. Also we just got two of our kids their first Pro Sponsorship with Team Madrock. And oh yea, I took third in the old farts division at US National Championships in Boston back in 2005. I climb alot of trad and got my butt spanked on God of Thunder this year. Props to my best partner Vic for sharing the best year of climbing in our lives this summer. And I teach 6th grade in my spare time. See y’all in Bishop this Winter!

Mike Rommel (Alternate)

Mike was born in Chicago in 1967. He started climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, with a family friend in the early 1980s, and thereafter made regular road-trip vacations to Waco, Utah and Colorado. In the late 80s, he moved to boulder to climb, and got certified by the American Mountain Guide Association. For about a decade, he guided mountaineering (rock, snow, ice), worked at Colorado Athletic Training School, and was a supervisor/rescue coordinator at El Dorado Canyon. Then, in the late 90s, Mike went to Alaska as a helicopter firefighter and to manage outdoor programs and do guiding in the Little Switzerland area. In Alaska he got married, and he and his wife Jodi moved to their idea of utopia–Nevada City–in 2002, where he has since been climbing, managing a rock gym, building climbing walls, helicopter firefighting for Tahoe National Forest, and raising kids.

Logan Jeffrey (Alternate)

Logan has been hang-dogging indoors and out for three years. He recently led his first multipitch trad line and realized that gym climbing doesn’t really translate. In addition to climbing, Logan is a full time photographer, bike commuter, hummus expert, world traveler, and knows his way around a foosball table. To fund his jet-setting he works at a mom-and-pop sporting goods shop called REI.

Karl Cordtz  (Alternate)

Aaron Rough  (Alternate)

Aaron Rough lives, works, and plays in Vacaville, CA. While Aaron has climbed at most major destination around the West, he prefers making the best out of what NorCal rock has to offer. He has developed routes and boulder problems in several local climbing areas from the Vacaville Open Space District, the Auburn SRA, Mt. St. Helena, and other smaller areas dispersed across Southern and Northern California.

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